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Robert Peston

Last October BBC Business Editor Robert Peston visited the school to give a presentation to some of our students. The talk was titled ’What’s obsessing me – the great debt shuffle’. The talk posed key questions such as ‘Why are we in such an economic mess?’, ‘Why are rich countries going through difficult times?’ and ‘What is the role of the banking system?’

The BBC filmed the event for a programme Peston was working on about the economic crisis. This has now aired and shows footage of Peston visiting the school and talking with our students.

You can watch the programme on BBC’s iplayer:

Central Foundation Boys’ School features 41 minutes into the programme.

You can read all about Robert Peston’s visit to the school here:

Jack Petchey Speak Out Awards

December 14th, 2011

Speaking & Listening Training

24 of our Year 10 students who have a talent for speaking and listening recently received training by experts from The Speaker’s Trust. From this group 3 students (Milo Maris, Charlie Kirby-Jacobs and Cyrus Stephen Smith) were selected to represent the school at the Jack Petchey Speak Out Awards Challenge, which took place last Monday 12th December.

The Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge is a public speaking competition run by SpeakersBank in schools throughout London and Essex. It is the largest speaking competition for young people in the world with over 70,000 Year 10 students from 32 boroughs in London and 14 districts in Essex having participated in the challenge.

The competition gives the students the opportunity to talk openly and honestly on any subject they feel strongly about. The finalists had to plan and perform 3 minute speeches in front of a panel of of VIP judges and representatives from other schools. Two years ago our student Idris Sobande was the overall winner of this award.

It was a long tiring session and the event went on until 8.30pm at Holloway University, but the students’ enthusiasm and fantastic public speaking skills were a credit to the school. All of them performed with great poise and confidence and they held their own. Unfortunately, we didn’t win any prizes this year, but the students were certainly winners, as were all of the Year 10 pupils who took part in the public speaking training.

For more information about the Jack Petchey Speak Out Awards visit:


Speaking & Listening Training  Speaking & Listening Training

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Sport Tournaments Turn up Medals

December 14th, 2011

Central Foundation Boys’ School has won medals in two recent district tournaments.

Our Year 8 table tennis team achieved third place and our Year 9 basketball team came second out of all the schools in the district that entered.

Congratulations to both teams!


Year 8 Table Tennis Team  Year 9 Basketball Team

On 8th December 18 GCSE Art students from Year 10 went to the Whitechapel Gallery to visit the exhibition of contemporary paintings by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal. Artist Victoria Turnbull showed the students around the exhibition and then ran a practical painting workshop for with them. The day was really enjoyable for all involved and will help provide inspiration back in the classroom.

For further information about the exhibition, which is free and runs until 1st January 2012, please visit



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CFBS vs City of London Academy

December 11th, 2011

Year 8 Basketball Team

Central Foundation Boys’ School gained yet another win last month. This time it was the Year 8 Basketball team who shone, beating City of London Academy – Islington with a score of 20-16.

Congratulations to the team!

To find out all the school’s upcoming sport matches and latest results please visit the Sport Results & Fixtures section.


Basketball Match  Basketball Match

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DebateMate Showcase

Central Foundation Boys’ School’s star debating students Elliot Colley and George Benson, both Year 9, were invited by national debating programme Debate Mate to showcase their skills to group of lawyers at Deutsche Bank. Elliot and George are part of the team who were finalists in Debate Mate’s national competition last term.

During this ‘learn and lunch’ session at Deutsche Bank our students debated the motion; this house is against interracial adoption. They opposed students from St. Angela’s Ursuline School, who were the winners of last year’s Debate Mate competition .

After a heated debate, and posing some complex questions, the lawyers chose the side they felt gave the best argument, attempting to leave their personal opinion out of the decision. Most agreed that Central Foundation Boys’ School were the strongest team and they won the debate.

Our students and continuing to improve their ability to debate and form arguments, both within and outside of the classroom, through these frequent opportunities provided by the Debate Mate programme.  The school debate club continues to run every Wednesday after school and is an excellent chance to develop your public speaking skills.

For furthers details on Debate Mate visit their website:


Outside Deutsche Bank  Preparing for the debate

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Students with Reggie Yates

The Islington Gazette have featured an article about the school’s recent Founder’s Day in the latest edition of their newspaper.

Founder’s Day is an annual event which celebrates the work of the school’s founder Rev William Rogers and gives awards to students for academic achievement.

This year Radio One DJ, and Central Foundation Boys’ School alumni member, Reggie Yates was there to award prizes and give an inspirational speech.

Islington Youth Council

December 3rd, 2011

 Islington Youth Council

Last month, 39 young people came along to the Islington youth council information session to collect their application pack and to find out what being a youth councillor is all about, and had the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the role.

As well as hearing from the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Richard Watts, Executive Member for Children and Families, and some Young Advisers from Lewisham, they took part in sessions with staff to go through the application process.

Thanks to all the young people who attended. This is an exciting new initiative, which will give them a chance to have their say by – among other ways – influencing how money is spent on services for them. By standing as a youth councillor, they’ll learn loads and get great experiences, which will look really good on their CV.

The deadline to apply to stand as a candidate in February’s youth council election has ended but there are many ways they can still be involved in decision making in the borough. If they are interested please encourage them to complete the online form at:, contact or call 020 7527 2552.

For more information, visit

Design a Dragon Competition

December 2nd, 2011

Draw a Dragon Competition

Year 9 student George Riley recently won a national art competition run by Hodder & Stoughton for their publication The Song of the Quarkbeast by British novelist Jasper Fforde. The novel is the first in “The Last Dragonslayer” trilogy, set in an alternate world where magic is real.

Jasper himself picked the winner and the artwork has now been published, along with a congratulatory message from Jasper.

In the book Jasper wrote:

This was a very tricky decision for us as the quality was very high indeed, but after much consideration we decided that George Riley’s was the winning entry. We felt that not only was it a very striking image that has been undertaken with much skill and thought, but also captured the spirit of Jennifer’s world, with cars and cooling towers. We also liked the dragon with a long, sinuous neck for peering inquisitively at stuff, and quite naturally, a long tail to balance it. It’s a lovely picture – thank you!”

You can view George’s published artwork here: Artwork 

The Song of the Quarkbeast is now available to buy in hardback from all good book stores. Congratulations again to George!