We were pleased to welcome Bjørn Ingers to Springfield this morning. Bjørn spoke to our Year 9 pupils about his personal story of surviving the Utoya Island Shooting in Norway and how this motivated him to educate young people about radicalisation and promoting peace. Year 9 were engaged in an interactive session with Bjørn which explored how young people can play an active part in countering violent extremism and promoting a more positive counter message. Bjørn spoke to the pupils today as part of the 'Extremely Together UK Education Roadshow'. Extremely Together was set up in 2016 by the Kofi Annan Foundation with the support of the European Commision and One Young World, they brought together 10 young leaders who steer the way in countering and preventing violent extremism. Under the banner of 'Extremely Together' they pool ideas, share experiences and produce a toolkit enabling them, their peers and thousands of young people around the world to turn the tide in the fight against extremism.
Thanks so much to Bjørn and Hayden from Unloc for visiting today, we wish you continued success with your roadshow!
Congratulations to Springfield’s Year 11 students who are today celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results!
Despite being the first year to tackle the more demanding GCSE curriculum, including the change to the 9-1 grading system for Mathematics and English, the students have achieved above expectations and ostensibly improved on the 2016 results for a similar cohort, which were already very good!
Provisional analysis indicates that 72% of students achieved five or more GCSEs, including English and Mathematics, at the new pass level of grade 4 or above; this represents a 6% increase on last year. 73% of Springfield’s students attained a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics - an increase on last year’s 69%, which exceeded both national and local authority average percentages.
An impressive 47% of the 2017 cohort achieved the English Baccalaureate - another 6% improvement on last year’s outcome. The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) comprises a GCSE pass for English, Mathematics, two Sciences, Humanities (History or Geography) and MFL (Modern Foreign Language). Springfield has consistently performed well in the EBacc, entering more students for these qualifications in comparison with many similar schools; the DFE confirmed that our students’ progress in the EBacc was significantly higher than the national average in 2016.
24% of the grades achieved across all subjects were A* or A (grades 7, 8 & 9 in English and Mathematics); a number of our students also demonstrated exceptional performance attaining the new highest level of grade 9 in English and/or Mathematics.
Headteacher, Sara Spivey, commented “It’s been a great morning. Celebrating the individual achievements of all of our students at all ability levels has been a joy! We are very pleased that, despite the additional pressure and uncertainty that the new curriculum has brought to all schools, our students have very much held their own. We wish them every success and happiness in the future.”
Head of Achievement, Sarah Creighton, stated “I am very proud of this year group. They worked extremely hard and deserve their good results. I know that they will go on to achieve even more.”
Congratulations also go to the 47 Year 10 students who successfully passed their Edexcel Level 3 Award in Statistics course, which is equivalent to A Level standard and ‘worth’ 7 UCAS points. An outstanding achievement!
Pictured below a selection of Springfield’s top Year 11 achievers:
Results of those pictured:
Azhar Baree - two A*s, four As, one B, one 6, two 9s
Zoe Bowbrick - two A*s, four As, one B, three 8s
Daniel Claydon - seven A*s, three 9s as well as achieving an A for the Free Standing Maths Qualification which is equivalent to an A-Level
Deborah Mathew - five As, two Bs, one 8 and two 9s
Sabine Newman - three A*s, three As, one B, one 6 and two 8s
Lewis Wells - three A*s, three As, one B, one 6, one 8 and one 9. Lewis achieved full marks in his Spanish exam as well (300 points out of 300).
For more information on the new grading system please view the guidelines below:
We were delighted to host the Year 10 Celebration of Achievement Assembly on the last day of term (Tuesday 25th July 2017). The assembly was a celebration of how well the Year 10 pupils have progressed, contributed and excelled over the last year. The assembly commenced with a wonderful musical performance of 'Hallelujah' by Year 10 pupils Kylah Matibag (10S), Megan Woolley (10L), Sam Barnes (10L) and Kayley Fan (10S). The assembly included special awards for outstanding progress, the pupils and tutor group who received the most rewards post cards, as well as awards for contributions to school and community life. Congratulations to all the pupils who won awards and also to the pupils who were nominated!
The Year 10 Prefects were put through their paces by Royal Navy, Royal Marines Commandos on Tuesday, this involved two hours of leadership tasks. The session was aimed at developing communication skills, problem solving and promoting teamwork; these are all attributes practiced by the Marines that can rub off on our Prefects in order to make them a highly effective unit!
Mr Lomas, Head of Enterprise and PDL
GCSE RESULTS DAY - THURSDAY 24th AUGUST 2017
Year 11 leavers please note that this year due to building works GCSE results will be given out in the main hall.
Could parents please be aware that next year all students must have the following equipment daily:
Pen x 2
Pencil x 2
Protractor and Compass
Equipment will be checked daily in Maths lessons and detentions will be set for missing equipment.
The Maths Department
The Geography department are running a summer competition to find the best Geography selfies. There will be a prize for the best selfie in each year group and also one for the staff - entries will be judged in September. All entries will need to be submitted through Twitter #SpringfieldSelfie17 and the closing date will be 31st August 2017.
We look forward to seeing your entries!
Mrs Whitelock, Head of Geography
A reminder for all Year 10 pupils who have been part of The Girls' Network mentoring scheme this year: Your end of year celebration event is this Thursday 20th July (5.30pm - 8.30pm) at Portsmouth University. Please see your invitation letter or get in touch with Mr Williams or Mrs Latif if you need more detail.
To all Year 9 parents/carers
Your child has been issued with a letter regarding a Maths homework textbook that is going to be issued to them at the start of Year 10. Please can you return the reply slips by 20th July 2017. For an electronic version of the letter please follow this link https://goo.gl/2vgm2K
The Maths Department
We were delighted to host the Year 7, 8 and 9 Celebration of Achievement Assemblies this week. The assemblies were a celebration of how well pupils have progressed, contributed and excelled over the last year. Each assembly started with a great pupil musical performance and included special awards for outstanding progress, the pupils and tutor group who received the most rewards post cards and contributions to school and community life. Congratulations to all the pupils who won awards and also to the pupils who were nominated!
If your child would like extra-curricular music tuition next year, please email or send in a note to Mrs Latif with details of your child's name, instrument and standard if possible. Lessons take place after school hours for voice, keyboard/piano, violin, woodwind, guitar, drumkit and brass. The cost of the lessons will be £38 per term, and a waiting list will be in place where demand is high. Pupils receiving tuition already will be allocated lessons for September automatically. Many thanks.
Mrs Latif, Head of Music