Anglo present to the House of Lords

Mrs Gee, Headteacher, Mrs Earley, International Co-ordinator and two Upper Sixth students, Keir May and Ruby Daniels presented to the All-Party Parliamentary group concerning the development of Modern Languages and the decline of the international school exchanges programme. They are concerned about the decline in numbers, taking languages with entry rates for GCSE French falling by 5.9% and GCSE German by 3.5% last summer and that only 30% of state schools nationally are taking part in exchange visits abroad. Baroness Coussins, Co-Chair of the APPG was very interested to hear from two schools who are running very successful exchange programmes and invited Anglo European to present to parliament about their extensive programme of exchanges, homestays and visits in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, China, Russia and the newest exchange programme in Japan. Mrs Gee said “Our two students spoke confidently and with conviction, concerning the impact of the visits programmes on their confidence, resilience and ability to take on challenges beyond their comfort zone and what they had learnt about themselves, their own culture and that of others as a result. The importance of our mission to develop ambitious, resilient and principled learners through inter-cultural understanding and respect was clearly underlined.”

The parliamentary group agreed that in the light of Brexit and current political developments across Europe, it was more important than ever that this generation were able to communicate effectively, with high levels of fluency in a number of different languages if they hope to be able to engage with a competitive global community in the future. The government has recently announced a renewed commitment to supporting exchanges abroad and that funding is being made available to support either foreign exchanges with partner schools or visits abroad under the programme. Although it will be targeted at schools with above-average numbers of pupil premium children the new programme recognises the importance of staying with host families and will be run in partnership with the British Council, who we are hoping to support in this venture.

Holocaust survivor visits the Anglo

Holocaust survivor Susie Barnett visited the school to talk to Year 9 students. Susie was born in Germany to the Frankenberg family. She told the story of her family in pre-war Germany, how they all escaped individually but the price they nonetheless paid as a family.

Mr Russell, Subject Leader RS and Philosophy said “The Year 9 students listened intently to Susie’s fascinating and moving story, clearly appreciating the rare opportunity to hear survivor testimony. Susie’s closing thought was an important one for us all – the need to promote tolerance and to respect diversity”.

Baroness Ruth Henig presents to an audience of 100

Anglo European School are pleased to announce the expansion of their “Community Lecture” programme which began in July 2018  with Leslie Kleinman sharing his testimony  of his time in Auschwitz.  The second such event was the showing of the colourised “They Shall Not Grow Old ” last term in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Last week the school welcomed Baroness Ruth Henig who spoke about peace-making at the end of the Great War.

Catherine Dawton, Head of Humanities said “It was inspiring to see such a large (nearly 100 strong) and diverse audience; a mix of students from Year 9 upwards, staff and members of the local community who all came together to hear Ruth’s lecture.

Ruth spent her academic career at the University of Lancaster where she was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, she was made a life peer in 2004 and became Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords in 2015. She has written many books and articles on the topic of international relations. I have always found Ruth’s work both invaluable and refreshing, her insistence that although the League of Nations failed in its political ambitions, it was not ubiquitous in its failings and that much of its work, especially in the social sphere was ground-breaking and used as a model for the subsequent United Nations is a very important message. When studying and teaching both historical and contemporary international organisations it is all too easy to focus on the failures, successes are too often overlooked. I was very excited to learn that through David’s connection to the Saffron Waldon United Nations Association Ruth had agreed to venture out to Ingatestone.

Ruth’s lecture focused on the challenge of reconciling national interests with the ambitions and need for international co-operation in 1918/19 as well as the evolution of the new international scene into the 1920s. The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations have always been important topics in our GCSE history course, the audience listened intently while Ruth challenged perceptions of the economic impact of the Treaty of Versailles on Germany. She raised fascinating questions about the role of the United States, the ongoing conflicts on eastern frontiers and the continued instability that Europe faced in the post war period.  The lecture was followed by an opportunity for questions, our students shone as they quizzed Ruth on a variety of topics from the continued fighting on the eastern front, the borders of Poland, the Russian Civil War and the rise of Hitler. She was very impressed at the range and depth of their knowledge. It was very special to see such enthusiasm and engagement in history on a blustery February afternoon. Thank you to Ruth and all who attended.”

The audience were also able to view one of the original copies of the Treaty of Versailles which is owned by the school, albeit one which was rebound by Mr Barrs’ father.

The lectures are held at 4pm on a weekday and provide an opportunity for local residents, staff, students and their parents to continue their learning together both from the guest speakers and from each other.  The twilight slot at 4pm means that the normal learning timetable in school is not disrupted and is perhaps more convenient for adults to attend as well.  If you would like to be added to our circulation list please email enquiries@aesessex.co.uk<mailto:enquiries@aesessex.co.uk> or ring the school office 01277 354018.

The lectures will cover a wide range of topics and we would welcome recommendations from local people, parents and others about future guest speakers.

The Anglo sits at  the heart of the Ingatestone  community and we hope this will also be a small way of opening up the school and adding value to the village.

The following lectures are planned;

1.  A Conversation with Liam Halligan, an Economics Commentator for the Telegraph Media Group  on “The Future of the Global Economy” on Thursday 4th April 2019 at 4pm

2. A Conversation with Drew Broughton, an ex-footballer/mental health coach on “The Pressure of Pursuing Dreams” on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 4pm

Anglo ranked third best comprehensive school in Essex

We are delighted to announce that in the Sunday Times publication 27th January 2019, Anglo was ranked the third best comprehensive school in Essex in terms of attainment at GCSE in 2018. We are obviously thrilled that the hard work of staff and students in last year’s summer examinations has been recognised in this way. We are always mindful that league tables can be misleading and schools can move up and down league tables depending on which statistic the table focuses on. However, with a Progress 8 score of 0.25 and an average point score of 56.6, congratulations are certainly due to our current Lower Sixth for their efforts last year