ACS Partnerships - Event Impact Report
Bringing exciting educational opportunity to all children
ACS Partnerships aims to increase collaboration, share expertise and good practice, widen educational opportunities and raise standards in key subjects.
By working together, we can raise the standards of teaching and learning through innovative, relevant and accessible initiatives, filling the gaps in mainstream services that have a positive impact on the education of the children in all partnership schools.
Our event at Thorpe Park was developed to be as inclusive as possible, for all children. We worked closely with charities like 'Inner Wings, Utcai, The Childrens Hospices and several special schools to ensure the event was achievable and educational.
Our ultimate goal was to make the educational activities more attractive than the rides. On occasion the ride queues were empty as the students engaged with the hundreds of activities on offer thanks to our providers.
With activities provided by well-known names such as the Royal Philharmonic, Barclays, Mercedes F1, The RAF, The Bloodhound Supersonic Car and a few awe-inspiring moments from Titan the Robot, the RAF Chinook helicopter, Gravity Jet flights and the RAF Central Band, the day was jam packed full of educational fun.
We have lost count of the number of emails, text messages and social media posts from schools, charities, universities and companies involved in the day - sharing with us positive stories from the activities on offer.
Below we have included some photos, videos and prominent feedback and statistics from the day that you might be interested to see.
“The class had such a great time and we spent the whole morning reflecting on their learning from the day. I was so impressed with the organisation and smooth running and that the activities held the children’s attention just as much as the rides."
Cat Edwards - Year 6 Teacher - Chevening Primary School
“It is incredibly hard to capture in an email the benefits identified following the Thorpe Park trip by our children's comments. So many of our pupils have gained transferable skills in terms of developing the confidence to take risks as well as the inspiration ACS have provided to prepare them for the world of work. We cannot thank you enough and look forward to strengthening our partnership with ACS"
Jan Harvey-Davies - Assistant Headteacher - Colham Manor Primary
“We are still coming down to earth- most literally from an absolutely marvellous day at Thorpe Park! It was beyond our expectations and to see such joy on the faces of our children was simply brilliant. On behalf of everyone at WBJS- thank you so much 😊"
Lesley Lawrence - WBJS
“I just want to say what a phenomenal STEAM event you organized!! Wow, one of the most enjoyable and memorable STEM moments in my life! Massive congratulations to the superb management, tremendous work behind the scenes, fantastic choice of exhibitors and partners, absolutely well done! Thank you so much for allowing us (the STEM Team) to be a small part of it, we just loved it!! I have never seen kids (especially ladies!) so motivated and encouraged into STEM! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!!"
Karolina Hammer - ACS Cobham
“The Thorpe Park Event was the first STEM event I have been to that had a wide variety of subjects covered, ranging from engineering to medical. Many of the activities showed me how less fortunate people are benefiting from STEM, such as the MERU Project which is building specially designed wheelchairs for disabled children. Also, seeing all of the projects together really showed me how expansive STEM is and it was truly inspiring to see many notable attractions, like the Bloodhound, RAF Chinook, F1 Racing Car, and so much more."
ACS Cobham STEM Student
“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for an absolutely fantastic day at Thorpe Park yesterday. Our children absolutely LOVED it. The whole day went so smoothly from beginning to end. The coaches and minibuses were perfectly on time and communication with them was excellent. (Thank you Robert).
Many of the children had never been to a Theme park, and probably never will. As staff, it was a real privilege to be able to make this trip happen for the children.
The static displays were excellent, and the children loved playing instruments with the musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra."
Rosalie Taylor - Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion - Minet Junior School