Governors Meet To Decide How/When To Recruit A New Headteacher
With the imminent retirement of Mrs Mattey, Governors and the Local Authority met to decide when to recruit a new permanent Headteacher and to decide what type of interim measures would need to be put in place between the end of August 2014 and the appointment/arrival of that new Headteacher. A number of options were discussed in relation to both matters. Please click here to read the full letter (PDF).
Isambard Opens Its Door To Parents
The Year 7 team has enjoyed meeting up with our new cohort of Year 7 parents. This has given people a chance to drop in on an informal basis, share a cup of coffee and some breakfast with their child’s new form tutor, meet their Year Head: Kara Stevens; the Senco: Morag Masters and Kirsty Winnan (senior leader linked to year 7).
Most importantly, parents have enjoyed an opportunity to meet each other, to share questions and concerns about transition to secondary school.
We will be offering the same opportunity to parents of Year 8 and 9 in September and years 10 and 11 in October. We would also like to welcome parents to our new weekly SLT (Senior Leadership Team) drop-in sessions. This is a chance for you to come and share ideas and concerns and we’ll let you know more about dates, times and venues when we return to school in September.
Grease Is The Word!
What a fantastic show our students put on! 90 cast and crew and dozens of staff were involved in staging Grease at the Wyvern on the 15th & 16th June. Since the final show wonderful feedback from our audience has been reaching us by tweet and email: Fantastic show tonight! Well done everyone :-), ...an amazing performance of Grease. Well done to all involved :)
Isambard school is proud of the talent, enthusiasm and dedication of its students and staff. The cast, crew and staff have put in hours and hours of work after school and at weekends and we would like to thank everyone involved. Taking part in a show will leave our students with some very happy memories in the future. We are putting together a collection of photographs for the participants and will let you know when this is available.
Changes To The School Day
Please be aware of planned changes to the shape of the school day, effective from 1st July 2014.
Following consultation with staff, students and governors, a decision has been made to implement a Form Tutor system and make adjustments to the timetable of a typical school day. The key changes are:
- Dedicated Form Tutor time from 10.30am to 10.50am each day, one of which will be year group assembly
- New targeted Mentoring system that supplements Form tutoring time, covering a wide range of needs, will be provided for targeted students alongside the new system.
- Move from voluntary Academic Mentoring to compulsory Mentoring sessions within the tutor period from 10.30am to 10.50am
- Lunchtime will remain at 45 minutes starting at 1.15pm rather than 1.00pm
- Break time has been extended from 15 to 25 minutes
- The length of Period 5 reverts back to 60 minutes
- The overall timings of the school day remain unchanged
These changes are the first in a series of alterations to the way Isambard will operate during 2014, we will notify you of others as they are finalised. All of the changes are focused on improving the opportunities of each and every student through better care and challenge. Your role in this partnership is key, helping us to close any gaps in student progress together. Please click here to read the full letter (PDF).
Isambard's Artists Talk To The World
Some of our many Arts Award students were asked to contribute to a film about Artsbox, an online arts resource for young people. This film appears on the Art Award and Artsbox websites and will be shown in schools and arts settings across the country. This opportunity came about because the Arts Council loves the way Isambard Community School delivers the Arts Award to our young people and because we give our young people such fantastic access to digital technology. Click here to view the film.
The End Of An Era, The Start Of A New Age
Eight years ago the, then, temporary governing body for Isambard recruited Mrs Mattey as Headteacher. It was our intention to bring a strong leader to the school that could provide vision and inspiration to the process of building a new school and a new team to run that school. On June 2nd 2014 Mrs Mattey brought this initial phase of the school’s journey to an end when she formally announced her retirement from education at the end of the current school year. Please click here to read the full letter (PDF).
Italian Music Tour 2014
During the half term holiday the school choir and jazz band undertook a 21 hour long journey across the continent for a music tour in Italy.
Pictures, video and a student diary of the tour can be found here.
Lantern Parade 2014
Our annual Lantern Parade will be taking place on Wednesday 22nd October.
If you have any spare, empty, jam jars please bring them into reception. They will be transformed at Lantern Workshops (dates TBC) into beautiful lanterns that will light up Redhouse!
Students Design Campaign Posters
On Wednesday 30th April Miss Kent & Mrs Winnan took a group of Year 9 students to the WRc plc for a poster design competition. Cameron, Wes, Jake, Will, Lydia, Laura, Amy and Aaliyah worked alongside staff from Water and Gas suppliers to produce their artwork. A panel chose a winning piece which will be used in future campaigns for the WRc that will be seen by utility supplies across the country. During the day the students were a credit to the school and did a fantastic job of liaising with adults create their posters.
A spokesperson for WRc said: "Please can I say a really big think you to and your students for their hard work. I spoke to quite a few of our guests and they said you all did a great job and really made the workshops a great success with your contributions. They joined in and came up with some brilliant ideas".
Further reading: Swindon Advertiser
We recently ran a ‘Careers Carousel’ event for our Year 10 students. With invaluable support from Vox PR, our students were given a short presentation by people from diverse workplaces in Swindon: an economist from Nationwide, a solicitor from Bevirs, a nurse from SEQOL, a lecturer in Media Make-up, developers from Crest Nicholson, a manager from Thamesdown Bus Company, a recruitment professional from Outsource and a senior manager from Intel. Students listened to a short presentation from the visitors and had the opportunity to question them about their working lives. Read more...
New York Trip
The first New York trip over the Easter holidays was a roaring success. All 50 students Business Studies and Media Studies students had an enjoyable visit to the great city accompanied by 5 members of staff. Students were eager to do as much as they could in the few days we were there.
There was a lot of opportunities for extra sight seeing which included Madison Square Garden, Time Square and Central Park. Over the 4 days students were able to really get a vibe for the energetic city. Read more...
Year 7 Poetry Success
Last term, Year 7 students entered a The Young Writers’ “Poetry Games” Competition, a national poetry writing competition. The English Department is delighted to announce that 9 students from Isambard have been chosen as finalists and will have their poems published soon.
We would like to congratulate Charlie, Chester, Michelle, Ethan, Lucia, Richa, Dan, Ehlana and Marianna. We are very proud of you.
On the 12th of March we held our annual talent show which has become a cultural highlight in the school. Its not only the students who compete for the honour of winning points for their house (and a cash prize), but competition for those house points is also fierce amongst staff performers.
Last night Georgia in Year 11 triumphed with her passionate rendition of ‘This is a Man’s World’, but the audience were also treated to Irish Dancing, beat-boxing, Bollywood dancing and extreme skipping! Students from all year groups took part in the show which was attended by an enthusiastic audience of parents and friends. One parent commented:
I had a very enjoyable and entertaining evening in the audience…..the talent was very inspiring and the atmosphere friendly and good fun.
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...
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.