On 3 November Havering councillors, local headteachers, students, staff and over 60 guests celebrated the official opening of the Olive AP Academy – Havering, a new alternative provision academy in Hornchurch for secondary school-aged young people who have left mainstream education.
Guests enjoyed food made by the students and impressive displays of work including stories, artworks, 3D sculptures, use of ‘green screen’ technology and stop-motion animation films, which will contribute to students achieving their Bronze Arts Award.
Not-for-profit multi-academy trust Olive Academies, with the considerable support of Havering Council, is behind the new academy – which will also provide specialist help for pupils found to have additional learning needs such as dyslexia. Olive Academies CEO Mark Vickers welcomed guests to the event and highlighted the aim of the academy, which is to give young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to succeed, build on their strengths and share their skills to improve their chances of success.
Executive Headteacher Bryce Wilby said:
“This new venture offers us all the opportunity to build on the positive historical links with the local community so that together we can improve the learning and life chances for disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils in our Borough.”
Exciting new plans to improve the academy’s facilities include specialist classrooms, hall and music rooms.
Guest speaker Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of Havering Council, said:
“Olive Academies provides a whole new service for disadvantaged pupils in Havering and will give those who have lost contact with the educational system a real chance to get back on track and make a better future for themselves. The Council remains committed to this project and I am very impressed with the Academy’s current facilities and plans for the future.”