Shropshire Sun Shines on Access School Fete

Temperatures soared to almost 30 degrees Celsius as staff, parents and young people celebrated the annual Access School Fete on Wednesday 21st July.

A Caribbean theme ran through this year’s event, with a Steel Band and Jamaican food cooked by our very own Mr. Daley – providing homage to Bob Marley in music, dress, and stunning artwork.

Pictures of the Caribbean theme


The Access School Fete is predominantly a celebration for the students and their achievements over the year.

It’s also an opportunity for everyone connected to Access School – parents, carers, past students, the school committee, and everyone across Family Care – to join in those celebrations.

Set in the Access school grounds in the beautiful countryside of Wem, you couldn’t wish for a better location.

The school is built on a previously working farm which provides around 6 acres of land for teachers and pupils to use every day.

Creative therapeutic learning is part of the fabric at Family Care.  The expansive land at Access is well used for all manner of activities including a sensory garden, chicken coups, and our very own Bee Hive!


“Our students really look forward to this event every year and 2021 did not disappoint!”

David Page, Head of Access School


2021 Access School Fete

Head of Access School David Page and his team of merry men and women help to organise the event.

Sports day takes place a week before, with every education team member responsible for organising one of the activities of the fete and sports day.

This year’s fete featured an array of displays including Shropshire Falconry, Shropshire Inflatables and our very own Art Auction.

There was a real community-feel on the day, with lots of foot-tapping to the reggae beats of the steel band.

David Page was delighted with the turnout:

“We hold the fete annually at the end of summer term, but we missed out last year due to Covid-19.  It’s fantastic to have it back in all it’s glory!  And it’s great to see so many people connected to the school, as well as some from the wider company without whom we wouldn’t be able to function as we do.”

Pictures of the collection of Artwork for auction
A collection of student’s artwork for auction


Art Auction

The wonderful talent of Access School students was proudly on display for the Art Auction.

Work completed by our talented student artists sold to a full gallery of people in attendance, with the highest bid over £100!

Teacher and SENCO Mr. Davies was auctioneer for the day (minus the gavel), watch his auctioneering skills in action.

The grand total raised from the art auction was £472!!

This will provide a voucher for every student who contributed, with the remainder going towards exciting new projects in the pipeline.

Deputy Head of Access School Richard Keenan said: “To raise £472 from our talented pupil’s artwork is just awesome.  I know a few folks were after the big 4 paintings which alone raised £265. 

The ‘Spaniel’ in a gallery by a named artist would probably start bidding at £3,000, such is the skill and craft on display.  There was a definite buzz in the air today from pupils who could see their work was better than they ever thought!”

Artwork of the Spaniel completed by Access School students
Artwork of the Spaniel completed by Access School students

Also in attendance was the renowned Laura Watton with compatriots from her animal sanctuary.

Laura brought Martha the Donkey and Fabio her 6-week old Parrott, providing a soothing retreat from the foot-tapping of the steel bands.

20-meters from Laura (as the crow flies) was Steve and Katie from Shropshire Falconry, mesmerizing us with a display of Falcons, Kestrels and White-Faced Owls among others.

Activities like this are brilliant for children and young people – Steve and Katie may be getting a call from our fostering support services team in the near future!

All in all, a fantastic way to close out the summer term.  It truly was a day to remember.


Special Thanks

Thank you to everyone who attended and made this year’s fete the spectacular event that it was.  We must also give special thanks to those who provided an activity, a stall, or some tasty grub.


Browse photos from the 2021 Access School Fete below.

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To find out more about Access School you can visit their webpage.  You can also learn more about our other schools and browse our latest vacancies.


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