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Tristram Hunt Visit

Posted on: February 14, 2014

On Friday 7th February we had the privilege to meet and chat to the Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristram Hunt, who enjoyed a guided tour of our academy to see for himself the great work we are doing here at OSSMA. He visited a number of lessons, chatted to a number of our students and was truly impressed with the progress our students were making. He made mango smoothies in a cooking lesson, witnessed the developments of our racing car being built as well as taking in a sneak preview dress rehearsal of our ‘coming soon’ performance of ‘Hairspray’. He was very complimentary of our students and the togetherness within the academy.

After leaving the academy he tweeted details of the visit to OSSMA saying “Mango smoothies, causes of WWII, & car engineering @ Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Stoke-on-Trent” along with posting a picture of the iconic image of Sir Stanley Matthews that is displayed on the front of the building.

However, his praise of the academy did not stop there. He has this week written an article called ‘Schooling for the Future’ in the Labour Press, where he is discussing creativity on the curriculum and he says:

“And I have seen this creativity at work in the sports ethos of Sir Thomas Telford City Technology College; the Hairspray rehearsals at the Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy; and the rich, glorious displays of children’s artwork on the walls of St Mary’s Redcliffe, Bristol and Divine Mercy Roman Catholic School, Manchester.

 They have shown the ethos, excellence and culture of high expectations we want to see spread to all schools.”

 We at OSSMA continue to strive for excellence in all areas of our academy to provide an OUTSTANDING education for our community and look forward to showcasing our achievements to our next high profile visitor.

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