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NEWSLETTER Spring term 2019 MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER


YEAR 11 SET TO RAISE THE BAR ONCE AGAIN


Dear Friends of Ark Greenwich Free School,


A


s we approach the Easter recess the school is in full flow and our sights remain firmly set on


becoming the best school in London.


Our Year 11 students are in a strong position and look set to raise the bar for the third consecutive year in their GCSE examinations this summer. We wish them every success as we approach 13 May and the start of the public examination period. Year 11 Parents should refer to our website for information on the Year 11 Easter Revision Program of Workshops.


The calm and purposeful culture for learning around school this term has been particularly pleasing. Teachers are using this culture as a foundation from which to embed a number of innovative classroom-based strategies.


Our reputation in the field of education is growing rapidly and we now regularly


welcome a range of guests to the school.


This term we have received visits from representatives from the UK Department for Education, teachers from various other schools, educationists and even a delegation of Chinese students and teachers. All have been keen to study the AGFS model. We are always happy to welcome guests from the sector to our school and to collaborate in order to share good practice and to develop our offer further still.


I am very pleased to be able to confirm that we have extended our curriculum offer for September 2019, to now include Religious Studies/Philosophy at KS3 and Photography at GCSE level. In Year 9 students will now select a full range of 10 academic GCSE qualifications which will put them in the strongest possible position for post-16 education.


Please check our website for adjustments to the timings of the school day from September 2019.


This term students have enjoyed a range of trips and events including - but not exclusive to - Paris, Geography field trip to the Essex coast, The Globe Theatre,


AMBITION GROWTH FELLOWSHIP SCHOLARSHIP


London’s West End, V&A Museum, Forensic Science Day and the wonderful Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.


We have also celebrated International Women’s Day with a series of workshops and assemblies and enjoyed the hugely successful World Book Day where so many members of our school community dressed up as their favourite literary characters. But perhaps the highlight of the term was the brilliant school production of Hairspray.


All of these experiences bring such breadth to the offer and I’m delighted that we are able to continue to provide these opportunities for our students.


I wish you all a restful Easter break and look forward to seeing students for a later start at 10:50am on Tuesday 23rd April.


Rhys Spiers Headteacher


ARK GREENWICH FREE SCHOOL


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