STAFF at Oldbury Park RSA Academy in Worcester wielded their paintbrushes this week as they prepared the school for full re-opening in September.

It was all hands on deck as the team, led by incoming headteacher Di Smith, included teachers, support staff, the site manager and even family members and children.

Mrs Smith and fellow newcomer to the leadership team from September, Trust Vice Principal Lee Card, felt that the day really demonstrated the values and spirit of the school.

Mrs Smith said: “To have so many members of staff give up a full day of their holiday - and a sunny one at that - to help give the school a bit of a facelift speaks volumes about this team.

"We know that for many children and families, there will be a mixture of excitement and nerves when the new academic year starts and we really want to make sure that the school feels vibrant, positive and a wonderful place to thrive.”

Mr Card said: “The impact of several hours of painting on the outside of the buildings is wonderful. This is a huge site with so much potential and we have made a great start today - however, I am sure that there will be more opportunities to enhance the school and its grounds in the future, so we are always open to offers from local families, businesses or trades.”

Oldbury Park RSA Academy re-opens to all pupils on Thursday, September 3.