Students from different year groups perform ‘A Night on Broadway’

Friends and family enjoyed three terrific evenings of music and drama in our summer production A Night on Broadway. Students from different year groups preformed to packed audiences in the revue show. Miss Jessop, Head of Arts, said she was delighted with the students’ enthusiasm and commitment. The show was devised by the Arts Department to celebrate their recent Artsmark Gold Award. Arts Ambassadors were involved in selecting which shows to include in the revue and students helped with making the unique waistcoats that the performers wore. After the last performance students signed each other’s waistcoat as a lovely memento of their involvement in the show. 

Year 10 musicians participate in an Indian drum workshop

Over 30 GCSE Year 10 musicians from the Anglo European school participated in an Indian drum workshop with Essex Music Services teacher, Dan Sceats. The hour-long masterclass involved students using the traditional North Indian hand drum, the dholak, to create authentic Bhangra music. The practical lesson provided the opportunity to perform traditional Indian taala and learn about the influence of Western popular music on traditional music from the Punjab region. The masterclass culminated in an outstanding group performance in the school’s amphitheatre. 

The school’s Head of Music, Mr Jon Gordon, said that “students really enjoyed the practical experience and the Arts faculty continues to build on the success of having recently receiving their Artsmark Gold award.” Further masterclasses are already being planned for next year and he hopes that the relationship with Essex Music services continues to thrive.

IB Students collect their results

The Anglo European School has achieved its best ever results in the International Baccalaureate Examinations.  In both the IB Career Programme and the Diploma Programme, students secured a 100% pass rate and are now being offered their university places ahead of the A level results day in August.

Co-headteacher, David Barrs said “We are really pleased for our students and staff who have worked hard to achieve these results.  They are directly comparable to previous years since they have not been subject to  change and grade inflation which  has been non-existent since its inception in 1968”.  The school pioneered the Diploma in the state sector in 1977 and was also the first state school to introduce the IB Career Programme in 2010.  The average point score for the Diploma globally has remained static at about 28 points, Anglo students have achieved 34 which is similar to local independent schools that offer the programme. 34 is equivalent to 4 A grades at A Level. The global pass rate is 78%.

Two students, Alan Sigmund and Zoe Stockton, achieved 43 out of a maximum 45 points which puts them in the top 0.8% of just over 1 million students worldwide who study the Diploma. A score of 43 attracts more university points than 4 A* grades at A Level.  Zoe is taking a gap year and is currently on her way to Thailand.  She will be applying to Oxbridge for entry in 2016.  Alan is going to study Medicine at Kings College.

Mark Pulle achieved the school’s first ever A grade in the IBCP  Reflective Project where he asked the question “Are zero hours contracts ethical?”.  The IBCP requires a study of applied A levels and other UK vocational courses such as BTEC.  Once Mark has his A level results he hopes to study Business and Marketing at Brighton.   

Co-headteacher, Jill Martin, said “This is great news for the school and we are looking forward to great A level results in August.  Whilst the IB is a very distinctive offer at the Anglo, A level is our most popular sixth form course”.

Co-headteacher  designate, Jody Gee will be replacing Jill who is retiring.  Jody said “The IB sets our students against the rest of the world and these results suggest we really are providing a world class education”

Anglo take part in the first Co-operative Athletics Event

The first Co-operative Athletics Event was held at the Basildon Sporting Village.  Attending the event were the Anglo the other two co-operative schools in Essex—Brentwood County High School and St Clere’s in Thurrock.  The event was a great success and will hopefully continue annually. The Anglo came a close second to St Clere’s.