Issued: September 24, 2017
Sherlock Holmes at school's record-breaking Open Morning
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Sherlock Holmes and Willy Wonka were among the characters on hand to welcome prospective students and their parents to Debden Park High School for its annual Year 7 Open Morning.
A record number of visitors toured the facilities and listened to talks highlighting the successes of the Willingale Road school.
Addressing packed audiences in the school hall for three presentations on Saturday morning were Head of School Helen Gascoyne, Executive Headteacher Christian Cavanagh, Executive Head Girl Eleanor Davies, Executive Head Boy Louis Pryde, Head Girl Anna Farquharson and Head Boy Harry Cook.
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.
Several of the staff 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.
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."
Any parents wanting 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, November 16 (4.30pm-6.30pm).