|Headteacher's Previous Messages|
Added/Edited on the 26/02/2018
Another very successful week for students at Ernulf. On Wednesday we had three teams competing in the Rotary Technology Tournament held at Kimbolton School. Expectations were high as teams have brought the winning trophy home for the last five years. Our three teams lived up to and exceeded expectations by being awarded first, second and third place. Congratulations to all students involved.
Our KS4 Badminton team playing in their first inter-school tournament successfully defeated four other teams to win the Hunts District Tournament. They will now represent the District in the regional round of competition.
On Friday Year 9 students participated in a skills event arranged in conjunction with Cambridgeshire Regional College. There were taster practical sessions on different vocational areas including Engineering, Health and Social Care, Uniformed Services, Catering, Hair and Beauty and Gaming. Students gave very positive feedback and our thanks to the staff and students from CRC, who were very complimentary about the level of engagement and interest Year 9 students showed during the event. This is all part of the Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) provision for our students. Senior staff have been very impressed with the Year 9 students attending the Guidance Interviews this week. All of the students have clearly been thinking through their choices in a mature way and it was a delight to see the Parents Evening so well attended on Thursday, indicative of the support students are receiving both at home and in school.
This week we have also received praise for our Year 11 students who are currently involved in interviews for St Neots Sixth Form, with the following comments, “They are punctual, polite and able to articulate their reasons for particular subject choices, often linked to well thought out career plans… and a genuine passion for their chosen subjects.”
During this coming week we will be celebrating World Book Day (Thursday 01 March) with a variety of activities in tutor time, lessons and the Library. In the words of one of my favourite authors, Margaret Altwood “A word after a word after a word is power” or as Dr Seuss states in ‘I can read with my eyes shut’, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Ms. Tracy Brogan
Added/Edited on the 19/02/2018
It was good to see students settle very quickly back to work this morning in their classes after hopefully a restful week. The week before the break was very busy with many trips and events. On Monday evening Year 10 & 11 students, who study Dance at Stageworks, performed in front of family and friends as part of their examination; well done to all and many thanks to those who lent their support.
Additionally, on Monday the History department took Year 13 to an exhibition of Soviet art in Cambridge whilst Classics students enjoyed a trip to the theatre to watch an Aristophanes play (a comic playwright of Ancient Athens). On Wednesday, Year 10 & 11 students visited Cambridge for a ‘Poetry Live’ event to support their English studies. See our half termly newsletter for more information on this excellent event.
It has been a proud moment for Year 13 student Melissa Quail, who received the results of her participation in recent UKMT maths challenges. She came 7th overall and is now the joint top girl in the UK. As a result, she has been invited to be part of the UK team in April at the European Girl’s Mathematical Olympiad in Florence. Congratulations to Melissa on this excellent achievement.
During the half term break students from Year 10 & 11 visited Cracow in Poland. This is always a thought provoking trip for the students and also helps towards their studies in History and Religious Studies. Staff commented on the exemplary behaviour of all the students who participated in the trip.
We also received some excellent news today. 117 students in Year 7-9 have been selected to have their short stories published after entering a Young Writers’ Competition. The book is to be published at the end of March. Congratulations to all of the students. I look forward to reading the successful stories.
Year 9 students are continuing to think about their Option choices for next year. This week there will be guidance interviews, Year 9 Parents Evening on Thursday and a Skills Event on Friday. Year 11 continue to focus on their studies with mock exams in English, maths and Science next week.
Ms. Tracy Brogan
Added/Edited on the 09/02/2018
I thought it important to write to you in the interest of balance to re-state where Ernulf is in its improving journey. I have been very open with all parents, carers and visitors to the Academy that we are on an improving journey and that there continues to be work to do. In a recent Local Authority review the Local Authority representative commented that on his many visits to different schools he had rarely encountered such passion and commitment amongst all of the staff and that the clear drive for improvement was evident both from staff and from his conversations with students.
Our driving vision is to ensure that we continue to improve and although the outcomes this summer were not where we would want them to be, there were clear indications of significant improvement. Our Progress 8 figure the priority performance indicator improved significantly (from -0.6 to -0.3). We are working extremely hard to reduce it by that extent again this year in order to achieve the government expectation of at least 0.
In the Ofsted Report, outcomes for students who are disadvantaged or with SEND were identified as needing to improve. In terms of Progress 8, with disadvantaged students we again improved by 0.3 points. Students with SEND did achieve a Progress 8 measure of 0 (the government expectation)
Government recommendations to all schools have made it clear that it is very difficult to compare 2016 and 2017 results due to the new GCSEs in maths and English. However, if we do compare them as the DfE have chosen to, our maths results showed a slight increase in 2017 with 52% (9-4) and English a slight drop to 53% (9-4). We also had a number of students achieving the new top grades of 8 and 9 both in English and maths.
Over 50% of our students achieved a top grade (A* or 9) with 13 of our students achieving three or more top grades across their subjects and two students achieving top grades in all of their subjects.
Our results in Chemistry and Biology were in line with the national results and in several of our subjects we showed higher than national results in terms of attainment. Sport, Engineering, Business Studies, Dance and Religious Studies all achieved outcomes higher than national averages.
The current Year 11 are working extremely hard with the support of parents and staff and we are forecasting significant improvements, based on their mocks and assessments, on all performance measures for summer 2018.
There are many other areas where the school has made considerable progress and this has been highlighted and clearly documented in the many monitoring visits to Ernulf as well as our Ofsted inspection in 2016. One of these has been with attendance. We have moved from overall attendance in 2011/2012 of 92% to almost 95% in 2016/2017 (the national average was 95.6%). We are continuing to strive hard, working with parents and students, to reach the target of at least 96% or above attendance.
We have also significantly reduced our persistent absence figure down to just over 12% which is lower than the national average.
I consider it a privilege to be Headteacher at Ernulf and am immensely proud of the students and the staff and am very appreciative of the support from parents and carers. It is always a delight to see the high number of parents attending all of our key events and I would like to personally thank all of the parents and carers who have contacted the Academy to voice their support and their continued commitment to Ernulf. We continue to move forward in order to ensure that all of our students achieve the very best outcomes.
As always, we are very happy to arrange a tour of the school for any parents who wish to visit Ernulf and see for themselves the excellent work going on from our dedicated staff and our positive students who are working hard and are proud of their school.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Ms. Tracy Brogan
Added/Edited on the 05/02/2018
I was delighted to see so many students and parents/carers at the Year 9 Options Evening. I know that over the next few weeks students will be thinking very carefully about their choices. Thank you in advance to parents/carers for their support with this. The Options booklet and the PowerPoint used during the evening can be found on the website in the CEIAG page.
We had some excellent sporting achievements last week. Well done to all of the students who participated in the Year 8 Girls Basketball tournament and particular congratulations to the ‘A’ team of Lily, Sophie, Libby, Ellie, Ella and Lottie who are now district champions.
Last week we also sent a team to the District Championships where all who participated performed well; for some students it was their first competition at this level. Particular congratulations to Jessica Childerley and Finley Sayer for both winning Silver medals in their category and to Lewis Webb who took the Gold. I am sure that they were all inspired by seeing the Olympic Athlete Lewis Smith training alongside them as they competed.
A group of budding authors from Year 7 and 8 attended a Writers’ Day on Friday. I look forward to reading the work produced on the day.
Finally, we have our Year 10 Work Experience Information evening tomorrow for students and parents/carers.
Ms. Tracy Brogan
Message from the Headteacher|
Added/Edited on the 30/01/2018
For the last two weeks we have been holding one to one conversations with Year 11 students concerning post-16 choices. Staff involved have been very impressed with the thoughtful approach students have taken towards this. The majority have had clear ideas about what they want to do next year and what they need to do. Many of the students are aiming to go to the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre and students have been reminded that application forms need to be handed in by 5 February. Other students are keen to follow an apprenticeship route. These students will get the opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships from specialists involved in securing and offering apprenticeships. It has also been very encouraging to hear how hard many of the students have been working both in school and at home in preparation for the examinations in the summer.
Congratulations to the Year 8 Handball team who played in their first tournament on Thursday. Despite being very new to this sport, the students performed extremely well and only just lost out in the final. Also, well done to the Year 11 Basketball team who also performed extremely well at a tournament last week.
Finally, I look forward to seeing parents, carers and students at the Year 9 Options Evening on Thursday.
Ms. Tracy Brogan