The school has received notice from Hampshire Police of a suspicious male in the North End area. There have been two incidents where a male has exposed himself to school age children in Shadwell Road and Ophir Road over the past few days. The police will be increasing patrols in the area. Please discuss with your child(ren) the usual security around safety to and from school.
Year 10 pupils were delighted to receive a surprise visit yesterday from the Capital FM South Coast's breakfast show team and representatives from Portsmouth City Council. They were introduced to a great 'Get Involved Portsmouth' competition. Portsmouth City Council in conjunction with Capital FM South Coast are offering Year 10 pupils across Portsmouth the chance to win an exclusive gig with the singer Anne-Marie just by attending school! Year 10 tutor groups will be competiting against each other - the tutor group with the best overall attendance will win. This is a great incentive to improve attendance not only in the school but across the city.
We were delighted to welcome Christian Scott, Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award South East to Springfield today. Some of our Year 10 pupils who are hoping to partake in the DofE activities this year were presented with a certificate confirming that Springfield School is now a directly licenced centre of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. We were also presented with a plaque confirming our new status. This year DofE has been very popular, with only thirty spaces available the Year 10 DofE hopefuls have been preparing presentations over the summer. The presentations portray why and how they want to achieve their DofE award. Mrs Whitelock, the teacher who oversees DofE at Springfield will be deciding on who the lucky thirty pupils will be shortly. Thank you to Christian for taking the time to visit us today.
Pictured above: Christian Scott and Ms Spivey, Headteacher along with DofE hopefuls Mia Lyndon, 10R, Tegan Williams, 10R, Oliver Martin, 10L, Alex Marriott, 10R and Annabelle Gregson, 10S
Pictured above: Annabelle Gregson's imaginative poster presentation
Pictured above: Christain Scott presenting the plaque to Ms Spivey, Headteacher and Mrs Whitelock, DofE Co-ordinator at Springfield
During the last academic year Mr Lomas wrote a testimony about Springfield’s work in Kenya and how it enhances our pupils’ personal development, enterprise and global awareness. This was picked up by various organisations and we were delighted to have been nominated for a national award in recognition of our work. Springfield School was shortlisted for the Educational Visits Award at the Education Business Awards in July. Mr Jethwa, Springfield Governor along with Mrs Hallsworth, Clerk to the Governors proudly represented Springfield at the ceremony held on 13th July 2016 at the Grange Hotel, St Pauls, London. The Awards have an established reputation for showcasing the success stories within schools. The event was hosted by Konnie Huq, best known for her work with Blue Peter. Unfortunately, on this occasion we did not win but we were pleased to get the nomination!
Below is the original testimony written by Mr Lomas:
40-60 Year 10 & 11 pupils from Springfield school spend 12 days every other August, with the charity African Adventures, working in shanty town schools of Nakuru, the 4th largest city in Kenya.
Volunteering trips are becoming a bullet point on people’s ‘bucket list’ and schools look at challenging expeditions for pupils’ personal development. The whole experience from fund raising to the impact the groups have had on the Kenyan schools (and Kenya on the groups) has been incredible. The school returns every two years to continue the work started from the previous visit. This began in 2013, continued in 2015 & we are gearing up for 2017. The school community values this trip very highly due to the enterprise culture that develops in the year leading up to the visits and the mind blowing impact of the poverty our pupils experience as well as the huge difference they make to over 700 Kenyan children’s lives each time. This is aid going direct to the source of the problem with no intermediaries taking their cut. Many continue to contribute to the African Adventures’ foundation fund after the trip is over. One girl has arranged to take her family back to Nakuru this summer. The rationale behind the experience is for pupils to realise the linkages our country has with other parts of the world and that they are global citizens. The impact the whole experience has had on our pupils has been profound in many cases and a question that is often posed is ‘Will there actually be a lasting impact’? Pupils are able to make a tangible difference at the projects that they work on and very often their mind-sets have shifted as a result of their volunteering experience. For some pupils it appears that the whole experience can to be the making of them. One pupil threw herself straight into fundraising for her trip and, through innovative individual and group fundraising activities; she had managed to fundraise the entire amount needed for her journey six months early. She didn’t stop there, however; this was to be just the start. This pupil now runs her own little business dressing as Elsa from Frozen and doing face painting at children’s parties and fetes. Her mother cannot believe the transformation in her daughter and credits everything involved in her trip to Kenya as the reason. “The fundraising and her Africa experience has really changed her attitude to money and brought out a strong work ethic. Whereas before she would often not rise from bed until noon, on fundraising days she’d be up and out by 8am without complaint!" The local community is very proud of the links we have made and every year I am invited by the Lord Major of Portsmouth to update civic dignitaries under the flag of Kenya as part of the city’s Commonwealth Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Guildhall Square.
I believe that our work does promote inclusiveness and integrates diversity amongst cultures with over 150 pupils able to act as advocates to their peers. The ‘adventure’ will continue every 2 years and the number of pupils able to have this opportunity will grow.
Congratulations to Springfield students who are today celebrating a top-notch set of GCSE results! Provisional analysis indicates that 72% of students achieved more than five GCSE qualifications at grade A*-C; 66% achieved the ‘gold standard’ (including English and Mathematics); and a very encouraging 68% achieved the new performance measure of A*-C in Maths and English in the more challenging GCSE courses. 19% of the GCSE grades achieved across all subjects were A* or A, just beating last year’s outcome. Top attaining subjects for A*-C grades include Biology (99%), Chemistry (100%), Drama (97%), French (95%) and Physics (100%). Headteacher, Sara Spivey, commented “Results day is always a wonderful celebration for the school community. It’s delightful to see the students being rewarded for their efforts. They worked very hard and we wish them every success and happiness for the future. I’d like also to thank the teachers and support staff for the extraordinary support that they provided for the students throughout their courses.” Mrs Goldsmith, Head of Achievement, stated “I’m truly pleased to see how well the students have done. I shall really miss this year group! Well done Year 11!”.
A selection below of the top achievers pictured in alphabetical order:
Joe Andrews, Steven Edginton, Adam Lowe, Jasmin Richardson, Cerys Rogers and Georgia Rogers
Results of those pictured (alphabetical order):
Joe Andrews - 7A*s, 4As, Steven Edginton - 8A*s, 2As, 1B, Adam Lowe - 7A*s, 4As, 1B, Jasmin Richardson - 4A*s, 7As, Cerys Rogers - 2 A*s, 6As, 3Bs,
Georgia Rogers - 5A*s, 5As, 1B
We were delighted to host the Year 10 Celebration of Achievement Assembly today. The awards celebrated how well pupils have progressed, contributed and excelled over the last year. There were also special awards for outstanding progress and contributions to school and community life.
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Art - Taylor Newman
Catering - Aaliyah Correa
Child Development - Holly Abbott
Computing - Ashley Bone
ICT GCSE - Sabine Newman
Drama - Paris Williams
English - Harry Pearson and Bethany Young
French - Charlotte Austin
German - Ellie Hill
History - Jamie Chalmers
Leisure & Tourism - Curtis Mansbridge
Maths - Dean Spasov and Kirstie Brassell
Media - Sofia Bruni
Music - Deborah Mathew
PE (GCSE) - Ridley Coote and Heather Cubbage
Photography - Charlotte Newell
Product design - Emily Fisher
Science - Toby Lawrence and Zoe Bowbrick
Textiles - Lottie Vine
Head of Achievement Award - Harry Watson and Kira Wilmot
Progress Award - Ellie Worsfold
Community Award - Jess Williams
Governor Award - Daniel Claydon
Headteacher Award - Lewis Wells
Year 11 Prefects were put through their paces today thanks to the British Army. Prefects were split into 7 groups and assigned command tasks focusing on leadership, communication, initiative and task completion. The command tasks took place on the school field. The Prefects responded well to these tasks and worked well (and quickly) together. Thanks to Army Outreach team based in Aldershot.
On GCSE exam results day (Thursday 25th August 2016) ex-Year 11 pupils can come in at 10am to collect their results and Year 10 can collect their results from 11am. Any collection requests must be made in writing by the student. Please also note that every year we also ask a few ex-Year 11 pupils to come in a bit earlier to pose for a photo. Please do not worry if you are not contacted to come in early, this is a random selection of pupils who have made good progress.
Please be aware that from September 2016 the price of a school meal will increase from £2.00 to £2.05. Portsmouth Council have confirmed that they have been able to keep the price of a school meal at £2.00 for the past six years and in their contract negotiations with ISS, have worked hard to keep any price increase to a minimum. The £2.05 price of a school meal will remain in place until the end of the current contract with ISS (August 2019). This represents very good value and compares favourably with other local authority areas.
We were delighted to host the Year 9 Celebration of Achievement Assembly today. The awards celebrated how well pupils have progressed, contributed and excelled over the last year. There were also special awards for outstanding progress and contributions to school and community life. Congratulations to the following pupils:
Art - Hannah Johnstone
Drama - Isobel Griggs
DT - Isabelle Darton
English - Kiran Kurian and Erin Jackson
French - Theo Catlin
Geography - Jasmine Thacker
German - Buddy Vine
History - Jasmine Sayer
IT - Halle Hammal
Maths - Lewis Lockyer and Elizabeth Kale
Music - Florence Percival
PE - MacKenzie Morgan and Aimee Curd
RS - Terri-Louise Huntley
Science - Patrick Churchill and Annabell Turner
Head of Achievement Award - Michal Rajzer and Freya Jupp
Progress Award - Callum McGrady
Community Award - Matthew Bestwick
Governor Award - Lucy Donaldson and Francesca Raine
Headteacher Award - Katelyn Robinson and Timothy Kuruvilla
We were delighted to host the Year 8 Celebration of Achievement Assembly on Wednesday, 13th July 2016. The awards celebrated how well pupils have progressed, contributed and excelled over the last year. There were also special awards for outstanding progress and contributions to school and community life. Congratulations to the following pupils:
Art - Jazmin Choudhury
Drama - Harry Stoneman
DT - Ella Lewis
English - Jacob Evans-McBride and Rebecca Myers
French - Kasumi Bryant
Geography - Hope Chesley
German - Ella Williams
History - Chloe Carter
IT - Abby Chalmers-Stevens
Maths - Murray Fennell and Elli-Mae Hayes
Music - Megan Parkes
PE - Jack Goodwin and Leona Bryant
RS - Ella Bowbrick
Science - Ben Hayward and Mymoona Aktar
Head of Achievement Award - Oscar Webb and Sophie Whitfield
Progress Award - Maisie Eames
Community Award - Abigail Winfield
Governor Award - James Large
Headteacher Award - Jessica Hatton