The cancellation of the usual Autumn Term Curriculum Enrichment Days due to Covid-19 has not prevented students in Years 7 & 8 from getting into the (sustainable) Christmas spirit. Mr Gray and the Tutor Teams organised events such a making sustainable Christmas trees and decorations, as well as a Santa Dash around the all-weather pitches. Alongside the festive fun, students also brought in donations to the St Albans Step Feed food bank. All events earned House points towards the 2020-21 inter-House competition.
Each year we run an Inter-House Bake-Off, with profits from the cake sale going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Due to Covid restrictions, the 2020 competition was made virtual, with entries submitted by photograph of the students’ (and parents’?) masterpieces. You can view a montage of some of the FANTASTIC entries here.
Thank you to all participants – shoppers and bakers – and organisers …
Having been denied many of the rites of passage which typically mark the end of Year 11, the celebrations were all the more heartfelt when students were welcomed back to Beaumont to collect their GCSE results. ‘I am delighted that, after so much uncertainty, the hard work and commitment of our students has been recognised through such an outstanding set of results’, said Head of Year, Ms. Moody. ‘They are a credit to the students, as well as the teachers and pastoral staff who have supported them over the last five years’. Headteacher, Mr Atkinson, added, ‘I am confident that the capabilities of our students have been fully recognised through a rigorous and fair assessment process this year and I am pleased that so many of them have chosen to continue their studies in our Sixth Form.’
Jubilation mixed with relief as students received their ‘A’ level results today. After a summer of national disruption and uncertainty, Beaumont’s Class of 2020 has been awarded grades which have enabled a very high number of students to achieve places at their choice of universities. Mr Atkinson commented, ‘I am delighted that the hard work of the students and their teachers has been recognised in this way. As a school, we took great care to ensure that the process for submitting Centre Assessed Grades was rigorous, evidence-based and fair and the exam boards have validated our judgements. Our students are leaving equipped with skills for life-long learning and qualifications they can trust, with at least eight of them gaining places on prestigious university courses in Dentistry and Medicine, which is a record for the school’.
Congratulations to our under 13 Boys’ Football team, who last week progressed to the National Cup semi finals after a 4- 1 win vs George Abbot School. Goals from Tom Flower, Ed Purple, Freddie Yeo and Owen Weaver capped a brilliant team performance. The competition originally had 691 teams entered, highlighting this fantastic achievement. Best of luck for the next round!
Richard Blair, son of the world renown and award-winning author George Orwell, visited the school yesterday to talk to students about his father’s life and work. Both staff and students met Mr Blair, who brought with him a first edition of one of his father’s most famous works (and our recent “whole school read”), Animal Farm.
A partnership between Beaumont and Sir John Lawes Schools has been announced as one of only 11 providers to support the delivery of the Chartered Teacher Programme. The Programme, led by the Chartered College of Teaching, the professional body for teaching, celebrates the excellent practice occurring in classrooms every single day.
As a provider, Beaumont and Sir John Lawes Schools will play a crucial role in working with teachers across Hertfordshire and surrounding areas to achieve Chartered Teacher Status with the launch of the next cohort in April. This includes supporting teachers with training opportunities and highly-skilled mentors. The 15 month programme will be based at Beaumont School in St Albans and is open to teachers with at least three years of experience, who have shown that they are working at a high level and have a strong commitment to professional development.
Martin Atkinson, Headteacher of Beaumont School, and Claire Robins, Headteacher of Sir John Lawes School, said: ‘We are delighted that our schools are working together on this exciting new project in collaboration with the Chartered College. Most importantly, the Chartered Teacher Programme will enable dedicated local teachers to develop their practice and to do an even better job of providing an excellent education for the young people of our region.’
The Beaumont Big Band performed a range of classics and favourites from their wide repertoire at their 10th anniversary concert on Saturday, to a sell-out audience. Several alumni took part in the celebrations which raised money for the planned new Beaumont Arts Centre. Thanks go to the BSA who ran the catering and bar at this very successful fundraising event.
Congratulations go to Dr Jones and her team of successful Lego “engineers” who have won the Research Project Award in the regional First Lego League competition.
Phased return of students to school
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