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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.

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The music dayThe music day

The very successful music playing day took place at County. 

Pupils formed a string orchestra, wind band, jazz band and full orchestra on the day and rehearsed five pieces to perform at the end.  The standard was widely commended and gave pupils the chance to perform to a live audience as well as to participate in the very different experience of a live recording. 

Everyone enjoyed the day and the younger pupils certainly benefited from the musicianship of the older ones.

We thank Mr Jermy, Mrs Bradley, Miss Green and Mr Jarvis for an excellent day

The United Nations model conferenceThe United Nations model conference

Following a second successful year for County Upper at the national conference for schools and our Trust’s successful event last year, we decided to give pupils across years six to ten the chance to participate in a model conference run by years eleven and twelve.

The day replicated an actual UN conference and participants arrived fully prepared having worked on their briefing pack.  This year’s resolution was prepared by the Energy and Ecology Council and related to Climate Change.  Each of the countries represented researched its position before a formal debate. 

All those who participated did extremely well and the young leaders demonstrated leadership at its best. We thank all the staff across the Trust who made such an educational day possible.

The able and talented Art dayThe able and talented Art day

This was the last of the Trust’s curriculum days. Middle phase students worked with staff and students at County on a project based on portraiture and collography printing.

Pupils looked at a variety of artists’ work around the theme of landscapes. The County students planned and led the day as part of their silver Arts Award. By the end, some exciting photo montages and collography prints were ready for display and an enjoyable, worthwhile time had been experienced by all.

We thank Mrs Masterman for co-ordinating it.

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County Upper - West Suffolk School of The YearCounty Upper - West Suffolk School of The Year

This year West Suffolk held its first ever Sports Awards combining the separate awards previously made in both St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath. Competition was therefore fierce with a large number of nominations in every category.

We were delighted to be invited to the Gala Awards Evening as a finalist. St Edmundsbury Cathedral was transformed for the occasion which was hosted by Lesley Dolphin from Radio Suffolk with Sally Gunnell, OBE as the guest of honour.

It was just reward for County Upper's PE department when it was announced that, out of all the primary and secondary schools across the West of the county, we were the West Suffolk School of the Year for our sports provision. It was acknowledged that we have consistently held the School Games Mark at Distinction and are one of only two schools in the country to have the DFE’s Quality Mark at Distinction.

We were also commended for the breadth and depth of our sporting offer; our success at local, regional and national level; our work with the most able and talented pupils and in engaging those who would not otherwise do sport and our links with community sports clubs.

The Trust’s Sports Programme goes onThe Trust’s Sports Programme goes on

Highlights from this half term have included three sports festivals to cement the focus on gymnastics and trampolining.  Pupils in years three and four across the primary phase and in years five and six across the middle phase thoroughly enjoyed their respective trampolining festivals at County.  Barrow’s older pupils also had an excellent gymnastics festival.

Meanwhile, our sports leaders at Horringer Court’s campus have been completing their sports leadership award and leading year three and year four lessons at Tollgate.

We thank Mr Marshall and our Trust coaches for another superb half term

Our maths team takes the titleOur maths team takes the title

The Trust took a team of four students to compete in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge Regional final at the School of Mathematical Sciences in the University of Cambridge.  

The team consisted of two year 8s and two year 9s; Stella Wilkinson (Horringer Court campus), Felicity Ellis (Westley campus) and Marla Ind and Mario Saenz de Villaverde (County Upper campus).  The Challenge involved a variety of mathematical tasks that required problem solving, along with communication and teamwork skills.  

The team came top in Suffolk and were runners-up in the Eastern Region out of the thirty schools who made the final.  As well as the students who represented us on the day a group of six other students from the Trust’s advanced maths club have worked hard and any one of them would have been prepared to step into the team at any point.

We thank Mr Masterman for running the club and congratulate all who took part.

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