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.
A Wealth of Sport
Our All-Through Trust Sports Partnership enjoys an excellent reputation and deservedly so. This half term it has excelled with Action Days, Clubs and Festivals. The whole of year three has been to Westley and experienced archery, basketball and netball.
In years five and eight, every pupil has also had an ‘Action Day’ at County where they rotated between Archery, Basketball, Body Combat Fitness, Dance, Football, Handball and Trampolining. At all these days, the sports leaders did an excellent job of helping to run activities, some of which the sixth formers led with distinction.
This half term has also seen a trampolining festival for years three and four at County which they absolutely loved and the weekly netball and handball Connexus clubs for pupils at Horringer, Westley and County continue to be hugely enjoyed. The whole of Tollgate campus led by County’s sports leaders took part in a special ‘Skip2BFit’ day which was an excellent contribution to teaching them about healthy lifestyles and was also great fun! All this is complemented by the excellent provision on each campus which is enhanced by sharing staff and resources.
We thank our Director of Sport, Mr Marshall for co-ordinating it.
The Rainforest Experience
Year four pupils at Tollgate joined with year six students from Horringer Court and Westley at Horringer for a special day designed to complement and extend their geography studies. The pupils were introduced to the animals which can be found in the different layers of the forest as well as learning about the habitats in each layer. By the end of the day, pupils had produced posters and artistic representations of the animals and their habitats which they presented to the group. Some excellent work was generated and we congratulate all who took part. We thank Mrs Bateman, Mrs Kemp and Mr Whitwell for running the day.
The Model United Nations Conference
County is always invited to participate in the national conference and we have replicated this across our middle and upper phases. In September the Trust held the second of two days which replicate exactly the format used by the UN. The first day was in July and ‘delegates’ convened again last month. The event was led superbly by sixth formers and involved pupils from year six through to year thirteen. They all came smartly dressed for the day and worked in mixed-aged teams. Each team represented a country and all the debates and resolutions centred on climate change and emissions levels. As always, we enjoyed a fantastically high standard of discussion and all the students were a credit to the Trust. We thank Mrs Rehahn for co-ordinating it.
Bury in Bloom recognises the Trust’s contributio
Across every campus, the Trust runs a gardening club which keeps the sites looking attractive and also contributes to community projects. Pupils are given both skills and lessons on the environment as well as having fun.
We were delighted that a number of students across the middle and upper phases received individual awards. We are especially proud of Tollgate Primary which was given the Outstanding Achievement Award.
We congratulate all those who were acknowledged and thank the staff who run the activities.
Performing Arts news across the Trust
With the special cross-phase events and the excellent activities available on each campus, the Performing Arts have a high profile across the Trust. Our Performing Arts Co-ordinator for the Trust, Miss Lacey is running an additional weekly drama club at both Horringer Court and Tollgate and the Arts Award is being introduced on each campus.
County’s drama club remains hugely popular and some bronze, silver and gold Arts Awards have already been presented. Across the Trust, we are preparing for our annual festival of Drama at the Theatre Royal.
This year it will be in February and the theme will be ‘love’. Dance and music also continue apace and we thank the staff for the excellent variety and quality we enjoy
Latin club members enjoy success
Across the middle and upper phases, we offer Latin as an extra-curricular activity. Students at Horringer Court and Westley meet together weekly and can then continue their studies at County’s Latin clubs which enables them to take the GCSE early and ‘A’ level if they really excel. This summer, three Horringer, one Westley and two year nine County students sat the GCSE early and achieved 4 A*s, an A and a C grade between them. At the other end of the age range, Pearl Liao in the sixth form was selected for the prestigious Wells Cathedral School’s Summer Latin Course and the report she received was outstanding. We thank Mr Hopkins for all he does for Latin across the Trust.
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