Our KS3 parents regularly ask us 'what good books can I buy my child? Can you recommend any?' In response to this the English Department have collated their own experiences, as well as consulting with Year 7 and 8 students, to produce a selection of suggested 'Good Reads', that might be bought, the next time Book Vouchers arrive for a birthday. Click here to see the list.
There were many entries received for the short story competition for Year 8, following on from the pupils listening to various short stories. All of the entries received were very impressive, creative and imaginative.
An enormous well done to all of the pupils who entered a short story, second place and the runner ups won a £10 gift voucher for Waterstones and the winner won a £20 gift voucher for Waterstones.
The entries were shortlisted and the runner ups were Charlene Loveridge with ‘The Princess Emily’, William Radford with ‘Alone’, Cameron Crawford with ’12.44’ and Joseph Kirby. In second place was Joshua Rutherford with his story ‘Survivor’.
The winner of the competition was Beatrice Monroe with her short story ‘All Tied Up’. You can read the winning entry here.
Parents who know the recent history of the school will be aware that we became an Academy in April 2011. This was followed in September 2014 by our conversion into a multi-academy trust which we called the East Midlands Education Trust (EMET). We created this trust in response to the Department for Education (DfE) who wanted us, as a high performing outstanding school, to support other schools in need of some assistance. Consequently our first partner in EMET was Mill Hill School who we renamed as the Ripley Academy.
In September of this academic year we were delighted when the South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form in Keyworth decided to join EMET. South Wolds, as an OfSTED rated good school, did not need assistance to raise standards but instead joined our trust to work in partnership with us for the mutual benefit of our children.
Our fledgling partnership quickly attracted the attention of other schools as the benefits for schools to work within multi academy trusts became clearer. Not only are the DfE offering incentives to encourage this but it does allow academies to make much needed savings in our back office functions which in turn enable us to keep staff at the sharp end of the business, in the classroom. Consequently the Kimberley School joined us last November and the John Flamsteed Community School now have an academy order in place with a view to joining us on 1st April.
Once a multi-academy trust contains five schools and at least 3,000 pupils, the DfE offer a direct capital grant which a stand alone academy cannot attract. For our group of schools this will amount to about £1m per year which we can target in any way we see fit for the purpose of improving our buildings. With the John Flamsteed school joining EMET will become eligible for this grant.
EMET continues to attract interest from other schools and we are presently in dialogue with a number of other secondary schools. We have, however, never seen ourselves as a secondary only club and as the incentives for primary schools to join increase we have attracted the interest of a number of primary schools who may join our trust shortly.
EMET has, within a short space of time, garnered the respect of the Regional School Commissioner who has asked us to sponsor a number of under performing schools. However, we have resisted these calls preferring instead to grow our partnership with good and robust schools whose combined strengths can benefit still further all of the children in our charge.
We are determined, as a group of schools, to develop EMET still further but in a manner which ensures that in these most difficult of financial climates we maximise our resources for the benefit of our pupils.
The first of a series of articles on school departments
So, what did you do in Music today? ‘Oh, we played the keyboards a bit and sang some songs…..’
That might be what your offspring inform you of, but do you REALLY know what sorts of things they learn in Music?
Music at The West Bridgford School is one of those subjects that EVERYONE can enjoy and EVERYONE can get something out of, even if they’re not Grade 6 on piano or play in a County Youth Orchestra. The Music staff are well accustomed to teaching students of a huge ability range in Key Stage 3 lessons. The aims of the department include practical prowess, listening skills, composition aptitude and good-old-fashioned-sing-alongs-with -the -2-Mr-Ds!
GCSE Music results, are consistently high, and are no doubt related to the range of extra-curricular activities that occur each week. String Ensemble, Jazz Group, Orchestra and various small combos including Brass Ensemble, Barbershop Group, Flute Choir and Clarinet/Saxophone Group together with Pop and Rock Ensembles preparing for the forthcoming ‘Bridgstock’ evenings make for an eclectic range of musical tastes.
During the past few years, the Music Department has twice taken large groups of students (40+) to the Black Forest area of Germany to perform in 3 al fresco concerts each time in beautiful settings. You can see some photographs/videos of our last trip in 2015 here…….. 2017 beckons a new dawn, with possible venues including Malta, France or even maybe Norway (watch this space!)
“So when is the next musical evening?” I hear you ask……
NEXT WEDNESDAY, YES, NEXT WEDNESDAY, 10TH FEBRUARY at 6.30pm in the school theatre is the Upper School Performing Arts’ Showcase. Tickets, priced £3.50 (£2.50 for concessions) are available from the Music Department.