Teamwork gets Stamford pupils back in the classroom
As schools across the UK face severe logistical challenges in reopening for pupils, the state and independent schools sectors are working together in Stamford to ensure that local Year 6 children can return safely to the classroom.
11th June 2020 — As schools across the UK face severe logistical challenges in reopening for pupils, the state and independent schools sectors are working together in Stamford to ensure that local Year 6 children can return safely to the classroom.
Malcolm Sargent Primary School has around 400 pupils currently eligible to return to school, all of whom need to be accommodated in small groups of no more than 15, and the school’s own campus is not large enough to house all of the pupils and staff safely.
One group of a dozen students has now been given exclusive use of a teaching block at Stamford School, and the children will attend each day to learn with their own teacher.
Nick Gallop, Head of Stamford School, said: “With maximum class sizes set at half their normal capacity, primary schools all over the country are facing enormous challenges in accommodating pupils in line with Government guidance. Schools not only need twice the normal number of classrooms and staff, but they are facing real issues in being able to provide enough outdoor space for all of these groups to play and exercise safely. I am delighted that we have been able to accommodate this group of pupils from Malcolm Sargent, and we are keen to offer any help and support we can to help all pupils in Stamford to get back to school as quickly and safely as possible.”
Tristan Revell, Principal of Malcolm Sargent Primary School, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the support that has been offered by our local secondary schools: Casterton College, Stamford Welland and of course the Stamford Endowed Schools. This is a unique and invaluable opportunity for these Year 6 pupils which will help them enormously at the end of an unprecedented academic year.
“It is an important milestone in our “reset” plan to expand our current provision from 250 pupils on site currently, to offer all remaining pupils time in school before the end of term.
“We are contending with the twin pressures of physical & staff space as we have to accommodate children in small “pod” groups, this assistance will help alleviate the former of these pressures on us, in turn also allowing further pupils to return to school- thank you! This partnership shows the strength of the Stamford community in coming together to meet this national challenge.“
The Stamford Endowed Schools have already welcomed back Nursery, Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 pupils, and are preparing to open for Years 10 and 12 from Monday next week.
Stamford School Students compete at Lego League final
Stamford School’s Lego League robotics team have achieved 25th out of 66 teams at the England and Wales National Finals of the First Lego League.
3rd March 2020 — Stamford School’s Lego League robotics team have achieved 25th out of 66 teams at the England and Wales National Finals of the First Lego League.
Mr Jamie Laird, Teacher of Physics at Stamford School and coordinator of the Lego club, said: “The pressure at this event was immense, with 66 teams battling to qualify for a place at the World Lego-League Championships. Each round of competition was live-streamed on Youtube and the team managed to improve their score each round.
“Alas, the team failed to make the knock-out stage but finished a credible 25th overall. Disappointed but eager to reach the World finals, the pupils are already back at school, developing their design process and programming skills, ready to slay all adversaries pitted against them next year!”
SES celebrate the 60th anniversary of their German exchange
Students, staff and alumni of the Stamford Endowed Schools have been celebrating the 60th Anniversary of their annual German Exchange with Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium in Bonn. The exchange is thought to be one of the longest-running German exchange programmes in the country.
21st November 2019 — Students, staff and alumni of the Stamford Endowed Schools have been celebrating the 60th Anniversary of their annual German Exchange with Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium in Bonn. The exchange is thought to be one of the longest-running German exchange programmes in the country.
The week-long exchange involves around a dozen students each year, with those from Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium visiting Stamford each November, and the return leg of the exchange occurring in March. Visiting students enjoyed trips to Cambridge and London, alongside participating in lessons, attending Stamford’s ‘Charity Rock’ fundraiser concert, and a weekend with their host families.
Celebrations for the 60th anniversary began with students experiencing a guided tour of Burghley House. The outgoing and new Principals of Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium, Mr Ernst-Martin Heel and Mr Nicolas Heel, alongside the partner school’s Headmaster, Dr Ulrich Drescher and his wife, Mrs Kerstin Krüsselmann, who co-ordinates the exchange joined the group for the afternoon.
Coffee and cakes were enjoyed in the 18th Century Orangery Restaurant, where Rob Persani, of Rutland Radio, interviewed staff and students about their exchange experiences.
In the evening, guests from the Stamford Endowed Schools and Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium enjoyed a dinner hosted by the Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, Mr Will Phelan, where a video was presented showing the early days of the exchange. Mr Phelan spoke about the history of the exchange and presented the German Principal with Katie Cardew prints of both Stamford School and Stamford High School. In return, Mr Heel Senior presented the Schools with a statue of Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born in Bonn.
Stamford School teacher awarded Fellowship by Chartered College of Teaching
David Tuck, Head of Politics at Stamford School, has been awarded Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT). This is the most prestigious membership offered by the professional body for teaching, which recognises significant contribution, achievement, skill and expertise of teachers and leaders to the profession.
7th November 2019 — David Tuck, Head of Politics at Stamford School, has been awarded Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT). This is the most prestigious membership offered by the professional body for teaching, which recognises significant contribution, achievement, skill and expertise of teachers and leaders to the profession.
To become a Fellow, an individual requires at least ten years teaching experience and to have shown a significant and sustained contribution to the teaching profession. Fellows of the Chartered College, who receive the post-nominals FCCT, play an important role in shaping the future of the profession and supporting future generations of teachers to deliver the best education for young people.
David has taught at Burgess Hill Girls, Eltham College and for the last four years has been Head of Politics at Stamford School. He has co-written two ‘A’ level Politics textbooks and is an experienced inset trainer, education consultant and examiner.
David commented on his achievement: “It’s a wonderful honour to be awarded a fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching. I would like to thank Marilyn Kelly, Tim Clarke, Nick Gallop, Hodder Education and all my colleagues at Stamford Endowed Schools for their support.”
Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, said: “On behalf of the Chartered College of Teaching, congratulations on becoming a Fellow. This richly deserved recognition is given to highly experienced colleagues working across the profession. Our Fellows have an important role to play in raising the status of teaching and supporting teachers to be the best that they can be. I look forward to our working together.”
Stamford School Student to compete for GB at Duathlon European Championships
Stamford School student, Sam Hughes, Year 11, recently ran and cycled his way to success, achieving second at the European Age Group Duathlon Qualifiers, held in Bedford on the 13th October 2019. This achievement deservingly wins his place to compete for Great Britain within his age group team at the Duathlon European Championships, 2020.
13th October 2019 — Stamford School student, Sam Hughes, Year 11, recently ran and cycled his way to success, achieving second at the European Age Group Duathlon Qualifiers, held in Bedford on the 13th October 2019. This achievement deservingly wins his place to compete for Great Britain within his age group team at the Duathlon European Championships, 2020.
The duathlon encompassed a 5km run and 20km cycle, followed by a final 2.5km run. Racing within the Under 20s age category, despite being just 15, Sam was required to achieve a top three position out of seven fellow athletes within his age bracket to be eligible to race for Great Britain.
Despite challenging weather conditions, Sam came first out of these seven competitors, and second overall at the under 20s level. Sam’s resilience and drive proved further testament to his success, whereby following his first run, a bike crash and mechanical issues critically took nearly two minutes out of his race. As the last of three qualifying races in 2019, it is a huge achievement for Sam to have gained his spot on the GB Age Group Team.
Over the past three years Sam has seen increasing progress within his sporting career; perseverance allowed him to achieve top ten results throughout 2017, despite a long-standing injury, yet 2018 unfortunately led to further hamstring damage and an inability to enter for the National qualifiers.
Undeterred by previous injuries, Sam qualified for the British National Triathlon series earlier this year and raced alongside top athletes at his age category and higher, achieving top forty places on three occasions. He has additionally recently been selected for the East Midlands Development Squad, providing him access to fantastic training facilities at Loughborough University.
Alongside his training, Sam is currently studying ten subjects for his GCSEs including drama, history, French and Spanish. His short-term sporting goals include regularly finishing within the top twenty places at National Elite Youth Triathlon events, achieving a medal at the National Elite Youth Duathlon Championships and to score top three of the GB team at the European Age Group Championships. Considering his longer-term aspirations, Sam would like to compete for Great Britain in elite races.
Speaking about his experience racing, Sam commented: “I am especially self-motivated and determined and I now believe that it is starting to show in my performances. Last winter, I raced lots of cross-country events getting to English Schools Championships for the second time, as well as achieving both fourth at the County School Championships and third at the County Club Championships.
“In the recent European Age Group Duathlon Qualifiers, the racing conditions were horrible; it was very windy and pouring with rain. The amount of still water on the course might be why I crashed, as the course was very exposed to the elements!”
“I cannot wait to race for Great Britain’s Age group team next March in Punta, Spain. I am still slightly shocked that I have qualified, especially after a crash on the bike. I will now be training extremely hard during the winter and early spring to make sure that I am ready to be competitive come the start of the race. I will also be focusing on the qualifying race for the British National Triathlon Series, which is still my main goal alongside the National Youth Duathlon Championships.”
Geographical Association rewards Stamford’s fieldwork achievements
A team of three students from the Stamford Endowed Schools recently won an award for the best fieldwork presentation at the Geographical Association’s Worldwise Challenge weekend over 28th and 29th September. Six Year 11 students attended the weekend, which provided hands-on opportunities for students to engage in a range of competitive and fun fieldwork activities in both the urban and rural landscapes of Shropshire. Stamford Endowed Schools were among a handful of schools selected to attend these free weekends, with the students investigating the question ‘what makes this place special?’.
10th October 2019 — A team of three students from the Stamford Endowed Schools recently won an award for the best fieldwork presentation at the Geographical Association’s Worldwise Challenge weekend over 28th and 29th September. Six Year 11 students attended the weekend, which provided hands-on opportunities for students to engage in a range of competitive and fun fieldwork activities in both the urban and rural landscapes of Shropshire. Stamford Endowed Schools were among a handful of schools selected to attend these free weekends, with the students investigating the question ‘what makes this place special?’.
The Challenge weekend was in preparation for the Geography Association’s South Lincolnshire WorldWise Quiz, hosted in the Oswold Elliot Hall at Stamford School on Thursday 10th October 2019, presenting the largest of the annual quizzes to be held in the area for five years. Taking the form of a ‘University Challenge’ style face-to-face quiz, the event encompassed eight rounds of thought-provoking geographical questions.
Nine schools in the local area participated, entering 56 students in total, with the schools putting forward two teams of three students each. The Schools welcomed the return of Uppingham and Oundle and introduced Oakham and Kings Grantham for their first appearances in the competition. These were combined with the seasoned competitors of Stamford Welland, Spalding High, Bourne Grammar and our teams from SS and SHS.
Stamford School entered three Year 10 students, Sam Barwise, Ben Foster-Jones and James Lovell, alongside our three WorldWise Challenge winning Year 11 students, Rafa Parker Humby, Soham Chakravarry and Josh Wells. Six Stamford High School students were also entered, including Nichola Cato and Maddie Pike of Year 10 and Lucy Barber, Lea Swanwick, Mya Bailey and Kitty Hawthorne from Year 11.
Brendan Morris, Worldwise Coordinator at the Schools, commented “Our Year 11 students completed extensive measurements in the field at their WorldWise Challenge, both at the stunning Carding Mill Valley and in the busy Shropshire Metropolis of Shrewsbury. They all showed fantastic work and dedication over the weekend. A massive congratulations go to Josh, Soham and Rafa on their awards! “
“The WorldWise Quiz was an utterly superb evening of geography and competitiveness! There was a great ambience and competition had by all 16 teams competing. Well done to Oundle for lifting the South Lincolnshire crown. We look forward to welcoming all these teams, and hopefully a few more, back to Stamford again next year. A big thank you must go to the SES geography team for all their help in running the event.”