Bulletins Archive

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October & November 2017 Bulletin

As parents/carers will be aware, we were recently visited by a team of Ofsted Inspectors. Ofsted Inspections are normally for one day unless a school has undertaken a ‘significant change’, in which case the inspection lasts for two days. Because we had recently changed our age range from 11-14 to 11-16, this constituted a ‘significant change’ and therefore an extended inspection. At the current time of writing, the final inspection has yet to be validated by Ofsted, so I am unable to share the grades or any information from the report. I can tell you that I am pleased that the Ofsted team agreed with our own analysis of the college and I will share the report with you as soon as it is validated.

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September 2017 Bulletin

Welcome Back – I hope that everyone had a enjoyable summer with their family and I welcome the new Year 7 parents/carers to Brockington College. Your children have settled very quickly into secondary school life and we look forward to working with you and them over the next five years. Our first ever ‘all-though’ cohort at Brockington College have now settled into apprenticeships, training, sixth form colleges and further education colleges following their GCSE results. We are very proud of their achievements at GCSE level and of their development as individuals. Some of the headline data can be seen in the bulletin.

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June/July 2017 Bulletin

As we approach the college summer holiday period, I would like to thank all parents and carers for their support over the academic year.

We have now said goodbye to our first ever Year 11 cohort and they went out with a bang at the Year 11 prom held at Sketchley Grange in Burbage. We wish them well in their future and look forward to seeing lots of happy faces at results day. We received countless written and verbal thanks from Year 11 parents, carers and pupils. Thank you to those that took the time to do so as it means such a lot to members of staff.

The school play this year was Sweeney Todd, which was performed over three nights. What performances they were and I am in awe at the talented youngsters and members of staff that prepared and delivered such a fantastic spectacle. Congratulations to all pupils involved and thanks to the members of staff that supported them, particularly Miss Styles, Mrs O’Hara, Mrs Hawthorne and Ms Broadfield from our outstanding Performing Arts Faculty.

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April/May 2017 Bulletin

This month’s bulletin presents my last opportunity to praise the current Year 11 pupils. I have been so impressed with their dedication to GCSE revision and I am pleased for the pupils that the exams are now upon us, so that they can demonstrate their learning. At the time of writing, we have completed one week of exams which have gone extremely well.

Thank you to parents/carers for the support given to your children during this challenging period. Special praise also has to go to our terrific team of staff, teaching and non-teaching, who have left no stone unturned in the quest to support the Year 11 pupils. I have witnessed on a daily basis their commitment and I am so grateful, on behalf of the pupils.

Keep up the hard work Year 11 for your final three school weeks.

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March 2017 Bulletin

With the change to become an 11-16, the college has been rapidly evolving over the past two years. We have added a further 450 pupils, 18 classrooms and staffing has increased by 40%. Members of staff have developed new curricula across a range of subjects and we have undertaken a range of activities for the first time such as the options process, post 16 evenings, UCAS Progress applications and GCSE mock examinations.

Now we come to the historic moment when our first ever Year 11 pupils sit their GCSE exams. I am really proud of how hard the vast majority of pupils have worked towards the exams so far. I see so many pupils staying late after school for revision classes or to complete extra work and having spoken to Year 11 pupils, I know that they have revision plans in place and are revising diligently.

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January & February 2017 Bulletin

I hope that you are impressed by our new permanent display feature at the college, which can be seen in the photographs linked to this article. The two extremely large stained glass windows were recently donated to the college and take pride of place in the college courtyard. The windows were saved following the demolition of a local church and spent several years in the garage of a retired parishioner. Following the very kind donation, our site team have cleaned and prepared the windows and have built them a home at the college to show them off to their full potential. We will be working over the coming months to fully complete the display, but in the meantime please do have a look on your next visit.

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December 2016 Bulletin

It has certainly been a very busy term at Brockington College, with our new Year 7 pupils settling into secondary education, Year 10 pupils commencing their GCSE studies and Year 11 entering their final year of secondary education. The last few weeks have been particularly busy. Year 11 pupils have been sitting mock exams and Year 7 pupils completed a very successful residential experience. The Christmas Show that took place last week was a huge hit and I am very grateful to all the work of members of staff and pupils in putting the show together. Pupils are currently practising for the Carol Services this week, whilst members of staff are practising for the staff panto on Friday!

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October & November 2016 Bulletin

I was incredibly proud of all pupils during our Remembrance Service on Friday 11 November. Thomas Penny from Year 10 played both ‘The Last Post’ and the ‘Reveille’ superbly well, whilst pupils and members of staff stood shoulder to shoulder in complete silence as a sign of respect for those that have died or have been injured in the service of the country.

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September 2016 Bulletin

Welcome to the first Brockington College bulletin of the year. It has been an exceptionally busy start to the year, but we expected nothing different as we continue to encourage the pupils to ‘learn to live life to the full’.

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June & July 2016 Bulletin

As our first year as an 11-16 school draws to a close, it gives me the opportunity to summarise some of our successes this year.

Our journey started with a building and a team of staff for up to 900 pupils and a Key Stage 3 curriculum only. At this point in time we have an extensive Key Stage 4 curriculum as well as Key Stage 3; buildings that can host 1370 pupils (our school roll in 2016-2017) and a very strong team of staff befitting a successful 11-16 school. Our expansion has been based upon an extremely high retention rate from Year 9 to Year 10 in September 2015 (94%) and even higher in September 2016 (96%), alongside significant over-subscription coming into Year 7.

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