“Francoise and her story”, article written by Upper Sixth student Evie Shaw

On the 28th September, our Upper Sixth French A-level students were visited by a very special, French guest. Françoise Palmer kindly shared her fascinating experience of her life during occupied France in the 1940s. This story entailed her birth in Paris, fleeing to Versailles during the occupation period, continuing on to the Pyrenees and finally moving to the UK. The escape from the Germans was tough for Françoise and her family, especially as they wanted to exploit her father for his utilitarian skills, and the transition from one French area to another made aspects of education hard, along with general stability and settling. Françoise explained that rationing was extremely difficult, and something that we no doubt nowadays take for granted! From remembering her first ice cream, to eating two chocolate Cadbury fingers at a birthday party, this was deemed such a luxury.

After moving to the United Kingdom after the war at the age of seven, Françoise spent these two years seeking safety and reconnecting with family. Although her adventure did not stop there, as she later spent time in the US, in Washington DC, along with time in South America, in Chile. Françoise was lucky enough to experience school life and education in France, England, America and Chile, despite some of these memories being hazy; she certainly did not forget both the good and the bad school experiences. Our A-level students were therefore interested in her travelling experience, more so during the occupation and the restrictions that she faced.

With lots of questions and French conversations, students were able to gain an enriching experience and discover what life was like during this difficult period. Moving on, Françoise’s childhood experience and stories will be beneficial when students begin to learn about ‘L’Occupation’ and ‘La Résistance’ for their French A-level course. Students have also kindly been offered ‘bavarder’ (chitchat) sessions in French with Françoise to encourage and improve French, every-day conversational skills. Overall, Françoise described the school atmosphere as “excellent” and stated that “the students were very polite in the face of an inexperienced old lady, altogether a day to remember for all the right reasons!”

Language of the Month – Arabic

This month saw the start of our Language of the Month programme. Throughout September we have been exploring the newest addition to our languages curriculum, Arabic. This is now the fourth year we have been teaching Arabic and the numbers of attendees to our Arabic clubs are very pleasing. We are continuously building our provision and now have both Mrs Asad and Mrs Eliot teaching Arabic and in 2023 will launch our IB ab initio Arabic class. Students have been exploring Arabic across the curriculum, learning about Arabic numerals and the history of algebra in Maths, Islamic medicine in History, the Qur’an as a source of authority for Muslims in Religious Studies, Arabic language taster lessons and quizzes in form time. A particular highlight of our Arabic month was the musical performance for year 7 and 8 students. Maya Youssef, a Syrian Qanun player performed her music for us as she shared how she was determined to play this traditional Arabic instrument despite being told “it’s an instrument for boys”. She went on to open up about how the Syrian war led her to start composing, the story of her dream of bombs falling down onto her and turning into white petals was particularly eye-opening and led to her composing “Bombs Turn into Roses”. Students enjoyed experiencing one of the many facets of Arabic culture first-hand and year 7, especially, were full of questions for Maya. Additionally, this month, we have also had a special culinary focus on Arabic cuisine. With huge thanks to Mrs Green and her team in the kitchen, the students and staff enjoyed Ras-el-Hanout Chicken tray bake, Shakshuka with Mahalabia dessert for a special themed lunch this week.

Anglo is currently working with the British Council, the Qatar Foundation and Dragon Training to develop on-line resources for Arabic language development in the primary sector. In the wake of the football world cup in Qatar, we know there will be increasing interest in this wonderful language and culture. Our KS3 students are really enjoying their lunchtime Arabic club and developing language skills that will set them apart as unique and distinctive.

Outstanding GCSE Results For Anglo European

Congratulations to the class of 2021!

Anglo European GCSE students are celebrating today as another year of outstanding results have been achieved. We celebrate and applaud these outcomes, particularly recognising the huge disruption to their education over the last two years as a result of the pandemic. This year group has been steadfast, embracing the blended learning experience and working collaboratively with teachers and professional support staff to navigate unchartered academic waters successfully, studying conscientiously during an international pandemic. They showed huge resilience and developed independent learning skills which will have prepared them well for their next stage of learning.

Miss Jones, Year Leader said “ I am incredibly proud of this year group. They have worked so hard under challenging circumstances and thoroughly deserve their fantastic results. They have been an amazing cohort to work with and I have always been impressed with their resilience and determination to succeed. I wish them all every success in the next step of their education.”

Notable achievers were Capucine Caudrelier with 12 Grade 9s, Archie Pummell with 9 grade 9s and 1 grade 8, Yan Morris, with 7 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s, Oliver Cvetkovic with 5 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s, Hector Muir with 5 grade 9s and 4 grade 8s, Jannik Weyand with 3 grade 9s and 7 grade 8s, Elijah Mead-Tomlinson with 3 Grade 9s and 6 grade 8s and Pranav Ramanathan with 5 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s.

Capucine Caudrelier, whose incredible achievement of 12 Grade 9s, including three languages said, “I am very pleased with my results and feel proud that the last few years of hard work have paid off. I am very grateful to all my teachers who encouraged me and helped me achieve my highest targets.”

Archie Pummell, Yan Morris, Hector Muir, Elijah Mad-Tomlinson, were all part of the first cohort of the Mandarin Excellence Programme. These students have achieved fluency in Mandarin, outstanding GCSEs and HSK qualifications in Chinese Mandarin as part of this intensive programme of study also managed to scoop a clutch of exceptional GCSEs. Archie Pummell said, “Like everyone, I have found the last two years a real challenge. I am delighted to have achieved the results I have gained.”

Jannik Weyand added, “After a testing two years, I am elated to have exceeded my expectations. I wouldn’t be here without the Anglo European School and the amazing support from my teachers during harsh lockdowns and stressful catch up periods.”

Elijah Mead-Tomlinson echoed these sentiments, “I am really happy with my results especially after working hard through a strange and challenging year.”

We are always especially proud of those who exceed the expectations of the progress data generated from KS2 achievements and excel beyond such predications as a result of their dedication to their Anglo education. These achievements are often the result of considerable hard work, overcoming personal adversity and showing additional commitment to their studies. This year, GCSE progress scores were exceptional for Isra Gorgulu, Malachi Mugo, Emilie Guilloux, Jaina Vyas, Lukas Mulcahy, Daisy Taylor and Luis Calle Hunscher, Aleksandra Kolesnik, Jemimah May and John Porter. Anglo is particularly proud of your success.

Pranav Ramanathan spoke about the unique circumstances some students had faced, “I was extremely pleased to receive my results this morning. I joined the Anglo in Year 10 at a very critical juncture and was quite sceptical about how things would pan out. But I must say it has been a truly delightful and seamless experience for me. I am indebted to the wonderful teachers and staff at Anglo for their amazing support and guidance which has made this possible.”

This is an outstanding set of results for our students and they should be incredibly proud of their achievements. Our GCSE results reflect a colossal commitment from our students, the expertise and dedicated support from their teachers under hugely challenging circumstances this year and the notable support and encouragement from our wonderful parents, in a year where home schooling and support contributed in an unprecedented fashion!

What is equally impressive is that these results have been achieved across the extensive range of GCSE subjects that we offer, across a broad, challenging and balanced curriculum. This notably includes, for the vast majority of students, two languages from the 8 on offer which, as languages entries continue to fall, most notably in German, means our students will stand out in the global economic market as highly employable with competitive skills.

Six students achieved the impressive accolade of being triple linguists; Jemimah May (French, German, Italian), Lucas Schulze Casademunt (French, German and Spanish), Alessandro Morello (German, Italian and Spanish) Capucine Caudrelier (French, German and Italian), Sibel Ercan (French, German and Spanish) and Alexandra Kostic (French, Spanish and Russian).

This year, exam boards have awarded grades that were submitted by the school, determined by teachers, based on rigorous assessments which have been marked against exam board criteria, moderated and standardised by staff, based on a range of evidence including assessments conducted under examination conditions. The school followed the guidance strictly and we are thrilled that the examination board agreed with every one of our grades during their external moderation. We are forever grateful for the extraordinary lengths our staff have gone to, in order to ensure this process was fair, transparent and thorough and recognise the huge additional workload this created. Staff completed this with unrelenting commitment and unwavering support for this year group, for whom they have such affection and respect, to ensure they received accurate grades reflective of their achievements this year.

Jody Gee, Headteacher said: “We are particularly proud of this year group; they have overcome the most challenging barriers to learning and personal adversity to gain results they should be justly proud of. These days make the teaching profession the most rewarding job in the world; to see students who have struggled, battled and strived to achieve their best, exceed even their own expectations is such a joy for teachers to witness.  Throughout the pandemic, they kept us smiling with their infectious positivity, sense of humour and care and kindness to towards each other. We are so thrilled they have been awarded results which reflect their hard work, resilience and tenacity under such challenging circumstances and we look forward to seeing them progress to the Sixth Form, college or apprenticeships next year and watching them go on to achieve even greater things. Well done, Class of 2021!”

Another year of outstanding results for Anglo European. Well done class of 2021!

Congratulations to our A-Level, IBCP and AIB students who have achieved outstanding A Level results today. This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards, using a randomly selected sample of assessed work. We celebrate and applaud these outcomes, particularly recognising the huge disruption to teaching and learning caused by two affected academic years of Covid 19. Despite the challenges and constant interruptions, this year group has embraced the blended learning experience, which combined innovative remote learning strategies and traditional classroom learning. They showed huge resilience and developed independent learning skills which will have prepared them well for their next stage of learning at university or on apprenticeship courses. Stuart Newton, Director of Sixth Form, said “I’m extremely proud of this year group, not only in terms of the outstanding resilience they have demonstrated but also in terms of their desire to take all the challenges they have faced head on and produce an excellent set of results. We know wherever they go next, including some of the best universities in the world, the unique international education they have received at the Anglo will prepare them well for a globalised workplace and we wish them all the best with the next stage of their academic journeys” 

Notable achievers were Nicholas Champness who achieved 4 A*s to progress to study German at the University of Oxford, and Torsten Archer who achieved 3 A*s and 1 A who will take up a place at the University of Cambridge to study Law.  Lula Dune Fletcher achieved 1 A* and 3 As and Linnae Abraham and Sienna Federman and all achieved 2A*s, 1A and a B. Ella Ratteray-Drover was awarded 3 As and a B. To achieve 4 A Levels with such high grades deserves huge recognition and congratulations.  

Torsten Archer said: “I was delighted to receive my results this morning after a testing two years. I would just like to thank the wonderful teachers for all their hard work in helping me to reach this point. I will be thrilled to continue on my educational journey with my law degree at Cambridge.” 

Lula Dune Fletcher was incredibly happy with her achievements and has decided to take a gap year.  “I joined Anglo in Year 7 and I feel that the school provided me with experiences and unforgettable opportunities.  My results are not only the result of my hard work but also reflects the support the school gave me in order to succeed.” 

From the AIB cohort who chose to study a combination of A Levels and IB Standard courses, special congratulations to Ellie Thackeray with 2 A*s, an A and an IBS 6, to Alissa Mainstone who achieved 1 A*, 2 As and an IBS 7 and Emily Morse who was awarded 1A*, 2 Bs and 2 IBS 6s. 

Ellie Thackeray has secured a place at Nottingham University where she will be studying Law.  “I really enjoyed my time at Anglo, especially the exchange visits.  My favourite was visiting China in Year 10.  I am glad that these opportunities were available to me.  I am really looking forward to starting university in September.”  

We are always especially proud of those who exceed the expectations of the progress data generated from GCSE achievements and excel beyond such predications. These achievements are often the result of extremely hard work and dedication to their studies. This year, A level progress scores were exceptional for Bee Balfourth, Jessica Ubaka, Maia Vidal-Garner, Mollie Penn, Cline Mangwana, Amelia Delves, Annabel Denton, Robyn Gracia-Thomas and Anita Ghosh. Anglo is particularly proud of your success.  

Jessica Ubaka said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Anglo, without whom I would not have found out who I am today.  I came to school as an external student without a sense of who I was and the Sixth Form teachers helped show me that I can be whoever I want to be.  If I could give one piece of advice it would be to trust the teachers, ask questions and work in the study room.   I would like to become a published author and will go on to study English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.”  

This is an outstanding set of results for our students and they should be incredibly proud of their achievements. Our A Level results reflect the excellent commitment of our students, the expertise and dedicated support from their teachers under hugely challenging circumstances this year and the notable support and encouragement from our parents, in a year where home learning took on whole new meaning! Anglo students have been justly rewarded with outstanding results at both A Level and through the previously awarded IB Diploma, where the school exceeded global averages once again.  

What is equally impressive is that these results have been achieved across the possible 71 A Level and IB subjects that we offer our students in such a broad, challenging and balanced curriculum. Our students not only achieved A Level, IB, BTEC and Financial Studies Diploma results but also accomplished the most incredible achievements in Creativity Action Service, Theory of Knowledge, international visits and exchanges and through intensive research projects for EPQ and the Extended Essay which covered broad topics of enquiry such as ‘Personhood in relation to Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘The impacts of an oligopolistic vaccine market on US and Nigerian living standards’. These skills are highly valued by our colleagues in Higher Education and we are thrilled that 80% of our students will be progressing to their first choice Universities; 43% to Russell Group Universities with successful application to both the USA and countries as far away as the Ukraine. We have also had successful applications for a number of Higher Level Apprenticeships in areas such as banking and the automotive industry.  

Lily Parris

Lily Parris, who has secured a place a Princeton University in the USA, where she will major in Medical Anthropology whilst taking up an athletics scholarship said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the international atmosphere and the mix of cultures, which is an environment that I wanted to replicate when looking for places at overseas universities” 

Jody Gee, Headteacher said: “We are incredibly proud of all the intense commitment and dedication of our students under such difficult and challenging circumstances this year. These outstanding outcomes are very well deserved. We are grateful to the incredible team of teaching and professional support staff in the Sixth Form who have worked tirelessly to ensure students have been supported pastorally and academically to achieve the outcomes they truly deserve and which allows them to progress onto their chosen pathways through further education and study. We are immensely proud of them and look forward to seeing them go on to do even greater things in the future.”  

Mr Barrs, Headteacher said:” This is my 17th and final set of results before I retire.  Both the students and I move on to our next chapter and do so with very strong foundations to build on.  I am also sure that we will all “fly off the cliff” with confidence!  I am very proud of all that they have achieved and the challenges they have overcome including the most disruption caused to the education of any generation in present time.  I wish them every success”. 

BBC Look East visits the Anglo

BBC Look East are, once again, at Anglo European to film our students returning to school. Our students have all adhered to our protection measures and we have really enjoyed seeing them back learning in the classroom today.

GCSE class of 2020 achieve outstanding results


We are genuinely proud of our class of 2020 and they have great cause to celebrate. Our teachers, who knew them well, looked at evidence in each subject, held departmental standardisation meetings to discuss each student and awarded the grades that they have received today. In a small number of cases, the statistical model used by Ofqual awarded them a higher grade and they will have received the higher of the two on their certificates today. This has been a rigorous process and the students have earned these grades with their hard work and dedication to their studies under very difficult circumstances. They will now be able to able to build on their success during post-16 careers.

They have shown commitment and a determination to achieve their potential throughout their time at the Anglo, embracing fully, the unique international experiences this school affords them and this has been rewarded, despite being denied the opportunity to sit a final exams this summer.

We look forward to regrouping and seeing them all together again in September, along with those students who will join our International Sixth Form from other schools. For those seeking pastures new, we wish them every success with their chosen pathways. Their distinctively broad and international education at Anglo has ensured they will be well-prepared for whatever the future holds and will serve them well.

As always, these grades are provisional and subject to appeal. Parents and students will also know from the national and local news that any BTEC grades are currently subject to review and will be confirmed next week. We have been assured they are not likely to change downwards.

We recognise this has been a volatile period of change, uncertainty and anxiety; our students have shown great courage, resilience and commitment to their learning throughout and we are very proud of their achievements today:

Freya Baumber (pictured) celebrates 10 grade 9s and 1 grade 8 today. She said she was “Very shocked and slightly overwhelmed.” She continues into Anglo’s International Sixth Form to pursue A levels in RS, English Literature, Politics and French.

Kai Jones is to be congratulated on achieving, 6 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s and a grade 7 this morning. He progresses into the Sixth Form at AES to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma, studying, English Literature, Mathematics Applications and Physics at Higher and Geography, Japanese and Art at Standard. He said, “I’m really happy; the A level downgrading worried me greatly but now I feel we have the results we would have achieved.”

Gloria Rusciani joins an elite group of triple linguistics leaving the Anglo this year, with top grade 9s in Italian, French and Spanish and two more 9s in English and English Literature. She said, “I am over the moon and really grateful that my hard work paid off after all the confusion and the prospect of down-grading last week. It’s such a relief!” Gloria is progressing to the International Sixth Form to study the AIB route, which combines A Levels with IB Standards from the International Baccalaureate suite. She will study: English Literature, Spanish, Sociology at A Level and IB Standards in History and Psychology.

Bradley Asumang achieved 6 grade 9s. 3 8s and 2 7s to gain a place at Brampton Manor to study 4 A levels in Economics, Maths, Further Maths and Sociology. Mathematics has always been his passion and two grade 9s in GCSE Mathematics and Further Mathematics means he is on course to continue his study of this subject at a higher level. He said, “I’m really pleased that my hard work in since Year 7 has been recognised.”

A-Level results day 2020

Many congratulations to our Upper Sixth Class of 2020! Despite all that the world has thrown at them this year, they have accepted the outcomes with grace, resilience, and a determination to make the most of the opportunities afforded them. They leave the Anglo European, along with their peers who received the International Baccalaureate qualifications last month, with qualifications to be proud of and a distinctive, international experience that will serve them well in the future and we wish them all every success in their chosen future pathways.

This year has been uniquely challenging; our students, having been awarded grades by the exam boards, based on information supplied by us, after a rigorous internal process. The exam boards have applied their own calculations, taking account of performance of subjects in previous years, to generate each individual student’s final grades. In many cases, the final awarded grade is less than the grade awarded by the school. None of the usual benchmark data or headline figures which lend themselves to comparisons between this year and other years, or between schools, have any validity this year.

As always, the results released today are provisional and subject to appeal. This is even more significant this year, given that the government announced on Tuesday evening that any student who achieved a higher grade in their ‘mock’ exam earlier in the year, what we call PPEs (Preliminary Public Examinations) could form the basis of an appeal, although details of this appeals process have yet to be released.

Despite all this, our students have genuine cause to celebrate. Not only have they secured grades they can be proud of, but they have done so in the most trying of circumstances. They have shown patience and resilience and, alongside the unique Anglo experience based on internationalism, are now well-equipped to move on to university or apprenticeships.

The IB Diploma students have had their results since 6th July and are going to a variety of institutions including nine Russell Group universities. Sebastian Grut was accepted into his first choice of the Technical University of Denmark to study Artificial Intelligence and Data and Amelia Jenkins been accepted at her first choice placement, at the Royal Veterinary College.

Financial Studies student, Anna Hedges has accepted a place to study Business Psychology at Loughborough University after her outstanding grades. Anna achieved particularly well in Financial Studies, with the LIBF commending her achievement earlier in the year. Harriet Taylor also achieved a Distinction.

Our A level students attained some stunning results and are really excited about their future prospects.

Ani Begaj (pictured) gained A*AAB and is studying Architecture at UCL; she said, “I’m both very happy and relieved. I’m going to pursue an excellent course which

combines my interests in Art, Physics and Mathematics at a well-respected university. It has been quite a roller coaster; being told I couldn’t sit the exams I’d worked so hard for, feeling resigned to not being able to do anything about it and then to hear the Scottish results and the government announcements on Tuesday evening…it was really frightening. Today I just feel relieved.

Marcel Afunyah gained two A*s in Mathematics and Chemistry and two As in Further Mathematics and Physics. He has been accepted at Warwick University to study Computer Systems Engineering and hopes to progress to conduct research in Astro Physics. When asked if he had planned his evening of celebrations, he replied, “No, Mam, I’m working the Night shift in ASDA” where he has been working during the lockdown period as well as teaching himself bass guitar and building a 3D printer!

Eden Ashby expressed her “massive relief” at gaining a place at Nottingham University to study Economics with French, having gained an A* in French, an A in Economics and an A in Psychology. She said, “I’ve always had a passion for languages and this was cemented on the two exchanges I did to Avignon and Dijon. I was fortunate to do international work experience in a primary school in Avignon in the Lower Sixth and really loved the language and culture.

Ivayla leaves on a flight tomorrow morning to The University of Montana on an Athletics Scholarship. She was very unhappy at not having the chance to complete her examinations and prove what she could really do but was much relieved to have

been accepted on such a 4-year prestigious course. She said, “I will really miss the Anglo; I would not be the person I am today without the experience and confidence it gave me.”

Lilli Azzoppard gained 3 As and is off to York to study Psychology. She said, “I’m really happy and thrilled to be studying a subject I love at York but this week, with all its uncertainty, has been very stressful indeed.

IB Anglo students achieve 3 points above the worldwide average

We wish to congratulate all of our IB students on the results they have achieved this week. Our IB Diploma Students (DP) achieved an average score of 33 points, which is in line with previous cohorts and 3 points above the worldwide average of 29.9, and our maximum individual points score was 40 out of a possible 45. In May 2019 this would have placed these pupils in the top 10% worldwide. The vast majority have met or exceeded their university offers, and we will support any who narrowly missed. In the absence of examinations, these were based on a combination of coursework, predicted grades and historic school and subject data. We are not yet sure of the exact combination that was used to calculate these results and there will certainly be some appeals on individual results where pupils are close to the upper boundary. 

Our Career Programme (CP) students did well in their challenging Reflective Projects and completed a diverse service learning portfolio. Our IBCP Coordinator Ben Knights said: “This is a pleasing set of results which evidence the personal development made by our 2020 IBCP cohort. They leave the Anglo European Sixth Form with “work ready” competencies which, through their Service Learning and Language Development portfolios, showcase their sustained engagement. I am especially proud of the reflective projects undertaken by this group, as all students thoughtfully reflected upon an ethical dilemma within their career-related study, allowing them to demonstrate all IB Learner Profile characteristics. I wish them well for the future.” As a school we are quite unique in offering A levels in combination with single IB subjects and there were many positive individual results amongst this group, which will be combined with their A level results in August.

The Headteachers, David Barrs and Jody Gee said: “Results day is a stop-over on your journey which began two years ago and now takes you to the edge of the cliff and gives you wings to fly.  Whatever the circumstances, those results mean something but do not ever forget the IB Mission – to make the world a better place.  Despite missing school we have all learned so much from our experience of COVID 19 – the greatness and the fragility of our common humanity.  Don’t allow yourself to be defined by the global lockdown .  The world is ripe for change and you are well-placed, as part of a global network of IB graduates, to be the leaders of that change.”

Our IB Curriculum Manager Susannah Porsz said: “I am really proud of every one of our IB Students, they worked hard throughout the two years and the overall results are pleasing. Some pupils would have undoubtedly achieved a higher grade had they been able to take the examinations as planned, and these pupils have the option to retake in November 2020, as we are offering this session for the first time ever. The IB is about so much more than results and these students are well-rounded, global citizens who will no doubt be the leaders of the future. I wish them all every success, no matter what path they take.”

COVID Update – 19

We hope the first week back has been productive.  Our staff continue to set and respond to work.  Various virtual meetings have been taking place of groups of colleagues who are working on the grades that we will submit for each child in Year 11 and the Upper Sixth.  They are also meeting to review schemes of work and produce curriculum maps which will soon be available on our website.  Other ongoing work such as reviews of policies, timetabling and calendar planning for the 2020-21 academic year continues. We are also maintaining contact with vulnerable children and their families.

We continue to receive very positive comments as well as examples of some of the work being produced by our students which we are happy to circulate on our social media platforms provided the student and their parents give consent for this to happen.

In order to enjoy these and other information do follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow us on Twitter @angloeuropean73 and/or Facebook – Anglo European School.

Inevitably, with almost 1500 students to support we can’t always get it right for all families.  We have no way of telling what circumstances you are working under or the pressures the current arrangements are imposing on you.  Of course, our staff will follow up if work is not being completed as we would in school.  By and large that would not have involved parents but now, of course, there is no way of avoiding that. Please accept any contact you receive from our teaching staff as a welfare check; they are just ensuring your child can access and is not having difficulty completing the work. This is not a check on the quality of home schooling provision! What we can say is that the well-being of our students and their families is our priority.  If we don’t get it quite right for you, please email your child’s form teacher via [email protected] and let us have a ‘conversation’.

Other points;

1.  Key worker children and vulnerable children. At the moment we have no demand for the school to be open although we have a rota in place should that become necessary.  In some cases, arrangements have been made for students to attend their local school. The over-riding government advice is to stay at home but the school is available for the children of key workers or children we consider vulnerable.  Let us know if your circumstances change.

2. Live lessons using Zoom or other platforms.  We have taken a decision not to do this for reasons of safeguarding and equity.  Not all students have access to the internet and we are well aware that.  Whilst most families have one computer, they may have one or two adults working from home and 2, 3 or 4 children also wanting computer access. Some of our staff are, however, recording lessons for you to download or view.

3. https://www.myheplus.com. This is new resource developed by the University of Cambridge for Sixth Form and younger students which aims to develop further interest in key subject areas through a wide range of resources and explanation of what it is like to study that subject at university.

4. Laptops

You will be aware that the government are making laptops available for certain categories of students, for example, disadvantaged students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding in Year 10. Unfortunately this is not for everyone. We will be in touch with you if you are in any of these categories. However, we are aware that laptops would benefit a much wider range of young people, including those who only have one computer in the house (see point 2 above).  We are therefore extremely grateful to have received a donation from one family that has enabled us to purchase two laptops to support other families who do not qualify for the government scheme. If you do have spare laptops or would like to make a donation to this fund, please get in touch with us via [email protected] Any help in meeting this demand and making life easier for families is very much appreciated.

5.ESFA asking for bank details. We have been made aware that an organisation called the ESFA which has responsibility for funding academies like ours may have been in contact with parents asking for bank details. Please be aware that this is a scam. Do not share your bank details with this organisation.

6.Exam results dates.  These will remain as previously published – 13 August for A level and 20 August for GCSE.  IB results should also be available at the beginning of July.  We hope to be able to present your grades to you in person as usual along with your Diplome du Citoyen and related papers such as your work experience feedback.

7. Additional resources to support learning

The BBC have launched BBC Bitesize Daily.  This is a new service which will deliver a tailored day of learning across BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Bitesize website and app, BBC Four and BBC Sounds, with curriculum relevant offers across the UK. Together, this comprehensive package is aimed at minimising disruption to children’s education and providing rhythm and routine in these challenging times. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons.

The DfE have launched the Oak National Academy to support schools and parents – https://www.thenational.academy/

8.  Read, read, read.

Remember this can be done for pleasure as well as learning.

a. You can download the library app BorrowBox on your smart device. Log on using your library card number and date of birth. Ready to look for an audio or eBook.

b. Audible has opened up its library for as long as schools are closed. You don’t need a card or to log in, simply follow:https://stories.audible.com/discovery

c. If you don’t know where to start in the link below you have the top 100 books for young adults: https://time.com/100-best-young-adult-books/

d. If you have an Amazon account you can also download free ebooks including literary classics like Brave New World and many others

If you would like to share book reviews with us, please let us know your name and year group, which book you have read, give a brief summary of the plot and context (no spoilers!) and why you have enjoyed it. A picture of the cover/ ISBN number will help others locate it. We will share recommendations on our communications with parents and students.

9. We are aware that some students have not accessed ShowMyHomework.  The attached guide explains how to do this.  If you continue to have problems, let us know.

COVID 19 – Update 18

Welcome back!

We hope your Easter break was as relaxing and as enjoyable as it could be in the circumstances.

We received really lovely, positive comments last term with regard to what we have been trying to achieve in terms of home learning for our students.  Some of these comments are attached below and we’d like to thank those who take the trouble to do this as it really does lift teachers’ spirits to know what they are doing is appreciated, in these very challenging circumstances.

Read Compliments

A ‘thank you’ also, to those of you who have sent in such wonderful photographs and videos of the great “Easterachievements” your children have accomplished.  We invited these as part of a positive approach to Easter but we are happy to continue to receive them and post them on our Facebook and Twitter platforms.  If we do receive them we will assume that we have both your permission and your child’s permission to do so. We will only use their first names.  This is really important but it is a lovely way of giving students some public recognition of their amazing resilience and creativity. We also hope that we can share some good ideas about keeping young people healthy – both physically and mentally and keeping their brains active and challenged. Above all, they have made many people smile!

There is still no clarity about when we might return to ‘normal’. We know that some families for a whole host of reasons find “studying from home’ more challenging than others. As we start afresh with another term of ‘studying from home’, here are some tips that  Ms. Jones, Our KS3 Co-ordinator for English, has put together. It is addressed to students and it may help parents to print it off for them.

Top Tips for Home Study

is important, if you can, to clear a workspace that is dedicated to work. This ideally should be separate from the space you relax in. Ideally, it should be a table and chair but if that’s not available then work with what you’ve got.
It reate a quiet environment, free from distractions – again if this is possible. Perhaps request that siblings (if you have any) don’t interrupt you. Music can be a distraction as well as a study aid. It can help to block out any other sounds in the house but choose your music carefully or it will distract you. Music without words can be best for focusing.

Try to keep a routine Monday to Friday so that it feels a little more structured like a school day usually would. If you can begin work at 9am and finish latest 3:30pm, it might bring some normality back. Schedule in your usual breaks at 11am and a lunch break. Do two hours, break, two hours, lunch and one more hour after if you can manage it.

In your lunch break, try to get some fresh air if you can, do some physical exercise, read something for pleasure or engage in a hobby.  You could also keep a diary of how this very significant event in world history is affecting you.

Pack away your workspace at 3:30pm knowing you’ve worked hard in the time allocated; know this is your time to relax and focus on other tasks you enjoy. Have a reward to look forward to at this time – like sitting down to your favourite series or whatever you prefer.

You should avoid answering messages on your phone when you should be working.

Set yourself tasks to do in those two hour blocks. Perhaps parents/carers can help you come up with a schedule each day to help you organise the work you have set from SMHW.

Finally, go easy on yourself. Work well for the time allocated, try as hard as you can and whatever you produce is better than doing nothing.

Work/Life balance

This is something that challenges us all which is why we have issued well being guidance https://www.aesessex.co.uk/news/well-being-guidance/ as well as ‘studying from home guidance’ https://www.aesessex.co.uk/studying-from-home-guidance/ .  One phrase we have taken as our own in recent weeks is “Stay home, stay safe, stay happy”.  We know it’s important for young people to stay connected. If you have any concerns about a young person’s health and well-being, please contact the school on [email protected] and a member of the Achievement Team will be in contact with you.

Year 11 and Upper Sixth examinations

We are in the process of collating data to be sent to the examination boards. We can base our judgments on previous achievements including mock results, coursework and previous data input on our students. We are awaiting further information on exactly what could be considered. We will ‘calculate’ a grade which is the best we can justify in each subject for each student. These grades will then be submitted and moderated by OfQual. Until we have clarity on the detail of the data they require and the appeals process, please retain all evidence of your progress and achievement – exercise books, assignment, project work, coursework, evidence of wider reading.  Once they have been published there may be cases where students do not feel their grade is fair.  It is at that point that you may choose to appeal and when you may need to produce as much evidence as you can to support your appeal. Please remember that staff are not at liberty to discuss these grades with students, disclose the final grade submitted and will not be open to debate on their decisions.

Show My Homework

This continues to be the means by which we set work.  There are still some students who have not accessed SMH. If you are having trouble logging on please email [email protected]  It is really important you respond to the work set by your teachers because when school does start again it will be less of a struggle getting up to speed in each subject. Our Leadership Team and Subject Leaders are monitoring student engagement with work. If students are not in touch with their teachers or not submitting work regularly, a member of staff will be in touch with you to ensure that the student is well, able to access resources and is coping with the work set.


The BBC have announced their plans to support parents with home learning.  Information about the arrangements, due to start today, 20 April,  can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52149409 The lessons will happen on a daily basis via BBCBitesize which many of you will be familiar with. Our staff will be looking at these next week and sign-posting areas of interest for their groups.

Free School Meals

If you qualify for Free School Meals and have registered with us, we will have made contact with you to ensure you benefit from the new government scheme.  In some cases, we have not heard back from you, despite e-mailing and telephoning using the contacts we have.  Please contact us via [email protected] you have not been contacted, and wish to claim the free school meals vouchers to which you are entitled.

The Essex School Nursing Team

The School Nursing team have set up a phone line called ‘Chat Health’ 07520 615733. Young people can phone up themselves if they have low level health related questions or want to discuss any worries. Parents can also phone up if they want advice e.g. how to manage children at home with ADHD.

Communication with school

As a general rule, we will use these Parent Updates to respond to questions or ideas you put to us in emails.  Where the situation is personal or more serious, we will respond individually or ask the most relevant person to do so.