On 7th-9th June, 27, Year 10 students took part on their Silver Duke Of Edinburgh practice weekend. The weather was not kind to us on two of the days!! The students and staff camped out for 2 nights, starting at Standon Bowers and walking from Milford Common on Saturday morning to Beaudesert Campsite on Saturday night when the weather did start to improve. The students woke to blue skies on the Sunday morning and made their way back to Milford Common via a different route managing to avoid cyclists on the Staffs Iron man!! The students all were amazing and a real credit to the school and their parents. I am very much looking forward to the qualifying weekend in the Peak District.
Mrs H Broadist and Mrs M Plant
This has been a good term for Year 9. They have settled into school well and have been preparing for their summer mock exams, which start imminently.
32, Year 9 students have been involved in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. They have recently completed their qualifying expedition in the Peak District. The students were a real credit to the school.
Finally, Year 9 have been involved in raising money for a Thailand girl’s charity providing sanitary equipment for girls aged 12-16. The students have been raising money as part of a tutor group challenge.
Mrs H Broadist and Mr B Molloy
I wish to pass on my thanks to Mrs Plant and Mrs Broadist who have organised multiple Duke of Edinburgh trips with Year 9 and Year 10 this term. The students are currently working towards their Silver Award. These trips are amazing for the students and form memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. It is always a delight to hear that Year 10 students have participated fully and are getting the most out of their education at Alleyne’s.
In addition, I wish to thank Mrs Justice who has taken 123 Year 10 students to the Big Bang Fair at Staffs University. Another incredible opportunity for our students to further their education outside of the classroom. I am personally very pleased with the high level of interest shown from our students. Close to 2/3’s of the year group wanting to take part.
Finally, thank you to Mr Goodfellow who has organised the Rewards trip to Alton Towers in July. Close to 140 students will have their hard work rewarded. Once again, it is great to recognise the fantastic efforts of the students in Year 10 who work so hard on a consistent basis.
Year 10 have now sat their RE exam. The results of this exam will be of great interest. Fingers crossed for August!
Mr C Whalley and Mr A Goodfellow
Last term the Year 11 Prom marked the end of a fantastic three years at Alleyne’s. Year 11 continue to impress showing excellent conduct and attitude during their GCSE examinations. Confidence is high and I am sure we will all be pleased with their results in the summer. A huge thank you to the Year 11 tutor team who have worked hard to get the very best out of their tutees. A special ‘thank you’ to Deputy Head of Progress and Support, Mrs. Powell, for her superb organisational skills with the Prom and her dedication and hard work throughout the year, particularly with the Pupil Premium students..
Attention now turns to next year’s Year 9 and ensuring their transition between schools goes as well as possible. The year leadership team have made several visits to the middle schools to meet students and staff to ensure smooth transition. Year 8 students will all be involved in two experience days at the beginning of July, where they will have the opportunity to participate in the lessons they have opted for.
We are looking forward to celebrating with our Year 11 student in August and welcoming them back into the Sixth Form this September.
Mr P Farnworth and Mrs C Powell
The Sixth Form has been a hive of activity as the summer exams approach. Firstly, Year 13 are currently completing their A Level and Applied General examinations and appear well-prepared following revision in the preceding months. All students who have applied to University have now received their offers and are working hard to secure these places by achieving the conditions set. Our latest monitoring data suggests they are on course to do this with Attitude Towards Learning (ATL) very positive and predicted likely grades showing positive value added. Awards Evening and Prom will take place during late June as a chance to celebrate their time in the Sixth Form.
Year 12 are also preparing for their end of Year progression exams which will involve them sitting papers in all their A Level subjects having completed external Applied General exams in May. The results will allow us to gauge their progress and allow them to start to make informed plans regarding their future post 16. In this respect, we have already run a well Future Options Evening where options with regard to University, Apprenticeships and employment were outlined which was well attended. When exams are completed, we will then run a trip to Birmingham NEC to a Higher Education exhibition where students can look at some of the University options available in terms of institutions and courses. In January Y12 also undertook work experience to help inform some of their future plans. Year 12 ATL was over 90% Good or better with many students now also consistently developing their independent learning.
During the final weeks of term we will elect our new Head Prefect Team to replace Dan Grounds, Millie Campbell and Becky Grattage who have undertaken their duties with distinction. Sixth Form Council representatives will also be elected prior to end of term meaning that Year 13 council will be in place from the start of the Year.
The new Year 12 in September have been set work to complete over the summer in the form of the Bridging Projects which have been posted on the school website. Having already been interviewed by Senior Leadership Team in April this should ensure students have been advised well with guidance on to courses where they can be successful. We look forward to welcoming them in September and easing their transition into the Sixth Form way of life. They join at an exciting time with last year’s results and hopefully by time they arrive some more positive results to build on.