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Remembrance Day assembly

November 10th, 2017

The String Quintent performing Dido's Lament

This morning, Central Foundation honoured the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day with a whole school Remembrance Day assembly.

The assembly saw an address from Mr Brownhill, explaining the significance of Remembrance Day and the symbol of the poppy. This was followed by a reading from pupils of the poems In Flanders Fields and Rudyard Kipling’s My Boy Jack. Mr Brownhill discussed the history of In Flanders Fields and how it has come to be used in memorial services as well as the personal nature of Kipling’s poem, in part about his son who was lost in the First World War.

A musical piece followed each poem, with the Chamber Choir singing Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and the String Quintet performing Dido’s Lament by Henry Purcell.

The assembly concluded with the laying of three wreaths by the First World War Memorial

The two minutes’ silence commenced with an extract from The Fallen by Lawrence Binyon. After this Tommy from Year 9 played The Last Post to begin the silence. During the two minutes’ silence, three wreaths were laid at the school’s  War Memorial, which displays the names of all former pupils who lost their lives in the First and Second World War.

A wreath was laid on behalf of former pupils by Mr Borsak, a student at the school between 1948 and 1955. He was orphaned during the war when he lost his parents in the Blitz. He subsequently did his national service in the RAF, serving in Egypt during the Suez Crisis. A second wreath was laid by Ms Harrison on behalf of the employees of the school and a third wreath was laid by the School Captain on behalf of all the current pupils of the school.

 

Castle Making Competition

October 20th, 2017

Nine of the winners standing behind their winning castles


In the first half of the Autumn term, the history department ran a competition for Year 7s to build a model of a mediaeval castle.

The Year 7s overwhelmed the department with entries, leading to a lunch time exhibition for the Year group and teachers. The models were judged on accuracy, effort and attention to detail.

However, two of the winning castles were not present on the day of judging. This was due to one entry being made out of ginger bread and another was a cake sculpted from a Victoria sponge cake. Both of these castles were eaten by their respective classes before the competition day itself.

After much deliberation, the history team of Ms McMahon, Mr Scivyer and Mr Russell picked ten winners. Their reward will be a day trip to the Tower of London, where they will see a lot of what they learnt through the project in action.

More photographs of the model making competition can be viewed in our gallery by clicking 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.”

 

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