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Meet the Hub Manager at St John’s Marlborough

Sean Harper, Hub Manager at St John’s Marlborough tells us about his position and being a role model:

‘The hub is a setting for students who currently cannot, for a number of reasons, access main stream lessons full time. In the hub we deliver lessons that are part of the curriculum but we also offer alternative interventions, schemes of work that meet the child’s individual needs. The full time students have tailored targets set on a day to day basis and are encouraged to pick goals that they would like to achieve either that particular day or throughout the week. Our aim is to work intensively with a student and then return them on a structured programme back to lessons with the maximum chance of success. We offer continued support in this process and slowly increase the time with in class and the number of lessons being attended.

I started at St Johns In September 2016 and quickly found my feet here. The students are wonderful and the staff have been very helpful in pointing me in the right direction and offering support. In February I was lucky enough to be given the role as Hub Manager.

I genuinely look forward to coming into work every day. I love being looked at as a role model and for children to aspire to be like when they are older. I enjoy making the small difference that improves the future of the children.’

Nicky Edmondson, Principal at St John’s Marlborough said of Sean: ‘Sean joined us as a Cover Supervisor and was promoted to Hub Manager, providing support for vulnerable students at risk of exclusion.  He has established a very effective provision in a short time.’

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‘Colour Mile’ Charity Event to be held at John O’ Gaunt School

An English teacher is inspiring hundreds of students, staff and the wider community to raise money for great causes by launching the area’s first ever ‘Colour Mile’ at her old school, John O’ Gaunt.
Kelly Delaney is an English teacher at JOG where she herself was a student. Now she is launching the first ever fun Colour Mile event on the JOG school field, on Saturday 1st April, with runs starting at 11am and 12noon after a fun warm up, to raise money for Prospect Hospice in Swindon, where her mother was cared for before passing away in 2015. The rest of the money raised will go to JOG’s Parents and Students Association who do a fantastic job supporting the school.

The Fun mile walk (or run) will also see obstacles for children, and is open to all ages to come along and help raise thousands of pounds for these two local charities. During the event there will be a BBQ, bouncy castle and refreshments, plus other fun and attractions.

Kelly said: “This is a brilliant school and extremely generous. We want to get the students, their families and the wider community involved in this tremendous event. We want hundreds of people to come and support it for the area and to raise thousands for these worthy causes. There is currently not really anything around here that is similar so we want this to become an annual event.”

Prices for the day are £12 for the 11s and over, £8 for JOG students, £5 for 5 to 11s, while it is free for the Under 5s. Participants will receive Neon glasses, a white t-shirt and a medal.

To purchase your tickets online please visit – www.jogcolourmile.eventbrite.com

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Meet inspirational Loraine Springer of FHS


‘I work as an Extreme Caseload and Community Engagement Officer. My role is to act as a contact to home, school and student.  I have regular 1-2-1 contact with students where we look at their behaviour and achievement logs, attendance, uniform and occasionally I attend lessons to get an overview of what is occurring in order to provide necessary feedback and to help students to take responsibility for their own learning by identifying how their lessons could be improved.

My duties include:

  • 1-2-1 with students to discuss their progress (weekly)
  • Year 11 tutor group for students in need of support (12-15 students)
  • Weekly telephone calls to parents
  • Negotiated transfers to another school including support such as accompanying the student to their new school and attending necessary meetings
  • Home visits
  • Parents evenings
  • Prom organiser

Outside of FHS I work in the community as a local radio presenter and I organise social events in order to raise monies for the elderly; I find this very rewarding as it gives me a great insight into the community in which I work and live and it also means that I come into contact with some students and their parents, which can be really beneficial in my role.

FHS is a great school to work at; the students and community play a large part in making this multi- cultural school such a fantastic place to work in and it is now also one of the top 5 schools in Bristol.’

Nick Lewis, Head of School at FHS describes Loraine: ‘Loraine is a real team player and gives so much to make Fairfield the successful school it is. Her ability to network widely helps us engage our many communities’

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