#Emptyclassroom success at Denes

Ormiston Denes Academy joined schools from across the world in taking classes outdoors for a two-day activity experience for students, as part of the trending campaign ‘Empty Classroom Day.’ To build on their personal skills as well as experiencing new activities and lifelong learning opportunities

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Empty Classroom Day is a global phenomenon and took place on 17 June this year.  It is backed by Persil’s ‘Dirt is good movement’ and aims to celebrate and inspire learning and play outside the classroom.

Students at Denes were given nearly 30 options to choose from ranging from free activities, for example: Surfing, upcycling, beginner Spanish, and trekking, to offsite paid activities such as Model Airfix, Harry Potter Experience and Outdoor Adventure at Fritton Lake Country Park. All of the activities were a huge success.

Paige Sutton, Empty Classroom Day lead, said: “Students were seen to be building both their confidence and skills as the activities progressed. There were smiles all round and feedback already suggests that students used teamwork, determination and communication skills throughout the days.”

“92% of students want activity days to run next year and 89% of staff felt the days were beneficial to academy life and enrichment. Students are keen to take part in overseas (42%), residential (56%) and adventurous activities (59%) next year. We are already planning next years to include many of these opportunities over a week.”

The students said:

"A fantastic experience where I tried new activities." 

“It was good to try something different and I learnt some new skills on a two wheeler skateboard!”

“It was tiring but a good experience. It showed my leadership skills off and I led the group.”

Ormiston Denes Marketing and Communications Officer, Julie Durrant, told us: “We fully embraced the ‘Empty Classroom Day global campaign which was set up to celebrate and inspire learning and play outside the classroom and shared our students’ experiences on our social media streams throughout the two days.”