Trumpington Open Evening – Wednesday 26th September ** Coleridge Open Evening – Tuesday 2nd October ** Parkside Open Evening – Thursday 11th October ** CAST Year 12 Open Evening – Thursday 18th October ** CAST Year 9&10 Open Evening – Monday 29th October ** Parkside Sixth Open Evening – Tuesday 30th October **

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23 August 2018

Parkside Individual Success Stories
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23 August 2018

Parkside Individual Success Stories

Josephine Sunderland, said: “I’m overwhelmed by it all. I was definitely worried by English the most but I passed it so I’m really happy.

“I got a 9 in PE, 8s in Spanish, French, Physics and Maths, 7 in Biology and English Lit, 6 in English Language and Geography. I’m very happy because it let’s me get into Hills Road.”

Grace Watts will be going to Hills Road to study double maths, chemistry and either physics or biology.

“I’m really happy,” she said. “The results were a lot better than I was expecting. I thought 9s were unachievable and I got a few so I’m really happy with that.”

She added: “I’m really excited [about going to Hills Road]. I’m kind of nervous. It’s a new start, making friends and getting settled in as well as working really hard.

Pauline Przywara is going to Hills Road. She said: “I’m very relieved. I set my standards quite low so I could be surprised. I’m very positively surprised, very happy. I got an 8 in chemistry. “No-one really knew what to expect [because of the new grading system]”

Joseph Knight is jetting off to Bosnia for social justice. He said: “I feel mainly good. English was my highest predicted subject but it was my lowest actual grade. I passed everything so I’m really happy, but it’s just a bit of a surprise. But then I’ve got some other subjects which I’m really happy with, so it balances out.

“I got an 8 in French and Spanish, I only started doing Spanish with the class in December.”

“I’m going to the United World colleges, I’m going on Saturday to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he said. “I’ll be studying the IB and the mission is peace and sustainability. I’m really interested in social justice issues and the world in general.

“I think i’ll learn a lot by being with people from 60 different countries in one school and will challenge my way of thinking. I’m really excited by that. My family are taking me on Saturday and will stay for four days then I’m staying until December.”

Max Rathbone achieved a fantastic set of grades in spite of personal difficulties.

He said: “I feel good, happy. Although it’s not quite what I wanted in some results, but definitely smashed it in others. I got 9s in all sciences, 9 in maths, geography and PE, 2 6s in English and a 7 in French. I’m hopefully going to Hills Road to study double maths, physics and chemistry.

“Round about December time my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was interesting to work with during revision period. It was fairly difficult at first, interesting to overcome while revising – but she’s all better now!”

23 August 2018

Coleridge Celebrating GCSE Results
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23 August 2018

Coleridge Celebrating GCSE Results

Coleridge Community College is celebrating another year of improved GCSE results.

The school improved on all of its key measures compared with 2017, and the school see this as a significant achievement in a year where the new more challenging GCSEs have come fully into effect.

63 per cent of Year 11s achieved a grade 4 or higher in both English and maths – which is a record for the school.

Headteacher Mark Patterson said: “I would like to congratulate our wonderful Year 11 students, whose hard work has led to their pleasing outcomes, and our dedicated teachers, whose commitment to our students has been extraordinary. Well done to all.”

23 August 2018

Parkside Celebrating GCSE Results
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23 August 2018

Parkside Celebrating GCSE Results

Parkside Community College saw 86 per cent of students achieve a pass in both English and Maths – while almost one in five students achieved the highest grade of an 8 or 9 in these two subjects.

Provisional progress scores suggest that Parkside will have made progress which is well above the national average.

Parkside wanted to make note of three higher achievers – Elora Graham, Ellie Garrigan-Mattar and Alma Grant Sanz – who gained a clean sweep of at least 10 grade 9s in their GCSEs, alongside an A in the Free Standing Maths Qualification.

Maureen Su, deputy headteacher for standards, said: “We are so happy for the students and their families. These are superb results and represent a lot of hard work from students and staff.”

Jodh Dhesi, headteacher, said: “I am proud to work with a school community that is so committed to academic excellence and to all students making outstanding progress from their starting points.

“These GCSE results add to the excellent International Baccalaureate achieved by Parkside Sixth students this summer, which were above the world average. Well done to all.”

*Photos from Cambridge News

23 August 2018

CAST Celebrates GCSE Results
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23 August 2018

CAST Celebrates GCSE Results

Students at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology are celebrating after more students than ever did well in the sciences and English.

All students study the separate sciences and overall 81 per cent achieved two or more science grades at a 4 or above.

Biology was especially strong for the school as 86 per cent achieved grade 4 or above.

Results in English were pleasing with 83 per cent gaining a grade 4 or above.

23 August 2018

CAST GCSE Individual Success Stories
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23 August 2018

CAST GCSE Individual Success Stories

Gemma achieved straight grade 8s and 9s across all of her GCSEs, plus an A for her Higher Project Qualification. She wants to go on to study medicine at university after her A-levels. In addition to her GCSEs, whilst at CAST Gemma has also worked with Medimmune, Cambridge University and the Medical Research Council, had the opportunity to attend a Careers in Medicine conference run by Addenbrooke’s Hospital and achieved a Gold Award in the Royal Society of Biology’s Biology Challenge.

Rocco plans to become a civil engineer or architect. His strong GCSE results in Maths and sciences mean his dream is closer to becoming to reality. Studying at CAST has allowed Rocco to complete work experience in construction with Bouygues, a Higher Project Qualification based upon architectural design and 4 of the Academy’s employer led Challenge Projects, including a 9 week civil engineering project with Mott MacDonald, for which he achieved an EDT Industrial Cadets Award.

Aman achieved Level 9s in all three science subjects and top grades in almost all other subjects that he has taken. He is a keen scientist who wants to go on and study STEM subjects at A Level and beyond, his GCSE results put him in strong position to do this. In addition to completing his GCSEs, Aman has also completed The Duke of York Award, UKMT Maths Challenge, NEF Certificate in Innovation, Employability and Enterprise and a Higher Project Qualification whilst at the Academy.

Max is a physical scientist with a very promising future; achieving very high grades in all the STEM subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Computer Science). The ‘project based’ learning skills achieved through the Academy’s employer led projects allowed him to achieve an A* on his Higher Project Qualification, which involved the production of a sectioned and working petrol engine. Additionally, Max says he is now confident in taking responsibility, leading groups and presenting work.

16 August 2018

CAST Celebrates A-Level and BTEC Success
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16 August 2018

CAST Celebrates A-Level and BTEC Success

Staff and students are celebrating a great set of results today, with more students than ever gaining the top A-level grades. Twenty five percent of the grades achieved were at A* and A. Students and staff are delighted with their success.

As a specialist STEM college, all sixth form students study highly demanding Science and Maths courses. Results are strong with forty five percent of grades in these subjects at A*- B. BTEC Applied Science result grades were also encouraging with 100% of students achieving at least 3 passes.

At Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology students also have the opportunity to take part in “real-world” projects delivered by top science and technology companies. These skills are reflected in the results of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), where forty seven percent of grades are A*/ A.

Head-teacher, Sian Foreman commented “Our students have been highly successful in progressing onto their chosen university places, apprenticeships and careers. Destinations for students are very impressive, with over seventy percent going on to university this year to study STEM courses ranging from Medicine to Finance and Cybersecurity. There is no doubt that the additional project work that students undertake with local companies supports success with degree and work applications.’

12 July 2018

CAST Trip to Colchester Zoo
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12 July 2018

CAST Trip to Colchester Zoo

Our Year 12 A Level students invoked a bit of trip envy this week – with a visit to Colchester Zoo for some important learning as well as fun activities.

As part of their Biology, Environmental Science and Psychology studies, the students had a Conservation talk designed to help put everything they’ve learnt so far into context.

Their second talk was all about animal behaviour – followed by a chance to have a go at training the zoo’s goats using a technique the zoo uses to manage the animals with the minimum of stress.

Daniel, one of the students who went, said: “It was a really enjoyable trip. I never thought training goats could be that much fun.”

11 July 2018

Parkside Head Students Announced
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11 July 2018

Parkside Head Students Announced

Mr Crane, Assistant Headteacher KS4, is pleased to announce, the Parkside Community College, Head Students for the 2018/19 academic year, are Sarah Khurram and Dusty Morrison. They will be assisted in their duties by Deputy Head Students Matilde Abreu and Eve Sherratt-Cross.

10 July 2018

Arts Fest 2018
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10 July 2018

Arts Fest 2018

On Monday the 9th July we held our annual Cambridge Academic Partnership (PFA) Arts Fest at Coleridge. The event is designed to bring together a large number of students from across the PFA schools, in a celebration of the Arts – music, drama, dance, art, singing, and all manner of mixtures of these disciplines!

Mr Mark Patterson, Headteacher of Coleridge, said “I was privileged to be here on Monday evening and what I saw reminded me (if ever I needed reminding) of the power of schooling to enrich the lives of young people. The feat of organisation alone that is required to pull off such an ambitious event on one school site is extraordinary – dozens of individual performances, over 500 students taking part, over a thousand families with us on the evening, the multiple venues and performances happening simultaneously… I do not believe that in any other school or multi-academy trust in the UK would you find such an event! It was extraordinary. And it didn’t just remind me of the transformative power of Arts education, it made me feel very proud.”

Mr Adrian Kidd, Headteacher of Trumpington, said “Trumpington Community College students, along with all others, smashing it at the Arts Fest ‘18. Amazing performances: hugely inspiring to see all our young people performing with such professionalism. 110%.”

We would like to thank all of the families that came along to support the event and, of course, every student that took part – you were all amazing!

9 July 2018

Challenge Festival at CAST
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9 July 2018

Challenge Festival at CAST

This week kicked off with our annual Challenge Festival – which was a chance for us to say thank you to all the amazing businesses we work with, who support our students on their Challenge Projects throughout the Academic Year.

Our guests and students had a chance to look at some of the work from the years Challenge Projects in an informal networking event in the Learning Plaza.

The Festival then moved into the Lecture Theatre for some presentations. Firstly, Jon Green, our Chair of Governors and Vice President of Medimmune, talked about the value of high quality STEM education to the UK economy. Jon then introduced Iolene, one of our year 10 students, who gave a presentation of drug discovery in front of a packed Lecture Theatre of around 200 people. Iolene was winner of the Drug Discovery Challenge.

Mike Falconer, Partnership Manager for the Engineering Development Trust, then spoke about the value of a skills based STEM education to the life chances of the students, before presenting them with their Industrial Cadets Awards.  All of our year 10 students achieved their Silver Award and Year 12 students the Gold Award, an outstanding achievement, very well done to all of them.

Dr Alistair Easterfield, Assistant Head, Challenge and Careers, said: “It was great to see so many of our employer partners and parents coming to support our students and celebrate their work.

“The Challenge Projects, and many other activities around the College, could not happen without the exceptional support that we receive from a very large number of people from across the Cambridge STEM community.  

“We were very pleased to recognise this support by presenting companies and organisations that have worked with us with certificates of thanks.  A huge thank you to all of them.”

9 July 2018

Year 9 Great Debate
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9 July 2018

Year 9 Great Debate

Well done to East House for securing the inter-house debating trophy for another year!

This annual tradition saw representative from each house battle each other with words and rhetoric on motions involving the ways politicians use social media for political campaigning and whether the future developments of A.I. will cause us more harm than good.

The trophy was presented by David Adamson from the Rotary Club.

6 July 2018

Parkside Sixth IB Results
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6 July 2018

Parkside Sixth IB Results

Parkside Sixth Students are World Beaters!

Students at Parkside Sixth are celebrating the college’s best ever set of results in their International Baccalaureate Diploma exams.

Students at the international sixth form in the centre of Cambridge achieved a pass rate (93%) and a points score (33) above the world average in this rigorous qualification taken by tens of thousands students across the globe. Those who take the IB Diploma study six subjects and a core with a dissertation and critical thinking course.

There were some outstanding individual results among the cohort. Eli Rubiés scored an exceptional 42 points out of 45, which will take her to Wadham College, Oxford, to read Classics. Maya Smith, Lucy Kear and Aoife Murphy all scored over 40 points, a score achieved by only 10% of students internationally. They will go on to study Law at UCL, International Relations at Edinburgh, and Midwifery at Anglia Ruskin.

Jess Pearce, Head of Sixth, said: “I am very proud of our students. They have worked hard and have achieved excellent results. It has been a real pleasure to work with them and I wish them all the very best for the next steps in their lives.”

Jodh Dhesi, Headteacher, said: “Parkside Sixth is firmly established as a great place to study for sixth form. If students want a rigorous, broad, internationally-recognised, academic education in the very heart of Cambridge, this is the place to come.”

These excellent results have been gained just a week after Parkside Sixth was authorised to deliver the International Baccalaureate Careers-related Programme, starting in September.

6 July 2018

Induction Days at CAST
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6 July 2018

Induction Days at CAST

Sixth Form – Monday 2nd July

How tall could you build a free standing tower – using just spaghetti and jelly babies? That was the challenge set for our new Sixth Formers on their Induction Day.

Aside from the team-bonding exercise, they spent the day in lessons – ready for when they start in September.

Years 9 & 10 – Friday 6th July

Our new Year 9 and 10s team bonding exercise was human bingo and the ‘Who Am I?’ game – which seemed to do the trick judging by some of the friendships that struck up in just one day.

After the team bonding, lessons were across the board – including Chemistry with Laura; Computer Studies with Barry and English with Hilary, where students analysed the opening extract of Wolf Hall.

2 July 2018

Success at Jubilee Cup District Athletics
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2 July 2018

Success at Jubilee Cup District Athletics

93 students from across all three schools from Y7-10 competed against nine other schools in a scorching hot afternoon at the St Ivo Athletics track.  Having gained promotion from the Olympic Cup athletics two years ago, our primary aim was to ensure we consolidated our position in the top league.  Without score updates throughout the afternoon, we felt our athletes had done enough to avoid 10th place.
Over the afternoon we secured 24 individual medals (8 golds, 8 silvers and 8 bronzes). The students highlighted are medalists   Parkside Federation Jubilee Cup team 2018
As the results were announced in reverse order our name was conspicuously absent until we were announced in joint 6th place,  we tied with local rivals Netherhall. This is a fantastic achievement for the students and PE staff, of which we are extremely proud of.

29 June 2018

Sports Day 2018
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29 June 2018

Sports Day 2018

Cambridge Academic Partnership held a fantastic Sports Day on Friday 29th June. It was an outstanding day of competition and sporting events with all students giving 100%. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

25 June 2018

Enrichment Day
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25 June 2018

Enrichment Day

This week CAST welcomed around 100 Year 10 students from both Parkside and Coleridge for a morning of activities focussing on the application of the GCSE Science they had been learning about in the real world.

Up in main Challenge, on the second floor, students had a go at designing and building a parachute system that would enable an egg to land without breaking.

Students also took part in a drug trial, looking at caffeine and how it affected response time. 

In addition to this, they also got some careers advice from Assistant Head Alistair, where they looked at different roles requiring science qualifications.

Joe Crane, Assistant Headteacher, KS4, Parkside Community College, said: “The enrichment day is a fantastic opportunity for students to build on the work they have done in lessons and to find out about further opportunities in STEM.”

25 June 2018

Rotary Club Young Writers Winners
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25 June 2018

Rotary Club Young Writers Winners

Parkside Sixth and Parkside Community College were delighted with the results of the Rotary Club’s Young Writer competition of 2018.

First place, runner up, and highly commended in the Senior Category in Cambridge South went to our students Sara, Noor, and Lujain. Sara, who has just finished her IB course at Parkside Sixth, won the District round too for the second year running!

Maureen Hallsworth, the Young Writer Co-ordinator of Cambridge South, came to Parkside to present their certificates.

19 June 2018

CAST Year 10 Sports Day
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19 June 2018

CAST Year 10 Sports Day

Thanks to Amy, our sports teacher here at CAST, for organising the recent Sports Day for Year 10s.

Around 50 students went across to Trumpington Community College where they took part in several different sports – including some of the more unusual ones like hula hooping!

We hear there was quite a bit of competition between staff and students – particularly when it came to the Tug of War – which the students won.

Travis said: “There was confusion on the staff side as to whether we were finished or not so Amy let go and the students won – so we definitely need a rematch.”

18 June 2018

Carnegie Celebration with St Bede’s School
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18 June 2018

Carnegie Celebration with St Bede’s School

15 Coleridge students from years 7 to 9 were invited to join St Bede’s reading club today to celebrate the awarding of the Carnegie Prize for Literature 2018. Results were announced at 1.15pm via a live link-up to the ceremony in London.

The winning book is Geraldine McCaughrean’s novel Where the World Ends. The announcement was greeted with groans from all of the students at the event -they had been hoping for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas or After the Fire by Will Hill. The students spent the morning arguing about the quality of the novels and competing to answer quiz questions.

Ms Varney attended the event and she said the following: “I was very proud of our students for reading so many of the novels on the shortlist (there were 8) and for holding their own in negotiations with students from other schools over what should win. We ended the event by sharing in a large quantity of celebration cake.”

Have a look at our blog about the books here: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/grouphomepages/index.php?GroupID=12494

15 June 2018

Coleridge Year 5 Quiz
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15 June 2018

Coleridge Year 5 Quiz

This year Coleridge held its second annual fun quiz for the Year 5s from local primary schools – Abbey Meadows, Morley Memorial, Queen Emma and Queen Edith. Each school sent 2 teams of 4 pupils to the event which was extremely lively and exciting! Mr Patterson, Headteacher said ‘I am delighted that the pupils had so much fun today. And the Quiz winners were the ACE Team from Queen Edith Primary! Well done to them! But well done to all of the pupils that took part! The event was about having fun, and we all had fun!’

15 June 2018

CAST Film
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15 June 2018

CAST Film

Thanks to all the staff and students who took part in the filming of our new CAST video – Gigi, Ethan and Anna from Year 10, along with Luke, Roisin and Nanyo from Year 12 – as well as everyone else who was filmed around the college, during break and in lessons.

We are now in the process of putting together two versions of the video – one to take out to other secondary schools to show them all about CAST and another one with all the interviews in, to be shown at our Open Days in October.

We’ll also be featuring individual interviews over Social Media over the coming weeks – as some of the things both students, and external companies, said about CAST were not just informative, but also really singing the praises of the college – so it’s definitely a place for you all to be proud of!

Some of the praise included comments about our facilities – including ‘It’s the only secondary academy I am aware of that has a tissue culture lab, so it’s really amazing. The kind of same level of facilities you would find in a University research lab for instance’ (Araminta Ledger, Director of Campus Development, Cambridge University Health Partners).

Comments from students included – ‘Teachers are very supportive.. outside of college they also care if you are happy and that’s really important to me that they are there for me whenever’ (Roisin, Year 12) as well as ‘I am surrounded by a lot of people who are very clever. It really inspires me to learn lots and become as academic as I can be’ (Anna, Year 10).

13 June 2018

CAST Year 12 Visit Anglia Ruskin for Introduction to University Research Skills
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13 June 2018

CAST Year 12 Visit Anglia Ruskin for Introduction to University Research Skills

This week, a group of Year 12 students visited Anglia Ruskin University to take part in two workshops to help them develop the skills required for their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – which gives them the transferable skills they need for either University or the world of work.

During their visit, students learnt about information searching and references and went on to learn about academic writing and critical thinking.

Ruth McKenzie, EPQ and Transition Co-ordinator, said: “The students enjoyed the experience and said they found it really interesting and helpful learning the steps for planning an essay.”

5 June 2018

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
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5 June 2018

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

Today at Parkside we welcomed a member of staff from the Cambridge Central Library. They came to promote the Summer Reading Challenge volunteers. This is a great opportunity for pupils to build confidence, develop transferable skills, and become reading ambassadors.

Parkside Students, if you are interested come to the Library, Mrs Cano has application forms for you! We also have information about reading groups for Teens.

5 June 2018

Interview with Assistant Headteacher, Mrs McGowan
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5 June 2018

Interview with Assistant Headteacher, Mrs McGowan

Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Helen McGowan, was interviewed by our Librarian about all things Parkside Library and more. Questions include “Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books?”, “What is it like to teach English?” and “What are the highlights of being Head of KS3?”.

25 May 2018

Daniel Zeichner Visits Parkside
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25 May 2018

Daniel Zeichner Visits Parkside

We were delighted to welcome our MP, Daniel Zeichner, to Parkside today. He spoke to one of our Year 9 classes about the project that they have been doing in their Individuals and Societies lessons regarding political parties. He was very impressed with the radicalism of some our students! Watch a video clip of Daniel Zeichner’s talk on our Facebook page: @ParksideFed

25 May 2018

Cambridge LaunchPad Project at CAST
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25 May 2018

Cambridge LaunchPad Project at CAST

When you teach, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing excited, engaged faces in front of you.

So take a look at what impact our very talented Year 12s (pictured below) had on a group of primary school children on a recent visit to CAST to experience what it is like to study STEM subjects.

As part of the project, organised with Form The Future, our Year 12s spent the day with a group of year 5 students from The Spinney Primary School in Cherry Hinton teaching them what they’d learnt from their own water management project which they’d studied over several weeks, working with both Anglian Water and Cambridge Water.

The day started with a session on the global water crisis and compared how access to safe, clean water varies across the world.

The younger students then took part in an activity to design a water filter using different materials, depending on which resources are available in different countries.

They then rotated through a series of hands-on activities which included looking at water-dwelling organisms under a microscope; measuring water quality by testing for pollutants and particulates; and designing a healthy river bed by placing logs and rocks at ideal points to improve water flow and prevent dams building up.

Well done to Tawi and Hazel who were selected to attend a prize trip in July alongside other schools that are taking part in Cambridge LaunchPad – but now is the perfect opportunity to say we were very proud of all our Year 12s for all their hard work and enthusiasm throughout the day.

23 May 2018

Life Water – Cucina Projects
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23 May 2018

Life Water – Cucina Projects

Cucina sell water bottles from Life Water at Coleridge, Parkside and Trumpington as one of their ‘Cucina Projects’. Through their sales, Cucina have funded 3 clean water projects and have helped to give nearly 3.500 people clean drinking water.

18 May 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs
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18 May 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs

CAST have put together an FAQ document for any new starters. See below or click here to view the pdf version.

‘How long is the school day’

Tutor time begins at 8:30am, with 1st lesson starting at 8:45am. For most, the school day finishes at either 3:40 or 4:30pm – please visit the following link for a breakdown of the school day: http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/college-day

With parental permission, if families prefer for home learning to be completed at home students are allowed to leave at 3:40pm but are also able to stay until 4:30pm.

‘Are there any after school clubs’

Yes, on a Wednesday the PFA offer after school clubs at CAST to all Pre-16 students and finish at 4:30pm. All students are expected to undertake extra-curricular activities. Students will be excused from these if they have other club commitments outside of the college: ie. swimming, karate.

‘What is a Conference Day’

Parkside Federation have conference days, otherwise known as teacher training days throughout the year and these can be found on the college calendar

http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/calendar

‘How is progress reported to parents’

The Academy uses Go4Schools to report progress and assessments to parents. More information is available here: http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/assessment-and-reporting

‘What is the school uniform and where can we purchase it’

Please see the website for details regarding our uniform expectations: http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/uniform

‘What do we have to do for the transition of our child from their current school’

Our admissions team, based at Coleridge, will contact each school at any point between now and the 8th May to inform them that your child is transferring to us. There are no forms you need to complete for your current school.

‘Are there any induction days’

Yes, an induction day will take place on Friday 6th July. Students will attend in the day and parents will be invited to come back at 3:30pm for a talk with the Headteacher and other staff members. There will be a chance for you to ask any questions about the practical aspects of starting in September.

‘When can students use the gym’

In PE lessons or any after school extra-curricular session.

‘Do students get the chance to do work experience at a work placement in Year 10/11’

All students undertake a week in Year 10 and 11.

‘Do families need to provide lab coats / goggles etc’

No, safety equipment is provided and maintained by the College.

‘Is the school canteen providing hot meals? Is it cash payment or online payments’

The College has independant on site caterers and offer hot and cold food at break and lunchtimes. We encourage students not to bring cash on to the site. Parents can top up via Parentmail +Pay from home or students are able to top up at reception using their own credit/debit card.

Free school meal information and further information regarding catering is available here: http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/catering.

‘Travelling to the College’

Current information regarding travel can be found here – http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/student-travel. Further information will be available on the Induction day in July.

18 May 2018

CAST Year 10 Taster Days
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18 May 2018

CAST Year 10 Taster Days

Year 10 Sixth form Taster Days – 11th and 18th July 2018

Current Year 10 students from schools across the County are invited to come along to one of our taster days in July.

Please complete the following form to express your interest – https://goo.gl/forms/D61EXyzBqi8hnGHk2

18 May 2018

Parkside Students Achieve Great Results in Latin and Greek Reading Competition
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18 May 2018

Parkside Students Achieve Great Results in Latin and Greek Reading Competition

Parkside students did very well at the Junior Latin and Greek Reading competition this year, with Sophia Langton Y9 achieving First Place in the Greek Reading and Adriano Laghi a Highly Commended in the Latin. Other students taking part were Abigail Jackson, Ana Zandi, Flora Palfrey, Zareena Pundole, Django Scott, Alexander Maclay and Zai Spencer. Again Parkside was the only state school taking part.

 

11 May 2018

MedImmune Challenge Project Finale
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11 May 2018

MedImmune Challenge Project Finale

Since February, Year 10 students have been working with scientists from MedImmune, the biologics arm of AstraZeneca, to learn about how new medicines are conceived and developed.

The project concluded last week with students giving presentations on the topic ‘Challenge faced in developing new biologic medicines’. All the students presented in College, with the best presentations being selected to present at MedImmune’s Granta Park HQ. This year the quality of all the presentations was exceptionally high and some students also made some very innovative videos.

A special congratulations to the eight finalists: Iolene, Matthew, Kirill, Ellie-Ann, Ethan, Kanad, Tim and Anna. Pictured left are Matthew, Tim, Ellie-Ann, Iolene and Anna.

Below are the ‘official’ photos from the Year 10 project with MedImmune on the topic of ‘Challenge faced in developing new biologic medicines’.

11 May 2018

British Biology Olympiad
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11 May 2018

British Biology Olympiad

Congratulations to Aisha (pictured with Alex, Director of Life Sciences) and Callum for their success in the British Biology Olympiad.

This competition challenges and motivates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents.

The competition provides a means of selecting a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad.

Certificates were awarded to students who achieved a Gold, Silver, Bronze, Highly Commended or Commended award in January’s competition. Students who achieved a Gold, Silver and Bronze award will also receive a coin medal. The highest scoring student then complete the IBO 2018 UK Team Selection paper, students may then be invited to the UK Team Selection Final.

Aisha and Callum completed an online competition in January 2018. Aisha achieved Gold and an invite to compete in the next selection stage and Callum was Commended for his performance.

Aisha was one of the 125 (out of the original 7818 entrants) students who made it to the second round – and being in the top 1.6% of students nationally is an achievement to be proud of.

Well done Aisha and Callum!

10 May 2018

Coleridge Create Carnival Showcase
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10 May 2018

Coleridge Create Carnival Showcase

Coleridge Year 8 students took part in a Create Carnival Showcase yesterday, including making masks, learning the Samba and performing an end of unit showcase. Fantastic work from all students involved! Head over to the Create Twitter page to watch a video of the performance: https://twitter.com/PFACreate

9 May 2018

Parkside Receive ISM Bronze Certificate in Music 2018
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9 May 2018

Parkside Receive ISM Bronze Certificate in Music 2018

We were delighted to receive recently a letter and certificate informing us that Parkside is in the top 600 schools nationally for GCSE Music entries and passes. We are pleased to be able to still offer specialist teaching at KS3 for all students in Dance, Drama, Music and Art, as well as all of these subjects at GCSE in an environment where many schools are scaling back this provision.

9 May 2018

Visit to New AstraZeneca Building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus
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9 May 2018

Visit to New AstraZeneca Building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Some of the Year 12s were lucky enough to visit and learn about the new AstraZeneca HQ on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – soon to be one of our nearest neighbours.

Students took part in practical activities, a virtual reality walk through the new building and an immersive cinema experience.

28 April 2018

Parkside Debaters in International Finals
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28 April 2018

Parkside Debaters in International Finals

On Saturday 28th April, two Year 10 students, Eve Sherratt-Cross and Femke Buitelaar, competed in the international finals of the International Competition for Young Debaters at the Oxford Union. This is the second year that they have qualified for this prestigious competition. Their performance was excellent – coming 2nd in a round on celebrities’ leadership in social movements and winning a round of environment and economic development. The amount of personal growth both during the last two years and on the day has been inspiring to see, and the pair deserves much credit for their outstanding showing.

Our other debaters also accompanied the pair on this trip and had the chances to watch debaters from all over the world, of equally high standards competing. The debate team owes a huge thanks to Corpus Christi College for their gracious support and sponsorship which makes this trip possible.

This trip is the last of many outings that the outgoing voluntary Head of Debating, university student Herman Lam, led the debate team. Parkside debating has grown massively under him for the last two years, qualifying twice internationally as well as the European outing last summer.

27 April 2018

Spotlight 2018 – Performances from GCSE Musicians
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27 April 2018

Spotlight 2018 – Performances from GCSE Musicians

Fantastic show to top off a fab week of Spotlight performances. Huge congratulations to our fabulous Y11 GCSE Musicians who have ‘smashed it’ with coursework this week.

26 April 2018

Parkside Students Complete Level 3 Bikeability Course
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26 April 2018

Parkside Students Complete Level 3 Bikeability Course

Some of our Parkside students have completed the Bikeability Level 3 Cycle Training Course this week, run by Outspoken Training who said “It was brilliant working with your fantastic pupils and staff”.

5 April 2018

Parkside Student Library Volunteers Wanted
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5 April 2018

Parkside Student Library Volunteers Wanted

Parkside Library need more Student Volunteers – they have put together a short information video:

5 April 2018

Ski Trip 2018
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5 April 2018

Ski Trip 2018

70 Parkside Federation Year 9 students are having a great time on the ski trip in Les Contamines, France! The trip was a huge success with ALL the students skiing down the mountain by the end of the week. Emma Ede was awarded the ‘Mike Craddock Award’ for showing an outstanding achievement in Skiing, attitude and effort all week.

4 April 2018

Pompeii Trip 2018
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4 April 2018

Pompeii Trip 2018

Parkside Federation students have had a wonderful time in Pompeii and saw some incredible sights.

26 March 2018

Coleridge HP Club Visit Cambridge University
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26 March 2018

Coleridge HP Club Visit Cambridge University

Coleridge HP Club are visiting Cambridge University Department for Engineering today. They have been learning about how wings work and were given a fantastic tour of the department.

21 March 2018

Sport Relief
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21 March 2018

Sport Relief

Over 500 students participated in a sponsored mile run within their PE lessons during Sport Relief week. An extra 100 students performed an optional run which was in fancy dress.

On 23rd March students were challenged to ‘Beat the Teacher’ at Table Tennis and Penalty Shoot Out! Plus there were cake sales all week. There was lots of fun throughout the week, everyone active, all raising money for Sport Relief and making a difference. The amount raised was approximately £900.

21 March 2018

Sport Relief
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21 March 2018

Sport Relief

Trumpington staff and students will be taking part in a range of activities today in order to raise money for Sport Relief. The Atrium has been transformed into our table tennis auditorium and one student has been hula-hooping for over 30 minutes!

We will reveal the grand total raised at the end of the day, however so far we have raised a fantastic £2061.59!

A great effort by everyone at Trumpington, raising over £2100 for Sport Relief! Trumpington even made local news with a menton in Look East and was branded “A Sporting Centre of excellence”.

19 March 2018

Year 7 Historians Meeting MI5 Historian
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19 March 2018

Year 7 Historians Meeting MI5 Historian

On Monday 19th March, 16 Year 7 historians from Parkside visited Corpus Christi College for their ‘spies day’. This is a culmination of their hard work and participation in the ‘Spies in Cambridge’ history project organised by Cambridge University volunteers and the charity initiative Schools Connect. The students met with Professor Christopher Andrew, who was the official MI5 historian and fellow of Corpus Christi College, and shared views on the most recent spy incident in Salisbury.

In addition, the historians visited the College’s Parker Library and learnt about the history of the manuscripts there, and went on a tour of the College. They also gave a presentation on ‘the change and continuity in the history of Cambridge spies’ that afternoon, using various creative methods including interpretative dance, drama and audio-visual prompts.

Well done to all involved and particular thanks to University students Imogen Fox, Eloise Barbier, Emma Gossage, Jasmin Thien, Herman Lam and Katie Jardine for their fantastic efforts.

15 March 2018

BBC News School Report
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15 March 2018

BBC News School Report

Students have been working on there School Reports today. See below for the reports:

13 March 2018

Trip to see ‘Wicked’
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13 March 2018

Trip to see ‘Wicked’

50 GCSE Music students from Year 10 and 11 visited the Victoria Theatre in London to see Wicked. The students study the song ‘Defying Gravity’ as part of their written exam. We hope that many of them will go on to fulfill careers in Musical Theatre.

 

7 March 2018

Roy Burrell Sports Awards
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7 March 2018

Roy Burrell Sports Awards

On 6th March 2018 the annual Cambridge and District School Sports Awards, also known as The Roy Burrell Sports Awards, was held at Netherhall School. This was the 40th year the awards have been running and it honours all students from the 20 schools within the district who have shown great commitment to their sport throughout the year.

We were delighted to hear that there were nine Parkside Federation students nominated, and they all were awarded for their outstanding achievements in their individual sport. They include :

Jackson Wood – Cricket
Christian Carter – Football
JoJo Sunderland – Leadership
Kira Moghadas – Leadership
Grace Watts – Leadership
Aaron Rooker – Rugby
Ollie Salmon – Table Tennis
Herbie Ross – Table Tennis
Jack Leader – Table Tennis

6 March 2018

Grand Piano First Tuning
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6 March 2018

Grand Piano First Tuning

Trumpington’s Grand Piano had its first tune and service today. It sounded great, especially with the beautiful acoustics in The Atrium. Have a listen to the video below!

5 March 2018

Visit from Julian Perkins
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5 March 2018

Visit from Julian Perkins

Renowned harpsichordist and composer Julian Perkins and Susanna MacRae visited Parkside last week, delivering workshops on Baroque Music. GCSE Music students were able to try out period instruments, develop their singing skills and brush up on their technical knowledge.

Susanna wrote in the Cambridge Handel Opera Company News Bulletin: “Julian and I had two fabulous workshop days at Parkside Academy. They (Parkside students) were really engaged and had some very interesting questions for us regarding working in the profession.”

3 March 2018

Parkside Debaters to Reach International Finals
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3 March 2018

Parkside Debaters to Reach International Finals

 On Saturday 3rd March, 6 Parkside debaters went down to St Paul’s Girls School in London to attend the regional qualifier of the International Competition for Young Debaters, despite the snow! Our Year 10 pair, previous international finalists, Femke Buitelaar and Eve Sherratt-Cross, came 10th and qualified into the international finals for the second year in a row! As debating becomes more competitive, they were the only state-sector team to qualify from this round, and had been decisively better than the majority of the independent schools (bar few!) in the round. In particular, Femke came 6th in the speaker tab, out of over 100 well-qualified debaters!

Our other teams exceeded expectations too. Cassia Wydra and Florence Nickels – the Year 10 and Year 7 pair – pulled off a very solid showing, coming 2nd in two rounds, with Florence’s points of information catching some of the much older debaters off guard. Our Year 7s – Alice Bernal and David Stickland – fared just as well, despite being the youngest in the competition. Their final round saw them pulling off a win against three other very good teams in a debate on medical ethics. Both teams will be placed in the top half of the league table given their strong showing.

This has been a successful outing. The growth in skills, confidence and resilience in our students has been really encouraging to see, which is due to the effort and time they have put in to debating in the weeks prior to the competition.

Sending a team to the international finals for two years in a row is a feat that can only be matched by few schools around the country. As such, Parkside debaters have firmly established themselves as one of the best teams in the country.

1 March 2018

Students Visit Cambridge University Press
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1 March 2018

Students Visit Cambridge University Press

Six Year 9 Trumpington students spent the morning at Cambridge University Press where they were invited by Form the Future to talk about careers to different employees of Cambridge University Press including Legal, Education Reform and many more.

1 March 2018

Welcoming Trumpington Community College to the MAT
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1 March 2018

Welcoming Trumpington Community College to the MAT

It is with great pleasure we welcome Trumpington Community College into the Multi Academy Trust, so completing a long and complex journey from our successful bid to run the school in 2008. We are extremely proud of the wonderful facilities at the school and the achievements of our students and staff.

28 February 2018

Parkside Students Involved in World Record-Breaking Attempt!
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28 February 2018

Parkside Students Involved in World Record-Breaking Attempt!

Parkside students are helping Please Take Me There charity’s ‘Fly Through Cancer’ campaign, raising funds to buy a specially prepared plane to transport sick children.

 

The students will be taught how to make the perfect paper plane and the charity aims to gather 4,000 people making around 12,000 paper planes in 15 minutes.

 

Headteacher, Jodh Dhesi, said “We are delighted to be part of this campaign.

It is an important part of our school ethos to encourage children to work with charities, and to work proactively to help others.

“This campaign will really appeal to our students – they can get involved and be part of something rare and memorable by attempting to break a world record, as well as helping other children who really need support.

“It will be a great event and a real spectacle to see all the paper planes fly at once right here on Parker’s Piece.”

 

Further details can be found in this article in the Cambridge News

22 February 2018

Tale of Two Hostels History Project
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22 February 2018

Tale of Two Hostels History Project

Parkside is pleased to showcase a Blue Heritage plaque commemorating 25 Parkside, which was used as a refugee hostel during World War II.for young Jewish refugee teenagers fleeing Nazi persecution.This plaque was created by Parkside Students as part of our Tale of Two Hostels History Project, researching the hidden heritage behind this building and the Kinder Transport refugees.

Students involved:
Douglas Tennant, Sebastian Dhillon, Lily Fowke-Green, Chantelle Carreras-Coves, Flora Timney,
Hannah Volland, Josh Simon, Elora Graham, Pooja Reddy, Annie Hsieh, Dorian Allwood, Nina Bartels, Emilia Pryzwara

Teachers : Mark Turner, Maria Almeida

20 February 2018

Bread Making at Coleridge
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20 February 2018

Bread Making at Coleridge

Food Tech students were today treated to a bread-making demonstration by Chef Vinie from Cucina as part of Real Bread Week!

19 February 2018

Rock Road Library Competition Winners
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19 February 2018

Rock Road Library Competition Winners

The Friends of Rock Road Library were delighted with the response from local schools to their 2017 writing competition on the theme of Home.

The FRRL Writer in Residence, Kay Blayney and the judges Julian Sedgwick and Inbali Inserles very much enjoyed reading the large number of imaginative entries. The competition winners from Coleridge Eleanor Freestone, Ciaran Wright, and Sollie Gibbard-Fatti are being invited to attend the awards ceremony at Rock Road Library on Friday 23 February at 6.00 p.m.  All are welcome – family, friends and teachers.  Well done to our three Coleridge Year 8 winners!

5 February 2018

Luther Burrell, England Rugby Player, Visits Coleridge
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5 February 2018

Luther Burrell, England Rugby Player, Visits Coleridge

On Monday 5 February, Coleridge Community College held a rugby promotion day in which over 300 students took part. Coaches from local rugby clubs, Cambridge, Cantabs and Northampton Saints, came into run stations for all the students.  In the afternoon the day was concluded with the visit of Rugby England International Luther Burrell, who held a question and answer session with the U16 Parkside Federation Team.  The aims of the day were to promote healthy, active lifestyle through team sports and link with the local Community, so students have a clear pathway to join a local club.

1 February 2018

Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote
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1 February 2018

Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote

Parkside students and staff were visited by ITV Anglia News to take part in a celebration of 100 years since the first women in Britain were given the right to vote. Students were learning what attitudes towards women were like 100 years ago, and agree that attitudes have come a long way.

Sarah Drayton, Parkside Community College: “I think that quite often they (women) have legal equality – in terms of the law – but social opinions and how people actually think – it’s still prejudiced.”

Please take a look at the article and video here.

 

26 January 2018

Poetry By Heart Challenge
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26 January 2018

Poetry By Heart Challenge

Congratulations to Eve Sherratt-Cross for receiving Highly Commended in the recent Poetry By Heart First World War poetry recitation competition she took part in.

Poetry By Heart said of all the poems read: “The general quality of recitations was outstanding, which is such a testament to the hard work and perseverance of these courageous young people”.

11 January 2018

Michael Rosen and Eva Clarke Visit Trumpington Community College
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11 January 2018

Michael Rosen and Eva Clarke Visit Trumpington Community College

Trumpington Community College was visited by Poet, Michael Rosen and Holocaust Survivor, Eva Clarke as part of the recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day.

9 January 2018

Eva Clarke, Holocaust Survivor, Visits Coleridge
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9 January 2018

Eva Clarke, Holocaust Survivor, Visits Coleridge

Coleridge Year 7 and 8 students welcomed Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke today, to hear her incredible story.

 

5 January 2018

Cambridgeshire Tennis Education Venue of the Year!
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5 January 2018

Cambridgeshire Tennis Education Venue of the Year!

Parkside Community College are thrilled to have been nominated by Cambridge Tennis Club as the Cambridgeshire Tennis Education Venue of the Year for 2017!

In nominating the school, James Mills at Cambridge Tennis Club said: “The satellite club established between Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club and Parkside has enabled 100’s of children to participate in tennis and enjoy excellent club facilities.”

The Award will be presented at the County AGM in March, and the school will also be presented with a cheque for £50, jointly funded by Cambs LTA and the LTA.

The nomination will also go forward as the County’s nomination for East Region Education Venue of the Year.

15 December 2017

Parents Fund New Trolley of Tech
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15 December 2017

Parents Fund New Trolley of Tech

Pupils at Cambridge’s Parkside Community College will soon be able to boost their learning with a new ‘Trolley of Tech’, made possible thanks to parent fundraising.  A cheque for £6,931 to buy the new equipment was presented to Jodh Dhesi, the school’s head teacher, on Friday 15 December by the co-Chairs of the local Parent Teacher Association, Mandy Williams and Samantha Sherratt.

The high tech charging trolley contains 30 Chromebooks and will be on hand to support children with their humanities and languages classes, whether they are checking translations, discovering religions, uncovering history or researching global change.

Mr Dhesi said: “Not all children have access to mobile phones and tablets, contrary to popular belief, so to be able to offer them this technology to help their learning is such a bonus. I’d like to thank all the parents, families and friends who took part in raising funds this year, which are particularly welcomed when resources are stretched. What a fantastic community of parents, families and friends we have at Parkside.”

Co-Chair Mandy Williams said: “The school community has pulled out all the stops to raise the funds for this project. They’ve supported twice-monthly uniform sales, quizzes, wine tastings, art fairs, regular parent evenings, local events and more – and hopefully having some fun along the way. Rallying to provide valuable, targeted support to enhance student education at Parkside is just what the PTA has aspired to do.”

14 December 2017

TV Crew Visit CAM-AST for Feature on Ofsted Annual Report
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14 December 2017

TV Crew Visit CAM-AST for Feature on Ofsted Annual Report

TV CREW COMES TO CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AS PART OF FEATURE ON OFSTED’S ANNUAL REPORT

A TV crew spent two hours filming at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology after we were highlighted in Ofsted’s Annual Report as an example of a school that had successfully turned itself around.

The final piece, broadcast on BBC Look East (West), featured headteacher Sian Foreman and several pupils, as part of a feature looking at schools within the East of England Region.

Ofsted’s report, released yesterday (Wed 13 December), looked at education across the whole of England – and revealed that the majority of schools in the East of England, which includes Cambridgeshire, are performing above the national average.

By the end of August 2017, a total of 90% of schools in the region were judged either good or outstanding at their most recent inspection, compared with 89% nationally (a 2% improvement on the previous year).

For secondary schools, 87% of those in the East of England were judged to be good or outstanding – well above the national level of 79 for England and, again, an improvement from 2016.

Specific areas Ofsted inspectors chose to praise us for at the time of their inspection in May 2017 included strong leadership – with headteacher Sian Foreman and her Senior Leadership Team praised for their ‘calmness and passion.’

Also praised was the ‘excellent behaviour of students in lessons and around the college’ creating an environment ‘in which it is a joy to teach and study.’ The report also added that students took ‘real pride in the UTC and are enthusiastic ambassadors for its values.’

Whilst here, BBC Broadcast Journalist Emma Baugh interviewed headteacher Sian Foreman; filmed robotics with Year 10 students led by Computer Science Lead Barry Cooper; spoke to several of our students and filmed a Challenge project in our lab with Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield, in charge of Challenge and Careers.

Speaking after filming had finished, Ms Foreman said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as one of the schools in the East of England Region which has been identified for its good practice within Ofsted’s Annual Report.

“Our success has been attributed to the senior leadership team and their systematic and organised approach. As headteacher I am very proud to be leading such an exciting and inspiring school as it continues on its journey towards becoming a regional centre for excellence in the Sciences.”

13 December 2017

Coleridge Sports Awards
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13 December 2017

Coleridge Sports Awards

30 Coleridge students from years 9 and 11 were presented with their Federation Sporting Blue Awards on Tuesday, 12th December. Two Cambridge United players were on hand to present the awards, the students chosen have shown a commitment to sports, representing the school over a sustained period of time.
 
The Cambridge United players held a brief question and answer session, before talking through their experiences as a professional footballer.
Further pictures can be found on this article from the Cambridge United website http://www.cuctrust.co.uk/articles/first-team-players-hand-out-community-awards/

7 December 2017

Students at Twickenham for Cambridge VS Oxford Rugby
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7 December 2017

Students at Twickenham for Cambridge VS Oxford Rugby

Federation students had a great day out at Twickenham on Thursday 7th December watching the Cambridge vs Oxford rugby, some of the girls managed to meet some of the Cam University players!

2 December 2017

Coleridge Carnival Crew Perform at Mill Road Winter Fair
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2 December 2017

Coleridge Carnival Crew Perform at Mill Road Winter Fair

The fantastic Coleridge Carnival Crew performed at the Mill Road Winter Fair on Saturday 2nd December. The students did themselves proud once again.

 

 

16 November 2017

Coleridge Carnival Crew at The Royal Albert Hall
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16 November 2017

Coleridge Carnival Crew at The Royal Albert Hall

Coleridge Carnival Crew (Coleridge Community College) at Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 15th November – scroll down to see some pictures and a short video!

The Coleridge Carnival Crew consists of 39 student drummers and dancers from Y9 and Y10.  These students, like all students at the Federation, studied a cross-curricular Dance and Music module called Carnival in Y8.  They enjoyed this module so much that they requested an extra-curricular Carnival Club.

In November 2016 we entered a Coleridge Carnival Crew video audition into the Music for Youth Festival series and were automatically carried through the local and regional rounds of performance before being invited to perform in the national round in Birmingham in July.  Here, students performed amazingly and wowed the audience with their energy and vibrancy. The judges were overwhelmed by our piece and in August, we received a phone call inviting us to perform at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth Proms. We were informed that we were one of 43 groups selected from over 40,000 performers who had applied.

After lots of additional rehearsal and some tweaks to our 10 minute Carnival piece, we were as ready as we were ever going to be. We left school via coach at 7.30am on Wednesday 15th November and arrived to VIP backstage wristbands and our own dressing room at the Royal Albert Hall.

In the morning we had a singing rehearsal with composer Pete Letanka who had been commissioned to write a finale piece for choir, orchestra and jazz band (1000 performers) – ‘Shine the Light Bright’.  Pete complimented us on our singing and energy and assumed we were a choir rather than a Samba group.

We then undertook a full dress and tech Carnival rehearsal with the producer and technical team from the Royal Albert Hall and MFY. This included reworking our entrance and exits, setting lighting and blocking positions. All technicians and MFY staff were very impressed with our performance.

On the night we performed in front of 5,000 audience members which included staff, parents, carers and friends, some of whom had travelled from Coleridge on a supporter’s coach.

 

Student Reflections:

Our experience at the Royal Albert hall was AMAZING, and definitely unforgettable. Being able to say that the Coleridge Carnival Crew have performed on the same stage as musical legends is incredible.  

The performance itself felt like the first time we’d ever performed, even after all the months of rehearsals. Walking out onto the stage and seeing the faces of thousands in the crowd, including many loved ones fuelled the performance’s celebratory spirit and vibes. The hall itself made us feel so small but the atmosphere of the arena during our performance made us feel huge.

As soon as the first rhythm began, the nerves disappeared and we threw everything we had at the performance.  Overall, it was a great experience that wouldn’t have taken place without our fabulous teachers, Miss Lewis and Miss Merryweather, who made it all possible and got the best out of us all!

Ruby Elbourne, Ruby Cutmore, Ellie Lund – Y9

 

We were all stood just below the stage, waiting for another orchestra to finish their piece. Finally, they stopped and the lights dimmed – our cue to go onto stage. As we walked onto the stage, our legs were shaking, hearts racing; praying that everything went smoothly – it did. Once the presenter stopped speaking, the lights went up and all eyes on were us, from all angles. The whistle sounded and our performance began. We got the impression that the crowd were shocked, they’d been listening to soft music all evening and then we came on, radiating energy. Mid way through our performance, the crowd began to clap in time with the beat, the other performers below us watched intently. When the dancers came in, the excitement grew and people began to stand up from their seats. Miss Lewis did the cue for the finish, and we all finished with our hand up in the air. The crowd clapped and cheered as we bowed. We struggled to contain our excitement and pride, so we came together, screaming and smiling. Walking off we had our heads held high, proud of ourselves and one another for what we’d accomplished. Performing at the Royal Albert Hall is something we’ll never forget, the adrenaline and the echo of cheering was still in our heads as we went to sleep. We say thank you to Miss Lewis and Miss Merryweather for dedicating their time to the Coleridge Carnival Crew and believing in every single one of us. Without them, none of this could’ve happened.

Jodi-May Weaver, Ariana Ebanks-Blake, Lydia Sweasey – Y10

 

Quote from the Head:

What an amazing performance!  Our performance at the Music for Youth event in the Royal Albert Hall ranks as one of our greatest achievements as a school – unforgettable for our students and their parents, and our staff, too!  I am so proud!’

 

Mark Patterson

15 November 2017

England V Brazil Football Match
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15 November 2017

England V Brazil Football Match

Parkside Federation students went on an incredible trip to Wembley yesterday to see the England V Brazil football game!

9 November 2017

Poet Michael Rosen Visits Coleridge Community College
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9 November 2017

Poet Michael Rosen Visits Coleridge Community College

On 3rd November over 265 of Coleridge feeder primary school students joined Coleridge Year 7 for what was a magical time, working with renowned poet Michael Rosen and History Works. During the morning students learnt songs and wrote a poem with Michael, all based around the local history Cambridgeshire. Students were also treated to an animated recital of their favourite poems ‘Chocolate Cake’ and ‘No Breathing’ by Michael.

In the afternoon Year 7 and 8 heard the very moving account from Eva Clarke, a Holocaust survivor, who was born in a concentration camp and liberated at the age of one. Michael read some poems he had written about his great Uncles who had been imprisoned in Auschwitz. Students finished the day writing a poem with Michael who encouraged them to see a blank page as a friend and to write about whatever really mattered to them.

This was truly an inspirational day and one which will live long in the memories of both students and staff alike.

 

31 October 2017

Fundraising Success
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31 October 2017

Fundraising Success

In August 2017, a group of current and past PFA teachers tackled the Yorkshire three peaks in memory of Mike Craddock who was a teacher at both Parkside and Coleridge.  Mike passed away in January 2017 following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease. Mike’s family and friends set a challenge of raising £20,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and we are pleased to report that the final total will be in the region of £24,000.  This money will be shared between the national and local MNDA branches to fund research and support for families.  We were able to raise this money not just through the 3 Peaks Challenge but also through many cake sales, quizzes, generous donations from other charities, Mike’s travel book, flower arranging, 10k runs, a marathon and of course the Music for Mike concert organised by our colleague, Ed White.  We are extremely grateful to all of you who have supported our efforts and would like to say a big, “thank you” to you all.  We know that the Craddock family are very appreciative of the many kind words from students and their families which has supported them in so many ways over the last few years.  Please visit this tribute website: https://mike-craddock.muchloved.com/

9 October 2017

Year 10 and Year 11 District Rugby Champions
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9 October 2017

Year 10 and Year 11 District Rugby Champions

Congratulations to our fantastic Cambridge Academic Partnership Rugby teams, who were crowned Year 10 AND Year 11District Champions for Rugby on Thursday the 5th October at Cambridge Rugby Club.
Both teams played 5 games across the afternoon and were undefeated.
Year 10 played Soham in the final and won 10-5.
Year 11 played Chesterton in the final and won with the final play of the game and won 15-10.
This is an incredible achievement for both teams, as we have never won the district championships before.

4 October 2017

Pizza making (An edible sensory challenge)
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4 October 2017

Pizza making (An edible sensory challenge)

Last Thursday in the Hub Mrs Tasker bought in different ingredients to put on our pizza bases. Our challenge was to make a pizza using things that were sweet and savory. We saw four different types of cheeses, olives and different salamis. We got to smell pesto (which was “weird”) and invited our own desserts. Some of us have never seen mozzarella balls or olives! Some of us wanted sweet pizza’s and some of us mixed sweet and savoury ingredients together. Morgan said” the pizza’s were different because we could have different tastes” and Antonio thought the combinations “looked weird”. Owen said “you can’t put nutella on pizza” and Aidan disagreed with him saying we just needed to “eat nutella”. This week the carrots and tomatoes from our garden are going to be used to make soup which we will all try. What we enjoyed about this challenge was tasting, smelling and touching the different foods. Our winning dessert was spinach and grapes!  

 

20 September 2017

Three years on and three good reasons to celebrate
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20 September 2017

Three years on and three good reasons to celebrate

Yesterday evening we were proud and pleased to celebrate the many successes of the college and our students and also the launch of our new name Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. We were honoured and delighted to welcome Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust who congratulated all involved.

Please read our press release:

Today Cambridge’s University Technical College celebrated not only its third birthday and the many and varied student successes to date, but also the fact that the academy has joined Cambridge Academic Partnership from 1st September, and the launch of a new name and logo. This represents all that the flourishing academy has come to symbolise and strive for.

This is a place of learning to be proud of …” commented Jon Green, Chair of the Board of Governors as he thanked staff, Baker Dearing’s UTC movement and Cambridge Academic Partnership for their support “enabling us to achieve our ambitions and outcomes for our students, their hard work has been rewarded with a grading of “good” from Ofsted, an outstanding achievement.”

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is the new name for this specialist college, “We wanted a name that explained exactly what we do here, working with the inspiring science community of Cambridge. The culture of our Academy and the specialist nature of our Science and Technology curriculum combine to ensure that our students enjoy their studies at the heart of an innovative, exciting and ground-breaking environment”.  said Sian Foreman, Headteacher.

Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust said in relation to the academy’s recent Ofsted grading “Staff and students at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, which is still part of the UTC movement, have had a busy year with much to celebrate. Since Sian Foreman was appointed as Head teacher positive steps have been taken to improve the school. Their exam results have seen much improvement and Ofsted have recognised their hard work. My congratulations go to all those involved. You are part of the UTC movement, a bigger group – keep contact with them. I wish you absolute, excellent success.”

One of the key differences at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, along with all UTCs, is the commitment to modernising education by working in collaboration with industry partners in order to develop skills that lead to employment as well as ensuring that students gain the qualifications that accredit them.  The growing army of industry partners working with the academy were well represented at the celebratory event.  It is not only biotech companies like MedImmune that are experiencing difficulty in recruiting suitably skilled staff.  “Show me an industry where the shortage of key staff is not an issue.” commented Lee Smith of ARM.  “We work in an industry where technology has a short shelf life, the rate of change is phenomenal.  We need people who relish learning, specialists who can adapt and take a long term view. Educationalists need to recognise this and start to change the way education is delivered in the UK – not everyone is suited to our default academic trajectory and the unquestioning inertia in education is not supporting STEM employers.  Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is dedicated to giving to students exactly the kind of opportunity that works.  The most powerful reason for doing anything at all is that it is the right thing to do – that is why ARM is proud to support the academy and the effective style of STEM education that it represents.”

Anne Campbell, Chair of the PFA MAT “We at PFA are delighted to welcome Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology into the MAT and we value the specialism that this brings. The academy continues to be extremely proud to be a UTC, part of a very exciting vision and one which is changing the course of British Education.  We intend to help achieve that vision.” 

Jon Green (Medimmune), Sian Foreman, Rosie, Lord Baker, Charles Parker (Baker Dearing), Anne Campbell (PFA MAT) Sian Foreman, Lord Baker, Alistair Easterfield Maisie, Annan, Lord Baker, Luke, Rosie

24 August 2017

Exam success at Coleridge
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24 August 2017

Exam success at Coleridge

Following record GCSE performance in 2016, Coleridge Community College has performed well again in 2017, in a context where the ‘new’ GCSEs are harder and the GCSE grading system has changed.
73% of students achieved a pass in English and 58% achieved a pass in Maths, with 53% of the students passing both English and Maths under the new grading system.   The school’s Attainment 8 score was 4.5, which means the average student result was between a Grade B and a Grade C.
We are especially pleased that 7 students at Coleridge achieved an average result higher than a Grade 8.  We are also very pleased that over 10% of our Year 11s achieved a Grade 8 or above in English, and over 12% achieved a Grade 8 or above in Maths!
The highest-performing student at the school was Ben Norris, who achieved 2 Grade 9s, 1 Grade 8 and 7 A* grades in his 10 GCSE results – an extraordinary result and one that will, no doubt, bear comparison with the best results nationally!  Many other students did well, too, reflecting their hard work and commitment over many years.

24 August 2017

Parkside celebrates another year of outstanding GCSE results
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24 August 2017

Parkside celebrates another year of outstanding GCSE results

Parkside Community College is celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results, with over 87% of students achieving a pass in both English and Maths, one of the government’s key performance measures for schools.

In a year in which learners took new, more rigorous examinations in these subjects, the proportion of students at Parkside achieving the highest grades of 8 and 9 was extremely impressive. Nearly 1 in 5 students gained these highest grades in English, while over a quarter of students did the same in Maths.

Of particular note was the achievement of student Selma Corry, who achieved eight A* grades, two grade 8s and one grade 9.

These results come on the heels of Parkside Sixth’s excellent International Baccalaureate outcomes in July, in which sixth form students achieved above the international average for points score and pass rate.

Parkside’s Deputy Headteacher in charge of standards, Maureen Su, said: “We are very happy indeed with these results for our students. They and their teachers have worked hard to achieve them, supported by their families. We wish them very well for their continued studies with us or at other sixth form centres.”

Headteacher, Jodh Dhesi, added: “It has been a great year for our school’s community in gaining our “outstanding” Ofsted rating and now with these results. Well done to all involved.”  

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.

4 May 2017

Parkside is Outstanding
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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.

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 Cambridge Academic Partnership (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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