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

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/hmci-commentary-curriculum-and-the-new-education-inspection-framework

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.

Prison:

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.

Respect:

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.

Year 8 Religious Studies students visit Hindu Temple

Year 8 Religious Studies students visited the Hindu Temple at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire. In addition to seeing Hindus worshipping at the temple shrine, students were also given a tour of the Manor’s cow preservation scheme. This included being given a ride on a cart pulled by bulls, and feeding carrots to the cows. Before leaving for home, students were treated to a vegetarian meal.  http://krishnatemple.com/home/

Year 8 participate in a Drugs Awareness Day

Year 8 participated in a Drugs Awareness Day as part of their Personal Citizenship education.  All pupils attended three hours of workshops related to the effects that both legal and illegal substances can have.   Effects explored included the biological, personal and social consequences of using drugs from alcohol to Class A substances.  Pupils were also taught about the potential legal consequences.  The workshops were designed to be informative and contained some hard-hitting content including seeing how a hospital deals with alcohol and drug related admissions.

Paul Hannaford made his annual visit to speak to Year 8 about his life experiences related to gangs, drugs and violent crime.  Paul’s heart-breaking story demonstrates not only the potential consequences for personal health, but also the very sad and lasting impact this has had on his relationships with his family.  Paul does not hold back on the often grim reality of his experience and his talk will be remembered by pupils for many years into the future.

The drugs awareness education also dovetails with pupils studying crime and the criminal justice system in Citizenship lessons.  Later in the month, Year 8 will have an opportunity to develop their understanding related to this more in the Crime and Safety Awareness Day.  This day is run entirely by visitors coordinated by the No Way Trust.  We plan to have former prison officers, police officers, Network Rail and the Red Cross educating pupils about their personal safety and the importance of making the right decisions.  This will be the fourth consecutive year that we will have the No Way Trust visiting and the quality of what they have to offer is truly memorable.

Twitter/Instagram – @PaulHannaford

Mary-Ann Smillie from the Good Schools Guide visits the school

We were visited by Mary-Ann Smillie from the Good Schools Guide who will be writing a review on the Anglo.  The Good Schools Guide is the UK’s number one school guide, helping parents in every aspect of choosing the best education for their children.  Mary-Ann enjoyed her day with us which included an interview with the Headteachers and Mr Newton, a tour of the school with our Head Girl, Sophie Meikle and Deputy Head Boy, Brady Asumang and she then spent an hour with some students and Mr Priestley talking about what makes our school different.  We look forward to reading our review when this is published.

Jodie Halford from BBC Essex Radio visits the school

Jodie Halford from BBC Essex Radio visited the school to talk to Mrs Gee and some students about the importance that the school has had in terms of Ingatestone’s history.  Jodie was, herself, a student here in 2004 and whilst here took the opportunity to have a tour of the school.

Jodie wrote an account about her visit:

“Driving through the school gates, I realised how often the school had crossed my mind since I left in 2006. I’d never been back, and had started to forget what the corridors and classrooms looked like. I thought it was a time of my life long left behind. But as soon as I got out of my car, my mind snapped back to 2006, and I recalled the look, the feel, the smells of the place like it was yesterday. I could have been 16 again.

I’d come back to interview Mrs Gee as part of my new radio show on BBC Essex. The programme, broadcast between 7 and 10pm, Monday to Thursday, is called Your Essex. It’s set in a different town or village around the county every night, and at the end of October we’re doing an episode on Ingatestone. We look at the place itself, the people who live there, the history; everything that makes it tick.

I’ve always known how significant the school is within Ingatestone, and indeed within Essex. When I was a sixth former, people travelled from far and wide to attend – Burnham-on-Crouch, Epping, the London boroughs. When we started researching the Ingatestone episode, I suggested doing part of the show about Anglo and its relevance and connections to the village. Fortunately, Mrs Gee and her team welcomed me back with open arms.

A lot has changed since I left, but the school’s ethos and reputation remains the same. It continues to be incredibly popular and well-respected – one of the reasons I wanted to study there in the first place, in addition to my passion for learning languages. Walking around the school, I recalled how it had shaped me as a person, even if I hadn’t realised it at the time.

The interview with Mrs Gee, and the lovely sixth form students who were kind enough to speak to me, will air as part of our show about Ingatestone on BBC Essex, 103.5FM, from 7pm on Wednesday 31st October. And as I listen to it, I’ll think of those corridors and classrooms again, now fresh in my mind once more. And I’ll remember how my time at Anglo will forever be a part of me – and how it taught me that I can work hard and achieve the things I want to, from completing the IB to becoming a BBC radio presenter.”

 

Students visit Hyde Hall Gardens as part of the Royal Horticultural Society

Mrs Beard, Lower Sixth Year Leader and Biology teacher took pupils to Hyde Hall Gardens as part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Green Plan it Challenge” competition.  They were assigned a mentor for the duration of the project. The students, mentor and Mrs Beard were given a tour of the gardens, attended workshops on different types of plants and why they were grown together and how to design a garden area and what aspects need to be considered. In the afternoon, the students made a presentation which they shared with all of the other schools and guests.

The students now have 10 weeks in which to work with Mrs Ardley in Science and the mentor Mr Richard Romang from Writtle College, to come up with a model design for the new Anglo European Science Garden which was funded by our successful bid to Tescos and a donation from a local family to mark the end of their association with the school as their last child left for university.

Anglo welcome students and teachers from Otfried-Preußler-Mittelschule Stephanskirchen

We welcomed students and teachers from Otfried-Preußler-Mittelschule, Stephanskirchen, a Bavarian middle school near Rosenheim. Like the Anglo, the school is a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools network.  All the students were staying with host families and visiting Canterbury, Seven Sisters Country Park as well as seeing the sights of London.  They were very keen to visit an English school and were very interested in hearing about the English educational system from Mr Barrs and learning about the International Baccalaureate.  Ann Beatty, from the Steve Sinnott Foundation, also came along to support the visit and meet the teachers and students of the school.

Open Evening at the Anglo was a huge success

A huge thank you to staff and students who gave up their time to ensure Open Evening at the Anglo was a huge success. The school was packed with prospective parents and students who engaged enthusiastically in all the challenges set by departments. As ever our students were our best ambassadors and demonstrated their skills, conversing with prospective students in numerous languages, sent rockets flying in Science, produced some impressive dramatic and culinary performances and fed  hungry visitors in our French café. This evening is followed by a series of tours whilst the school is in session where visitors can walk around the school, see students in lessons and get a feel for the atmosphere and ethos. All schools have their own special qualities and we are proud of what our students are achieving in school and the progress they make in lessons. We hope the next few weeks will provide a valuable insight for prospective parents and students to see what makes our school so distinctive and successful. You can support us by publicising these tours on Facebook or by word of mouth – we’re always amazed how far the Anglo family can reach!