All Through Schooling in Bury St Edmunds
This is a time of great change in education nationally. While other schools locally are adjusting to their recent move to a two-tier system, our schools are already established and very confident with 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 County Harvest Festival Service
With Suffolk still a largely rural county having agriculture at its heart, the annual Harvest Festival Service in St Edmundsbury Cathedral is an important celebration of our county’s life. Tollgate and County Upper were therefore proud and privileged to represent our Trust at the Service. This was led by the Bishop of Dunwich and the Dean with a large congregation including the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, our MP and a number of civic dignitaries. Art work from Tollgate pupils was displayed in the cloisters. Pupils from Tollgate and County Upper walked in the procession from The Arc to the Cathedral and then read lessons and prayers during the service. All those who took part were excellent ambassadors for the Trust and were rightly much complimented afterwards.
The Trust’s Science Days
The first of the termly days took place in November when year four pupils went to Horringer Court and year six pupils went to County Upper. At Horringer Court, year seven pupils expertly guided year four pupils through a number of investigations. They made and used plant indicators to classify chemicals as well as observing their own cells under the Microscope. Great fun was had by all, the pupils showed super science skills and the older ones were impressive leaders. Meanwhile at County, science ambassadors worked with year six pupils from across our middle phase. They needed to use their understanding of forces and electrical circuits as well as some logical thinking to build a chain of events starting with a marble on a slope and finishing with a candle being lit. The whole activity resembled the Mousetrap game and was hugely enjoyable as well as scientifically challenging. All the students were a credit to the Trust. We thank Mrs De Jongh, Dr Hanfrey and all the science staff who made the day such a success.
All the music for Christmas
As well as all the traditional concerts and services arranged by each campus, the Trust’s musicians also came together to perform in the community. The annual EACH service was held in St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Westley’s choir, signing choir and County’s chamber choir performed to a large, appreciative audience. At the Christmas Fayre, County’s swing band and Tollgate’s choir performed and Horringer Court took part in the opening parade. Meanwhile, County’s choirs and brass ensemble and Horringer Court’s musicians took part in services in St Mary’s and Westley held a carol service in All Saints Church. Horringer Court and Westley pupils entertained residents at Glastonbury Court and shoppers at Tesco. Tollgate and Westley’s choirs were much praised at Manson House. Across the Trust, musicians also entertained at the Gala Pantomime performance at the Theatre Royal, Newmarket Hospital, St Peter’s care home and Lackford Lakes. We thank the music staff across the Trust and congratulate all our musicians.
The Horringer Community Village Light Up
This community event began seven years ago and the Trust’s middle and upper phases are always delighted to contribute to the performance which precedes the lighting of the tree. This year eight students from the Trust performed songs and dances from the musical ‘Elf’ as well as helping to create the set. They were excellent representatives of our Trust and we congratulate Amy Allum, Isabel Buchan, Jasmine Fuller and Olivia Hasler from our Horringer Court campus and Kate Fuller, Lauren Hasler, Hannah Perry and Isobel Perry from County Upper.
All the sporting activity
Sport plays a huge part in the life of each Trust campus and from year five upwards, teams across the full range of competitions not only take part but consistently win at Western Area and County level. In addition, our sports partnership is now well-established and externally recognised as a model for how such partnerships should be run. Last half term we set up student panels at each campus. Each panel involves pupils talking about their experience of PE, and how they think we could improve enjoyment and participation further. They were greeted enthusiastically and will be a regular feature from now on. Year four pupils at Tollgate enjoyed an excellent trampolining festival at County Upper. Year ten Sports Leaders from County did an excellent job at Tollgate when they planned and taught PE with the reception class at Tollgate. In a new venture, our senior Sports Leaders from County were invited to Kedington Primary where they planned and taught PE classes for years one, two and five. We congratulate all who took part and thank the PE staff across the Trust, led by Mr Marshall, for all the sport we enjoy.
Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!
A strong extra-curricular offering remains at the heart of the Trust vision and there are over a 100 clubs a week in the upper phase alone. One of the many advantages of our all-through approach is that it offers the chance for pupils to work across a bigger age range and for the older ones to develop their leadership skills. Already this term, in addition to the many sports clubs, Trust drama, gardening and Latin clubs are already well established and pupils are very enthusiastic participants. We thank all the staff involved.
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