Daventry’s first Festival of Education a success

Daventry Education Festival. 'Jack Turner, 15, James, Wright, 15 and Joe Mcalwane, 15, from Daventry UTC. NNL-151110-031952009
Daventry Education Festival. 'Jack Turner, 15, James, Wright, 15 and Joe Mcalwane, 15, from Daventry UTC. NNL-151110-031952009

Children and parents found out more about the many opportunities offered by Daventry’s schools and colleges during the town’s first Festival of Education on Saturday.

Held at the iCon Innovation Centre, it featured a range of interactive workshops and stands run by schools and colleges from the local area.

Daventry Education Festival.  Niamh Perks, 8, with one of the snakes from Moulton College. NNL-151110-031910009

Daventry Education Festival. Niamh Perks, 8, with one of the snakes from Moulton College. NNL-151110-031910009

From animal handing to hairdressing, electronics sessions fun to taste-testing challenges, the event acted as a showcase for Daventry’s schools and colleges.

The event also featured the first Daventry Young People Awards, announced by Martin Heath of BBC Radio Northampton.

The Enterprise award for schools that develop an enterprise culture to develop pupils’ entrepreneurial skills went to Daventry University Technical College.

The School Community award, recognising pupils that have benefitted their school community through volunteering, was won by Bea Glover, of The Parker Academy

Daventry Education Festival. 'Ethan Anderson, 10 and Kian Humpage, 12, taking part in one of the light sensor workshops with Ian Mundy (centre). NNL-151110-032014009

Daventry Education Festival. 'Ethan Anderson, 10 and Kian Humpage, 12, taking part in one of the light sensor workshops with Ian Mundy (centre). NNL-151110-032014009

The Teacher award, recognising the hard work and dedication of a member of staff who has ‘gone the extra mile’ to inspire students, went to Chelsea Papworth from Moulton College.

The Student’s Outstanding Progress award, recognising a student’s outstanding progress in STEM subjects, (science, technology, engineering and maths), was won by Jack Turner of Daventry UTC.

The event was organised by the Daventry Schools Matter group, a partnership including local education providers and other organisations including Daventry District Council, Northamptonshire County Council, Daventry Town Council and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

Ian Vincent, chief executive at Daventry District Council, said: “It was fantastic to see so many families enjoying the festival and finding out more about the wealth of educational opportunities in Daventry.

Daventry Education Festival. 'The award presenters and winners. NNL-151110-031751009

Daventry Education Festival. 'The award presenters and winners. NNL-151110-031751009

“Hearing the stories of the students and teachers who so deservedly won awards was also very inspiring. Hopefully it gave people a flavour of the great work that goes on in our schools every day that can sometimes go unnoticed.”

Find out more about the Daventry Schools Matter campaign at www.daventryschoolsmatter.com, on Twitter @DaventrySchools or by searching for Daventry Schools Matter on Facebook.

Daventry Education Festival. NNL-151110-032057009

Daventry Education Festival. NNL-151110-032057009

Daventry Education Festival. NNL-151110-032141009

Daventry Education Festival. NNL-151110-032141009