We were delighted to receive the prestigious Leading Parent Partnership Award for the third consecutive time. Assessor feedback included, ‘Parents have very high levels of satisfaction with the school. They feel that it supports them and their children in a huge variety of way.’ Sincere thanks to the parents & carers they interviewed.
Feedback from those attending Year 11 & 13 Prize-giving was very positive. Particular thanks to our guest speaker Jon Bradbury, our Head Boy from 1988 – 1989.
Recent and upcoming musical endeavours include the Spring Concert (which featured fabulous farewell performances from Year 13 students), the Hagley Music Festival and the Summer Concert. Thanks go to Mr Raggett, Mrs Orr and Mrs Morton for their support. Staff thanks also to Mr Kilmartin and Mrs Gale who led the Berlin visit.
Some outstanding students include Taylor Gibson, Ellie-Jai Bateman, Gunvir Dhillon and Emma Warne who have received awards for high quality curricular work while Tom Stephens, Millie Hughes, Molly Ashen and Rohan Chelvarajeh-Lopez represented us superbly at Maths Challenge at Malvern College.
Students from five schools joined us for the fifth annual Year 10 Luke Chapman Trophy in April. The tournament began with a minute’s silence and saw high quality rugby and an outstanding spirit throughout.
As ever, Haybridge students are actively involved in a range of local and global citizenship initiatives.
Year 12 students Scarlett Bond, Ben Thomas, Reanna Sandhu and Lucy Robson are taking part in the Holocaust Education Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ educational programme, which has included a visit to Auschwitz/Birkenau and are currently planning how best to share their learning with fellow students via assemblies and history lessons.
Student impressions of the programme include:
“The seminars involved with the trip allow you to reflect on things that you may not have thought about before. It has made me feel lucky and made me want to learn more about the holocaust.”
“The visit gave me a new outlook on life and taught me not to take anything for granted. Thinking about it makes you thankful for everything you have and teaches you so much about what people have been through”.
For more information on the work of The Holocaust Education Trust see www.het.org.uk
Our weekly current affairs ‘Think Tank’ group for Sixth formers fielded a team for the Bromsgrove constituency inter-schools debate competition hosted at North Bromsgrove High School. We reached final and our students loved the experience. “The debate competition on Friday was fantastic, with a great energy. The Think Tank itself is a regular opportunity to look at a variety of topics in a new light and a supportive environment for different opinions and ideas.” Abigail Wareham.
And finally, a ‘loose change’ collection for Water Aid in the last week of term raised £230.
As always the spring term is an incredibly busy one not just in terms of preparations for the summer public examinations but also in the range of other exciting activities which our students can engage with.
We have around 100 students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award and our gold and silver students are currently undertaking their expeditions. We were delighted to hear that the following former students have now completed their Gold award and are awaiting a date for their presentation at St. James’s Place. Well done to Thomas Emery, Jack Dukes, Monica Reading and Jordan Williams. We also had the honour of being able to present the following current sixth form students with their Silver award. Well done to Cameron McCairn, Adrian Sidaway, Aaron Gordon, Zul-Kifl Chaudry, Emily Dennis, George Hands, Grace Law, Alex Bishop, Mia Thomas, Thomas Higgs and Daniel Greenhow.
Our school show ‘Hairspray’ was fantastic and what excitement it generated at three sell-out performances. As always the team’s commitment to quality in the acting, music, dancing, costumes, set and props to name but a few elements and the hours spent in achieving this were breath-taking and we heartily thank everyone involved.
Haybridge also took part in Science week which along with some pretty amazing awe and wonder moments including a fabulous experiment in the quad and a trip to the Big Bang Show included a Haybridge version of a Pokemon Go challenge and the search for the golden pikachu who made the occasional guest appearance at the window of the Headteacher’s office.
Haybridge High School and Sixth Form has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2015
performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data
analysis from SSAT has shown that the school is in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally
for high average grades achieved by students.
The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes award will be presented at a regional celebration event
held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
‘It’s my great pleasure to commend Haybridge High School and Sixth Form on their excellent 2015
performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at the SSAT
Educational Outcomes celebration evening. I have the privilege of visiting a lot of schools and I am
always impressed by the creativity of teachers in engaging and inspiring their students.
‘I hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and
hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Haybridge High School and Sixth Form.
Recognising and sharing successes like this is at the heart of SSAT’s mission, so I’m delighted to
congratulate Haybridge High School and Sixth Form on their achievement.’
On Wednesday 20th January our recently formed dance group of Key Stage 3 students competed in the ‘Great Big Dance Off’ competition at the Alexandra Theatre. They had practiced incredibly hard with their talented Key Stage 4 leader and competed with enthusiasm and skill. Miss Dawkins who supported the team was very proud of them as indeed are we all.
On Thursday 21st January we hosted and competed in the Rotary Club of Stourbridge ‘Youth Speaks’ competition against five other local schools. Both teams were magnificent and our Key Stage 3 team were victorious and now go through to the next round in Coventry. Although not winners in the senior team category there was much praise for our Key Stage 4 team too. Thank you to Miss Clews and Mrs Lait for all their support of the teams. In the same week I was also invited to speak to the Rotary Club of Hagley about the current educational landscape.
We recently held our new look ‘options evening’ which included a ‘Subject Fair’ in the school hall as well as our usual talks from staff. Feedback has been very positive and we are most grateful for the support we are receiving from parents/carers as we negotiate and plan for the many changes at both GCSE and A level.
We hosted a visit to Haybridge of nine educational officials from Hong Kong who were in the UK on a fact finding trip about acadamisation and governance. Our Chair of Governors Sue Fowler and I met with the group who have been most gracious in their feedback, ‘We had a particularly inspiring session with you and Sue and I am moved by your generous, valuable sharing of views and experiences’. The group presented us with a gift which is now in our trophy cabinet in the main reception area.
This year is the sixtieth anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh award and Mr Allington has been encouraging the staff to take on a ‘diamond challenge for a diamond year’. The plan is that up to forty five of us will undertake an expedition in the Black Mountains in May. On a much less energetic note as a Duke of Edinburgh Licensed organisation, Mr Allington and I have also been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in June.