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What people say about us

Visitor's comments about our school

During the course of our academic year, we have several people visit the school.  We would like to share with you their comments.

TRUSTEE VISIT TO THE EASTGATE ACADEMY KINGS LYNN.

Vision: To empower all members of the school community with knowledge & skills to find their place in the wider world, & the values of the school are well demonstrated by all that I saw.

A first impression is that it is a typical “Victorian School “on a very constrained site, crowded in upon by the immediate neighbours. However, it very quickly became apparent that it is a virtual tardis, the site is pristine, in good repair, & we were welcomed by boxes of colourful flowers & tiles on the walls, & the warmth & enthusiasm of the Reception Staff, & Principal Linda (Hothersall) was very heartening.

One can immediately be enveloped in the community feel of the school (attendance 94%), (EAL 39% & rising) & there is a Community Foodbank, & clothes & book swap clubs. It was also interesting to see fencing sporting outfits in the school office…a tantalising glimpse of the activities on offer. There is to be a Jubilee Day street party to include the immediate neighbours. In addition to a very well rounded curriculum & good links into the History & Geography of Kings Lynn (Harbour, seals, Hanseatic League, trading Vancouver) there are many enrichment opportunities which relate to the green agenda & other activities (visits to Sandringham, & Pensthorpe), instilling life skills, (cake bake competition, cooking international meals for £5), sewing , gardening, multiple after school clubs. I was pleased to be presented with a portrait of myself!.

In spite of the lack of space, 260 on the school roll, there is a mini forest school, & wild area, with a pond for the children to enjoy, & a mini vegetable & flower garden. Hawks are bought in to frighten the seagulls. Some children were on a “litter pick” & being encouraged to recycle. Every space is utilised for learning & fun, & there is a petting corner where there are rabbits & birds which provides a good de-escalation zone for children in distress or needing time out. There are many opportunities for parental involvement, including pool playing for Dads when geometry & angles can be explained. The children are involved in the interviewing process for teachers & house captains, who help keep the school running smoothly & there is a “Question zone” where children can pose questions on sticky notes to their teachers. I would like to thank Linda & her staff for a truly memorable visit. Thank you.

Kay Fisher 30.04.2022