The Nottingham Academy was formally opened on Thursday 22 September by the Rt Hon Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education. He was met by the Chief Executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, Barry Day OBE and, after meeting with Trustees, was then escorted on a private visit to nursery and primary classrooms, accompanied by Barry Day and Lynda Valentine, Head of School for the Primary phase. Mr Gove engaged fully with primary pupils and chatted to staff as he was shown around.
Invited guests were shown around the new buildings by pupils from years 9 and 10 who, with their maturity, depth of conversation and positive attitude were excellent ambassadors for the Academy.
There followed a formal ceremony on the primary terrace, starting with a speech from the Chief Executive. He then invited the Secretary of State to speak to guests, staff and pupils and unveil a plaque, formally opening the Academy. Primary pupils from years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 then finished the ceremony by singing to the delighted guests.
The event was a real success for the Nottingham Academy and the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust and, with these iconic buildings, the communities we serve now have an Academy to be proud of.
There was a lot of media coverage of the event, including BBC, ITV and local press and radio. Click on the following two links to see media coverage of the day.