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Founder’s Day

November 30th, 2011

Reggie Yates giving his speech

Last Friday the school celebrated its annual Founder’s Day. On this day the school remembers the work of our founder, Rev William Rogers, and celebrates the hard work and achievements of our students throughout the year. Prizes are awarded to students for excellence and improvement, as well as individual subject awards.

The day began with an address from our Headteacher Mr Brownhill, a speech by the Chair of Governors Mr Gurney and remarks from our Head Boy Osadebamwen Erhabor. Following this Andrew Li, who was later awarded Musician of the Year KS3, performed an amazing piano solo of Fantasie Impromptu by Frederic Chopin.

This year we were honoured to welcome TV presenter and DJ Reggie Yates, who was a student at Central Foundation Boys’ School 12 years ago. Reggie is best known for presenting Top of the Pops with Fearne Cotton and the chart show on BBC Radio 1. For Founder’s Day Reggie not only presented the prizes to winners but also gave a motivational speech about his fond memories at the school and his impressive career to date.

We are proud of all our prize winners. However, we would like to take the opportunity to give particular mention to Otto Sumray and Mohammed Hussan for academic achievement, Elliot Colley and Tahmid Chowdhury for their services to the community and Idris Sobande for his services as last year’s Head Boy.

The day concluded with the school Choir and 75 piece orchestra performing Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi to rapturous applause. We would like to thank all those involved in the ceremony, notably Head Boy Osadebamwen, for serving as a true ambassador for the school and alumni Reggie for inspiring our students.


Founder's Day  Founder's Day

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Trip to RGA

Our Year 12 Business BTEC class were recently taken on a trip to the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) to improve their job interviewing skills. One of the students wrote about their experience:

Trip to RGA

My class, the Year 12 BTEC Level 3, went on a trip to a business called the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA). We went on this trip as one of our tasks was to take part in a selection interview. 26 members of the staff in RGA worked together to provide us with a real interview experience. Everybody in my class had an interview with 2 members of staff for an Operations Assistant job in RGA. We all applied for this job by sending RGA a CV and a cover letter. The interview was not that long; however, it was really enjoyable and exciting. I have learnt how an actual job interview is and gained experience from it – understanding the types of questions they might ask you at an actual interview for a job. I am now a lot more confident to attend job interviews now.

We hope the other students found the visit useful and will use their new-found skills in the near future.


Trip to RGA  Trip to RGA

Edge Design Careers Talk

November 19th, 2011

Edge Design Careers Talk

Central Foundation Boys’ School had the pleasure to host well-known designer Steve Edge and his wife, photographer Sylvie Tata. The couple presented to a full house of creative pupils, particularly those studying art and technology. The session was organised to further inform our students about careers in art and design.

Steve Edge began by sharing his fantastic and inspiring life story. With artists as parents Steve began creating art from a young age. Before launching his own design agency Steve had worked on various creative projects, including the first Indiana Jones film. He then spoke about the development of his design agency, Edge Design, and the work they have done. Edge Design is a successful company and has created branding solutions for companies such as Hamleys, St Pauls Cathedral, Purdey and even our very own school. The students enjoyed listening to his stories and hung on his every word.

We then heard from Sylvie Tata, who shared with us her experience as a photographer. Sylvie explained the role of a photographer and all the different types of photography there are. She then told the eager spectators how she came to enter the profession and gave advice to anyone considering it as a career.

Both presentations offered a unique glimpse into an industry that so many wish to join. The event was well received and concluded to exuberant applause. Our students were enthusiastic and eager to find out more with both speakers being bombarded with questions at the end of the session. The school offers its thanks to them for coming into the school and inspiring our students.


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Emirates Stadium Tour

November 18th, 2011

Emirates Tour

Students in Year 8 visited the Arsenal Emirates Stadium on Tuesday 8th of November for a private tour of the grounds. From the elite private seating to the players’ changing room, students gained an exclusive insight into the behind-the-scenes functioning of the impressive Emirates Stadium.

 This visit was run as part of the Arsenal Study Support program, aimed at literacy support and development.


Emirates Tour  Emirates Tour

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FilmClub Q&A

FilmClub recently hosted a special Q&A session at Central Foundation Boys’ School with film producer Angus Aynsley, who produced British film Four Lions. The session followed a screening of his award winning film Waste Land, which follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to the world’s largest rubbish dump to meet the people living there. It has been described as “The Slumdog Millionaire of documentaries: an inspiring, deeply moving crowd pleaser” by the Huffington Post.

The Year 10 students invited to the event used the Q&A session to find out more about the film and the industry in general. The Academy Award nominated producer, who has been visiting schools across the country, was impressed with the selection of unique questions asked. He provided an insight into the long process of film making, mentioning all the steps involved. After discovering some of the students were interested in film production Angus urged them to pursue their ambitions against the odds, as he did himself.

FilmClub, aiming to transform young lives through film, takes place after school every Friday at Central Foundation Boys’ School.

To find out more about the education charity visit their website: FilmClub Website.


FilmClub Q&A  FilmClub Q&A

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Debate Mate Launch 2011

November 16th, 2011

Debate Mate Launch © Alex Rumford

National peer-to-peer debating programme Debate Mate recently celebrated the launch of their 2011/2012 initiative at the Royal Geographical Society. A group of Central Foundation Boys’ School students joined more than 800 other school children in the auditorium to spectate the event. Two of our Year 9 students, Elliot Colley and George Benson, took part in the incredible show debate alongside world champions. Elliot and George are both part of the Central Foundation Boys’ School debating team that made it to the finals last term.

This time, opposing the world champions and each other, they debated the motion; this house would reintroduce corporal punishment. Elliot and George exuded confidence and constructed some outstanding arguments.

One time world university champion and two-time world schools champion, Chris Croke, told Huffington Post UK he was “very impressed” with the junior debaters and noted they were “confident and articulate.”

Our group of students who attended to show their support found the event both entertaining and inspirational. Year 7 student Zac Richardson, who disagreed that corporal punishment should be reintroduced, thought “the debate and speakers were good, the teams worked well… I enjoyed the event and would go to it again.”

We are extremely proud of our debate team’s efforts and pleased Elliot and George were given another opportunity to represent the school in such an exceptional way.

 The school’s debate club runs every Wednesday after school and new members are welcome. For further details visit our extended school activities section: Extra-Curricular.

You can find out more about the Debate Mate programme by visiting their website:


Debate Mate Launch © Alex Rumford   Debate Mate Launch

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A Level Fine Art Courtauld Trip

November 15th, 2011

Courtauld Art Trip

Pupils studying AS Fine Art at CFBS visited the Courtauld Gallery on Tuesday 1st November to admire work in the main collection by artists such as Goya and Manet and then took part in an artist-led workshop. The pupils found the work inspiring and have used references to artists seen on the day in their current coursework which is themed ‘Atmosphere and Emotion’.

For further information about the Courtauld Gallery please visit


Art Trip  Art Trip

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Old Street is home to Silicon Roundabout, the mass of technology businesses around Old Street junction, which boasts companies such as LastFM and Dopplr. Many established tech companies, like Google, are now flocking East to be closer to the Shoreditch area. Silicon Roundabout has created a demand for social networking roles, with companies looking for individuals with relevant experience.

The government-backed Tech City Investment Organisation has launched events in aid of increasing the amount of tech companies in the area. These sessions will pair young internet entrepreneurs with industry mentors in aid of finding the next Mark Zuckerberg, who founded the revolutionary Facebook.

David English, founder of the under-15′s tournament the Bunbury Cricket Festival, has donated a set of nets for Central Foundation Boys’ School’s indoor astroturf. Students will now be able to practise indoors with a hard ball instead of having to be bussed elsewhere.

Tom Solesbury

On Wednesday 2nd November British Rowing star and Olympian Tom Solesbury visited Central Foundation Boys’ School.

He spent the afternoon with Year 11, 12 and 13 students.  Firstly, Tom spoke about his motivation and ambition to win Gold in the 2012 Olympics, having come 13th in Beijing.  The students were fascinated to hear about his training regime which involves 3 sessions of training daily, starting at 6.30 every day.  He consumes a massive 6200 calories a day, including 2 breakfasts to give him the energy to do that level of training.  Tom has managed to travel extensively since much of the training takes place overseas.  Tom explained that if a footballer has a bad game, then they can repair the damage with the match the following Saturday whereas rowers have to wait months between competitions.  Tom took us through the unlucky series of injuries that he has had in his time as a UK Rower which are now all behind him as he seeks to get gold in 2012.

After the inspiring talk it was time to see how quickly Tom could row 100 metres on the rowing machine.  In order to do this several students and teachers posted their times in front of a lively audience.

Mr May, Mr Miah, Mr Meadows and Mr Dilley all set times of less than 20 seconds.  The fastest students were Joseani Baptista (Year 12) who set an impressive time of 16.8 seconds and Dylan Ebengo (Year 11) with 17.4 seconds.  Tom managed an incredible 14.3 seconds without breaking a sweat or (thankfully) getting an injury. 

We are incredibly grateful to both Tom and Slaughter and May for organising this unique event for the school.

We wish Tom all the best for London 2012 and hope that next time he visits us he is wearing a Gold medal around his neck.