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David Blunkett MP visits Anglo to speak to the leaving Year 11 students

We were pleased to welcome Rt Hon David Blunkett MP to the school as a guest speaker for our leaving Year 11 students during their leavers‟ assembly.

As former Education Secretary, David Blunkett introduced the teaching of Citizenship in schools in 2002 and has been familiar with the Anglo‟s pioneering work in this area. It was most appropriate, therefore, that David presented the students who had achieved Diplome du Citoyen distinctions . The Diploma is the formal means that the school uses to recognise each students‟ achievement in languages, volunteering, fund raising, Citizenship lessons and international visits. Successful completion is a requirement of entry into the sixth form.
Co-headteacher, David Barrs, spoke to students at their Leavers party the following day, “They were very impressed with the way in which David spoke to them describing him as „amazing‟, „brilliant‟, and „impressive‟. One student, Robert McClelland enthused “It is remarkable that he has achieved what he has achieved despite having so few advantages and being blind”. Others students commented that David‟s dog, Cosby “was really cool”!
Citizenship recently survived the review of the National Curriculum and remains statutory alongside Mathematics, English and Science. Students and staff at the Anglo were part of the Democratic Life campaign to ensure the subject remained in the National Curriculum. It has, however, been part of the Anglo experience for 40 years and will remain so.
Jill Martin, co-headteacher, summed up the event “This was a really fitting and memorable event to mark the end of five years at the school and hopefully inspire the youngsters in the coming years”.