Month: July 2019

Science partnership with the University of Cambridge

Students from the University of Cambridge delivered a programme of science workshops at Wrenn School for Year 7 students and discussed life at the University with members of the Sixth Form.

Sam Mallett, Science Bus manager, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn from some of the leading scientists of tomorrow and discover more about life at university.

We look forward to welcoming the University of Cambridge back to Wrenn School next year when they will be using our fantastic new
Science Bus”

All aboard the science bus

Over the course of the academic year Wrenn School has been renovating a double decker bus which is now permanently located on school grounds.

The vehicle has been transformed into a multipurpose scientific learning environment for use by Wrenn School students and local primary schools. The launch event on 11 July was attended by BBC Radio Northamptonshire and students from Park Junior School had the privilege of being the first students to use the array of facilities on board.

In September, Professor Sir John Holman, leading chemist and educationalist will be guest of honour at an event held on the bus to mark the start of the new academic year. This project was made possible through generous donations from local businesses, hardworking volunteers, staff and the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ initiative.

Students complete Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition

Nine students from Wrenn School recently completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition in the Lake District.

During their five days they braved the elements and the tough walking conditions while carrying their tent, food, cooking equipment, clothes and all other equipment on their backs.

The expedition is the final component of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award which the students have been working on for the past twelve months following completion of their Bronze and Silver awards. Sarah Earl, Duke of Edinburgh Leader at Wrenn School, said: “This expedition is the culmination of years of hard work and planning on behalf of these exceptional young people who overcame this final hurdle with determination, resilience and an unbreakable team spirit. The Duke of Edinburgh award is internationally recognised and valued by universities and employers as an indicator of commitment and personal achievement and we’re proud to be in a position where we offer Bronze, Silver and Gold programmes to all of our students.”

Wrenn listed in top 20% performing schools

Following the announcement that Wrenn School is one of the top 20% performing schools in the UK, Wrenn shortlisted for the Outstanding Progress (Secondary) Award at the Education Business Awards 2019 in recognition for the school’s swift transformation.

The Education Business Awards have a track record of showcasing exceptional schools and sharing success stories and examples of operational excellence.

The awards ceremony in London on 4 July was hosted by TV and radio presenter Angellica Bell. Steve Elliott, principal of Wrenn School, said “The school continues to make massive steps forward and it’s fantastic that we are now recognised as a top 20% performing school, an important milestone towards achieving our goal of being a top 5% performing school.

While we didn’t collect the top prize on this occasion, the nomination for a national award signifies our growing reputation for delivering a first-class learning experience.”

The Chartered College

Wrenn has been working closely with the Chartered College. They filmed staff teaching (in order to guide training new teachers on excellent practice) They also filmed our staff presenting the research they have carried out this year. Our staff complete a year long action research project and these all get published into a document.

The Chartered College filmed some of our staff presenting their research and a member of the art team worked on a visual representation of the presentations- to go on display.

Staff have been involved in quite a lot of education research this year and some members of staff have had their work published nationally.