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4 May 2017

Parkside is Outstanding

Parkside Community College is delighted to have been judged to be an outstanding school by Ofsted in its recent inspection. Inspectors concluded that in the areas of overall effectiveness; outcomes for pupils; leadership and management; teaching, learning and assessment; and personal development, behaviour and welfare, Parkside meets the criteria for the highest grading available. Inspectors concluded that “in a culture of inclusive learning, the headteacher, governors and senior leaders demonstrate an unwavering commitment to securing the best possible outcomes for all pupils.”

Parkside Sixth, the school’s sixth form, gained a good rating, with inspectors praising staff and students. They highlighted the excellent destinations that Parkside Sixth students go on to. “The proportion of students who are successful in gaining university places is higher than the national average. Most students who choose this route gain their first-choice university place. These include opportunities to study in some of the best-performing higher education institutions nationally.”

Parkside’s GCSE results have been consistently the highest for attainment among Cambridgeshire state schools for the past few years, while GCSE progress in 2016 was in the top 5% of school nationally. The pass rate for students taking the rigorous International Baccalaureate is well above the world average, while the average BTEC grade is a distinction. Inspectors noted that these excellent outcomes are complemented by an inclusive approach to education.

Headteacher, Jodh Dhesi, said the following: “We are so happy that our students, staff, governors and families have achieved this. A result like this comes through hard work on everyone’s part, and it is a just reward for the efforts put in by the whole school community over the past few years. We now look forward to taking Parkside even further.”

In Autumn 2016, only 4% of schools converted from good to outstanding under the Ofsted framework.

 

Please follow this link to an article in the Cambridge News.

17 July 2017

Coleridge Year Group Awards Ceremonies
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17 July 2017

Coleridge Year Group Awards Ceremonies

Last week Coleridge had their first ever Year Group Awards Ceremonies.  These Awards Ceremonies celebrated students’ endeavour in all subjects.  There were also special awards handed out such as Service to Coleridge, Resilience Award and the Community Award.  The Headteacher’s Award was given by Mr Patterson and celebrated their exceptional endeavour throughout the school year.  The Behaviour Awards were sponsored by the Co-Op on Perne Road.  Newnham College and Tesco Fulbourn also gave generous donations to assist Coleridge in making this event a memorable one for all students.
We look forward to having Awards events on a termly basis.  Thanks to all the businesses in the community who have supported us in making this a success.

14 July 2017

Music for Youth NATIONAL Festival
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14 July 2017

Music for Youth NATIONAL Festival

40 Year 8/9 Coleridge students performed at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham recently.  The students were involved in drumming and dancing, and there is a chance they could be invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall next term.

 

A video of the performance can be found here https://youtu.be/gtWie4ND9TM

 

14 July 2017

Trumpington Student to Play in Tennis Finals at Wimbledon
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14 July 2017

Trumpington Student to Play in Tennis Finals at Wimbledon

Student Yujiro Onuma has secured his place at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Under-14 Challenge at Wimbledon in August.  It will be an exciting time for Yujiro, he has been to Wimbledon to watch matches and played a little on grass so he is looking forward to the challenge. https://cambridge105.co.uk/the-local-roundup-16/

Yujiro has also experienced great success with the Cambridgeshire County Team. http://www.cambslta.org.uk/news/u14-triumph-in-county-cup

We wish Yujiro good luck for the final at Wimbledon.

13 July 2017

Federation Sports Day 2017
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13 July 2017

Federation Sports Day 2017

Over 1,000 students took part in this year’s Sports Day – from Trumpington, Coleridge and Parkside schools.  Students took part in at least one event, with a range of both traditional and non-traditional events taking place.

 

6 Federation records were broken on the day, in both track and field, with East House the overall winners.

 

Louis Rolfe, Paralympian and ex-Federation student, was on hand to open the Sports Day.  Congratulations to the Sports Department for organising the event, from the photos it looks like the staff had a great day too!

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29 June 2017

Artsfest – A Night to Remember
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29 June 2017

Artsfest – A Night to Remember

With over 400 students taking part in108 acts over 8 stages, this year’s Artfest was a huge extravaganza which celebrated the talented students we have across the Federation.

 

From the excellent Year 11 GCSE Art exhibition, to a feast of monologues, duologues and devised pieces in drama. The Radegund Hall was rocking with the sound of African and samba drumming as well as a STOMP inspired performance. Dance incorporated wheelbarrows, wellies and shopping trolleys into their performances!  And Trumpington students donned the blue suits for a dance to a mash up of hits. While Year 7’s performed numbers from the hit musical Matilda in the auditorium. Over on the chill out stage, back lawn and quad there was an array of bands and solo artists performing covers as well as their own original compositions.

The night culminated in the Radegund  Hall with a funk fest from the Federation’s very own funk band which had staff, parents and students up on the dance floor. It certainly was a night to remember.

 

    

15 June 2017

Trumpington Sports Kits Sponsorship
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15 June 2017

Trumpington Sports Kits Sponsorship

Countryside, the developers of the multi-award winning Great Kneighton development in Trumpington, recently presented Trumpington Community College with a selection of brand new sports kits for their students.

 

Trumpington Community College opened its doors for the first time at Great Kneighton in September 2016.  This brand new state of the art secondary school has extensive sports facilities which are shared by the whole community out of school hours.  Currently catering for Year 7 and Year 8 students, in September 2017 the College will welcome their next cohort eventually leading to full capacity of 750 students in 2020.

 

The new branded sports kit will enable the students and Sport Leaders to look smart and professional when they represent their college in varied sporting activities and fixtures against other schools  including; football, handball and netball.

 

Andrew Carrington, Managing Director, Strategic Land at Countryside, comments, “Great Kneighton has been such an exciting project for us and to see many of the planned new homes, and the College, now occupied with residents and students that are engaged with community life has been very rewarding.  We are delighted to offer sponsorship by way of providing new branded sports kits to the college, and hope it will give a boost to the students and teachers.”

 

Amy Logan, Lead Teacher of Sport at Trumpington Community College added, “We are thrilled with Countryside’s generous donation of sports kit. The football teams will have to wait until next season to try out their new kit but the Sport Leaders have already worn their kit during the local primary schools’ sports days  (Fawcett and Trumpington Meadows).   The handball squad are also really looking forward to wearing their new kit at the district handball event at the end of June.   The College currently hosts Cambridge Handball Club and it is hoped that a number of our students will eventually graduate to the senior teams.  Taking part in sports events and coaching in fabulous new kit is going to make such a difference to all involved.”

 

John Jones, Head of School said that Trumpington Community College was overwhelmed by Countryside’s generosity and sponsorship and it was clear that Countryside were making every effort to support the Colleges key role within the local community.

  

15 June 2017

Coleridge Student’s Athletics Success
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15 June 2017

Coleridge Student’s Athletics Success

Coleridge Student Stephanie Browne (Year 9) recently competed in a County Athletics competition and has been placed 10th in the Country, in Discus and Hammer!  Stephanie has also qualified to represent the County and Federation at  the English Schools Competition for hammer in July.

Stephanie’s results were:

Hammer: 37.30m – Gold position

Discus: 25.06m – Gold position

Shot: 9.28m – Silver position

 

Stephanie’s personal bests this season have been :

 

Hammer: 40.07m

Discus: 25.7m

Shot: 9.50m

All of these PB’s give Stephanie the England Athletics AAA standards Grade Two in all three throws.  The Grade Two standard is equivalent to the top 15% for her age group.

 

We wish Stephanie good luck in her next competitions!

 

15 June 2017

Rotary Club Young Writer Competition Winners
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15 June 2017

Rotary Club Young Writer Competition Winners

Several students from Parkside Community College and Parkside Sixth entered the Rotary Club’s national Young Writer 2017 competition.  Students were asked to write up to 500 words on the theme of ‘Reflection’.

We are thrilled that Parkside Sixth student Sara Pollini won the senior category in the first stage and subsequently the senior category of the district round too.  Congratulations also goes to Y11 Parkside student Lojen Al Thahabi who came second in the senior category of the first stage of the competition.  Both Sara and Lojen received book tokens as a prize, along with a certificate.

Sara and Lojen receiving their certificates from Maureen Hallsworth, a member of the Rotary Club

8 June 2017

Mock Election Fever at Trumpington Community College
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8 June 2017

Mock Election Fever at Trumpington Community College

Students at Trumpington Community College have been involved in a Mock Election campaign running alongside that of the General Election. 5 political party leaders were chosen at random to represent each political party and over 40 other year 7 and 8 students supported each leader. They spent 4 weeks producing a variety of campaign materials including leaflets, posters, badges and videos.

On election day each leader gave a short speech to the whole school where they used information from the real political parties manifestos to explain why they are the candidate to vote for. Alongside this they were given a platform to show their videos and answer any questions from the audience.

Every student involved in the campaign whether leading or supporting worked extremely hard to make materials to promote their party and it was great to see at least half of the school involved in the politics behind the campaign itself. Through this task many were discussing the differences between each party and showing an interest in real life politics.

Results to be announced on 9th June 8:30am.

  

8 June 2017

Woodwork Project at Coleridge
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8 June 2017

Woodwork Project at Coleridge

Coleridge Community College extended an invite to Morley Memorial pupils for some Design Technology experience.

Coleridge and Morley Memorial decided to give Morley Year 5’s a really fun four weeks doing a project in a Design Technology class using Coleridge’s superb Design Technology facilities.  Mr Spinale, the Design Technology teacher prepared the lessons for the four weeks, and by the end of the fourth week pupils had all made a wooden toy!  This was a fun class for the Year 5’s, which gave them an introduction to a secondary school class, and they got to keep their wooden toy!

 

 

24 May 2017

Sports Leaders Visit Local Primaries
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24 May 2017

Sports Leaders Visit Local Primaries

26 students from Trumpington Community College ran a carousel of sports activities for all primary students at Fawcett and Trumpington Meadows.
The primary students and staff were really impressed with the Trumpington sports leaders and everyone is looking to the next primary sporting event.
It was also great to meet the new students starting secondary school at Trumpington Community College in September.
  

10 May 2017

e-Luminate Cambridge’s Collaboration with Parkside
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10 May 2017

e-Luminate Cambridge’s Collaboration with Parkside

Parkside students and staff enjoyed working with e-Luminate Festival this year and a copy of the Impact Report can be downloaded e-Luminate Cambridge 2017 Impact Report.

 

There is also a video showing the various displays that could be seen around Cambridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXRUHviDOJU&t=4s

10 May 2017

Story Writing Competition Success
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10 May 2017

Story Writing Competition Success

Many Year 7 and 8 Trumpington students submitted a 500 word story to the Cambridge University Press Story Writing competition. Keokai Benjamin and Chris Louridas from Year 8 were two of the winners and will now have their story published in a collection of all the story winners.
Keokai and Chris, along with their parents have been invited to attend an event at the Cambridge University Press offices on the 12th July where they will meet with other winners, be presented with a certificate and receive their own copy of the series. They will also have an opportunity to meet the team and be shown around the offices.

26 April 2017

Jodh Dhesi Meets Parliamentary Rowing Group
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26 April 2017

Jodh Dhesi Meets Parliamentary Rowing Group

Head Teacher Jodh Dhesi met with the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group at the Palace of Westminster, to make a presentation to the Group on the Parkside Rowing Challenge, which saw pupils row the length of the Thames, and discussed opportunities to develop rowing in state schools.

 

The Group, which comprises Members of both Houses of Parliament and all major political parties, has the singular remit to support the sport of rowing.

 

Speaking after the meeting, Group Co-Chairman Lord Thomas of Gresford said “Members of the Group were delighted to welcome Jodh to Parliament, and hear about Parkside Community College’s excellent work to provide rowing opportunities for their pupils.  I hope that the rowing challenge which pupils completed is something that can be rolled out across more schools in the United Kingdom, to give more young people the opportunity to try this fantastic sport.”

 

Jodh Dhesi added “it was fantastic to see the impact that the Parkside Rowing Challenge had on those taking part.  Our main obstacle to expanding the challenge is funding, but we are hopeful that if we can secure this, we will be able to provide opportunities for more pupils to take part.  I hope that the challenge is something that other state schools will consider, as the pupils taking part not only enjoyed all the health benefits that the sport brings, but also developed skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

 

17 April 2017

Trumpington Community College Academy Conversion Consultation
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17 April 2017

Trumpington Community College Academy Conversion Consultation

Questions & Responses – April 2017

What problems have there been with MATs in Cambridgeshire and more widely throughout the country?

Across the country Multi Academy Trusts have often taken on schools in difficulty, and sometimes have overstretched themselves. This has resulted in criticism of the Trusts for not improving their schools, and in some cases these schools have been moved to better performing MATs.  

In Cambridgeshire that has not been the case, but there has been a trend for standalone academies to join MATs so that they can achieve economies of scale and get support to raise achievement.

How will the college be run as an academy?

The college will have a Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team and they will work with the Local Governing Body to develop the school so that it meets the aspirations of the Local Community. The MAT will provide support to help the school do a good job, and monitor its performance to ensure that it is providing a good standard of education.

What are the growth plans for TCC?

We are working with the County Council to make sure the school grows to provide the right number of places for students as the community grows. We are expecting to admit up to 90 students into year 7 next year, then increasing to 120 and 150 over the following three years. When the school is full it will have 750 students in years 7-11.

How will students from TCC be able to benefit from other schools in the MAT?

When schools work in partnership in a MAT students in any one school can benefit from the expertise and facilities that other schools may have. Trumpington is already benefiting with specialist teachers coming to the school to ensure that a full curriculum can be offered even though the school is still relatively small, and this will continue.  In addition, students at Trumpington are able to attend the MAT combined activities in sports and arts, such as the orchestra or sports teams, and go on the wide range of trips the MAT offers, such as visits to France and our annual ski trip.

Is there a plan for students from the other schools to study at TCC?

Students from MAT schools already visit TCC to take part in a range of sports clubs, and this could well develop further. Once we have students taking GCSE exams, then it is possible that some joint classes could be run in the school.

Who are the members of the Trust Board?

Anne Campbell Chair of MAT Board
Maureen Donnelly Vice-Chair of MAT Board         
Ashish Dasgupta Chair of Business and Risk
Steve Broad
Ian Barker
Sara Garnham
Helen Murley
Janet Cohen

Why was the question about changing status raised?

In many respects Trumpington already operates as if it were an academy as the staff and leadership are provided by Parkside Federation Academies (PFA) as a result of the way the school was set up by the County Council. TCC is the only secondary school in the county that is not an academy and as the Local Authority no longer provides improvement services to schools the school would not be viable on its own. This is especially true as it will be a while until the school is full. Under the circumstances the Governing Body is of the view that converting to an academy is the logical step.

Will TCC be the lead school in the Trust?

The MAT is independent of all the schools, and expects them all to collaborate and share best practice. Trumpington is already establishing areas of expertise, such as in the use of Chromebooks and Google classroom

Will becoming an Academy change the admissions process or the catchment area?

No, both will stay the same.

Is the ability to change curriculum an important factor in the decision?

Schools have to follow a curriculum which leads to public examinations such as GCSEs, and we want our students to do well in these. We therefore follow a curriculum which gives students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, and academy status actually has little effect on this.

Will becoming an academy introduce selection?

No it will not. The MAT is opposed to selection by ability.

Will being an academy mean that the school does not co-operate with other local schools?

Not at all. All our schools work in partnerships in Cambridge city and more widely across the county, and Trumpington will do the same.

Do academies focus only on the most able?

Academies are comprehensive schools. They do not select their students, and provide a curriculum that meets the needs of all learners, including appropriate vocational options

31 March 2017

Jewish and Basque Refugee History Project
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31 March 2017

Jewish and Basque Refugee History Project

The Refuge in Cambridge – A Tale of Two Hostels project, initiated last September culminated in a public exhibition at the West Road Concert Hall, CB3 9DP, on Thursday 30th March. The exhibition showcased what the students at Parkside and the Red Balloon Learner Centre had discovered about the hidden heritage behind two buildings used as refugee hostels during World War II. One, at 25 Parkside, was used for young Jewish refugee teenagers fleeing Nazi persecution and the other at 21, Station Road, for Basque country refugee children fleeing the Spanish Civil War. The exhibition included display panels, a booklet, music, dance, oral recitations and a film put together by the students documenting the project’s evolution. There were also some participants of the Kindertransport programme itself who spoke about their experiences.

The project gathered some considerable interest within and outside Parkside, as many of the students were filmed for BBC Look East and for Cambridge TV as well as Mr Turner appearing on BBC Cambridgeshire Radio promoting the event alongside Gerald Weiner, a Kindertransport refugee.

It was an extraordinary and moving evening with a large number of parents, teachers and friends in attendance. A huge thanks to Leslie Ford, Mike Levy, Maria Almeida, Alexa Minett and Mark Turner for putting on this wonderful project that enabled our Parkside students to learn about a hidden aspect of Cambridge’s history. Their experiences have developed them further as inquiring and thoughtful young people who can reflect deeply on the nature of extremist beliefs in the past and connect that to the modern world where such beliefs are still so common. A school display and student assemblies will take place after Easter, allowing our students to reflect on their experiences and share them with the rest of the student body. Participating students were :

Douglas Tennant, Sebastian Dhillon, Lily Fowke-Green, Chantelle Carreras-Coves, Flora Timney, Hannah Volland, Josh Simon, Jacob Manda, Elora Graham, Pooja Reddy, Annie Hsieh, Dorian Allwood, Nina Bartels, Emilia Pryzwara, Alfie Vine, Ted Watts.

     

     

 

29 March 2017

Paralympian Athlete Visits Coleridge
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29 March 2017

Paralympian Athlete Visits Coleridge

Georgie Bullen, who represented Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics in the Goalball team visited Coleridge Community College to introduce students to her game.

 

Georgie explained the principles of goalball, which was created for visually impaired athletes.  Students then had the opportunity to try their hand at a game of goalball, using eye masks and goalballs with bells inside to alert players where the ball is on the court.

 

Further photos can be found in this Cambridge News article

 

16 March 2017

BBC News School Report
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16 March 2017

BBC News School Report

Students at Parkside took part in the BBC’s News School Report Day on Thursday 16th March.

Click on the links named ‘BBC School News Report’ to open the articles.

Theatre Reviews by Eve: BBC School News Report

Parkside History Project – A Tale of Two Hostels – by Hannah: BBC News School Report

Caddie, the Lab, Gives Autistic Teen Second Chance by Rose: BBC School News Report

The Dutch Election by Cassia and Femke: BBC School News Day

Queen Signs Brexit by Jakub: BBC News School Reports

Bank Robbery by Kit: BBC News School Reports

Toyota to Invest £240m: BBC News School Report

Cambridge Science Festival: BBC News School Report

Parcel Bomb Explodes by Kit: BBC News School Report

Schools Addressing Mental Health Issues: BBC News School Report

England Rugby Champions: BBC News School Report

EBacc Cuts Students Off From The Arts by Frankie: BBC News School Report

Student Wellbeing at Parkside by Lucia: BBC News School Report

The Queens Donation: BBC News School Report

Small Business by Amelia: BBC News School Report

School Shooting in Grasse: BBC News School Report

Big Bang Science Event by Eve, Hannah and Rose: BBC News School Report

Mental Health Issues in School by Sheetal: BBC News School Reports

Suicide Bombing by Kit: BBC News School Report

New Cambridge Cycleway by Rose: BBC News School Report

Uniform: Good or Bad? BBC News School Report

Brexit: BBC News School Report

A work in progress: students working hard on their articles

A work in progress

Setting up for the recordings

Parkside students with their BBC Certificates

10 March 2017

Minister of State for School Standards congratulates Parkside Community College
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10 March 2017

Minister of State for School Standards congratulates Parkside Community College

Parkside Community College has received a letter of congratulations from the Right Honourable Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards.

He has congratulated staff and pupils for the high levels of progress pupils are making and achievement of the school in the English Baccalaureate in 2016.

The letter can be viewed here.

8 March 2017

Roy Burrell Awards 2017
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8 March 2017

Roy Burrell Awards 2017

The Roy Burrell Awards took part on 7th March 2017, and this was the 40th year that the Awards have been running.  There were 8 students and one member of staff representing the Federation this year, all have achieved county standard or above in sport.

 

Siobhan Skinner (member of staff) won a major award (Team of the Year) for leading the District Cross Country Team to first place in the region.

 

Louis Rolfe, Paralympian Gold Medalist and ex-Coleridge student, was a special guest at the Awards.

 

3 March 2017

World Book Day
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3 March 2017

World Book Day

This year is the 20th anniversary of World Book Day and at Trumpington Community College they have been celebrating for the first time in the new building.

 

World Book day is a fantastic opportunity for students to celebrate what they are reading and share their favourite books with each other. The TCC students wrote book reviews as a recommendation for others which created a wall display in the main hall. It was great to see students reading each other’s work during break and lunch. The English student leaders not only organise assemblies for the whole school to tell them of why we celebrate World Book Day, but they also ran a book stall to raise money for Book Aid International.

 

Students completed a quiz during form time to guess the staff’ favourite books. All staff also dressed up for the day and students had great fun trying to guess who they all were. There were many characters, from Hagrid to Lady Macbeth.

8 February 2017

Parkside Students Enjoy Success in Debating Competition!
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8 February 2017

Parkside Students Enjoy Success in Debating Competition!

Parkside students have recently been competing in the International Competition for Young Debaters, with great success.  The teams, which  only started a few months ago, competed in the London round against many schools from the independent sector. Parkside ‘A’ team came 6th overall, and only missed out on the finals by 2 points!  Year 9 student Eve Sherratt-Cross was 9th on the speaker tab and Femke Buitelaar, also Year 9, came 12th.  The team in fact did better than other independent schools who traditionally dominate the national debating scene.

 

The other team from Parkside, Anjara Trachsel-Bourbeau and Lexie Weiss,  also worked exceedingly hard and and made excellent progress throughout the day, and were not very far off from the top teams at the end of the day.

 

The students enjoyed the day thoroughly, thanks to staff from Schools Plus Cambridge for working with our students.

25 January 2017

Trumpington Sports Family Fun Day
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25 January 2017

Trumpington Sports Family Fun Day

Trumpington Sports are holding a Fitness & Family Fun Day on 5th February.

 

 

24 January 2017

Year 9 Students attend ‘Eyes on the Prize’ at ARU
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24 January 2017

Year 9 Students attend ‘Eyes on the Prize’ at ARU

Year 9 students recently attended an event hosted by Anglia Ruskin University.  ‘Eyes on the Prize’ is an event focused on supporting students with their future academic choices.  The event included input from local Level 3 providers, schools and universities and aimed to provide students with a positive and aspirational programme.

 

Tours were given by ARU Student Ambassadors, who gave the pupils an insight into what being a university student is like.  The exhibition highlighted the range of courses and facilities at Anglia Ruskin and also featured stands from other Higher Education institutions, as well as training providers and employers.

 

       

19 January 2017

Parkside Results Top in County
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19 January 2017

Parkside Results Top in County

Parkside Community College has been named as the best state secondary in the county for its GCSE results.

 

Full details can be found here in an article in the Cambridge News.

9 December 2016

Apple Tree Planting at Trumpington Community College
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9 December 2016

Apple Tree Planting at Trumpington Community College

Cambridge Community Collection recently spoke to students about an Apple Tree Planting project and following on from that, students at the school helped plant twenty different varieties of apple tree along the edge of the playing fields and in the enclosed garden.  Over the next few years Cambridge Community Collection will help the school prune and nurture the trees as well as adding further trees to the collection around the school car parking area and the sports hall.

 

 

25 November 2016

Dedication to the Community Event
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25 November 2016

Dedication to the Community Event

Trumpington Community College was delighted to welcome the President of the Royal Society and Nobel prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan to formally dedicate the new school to the community on the evening of 22nd November.

Trumpington Community College is a new state of the art school in the heart of the Great Kneighton development in the south of Cambridge for children aged 11-16.

The new school also boasts extensive community sports facilities and other resources, and aims to take its place at the heart of the new and growing area of Cambridge.

Venki spoke about the importance of students accessing the sort of broad education that Trumpington will provide, focussing on the need to prepare students for a world which will be very different from the one children are growing up in today.

John Jones, Head of School, commented ‘We were delighted to welcome Venki and honoured that he was able to launch our new school.  We want Trumpington Community College to be a place for the whole community to come together, and we were very pleased to welcome so many people to this event.”

 

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25 November 2016

Paralympian Gold Medallist Louis Rolfe Visits Coleridge
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25 November 2016

Paralympian Gold Medallist Louis Rolfe Visits Coleridge

Ex- Coleridge student and current Paralympian Gold medallist Louis Rolfe, was invited back to Coleridge Community College to present Sporting awards to Coleridge students whom have earned recognition for their sporting achievements.

Louis Rolfe gave out individual certificates and medals to 18 students across year 11 and year 9 who have shown commitment to sport over their time at Coleridge School.

The students were clearly inspired by Louis Rolfe’s presence; Andrew Neziri (Year 11),

“This morning has been an opportunity to reflect upon our achievements and appreciate the rewards of hard work, which Louis Rolfe epitomises”

Anna O Grady (Year 9), “It was really exciting to meet Louis Rolfe and to see his medals. I would love to be in the Olympics one day”

The school have decided to name a trophy after the student after his recent achievements, the trophy will now be called the ‘Louis Rolfe Sports Award’. This will be presented to one male and one female student at the end of the year covering the whole school.  Mr Dixon, Head of PE at Coleridge, believes this will create a legacy for generations to come and winning the Louis Rolfe Sports Awards will become the highest sporting achievements in the school as his name attached to the trophy embodies his values of determination, Inspiration, Excellence, Courage and Equality.

Finally Louis Rolfe said “It is amazing to have a trophy named after me. The thought of students winning the ‘Louis Rolfe’ sports awards in the future makes me feel very proud”

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31 October 2016

CALA Homes Donates Defibrillator Package to Trumpington Community College
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31 October 2016

CALA Homes Donates Defibrillator Package to Trumpington Community College

The recently opened Trumpington Community College at Great Kneighton, Cambridge has received a mobile defibrillator thanks to a donation by CALA Homes.  The housebuilder has donated the lifesaving equipment as part of a national campaign to help save the lives of people who suffer potentially fatal cardiac arrests.

CALA is working with national charity Hand on Heart to donate a defibrillator and provide training, together worth £3000, to a school in each of the eight regions across the UK in which it operates.

Eight members of staff and 30 children in each school will also receive basic life support and awareness training as part of the package.

More than 600 young people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest, of those 270 happen in schools.  The only definitive treatment for a victim of cardiac arrest is early CPR and defibrillation.  This must be administered within 3-5 minutes following collapse to give the person the best chance of survival; making it imperative to have a defibrillator on site.

John Jones, head teacher at Trumpington Community College commented: “Sudden cardiac arrest among children is rare but the defibrillator gives us extra assurance that we are ready to do all we can to help should the worst happen.

“We are extremely grateful to CALA Homes for supplying the equipment and training to help us keep our students, staff and local people safe.”

Warren O’Callaghan, sales manager for CALA Homes (North Home Counties) presented the defibrillator to school.  He said: “Health and safety is of paramount importance at CALA, so we are very pleased to extend that principle by giving local schools in the communities in which we build the means to save lives.

“The equipment and lifesaving training and awareness session held with staff and pupils by Hand on Heart will continue to have a positive impact for years to come.”

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31 October 2016

Trumpington Community College Officially Opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester
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31 October 2016

Trumpington Community College Officially Opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Trumpington Community Colelge were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to on Friday 23 September 2016.    HRH toured the school, met with staff, students, governors and those involved in the design and construction of the building and also officially opened Trumpington Community College.

 

The school has been designed by a partnership led by Avanti Architects, including Max Fordham and constructed by Morgan Sindall with project management by  Aecom.  The building has been designed to be flexible enough to adapt to changes in education over the next 50 years, and also to be responsive to climate change.

 

The new school features an innovative open plan design, inspired by Danish school models.  It features a light-filled  central atrium, with teaching areas laid out over two floors.  Extensive use of glass connects all the areas of the school as well as giving views of the playing fields and surrounding community.  An art installation in the atrium by Umbrellium has created a virtual cat which the students can interact with to understand how much energy the building is using.  The school also has a Community Sports Centre which is run by Abbeycroft Leisure.

 

The whole project has been overseen by a charitable trust, City of Cambridge Education Foundation, working in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council.  Chair of the Foundation, Nick Hood commented:-

“We are delighted that The Duke of Gloucester has opened the new school.  We hope it will be an inspiring place to learn for generations of students, and also a source of pride for the local community.”

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6 October 2016

Is Cinder the most popular cat in Cambridge?
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6 October 2016

Is Cinder the most popular cat in Cambridge?

Trumpington Community College has been overwhelmed by the impact that Cinder the cat has had on the students and the local community – we also understand from Umbrellium that Cinder has a number of surprises in store for us during the year – we will keep you all posted!

Read more below:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/meet-cinder-the-virtual-cat-which-takentrumpington-community-college-by-storm/story-29782236-detail/story.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-37561326

5 October 2016

Open Evening October 4th 2016
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5 October 2016

Open Evening October 4th 2016

The school was pleased to welcome a large number of families to the college’s Open Evening  yesterday evening.

The slides from the Headteacher’s presentation can be found below.

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13 September 2016

Parkside Year 11 and Year 13 examination results 2016
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13 September 2016

Parkside Year 11 and Year 13 examination results 2016

It is our great pleasure to celebrate the success of our students in Year 11 and Year 13, who have achieved impressive results over the summer. 88% of our Year 11 students achieved an A*-C in English and Maths (one of the government’s new performance measures). Initial indications suggest that this is the highest performance for a state school in the county. We are also pleased to share the results of our Year 13 International Baccalaureate students, who achieved a 97% pass rate for the IB and an average points score in line with the world average. Our Year 13 BTEC students achieved very, with a 100% pass rate and an average grade of a Merit. We are very proud, not only of the attainment of our students, but of the outstanding progress that they have made also.

National results for 2016 are not yet available

Government measure National result 2015 School result 2015 School result 2016
% of students achieving A*-C in both English and Maths 56 85 88
Progress 8* score 0 +0.7 +0.7
Attainment 8** score 4.8 6.1 6.1
% of students achieving the EBacc*** 24 59 59

*Progress 8 score measures how much progress each Year 11 student made in their best 8 qualifying subjects from the start of Year 7 to the end of Year 11, and calculates an average for the school. If on average all students have made the amount of progress they would have been expected to make, the school’s score would be 0 (zero). Schools will naturally aspire to achieve the highest possible positive score. The 2016 result shown is a provisional one, given to us by a national company called Go4Schools, based on their own very large database of schools.

**Attainment 8 score calculates the students’ average grade across their best 8 qualifying subjects, using the numeric grade scale 1-9, where 9 is the best score that could be attained.

***Ebacc is the percentage of Year 11 students that achieved a grade A*-C in all of English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a modern language (at Coleridge, usually French).

13 September 2016

Coleridge Year 11 examination results 2016
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13 September 2016

Coleridge Year 11 examination results 2016

Coleridge Year 11 students performed well on all 4 of the Government’s new key measures of school performance. The table below shows the significant improvement compared with 2015. Whilst still some way to go, the school is clearly on the right track.

National results for 2016 are not yet available

Government measure National result 2015 School result 2015 School result 2016
% of students achieving A*-C in both English and Maths 58 44 61
Progress 8* score 0 -0.2 +0.2
Attainment 8** score 4.8 4.2 4.9
% of students achieving the EBacc*** 24 18 30

 

*Progress 8 score measures how much progress each Year 11 student made in their best 8 qualifying subjects from the start of Year 7 to the end of Year 11, and calculates an average for the school. If on average all students have made the amount of progress they would have been expected to make, the school’s score would be 0 (zero). Schools will naturally aspire to achieve the highest possible positive score. The 2016 result shown is a provisional one, given to us by a national company called Go4Schools, based on their own very large database of schools.

**Attainment 8 score calculates the students’ average grade across their best 8 qualifying subjects, using the numeric grade scale 1-9, where 9 is the best score that could be attained.

***Ebacc is the percentage of Year 11 students that achieved a grade A*-C in all of English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a modern language (at Coleridge, usually French).

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