Kings’ first Virtual Open Day a Roaring Success

By Sam Kail-Dyke – Wessex Learning Trust

Although we may all be experiencing lockdown and schools may be working in unusual and alien ways, we cannot forget that our learners are still moving through their educational journey, and will be transitioning onto pastures new, come September.

In this vain the Kings of Wessex Academy was keen to ensure that – despite the restrictions – its next cohort of Year 12 students got to still have a transition day with which to learn all about sixth form life and what to expect when they come up next year.

The day – held virtually via the Kings website and group video calls – saw 111 new Sixth Formers welcomed to the school with messages from the Headteacher and new Senior Team, as well as lots of exciting activities including Jeopardy, a Kings Sixth Quiz, and an interactive tour of the site.

Following this, students took part in subject sessions to prepare them for the subjects they’ll be studying in September, as well as some Study Skills training to help them make the most of their learning.

Despite the adversity of lockdown, the day was a success and ensured that everyone was able to get ready for September – whatever that may look like. Head of Sixth Form, Rachel Hopwood said of the day:

“It was wonderful to get together with the students who will be joining Kings Sixth Form in September and to be able to introduce them to Kings life. I was exceptionally impressed with everyone’s conduct and involvement and I can’t ait to welcome you to the school”

Rachel Hopwood, Head of Sixth Form

Although we may not 100% know what September will look like yet, we hope that this will have helped students feel settled and at home in our Sixth Form and ready to start this exciting new chapter of their lives.

If you missed the open day, you can view the page on the Kings of Wessex website here.