All Through Schooling in Bury St Edmunds
This is a time of great change in education nationally. While other schools locally prepare to move to a two-tier system, our schools have already reorganised into the forward looking All-Through system. As a result, all the schools in our Trust are able to focus solely on our core mission of helping every pupil to reach his or her potential by providing a seamless education from 4-19. If you are interested in understanding our approach better, you can read more about how the Trust works. To visit a Trust school web site click on the links at the top of the page.
The Great Jewellery Theft Challenge
Almost 200 pupils from years four and five across the Trust schools spent a morning at Horringer Court working on "The Great Jewellery Theft Challenge". The Challenge was devised to test this term's maths; to give pupils the confidence to apply their maths and to underline that maths is fun. The pupils worked very well together in mixed age and mixed school groups.
Tasked to be detectives, a number of mathematical clues unmasked the criminal. Jack Warboys and Ella Bell, Head Boy and Head Girl at Horringer Court, did a superb job as the Chief Inspectors and a group of year 9 students from County Upper made excellent maths leaders, supporting the teams throughout the morning.
Budding thespians were given a taste of the Bard when they took to the stage in our two day Shakespeare Festival.
Sharing skills in maths
Year 10 pupils from our County Upper Campus shared their mathematical know-how with younger students from within the All-Through Trust during a maths morning at the school on Thursday 2nd October 2014.
Headteacher at County Upper Campus, Vicky Neale, said both year groups took to the tasks, which involved problem-solving challenges to ‘put maths in a practical context’.
Tollgate Headship Appointment
Alison Earl has served as Tollgate Primary's executive head since March to help bring 'rapid improvements' and has now been appointed permanent headteacher.
She recently oversaw the school's move to academy status which allowed it to join All-Through Trust. The move follows the departure of Tollgate head David Hicks and sees her leave her role as head at the 'outstanding' rated Barrow Primary, which is also part of the Trust and is now led by acting head Helen Ashe.
It was just two years after her first headteacher appointment that Mrs Earl scored a double 'outstanding' by leading Barrow CEVC Primary School from an Ofsted rating of good to one of outstanding, as well as achieving an outstanding for the Church inspection too.
Mrs Earl said: "I've loved my time at Barrow so I'm pleased that the two schools will be working closely together in the All-Through Trust. I firmly believe that there is a moral purpose in helping every child to achieve their potential. I look forward to a partnership with the local community to lead the school so that it becomes a flagship for outstanding teaching and learning."
She is joined by new deputy head Georgie Bateman, who comes from Westley Middle School, and three new class teachers. Tollgate was taken out of special measures when it became an academy on July and Mrs Earl said they expected an inspection by Ofsted in spring or summer.
John George, chairman of governors, added: "Securing outstanding leadership is another step towards the goal of achieving higher standards and increasing pupil progress. Since we've been working with the all-through trust we've already made many significant changes."
Rolls-Royce Science Prize 2014
Six English secondary schools have been chosen for this prestigious prize which is awarded following an extremely rigorous selection procedure. This year the successful schools are: Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Brit School, Lancaster Girls Grammar, Simon Langton Girls Grammar, The Judd Grammar School and the All-Through Trust led by County Upper for this project.
As a result we have significant funding to provide a range of events across our All-Through Trust throughout the year when one overall winner from this year’s six prize winners will be selected.
Rani Gill, Rolls-Royce Project Manager, Science Prize, said “Rolls-Royce has long advocated science teaching in schools. Now in its 10th year, the Rolls-Royce Science Prize has encouraged teachers to improve science teaching and inspire children with exciting, intellectually stimulating and relevant science education. The Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust has risen to the challenge and has put forward an excellent proposal. I wish them the very best in the competition.”
We thank Mrs Payne for overseeing this. The first event was organised for our year eleven triple scientists this month. They used £10,000 worth of equipment in a cutting edge biotechnology project.
First Trust Sports Event of 2014
As well as numerous weekly coaching sessions and clubs in all six schools across a range of sports, cross-phase days also feature again in this year’s Partnership programme. The first one involved eighty year four and five pupils from all our schools working with year ten leaders from County. The pupils enjoyed archery, dance, trampolining and a climbing wall which also involved abseiling from the top! All the pupils had a thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable day. We thank and congratulate our sports leaders who did a superb job as well as the Partnership Co-ordinator, Mr Marshall for organising it.
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