This weekend, MVA's team descended on the Battersea Independent School Show, a hub buzzing with the UK's top educational institutions. Our mission? To showcase our unique take on online learning amidst a panorama of the country's leading independent schools.
We arrived bright and early at Battersea Park's Evolution Centre on Saturday. By 10 am, our team, including the masterminds behind our stand, Clare and Hugo, had transformed our space into a beach-themed paradise, complete with a giant globe, deck chairs, and an actual surfboard. It was a sight to behold!
As families started pouring in at 10:30 am, our stand quickly became a hub of excitement with its virtual reality attractions and interactive games. Alongside me were Laura and Emily, chatting with parents and sharing our vision for online education.
We paused at 11 am for an unforgettable performance by the Christ's Hospital band, with their famous Tudor uniforms adding to the spectacle.
Midday brought more team members – Jack, Lawrence, Mark, and our CEO, Hugh. Each played a vital role, engaging with visitors and fellow educators. Hugh's talk at 12:30 pm was a highlight, sparking interest and questions about MVA.
The afternoon was a whirl of activities, with VR games drawing in the young crowd (with literal queues of children wanting a piece of the virtual action). The day wrapped up with a creative twist – a paper plane contest organised by our friends at Cottesmore at a networking event, a perfect end to an eventful day.
Sunday had a sombre start with a minute of silence to reflect on Remembrance Day. The solemn moment set the tone for a day of meaningful interactions.
Hugh was back on stage at 1:30 pm, captivating the audience with tales of MVA's unique approach, followed by an afternoon of meeting new faces and catching up with old friends from The Good Schools Guide and Muddy Stilettos. As the day wound down, it was time to say goodbye, but first, we couldn't resist testing our balance on the Surf School giant surfboard - it made for the perfect photo opportunity.
It was time for our team to disperse, each heading back to their corner of the world. The Battersea Independent School Show was not just an exhibition for us but a reaffirmation of MVA's place in the educational landscape. We connected, we shared, and we learned. And now, we look forward to what the future holds.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and made our weekend memorable. Here's to continuing our journey in reshaping education, one interaction at a time.