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Open day brings people back to school

PUBLISHED: 20:00 03 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

PUPILS at Stoke High School in Ipswich were on their best behaviour when the doors to their school were thrown open for an access all areas open day.

Hundreds of parents and businesses with links with the school were offered the opportunity to see students in action, meet their teachers and see the facilities at the school for a few hours.

PUPILS at Stoke High School in Ipswich were on their best behaviour when the doors to their school were thrown open for an access all areas open day.

Hundreds of parents and businesses with links with the school were offered the opportunity to see students in action, meet their teachers and see the facilities at the school for a few hours.

And the open door policy was extended later into the day when 400 pupils turned out to welcome parents for an information and activities evening.

Head teacher Martin Liddle said that the annual recruitment drive, targeted at attracting final year primary school children for the start of the next educational year, had proved a success in the past.

"The idea is to show them the school in action. We are a big community school with a joint use sports centre, so we are used to having the public through the school."

Last year Stoke High, on Maidenhall Approach, which has three main feeder primaries, attracted new recruits from an impressive 17 schools, he added.

Businesses that accept children from the school onto work experience placements were also invited to the open day in a bid to maintain good relations between the two communities.

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