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Year 8 Scholars Visit Oxford

October 26th, 2015

The Year 8 group in front of Wadham College

As part of the school’s dedication to encouraging ambition in our pupils, a group of Year 8 students recently visited Oxford University.

Twelve pupils from Year 8 journeyed to Wadham College, Oxford on Monday 19th October with Mr Beach and Ms Bagot. The visit launched the Scholar’s Programme at Central Foundation Boys’ School, which will see the pupils tutored by an Oxford PhD student. The programme is organised by The Brilliant Club, a non-profit organisation that exists to widen access to top universities for  pupils from non-selective state schools.

The Year 8s took lunch alongside the Oxford undergraduates

As well as being tutored by a PhD student from Oxford, the pupils will be coached in writing a university-style dissertation at the end of the six week course to improve their discursive skills, as well as to encourage them to think analytically and from different perspectives.

Public speaking workshops

October 16th, 2015

Each boy spoke multiple times throughout the day in front of the class

Yesterday, Year 9 English pupils were involved in a day-long public speaking workshop led by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established by Eastender Jack Petchey and aims to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society. The workshops are intended to raise their aspirations by improving their confidence through experience of talking in front of people and to learn techniques used by experienced speakers. During the day every boy in the group spoke in front of the others. After each boy gave an initial speech, the workshop focussed individually on style, structure and then content to develop the boys’ speaking style and learn how to improve their oratory piece by piece. The school will continue to emphasise the importance of public speaking later on in the year when the four school Houses compete in the Inter-House Public Speaking Competition.

Annual Review

October 13th, 2015

This year’s Annual Review, looking back on the past year of Central Foundation Boys’ School’s ambition and success, is available to read by clicking here.

Four A level art students walking in front of the Tate Modern's iconic tower


Four Sixth Form students visited the Tate Modern art gallery last week to enhance their understanding of the variety of forms art can take.

Many museums and art galleries in London are free to view. To encourage the students to take advantage of the opportunity London provides Mr Coyle, Head of Art, took the class to view the Tate’s collection of some of the world’s most well known modern artists.

As well as admiring the Tate’s regular collection, the class also viewed the touring exhibition The World Goes Pop. This limited exhibition, which stays until January, gave the pupils a detailed and first-hand insight into the explosion of pop art, which became most famous in the ’60s and ’70s led by Andy Warhol. As the pupils work towards their final art exam at the end of this academic year, they will take some inspiration from the 64 artists that comprised the exhibition.

Epping Forest Field Trip

October 5th, 2015

The Year 11s recording primary evidence for their coursework


In September 2015, two classes of GCSE Geography pupils visited Epping Forest to conduct a series of experiments that would later make up part of their coursework.

With so much planned for their course, the Year 11s had not a moment to lose and so on the Thursday and Friday of the first month back they set off into Epping Forest. The forest is London’s largest open space at nearly 6,000 acres.

The students spent the two days collecting primary data for their assessment, investigating the hypothesis that Epping Forest is being sustainably and effectively managed and maintained.

Their focus while in Epping Forest was to investigate the pressure visitors can put upon local vegetation. They also researched and evaluated the effectiveness of the management strategies.

After returning, they spent their lessons analysing data and putting together a presentation to either support or reject the hypothesis.

For more images from their field trip, visit the gallery or click here.