Friday, 28 August 2015

Progress: Week 5

The Classrooms

Six classrooms have been up-grades, three in Maths and three in History.
I would like to tackle more of our classrooms next year but this will depend on school budgets
 and fund raising.

The Site

 The aim has been to create more space for students to enjoy.

The Outdoor Pod will be open at both break and lunchtimes.

The Canteen

Your new look canteen is almost ready!

And the food will be even better!

One or Two Surprises!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

GCSE Results 2015

Congratulations to Year 11

The waiting was over for Year 11, as they collected their results on Thursday morning.  All the hard work had paid off and the majority of students were delighted with their outcomes.  Results vary from year to year depending on the cohort but we are delighted that as a school we are able to  consistently maintain the high standards and achieve the demanding targets, set by the Governors and the Local Authority, in recent years.  We are currently awaiting some results which are pending, however, I anticipate a minimum outcome of 60% 5A*-C including English and Maths, reflecting the ability profile of the cohort.  As you are aware there is a focus on the top end grades and this is reflected in the following headlines:
  • The cohort achieved 6% above the school's target for A* and A grades.
  • A*/A passrate of 25.5%, a slight increase on last year.
  • 137 students achieved at least one A*/A grade.
  • 21% achieved 5 or more A*/A grades.
  • 13% achieved 8 or more A*/A grades.
  • 70% of all grades were A*-C.
  • 30 % of students out-performed the government's progress targets in English.
  • 32% of students out-performed the government's progress targets in Maths.
It should be noted that the school puts the needs of the students above the league table position based on the latest government requirements.

Winston also encourages all of its students to enrich their learning at Key Stage 4, and alongside their GCSE results many students have also participated in sport, music, drama, public speaking, community service and leadership activities. This considerably enhances their achievements at Key Stage 4, broadening their skills and better preparing them for advanced studies.
Congratulations and thanks are also due to our expert specialist staff and to our most supportive parents.
 Outstanding results were achieved by: Robert Penman-12 A*s, Thomas Hammond-14 A*s and a top score in Maths nationally, Harry Orrin-12 A*s, Danielle Ariyo-Francis-12 A*s, Filip Ivanovic-9A*s/2As, Kamila Wisniewska-8A*s/4As, Jumana Mihell-Mufti-8A*s/2As, Robyn Hartwell-8A*s/2As, Naomi Ehigie-7A*s/5As, Joel Gunn-7A*s/4As, Cameron Smith-6A*/4As, Freddie Fisk-5A*s/6As

 And Year 10...

Year 10 students were able to collect some of their results today for both Science and ICT.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

A Challenge!

Young Geographer of the Year and Rex Walford Award

Young Geographer of the Year 2015

Why does Antarctica matter?

The question for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition coincides with the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, which aimed to complete the first crossing of Antarctica. Despite failing in his original plans and being stranded on pack ice for over a year, Shackleton and his men returned safely and the expedition is recognised as one of the most remarkable feats of leadership and endeavour.
This year’s competition is an opportunity for students to explore why Antarctica still matters today. This may be for a number of reasons, spanning:
  • Antarctica's world-leading science
  • The continent's unique biodiversity and landscapes
  • As a location which still inspires people with awe and wonder of the natural world
  • Antarctica's unique status as the only continent in the world without countries
  • Antarctica's governance by the Antarctic Treaty which promotes science, peaceful purposes, sets aside territorial claims and prevents military activity
Discovering Antarctica, developed in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, features a wealth of information about the distant, frozen wilderness of Antarctica.
The competition has different aged related categories: Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11), Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14), Key Stage 4 or GCSE (students aged 14-16) . The Society encourages schools to run their own local semi-finals before entering their top-placed entries into the national competition, therefore:

The deadline for entries to Miss Harris, Subject Leader for Geography is 1st October 2015.

The deadline for all entries to be submitted to The Royal Geographical Society is 5pm on Friday 16th October 2015. 

Young Geographer of the Year Competition Guidelines and Entry Form (PDF) 


MyUK is a game that puts students at the centre of British politics with a chance to create a country to call their own.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Progress: Week 4

With Eight Working Days to Go...

Progress in the Classrooms

 Progress Around the Site

Progress in the Hall

Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Work Goes On...

Radio Station Workshops

Some students enjoyed a day learning how to produce radio programmes with Mr Woods, our new studio technician.  Mr Woods said  after the sessions, 'I am thoroughly impressed with the outcome of the workshops. The students have really enjoyed themselves and now have a much better understanding of what is involved in running a radio show.

Summer School Experience

 A group of ten Year 5 students joined Miss Blackman and Miss Golding for a day in the workshops designing and making a maze puzzle and then producing a rocket, made from plactic bottles and a tennis ball.  The rockets were launched on the field at the end of the day.

Site Progress

The site is being cleared for the new patio servery and additional astro-turf space.
More of the site being cleared for student use.
 Additional drained being put in to prevent flooding.

 The new teaching walls ready to be installed in the Maths and History rooms.
The pipe replacement work continues to move through the school.