‘Happy’ video by Grantham school celebrates successful year

Staff from Priory Ruskin Academy have created a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy'.
Staff from Priory Ruskin Academy have created a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy'.
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Members of staff at Priory Ruskin Academy have expressed their happiness at their recent Ofsted success and new £13.5 million site by dancing in an entertaining video.

Teachers and support staff all got together last week to film the video in which they show off a range of dance moves to Pharrell Williams’ hit record ‘Happy’.

The popular song which has been in the UK charts for 35 weeks has inspired numerous parody videos, and assistant headteacher Mick Oliver came up with the idea of a Priory Ruskin version.

Indeed the Academy has plenty to be ‘Happy’ about, after being rated good across the board in their recent Ofsted report, as well as moving into their new state-of-the art buildings.

Mr Oliver said: “We were visited by Ofsted three days before the beginning of exams and two weeks before we moved into our new school.

“Boxes were already packed, and emotions were high, but we did what we always do. We rallied together and got through it. Not only did we get through it, we smashed it!”

It was this ability to rally together which Mr Oliver particularly wanted to highlight with the film, as he saw it as a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the sense of community at the Academy since it was formed through a merger between Central School and Grantham Church (VA) School.

Mr Oliver explained: “Community is one of our core values along with respect, resilience and communication. I think the video hits all four.”

With the assistance of art teacher Jo Murphy who filmed, edited and was one of the many staff members to star in the video, Mr Oliver was able to create the film in just two days ready for the Academy’s final assembly.

“The video was produced to celebrate our survival and successes, to give our wonderful students four minutes of uncontrollable laughter and joy on their last day of term,” he added.

Not only did the video receive plenty of laughs, but students joined in when staff suddenly broke into dance again in a ‘flash mob’ style during the final assembly.

“It was the icing on the cake of how far we have come this year,” added Mr Oliver.

To watch the video, click here