Last week, we were lucky enough to spend the day at East Village’s brand new world-class education campus: Chobham Academy.
The campus sits right next to the homes at East Village and E20 residents will have priority when applying for places, which will be a huge bonus for families moving to the neighbourhood. After spending a day there we cannot emphasise enough how impressed we were with the staff, pupils and fantastic facilities on offer. These feelings are also tinged with jealousy that our schools were not a patch on Chobham!
Fortunately we were given a pass on school uniform, but this didn’t stop the first day of school nerves creeping over us as we hopped off the tube at Stratford and embarked on the walk up Celebration Avenue to the campus.
We were greeted by the school bursar Dawn Revess, who was our guide for the day. After a quick coffee (the campus has a Costa in the canteen for staff – how good is that?!) it was time to head to the primary school to meet the reception class. The children (aged 4-5) were keen to immediately show us what they had been learning on their interactive whiteboards and introduced us to their class pets Bob and Bryan (two giant African snails).
After spending some time with the reception class we moved on to a Mandarin class with Year 2. It’s safe to say we were blown away by the level of skill the children displayed. The class began with some conversations between the teacher and each pupil (we would like to add that not a word of English was spoken in this dialogue) which then moved on to a game of Twister. Learning has never looked like so much fun.
We were delighted/terrified when we heard that we would be having lunch in the canteen, after flashbacks of brightly coloured trays saddled with unrecognisable grey meat and custard so cold you could stand your spoon in it. Thankfully our experience was a lot more pleasant. We were escorted to the front of the queue (something we thought only happened to head teachers) and served a delicious plate of lasagne and green vegetables. Oh how times have changed.
With our tummies full and ready for more learning it was time to check out the speciality block, which holds the huge equipped sports hall, state of the art theatre, art studios and music suites. A particular highlight of this building was the inspiration wall, which is littered with scrawlings from various Olympic legends, sports stars and musicians.
Passion and creativity oozes from the teachers, who are incredibly inspiring and you can see the pupils are in awe of them.
This was really evident in the Year 9 drama lesson that we were lucky enough to sit in on. The pupils wowed us with their acting abilities, and we could definitely spot a handful of budding Oscar winners in the class.
A big thank you to Chobham Academy for letting us spend the day with you, and to all the teachers in particular for not putting us in detention.