Month: January 2020

It may be Brexit for Britain – but not at Thistley Hough Academy!

While leaving Europe was given the green light in the national vote to ‘get Brexit done’ under Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, young debaters voted to remain in Europe following their own debate.

Students at Thistley Hough Academy listened to arguments for and against remaining or leaving the European Union, and as Stoke-on-Trent voters across all three constituencies turned the city blue student opinions took a different view…

The Academy debating club began in September and is the brainchild of English literacy lead Steve Moran, who hopes the club will develop students’ presentation, critical thinking and speaking skills – all key skills students need in their future careers.

He said: “While the club is still in its infancy it’s growing in popularity, and when it came to the Brexit debate the students ended up massively in favour of staying in the European Union.

“The kind of debate Brexit sparked was exactly the kind we want the club to tackle because we want to foster a healthy interest among our students in the world around them and for them to develop their knowledge of our society so they become responsible citizens able to make their own informed decisions.”

Other topics which members of the Academy debating club have wrangled with include capital punishment, and as the club develops it is hoped a team will enter national debating competitions in the future.

Debating within the UK has a long and illustrious history and is believed to date back to the early 18th Century. The Oxford Union Society is one of Britain’s oldest university unions and has played host to VIP speakers including Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and the Dalai Lama.

Any parents or pupils interested in finding out more about Thistley Hough Academy can call to book in and tour the Academy by calling 01782 883500.

Thistley Hough girls get the bug for the beautiful game

The appointment of experienced footballer Meg Baldwin to the Thistley Hough PE teaching team has led to a surge in interest in the sport among the Academy girls.

Since joining the teaching team in September Meg has created and coached an Academy girls’ team, who are going from strength to strength in their fixtures against other schools thanks to her strategies and experience.

Meg is a great role model for the girls as she began playing football aged 11 and was selected for Plymouth Argyle, before securing a contract at Chelsea Ladies Academy aged 16, and now plays as a midfielder for Port Vale Ladies Squad.

She said: “Girls football at Thistley Hough Academy has really taken off and I’m so impressed with the enthusiasm, competitiveness and resilience the girls have shown and they’ve made real progress.

“From day one I had 20 girls from Year 7 through to Year 11 wanting to play and that number has never dipped. They really enjoy learning all the skills then putting them into practice in a game at the end of the session.

“Whenever we play against other schools, they always comment on the rapid improvement we’re making and that’s really helped the girls to thrive and given them the enthusiasm to keep developing.

“I have been involved in coaching local girls’ teams who have all been successful and enjoyed playing football, and I love bringing that motivation and enjoyment to Thistley Hough. I want to ensure the girls have an equal opportunity to get involved in football, have fun, and hopefully continue their love for the sport outside of school.”

Any parents or pupils interested in finding out more about Thistley Hough Academy can call to book in and tour the Academy by calling 01782 883500.