An action-packed week for pupils

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Circus skills workshops, talks on knife, gang and youth crime and an Apprentice-style business challenge were on the timetable at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Traditional lessons were suspended as the whole academy took part in its second Intensive Learning Week of this academic year.

Instead, a series of sessions were held that were designed to broaden students’ life skills and experience, encourage healthy living and focus on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

There were also intensive learning sessions for Years 11, 12 and 13 in preparation for their exams as well as trips to Sherwood Pines, Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle and the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.

Students explored the environment, took part in sessions designed to raise their aspirations and a Business Enterprise Day was held, which saw them take on a challenge based on the TV show The Apprentice.

This was be the academy’s second Intensive Learning Week, building on the success of the first held last November.

Joel Smith, assistant principal for achievement at the academy, said students had thoroughly enjoyed the week.

He said: “Our second intensive learning week was a huge success. Our mantra of doing something different, something you’ve not done before really resonated with our students and staff.

“In terms of literacy, social development, career aspirations and life skills, we achieved so much during the week.”