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.

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.

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

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.

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 Livingmind.co.uk), 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 [email protected]  and we will ensure information about 2020 events are circulated to you.

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.

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.

Representatives from UNHCR visit the Sixth Form

Over the past year, the Sixth Form Refugee CAS group have been in contact with the London Office of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), following an inspirational trip to the UN Office in Geneva that many students participated in last Summer. The CAS group started off last September collecting clothes donations from students and parents from the school community to be sent to displaced refugees around the Pas-de-Calais region, but has since taken an international focus. Since January, they have been raising money through cake sales and quizzes for those fleeing war and persecution. Scarlett Pochet, a member of the CAS Group said “We are extremely lucky to have received support from Shazia Hassam and James Bulman from UNHCR, who have not only provided resources but have also taken time to travel to Anglo to speak to the Sixth Form – we are extremely grateful for all of their help! As the term comes to a close, we are looking forward to hosting an overnight Camp-Out for our cause.

Year 9 students participate in an Enterprise Day
Our year 9 students have once again participated in an Enterprise Day organised and delivered by our Lower Sixth International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme students as part of their Approaches to Learning module which focuses on transferable work and life skills.

The year 9 task for the day was to create an ethical café / shop based around food or drink and to produce and present a business plan for it, including a budget & marketing strategy. The students were very fortunate in having some “experts” on hand to assist them in the task – namely representatives from Lloyds Bank, Shaken udder Milkshakes, an Independent Entrepreneur and the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society. These experts presented some key ideas on budgeting, marketing and corporate social responsibility to the students and were then on hand throughout the morning for students to “drop in” for more specific advice and guidance. In the afternoon each group presented their creations to our expert panel who judged them and awarded prizes.  https://shakenudder.com/ https://secrethamper.com/

Students have a fantastic time at their Prom

The Upper Sixth students all had a fantastic time at their Prom last night, which was well-deserved after all the hard work they put into their recent examinations. The evening was a real celebration of their time with us in the Sixth Form and the school and was a genuinely happy and emotional evening for all involved. We hope the students enjoy their Summer and we look forward to seeing them back in school on their results days to celebrate their success.