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Fairfield student announced winner at Bristol Young Heroes Award

Fairfield High School (FHS) is delighted that Year 7 student Archie Drummond has been announced the winner of the Caring Hero award at the Bristol Young Heroes Awards. This ceremony, held on Friday 31st March at the Will’s Memorial Building in central Bristol, saw a number of famous faces in attendance, including Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, international DJ Roni Size, singer Beth Rowley and Hollywood actor Liam Garrigan.

Archie was nominated by his tutor Miss Thompson after she learnt about the number of acts of kindness towards other students, coupled with his dedication and caring role he plays at home for his brother, Dexter who has autism.

At the beginning of his time at FHS, Archie ensured that a student with special educational needs was given priority on a bus home by asking the other Year 11 students waiting to let him have a seat first. Archie also made sure a Year 9 student with autism was looked after in the playground and did not hesitate to show him support in front of other students.

It was only at this stage when Miss Thompson phoned home to share these positive stories that Archie’s home life came to light. His Mum told about the poor health of Archie’s step father, which has resulted in Archie taking a key role in the upbringing and care of his 5 year old brother. Miss Thompson then promptly entered Archie for the Caring Hero award.

After being narrowed down to three finalists in this category, Archie was declared the winner, with the award being presented by Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.

Natalie Thompson, tutor and teacher at FHS comments: “We are unbelievably proud of Archie and thrilled that he has won this award. What makes it so special is his modesty; at no stage did he share his acts of kindness or caring role at home with me or his other teachers. Archie is an exceptional individual who deserves every ounce of this recognition.”

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Let us introduce Excalibur TSA

Excalibur Teaching School Alliance (TSA) plays a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and principals within Excalibur, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support, working with a number of schools in the area.

Excalibur TSA consists of a partnership of 18 primary, 7 secondary schools and 2 universities which includes all the EAT academies, the St John’s primary catchment schools plus other partner schools. The alliance is led by St John’s Marlborough, the designated teaching school in the alliance. The teaching school staff are Sarah Frame (Director) and Kate Hunter (Manager).

We offer:

  • School Direct Initial Teacher Training: We recruit primary & secondary graduate PGCE trainees to train in alliance schools.
  • Professional Qualifications: We offer a range of professional qualifications at all levels, with some courses facilitated by senior leaders from within the alliance.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD): We run a programme of training for primary and secondary staff and governors.
  • School-to-School support (S2SS): Through our S2SS team, schools have access to NLEs, SLEs and other outstanding lead practitioners. We offer expertise in all areas and deployed staff will spend time working closely with partner schools in key areas.
  • Research & Development: We award grants to fund Action Research projects that aim to identify what makes a difference for our students.

For more information, please visit our webpage, email us or follow us on Twitter

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HUNGERFORD English teacher launches ‘Colour Mile’ charity run

A HUNGERFORD 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.

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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