All Through Schooling in Bury St Edmunds
This is a time of great change in education nationally. While other schools locally prepare to move to a two-tier system, our schools have already reorganised into 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 music playing day
Over one hundred and eighty pupils from years five to thirteen across the Trust converged on the County campus for an exciting music day. They were joined by year eight students from other schools who move up to County in September. The musicians varied in standard from grade one to grade eight and formed a wind band and an orchestra for the day. Taking the BBC’s Ten Pieces as their starting point, each ensemble prepared three items for performance at the end of the afternoon. The audience of parents and staff thoroughly enjoyed all six pieces and were genuinely impressed by what had been achieved. All the pupils enjoyed their day and were ‘buzzing with excitement’, pleased with their accomplishments. We congratulate all who took part.
The United Nations model conference
The first event took place at the UN Geneva in 1953 to ensure that the youth of the day did not make the same mistakes as their ancestors. Today, it is as relevant as ever and students from across the middle and upper phases had an excellent day replicating a UN conference. The day was led by year twelve students. Mixed groups of students, led by years ten and eleven, represented each country and addressed a resolution concerning the outbreak of the Zika virus and the 2016 Olympic games. After suitable research, each country presented its recommendations and the motion was debated. All the staff present were very impressed with the pupils work throughout the day and the high quality of the debate
The able and talented art day
Pupils from across years seven and eight came together at County for a day in which they learned a new printing technique. Taking fish as their motif, pupils quickly picked up the art of collagraphy and by the end of the day, each mixed group had produced an excellent, colourful banner. We congratulate all who attended.
Term starts by celebrating the new science award
The primary and middle phases of the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust came together to celebrate having been awarded the new Primary Science Quality Mark for their outstanding science provision. Staff and pupils at the Horringer Court, Tollgate and Westley campuses gained the silver award which recognises their commitment to the teaching of science and highlights the quality of the teaching, range of provision in and out of the classroom and the excellent results. Both staff and pupils benefited hugely from the support from County Upper who were the first in the country to receive the Gold Secondary Science Quality Mark. Nadine Payne at County said, “through our work as the Science Learning Partnership for the whole of Suffolk and Norfolk, we were able to provide a lot of staff training and exciting activities for pupils. They were incredibly enthusiastic and enjoyed working together.” Mrs Payne, who is leading the development of the new County STEM Academy, added that this was just the sort of programme which would help students choose their preferred route through the upper phase when the time came.
The Faraday challenge
Students from across the middle phase joined forces at the Howard campus as they became real-life engineers for the day. Their task was to research, design and build solutions to real-life engineering problems using the BBC micro:bit. This is a small, programmable tool designed to introduce young people to the world of coding. The day was run as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Faraday Challenge Day. Pupils impressed with their sales pitches for their products and two in particular were very successful. These involved devising a combined thermometer and compass for people who get lost and designing a device for monitoring dehydration levels during physical activity. These two are being considered for a national final later in the year. We congratulate all the pupils from Horringer Court, Howard and Westley.
A special matinee performance of ‘Oliver’
County’s annual music is staged at The Apex every other year and July saw three excellent evening performances of ‘Oliver’, each of which ended with a standing ovation. On the Friday morning, there was a special matinee showing for year six pupils across the Trust. They and their teachers really enjoyed it and it showed the younger pupils what they can aspire to in the upper phase.
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