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NEWS T NEW STAFF


AGFS CHARACTER STUDIES LAUNCH AT AGFS


he beginning of the new academic year sees the launch of the AGFS ‘Character’ programme. We know that academic qualifications alone are not enough to secure our scholars positions in the UK’s top universities and


professional careers. Scholars need the manners, confidence, oracy and character dispositions to be able to sell themselves and hold their own amongst others who may have had a more advantageous start in life. Each week this year, scholars have focussed on a ‘character disposition’ that links to a school value. They have heard readings linked to this disposition and they have reflected on how they are developing this disposition in assembly and tutor periods. Year 7 Family Lunch has also involved discussion of these character dispositions along with the opportunity to share their appreciation to those who have helped them most that day.


This term, students have focussed on the following dispositions: VICTORIA GAINEY ASSISTANT HEADTEACHER/SENCO I


started working at AGFS in September as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Safeguarding and


SEND. I am really enjoying my time here and feel grateful to have the opportunity to work with such fantastic students, parents and staff.


I studied Criminology and Psychology at the University of Southampton. Following this I trained to be a teacher and have spent the past twelve years as a History and Citizenship teacher in a school in East London. I recently received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Warwick and this has helped me prepare for the role of Assistant Headteacher. At my previous school, I spent a lot of time working with SEND students as a member of the Safeguarding Team and this gave me the experience needed for my current role.


The SEND Department at AGFS is amazing. The staff work incredibly hard to ensure that students with SEND make exceptional progress and this can be seen in the Progress 8 score which puts SEND students at AGFS far above SEND students nationally and in line with non- SEND students nationally. The students are motivated and ambitious and this can be seen in the way they approach their learning. I am looking forward to working with staff and students to continue developing the SEND Department and building on current successes.


VALUE Ambition Fellowship Ambition Fellowship Growth


Scholarship Scholarship Fellowship Fellowship Growth


Scholarship Growth


Ambition


DISPOSITION Tenacity Society


Competition Openness Reflection


Inquisitiveness Rigour


Empathy Tolerance Caution Reason


Responsibility Resilience


A New Approach To Independent Learning


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or scholars to be successful, they must be more independent and take more responsibility for their learning at home. To help scholars develop this vital independence, teachers are using a new approach to independent learning.


Scholars are now expected to use www.quizlet.com to learn and practise the most important knowledge required for their next lessons. Teachers will share the link to the specific knowledge with scholars via Show My Homework and scholars will be tested on their memory of this knowledge in each lesson.


At Key Stage 3, students should be spending approximately 60 minutes each evening practising on Quizlet. At Key Stage 4, students should spend at least sixty minutes each evening using Quizlet before completing additional independent learning tasks.


If parents do not have access to Show My Homework, please contact the Form Tutor in the first instance.


AMBITION GROWTH FELLOWSHIP SCHOLARSHIP


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