A BASINGSTOKE secondary school has launched a virtual open event.

Cranbourne school, in Wessex Close, are the latest in a long list of schools across the town to turn their open evenings online in the face of Covid.

Prospective parents and students have been invited to explore the curriculum and discover more about Cranbourne.

An interactive map will guide families to different departments where they can learn about the subject and take part in activities and competitions ranging from The Murder Mystery of William Rufus to Mrs Simpson’s tutorial for the perfect French plait.

"I believe that young people should be able to follow their passions and find their strengths, building confidence as they grow," headteacher Jane Aplin tells students in her virtual talk.

"We teach a wide range of subjects supported by our excellent specialist facilities including an indoor swimming pool and functioning hair and beauty salon. Our most able children benefit from the “Cranbourne Plus” programme, which acts as a ladder to future success.

"Recently ex-students have places at Oxford University, St Barts Medical School and places on high level apprenticeships. We are proud of our record with SEN and dyslexic students, who flourish in our Specialist Resourced Provision, the only one of its type in Basingstoke.

"During the recent lockdown, we taught our children face to face every day and all students sat end of year exams as normal in July.

"It is this attention to detail and the willingness to “go the extra mile” for our families that sets us apart."

You can view the open event website at www.explorecranbourne.co.uk