It has been a busy term at Farringdon. No sooner had we returned from the summer holiday than we had a “no-notice” Ofsted inspection (16-17 September). You can read the inspection report using the link below.
There are a lot of positive comments in the report and the Ofsted team were very impressed with the progress now being made by our Year 8, 9 & 10 students. This is a result of actions we have put in place over the last two years which will enable students to make faster and better progress than previously; a new Key Stage 3 curriculum, the 5Rs curriculum model and a new assessment policy.
The inspectors were also very impressed with our students and behaviour was judged to be “Good” or better in all lessons. This excellent attitude to learning is having a positive impact on achievement and progress in Years 8 to 11 as noted in the report.
I will be available to discuss the report, or any other school–related issues, on Friday 24th October from 3.00p.m. until 5.30 p.m. – please come to school and go to the Learning Zone.
Year 10 students have started the “Building my Skills” projects which we are running in partnership with the Esh group. The students will attend 5 employability workshops over the year in order to create a portfolio of work-related tasks which will help them when applying for jobs, college or apprenticeships. It promises to be a superb programme with different employers presenting each workshop. In addition to this we are active participants in the “Work Discovery” programme in Sunderland which will help every student in Key Stage 4 access a sector of the job market which most interests them; Engineering, retail, construction, marketing, further education and business management are currently planned.
Careers information and guidance starts in Year 7 and we are delighted to be using a fantastic online resource, U-explore, with all of our students, you can access your child’s profile from home using their log in & username. Contact school if you have any trouble accessing this brilliant website.
Finally, this year’s Gambia trip leaves Sunderland on Friday night (24th Oct.) Our students have worked tirelessly to raise money and we have just received news that the container full of furniture, clothes and supplies has arrived in the Gambia. It is a “trip of a lifetime” – I wish the students and staff all the best for the trip.
Important letter home with regards to changes for September. Read more...