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NEWSLETTER Autumn term 2019 AGFS AGFS AGFS AGFS AGFS AGFS AGFS


END OF TERM MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER


Dear Friends of Ark Greenwich Free School,


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t has been a typically busy term at AGFS as we enter the next phase of our journey towards becoming


consistently one of the highest performing schools in England. Standards have genuinely never been higher both inside and outside of the classroom.


A renewed focus on developing student character has impacted widely across the school. It is noticeable that students have become more confident when speaking publicly, that they put the needs of others before their own and are increasingly courteous and polite. When travelling to and from school, our students allow members of the public and younger children onto the bus first and will willingly give up their seat if needed. I know this because I am frequently contacted by members of the public who wish to congratulate our students on their behaviour in the local community. I am equally proud of the voluntary work that our students are undertaking in local care homes and primary schools where they are reading and playing board games with residents and supporting children with literacy


and numeracy respectively. Staff have organised a range of events and activities this term to add breadth and balance to the student experience. The recent Prize Evening and Year 7 Matriculation Event was attended by nearly 300 people and represented a wonderful celebration of the achievements of our students. Our first whole-school cross-country run was also a big success – next year we will be inviting parents to join us! Black History Month celebrations and various Careers Fairs and Post-16 events have also been well received. Our Year 6 Open Events this year were busier than ever, so word is certainly getting out!


A considerable amount of work has also taken place to further refine classroom practice this term. The introduction of Quizlet as a central resource for homework and key curriculum content is helping students to master the core knowledge they need. The adjusted four-part lesson ringfences more time for independent practice where students grapple with and apply new knowledge in different and increasingly challenging contexts. Our teachers are thinking even more deeply about curriculum design, sequencing and topic weighting than


ever before and the techniques used in lessons to engage students and check for understanding are fast becoming exemplary.


Feedback from students has so far been very positive with many stating that they are learning more and making stronger progress – this is certainly evidenced in the end of term exams. Year 11 students in particular have made an exceptional start to the year with Sixth-Form applications and Careers conversations at an advanced stage. We are expecting big things from this Year group.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all AGFS staff for their hard work this term. Our dedicated team are utterly committed to ensuring our students succeed and fulfil their potential.


I wish you a relaxing and safe Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.


Mr Rhys Spiers Headteacher


AMBITION GROWTH FELLOWSHIP SCHOLARSHIP


ARK GREENWICH FREE SCHOOL


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