School Closure 26th March
As you may have seen in the national press, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) plan to take strike action on Wednesday 26th March 2014.
Isambard School has 30 known members of this union equating to around half of its teaching staff. The school has asked members to indicate whether or not they plan to strike, although they are not obliged to do so. Regulation dictates that schools are unable to ask teachers who are not striking to cover the classes of those teachers who are striking. In addition, supply teachers who are members of the NUT are not making themselves available for cover for teachers on strike. The decision has therefore been made to close the school to students on Wednesday 26th March.
Whilst Isambard School understands the impact this will have on its parents/carers in terms of childcare in addition to the impact it will have on your child’s education, it equally recognises teachers’ right to take strike action.
More information can be found in Mrs Mattey's letter available here (PDF).
World Book Day 2014
World Book Day took place on Thursday 6th March and was a celebration of authors, illustrators and the pleasure that books bring people of all ages. World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Isambard celebrated World Book Day by encouraging Year 7 and 8 students (and a few brave members of staff) to dress up as their favourite book characters. The costumes were fantastic with everyone making a huge effort and we were able to raise £156.85 for the Book Trust.
Students Win 2 Awards At STEM Event
On 12th February students from Isambard attended the ‘Super Sonic @ The Big Bang’ event at the University of the West of England. We were recognised for the outstanding work our students are doing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Winner of the ‘Best Communicator’ award went to Calista and Ben won ‘Best Presentation’, they received the award from UWE’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West. Read more...
Elevate Education Programme 2014
Elevate Education has spent the last twelve years researching exactly how the top students get the top marks and, more importantly, the difference between the strategies implemented by students who do well, and those who do less well.
Isambard students in Year 11 will be provided with this information through short, sharp seminars which are designed to hold students’ attention:
- Boost Your Revision - 5 March (invited students)
- How To Ace Your Exams - 19 March (whole year group)
- How To Help Your Child Revise -1 April (parents)
- Memory Tips For Higher Grades - 29 April (invited student)
Isambard Receives The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark
Isambard Community School is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2012/13.
The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and Music, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.
Our Mathematics and Science departments received the Mark in recognition of the department’s work that was inspired by membership of the Schools Programme carried out in 2012/13.
Mrs Mattey says, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Mathematics and Science department’s innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.’ Read more...
What a great way to celebrate the end of term! A choir of over 200 year 7 students sang a selection of songs to an appreciate audience of parents. This was the culmination of a singing project which introduced every year 7 student to the highlights of the American song repertoire. Accompanied by Isambard’s excellent jazz band, they gave sweetly sung renditions of classics such as Blue Moon, Somewhere over the Rainbow and King of the Swingers.
Older students supported the event by providing technical and front of house support at what has become an annual event to celebrate the end of a period of intensive arts activities called ‘Artsblast’. Our music department staff, Mr Jones and Mr Dobson feel that it is important to give all of our students an opportunity to perform in front of an audience at an early stage in their journey through Isambard. Hopefully, lots of our Year 7 students will be inspired to take part in our production of ‘Grease’ at the Wyvern Theatre on 16 and 17 July.
Hour Of Code
Students all across the globe have been taking part in an “Hour of Code” as part of Computer Science Education Week (9-13th December 2013). So far 12,687,354 students around the world have taken part and we are pleased and proud of the Isambard students this number includes. The initiative has exposed over 12 million students to programming and over a quarter billion lines of code have been written during the week, by students in 170 countries. Read more...
Post 16 Provision Information
Information regarding post 16 providers, including apprenticeships, can be found here.
Peace Project Winner
On Monday 11th of November, Isambard hosted the “Lions Club Peace Project” for the second time, and we are delighted to announce Isambard Year 8 student Cameron won the competition on a school level and will now progress to the national selection.
The global project encourages children between the ages of 11-13 to express their vision for world peace through posters, which are then judged to decide who will progress to the next stage of selection before an overall winner is chosen. Isambard would like to congratulate Cameron and wish him luck in the national selection.
Report It To Isambard
Isambard has designed it's own online Reporting Tool (similar to the CEOP button). We can help and protect you both online and in and around school and your local community.
If someone has acted inappropriately online towards you or someone you know, you can report it directly to the school. It could be inappropriate chat online, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone asking to meet up. It could also be that you feel unsafe in school or on the way home.
Whatever your worry or concern, you can now report it either anonymously or by providing your name. Reports cannot always be treated confidentially. If we feel you are in danger or at risk we will share the concern with other professionals.Information will be analysed too so that we can further improve our e-safety and anti-bulling work in school.
The reporting tool can be found by clicking on the icon on the homepage of our main site or directly at: www.isambardreportingtool.co.uk.
Isambard Receives Second Artsmark Gold Award
Achieving Artsmark is a great accolade. It demonstrates that our arts provision is broad, balanced and of high quality and that our school is committed and dedicated to the development of the arts across our community.
Kirsty Winnan, Assistant Headteacher responsible for arts and media, says ‘we are thrilled that our passion for creativity and our exciting arts offer has been recognised by Ofsted and the Arts Council.
Our local community can get involved by attending our annual Lantern Parade on Wednesday 23 October or by viewing the work of our talented art students at our annual Art Show on 26 September.
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