It was lovely to welcome the pupils back on Wednesday and it was very nice to greet our new pupils starting across the Alliance, I know they will quickly settle into life at Rushmoor and St Andrew’s. The year ahead is full of exciting opportunities for our pupils, with trips to look forward to, extra-curricular clubs to take part in and lots of things to learn across the curriculum areas. I hope you all had some time to look at the Alliance Review that was issued on the last day of term, but if you didn’t please follow the link below, as it will give you an idea of what lies ahead this year.
I hope you saw the news on The Bedford Independent website and on our Twitter and Facebook pages about the A-level and GCSE results, which were once again pleasing. The results reflect the broad and balanced curriculum provided across the Alliance. Highlights at A level include a 100% pass rate in further maths, with particular mention to Olivier Gaillard who sat the paper a year early and achieved an A*. All of our A-level pupils who chose to continue their studies at university were accepted at their first choice, with special mention to Sanidhay Kashyap who achieved grade A in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
At GCSE level we are extremely proud of our students in Art and Design where a number of pupils achieved the very top grade of 9. The results for modern foreign languages were also pleasing, with a high proportion achieving marks at 7-9. A special mention must go to Caroline Demuth in year 10 who achieved a superb grade 9 in Spanish and a fantastic grade 8 in English Language. We are proud of the entire year 11 cohort and the grades they achieved which appear to have enabled them to attend their first choice for further education, we wish them all the very best.
We are delighted with the number of pupils entering our Sixth Form this year. Again, we have had pupils returning to us having sampled other Sixth Forms; this really is testament to the unique learning opportunities and caring environment we provide. Following the successful introduction of the Cambridge Technical Course in Business last year, we have introduced another Cam Tech subject this year, ICT. Our sixth form continues to evolve to meet the requirements of the students.
We were also delighted to learn that our pupils across the Alliance studying Speech and Drama as an extra-curricular subject all passed their LAMDA examinations, with 9 Distinctions and 12 Merits.
I would like to welcome the new members of teaching staff. Firstly, it is wonderful to have Mr Swannell and Mr Beach returning to us. Mr Swannell will be teaching humanities across the Alliance and Mr Beach will teach Physics across the two sites. Mr Wallwork joins us as the Chemistry teacher and will also teach across the two schools.
Over the summer months work has continued on plans for the new school site, with numerous meetings taking place. On Wednesday this week we met with the architects to discuss various points of progress as they have been busy with the details throughout July and August. Work has been carried out on valuations for the two current sites, formally merging the two schools, uniform ideas and the new name. The opening target remains September 2021. As part of our plans we are also considering the community cohesion requirements involved with our charitable status, which means I have been in discussion with local sporting provisions to see how links can be developed. So, things are moving forward.
In the meantime, work has also been carried out over the summer on the existing sites to ensure they are well maintained. This has included a new entrance system at the St Andrew’s Nursery using face recognition.
We strongly believe that school and home must work together to ensure that our pupils abide by the School Rules, so we would ask for your assistance in this matter. Pupils must make sure they arrive at registration on time otherwise they will receive a late slip (obviously this will not apply in inclement weather conditions, due to late buses or other situations outside their control). The pupils arrived this week looking extremely smart, which I hope will remain throughout the year. They must remember they are representing their school when in uniform, so whether on school grounds or not, they should wear it correctly. Hairstyles should be sensible, no dye and grade 2 is the minimum cut please. Please also follow the rules about long hair being tied back for safety reasons.
The form or subject teacher is the first point of contact and their email addresses can be found on the schools’ websites. If you would like to discuss things further, please contact the following members of staff:-
Mrs Barnes, Assistant Head, Pastoral, Rushmoor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Beattie, Director of Sixth Form email@example.com
Mrs Johnson, Assistant Head, Academic, Rushmoor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Djukic, Head of Juniors, Rushmoor & St Andrew’s email@example.com
Mrs van der Sande, Deputy Head of Juniors, St Andrew’s firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Mortensen, Deputy Head of Juniors, Rushmoor email@example.com
Miss Niro, Head of Nursery/EYFS Lead, St Andrew’s firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Harrow, Head of EYFS, Rushmoor email@example.com
Mr Evans, Deputy Head, Rushmoor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Jones, Deputy Head, St Andrew’s email@example.com
Mr Daniel, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week we have school photographs booked at both sites, Monday at Rushmoor and Tuesday at St Andrew’s, so pupils should ensure they come into school looking very smart.
We have the Alliance Welcome Barbecue taking place at St Andrew’s School on Friday evening, so if you would like to come along please let the office staff know so we are prepared with the numbers for catering purposes. This is a nice way to meet other pupils and parents and chat to staff informally.
We have our Open Morning on Saturday 28 September, and further details will be sent out regarding this shortly, but please make a note in your diary as we do ask many of the pupils to come along to help – they are our best advertisement!
My Blog is issued every fortnight throughout term time and is emailed to parents, so please look out for it in your in-box as it does contain a round-up of what’s going on across the Alliance and information on forthcoming events.
Please remember, we operate an open door policy and are happy to hear viewpoints from our families. Please look out for the Parent Council meeting dates, which you are welcome to attend.
You may also wish to become involved with the PTFA and we welcome any support in this area.
I M Daniel, BA (QTS), NPQH