Saturday, 31 January 2015

Ofsted Comes To Winston

The Ofsted Inspection

A team of five Ofsted Inspectors and two trainees spent two days at Winston assessing the school with regard to attainment, behaviour, teaching and leadership.  The process is very intensive following the first contact from the lead inspector at 12.10pm on Monday 26th January.  The focus of the inspection is the students and the progress they make over time.  As usual our students were very impressive.  I would like to thank everyone involved in the inspection process, staff, students and the parents who took the time to complete parent view.  The report will not be published for at least four weeks, as Ofsted have changed their quality assurance procedures. 

Performance Tables

School performance tables were published on Thursday and can be found at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=125314

These tables contain a large amount of detail which is of interest to parents.  I am delighted with the progress that Winston has made over the last 18 months and this is reflected in the tables.

The LRC

The LRC opened the Spring Term with the Scholastics Book Fair, and it was a huge success! Not only in book sales, which vastly outweighed expectations given events held in previous years, but in interest and engagement. All of the Key Stage 3 students had the opportunity to come to the fair during an English lesson, and they all demonstrated a real enthusiasm in looking critically at the books. 
Of course I couldn’t let the fair go without getting some books for the library, ensuring those that proved most popular are here for all to enjoy. There are plenty more new additions to the library catalogue this term. New spinners full of Graphic Novels (which are proving very popular now that they have been repositioned) and new ‘Easy Read’ titles. 
Look out for some very exciting additions this term as we continue our commitment to modernising and revitalising what is an integral resource for students.

Dan Fisher - Librarian

 

Girls and Science

Miss Perkins organised a workshop, run by the STEM ambassadors, for girls who may think that a science/maths/technology career is not for them, perhaps because they are unsure of the wide range of possible careers available. If you are interested in further information please follow this link:
 


 
 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Student Achievement

Winston Student: Scott Sussex Off to Harvard

Scott Sussex wins place at Harvard University on Sutton Trust US Programme
Scott Sussex, 17, from Chertsey who is completing his A levels at Godalming College, has won a place and a financial aid package to study at Harvard after participating in the Sutton Trust’s US Programme run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
Last summer, Scott competed with 2,200 applicants to win one of 175 places on the summer school programme where he spent a week at Yale University and visited Harvard. The programme also provides intensive support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over a number of months before and after the US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.

Scott’s academic success is impressive, teaching himself Maths A level while still at The Winston Churchill School. At Godalming College he completed a Further Maths A level in one year together with 4 other AS level courses and will complete 4 A levels this year and an Extended Project Qualification. One of these A levels will be the Additional Further Maths A level and Scott will be one of only 50 students in the country each year to complete it.

Scott gives his time freely, supporting and mentoring other students in Maths and Science and volunteering at the local hospital whilst also holding down a Saturday job. He has recently turned his attention to memory training and has recently taken part in the Spanish Memory Championships.
Everyone at Winston congratulates Scott on his success.

 Public Speaking Competition




For the first time, Winston Churchill entered two public speaking teams in the Intermediate age group (11-14) of the Rotary Club's annual Youth Speaks competition. We have several very talented speakers in Year 9 and it has been a privilege to work with them in preparation for the event, held at Hoebridge School last week.

The teams were divided by gender which added an additional 'in-house' competitive edge. The 'Girls' Team' were runners up in a field of six teams. Anika Choudhury penned and delivered a very entertaining 6 minute speech entitled 'Hollywood, we want our books back!' Caitlin Harvey was a very confident Vote of Thanks and Fiona Stalker won the prize for the best Chairperson of all six teams.

The main speech for the 'Boys' Team' was written and presented by Ben Moore. He posed the question 'Is the era of drug-ruled sport really over?' His speech on this highly topical subject was exceptionally well delivered and he was ably assisted by Thomas Newton (Chairperson) and Thomas Walgrove (Vote of Thanks).

I would like to congratulate the students on their commitment, despite their busy, extra-curricular schedules. We are already planning next year's entry where we intended to take the winners AND runners up spots!

Mrs Southern
 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Everyone is a Learner at Winston

Inset Day

Part of my role at Winston is to ensure that our staff have access to high quality training experiences.  Our session last week provided opportunities to review and refine our practice and to ensure bespoke provision for staff members who are at different stages in their careers.  All staff attended a Phonics session, run by Mrs Briggs from Learning Support.  Our Heads of Department then followed an agenda designed to address issues that will enable the school to move from good to great; for example ensuring that our new data package is fully used and understood and can be used to inform the quality of teaching and learning across the school.
Our teachers are undertaking some research based work, based around changing practice to improve outcomes for young people. This work will take place over the coming months and strategies will be shared towards the end of June.
Further work and research is being completed to look at the value of tablet computers in the classroom.  This could have implications for the future and therefore, Winston is taking part in the research with our partners at Wellington, funded by the Department for Education.


‘This Guide Saves Lives’


Some students were selected to participate in a CPR training session, run by St Johns Ambulance.  These courses aim to build confidence in young people to be able to try to resuscitate individuals of any age, from a baby to an adult, having identified the need.  Students were able to practice the technique required for each age group.

St Johns Ambulance have provided each student at Winston with a ‘This Guide Saves Lives’ fold-out leaflet.  These are being distributed in form time.

Options Evening



 
Parents had the opportunity to listen to a presentation regarding Year 9 option choices and then were able to talk to subject teachers about the structure and assessment requirements of each course.  This is part of our support to ensure that students are able to make informed choices.

Monday, 19 January 2015

New Year; Great News!

Outstanding Performance at Winston

I am delighted to share with you some very exciting news regarding the performance of students at Winston.  Government data arrived just before Christmas stating that we have:
a value added score of 1017.   

A score of 1000 is expected by the Department for Education but we have achieved 17 points over that figure, demonstrating that students have made better than expected progress.  Staff and students are to be congratulated for this excellent outcome.
This information will be available to the public via the DfE performance tables which will be released later this year.  Through these tables it is possible to compare the outcomes of all schools both local and national; although it is probably worth pointing out that that the most informative comparisons will be those made when looking at similar schools.
 

Exceptional Work


Archie produced an exceptional piece of homework for RE.
Mr McCleish said that it was the most impressive piece of work he has seen for this topic in the last three years.

Lego League Competition



Our trip to the First Lego League Competition did prove to our Yr 8 team that ‘everything is awesome, everything is cool when your part of a team’.

On Monday 15th December a team of yr 8 students made their way to Reading University to take part in the First Lego League competition. We arrived and launched straight into a series of different challenges. In their first challenge the students need to split into 2 sub teams, the first sub team created an object out of lego then only by talking over a divide the other sub team needed to recreate the model exactly. David Bindschedler was the star of this task, he gave precise and clear instructions. The model was perfect. The team then had 3 rounds of Lego robot challenges. They had to design their robot and then program the robot to perform a series of tasks. Our second round scored high points and no penalties. Corey Gair, Nishant Vats, James McNamara and Francis Parker were our chief designers and programmers. Matthew Woodall put his creative skills to good use with the Apprentice task; he created ‘Billy’ our team mascot. Finally the team worked together with their presentation and robot design talks. Additional members included Zak Kingsford, Jamie Harding, Dominic Buocik and Oliver Coulston. Well done to the team!






































The Group




Year 9 Students Visiting a Beauty Salon



Some of our students have the opportunity to take a Beauty Therapy course as part of their Key Stage 4 programme.  These students went to see a real working salon as part of the decision making process.