Week off timetable for Ilkeston pupils

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Students at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy were encouraged to move out of their comfort zone during a week that was devoted to a series of diverse and challenging activities.

Traditional lessons were suspended at the academy and each year group took part in an intensive learning week designed to teach them real-life skills and encourage them to try something new.

They included wheelchair basketball, zen poetry, food tasting, safety talks from firefighters and police, an internet safety session and many more.

Year eight students went on a cultural trip to Derby where they visited Quad and Derby Theatre and enjoyed workshops on animation, costumes and make-up.

Speaker Matt Dickinson, an author and climber who has scaled Everest and produces TV shows for the National Geographic and Discovery channels, gave a talk and encouraged students to push themselves.

Student Tyler Place, 11, said he felt inspired by Mr Dickinson’s talk.

He said: “He talked about how we should live life to the full and it was really good.

“It left me feeling inspired and it was great because I wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet someone like him.”

Students also took part in workshops run by company called Humanutopia, which are designed to empower young people, and in maths, students enjoyed a treasure hunt and a Dragon’s Den-style task.