Our Stratton Careers Day will take place on the the 3rd March 2021. This day has been organised as part of the National Careers Week (1st to 6th March).
The day will offer an opportunity for students to work through activities based around their future career choices.
Throughout the week, students will also be introduced to a range of other careers guidance within their usual subject live lessons. Staff will share information on their own careers, as well as talking around the careers that link to their subjects.
Normal lessons will not be taking place on the final day of this half term (Friday 12th February) and in its place, we are running 2 activities.
Year 9 Virtual Options Day and Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 - Personal Development Day
On Friday 12th February, we will be asking students in years 10, 11 & Sixth Form to try something different and expand their learning. Normal remote lessons will not be running and instead, a whole host of other independent activities have been published below for students to take part in. Many of these are away from a screen and allow students to explore other aspects of their personal development.
Students can choose from the following activities or come up with your own similar activities. Heads of year have given their top 5 things to do on the day.
Later this year we will be launching a new award scheme in line with other CMAT schools (PLEDGES). This involves students undertaking activities that link to the 7 themes. We have linked many of the suggested activities for the 12th February to this new award scheme so that students can start working towards this before it launches.
If you would like to find out more about the PLEDGES scheme here
Additional Activities you might want to try
Listen to a guided meditation
Listen to a podcast
Down Dog apps are available FREE to Teachers and Students. They give you personalised Yoga, HIIT and Meditation exercises. Just go to https://www.downdogapp.com/schools and use your College email to sign up.
‘Challenges and Opportunities in A Changing World’
Who: Year 11
When: Tuesday 9th February
Stratton Upper School and CMAT would like to invite you to a special evening of guest speakers who will inspire, motivate, challenge and encourage your thinking. This special event is for both students of year 11 and their parents/careers.
In March 2020, Charlie Fogarty suffered a sever brain injury after being hit by an overtaking car whilst crossing the road. Following the accident Charlie was rushed to Birmingham’s Children Hospital, placed in an induced coma and spent 11 uncertain days in intensive care. He was then transferred to a Neuro ward where he spent the next four months in the early stages of recovery. Charlie completed a 6-month rehabilitation programme in Surry Children’s Trust where he learned to eat, walk and talk again. He was finally returned home in February 2013, from there, he began his inspiring journey to recovery.
In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. This session will launch Unifrog to students and parents.
At the end of this session please click back on the U-TUBE event:
Jack Miller currently works for Aston Martin- James Bond’s favourite car- promotion and vetting franchise department. He holds executive responsibility for quality assuring the Aston Martin franchises across the world ensuring that the name Aston Martin continues to be synonymous with quality, prestige and service. He began his own company Career Velocity, a career development service, to help all people ‘get the job they want’. Jack has links with the ‘Young Enterprise Company’ and is also currently embarked on an Executive MBA in Business.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our fourth football and education programme which will be delivered in partnership with Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade.
Launching in September 2021, the scheme will provide students with the opportunity to study, train and play as part of an exciting new pathway for the sixteen to nineteen age groups giving further opportunities in the way of academic learning and football delivery.
The programme will be open for male and female students who have a passion for sport to continue their education at Stratton Upper School. On the pitch, students will take part in daily training sessions delivered by our highly qualified staff and represent Norwich City FC in a competitive fixture programme against other professional clubs, semi-professional sides and college programmes. As well as this, students will be able to study and have the option to choose between two education pathways.
Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport (Equivalent to 1 A Level)
+2 other Level 3 options offered at the school.
Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport. (Equivalent to 2 A Levels)
+1 other Level 3 option at the school.
Students will study a variety of units which include, body systems, sports coaching, sports organisation, sports injuries and sport psychology.
These options have been carefully designed to offer students the flexibility to continue their academic journey and create opportunities for their future pathway. There are also opportunities for students to participate in the football programme whether or not they are studying for a qualification in sport.
Our key aim is to help students develop their aspirations within a number of football environments as footballers by potentially progressing into professional and semi-professional teams, scholarships abroad and coaching opportunities, whilst achieving the highest possible education grades to gain access to university or employment off the pitch. Students will have access to a dedicated support team from coaches and teachers, to ensure the individual needs of students are met.
Football and Education Manager Pip Davis commented: “The new partnership is a really exciting step for our Football and Education Programmes. Our schemes at Bishop Laney, Impington and Thomas Deacon Academy have seen our players progress to higher levels of the game as players, into coaching and also achieve some fantastic results in the classroom. We are really excited to work with Stratton Upper School to provide exciting experiences for the students of the local area and beyond”.
Operations Manager, Matt Clements, also commented: “We are very excited to announce our partnership with Stratton Upper School, and looking forward to working with both the provider and its students.
The ability to offer post sixteen students within the area positive educational and football opportunities is key. Alongside developing a strong relationship with the school to help enhance the great work that has already been done there”.
On the exciting new partnership Stratton Upper School Principal, Mrs Rosalind Hedges has this to say: “We are absolutely delighted to have teamed up with Norwich City FC Regional Development Programme’s Football and Education programme to offer some new and exciting opportunities for our post-16 students. Our very successful Sixth Form is the second highest performing in Central Bedfordshire so we know it’s a great place for our students to continue to learn and progress. So many of our young people have a passion for sport, and football in particular, so this alliance with Norwich City FC RDP will provide a unique opportunity for our students to develop their passions further while providing some amazing pathways to future careers”.
A virtual presentation, providing full information on the partnership, will be taking place on Monday 22nd February from 7pm – 8 pm.
To learn more about Stratton Upper School you can take a look around our website.
You can check out the applications form for Stratton Sixth Form using the link below.
Further to today’s announcement by the Department for Education, we are confident that, due to relatively small numbers of students and the venues being used, our exam arrangements are such that we can run all scheduled exams safely, within the revised Covid guidelines issued on 30th Dec 2020.
We recognise how important it is to give students the opportunity to sit these exams, knowing how hard they have worked to prepare for them, and will therefore be running the exams as scheduled. We do of course understand that ultimately, the choice regarding this opportunity is that of the student and some may prefer to take any alternative exams/assessments at a later date.
Exam timetables and information were emailed to students earlier today – these are correct at the current time.
As we enter the period of remembrance for 2020, the History and Technology departments have been hard at work to continue their efforts in commemorating those servicemen from Biggleswade who lost their lives on the battlefields of the First World War. We have doubled the number of individual memorials from 15 to 30 and have continued to place the plaques outside the former address of each man who served. The names & addresses relating to each plaque can be found in the supporting documentation below. The circular walk, which is listed below, takes approximately 1 hour to complete and will allow students as well as parents and wider family members to learn a little more about the men who “gave their today for our tomorrow”. Of particular note this year are the memorials to Victor Wakes at 20 Hitchin Street and to Joseph Watts at 10 Chapel Fields. Both of these gentlemen are the relatives of two students at Stratton Upper School and we are always privileged when able to assist our pupils in finding out more about their family history.
You will undoubtedly be aware of the heightening of concerns at the current time as the cases of Covid-19 continue to rise. We as a school continuously monitor our daily operations and adjust where necessary to ensure the best possible approach to keeping everyone as safe as possible whilst still maintaining our high standards and expectations. In addition, the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust hold regular Covid Committee meetings and they decided yesterday that face coverings should now be mandatory and worn by adults (staff and visitors) and students when moving around indoors, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. This decision will be implemented in ALL CMAT schools, from Wednesday 21st October 2020. Our year group bubbles are working well in school but there are times when larger numbers of children within the bubble are in close proximity in corridors at key points of changeover. While the guidance suggests that presents a very minimal risk within the same bubble, we are mindful that infection rates are rising and want to take every reasonable precaution. Therefore, with effect from Wednesday 21st October, we will be asking all students to wear face coverings within the school buildings as they move to and from lessons.
In practice this means: • Students entering school in the morning will do so in a face covering and head directly to their classroom. • Once in the classroom they can sanitise their hands and remove their face covering unless they have permission from me to wear it in class. • Once the lesson is over and the student moves to another class, even if it is in the same zone, they should wear a face covering prior to moving. Students will not be required to wear a face covering during break and lunch when they are outside, nor will they be required to wear one in the inside eating spaces – these spaces are much larger and social distancing is more possible. I know that parents and students will support this action as wearing face coverings reduces the risk of spreading the infection and serves to make many people feel more secure. I have spoken to all year groups this morning via a virtual assembly to explain the new requirement to wear a face covering while moving around inside the school buildings and the importance of ‘Hands – Face – Space’. I would be very grateful if you could reinforce the importance of following this practice with your child.
In addition to the control measures we have in place, we are also engaging fully with the NHS Test and Trace process and will work closely with the Department for Education, the local Health Protection Team of Public Health England and the local authority to ensure any confirmed cases are reported without delay.
New dawn for Stratton Upper School as it joins Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust
Stratton Upper School has entered a new era after joining the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).
The Biggleswade school with a roll of 900 students becomes the first school in Bedfordshire to join the multi-academy trust.
Stratton Upper School will receive £3.5 million to invest in improving the school’s building, facilities and IT infrastructure. The school has already equipped a number of classrooms with state-of-the-art interactive whiteboard displays and staff have access to new laptop computers.
This is the start of a long term and ongoing plan to invest in the facilities and education provision in Stratton and ensure it provides the best possible opportunities and a high-quality learning environment for the young people and families of Biggleswade and the local community.
Principal Roz Hodges said: “We are delighted to join CMAT - a Trust that has a decade of experience and a proven track record across a number of academies. Students and staff will benefit from a wide range of support and expertise which will help to further improve Stratton Upper School in many areas.
“A number of changes have already had a positive impact and we have been thankful for the guidance of CMAT’s leadership team as we have settled in to the new school year.
“Students will experience schemes and activities embedded across the Trust’s schools that support their academic and personal development ensuring they are responsible individuals who play a full part in our community.”
CMAT currently operates 15 schools across an area extending from Stamford to Cambridge. The Trust has developed an enviable track record in working with schools to improve their own standards and achievement throughout the region. In 2017, CMAT was ranked as the fifth best performing multi academy trust for Key Stage 4 in the Department for Education’s league tables.
Most recently Ely College, who joined the Trust in 2016 in Special Measures, was rated as Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management last year, a real source of pride for the local community.
Executive Principal of CMAT Andy Daly said: “At CMAT, we believe that every pupil deserves a high-quality education in schools at the heart of their local communities and this is what we aim to deliver in our partnership with Stratton Upper School.
“We are delighted that Stratton Upper School chose to join CMAT and we look forward to supporting the school on its future path, fostering strong collaboration between our other schools, and strengthening our links to Biggleswade and the surrounding village communities.”
Stratton Upper School is currently promoting the opportunity available to prospective students joining the school next year with a programme of online activity. This information is available at www.stratton.beds.sch.uk/
For more information about CMAT, please visit www.cmatrust.co.uk.
We are really proud to have been nominated as a 20/21 Music Mark School by Inspiring Music. This is a great achievement by both staff and students and we look forward to being able to continue performing, playing and making music.