Can you remember what you were doing this time five years ago? Well fear not, we’ve delved back into the R.E.A.L. archives to see what was happening during May over the last five years.

Going back to 2017 and Learning Manager, Andy Richmond, raised a phenomenal £5,000 for charity by running the London Marathon in an impressive time of 3 hours, 56 minutes and 2 seconds!

2018 saw R.E.A.L. Education win Business of the Year at Mansfield and Ashfield Business Awards as well as the grand opening of R.E.A.L’s Headquarters at Kingsmill House, Mansfield.

In 2019 Nottinghamshire County Council donated a bus which was transformed into a mobile classroom full of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mechanics) resources. The first destination for the bus was Caythorpe in Lincolnshire.

May 2020 had seen many changes to R.E.A.L’s way of teaching and learning as the pandemic had not long began, however the fantastic renovation of the Gallows Hub, Ilkeston was complete and transformed into a brand new working space.

2021 doesn’t feel that long ago, but in May of last year Nikki Purchell, Head of Schools, was celebrating over 10 and a half years at R.E.A.L. after joining as a teacher in 2010.

What will the next five years worth of memories bring?