Foreword Collaboration! Achievement! Success! These three words sum up this term at Wade Deacon and Fairfield High Schools.
Collaboration! There have been many successes as the year groups across both schools work collaboratively and in partnership together. Joint year group activities include: over 40 pupils in Y7 across the federation attended Rampworx (BMX skate park) in Liverpool whilst over 150 pupils across the federation attended the Bowling Trip. Year 8 pupils across the federation have collaborated in the true spirit of partnership by taking part in theatre trips and members of the School Council have taken an active part in our links with Swavesey Village College in Cambridgeshire. Many pupils took part in the Olympics 2012 event, with the opportunity to meet with Beth Tweddle, the Olympic athlete. More exciting joint events are planned between now and the end of the academic year, to ensure that all our pupils are familiar with their learning environment for September and develop lasting friendships.
Achievements! We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the Investing in Community Engagement Award (ICE) by the SSAT. We are one of only six schools in the country to receive this award and we have been highly praised for our commitment to and work in the community. Also, the schools have been praised as a model of outstanding practice regarding our provision of 1‐1 tuition and support for our pupils. Mr David Linsell, School Standards Advisor from the Office of the Chief Advisor on School Standards, DCSF, commented: “I saw tuition changing children’s lives.”
Successes! Wade Deacon High School has been identified as having one of the highest take up rates for Science in Further Education. Science HMI, Dr Chris Savory visited the school to explore the successful practice that leads to these figures. He was extremely complementary about the high quality of teaching and learning, the plethora of Science activities, such as STEM week, the care guidance and support of the pupils and the leadership at all levels. So, congratulations to the Science team! We look forward to an exciting term ahead and working in partnership with you: parents, carers and members of the community to ensure that our young people receive a World class education.
Mrs P A Wright
Mrs J Gormley
Head of Schools
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WADE DEACON HIGH SCHOOL HOSTS LONDON 2012 GAMES STUDENT LEADERSHIP EVENT In January Wade Deacon hosted a 2012 Olympics ‘Get Set’ event which developed the leadership skills of young people across the North West by encouraging them to lead on London 2012 Games activities in their schools. The event was organised and run by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, which is strongly committed to supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in London in 2012. The Games provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage and challenge young people and through this to raise achievement and enhance ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes. As part of their work to engage schools in the 2012 Games the SSAT have been running these ‘London 2012 Games Student Leadership’ events across the country. They have been highly successful and have been awarded the ‘Inspire Mark’ by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).
Guest speakers at our event included Beth Tweddle, 2009 World Champion gymnast and also Emma Smith, our former pupil and Junior European trampolining champion, who is on target to compete at the 2012 Olympics.
Emma Smith and Beth Tweddle
Mixed school groups exchanged ideas about getting their schools involved.
The event, which places a strong emphasis on ‘by students, for students’ was attended by 12 schools from across the North West. In the morning session pupils were grouped with pupils from other schools, and in the afternoon they returned to their school groups to work with their teachers to discuss ‘proposals for future activities’ which participants can then take back to their schools.
Year 10 Team Leader Mr Wyss was delighted with the event; “It was a very exciting day with really interesting ideas about the potential to use the London 2012 Games to raise student achievement and to foster personal and social development.”
SCHOOL COUNCIL PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES The partnership between Wade Deacon High School, Fairfield High School and Swavesey Village College in Cambridgeshire continued this month with the School Council’s return visit to the college following our hosting of an event in October 2009 that focused on pupils discussing ideas on identity and community and staff collaboration on marking and rewards policies. The return trip provided an opportunity to learn new ways to improve pupil leadership and to gain an understanding of Swavesey’s vertical tutoring system. Wade Deacon and Fairfield High Schools Federation
CITIZENSHIP & ENTERPRISE DAY The Federation was a hive of activity on Citizenship and Enterprise Day in January as pupils participated in a wide range of exciting activities. Visitors to the schools included Mark Eccleston who represented the UK in Athens in the Paralympics, rap artists, graffiti artists, an African Drumming group, Oxfam, Stockley Farm Birds of Prey, and the British Army to name but a few. There were also trips out to venues as diverse as Acorn Farm in Kirkby and the Liverpool Maritime Museum. The photographs on this page are a small snapshot of the activities on the day. The full photo gallery is available on the website; www.wadedeacon.com.
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FAIRFIELD PROGRESS PRAISED BY PRIME MINISTER
Gordon Brown and Ed Balls met Headteachers from across the country to congratulate them for their hard work, dedication and commitment to improving education for pupils at both primary and secondary level.
Executive Headteacher of Wade Deacon and Fairfield High Schools, Mrs Wright, was invited to No. 10 to meet with the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in recognition of innovative approaches to education, commitment to raising achievement for all pupils, and examination success at Fairfield High School. Mrs Wright said “It was a great honour and privilege to represent Fairfield High School at this event.” Mrs Wright with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls at 10 Downing Street.
WADE DEACON HIGH SCHOOL SHORTLISTED FOR GREATER CHINA BUSINESS AWARD
International Coordinator Mr Robinson and Business Manager Mr Kirkham receiving their certificate from event organiser Ms Philomena Chen. 06
Wade Deacon High School was shortlisted in the Education Links category at the Greater China Achievement in International Trade Awards held on Friday 12th February 2010 at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. Wade Deacon has an enviable record of successful, innovative ground breaking educational links with China as do the other finalists who were:‐ Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Central Lancashire, The Royal Northern College of Music, Suman Education International in Old Trafford, and Liverpool John Moore’s University. The winners were The Royal Northern College of Music. The event was supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and UKTI and held at this time to coincide with the Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the Tiger. The Awards recognise and reward the companies and organisations that have made the most significant contribution to developing business or network links with Greater China. KR Wade Deacon and Fairfield High Schools Federation
YEAR 9 RACE TO VICTORY AT SCIENCE EVENT Four Wade Deacon pupils beat off stiff competition with their winning “Super Capacitor Car” design at a regional Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) event held at The Catholic High School, Chester in February. The aim of the day was to celebrate the hard work pupils had put in to science outside of the classroom and it gave pupils the chance to review the opportunities they have had during the past year as part of this STEM team. On the day, pupils competed to design a “Super Capacitor Car” which was tried and tested on a circuit track. Craig Scutt, Robert Waterhouse, Daniel Argent and Harry McDonnell formed the winning team of the competition as their car completed the full circuit in the fastest time. At the end of the day pupils were able to share some of the experiences that being part of the STEM club had offered, including trips to the Catalyst Museum, Liverpool Football Club, Forensic Investigation days and regular after school experiment sessions. Science teacher Miss Conning said “This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to celebrate their contribution to the STEM club over the past year and for them to receive some recognition for their hard work from the STEM ambassadors.” LC
Robert Waterhouse with the winning design
Victoria Waterhouse, Mr Muscart, Katie Stewart, Nicole Fawcett, Georgia Mathieson and Chloe Main.
The design process.
SCHOOL HOSTS SAFE SURFING EVENT FOR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS
The High Sheriff of Cheshire, William Ferguson with Zak Goodyear of Hale CE Primary School and Becky Sadler of Spinney Avenue CE Primary School
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The High Sheriff of Cheshire, William Ferguson, opened an e‐safety event for primary school children hosted at Wade Deacon High School. The dangers of cyberbullying and exploitation on the internet were highlighted at the event. Pupils from four Halton primary schools were given practical tips about what to watch out for when they go online. School liaison officer PC Niki Lewis said: “The internet is a valuable learning aid but it’s important to make sure children know how to stay safe when using the worldwide web, especially when it comes to chat rooms. Social networking sites are very popular. Young people need to understand what type of information or photographs are not suitable to be put on these sites.” Anyone interested in finding out about staying safe online should visit the thinkuknow website; www.thinkuknow.co.uk. 07
SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Wade Deacon High School is one of the first schools in the country to be awarded a new quality mark for community engagement. Investing in Community Engagement (ICE) has been developed by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) as a quality mark to celebrate the excellent work which schools do to engage with their local communities. Wade Deacon is the 6th school nationally to receive the accolade. The scheme assesses schools on five key areas including the inclusiveness of community opportunities, the enhancement of learning and achievement for all, and a clear strategy for ongoing development. Inspectors praised the “very good relationships” the school has with key community partners and the school’s “strongly visible commitment to working in partnership with parents to support their child’s learning.” The work of the School Council also caught the eye of inspectors who noted that “Student Voice plays a big part in the development of provision at Wade Deacon and there is extensive and conspicuous evidence around the school to promote this involvement.” The School Council now has a group leading on Community Cohesion. The group was able to
Ms Rouski leads a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ session as part of the school’s highly praised contribution to the Children and Young People’s Area Network (CYPAN)
Easter holiday; School Closes ‐ Thursday 25th March 2010 School Opens ‐ Monday 12th April 2010 17th ‐ 19th April ‐ D of E Silver Practice Expedition 20th April ‐ PSHE (period 1) 20th April ‐ Yr7 Conway Parents’ Meeting 3rd May ‐ May Day Holiday 6th May ‐ Yr7 Parents’ Evening 8th ‐ 9th May ‐ D of E Bronze Assessment Expedition 12th May ‐ PSHE (period 2) 17th May ‐ GCSE Examinations begin 22nd May ‐ Boost Session 25th May ‐ Headteacher’s Parents’ Forum 26th ‐ 28th May ‐ Yr7 Conway Residential 27th ‐ 28th May ‐ Citizenship & Enterprise Days 29th May ‐ 1st June ‐ Yr10 Paris Trip Half Term Holiday; School Closes ‐ Friday 28th May 2010 School Opens ‐ Monday 7th June 2010 08
demonstrate a “high degree of understanding” in this area and have produced a DVD which they are showing to all of their peers during assemblies. Assistant Headteacher responsible for Community Engagement, Mr Bramwell, said “I am absolutely delighted that our work in the community has been recognized as exceeding the ICE mark standards. This is testament to the outstanding commitment of staff and pupils to our community partnerships.”
17th June ‐ PSHE (period 3) 21st June ‐ 2nd July ‐ Wade Deacon Work Experience 26th ‐ 27th June ‐ Stratford Upon Avon Trip 3rd ‐ 5th July ‐ D of E Silver Assessment Expedition 6th July ‐ Headteacher’s Parents’ Forum 8th July ‐ PSHE (period 5) 10th July ‐ Gifted & Talented Masterclass 12th July ‐ School closed for Staff INSET day 13th July ‐ Sports Day 14th July ‐ Arts Evening 21st July ‐ School Closes for Summer Holiday All dates were correct at the time of publishing this newsletter. Examination Dates are published on separate calendars issued to pupils. Please check the website for further information. www.wadedeacon.com
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