Lord Lieutenant visits Fir Vale Academy


Breffni - Andrew Coombe

Story by Janet Lawson

Staff and students were delighted to receive a visit from the Queen’s Representative Lord Lieutenant Andrew Coombe.  The Lord Lieutenant had shown considerable previous interest inthe challenging circumstances of the area and has in fact recently walked the streets of Page Hall and Burngreave to talk to the local community and see first-hand what problems they faced.

He was pleased to be touring the school on an ‘Enrichment Day’ which was dedicated to learning and applying new employability skills. He visited several ‘STEM’ (Science,Technology, Engineering & Maths) activities engaging with the students and the staff. He also observed students building ‘dioramas’ in English and met with a Year 9 group preparing a presentation on skills for apprenticeships, to be delivered to officials from the Department for Work & Pensions.

The Lord Lieutenant was very heartened by what he saw, commenting particularly on the calm and inclusive nature of such an international school.