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21.09.20 – Darrell Priestley, co-founder and Academy Principal
31 years, 265 days after our first Grand Opening, we are doing it all over again.
This time, it’s a bit more low key. But after six months of seperation from our lovely students, it might tug at the heart strings that little bit more.
Re-Opening Day – the story in numbers:
6 – The number of months we stayed closed since 23rd March 2020.
10 – The maximum extension in feet of the decorator’s pole used to reach the most inaccessible parts of our halls, stairs and landings.
273 – The number of times Eileen ran up the new step ladders.
49 – How many consecutive days Eileen and Darrell have worked without a break in the final stages of preparing the Academy to re-open.
7 – The tally of high quality perspex screens now used at various points around the building.
3 – Local shops supported, where we bought all the decorating materials we used.
114 – The total number of times that steps or ladders were carried up and down the stairs.
21 – The quantity of tins of paint used in redecorating nma this time.
(PS, counting error, the actual number was 24)
6 – Additional Dust Sheets purchased for this decorating job.
25 – Length in feet of the dust sheets used on the stairs.
2 – The maximum number of people present in our building on most days since early May.
10 – Walls that were part or fully replastered.
27 – Paint splats on Darrells watch that refuse to come off
4 – The number of days we now operate each week from 21st September
3 – Quick Gel hand sanitising stations in the building, one in each hall or landing.
85 – How many times Darrell forgot where he had left his paint brush or roller, and had to go up and down stairs looking for it.
34 – And how many times he found it within two feet of where he was when he started looking.
1 – The number of people that can accompany students attending lessons.
2 – Tired but happy Academy founders, almost 32 years on.
Finally, thanks to all of you – we couldn’t have done any of this but for you!