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Principal's Blog 9th March 2019

9 March 2019
Principal's Blog 9th March 2019


This week, six students on the Extended Certificate Applied General Business course received their results from an examination they sat in mid-January. This is the first time the school has run this course, a more practical alternative to the ‘A’ Level Business course, and the results were fabulous – Hannah scored an almost perfect mark of 96% and was awarded a well-deserved Distinction, Etai and Max gained hard-earned Merits, and Morgan, Eden, and Cameron all passed Unit 1, a course focused on Financial Planning and Analysis.

Distinction in the course is equivalent to an A grade at ‘A’ Level, with Merit and Pass being equivalent to grades C and E respectively. To gain the Extended Certificate, students need to pass two examinations, and four controlled assignments. The course allows students to re-sit if they fail. All the students are genuinely pleased that we have not had to take up this option this year! Congratulations to them all!

The Co op has supported the development of Fairtrade since its inception with the distinctive Mark launched in 1994. Once again this retailer in the village, has kindly helped us in our teaching of Fairtrade, by donating products over this designated Fairtrade Fortnight.

Co-op’s commitment to Fairtrade sugar, for example, has bought back around £1million to sugar cane farmers in Belize and means that they can support more small farmers to increase farm productivity and improve their standard of living. In addition thousands of smallholder coffee producers in Colombia and Guatemala have been helped and so far 25 families have built new roofs, bathroom and kitchen facilities in their homes due to the scheme with banana growers.

Shortly three groups of pupils from Wroughton Junior School will be visiting us to carry out some practical food work and also taking part in a design competition with the winning design receiving a rather splendid Fairtrade prize donated by Co-op. A lovely Easter treat for the lucky winner!

A level English students were excited to meet Dr. Mariadele Boccardi, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for English Literature and English Literature with Writing at UWE Bristol this week and were treated to a talk about critical approaches to Othello and insights into studying English at university. This really inspired our students and some have already integrated the approaches we discussed into their coursework essays.

We hope this will be start of a special relationship with UWE and that students will have many more opportunities to work with staff and attend future events at UWE, Bristol.

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