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 STEM Conference
It has been a superb year for STEM activity across the Trust. It culminated with a special conference day offered to pupils across the region. Pupils from the Trust’s middle and upper phases participated enthusiastically while the senior students were excellent ambassadors helping throughout. The Institute of Physics and twenty STEM companies were involved and there was a mix of practical activities and careers information with an emphasis on avoiding gender stereotyping throughout.
We congratulate all who took part and thank the staff who made it possible.
The model United Nations day
County have continued to participate very successfully in the national model United Nations conference weekend and, once again, this experience was extended across the Trust with one of two special days held this half term. Year eleven and sixth form students ran the event for pupils across years six to ten.
The whole day was run as if it were a real UN conference and ‘delegates’ arrived having been briefed on this year’s theme of child slavery. The resolution which was debated was a proposal to make education compulsory to age fourteen across the world and certainly made all those who took part think about how lucky they are. We were proud of the way all the participants engaged with the day and the leadership exemplified by the older students was superb.
We thank all the staff across the Trust for an excellent day.
The able and talented day for Art
Year seven students from across our middle phase worked with staff and students from County on two projects devised by year nine students as part of their Arts Award from Trinity Guildhall. The day involved drawing and different types of printing in the style of famous artists. Everyone completed some very successful work to take back to their home campuses for display.
We thank Mrs Masterman for organising it.
With end of year musicals across our middle and upper phases we have taken the opportunity to share each other’s expertise. Students from across years nine and ten helped Horringer Court and Westley with their performances of ‘Molly and her Incredible Dancing Shoes’ and ‘Aladdin’ respectively; at Horringer this being the culmination of early morning support for dance. Meanwhile, two hundred and fifty pupils from across the middle phase were treated to a special performance of County’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at The Apex.
We congratulate all involved.
The music playing day
This is always one of the many highlights of the Trust’s busy music calendar. Forty students from the Westley and Horringer Court campuses came to County Upper for the Day. They worked in small groups, with twenty year ten GCSE Music students, to compose, perform and record an original soundtrack for a film, using specialist music software on the iMacs. The day started with all sixty students performing and recording the “opening titles” using music - specially composed for the day by Mr Jermy, our Trust music co-ordinator - and it finished with the premiere of the finished film in the Studio Theatre.
We thank the music staff across the Trust for another excellent year.
A great summer of sport
Our year long programme of sport culminated in multisports festivals for the middle phase, crazy golf in the primary phase and sports days. At Barrow, Tollgate and Horringer Court, sports leaders from County did a fantastic job of organising the festivals and sports days while every student in years nine and ten took part in County’s sports day. The multisports festivals involved the whole of year five and six who tried a wide variety of new sports as well as learning a dance with a World Cup theme.
Every pupil was a credit to the Trust. Over a hundred leaders were involved and the following comment was typical:
I just wanted to email and tell you how complimentary our staff have been about the County students. All the staff
commented on how good they were with our children, their enthusiasm and their organisation. They were keen to take the lead and showed true leadership. They were quick to pick up which children needed a little extra support and took the responsibility of doing this. Having them lead sports day certainly makes our lives a lot easier.
We congratulate all those involved and thank the PE staff across the Trust for all they do.
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