Special Foundation Ceremony held to celebrate the school becoming a part of United Learning
Today, The Regis School, which became an academy in January, held a special Foundation Day for its students, staff and local community to celebrate the transition to academy status and to set out its vision and ambition for the future.
The Foundation Day celebrated the school’s achievements to date and marked the school’s commitment to working with all its stakeholders – students, parents, staff, governors, United Learning, the local Bognor Regis community and the wider national and global communities.
The ceremony began with the Head Girl and Boy and Deputy Head Girl and Boy welcoming the guests which included:
- Diane Willson, Chair of Governors of The Regis School;
- Susan Pyper, Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex
- Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, High Sheriff of West Sussex;
- Councillor Eileen Anderson, Town Mayor of Bognor Regis.
The school also welcomed Olympian, Alex Danson, who won a Bronze Medal at the London Olympic Games as part of the Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team. Alex spoke during the ceremony and gave an account of her experience of competing in this summer’s Olympic Games.
During the ceremony, students gave a number of spectacular performances including:
- An Olympic Dance which celebrated the history of the Olympics;
- Extracts from the musical Fame;
- A selection of readings given by Year 7 students.
Following the performances, Principal David Jones spoke about what academy status means for The Regis School and set out his vision for the school over the next few years. He said:
In various guises, under different names and in different locations our school has served its community for nearly 75 years. It is a community school to which many individuals and families have a strong attachment.
‘Today is a celebration of the progress made by the school to date and thereby the foundations already in place to move the school forward with the support, encouragement, expertise and challenge of United Learning.
‘Staff and students have worked incredibly hard to make this day a showcase of The Regis School. They have put a great deal of thought into considering the purpose of our school, how it relates to others and our responsibilities both locally and indeed globally for the world around us.’
To mark the school’s commitment to working in partnership with all its local stakeholders, representatives of parents, staff, students, governors, the local community and United Learning each signed a pledge in which they committed to support The Regis School to become an outstanding school.
Alongside this, The Regis School is working towards being recognised as a Rights Respecting School by UNICEF. A Rights Respecting School is a school that puts the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of the school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. The CRC ensures young people have the right to be protected from harm, to be educated, to be healthy, to be treated fairly and to be heard. As part of the Foundation Day, students worked in their tutor bases to create an ‘I Hope’ cloud in which each student depicted their right to achieve their ambitions but also their responsibility to support others in doing so. Each cloud will form part of a larger art work which will go on display outside the school library. Each student was presented with a UNICEF Rights Respecting School pin badge to mark their contribution to supporting the school become a Rights Respecting School.
Explaining the school’s commitment to becoming a Rights Respecting School, Assistant Principal Caroline Saunders, said:
‘The pledges taken by all stakeholders reflect our understanding of our rights but also the gravity of our responsibility to the school, the young people we serve and the wider community. Today’s celebration has given us the opportunity to share our hopes for the future. We believe everyone has the right to be the best they can be and to facilitate this, we all have a responsibility to ensure ambitions are realised and dreams do come true.’
The Foundation Day was also an opportunity for academy sponsor, United Learning, to welcome The Regis School into its group. Students from the other 30 academies and independent schools which make up United Learning had contributed to a welcome film in which they each recorded greetings for The Regis School students and staff.
Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, said:
‘We are very pleased to have welcomed The Regis School into United Learning. Today has been an excellent illustration of the rich and varied life of the school and how students, staff, governors and the local community are working together to ensure that the school provides the very best educational opportunities.’