Year 8 participate in annual drugs awareness day

Year 8 participated in our annual drugs awareness day.  The programme is organised by the Citizenship Department as part of the school’s commitment to ensuring our pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to stay safe.  All pupils completed three workshops on legal highs, the law on drugs and the effect of drugs on the body.  Both legal and illegal substances were considered.

The workshops concluded with a presentation from Russell Symons from Impressionable Minds, an award winning education organisation working to educate young people on matters related to crime.  Russell shared his own very powerful testimony of how drugs impacted on his life and the ripple effect across families and society.  Russell was hard-hitting, honest but at the same time left pupils with a message of hope.  Russell’s story concluded the workshops incredibly well.

Year 11 students organise Hello Yellow Day to raise awareness for positive mental health

The Anglo was brimming with sunshine yellow as Year 11 students organised Hello Yellow Day to raise awareness for positive mental health amongst young people on Mental Health Day and to raise money for MIND. This follows on from our “It’s ok not to be ok” campaign. We are encouraging students to talk about their own mental health and to review how their lifestyles can support them to improve their health and well-being. We will be talking abut the importance of regular exercise, sleep, giving to others altruistically and talking to someone if you are struggling and need some support. We are working to remove the stigma, to let students know it is brave and a positive step to admit you are struggling and ask for help. We are encouraging our students to look out for their friends and to look out for the signs of struggle: cancelling plans, poor attendance, sounding down, becoming easily tearful or sudden changes in behaviour.

We have staff who are now mental health first aid trained, we are implementing lessons on managing stress, anxiety and workload, we are giving student ideas about how they can connect with other people more effectively and join groups where they can learn new skills and gain a sense of belonging.

The world is sunny and yellow at Anglo today, but we know this is not the case for all our students and staff. It’s ok not to be ok.

Mr Carstairs, Year 9 Year Leader said: “Our first Hello Yellow day at Anglo has seen a variety of ways to express awareness and support for World Mental Health Day 2019.

Students and staff (some very dodgy socks and ties, and even a teacher dressed as a banana!) have adorned yellow accessories and decorated the school to let us all know that we are not alone with our mental health and wellbeing. The feeling created by this camaraderie emanates into our everyday school-life, where our pupils and staff continue to show that they really care.”

AMA students spent the day learning about MENSA

Some of our AMA students have been looking at the theory of knowledge and the truth today. They spent the day learning about MENSA, conformity and ethics, plate tectonics, how we are shaped by language and debating the issue of whether the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to 12.  All students thoroughly enjoyed their day.   Thank  you to all the staff involved.

Teachers travel to Wiesbaden to celebrate Gymnasium am Mosbacher Berg’s 50th anniversary

Mrs Peeters and Mrs Porsz travelled to Wiesbaden to celebrate our partner school’s 50th Birthday. We have worked with Gymnasium am Mosbacher Berg for more than 35 years, and Mrs Porsz even met one teacher who had travelled to Ingatestone in the 90s and who fondly remembered Mr Barrs. Each class at the school had prepared a project for the celebrations and highlights included a fashion show of youth fashions from the last 50 years, working robots made by pupils out of Lego and an amazing Mathothek classroom filled to the brim with mathematical models and games.

Congratulations to 37 students for achieving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Mrs Gee presented our Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh cohort with their certificates. She congratulated them on a very successful year where 37 students have achieved their Bronze Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations. The award recognises young adults for completing a series of self-improvement challenges which include physical expeditions, at least three months of volunteering and learning a new skill.

This group took up the challenge with an impressive attitude and organised their tasks effectively with the help of Mrs McDermott, our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. They have improved their confidence, resilience and team working skills  in completing all their challenges well within the time frame. The knowledge and experience required will strengthen applications for university and for future employment. Well done Year 11!

Mrs Gee, Headteacher said “This was a very impressive cohort with an excellent pass rate.  From the outset, they have been well-organised, dedicated and focused. They have shown great commitment to developing their individual skills and also worked collaboratively together to support each other through tougher challenges. I would like to thank Mrs McDermott for the hours she has given up at lunchtimes and after school to support this group achieve their goals. Many congratulations to them all.”

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.