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Ofsted 2016


'There is a sense of pride in the quality of learning in the school from staff and from pupils'



Good and Improving

Cambridge Summer School

We have been notified that applications are now open for a summer school for Year 11 students taking place at Christ’s, Sidney Sussex and Murray Edwards College Cambridge this August. The summer school will take place from Sunday 19th – Wednesday 22nd August 2018, with meals and accommodation provided for attendees. The summer school will include a series of masterclasses by Cambridge researchers in Biology/Medicine, Biology/Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English, History, Social Sciences and Law. It will also provide an opportunity to get to know Cambridge as well as admissions information and a chance to meet current students. There will also be continuing academic support from researchers provided throughout the following school year. The summer school is open to students who will have just completed their GCSEs at a state school and will be going on to study academic qualifications in Sixth Form, either at school or college.

In line with the university’s aims for outreach activity, only students who live in areas of low participation to higher education will be eligible to apply. The university will be using the POLAR classification (https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/polar-participation-of-local-areas/) and will only be accepting applications from students who live in Quintile 1 or 2 areas. They encourage students and teachers to self-select using the postcode checker tool online: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-search/ 

A summary of the postcodes is shown below also.

Applicants should be on target to receive a majority of 7s and 8s/9s (or equivalent) at GCSE, and will have to provide the name and email address of a teacher who supports their application.

The whole conference is free of charge (including meals and accommodation), with the exception of travel to/from Cambridge. If you require travel expenses to be able to attend, please get in touch, as some limited support may be available. Students must complete an online application form (https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6monZWNiIy5itUx) before the closing date of Thursday 24th May at 5pm. Places on the summer school are limited. Students will be informed whether or not their application has been successful by Friday 15th June. If they have been successful, they will then be sent a parental/guardian consent form and code of conduct which will need to be completed in advance of the summer school via email so applicants need to ensure they sign up with an email address that is accessable during the summer holidays. 

 

http://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/about

Welcome to Calum Foad

We were delighted to welcome singer and songwriter Calum Foad to Springfield today.  Calum took time out of his busy schedule to perform to our Year 10 pupils and delivered an eye opening drug education talk.  Calum spoke to the pupils about making good life choices and the dangers and consequences of taking drugs.  He treated everyone to some great musical performances.  Thank you to Calum for giving up your time today.

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Mobile Phone Consultation Reminder

As featured in the Springfield News, we would welcome the views of parents on the issue of the use of pupil mobile phones during the school day. If you would like to share your view and ideas, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 23rd April. (Please clearly state your name and your child’s name and tutor group in your email.) We will feedback on this consultation in a later edition of Springfield News. Many thanks.

Year 8 Options Evening Information

Please find below a copy of the powerpoint used during the Year 8 Options Evening on Tuesday 17th April along with the Options Booklet also given to pupils. 

Future Choices for Year 8

As you may know our Year 8 pupils are currently deciding which options to study from Year 9. To assist them we held a 'Future Choices Day' thanks to EBP South Limited. Local business volunteers, colleges and universities kindly gave up their time to showcase their businesses, courses and/or apprenticeship opportunities. Pupils were fully engaged in this informative and interactive day and had time to reflect on what they would like to do when they leave Springfield. Special thanks to EBP South Limited for organising the day and to all the companies who participated.

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9E Get Tidy!

On 22nd March 2018 9E helped me clean and tidy their tutor base. All the computers and the desks are now dust and dirt free and the classroom looks much better. They have been awarded house points for this good deed and I am really very proud of their hard work. We were following the good model used in Japanese schools, where students are developing these kind of responsibilities from an early age. 9E are going to continue the good deeds over the Easter holidays.  Each pupil is hoping to spend an hour of their own time taking part in a good deed in the local community whether it be tidying the beach or park or something similiar (buddying up with a friend or family member).  Well done 9E!

Mrs Nikolova, Tutor of 9E

Pupils Presented with Prizes

As previously reported some of our Year 8 pupils were pleased to attend a 'Get Inspired Portsmouth' event on 1st February 2018.  As part of the event run by EBP South Limited pupils had the chance to enter various competitions run by local businesses.  EBP South Limited and Eaton were delighted to present two lucky pupil winners with their prizes on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at the Year 8 assembly.  Congratulations to Oakley Vernon (8F) who won an 'Echo' and Lucy-Jo Allcock (8L) who won a book voucher.

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Careers Themed Focus Day for Year 10

We were delighted to welcome a huge array of guests to school to support our Year 10 pupils on a careers themed focus day. Sessions were varied and included presentation skills, personal branding from a company called CragRats, stress busting and risk taking. This was enriched by mock interviews with a large number of local business professionals in support. A great step forward on their journey to develop employability skills. Next challenges will be post sixteen taster days in June, work experience in July and lots of local open evenings from now on. The aim is for all pupils to know where they intend to go and what they intend to do by February 2019. Parents will now be thinking where has the time gone. As per the modern art sculpture in the school quad, the world is your oyster!  Thank you to IBM, CragRats, The Girls' Network, Manpower, The Civil Service, BAE, Queensbury Shelters and Springfield Governors for giving up your time to visit us today. 

Mr Lomas, Head of Enterprise and PDL

 

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The Impact of Social Media on Pupils

Nine out of ten headteachers say social media is damaging the mental health of pupils.

A survey of headteachers has found that 95% feel that social media use is damaging the mental health and well-being of young people – and that there is overwhelming support for new laws and regulation to keep children safe online.

https://www.ascl.org.uk/news-and-views/news_news-detail.nine-out-of-10-headteachers-say-social-media-is-damaging-the-mental-health-of-pupils.html