Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Learning Environment

The work around the site continues.  With just over a week to go contractors are working across the Bank Holiday Weekend to ensure that they meet their deadlines.  This has meant that Mark Hill, Premises Manager, has also been in putting new flooring in Mrs French's teaching room.  The Site Team have made a huge effort to ensure that the facilities are the best that they can be for the start of the new school year.  I appreciate their energy and good humour when getting the job done.

The Teaching Wall under construction

The Extended PE Office

Adjustments to the boys' changing rooms

Flooring and services in the science labs.

New units in the science labs.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Results 2014


The Winston Churchill School GCSE Results

Students and parents are celebrating a very positive set of GCSE results, where the school has managed to minimise the impact of recent government changes on examination outcomes.
The headline figure of 67% 5A*-C incl English & Maths, ensures that the school has met its target for this year.  Particularly pleasing is that 72% of students achieved at least a C grade or better in both Maths and English, which will ensure that these young people can progress confidently into the next phase of their lives.  The percentage of students achieving the EBacc is 47.2%, this represents a highly academic measure.  Pass rates in subjects such as Maths, Geography and German have significantly increased and reflect the hard work of both staff and students, to ensure that we achieve the best outcomes possible.  Collectively, through a range of strategies, our students have been very successful and thanks should also go to Our Head Boy and Head Girl, Harry and Lily, for their contribution to leading the Year Group by example.

These are very good results, which have been achieved by young people in a local authority comprehensive school.  Although examination achievement is regarded at Winston as very important aspect of the education we provide, it is complemented by the range of life skills and experiences that help our students develop from being children into young adults of whom we are rightly proud.  Our examination entry policy is simple; if we have taught you then we will enter you for the examination.
Winston has achieved a consistently high standard of examination results for several years now, but we are not complacent and will continue to work together to support individuals and groups and to drive up standards. 

Well done to all our students, staff and parents!


A Further Site Up-Date

With less than two weeks to go until the start of term, the team are moving at a pace to ensure that everything is ready for staff and students.

The tarmac has been laid in the centre of the site and by the English Block, creating more space for our students.  The Science Block is experiencing a make-over with new labs and new doors throughout.  There are also some notice boards being replaced in both Art and Science.

A Science Lab

The English classrooms have been painted, as has the top of C Block.  There is new flooring in the entrance to Art and in T Block.

A major change has taken place in another of our teaching rooms.  This is a pilot project to improve the quality of the learning environment.
Mrs French's Maths Teaching Room

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Keep Thinking

Looking for Something to Do?

The Children's Bookshow Competition

The competition, launched by the children's writer and illustrator Jessica Souhami, has two categories: the under-nine's and nine to 13-year-olds.

Children are asked to choose their favourite fairy or folk tale and set it in an extraordinary place.

Then they are to retell it with the aid of drawings and writings – whether it is set at sea, on a distant planet, in the future or in the past. The closing date for the competition is 30 November.

"Tell your tale in pictures and in words," say the organisers of the competition. "It can be in a picture book or comic-book format."

The winner of each competition will receive a signed copy of a book by each of the 12 authors involved in this year's tour, plus £150 worth of books for their school. The runners-up will receive a signed copy of Souhami's new book.

Entries should be emailed to thechildrensbookshow@gmail.com and include the competitor's name, age, address and telephone number and the name of their school. In the meantime, keep scribbling!

The Independent

Tuesday 12 August 2014


Roald Dahl Phizz Whizzing Words Competition

On the 13th September celebrate the birthday of the world's no.1 storyteller Roald Dahl.

To make this special day we are inviting you to create your very own short story or poem inspired by Roald Dahl. Selected writers will have their work published and also be in with a chance of winning a golden ticket to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre for 2 adults and up to 3 children!

The closing date for entries is 26th September 2014


How to Enter:

Send your entry to:

'Phizz-Whizzing Words', Young Writers, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Peterborough, PE2 9BF.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Award for Winston

Winston is delighted to announce:

Congratulations on achieving the
International School Award 2014-2017

Dear International Coordinator,

Thank you for submitting your Impact Evaluation of international learning activities. We are delighted to inform you that The Winston Churchill School A Specialist Sports College has been successful in gaining the International School Award and is re-accredited for three years from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2017.

Congratulations on working so hard to co-ordinate such an impressive range of work as the International Co-ordinator. You are a credit to the school and the wider community.

We will be sending you a certificate of achievement by post in the next few weeks. 

We hope that the scope of your excellent international activities will continue to develop and benefit the school community; your support, commitment, creativity and innovative international work is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking part in the International School Award. Please convey our very best wishes and many congratulations to all staff and students both in the UK and overseas who have taken part in the scheme. Please also contact your local media to inform them about your successful international work - this is a great achievement and one that deserves celebrating and sharing widely.

Kind regards

International School Award Team

British Council

This represents the hard work of a number of staff across the school but in particular the work of our co-ordinator Mrs Sigrist, as she has ensured that students at Winston see themselves as part of a wider world community. 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Improving Our School

Improving Our School

The work continues to make a difference to the site and to the learning environment that will be experienced by our students.

The centre of the site is now almost complete, with the additional benches to be added later.  There is some tarmac to be completed to ensure that there is far more room for students at break and lunchtime.

The PE Office changes are gradually taking shape.

The new flooring is down.  What will be added next?

 Across the rest of the site new flooring has been put down in the Art Block and the classrooms in English have been painted.  T Block is next.  There are some changes taking place in the library which I trust the students will enjoy but these may not be available until the end of September.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Next Installment

A New Look for September

The kitchen in the dining hall is being up-graded this summer with the removal of the wall tiles and the installation of Saniclad, to ensure a wipe clean surface throughout.  The Kitchen Manager's office is also being extended.  This scale of work can only be completed during the summer break.
Further developments are planned for the dining area when we have sufficient funds to create a more open plan environment.
Re-plastering of the walls before adding the new cladding

Extension to the Catering Manager's Office

The additional office space

                                        The Outdoor Space

The additional seating takes shape.

The astro turf in place!

 An extension to the PE Office was long over due.  Developments of unused areas of the changing room has ensured that this health and safety requirement can be met.