Families urged to attend free education festival this Saturday in Daventry

Daventry UTC's Greenpower car will be among the attractions at the Festival of Education at the iCon Innovation Centre this Saturday, October 10.
Daventry UTC's Greenpower car will be among the attractions at the Festival of Education at the iCon Innovation Centre this Saturday, October 10.

People are being encouraged to visit Daventry’s first Festival of Education this Saturday (October 10) to discover the opportunities offered by our schools and colleges.

The event, which runs at the iCon Innovation Centre in Eastern Way from 10am to 1pm, is an opportunity to meet students and teachers as well as take part in a variety of fun interactive workshops.

It will also see the presentation of the first Daventry Young People Awards celebrating students’ academic achievements, community work and enterprising or entrepreneurial skills, as well as the good work of teachers.

The event has been organised by the Daventry Schools Matter campaign to promote the town’s schools and colleges.

And organisers are urging families to put aside any negative reports they may have read about Daventry’s educational offer and see for themselves the positive work that goes on.

Schools and colleges including the Parker Academy, Daventry UTC, Northampton College and Moulton College are all taking part, as well as a number of local primary schools.

Visitors will be able to take part in fun workshops including arts and crafts and beauty sessions, animal care demonstrations, and exciting challenges and engineering activities including the UTC’s Greenpower electric car and Northampton College’s gravity racer.

There will be 3D printing, tyre-changing and paint spraying demonstrations as well as free refreshments supplied by Tesco’s Daventry store.

BBC Radio Northampton’s Martin Heath will present the Young People Awards, which have been sponsored by Northamptonshire County Council, Daventry Town Council, Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

Ian Vincent, Chief Executive at Daventry District Council, said: “The festival will give children a chance to try out fun activities that give a flavour of the opportunities on offer at our local schools and colleges. It’s also an opportunity for parents to speak to teachers and staff to find out more about the educational improvements that are being made by institutions across Daventry.

“I would urge families in the local area to look beyond the Ofsted reports and see for themselves what our local schools and colleges have to offer.”

To find out more about the festival, awards and the diverse range of educational offer in the Daventry area, visit www.daventryschoolsmatter.com, follow @DaventrySchools on Twitter or visit the DaventrySchoolsMatter Facebook page.