Governors Appoint Sue Banks As Headteacher
On the 12th & 13th of March there were two assessment days, where a number of candidates vying to become Isambard’s next Headteacher, undertook a wide range of activities involving students, staff and governors. As a result of this process the selection panel, which included representatives from the Governing Body, Local Authority and an independent former Headteacher from Gloucestershire, made the unanimous decision to appoint Sue Banks, Isambard’s current Acting Headteacher as their nomination for the substantive position.
The following Monday evening, at a specially convened meeting of the Full Governing Body, I presented to all Governors a description of the recruitment process and the reasoning behind the panel’s nomination. I then asked the Governing Body to ratify the decision, which they did, unanimously.
As a consequence I am delighted to confirm that as of the start of April 2015 Sue Banks will be the Headteacher of Isambard Community School.
I hope that you will join with me in thanking the panel and all those involved in the recruitment process, the Local Authority for their support of the process and of the school as it has transitioned between Headteachers, the other candidates for doing their best (Isambard wishes them luck in their future endeavours) and finally in congratulating Mrs Banks on her new position within the school.
Kevin A Gray
Chair of Governors
We are pleased to announce that the winning ticket in our Dyson Vacuum Cleaner raffle is number 152. Congratulations to our winner, Mrs Wade.
We are extremely grateful to Dyson for the donation of this fantastic prize which has allowed us to raise £230 towards a defibrillator for the school. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket to help us towards our target.
Letter From The Prime Minister
In February we were visited by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson. During his visit students passed on a letter they had written for the Prime Minister about their work in support of the Send My Friend to School campaign.
Education is the key to a better future, a route out of poverty, and a fundamental human right. But around the world, over 58 million children are still missing out on school. Send My Friend to School brings together thousands of children across the UK to speak up for the right to education, and remind world leaders of their promise that all children should get the chance to go to school.
This week we were fortunate to receive a letter in response from Prime Minister David Cameron where he highlighted the importance of education and praised our students for their efforts. The letter can be found in full here.
World Book Day 2015
Thursday 5th March saw a colourful array of costumes from students and staff alike as we joined together to celebrate our love of books and reading. Everyone was invited to dress as a character from their favourite book and we were treated to a wide range of costumes depicting everyone from Sherlock Holmes and James Bond to The Mad Hatter and Tintin. We were delighted to raise £291 which will be forwarded to the Send My Friend to School campaign.
Don’t forget our Readathon event which started on 5th March. Participating students are being sponsored to read a number of books over a two week period. Sponsor forms and money will need to be returned to student services by 20th March. This will benefit charities across the country such as Readwell, which provides books and storytellers for seriously ill children in hospital, CLIC Sargent, which provides care and support for children with cancer, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, helping children with serious neurological and blood conditions and Together for Short Lives which provides funding for hospice services. Please help us to help others. Read more…
BP Experience Event
In celebration of International Women’s Day 14 Able, Gifted and Talented students from Years 9, 10 and 11 took the opportunity to attend the BP Experience Event on 2nd March. The students got a chance to experience what it’s like to work for a multinational company - to think like businesswomen and to make meaningful connections with female professionals.
It was a hugely inspiring and rewarding day, one of the students commented: “It fascinates me how individuals, working together, can make such a huge impact and create amazing things. This reinforces my determination to be an individual that makes a difference to the world.”
International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
Key Stage 3 Artist Of The Year
Last term several of our Art students were selected to have their work displayed in an exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery as part of the annual 'Swindon Young Artist' competition.
The exhibition featured work from 7 participating secondary schools across Swindon and we are proud to say that Isambard student Amy Cooper won the 'Key Stage 3 Artist of the Year' award for her stunning portrait. Well done Amy! To view Amy's portrait in full, please click here.