A record number of prospective year 7 students and their parents recently attended the Debden Park High School Open Day and listened to talks highlighting the successes of the Willingale Road school.

A number of familiar characters were on hand to welcome the visitors including Sherlock Holmes and Willy Wonka. Several of the staff also dressed as book characters to highlight the school’s English department while visiting children could try a language challenge, inspect a liver in the science department and experience dance and music.

The event included three presentations in the school hall by Headteacher Helen Gascoyne, Executive Headteacher Christian Cavanagh, Head Girl Anna Farquharson, Head Boy Harry Cook, Executive Head Girl Eleanor Davies and Executive Head Boy Louis Pryde,.

Tours of the school, which has been ranked as ‘Outstanding’ in its recent Ofsted inspection, included various departments, all of which had displays manned by students, and ‘The Hive’ Sixth Form Centre.

Head of School Helen Gascoyne said: “Our Open Morning is one of our most important dates in the school calendar and we were overwhelmed to open our doors to a record 1,200 plus visitors. Our staff and students inspired our prospective new Year 7s with interactive displays and their sheer passion and love for the school. We received so many compliments particularly about all of our students who were representing the school and talking with such enthusiasm about what an outstanding school we are. We are so proud of them. The Open Morning was a perfect start to the exciting year we have ahead of us.”

Anyone who missed the Debden Park High School open day and wishes to arrange an additional tour to see the school in action can make arrangements via the school office.

Debden Park High School is holding a Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 16th November, 4.30pm-6.30pm.

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