Ex-student arranged, performed and recorded the film soundtrack for “Silent Night”

Mrs Gee attended a showing of the film “Silent Night” at the Everyman Cinema in Chelmsford. The film was produced by the father of an ex-student Devon Mayson and the soundtrack was arranged, performed and recorded by Devon in English, French and German. The single “Silent Night” will be released on December 1st and is available on Spotify and iTunes. The proceeds will all go to the Royal British Legion who Devon has been working with voluntarily for some time. Indeed, whilst at University in Coventry, she became a Youth Ambassador for the Legion and has continued to raise funds for this cause. It is always fantastic to hear from our alumni and know that their time here at Anglo European has been influential in the future careers. Now a full-time musician, Devon said, “without the wonderful language skills I learned from the Anglo European, this project would not have been  possible.

Photographic Competition

Congratulations to Mckenzie Spinks in 8C for  achieving second place in the ‘East Meets West – aged 13 and under’ Single Photograph Category in the IOE Confucius Institute’s Young Photographers Competition.  Her photo will be displayed, along with the other competition winning entries, at UCL North Cloisters in London from Wednesday 12th to Wednesday 19th December 2018. The exhibition is free and open to the public so please feel free to come along.

Another successful Careers Convention

We held another hugely successful Careers Convention for Year 8 to Upper Sixth students (and families). At this year’s event we had over 45 contributors from the world of work, training organisations and representatives from Further and Higher Education including Teledyne e2v, RSM UK Tax and Accounting Ltd, Anglia Ruskin Medical School and EasyJet Airline Company Ltd. This was a great opportunity for our students to talk to professionals in an informal setting to find out about careers and associated pathways. Students were also invited to attend presentations on the different types of apprenticeships on offer including the new higher and degree apprenticeships and to also hear about the post 16 opportunities Chelmsford College offers.

We were particularly delighted to welcome again the instrumentation company Sensor Coating Systems Ltd who not only regularly support us at our Careers events but also kindly donated a selection of optical equipment to the science department including high quality prisms, lenses and curved mirrors which may find their way into lessons for Year 8, Year 10 and Sixth Form physics, and some interesting solar panels, laser scanners, laser and optical fibers that we hope to use in the upper school. In these times of tight school budgets nationally it is a real treat to receive extra bits of equipment that can inspire and engage our students, and open their eyes to the exciting careers in science and technology. #SensorCoatingSystems

We were also pleased to welcome back to the school ex-student Emma Henderson (formerly Emma Priest 1991) who also participated in this event representing Easy Jet where she works as a Captain.

If you would be interested in participating as an exhibitor next year on Thursday 14th November 2019 we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact Mrs E Tribley at

Tiny Giants to perform ‘Perfect’ for Year 9 students

Year 9 students, had a visit from Tiny Giants to perform ‘Perfect’.  This is part of Safer Essex Roads Partnership’s (SERP) road safety programme and delivered to highlight passenger responsibilities.

‘Perfect’ starts like a sitcom in its slick delivery. The play’s infectious characters and their idiosyncratic relationships had the audience instantly smiling. Using naturalistic acting, narration, physical theatre, and popular music, the performance and its story line had our students enthralled. We watched the build-up to a crash involving Anne (13).  Anne is a perfectly normal, pretty young girl, who after being thrown through a windscreen in a car accident, had over three hundred stitches to her face and head because she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt.  Anne had to live with the constant reminder of how important a seatbelt really is. There were some hard-hitting themes contained within this play, including the mention of Anne’s suicide.

The key messages from this performance are:  Always wear a seatbelt and do not distract the driver. We’d be grateful if parents would discuss this performance with their children at home and reinforce key messages about road safety.

Students were involved in a Live Screening of Shakespeare’s distinguished play Romeo and Juliet

Students were involved in a Live Screening of Shakespeare’s distinguished play Romeo and Juliet direct from the Barbican in London. This included a mix of GCSE students, who are or will be studying this play as part of their English Literature GCSE, a selection of Year 8 students, who are involved with a project linked with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and some Lower 6th students, who were invited as part of their A Level course enrichment. The play was an exciting, modernised version that captured the attention of our students intently.

Anglo Students Cash in on Apprentice Opportunities 

Five of our Upper Sixth students learnt about the world of finance and insurance and job opportunities at a special event held on Friday, 9th November.

They attended an ‘insight day’ and were given a tour of the iconic Lloyd’s of London building and heard from apprentices and graduates currently working in the market on their personal experiences and getting a job and working in the insurance sector.

The event was hosted by the London Market Group and SCOR on behalf of the London insurance market, in conjunction with the Essex County Council Apprenticeship Hub. Our students attended along with students from Brentwood County High, Sweyne Park, Bromfords Billericay, King John, Beauchamps, Becket Keys and Shenfield.

Students were able to gain an insight in to the Insurance Market and the range of roles available and the work the London Insurance market does, far beyond car and holiday insurance. They were given the opportunity to play the “Discover Risk” game and consider some of the decisions Brokers, Underwriters and Claims Technicians have to consider. Attendees were able to network with those currently working in the Market and given the opportunity to ask questions. The students also had a tour of Lloyds of London, which was bustling due to the Remembrance Service earlier on in the day, giving them a sense of the vibrant environment they could be working in.

There was really positive feedback from our students who attended – “the visit was very informative and interesting as you got to see what working in insurance, and in the city was really like first hand. I learnt about the various roles you can have in insurance such as underwriting, claims, wording etc.”

“It was also beneficial hearing from people that actually are currently doing the jobs we heard about and how they got into them, as it gives me an idea of how to get into these types of industries.”

“We played a risk management game which was a good insight to how risk management is handled.”

“I think that for students who aren’t sure whether they want to take an apprenticeship or go to university will find a trip like this one beneficial, as it shows you what type of alternative courses you can take and how to get into a career like insurance straight from Sixth Form or when you finish University.”

Our AES group did us proud with the organisers (Essex Apprenticeship hub) commenting “what lovely polite students you have at Anglo”. All five of the students were a credit to the school, they were all really engaged and demonstrated great teamwork skills. They left a really positive impression with the staff working in the syndicates.

Anglo say farewell to students from Germany after their two month exchange

We said farewell to students and teachers from Goethe Gymnasium in Frankfurt, with whom we have been partners with since 1977!  The students have spent 8 weeks in England improving their language skills.  One of the students said “All 12 of us want to thank you (Headteachers) and this school for this great opportunity to experience and adapt to the English culture.  We are all very grateful for having enjoyed this once in a lifetime two month stay in England.  This will help us in the future and we hope that this exchange of German and British culture and appreciation will continue in the future.”  Mr Barrs said “It is always a pleasure to congratulate the students at the end of their two month stay and it was interesting to hear from the Headteacher of Goethe Gymnasium that they would soon be celebrating their 500th anniversary in 2020”.

Anglo gather on Friday 9th November to mark the centenary of the Armistice

During assemblies this week, the centenary of the end of World War One has been a theme and the symbolism of the poppy has been discussed in tutor time. The school community of some 1700 staff and students gathered on Friday 9th November to mark the centenary of the Armistice. The poem “In Flanders Field” was read by a Amber Kirwan, Upper Sixth student and the Last Post played, very poignantly, by Petra Ndukwe, Year 8, which was then followed by 2 minutes of silence. The poem is particularly meaningful for all students who went to Ebblinghem, as this poem is read in the commonwealth cemeteries by a student as they pay their respects to all those who lost their lives in World War I.

As we do every year, on Sunday 11th November, a representative from the school will read at the local Church Service and lay a wreath.

On Wednesday 14th November at 3.45pm there will be a free showing of “They Shall not Grow Old”. This film is currently being shown in cinemas and contains original footage which has been ‘colourised’. There is an open invitation to all members of the local community to attend.

In addition to all the commemorative events this week, every member of Year 7 student who goes to Ebblinghem in Northern France visit the WWI cemeteries in Belgium and the museum where they see the reality of trench life for the soldiers and attend the evening service at the Menin Gate where representatives from each group lay a wreath of poppies on behalf of the school.

Anglo nominated by OfSTED to become part of a research project

After our inspection in March 2017 we were nominated by OfSTED to become part of a research project looking at the quality of the curriculum.  The Chief Inspector has recently made clear that she expects schools to deliver a quality curriculum as well as good exam results.

This is a significant vindication of the Anglo’s curriculum philosophy which is built on the baccalaureate principles of breadth, balance, values and international-mindedness. #Ofsted

Year 8 learn that prison is not for them

On Tuesday 30th October, the team from the No Way Trust delivered Prison Me No Way for the third consecutive year as part of our commitment to high quality citizenship education. In total, 22 visitors led the day. Year 8 participated in the workshops with the intention to inform and educate pupils on the importance of making good life choices.

Pupils were highly engaged and prizes were given at the end of the day for those who demonstrated a keen interest. It was obvious that pupils enjoyed the day and have taken some life lessons with them. Our feedback is always overwhelmingly positive and the value of this day cannot be overstated.

To support pupils’ pastoral needs, their Form Tutors spent the day with them following an alternative timetable. Below is an outline of the workshops:

The Street Scene:

The back of the hall was transformed into a street with a shop. Ex-prison officers from the No Way Trust used role play and humour to guide pupils through everyday decisions and behaviour in public and challenged pupils to consider the impact that their behaviour might have on others. This included exploring anti-social behaviour and enabling pupils to consider how sometimes, unintentionally, their behaviour in public might have negative consequences on others and lead them into trouble with the law.


This workshop was also delivered by former prison officers. They describe what life is like in prison, the purposes of prison and took questions from pupils. The most memorable part of this workshop was to visit the prison cell, constructed inside a box van and containing real prison furniture. Pupils are often surprised by the lack of space, privacy and dignity. Pupils also considered the importance of freedom, family and friends and how these are impacted by being sent to prison.

Choices and Consequences:

Pupils listened to the account of one of our visitors who is now a youth worker. His story is shocking as he describes the choices he made as a young person (from the same age as our pupils), his life of crime and how he ended up making more wrong choices culminating in his imprisonment. The real account is hard hitting but full of hope. The message is that wrong choices can often lead to more wrong choices and this can have disastrous consequences, not just for the individual but for their family and friends.


This workshop dealt with some very sensitive issues related to respecting others but also challenging the idea that anything can be tolerated. This workshop was a challenging talk with reference to the law on issues related to extremism, hate crime and culture-related crimes.

Rail Safety:

This workshop was delivered by the Land Sheriffs (on behalf of Network Rail and Abellio Greater Anglia train operating company) and the British Transport Police. It included some hard-hitting messages about the dangers of trespassing on the railway and the importance of appropriate behaviour when using trains. It also dealt with safety when using level crossings. Pupils were also shown the enforcement van that is used to catch people trespassing or driving through level crossings when the warning lights are showing.

Red Cross

This workshop covered emergency first-aid skills including how to deal with a medical emergency when a person appears to be unconscious. The Red Cross facilitators attended with resuscitation mannequins to help demonstrate and to allow pupils to apply their knowledge and skills for themselves. Pupils learnt about CPR, choking and putting the patient into the recovery position.

We are grateful to parents for supporting this intensive and thought-provoking day.