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Year 9 Air Cadets Application

September 29th, 2017

Later this year, the school will be launching a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) in association with the Royal Air Force. The opportunity is open to 25 students from Year 9. Pupils who wish to join need to complete and return the application and consent form by Thursday 5th October.


Both forms can be found by Cadets Letter.

David Dein taking a question from a Year 10 pupil

In late September, Central Foundation welcomed Premier League architect David Dein to deliver a lecture to over 100 students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Dein is the former vice-chairman of both Arsenal FC and the Football Association. He served as vice-chairman of Arsenal from 1983 – 2007, having invested his own money in the club and was responsible for transforming Highbury into an all-seater stadium.

He joined the Football Association as a board member and later took a place on the council. It was there he became a major architect in the creation of the Premier League in 1992, which has revolutionised football in England.

During his lecture, Dein discussed the reasons behind his plan to restructure football. He detailed why his work was successful, both as a business and sporting strategy, and the challenges he faced in implementing it. After the lecture, Dein fielded questions from the students who were intrigued to analyse his career both from a role within business management and with respect to sport as a leisure activity.


A-level biologists taking field samples in Epping Forest

Over two weeks in September, A-level biologists visited Epping Forest in Essex to further their studies.

The two-day field trip to Greater London’s largest open space saw the students learn a variety of techniques used by ecologists to sample habitats, collect data and analyse trends. On the first day they used systematic sampling to investigate the correlation between soil compaction and the abundance of grass.

On their second day, they paid particular attention to pollarded trees which are a feature of Epping Forest. They are useful as they become a habitat for a range of species.

They returned to the laboratory to analyse the data and were shown different ways that they can put this data together to form a presentation by professional scientists. The field trip gave the students a greater understanding of biology in action and has helped prepared them for their A-level exams next summer.

More photos of the field trip can be seen in the gallery by clicking here.

GCSE Geographers were kept busy tracking data through the Debden Brook

In September 2017, GCSE Geographers visited Epping Forest to conduct a series of experiments to collect evidence towards 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 along the Debden Brook 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.

16 pupils achieved the new grade 9

In the first set of results to include the new, reformed English Language, English Literature and Maths GCSEs, Central Foundation Boys’ School are celebrating another outstanding set of outcomes.

The new English and Maths GCSEs, graded on final exams rather than coursework as well as exams, have been described as the most difficult since the 1980s.  The new GCSEs are graded from 1 to 9, with a new top grade of 9 only being awarded to about 2% of students across the country.  The School is delighted that its students achieved 3 times this number of top grades with 10 students being awarded a grade 9 in English and 9 students a grade 9 in Maths.

The School is very proud of the achievement of all of the students in the new reformed GCSEs.  87% of students achieved a ‘standard pass’ of a grade 4, equivalent to a grade C, or better in both English and Maths. 70% of students achieved a ‘strong pass’ of a grade 5 or better in both English and Maths.

In English Language and Literature, 91% of the students achieved a grade 4 or above with 43% achieving grade 7, 8 or 9.  In Maths, 90% of the students achieved a grade 4 or above with 34% of the whole cohort achieving grade 7, 8 or 9.

There has been outstanding attainment and progress from students of all abilities with 34% of all grades at GCSE awarded as 7, 8, 9, A* or A. Science has continued to perform strongly, with 81% of students achieving at least a C grade, with 40% achieving A* or A. This exceptional student performance continued across the breadth of the curriculum with EBacc subjects performing particularly well including Computing (100% A*-C), French (95%), Spanish (86%), History (88%) and Geography (75%). ICT and Business Studies GCSE results were once again outstanding with A*-C% at 94% and 82% respectively. The creative faculty was well represented with Drama results of 95%.

Among the results, there were many individual success stories including:

Liam Elliott Brady who achieved two 9s, an 8, six A*s and two As.

Louis Jackson who achieved two 9s, an 8, four A*s and two As.

Fernando Rodriguez-Santamaria who achieved a 9, a 7, five A*s, four As.

Mehmet Gul who achieved a 9, two 7s, two A*s and six As.

Gabriel Rogers-Mullen who achieved a 9, an 8, a 7, seven A*s and one A.

Abubakar Buwe who achieved a 9, a 7, seven A*s and an A.

Ronnie Swash who achieved a 9, an 8, a 7, five A*s and two As.

Mateusz Kopiec who achieved two 8s, a five A*s and four As.

Headteacher Jamie Brownhill said, “Central Foundation believes every young person can be successful whatever their starting point or background and our results demonstrate that we have made this belief a reality. Our students have made exceptional progress throughout their time at the school and we are particularly delighted at the large number of top grades.”


Slaughter & May tutors advising students on how to write their personal statement

In the third week of September, Year 13 finalised their applications to university with the first Central Futures tutorial of the year.

Central Futures, the school’s team which is dedicated to securing a pathway for all pupils after they leave the school, held its first tutorial session of the year last Wednesday. The session reunited the Year 13s with their tutors from Slaughter & May, a leading international law firm which works in a partnership with the School and the Access Project charity.

In June, tutors were assigned to each of the pupils to help them write their UCAS personal statements and to offer guidance for university applications through weekly sessions in June, July and over the summer. There will be two more sessions held before students submit their applications. Although the UCAS application deadline is in January, Central Futures team ensures all pupils have applied by October so that they can spend the rest of the year focussing on their studies.

In 2017, 82% of Central Foundation Year 13 students went on to university with 65% securing a place at the most selective universities in the country.


Annual Review

September 20th, 2017

The 2016-2017 edition of the Annual Review can be read by clicking here.