Schools Will Rock You

The Anglo’s recent production of Schools Will Rock You unwrapped like a delicious box of chocolates; with a treat for everyone. The juke box musical, based on the songs of rock super group Queen, leads the audience into a futuristic world where the magic of music is lost through mass production and then rediscovered.

With spectacular lighting and sound bursting from every corner of the hall, this unique production, set across 3 stages, had the audience of parents, staff and pupils mesmerised from the start as they feasted on an impressive array of singing and dancing. Presented over 4 evenings and with 2 different casts for the lead roles all students from Years 8 to U6th got the opportunity to perform in the dazzling production. With students singing and dancing on scaffolding high above the audience there really was a sense that something very special was happening. The tremendous hard work and creativity of staff and students shows that Anglo really can say ‘We are the Champions’. 

25th annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party

On Tuesday 10th December, the Upper Sixth Community group hosted the 25th annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party.

Record numbers attended and guests were treated to a festive afternoon tea (with generous additions of sherry and mulled wine!)  before being entertained by students with performances including extracts from our very successful, recent production of “Schools Will Rock You”.

Thanks to the generosity of parents, students, friends of the school and local businesses (Including-Just Pampered, The Blue Strawberry and, all our guests left with an early Christmas present and a wine bottle charm, made by one of our staff as a souvenir of the day.

“Let the Adventure Begin” kindly lent us a sweet cart to enable guests could choose from a selection of old fashioned penny sweets followed by an impressive selection of sandwiches, cakes and treats which our students had prepared for them.

The event finished with a sing-a-long to well-known Christmas carols. We have had the most fantastic response from our guests and their families who clearly thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon with their Anglo Community Family. One guest even took to the stage to congratulate the students on their hard work and several guests left saying “same time next year”. If you are a member of the Ingatestone, Mountnessing and Margaretting Senior Citizen community and would be interested in attending our community events including Community lectures, Silver Surfers or annual festivities like the Christmas party, please contact  and we will ensure information about 2020 events are circulated to you.

Local community joins Anglo at the hustings event

Over 100 staff, students, parents and members of the local community came to the hustings for the General Election 2019 to be held on 12th December.  Candidates from each political party attended, Alex Burghart (Conservative), Oliver Durose (Labour), Paul Jeater (Green), David Kendall (Liberal Democrats) and Robin Tilbrook (English Democrats) and Mr Barrs, Headteacher chaired the event.  Each candidate delivered their manifestos and then the audience were invited to ask questions.    

The event gave the school an opportunity to contribute to the Ingatestone community as well as the wider community of the school.  Encouraging young people to engage in their democracy is an important feature of an Anglo education and the level of questioning certainly put our candidates on the spot.  Questions about our relationship with Europe, formal or otherwise, were taken first.  Mr Barrs made history by using the “B”  word  when referring to the possible  British exit from the European Union!  Questions about education, mental health and the NHS then followed.

Mr Barrs concluded the meeting by expressing a view that politics is important and is conducted by people who want to make a difference.  He went on to say that politics can be divisive but it also needed to be a unifying force .

At least 3 people expressed the view that they had moved from “undecided” to “decided” in terms of how they will vote as a result of attending the hustings.  The straw poll at the end indicated a fairly even split between The Conservative Party, the Green Party, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.  It may not be quite like that on polling day!

A strong tradition in this country is that parents take their children by the hand to the polling station.  This certainly reinforces the importance of voting.  It is clear, however, that many of our young people think that voting is so important that they might consider taking their parents by the hand on polling day to make sure they vote!

Politics students invitation to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Our Upper Sixth Politics students were very  fortunate to be invited to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The students were shown around the very impressive George Gilbert Scott building including the grand offices and conference rooms and internal courtyards, highlights included Durbar Court the former heart of the India Office and the Locarno suite of reception rooms. Our hosts, Marie-Claire and Beverley shared some fascinating insights from their careers which have included postings all over the world, highlighting the critical work of the FCO and explaining how the organisation works to improve diversity, relationships with other countries and supports business and enterprise. The students were also informed how to access careers at the FCO  and how they could use their language skills in this context. We are very grateful to the staff at the FCO for the time they spent to make this visit so meaningful.

The FCO was an inspiring visit, it was fascinating to be able to learn about one of the fundamental organs of our country and the ever-changing role they play in international relations- no two days are the same. What truly captured my attention was the mirror challenge- this is where they placed mirrors on the walls with a name plaque underneath with places where women have never been ambassadors, places such as Paris, Tokyo and Washington. The aim of the mirror challenge was to inspire women and girls to try and achieve equality in the FCO.”

The students  finished the day with a tour of the Palace of Westminster, which included the chambers of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Another hugely successful Careers Convention

We held another hugely successful Careers Convention on Thursday 14th November, with 583 students and families attending. At this year’s event we had over 40 contributors from the world of work, training organisations and representatives from Further and Higher Education including Teledyne e2v, Tees Law, Anglia Ruskin Medical School and House & Jackson Pet Clinic. This was a great opportunity for our students to talk to professionals in an informal setting to find out about careers and associated pathways. Students were also invited to attend presentations on the different types of apprenticeships on offer including the new higher and degree apprenticeships and to also hear about the post 16 opportunities Chelmsford College offers.

If you would be interested in participating as an exhibitor next year on Thursday 19th November 2020 we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact

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.