Reputation For Excellence Has Students And Parents Flocking To Open Evening

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Lorna Midgley (9) from Mablethorpe, and mum Amanda Bates (right) with Somercotes Academy Principal, Caroline Yates (left) at the Open Evening.

Somercotes Academy has celebrated its second year as a member of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust with a packed Year 6 Open Evening, following another summer of exceptional GCSE results.

Parents and students came from towns and villages all over East Lindsey, including Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea, Grimoldby and Manby, for the annual Open Evening, to see for themselves what a transformation has taken place at the academy since it opened in 2015.

Tollbar Multi Academy Trust provides free buses for all students to Somercotes Academy from Holton-le-clay, Tetney, North Thoresby, Manby, Grimoldby and Louth and villages East of Louth. Lincolnshire County Council also provides free buses to the academy from Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe, Saltfleet and Theddlethorpe, North Cotes, Marschapel and the Grainthorpe area.

Lorna Midgley attended the Open Evening with her mum Amanda Bates. She said: "I like it here. I enjoy Art and Sports. I play football and I like running."

Amanda said: "My daughter, Hope, is in Year 9 here. She's over the moon and really loves it at Somercotes. She came here from Mablethorpe. She talks about school all the time, and takes part in Music and Sports clubs. She gets really involved. I am very impressed."

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Sue Larder with children Jack (9) and Lyla Power (10). They are pictured with Somercotes Academy Year 11 students, Ellie Mason and Lillie Neve.

Sue Larder visited with her children Jack (9) and Lyla Power (10). Her daughter Grace Power already attends Somercotes Academy. Sue said: "It's a fantastic school. Grace has come on in leaps and bounds since she started here. She is now full of confidence and loves it. "

Keira Lomas (10) and her mum Kate also visited the academy from Mablethorpe. Kate said: "Keira has been to a Taster Day and really enjoyed it. My first impressions are really good. The food looks great and the meal deals make it easy to budget."

Jacob Cunliffe (11), from Grimoldby, got a taste of the school meals, which are provided by caterers Aspens, with his step dad Nathan Williams and Uncle Daniel Blacow at the Open Evening. Jacob said: "I liked visiting the Science, Maths and French classes. Somercotes is definitely my first choice."

David Hampson, Chief Executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, said: "The Academy continues to go from strength to strength and I am extremely proud of all of the students and staff at Somercotes who I believe will benefit even further from the opening of Louth Academy as a member of the Trust."

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Jacob Cunliffe (11) from Grimoldby, tastes the Somercotes Academy school meals with step dad Nathan Williams (right) and Uncle Daniel Blacow. Also pictured are catering staff, (left to right) Amanda Anderson and Laura Meston.

"Somercotes Academy features strongly in our plans to provide outstanding education in East Lindsey and the Louth area. With another academy close by in Louth, there will now be further opportunities for shared expertise and resources and more multi academy events for students to take part in."

Caroline Yates, Principal of Somercotes Academy, said: "It is a pleasure to be part of Somercotes Academy, watching students' excel in all areas of the curriculum, both practically and academically.  Students across all year groups have opportunities in an array of Sports, Musical and charity events, both within the Academy and externally.

"The popularity of the Academy has continued to rise, which has been reflected in the continuing increased roll for Year 7 this term. We are extremely grateful for the support of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust and we look forward to another very successful year ahead and more to follow."

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Evan Roberts (12), a Year 8 student at Somercotes Academy, shows Keira Lomas (10) and her mum Kate Lomas how to make buttons on a 3D printer in the Technology Department.

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David J Hampson