National Careers Week is a celebration of careers education and guidance and is an inherent element of every school’s provision for a rich and balanced curriculum.
In order to support National Careers Week, our focus group have been delivering assemblies to all year groups, raising awareness about the changing jobs market. They have challenged students to consider the skills and qualities they may need in the future to support decisions about pathways and opportunities. Students will complete follow-up activities in PSHE lessons and during tutor time, and it’s hoped that one of them will provide a new logo that we will use on all our careers promotions in the future.
To coincide with this, eleven Year 11 students visited the 2018 Nottingham College Apprenticeships Fair. This event was held at the EMTEC site in Ruddington and was open to schools in the local area.
The students learned about the type of apprenticeships available in a variety of different work settings, with information about Level 2 entry courses, up to level 3/4/and 5. One of our ex-students was mentioned as having completed his Level2 and 3 qualifications and is now employed by Notts County Council as an apprentice ambassador.
The market place then provided an opportunity for the students to look at the different stalls, giving them ideas about the wide variety of courses
available. Students and staff agreed that the visit had been valuable, enjoyable and informative.
On Wednesday 22nd November the Rushcliffe Sports Awards Evening took place at the Becket School. During the evening many inspirational athletes in sport gave their advice to the younger athletes in the room as well as celebrated many successes within the Rushcliffe area and external clubs. Two students from the West Bridgford School; Matthew Bondswell and Alex Mighten, had been nominated for the junior athlete of the year award. Unfortunately, they did not receive the overall award however, came away from the evening with some funding towards their continued development in sport as well as a free FANS gym membership for Ruschliffe arena for the year. Alex Mighten recently represent Great Britain in the U16’s Football Tournaments gaining excellent feedback from his coaches and journalists regarding his future career. If that didn’t keep him busy enough Alex also represents Nottingham Forrest at U16’s, U18’s and has recently been selected to represent the U23’s. Matthew Bondswell also joins Alex in representing Great Britain within Football as well as playing for Nottingham Forrest U16’s and U18’s. Matthew also came 2nd within the English Schools Athletics National Competition within Triple Jump. These are some of the reasons for the boys’ nominations for the Rushcliffe Award. Jess Spencer (National Tennis), Evie Tyler (Regional Rowing) and Jude Chapman (National Hockey) also received a free FANS membership for their initial nomination. A Fantastic year for all and a brilliant evening to celebrate sporting success of students at The West Bridgford School.
The West Bridgford Dance Company was nominated as the Secondary team of the year with recent success including finishing 3rd in the last regional dance competition. The Dance Group narrowly missed out of the overall award but were very proud to be nominated and look forward to the next competition year.
The evening also included the award for the Rushcliffe Secondary School Sport of the year award. This was in relation to sporting provision and additional programmes which are offered to students to increase participation and leadership opportunities including; the sports leaders programme which is available for students from Year 10 as well as the Inter-form and extra-curricular opportunities and clubs ran by the PE department. The West Bridgford School celebrated success when it was announced that we had won the award for now the fourth year running. This was following the fantastic success of receiving the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award again for the second year. Currently, the West Bridgford School is the only secondary school in the Rushcliffe area to receive the gold award for sporting provision, competition and sporting opportunities. It was a honour to receive this award and we look forward to maintain and building upon this standard for the years to come.
More photos from the event can be viewed by clicking here
“Our school is proud to have achieved this award and we will keep progressing to make a change”
Back in 2014 we shared the news of joining the Stonewall School Champions programme. Stonewall is a UK based charity that campaigns for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights and also works for equality and justice in all sectors. After a good deal of work raising awareness about the importance of equality for all, we were extremely pleased to achieve the bronze award in 2015.
Once again, we are delighted and extremely proud to share the news with you that after some excellent work from pupils and staff, we have now been awarded the Stonewall School Champion silver award!
As you may already know, our culture & diversity programme is an important part of school life and our staff and student community support important initiatives to raise awareness about equality and celebrate diversity; our Culture & Diversity Ambassadors take a lead with such initiatives and do an incredible job. Working towards LGBT+ equality is part of our culture & diversity work, and the School Champions programme has been a great tool enabling us to develop our work in key areas with confidence and sincerity. We now look forward to going for gold!
Comments from some of our students:
“Our school does a lot more than teaching us in lessons…we have achieved the Stonewall Silver Award”
“It’s amazing to think that our school has been able to achieve such a prestigious award. I am extremely proud to be part of it”
“Gaining the silver award was a massive achievement for our school and our community. Everyone should be very proud and the fact that we have the honour of owning this award shows how accepting our school is and how great it is. It is an amazing achievement”
“I think Stonewall is a very important thing as it has impacted everyone in a positive way”
“I remember when the ‘You don’t say’ posters first went up around school. Everyone reacted really well and it helped to change people’s perspective on the LGBT+ community”
“It was such an achievement for the school to get awarded the bronze award so it was even better when we got the silver! We can’t wait to start working towards gold”
60 students and 6 staff including 3 of the school’s peripatetic Music teachers had a wonderful time in the Rhine valley during the last week of the Summer term for the third West Bridgford School’s Music trip to Germany. We stayed in the idyllic setting of Bacharach Castle Youth Hostel – an amazing place to rest our weary heads at the end of each day’s sight-seeing and concert activities. Performances were in the towns of Rudesheim – a half mile walk downhill (uphill on the way back!) with amps, instruments, music stands etc in 90 degree heat; Boppard, on the banks of the Rhine, for which we had our smallest and least enthusiastic audience; and finally, a spa town called Bad Muenster which was definitely the best performance despite the heavens opening half an hour beforehand – all hands to the pump with tissues wiping all the seats down! The students as ever were excellent – great fun on the acting evening and extremely keen and helpful with all the organisation. Thanks to Mrs McKee, Miss Richardson, Mr Dyer, Noah Noutch, Merri Knight and Claire Seedhouse for the giving of their time.
Photos can be viewed here
Some of the Performances can be viewed by clicking here
If you like what you have seen, there will be a DVD with 15-20 of the best performances during the tour available for the cost of the blank DVD. Please email Mr Dyer if you wish to purchase a copy