Garden club spend 12 weeks designing, making and growing a school community garden

The garden club have spent 12 weeks designing, making and growing a school community garden. We have grown over the summer holidays, orange squash and pumpkins for October, cucumber, marrows, beans, lettuce, herbs, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and courgettes. We have enjoyed eating the produce as much as growing it and we look forward to growing a variety of vegetables again this year. This environmental project will continue to grow, with a day organised to plant the wildflower meadow and further exciting projects to encourage wildlife into the area. Watch this space for further updates.

GCSE Results

Another generation of Anglo students opened their envelopes at school today to discover what they had achieved at GCSE.  Staff were on hand to congratulate them and share their delight as well as support those who needed it.

Jody Gee, co-headteacher said “There are many wonderful individual stories in this set of results.  We are really proud of their achievements and look forward to working with them for another two years in our Sixth Form.   For those who will tread pastures new, we wish them every success but we are on hand to advise any of our students about their next steps”

A quarter of the grades awarded to the students were 7,8 or 9 which are the highest available. Nationally the figure is 21%.  The progress made by all students was positive.  Co-headteacher , David Barrs explained  “This means our students  met or exceeded the very challenging targets the school set which is something we are particularly proud of given that all students follow  a very broad curriculum including languages, humanities, Citizenship and the arts – an average of 10 GCSEs per student with a pass rate of  83%”.  The national average pass rate is currently 67%

Deputy Headteacher, Mike Seager, added, “With these more difficult GCSEs it is a credit to our students and staff that we continue to perform well at this level”

A particular highlight was languages in terms of the numbers entered and the grades achieved, maintaining the school’s position as a centre of excellence.

Whilst the results are yet to be verified, the indications are very encouraging.

Sixth Form Results

Congratulations to our Sixth Formers who have achieved, once again, some exceptional results.

The school recently celebrated some world class achievements with the publication of our International Baccalaureate Diploma results.  Having pioneered the programme in the state sector in 1977, the school has consistently performed above world averages.  This year the average point score globally was 29 (out of a maximum of 45) and the average at the Anglo was 34.  Our students have already secured their university or apprenticeship places and their summer holiday began in earnest in early July.

Co-headteacher, David Barrs, commented “The IB sets this school apart in the UK state sector.  It is recognised as a broad, challenging, internationally-minded qualification.  Its philosophy influences much of what we do here at the Anglo and we are delighted that another generation of IB graduates can move confidently on to the next stage of their lives”.

Today we congratulate our A level cohort who have secured impressive results with over a quarter of all grades awarded being at A* or A grade. The average point score per student has also increased and this includes a number of students who take four A levels in line with our strong commitment to a broad curriculum. 

This breadth also includes BTEC and Institute for Financial Studies courses, the latter returning a 100% pass rate.  It also includes the IB Career Programme which the school has also pioneered, being the first school to offer it in 2010.  

Co-headteacher, Jody Gee, commented, “We are extremely proud of what our students have achieved which is testament to their ambition, hard work and the commitment of our dedicated staff. Students are now considering their options which include university and apprenticeships.  Four students have already secured places at Oxbridge.  We wish all of our students every success for their future studies”.

Over three quarters of the sixth form students have already secured their university courses and they can now look forward to starting their undergraduate studies at the university of their choice.  Over the coming days, we expect this proportion to increase significantly as universities confirm places for our outstanding candidates. These offers include successful Oxbridge candidates, such as a student reading Mathematics at Oxford having gained four A* grades at A level and another student studying Medicine at the new ARU Medical School in Chelmsford having gained A* & A grades. They also include a student reading Liberal Arts in the USA having gained 37 points on the IB and another reading Japanese at Leeds University having gained an outstanding A level and BTEC grades.  Once again, our students have been successful in their applications nationally and internationally in a broad range of courses that reflect the aims of the school.

Year 8 students perform Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

On Tuesday 16th July, Year 8 students performed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich to great reviews. The students had been nominated as excellent students of English and Drama and Miss Revett and Miss Jones have worked tirelessly over the last 7 months to direct a polished performance with these very dedicated thespians.

This project came about as a result of Anglo European School now being an Associate Royal Shakespeare Company School which is a tremendous privilege. It has meant that staff and students have had the opportunity to work alongside RSC Directors and perform alongside other RSC schools, including primary and special schools which has made the project even more unique and special.

Mrs Bardo, who accompanied the group to the theatre said “the final performance was heart-warming and a celebration of diversity, love of the theatre and humankind. It was truly uplifting and rewarding. Our students loved every minute.”

Miss Revett who directed the performance added, “The students involved have been truly committed to this project from start to finish. An RSC Practitioner commented on their insightful creativity and imagination, which in turn enabled them to have a tremendous stage presence. They acted as ambassadors to the school and showcased the amazing talent we have here at the Anglo.”

Native speakers of French, German and Spanish enjoy enrichment day

The native speakers of French, German and Spanish enjoyed their annual enrichment day. This year, we looked into the Oulipo literary movement in which they impose different constraints to enhance their creativity. Our students put on their creative linguistic hats and collaboratively re-wrote the well known tale – “The Tortoise and the Hare” with, for example, the rainbow constraint. The students showed us that they are a group of well-rounded, creative students who proudly showed off their mother-tongues.

Student receives award from CRUK

Amarvir Chatha received an award from CRUK for winning the category for Young Volunteer of the Year 2019. The event took place at Skinners Hall in London and he supported the event by volunteering with the young children who were there going through treatment themselves. 

Amarvir has helped raised vital funds though the school and supporting the local community to raise awareness of Cancer and the impact of the disease. On many occasions he has openly talked about his own personal struggles and how he overcame those in a positive way.  Amarvir was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2010 and was given 24 hours to live.  He is now in Year 10 and working tremendously hard to be an upstanding citizen in society. 

 

“We were told my son had 24 hours to live.”

Upper Sixth Refugee CAS Group hosts an overnight Camp Out

The Upper Sixth Refugee CAS Group, led by Scarlett Pochet, hosted an overnight Camp Out in aid of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 39 Students from the Sixth Form took part, sleeping on school site and participating in multiple activities including games of rounders, a refugee themed quiz and a treasure hunt around the school to find the essential items required for camp living, ensuring an enjoyable but thought-provoking night. Students provided their own shelter, creating a small settlement of around 12 tents, and most importantly raised money for a very worthy cause. We would like to thank all students, parents and members of staff who donated and made this event possible.  £380 has been raised so far through this and other activities. Over half of all refugees around the world are under the age of 18 and often lack the security of their family, home and school, which we in the UK often take for granted. While we are a small group, we believe that our local action can be part of a much larger global effort to save lives, protect rights and secure a brighter future for over 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Ex-students organise Anglo reunion

We welcomed ex-students John Cornell and friends who had organised a reunion.  They were students at the Ingatestone Secondary Modern School in 1960 and were keen to take a trip down memory lane.  John explained that he lived in the Meadows at the back of the school and actually watched the land being levelled to allow the school to be built in the late 1950s.  They met with the Headteacher and had a tour with Sixth Formers to see how much the school has changed over the years.

John has had a very successful career as a professional photographer.  He took many photographs of his school days during the last 2 years he spent here and he shared these with the Headteacher, along with a video of Sports Day.

Upper Sixth Refugee CAS Group host an overnight Camp Out

The Upper Sixth Refugee CAS Group, led by Scarlett Pochet, hosted an overnight Camp Out in aid of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 39 Students from the Sixth Form took part, sleeping on school site and participating in multiple activities including games of rounders, a refugee themed quiz and a treasure hunt around the school to find the essential items required for camp living, ensuring an enjoyable but thought-provoking night. Students provided their own shelter, creating a small settlement of around 12 tents, and most importantly raised money for a very worthy cause. We would like to thank all students, parents and members of staff who donated and made this event possible.  £380 has been raised so far through this and other activities. Over half of all refugees around the world are under the age of 18 and often lack the security of their family, home and school, which we in the UK often take for granted. While we are a small group, we believe that our local action can be part of a much larger global effort to save lives, protect rights and secure a brighter future for over 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Students create a garden that will benefit the school community

The garden club has undertaken a year long project to design and create a garden that will benefit the school community. They entered a competition called Green Plan It challenge, with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in September to complete a ten week programme. Following the competition they were awarded £1000 to create their design which has now become a reality, due to other kind donations and grants amounting to £4,500.

They have created two raised beds, one filled with flowers and one vegetables, with a view to planting a wild flower meadow early next year, with a fruit tree orchard. The area can be used by different subjects in future, such as Biology, Geography, Technology and Art, to carry out subject related learning outdoors, for example using quadrats, drawing, cooking or making compost.

The area will also become an environmental area to encourage wildlife on the school site. We are currently looking into making bee bowls and bird boxes to further develop the idea. Many thanks from the team to all who helped make this dream come true, with a special mention to our Headteachers, site team and science technicians. Many thanks to all!