Anglo host world of work day

The Anglo hosted its annual World of Work (WoW) day for Year 11 when over 40 adults from the world of business, commerce and the public sector joined our Citizenship staff to provide insight into work and interview experience. All students attended in business dress and participated in a number of employability skills workshops as well as a mock interview with an external professional who gave invaluable personal verbal and written feedback to each student. Student responses to the interviews were enlightening – “I’ve learnt not to be over confident, be calm and collected”, “If you look the part, it’ll give you more confidence”, “Interviews aren’t as scary as I thought they would be” and “I need to add more to my CV and get more work experience”. Some of the interviewers said “Every one of the students were a credit to themselves and the school”, “They were all really good at providing positive and useful advice to each other” and “Fantastic to meet some talented young people who speak very highly of the school”.

Inevitably, the World of Work (WOW) is an unknown place for many students when in their teens. We try to reduce this unknown by providing numerous workplace opportunities, one being that all students go out on work experience placements of their choice for 2 weeks in the summer term of Year 10 as part of our curriculum. Another is that in year 11, students follow a work related learning scheme of work in Citizenship, culminating in a WOW day, as soon as possible after they have received their mock GCSE results, when the reality of their future is looming nearer.

The overall aim of WOW is to better equip our students to be more competitive and influential in the increasingly global world of work. More specifically, it is to give our students an insight into the skills and attitudes required for the world of work and to give them the opportunity to practise, develop and demonstrate these in a familiar environment BUT with unknown professionals (to them, but known to AES as many of the 35 interviewers were ex-students/parents/local community professionals).

Students learn about the world of finance and insurance

Six of our U6th students learnt about the world of finance and insurance and job opportunities when they attended an ‘insight day’ and were given a tour of the iconic Lloyd’s of London building hosted by the London Market Group on behalf of the London insurance market, in conjunction with the Essex County Council Apprenticeship Hub. They listened to other apprentices and graduates who are currently working in the market on their personal experiences and were given advice on working in the insurance sector.

Along with our students, the event was also attended Brentwood County High, Brentwood Ursuline, Bromfords Billericay, King John and Shenfield.

Essex Apprenticeship Hub commented on “what lovely polite students you have at Anglo. All six of the students were a credit to the school, they were all really engaging and think they made a really positive impression with the staff working in the syndicates at Lloyds.”

Olly Simmans,U6TP said “This day proved to be extremely useful, revealing that there is a lot more involved within insurance and how big a role it plays in everything that we do in our day-to-day lives. If this opportunity was to arise again, I would highly recommend that anyone takes a risk and goes for it as you may never know where it leads you to.” Another student commented “I think we all represented the school well as we asked lots of questions, networked and showed a genuine interest in the industry. I know some of the other students have now considered insurance as a potential career path.”

Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Cllr Kevin Bentley, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our young people to hear first-hand about apprenticeships and the world of work in the finance and insurance sector. Finance and insurance is one of our key growth sectors with over 25,000 people in Essex employed in the industry and more than 11,000 Essex job vacancies advertised in this sector during 2015-16. There are a range of apprenticeships available in the sector and young people can earn while they learn, gain valuable skills and qualifications. I’d encourage young people to visit to take a look at apprenticeship opportunities.”

History Assembly

The Year 7s were fortunate to have an extended assembly on the history of Ingatestone. David Abrey, a member of the Ingatestone Historical Society and a lifelong village resident, gave a fascinating presentation to the students on the origin of the village and its development through the ages. The students listened attentively and then had the opportunity to ask a range of questions. It was thought-provoking and an invaluable lesson in helping the children to think about the place where they go to school, and how it has changed over time.

Senior citizens’ party was a fantastic success

The senior citizens’ party was a fantastic success this year despite the fact that the week before when it was initially scheduled it had to be cancelled due to the snow.  The Sixth Formers really pulled together to give our guests an afternoon to remember.  They enjoyed singing Christmas carols along with our school choir, listened to a lovely solo from Lottie Bradford and were entertained by our Lower Sixth pantomime team.  They also took part in a game of bingo and all left with prizes from the raffle, all kindly donated by members of the community, students and parents.

Livvy Hendrick said “Despite the party being cancelled last week, the team was able to sort everything out in time for the rescheduled date. We had a great turnout of around 55 people, all of which seemed to enjoy themselves. The team members were great at chatting to the OAPs and getting to know a little bit about them. They enjoyed the entertainment and especially the bingo! The visitors were also very thankful for all of their gifts. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the team and I would happily do it again.” Michael Zalewski added “Organising, planning, and re-organising the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party was an invaluable experience. I would say, being given the responsibility to organise the party, from start to finish is the greatest test in comparison to previous Citizenship events and activities in the school. It is not only the fact that we were given the responsibility to carry out a task, and only guidance along the way, which enabled us all to gain the utmost from the activity. Organising the event was challenging, it consisted of balancing studies, deadlines as well as other commitments, yet still making party plans and agendas to piece the party together. The planning phase was also tricky, but we managed to work well in teams sharing responsibilities, and communicating between the teams – helping each other to make sure everything was being done. The event enabled me to develop upon my skillset, but more importantly enabled the Senior Citizens of Ingatestone have a good time, it is this that I am proudest of. The day ran smoothly seeing the guests exuberant, and (somewhat) content in our main hall alongside the sixth-form body, talking and smiling amongst each-other made me really pleased. It was this end out-come we had all worked for and achieved, but it has to be said that the work which we have done is only one part of the story. The event is a community event – between the School and Ingatestone, and without the help of many people’s time, generosity and understanding it would not have been anything that was made possible yesterday.”

Thank you to all our parents, students and community for all their kind donations.  Thank you also to Raynors for donating all the sandwiches.


Rave reviews for “Lord of The Flies” performance

The Headteachers met the cast and directors of “Lord of The Flies” today to congratulate them on their fantastic achievement and rave reviews! This was a brave undertaking…a serious play with some very political and thought-provoking themes that many students will not encounter until Year 10. The entire production was professional, convincing and aesthetically captivating.


“Well done to all the students and  staff involved.”

“Absolutely fantastic well done to everyone.”

“It was captivating from start to finish.  Never seen a school production like this one.  So convincing! Sincere congratulations to the Arts and Drama departments.”

“It was really stunning! So creative! Congratulations to the incredible staff who put this together and all the cast who brought it to life.  Brilliant!”

“Loved every minute of it.  So much hard work and effort.  Well done to everyone involved.”

“It was utterly amazing, so professional, brilliant projection of voices and utterly captivating.  Very creative.  Can’t wait for the next drama.”

“Great stuff! Very creative, lots of action, great lighting effects.  I will definitely come again.”

“Hats off to all the performers, they were excellent!”


The Annual Winter Fair was a resounding success!

Our Annual Winter Fair organised by the School Association was a resounding success! Many students tried their hand at “Splat the Rat”, “Roulette”, “Open the Door” to name but a few. There was an extravagant selection of cakes and biscuits alongside home-made crafts for Christmas presents. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and we would like to thank the members of our School Association who work so tirelessly to ensure much needed funds are raised to support our unique educational opportunities and that children have a lot of fun in the process. If you would like more information about how you could support the AESA 

MEP celebration day

10 students from 8C accompanied Jody Gee ( Headteacher) and Cate Peeters ( Head of Languages) to a prestigious event in Durban Court in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office hosted by Nick Gibb, Minister for Education, UCL and the British Council. Students were addressed by the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Justine Greening, her Chinese counterpart and Minister Chen Baosheng and Rt Hon Mark Field, Minister for Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Field spoke of the importance of our students’ language skills for the future of international relations with China, stating that “everyone was a diplomat who spoke a foreign language”.

Minister Chen called our MEP students “trail blazers” and congratulated them on their recent hurdle tests. He encouraged them to continue with their language learning, despite the challenges it presents, so that this generation could “ build a common future” between our two nations.

Justine Greening expressed her delight at the success of the programme and how much the students have achieved in their first year. She told the students that their “words could change the world for the better.”

The students were set a number of challenges during the day, including writing Chinese characters from memory on decorative scrolls, a timed sentence building competition and a very tricky round of Chinese Whispers between schools with some hilarious outcomes.

Mrs Gee said, “This was a fantastic day which our students thoroughly enjoyed. It was important for them to see themselves as part of a wider, very unique, transformational programme and the high esteem in which it is held by our government and the Ministers in China who have pledged their on-going support for our work in schools developing students’ learning of Mandarin. Yan Morris from 8C added, “ It was very interesting to see what the other schools have achieved alongside us on the MEP programme.”

Spectroscopy in a suitcase

Upper Sixth students were visited by a representative from the University of Greenwich giving them a hands on experience of using equipment which is used in research and industry. The spectroscopic techniques are an important part of the A level and IB specifications. This initiative is funded and co-ordinated by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The RSC supplies portable equipment (worth several thousands of pounds) to universities’ outreach departments. The universities then bring the equipment, along with real live undergraduate and postgraduate students and their research supervisors, who demonstrate the equipment, help our sixth formers use it, and share their experience of how they use spectrometry in their research.

It’s a great workshop for our students to learn about key specification points, as well as being enriched and inspired by the tools they learn in the classroom being used for real.


Students take part in Brentwood Schools Swimming Gala

The Brentwood Schools Swimming Gala was held on Wednesday 15th November for the boys, and Wednesday 22nd November for the girls.  Anglo entered teams with students from all year groups including some 6th form students. They competed as a team in individual events and relays. Below are some of the best individual results along with the overall team results. Well done for all those who took part!

Brentwood School Boys Swimming Gala (15/11/17):

2nd – Sean Eloidin- Yr7- 25m Butterfly
3rd- Mikey Kely Yr8 25m Butterfly
2nd Daniel Panchuk Yr7 50m Backstroke
3rd Stuart Cuff Yr9 50m Breaststok
2nd- Freddie Gray- Yr 7- 50m Frontcrawl
2nd – Hayden Quareshi- Yr 8- 50m Frontcrawl
2nd – Micah Naveratnam – Yr 9- 50m Frontcrawl
3rd- Alessandro Palma Beccati- Yr 11- 50m Frontcrawl
2nd – Sean Eloidin- Yr7- Individual Medley

Overall team results:
Yr7- 2nd
Yr8- 5th
Yr9- 5th
Sen- 3rd
Overall school result – 4th

Brentwood School Girls Swimming Results (22/11/17):

3rd- Elle Marie Hudson- Yr9- 25m Butterfly
3rd- Shakila Karim- Yr 9- 50m Backstroke
2nd- Rosie McCann-Seniors- 50m Backstroke
2nd- Freya Muratoglu- Y 7- 50m Breaststroke
2nd- Ellie Clarke- Seniors- 50m Breaststroke
3rd- Masha Jones- Yr 9- 50m Frontcrawl
3rd- Alicia Wisbey- Yr 11 – 50m Frontcrawl
3rd- Senior Girls Medley Relay
3rd- Senior Girls Freestyle Relay

Overall team results:

Y 7- 7th
Yr 8- 7th
Yr 9- 4th
Seniors- 3rd
Overall school result – 6th