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    Nelson Mandela


PUPILS and staff of St John’s Academy in Marlborough had reason to celebrate today after their A-level results have placed the school in the top 25 percent nationally

Following the school’s best International Baccalaureate results, which pupils received in July, the pupils of the school had reason to smile, with a record number of A* and A grade passes making a quarter of all grades over the last year.

photo courtesy of http://www.marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk/

Dan Rogan, vice principal of St John’s said: “Not surprisingly many students have achieved 3 or more A or A* grades with our top achievers being Caroline Bazambanza, Georgia Brown, Darla Dryland, Harry Forbes, Robyn Humphreys, Saskia Jackson, Thomas Knighton, Maddie Kromer, Jake Owen, Molly Parmiter, Rufus Redwood-Rowe, Nia Vines, Jake Whittaker, Harry Whitworth and Emily Withers.photo courtesy of http://www.marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk/

“With 3 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Additional Further Maths, as well as a grade A in Physics and with top grades in the entrance exam our outstanding achiever is Adam Gray who will now study Maths at Cambridge.”

Maths wasn’t the only subject which the pupil’s showed their strengths in, with many exceeding their expectations.photo courtesy of http://www.marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk/

“Results in Classics, Drama, English Language, Environmental Studies, French, Further Maths, German, Maths and photo courtesy of http://www.marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk/Photography are particularly strong with students across the ability range making outstanding progress,” added Mr Rogan.

“Early in July IB results were issued with many students exceeding their expectations and a pass rate of 93%.

“Our best students were Charlotte Abraham, Sophie Anstee de Mas, Hannah Dunkerley, Rosie Good, Olivia Snell and our top student Amber Tatham with 43 points out of 45.”

Mr Rogan has said that the high standard of results isn’t just a reflection on the pupils, but of the influence as well.

“None of this success would be possible without the hard work of our students, the inspiration and dedication of their teachers and the unstinting support of their parents,” he added.

Photos courtesy of http://www.marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk/

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Burbage Primary School Gains School Games Award

School-Games-logo-silverBurbage Primary School has been awarded a Silver Award from the Sainsbury’s School Games.  This award scheme is aimed at acknowledging the work of individual schools in the promotion of PE and Sport.  The award takes in to consideration the amount of PE that is taught within the curriculum, the amount of extra-curricular sport that is offered and taken up by the pupils and the amount of competitive sporting opportunities that are offered to the pupils during the year. It also promotes leadership for young people in sport.

This is the first time the school has applied for the award and are “over the moon” to be awarded at Silver.

Gold Standard – here we come!


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Fairfield Students Share Vision for Community Garden

Sue-Mountstevens-adjSTUDENTS at Fairfield High School have shared their vision for a community garden with the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

The secondary school was awarded a £9,500 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a little-used grassed space for the benefit of students and people living in the neighbourhood.

The idea is that by working together to grow organic fruit and vegetables families will gain health benefits as well as feeling more of a sense of belonging. The area surrounding the school includes many properties that don’t have gardens and many of the people living there are from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Ms Mountstevens visited FHS, which has a strong reputation for building community cohesion, on Friday (June 24) and spoke to members of the school’s Nature Club about their plans to involve parents and members of the wider community, including residents with gardening expertise.

Science teacher Scott Mears said the project was an excellent opportunity to bring together people of varying ages and cultures.

The students intend the garden to have braille signage, wheelchair friendly paths and installations for the hearing impaired such as particular plants to heighten the senses, so that it will be accessible to all.

“Our students are very enthusiastic about the community garden and have some great ideas about what they can plant. Eventually, they intend to cook the veg they have grown,” he said.

Head of School Nick Lewis added: “We were delighted to have the chance to show Ms Mountstevens the many potential benefits of this project in our inner-city neighbourhood.

“We have some fantastic volunteers coming forward from the community but would love to hear from any gardening or cookery experts or groups who might be able to help us develop this further.”

Ms Mounstevens also took time to discuss with a group of Year 9 students in great detail about their view of the police, the profession in general and what the future holds.

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