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 Business and Mathematics Day
Pupils from across year eight of the Trust came to County and worked with year ten mathematics ambassadors. Each group comprised pupils from Horringer Court, Westley and County which allowed them to work well with students they didn’t know. For the mathematics tasks, teams worked on quick-fire starters, multiple choice questions, logic problems, functional maths investigations and
The town’s Christmas events
The Trust made another excellent contribution to the music for Christmas this year. The East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH) held their carol service in St Edmundsbury Cathedral with performances which included Westley’s choir and signing choir and County’s chamber choir. At the St Edmundsbury Christmas Fayre, visitors were entertained on Angel Hill by the choirs from Tollgate and Westley and by County’s Swing Band. St Mary’s is the town’s civic church, hosting all the main civic services throughout the year. Horringer Court and County both represented our Trust with carol services there. The pupils’ contributions were much admired and complimented and it is always good for them to see their counterparts across the Trust perform.
The autumn Science Day
Our regular year six day took place in November. Pupils from across the Trust enjoyed a day of investigations based on the theme of sweets. Their Physics investigation involved testing the stretching properties of different types of sweets to determine if they were elastic, plastic or brittle. In the Biology investigation they described the different tastes of sweets and explored which parts of the tongue were sensitive to each taste. Finally, in Chemistry, they planned their own investigations to find the endothermic properties of lemon sherbet. The students demonstrated excellent investigative skills and were confidently supported by our Year 9 and Year 10 science ambassadors.
The SAT results for 2017 are published
In December the Department for Education publishes the national results for the Standard Assessment Tests taken by all year six pupils in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We were delighted to see that our middle phase came out so strongly. The Trust’s campuses at Horringer Court and Westley were right at the top on the headline measure out of the fourteen schools in the area and two of only three to make the top four for both attainment and progress. We congratulate the staff and pupils at both campuses and, especially, Horringer Court where the results were thirteen percentage points above the national average and seventeen points above the Suffolk average.
Bury Abbey Rotary Young Chef Competition
The Trust hosts this annual competition at the Westley campus. Reaching the final is to be commended and finalists then have to cook a three course meal. The results are judged by superstar chef Pascal from Maison Bleue. We congratulate Chloe Taylor who came second and especially Ben Templeton, also from Westley, who won and progresses to the regional round.
World Class Schools Essay Competition
The Trust was in the first group of schools nationally to be awarded this Quality Mark and so was eligible to enter this year’s competition. The title was linked to democracy and the competition was judged by Churchill College, Cambridge. Nine of the entrants were awarded ‘Honourable Mention’ certificates and we congratulate Millie Perry at County Upper on being one of them. Millie received her prize at a special ceremony in Cambridge.
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