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Key worker booking – w/b 08 February 2021

To help us safeguard our students, we’re asking key worker parents to complete a weekly form to confirm their child’s attendance in school. Next week’s bookings need to be completed by midday on Friday 5 February

All key worker students will receive a free lunch and completing the form confirms your place – you don’t need to wait for confirmation from the school. 

If you’re a key worker and want to book a place for your child to attend school please complete the booking form using the link below.

We’re proud to announce our Knowledge Connected winners!

This year’s Knowledge Connected challenge to redesign the front facing structure of the ground and first floor of the school has proved a hit with new Year 7 students.

Our students were given the opportunity to create designs for an extension to the building. The brief was to create more light within the area while using an interesting structure that would reach the second floor.

Knowledge Connected is the name given to Creative Education Trust’s (CET) programme of creative education. It combines six concepts that frame Knowledge Connected, these include structure, pattern, meaning, performance, human interaction, and practice.

Following an in-depth selection process, Mr Keen announced three worthy Year 7 winners this week.

Awarded with a framed Knowledge Connected certificate, chocolates, mug, vouchers and water bottle, our winners are: 

Olivia Kelley whose design combined two different styles. That of Norman Foster and the other from Thomas Heatherwick. 

Olivia said: “I tried to include more style and bigger buildings. I also showed a window with the Ellis Guilford logo and the CET logo on the side. I tried to make a symmetrical design/pattern.”

Havana Tuker’s idea, inspired by the brief, was to make an unusual design style. 

Havana explained: “I was thinking about what to put on the design and I picked Art Deco and the high-tech art. I included a balcony for students and teachers to look out across the view and plenty of windows creating more light so less electricity will be used in the day.”

Jayden Powell was inspired by Norman Foster in his design. 

Jayden stated: “I thought it would be creative to add a unique design. I also chose this style because it improved the building and fitted in very well. I thought about using more modern materials like glass so it could look presentable and plenty of light.”

At Ellis Guilford, we stand together AS ONE!

We are incredibly proud and over the moon to share with you our first Ellis Guilford production which supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

Fortunately, racism isn’t something we experience at our school. We’re fully inclusive, we have staff and students from all walks of life, and we work and learn together as one.

Many of our students decided they wanted to do something to show their support to BLM, this was led by Year 11 students Shania Williams and Shirayne McDonald, both of whom feature in the film.

Together with their teachers, the students came up with a new concept which we all live and work by at Ellis Guilford – we are together in everything we do:

We stand together

We learn together

We grow together

We succeed together 

We are committed to ending racism and we wanted to do something to get the message across. Every single student and member of staff at Ellis Guilford is incredibly proud of this production and are committed to ending racism and working together “as one”.

Please view our production video here and let us know that you stand with us in the fight to achieve equality for everyone. 

Year 10 Pre-Public Examinations & Parents’ Evening

Dear Parents/Carers

Re: Year 10 Pre-Public Examinations & Parents’ Evening

I write to inform you about the upcoming pre-public examinations (PPEs) that all pupils in year 10 will be sitting over a two-week period the week beginning 7th December and Year 10 parents evening that will be happening on Thursday, 3rd December.

Firstly, year 10 will be sitting their first set of pre-public examinations over a two-week period in December. The school will use these exams to not only get an accurate picture of the current working at grades for each pupil in each subject, but to analyse where gaps in knowledge are and adapt the curriculum accordingly, revisiting content that shows as needing further teaching.

It is therefore important that pupils prepare properly for these exams in a similar way to how they would for external examinations.

Pupils will soon be receiving guidance from each subject, through their google classroom, about what content will be tested in the exams. Each subject will also be providing additional information including links to websites and additional resources that will aid with their revision. 

In the weeks leading up to the exams in December, we will provide support on how best to prepare for the exams not only from a subject content perspective, but also supporting positive mental health and wellbeing through tutor time and assemblies.

Further to this, we would like to invite you to attend year 10 parents’ evening on Thursday, 3rd December between 3.30pm and 7pm, to discuss your child’s progress in their exam subjects. Parents’ evening will look slightly different this year, and instead of face-face meetings, we will be running it virtually. We continue to use the Parents Evening System as in previous years. The only difference this year, you will log into the system at your scheduled time rather than attending school site. 

Please make your appointments using the online system: A step-by-step guide can be found here. We will publish further guidance on approach to the evening on how to join virtually.

This is a consultation evening for Parents/Carers of all Year 10 students. Appointments can be made with each of your child’s subject teachers. The focus of the meetings will be about progress shown from the start of their GCSE courses and the upcoming PPEs.

Bookings will be available from Monday, 16th November 2020. If you experience any issues with creating the bookings, please contact the school on 0115 913 1338 to speak to our admin team who will be able to assist.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D Fugill

Vice Principal

Update Letter

Don’t just take our word for it!

We know how great our school is but don’t just take our word for it. See what Emmanuel Oji, future doctor and current year 10 student, has to say about us.

Meet Mr Barlow …

It’s been a tough year and sadly we haven’t been able to open our doors to the 2021 cohort to let them familiarise themselves with the school and our teachers. So, here’s the next best thing. Meet Mr Barlow, Head of Social Sciences, he’s been with us for 14 years!

Take a tour of our school

We’re absolutely over the moon to showcase our brand new school video.

We know it’s a difficult time right now – not everyone has had the chance to come and take a look around our fantastic facility and meet our wonderful staff and students. So we hope this video gives you a sense of our excellent culture and school grounds.

Don’t forget all applications for secondary school need to be completed by 31 October!