Congratulations to the IB Class of 2021!

After a tough year of uncertainty and unusual pressures, the Anglo IB cohort of 2021 have achieved record-breaking results with a 100% pass rate. Our average Diploma points score is 36 which is 3 points above the global average. All of our IB Career-related (CP) Programme students have been awarded the Certificate.

More than a quarter of our Diploma candidates scored 40 points or more, and one student scored an incredible 44 points, which is truly outstanding. The IB issued allocations for Predicted Grades to help teachers to ensure that this year’s results were in line with previous years, offering the school the chance to appeal the allocation, where we had evidence to justify the change. Staff worked extensively in March and April to appeal the allocations where necessary, and to ensure a thorough quality assurance process was in place to provide evidence-based final Predicted Grades in line with the IB Organisation guidelines. The IB then assessed coursework for every student for every subject to ensure grades would be valued by Higher Education Institutions worldwide.

Headteacher, David Barrs said, “This is a remarkable set of results which the entire community can be justly proud, not least the students themselves. Along with the broad, enriched education they have received they now represent a generation of young people who are very well-placed to help our communities, locally and globally, to build back better after the challenges we have all faced over the last year or so. I wish them all every success.”

Susannah Porsz, IB Curriculum Manager said, “I could not be prouder of this cohort of students. The non-exam route poses particular challenges for students with the cancellation of examinations yet a need for evidence, and they did extremely well in March and April, despite having just come out of lockdown. Some elements of the Diploma were externally assessed as usual and the fact that all coursework has been marked by IB examiners only strengthens these results and makes them all the more impressive. The IB worked hard with schools, universities and Ofqual to ensure that these results would compare globally and locally with previous years, despite the unusual circumstances, and to ensure parity between the non-examination and the examination routes. We are elated with the outcomes that reflect the hard work of our students throughout the past two years.”

Mrs Gee, Headteacher concluded, “This is a truly world-class set of results and our IB students should be incredibly proud of their achievements in an unprecedented, challenging year. These results are reflective of their incredible resilience and determination to succeed, achieve their academic potential and reach some very impressive destinations including those who will take up their Russell Group and Oxbridge University offers. We’re grateful to the relentless support of our IB Leadership Team and our outstanding teachers, whose expertise and dedicated support both in school and remotely, during lockdown, has been hugely appreciated.

Retirement of Anglo European Headteacher

David Barrs, Headteacher of the Anglo European School in Ingatestone, is standing down at the age of 66 after 17 years as headteacher.  David’s career stretches back 44 years , 27 of which have been at the Anglo which amounts to over half the life of the school, which was established in 1973.

“It has been an interesting and very enjoyable journey through Essex in that time from my first role as assistant warden at Wicken House, a county residential field study centre now closed.  I then moved to be a Geography teacher at Saffron Walden County High School before becoming Head of Humanities at Barstable School in Basildon, now part of the Basildon Academy”.

He has seen many changes in education; the rise of social media, the challenges of increasing mental health, the increasing reliance on examinations to measure children, the dominance of data over values as a means of deciding on priorities, the increased accountability of schools which had once inhabited their own secret garden plus, of course, the advent of emails and the mobile phone!

But some things never change – education as a political football, the lack of adequate funding, the vagaries of teacher supply and yet, still, the joy of working in a school community and seeing children mature and progress.  The other thing that hasn’t changed is the children themselves- their charm, unpredictability, energy and their humanity with all their talents and weaknesses.

“It is the Anglo that has shaped me, and, in turn, I hope it has helped me create an environment where we can shape children and encourage them to make a difference in the world.  The Anglo is different and has inspired me throughout my time – my colleagues and the children have been deeply influential, and the school’s values will stay with me whatever happens next.”

In his retirement, David intends to do some work with the International Baccalaureate Organisation, as well as write a book on the school as a contribution to the debate about “building back better” as we recover from the COVID pandemic.  “My one regret is that I will not be in quite such an influential position, as a Headteacher is, to influence the debate about what needs to be done to make our education system truly world class. I hope to still be vocal in that continued debate.”

Mrs Hannah Latimer, Head of Languages at Anglo European School, said: “Mr Barrs has played a key role in my education and teaching career to date. I remember fondly our Geography lessons, especially our French field trip and UN summit on deforestation. His ambition to make the world a better place has always shone through and his love of all things international has helped make the Anglo what it is today. On behalf of all the alumni in the Anglo family, I would like to thank Mr Barrs and wish him a very happy retirement. 

Mrs Gee, Headteacher said: “David has played a key role in the development of the vision, ethos and values of the Anglo European School, which he has tirelessly promoted and helped to enhance and refine. His absence from the leadership team will be greatly missed, as will his teaching contribution to the Geography and Citizenship Departments. We will all miss his gentle, thought-provoking and deeply values-driven style of leadership and the sensitivity, kindness and generosity of spirit he has shown to us all over the years. He has tempered many conflicts, stood firm in many educational and political storms and staunchly supported the internationalist principles of the IB philosophy which underpins so much of what we do at Anglo.”

Good luck to our Year 11 students

This week, we say farewell to our Year 11. What a challenging year they have had, but they have met this challenge with courage, tenacity and great dignity. They completed their final assessments this week and took part in a programme of events on Thursday and Friday morning.  Over the next few weeks they will participate in a remote programme of preparation for the next stage of their education and training. This includes accredited courses, wider reading and research and on-line tasks which will bridge gaps in their knowledge and prepare them for the courses they wish to pursue in September.

We are looking forward to welcoming back some of our students to Anglo’s International Sixth Form and will enjoy seeing them at their induction days on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th July and of course at the Annual Prom.

Mrs Gee said “We have really enjoyed our last week with our fabulous Year 11 and will miss them next term. We wish them every success with the results from their GCSEs and hope they continue to achieve beyond expectation in whatever path they choose. They have been an extraordinarily resilient and courageous year group who we have really enjoyed teaching over the last 5 years.”

Mr Barrs said “We are pushing you off that cliff now and we will watch you fly, some of you back to our Sixth Form, some of you to pastures new.  We hope we have made a difference so you so you, in turn, can make a difference.  Good luck to all of you”

Good luck Year 11 2021!

Farewell to our Upper Sixth students

This has been a particularly tough two years for this cohort who have risen to the challenges that have been placed before them, and acted in a mature and reflective manner through what have been unprecedented times in education. They will have learnt things about themselves and others that they didn’t know before, and picked up new skills along the way because of the circumstances they have found themselves in. We are very proud of how they have coped with these two years and know that they will go on to be part of the generation that will change the world, even by a small part, for the better.

Our Upper Sixth students enjoyed a fantastic last day in school. The fancy dress was as impressive as always, but the conduct of the students in making this a fun and enjoyable day was greatly appreciated by all the staff. We look forward to seeing them again at the Sixth Form picnic and Prom shortly.

MEP Students meet Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

On Monday, 24th May, Alex Morgan (Yr 10) Yan Morris (Yr 11) and Mrs Gee, Headteacher had a video call with the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minster for School Standards, Mark Herbert, Director Schools and Skills at the British Council and Katharine Curruthers OBE, Director of UCL IOE along with representatives from 4 other MEP schools. Minister Gibb spoke with each school in turn, thanking the Headteachers and Chinese teachers for their contributions to the success of the programme and then talking to each student in turn about their experiences and their achievements. Mrs Gee, who chairs the National Headteachers’ Strategy Group for MEP, spoke to Minister Gibb about the impact the government support has had on the success of this prestigious project and what a pleasure it has been to see our first cohort, now in Year 11, about to qualify with GCSEs and an HSK 3 qualification in Chinese Mandarin this year.

Minister Gibb spoke to Yan Morris about his assessments at the end of Year 11, his experience of HSK 3 and congratulated him on achieving Gold, the highest award given in this qualification. Yan said, “It was a great opportunity to speak to Nick Gibb MP about the Mandarin Excellence Programme and to hear from other students who share the same passion and enthusiasm for learning Mandarin. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning Mandarin on the Mandarin Excellence Programme, which included the trips to China and Nottingham, visit to the Foreign Office and House of Lords, as well as taking part in the Mandarin Speaking competition. I hope to study Mandarin further in our Sixth Form, then at University. My aspiration is to become a Chinese teacher.”

He then spoke to Alex Morgan to congratulate him on his recent success in the National Mandarin Speech Competition, organised annually by the British Council and held virtually this year on May 5th 2021. Alex said, “The competition was a great way for me to practise and improve my confidence and Mandarin speaking skills, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Anglo’s success in this competition is notable; candidates from schools all over the UK joined the first round in March. Our students Alex Morgan (10C) and Yan Morris (11C) both made it to the final. Last week, we learnt that Alex had been awarded third place in the Intermediate Plus Level, which is hugely impressive. The judges complimented Alex on his “very organised responses with good structures.” and his use of “complex conjunctions …in the final performance.”

Our CLEC Chinese Language Teacher Tina Dai said, “We prepared the competition together from the heats to finals. It was a pleasure to train such brilliant boys who are so hardworking and full of creative ideas.” Mrs Gee added, “Many congratulations to both students for their amazing success in this national competition. They have worked extremely hard on this very demanding and intense programme of Chinese study. To listen to their confident, fluent and eloquent performances in this challenging competition and to listen to the reaction of the judges made us all very proud.”

The MEP programme, with Minister Gibb’s support, is hoping to secure another 5 years of funding to continue the excellent work that Anglo, along with 13 pioneer schools began back in 2015. There are now over 80 schools involved and the programme has exceeded its targets of securing 5000 fluent speakers of Chinese by 2021 and continues to enhance the curriculum with enrichment, immersive study visits to China, university residentials, and virtual tours. In Phase 2, we hope to enhance our primary liaison and support, connections with business and enterprise, work experience opportunities and a continuation of enriched provision into the Sixth Form and beyond, working with Higher Education institutions to enable our MEP students to achieve their ambitious goals.

Students take part in an Arabic Live Event

Some of our L6th and Year 9 students took part in an Arabic Live Event organised by the British Council, in partnership with the Qatar Foundation International. Students listened to an Introduction to Arabic language and cultures and watched a live performance and conversation by Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum. Now living in Los Angeles, California, Omar is also a designer, poet and peace activist whose work blends Arabic and English words and rhythms. The event also included Zaina Erhaim, a Syrian journalist who reported on the conflict in Syria. She is currently a refugee in the UK and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)’s Communications Manager. Zaina spoke about her life in Syria before and during the war and as a refugee.

Politics student appears on Radio 5 live

U6 Politics student, Anna Hatwell, ‘appeared’ on Radio 5 live with Adrian Chiles on his Question Time Extra Time show alongside Matthew Taylor former political strategist and current Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts; Cindy Yu Broadcast Editor at the Spectator; and Ebac founder John Elliot. She expressed some views on some of the key issues of the day. Listen to the show on http://ow.ly/m56f50Cs8w0

Question Time Extra Time – 19/11/2020 – BBC SoundsYour take on the BBC’s biggest political debate with Adrian Chiles and special guests.ow.ly

Well done Anna! #BBCRadio5 #AngloFamily #Politics BBC Radio 5 live

Community Lecture with Sir Richard Jolly

Please feel free to watch our Community Lecture with Sir Richard Jolly. This was made in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the UN. #AngloFamily #CommunityLecture #UN https://youtu.be/G0tdwujw3XY

We also celebrated this special anniversary by rededicating ourselves to the UN Charter by reading the Preamble to the Charter and raising the UN flag, in common with many other communities around the world. 

Students take part in an inaugural virtual debate

Anglo Sixth Form students took part in another first for the school with an inaugural virtual debate between two teams of Sixth Formers. The topic was the potential reintroduction of the death penalty to the UK which saw some impassioned arguments on both sides being relayed to students in their Form rooms, followed by questions to the teams and a final vote. The motion was eventually defeated, but both sides articulated their points very well and certainly created a significant amount of discussion.

Achievement for All

In September, Anglo European School will be working in partnership with this not-for-profit organisation to improve the outcomes for all students vulnerable to underachievement, regardless of background, challenge or need, including those with SEND, eligible for Free School Meals and Children who are looked after in care.

This is a whole school improvement framework, recognised by the DfE, tailored to meet the needs of our school population and has a proven track record of outstanding results. We will be supported by a School Champion, and an Achievement Coach who will forge a strong partnership with the school and will support the school to work towards an Achievement for All Quality Award over the next two years.

Together we will work towards an “I can” attitude to learning; building the grit and resilience that creates perseverance in the face of a significant challenge, supporting learning, building ambition and aspirational behaviours. The programme recognises that Anglo is relentless in its high expectations, rigorous in our pedagogy and critical in our evaluations of our own practice. Now, more than ever, we do not want to be complacent, but wish to strive to make the education at Anglo European world class. We continue to be passionate about improving the lives and opportunities for the young people in our care and we know that all students are feeling a little less confident, a little more vulnerable and anxious about the year ahead and we want to have robust systems in place to build resilience, instil confidence and support vulnerabilities.

The programme enhances four interrelated elements: Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Wider Opportunities and Outcomes and Parent and Carer engagement in our aim to raise aspiration and achievement, removing barriers to success, developing constructive and supportive relationships between the school, home and our students.

The Well-Being programme will also coach and support teachers to promote a culture where levels of emotional well-being are raised; we have access to professional coaching and development which enables us to support students, promote kindness, support mental health, celebrate diversity, creativity and problem-solving in an emotionally intelligent manner. 

This year, we are acutely aware of the responsibility we hold for bridging gaps, addressing mental health, supporting students with challenging behaviour and achieving these through evidence based, research supported methods alongside the embedded kindness, patience and friendship we have come to expect from our Anglo Family.