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.
Learning from each other
Trust pupils ended the year with performances of ‘High School Musical’ at The Apex and ‘We Will Rock You’ at County Upper. Pupils from different campuses assisted and/ or watched performances to support each other and to learn from what each other can do. Both shows were very well received and we congratulate all who took part. We thank the large number of staff involved for giving the pupils such a worthwhile experience.
Following the activity days at County for our Westley campus pupils in May, in June students from Horringer Court spent part of their Activity Week at County. Pupils undertook a carousel of activities including science, drama and sport all of which were very much enjoyed. The middle phase pupils were extremely receptive and enthusiastic and the upper school leaders did an excellent job. Well done!
The model United Nations day
County Upper continues to take part very successfully in the national model United Nations conference weekend which this year was in Essex. The whole Trust then benefits from this experience by replicating it across two days in the Trust calendar. One of two special days was held this half term. Year eleven and sixth form students ran the event for pupils across years six to ten in our middle and upper phases. 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 the international response to natural disasters in the poorer regions of the world. Teams from across the age and campus range represented the countries which make up the UN and spent the morning researching and preparing their response to the resolution. Pupils certainly came to realise how lucky they are to grow up here. At the end of the day there was an emergency debate about the Donald Trump’s remarks about four Democratic representatives in the United States. All the participants engaged superbly with the day and the leadership exemplified by the older students was excellent. We thank all the staff across the Trust for an excellent day.
The Raising the Bar Awards
This year’s Awards ceremony was held at Wherstead Park near Ipswich. We were proud and delighted that two of the student awards went to pupils in our Trust. Martha Cooper at Horringer Court took one of the three ‘Inspirational Young Person of the Year Awards’ for secondary pupils. Martha was particularly commended for her work with younger pupils and for her attitude and determination. Joanna Brawn who went through the Trust and is now supporting PE at Westley was one of two winners of the ‘Inspirational Young Person of the Year Award’ for post 16 students.
The Bury in Bloom Project
Staff and pupils from Tollgate and County worked together on a project to create ‘a secret garden’ at County. Students transformed an area by digging beds, planting flowers and trees but also making imaginative use of sculptures, craftwork and plaques to enhance the area and decorating benches to create a pleasant seating space. The whole project received high praise from the Bury in Bloom team who also commented that, “what has been achieved is exactly what had been envisaged when the bee-trail project was suggested by the RHS for schools in Bury St. Edmunds.” We congratulate all the staff and pupils involved.
A fantastic summer of sport
Our year long programme of sport culminated in multi-sports festivals for the middle phase, more activities at Tollgate, including a sponsored run, and sports days across the Trust and beyond. At Tollgate, Horringer Court and Westley, sports leaders from County did a great job of organising the festivals and sports days while every student in years nine and ten took part in County’s sports day. The multi-sports festivals involved the whole of year five and six who tried a wide variety of new sports as well as learning a dance to take back with them. 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 let you know that the sport leaders and Mr Pyle were fantastic this afternoon. Lots of parents were very complimentary about their manner with the children. They got involved and kept the children motivated throughout the afternoon. They were particularly good with pupils who needed some extra support and encouragement, spotting them without being asked. Having them lead sports day certainly makes it a lot easier for us.” In addition, based on their reputation, sports leaders also ran a Western We congratulate all those involved and thank the PE staff across the Trust for all they do.
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