Festival of Thought

We are proud to be hosting our community Festival of Thought during 27th – 29th June, which will explore themes such as Curiosity, Creativity, Culture, Community and Critical Thinking. The three day event will include a host of workshops, competitions, displays, activities and experiences to deepen and develop critical thought, independent curiosity and promote communities working together.

To view our exciting, FREE programme, hosted at Stamford Welland Academy, please click here: Full Festival of Thought Programme


As well as our exciting programme, we are also holding an adult Community Creative Writing Competition, (please click on the image to the left for the full details). The theme is The Power of Thought, it can be up to 1,000 words in length, and be in any format (story/poetry etc). Entry deadline is 22nd June, and all entries must be submitted to Sarah Oliver at soliver@stamfordwellandacademy.org.uk

Our first prize, is the opportunity to pitch James Hazel and Linda Bennet, both well known writers. Second prize is feedback from James Hazel, and runners up will receive sign books.


Thursday 28th June (Please click on the image below to see the full details)

3pm-4pm: The National Holocaust Centre’s Digital Exhibition

4.30pm-5.30pm: The sharing of testimony by a survivor of the Holocaust, Dr Martin Stern MBE

5pm-6pm: Publishing Secrets & our Community Adult Creative Writing Competition winners revealed (a talk for aspiring writers by Linda Bennett (Director of SALT Publishing and author, pseudonym Christina James) and James Hazel (lawyer and author)).

5.30pm – 6.30pm: Phil Lyons, CEO of the National Holocaust Centre will talk about the Global Context of Holocaust Education

7pm – 8.30pm: Come and be a part of the audience as SWA host our own version of topical debate show ‘Question Time’




Friday 29th June (Please click on the image below to see the full details)

In the morning, Year 10 GCSE students will be able to attend a special screening of Schindler’s List at Stamford Arts Centre, where there will be an opportunity to ask the Film Programmer Ben Reynolds, and questions afterwards.

In the afternoon, we are holding a charity fundraising school fete in the afternoon on our playing fields, with activities to include:

  • Various stalls
  • Live music
  • Ice cream
  • Inflatable games/competitions

All funds raised through the Festival of Thought will be donated to Don’t Lose Hope, a new charity that will offer a means tested counselling service for children, young people, their families and other members of the local community.