Education

25th Aug 2023

Oakgrove Students Celebrate Historic GCSE Success

Students from Oakgrove School have set a new record, receiving the most impressive GCSE results in the school's illustrious history. Achieving this remarkable feat, especially after the reintroduction of the pre-Covid examination system, has further amplified the accomplishment. Throughout this challenging academic year, the resilience and tenacity of the students shone brightly, as they navigated the pressures of these significant exams. Their efforts have clearly borne fruit, resulting in an unprecedented success rate that the school community takes immense pride in. Mr. Ian Tett, Oakgrove's headteacher, expressed his admiration for this outstanding year group and commented on the monumental achievement. “These fantastic GCSE results are a testament to the unwavering commitment and perseverance of both our dedicated staff and diligent students," Tett stated. He further added, "Such accolades not only provide a strong foundation for our students' future academic endeavours but also pave the way for them to delve into..

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10th Sep 2021

‘Headteachers are there to lead… it is about moving the school forward...

Andy Burton, who returns to Ousedale School as head this month, looks forward to his new role. “It is about visibility,” he says “to be as much as possible part of the community of students, staff and parents.” Adaptability is the key quality required for headteachers in schools today. The pandemic has left an unprecedented legacy in terms of lost education, missed exams and mental health of students, staff and parents. But Andy Burton, who takes over as Head of Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell and Olney when the new academic year begins in September, is relishing the challenge of taking an already well performing school and making it even better. Andy knows the school well, having been Senior Deputy Head for nine years before he left in 2015 to run the Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby. Now it’s back to the future for Mr Burton, who is clear on..

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03rd Sep 2021

Swanbourne House School celebrates national award shortlisting

ISP Awards Rosette Shortlisted Swanbourne House School, the Buckinghamshire based independent day and boarding prep school near Milton Keynes, is celebrating a prestigious shortlisting in the Independent School of the Year Awards for their response to the Covid-19 crisis. The school impressed judges with its innovative and impactful efforts in supporting pupils during their remote learning in lockdown. WITHIN the first week of lockdown, over 115 hours of online lessons were being taught on a live teaching online platform, where work could be uploaded for review and classroom discussions and debates could take place. Additional departmental challenges were sent out to pupils every week – these included STEM projects in making marble runs and self-propelled model cars, to researching Guinness World Records to building spaghetti bridges to French verb challenges. Wellbeing was supported with initiatives such as regular 1-to-1 online appointments with personal tutors and the weekly Head’s Challenges - the..

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20th Aug 2021

Ousedale school opens art gallery and wellbeing centre for students

Ousedale School have recently opened The Carbert Gallery and Wellbeing Centre which is an extremely valuable addition to the support they are able to offer their students. In May 2020, Sue Carbert, (former Headteacher) outlined her idea at a Governors meeting for an Art Gallery and Wellbeing Centre. Her idea led to discussions with architects and it was David Coles Architects who took her idea and turned it into what can be seen today.  Over the last few years, the number of students who attend Ousedale School with more complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has increased, it is in this area that Sue developed the final piece of the project; a sensory garden.  She said; “I thought the courtyard itself could become a calm, quiet place for reflection, but also support those students with particular SEND needs.” Dave..

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11th Aug 2021

Bright Future Ahead for Oakgrove’s A Level Students

Oakgrove’s students have achieved fantastic A Level and BTEC results, despite much change and uncertainty over the last two years. Their impressive grades have secured university places to study Medicine at King’s College, Accountancy at Nottingham, Business at York and Law with Politics at Manchester. Apprenticeships at companies, such as DHL have also been offered.  Congratulating Oakgrove’s students on their determination to succeed and overcome the many challenges they have experienced, Headteacher Ian Tett said:  “The drive, tenacity and commitment of our students has been outstanding. They adapted well to online learning and used the transferrable competences of independent studying, that are encouraged in Oakgrove’s sixth form, to complete a combination of coursework, mock exams and essays.  “Teaching staff provided continual support and demonstrated fairness in deciding grades on students’ knowledge, understanding and skills across each subject. The school also ensured that consistent assessments were made and that exam board..

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10th Aug 2021

Denbigh School Students Shine at A Level

Denbigh School students have shone in their A Levels overcoming all the obstacles the Pandemic has put in their way to record wonderful results.  Nearly 60% of all A Level grades achieved by Denbigh students were the top grades of A*, A or B which is a remarkable achievement considering they faced disruption and on-line learning throughout both years of study in the Sixth Form.  There were some fantastic individual successes with eight students achieving the highest grade of A* in all their subjects.  A further 20 students achieved A* or A in all their subjects. Denbigh students have secured places at many leading universities.  Students will be studying Law and Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge, History, Spanish and Italian at Oxford, Medicine at Birmingham, Architecture at Edinburgh, Politics at Warwick, Law at Leeds and Business Management at Cardiff, to name but a few. Denbigh’s Head of School, Dr..

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25th Jun 2021

MK College to showcase students work in online exhibition

The Arts and Entertainment industry is one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the past year, creatives have had to find new ways to share their work and ideas in the absence of being able to do this in person. Milton Keynes College students have done just that by developing their own virtual ‘Summer Showcase’. The exhibition will feature talented project pieces and performances from the next generation of artists and innovators from Milton Keynes College’s Creative & Digital Arts, Performing Arts, Media & Games and Music study programmes. There will be a mix of online galleries to view on demand as well as live performances. Kate Bashford, Head of School: Arts and Media says: “I’m so incredibly proud of the work our students have put in this year and the creativity and imagination they have shown to create this showcase. As we finally start to see..

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18th Jun 2021

Ousedale School Announces New Headteacher Appointment

Andy Burton has been appointed as the new Headteacher of Ousedale School further to a lengthy interview process which tested the candidates using a variety of activities that showed their knowledge, skills and experience in key aspects of being a Headteacher. Dave Moulson, Chair of Governors said, “The Governing Board began the process to find a permanent replacement to Mrs Carbert in March. The process involved several members of the Governing Board, Senior Management Team and students. After a rigorous and rather demanding process I am extremely delighted that we have asked Andy Burton to be the next Headteacher, and that he has enthusiastically accepted. Andy worked at Ousedale School as Deputy Headteacher between 2006 and 2015. He then left to become Principal & Executive Principal of Kingswood Secondary Academy and City of Peterborough Academy with strong credentials in school improvement including with Ofsted. He is currently Director of Curriculum..

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09th Jun 2021

Outstanding Education Facility opens in MK as Watling Academy moves into its new home

There is huge excitement today at Watling Academy and the Denbigh Alliance Trust as Watling students make the move to their fantastic new purpose-built school building in the Whitehouse development of Milton Keynes.   The state-of-the-art, brand new, three-storey building, which is on a 10-hectare site on Barrosa Way in Whitehouse, will allow Watling Academy to offer an outstanding educational experience to 1800 students over the next few years. Watling’s first ever cohort of Year 7 students, who joined the school in September 2020 have been in converted accommodation at Fairfields School while the Barrosa Way site was finished.  They are now enjoying all the facilities that the new building offers including classrooms, science labs, DT facilities, social space, creative arts space and both indoor and outdoor sports facilities.   They will be joined by a further intake of 300 students in September. Watling Academy is a member of the Denbigh Alliance..

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01st Jun 2021

Winner of the MK Litter Poster Competition unveiled

The Parks Trust and Environment and Waste Team at MK Council are delighted to announce that Annabelle Rhodes from Giles Brook Primary School has won their litter poster competition for 2021. Her design will now be displayed on noticeboards across Milton Keynes to encourage people to keep their green spaces free of litter and take litter home when bins are full. Annabelle received her certificate and prizes from our new Mayor Councillor Mohammed Khan, who said “We are so lucky to have so much green space in Milton Keynes. It needs protecting and it is great to see so many children wanting to care for the environment.” Sarah Spicer from the Waste and Recycling Team at MK Council said “The Council and The Parks Trust introduced this competition after an increase in littering last year, and we are really pleased that so many primary schools and children rose to the..

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10th Feb 2021

Local schools form new group

In January, Stowe, Swanbourne House School and Winchester House School completed the formation of the Stowe Group    The new group will provide opportunities for sharing strategic leadership and resources for professional development and ideas, in addition to delivering economies of scale across the Group.  Most importantly, it will enable pupils to benefit from group facilities, leadership and coaching opportunities, and enhanced teaching and learning environments. Together, the schools will prepare pupils for the world they are entering, one that is changing faster than ever before, and will ensure pupils can adapt as the world evolves, as well as bringing about positive change. Anthony Wallersteiner, Head of Stowe, said: “Stowe is proud of its reputation for breaking the educational mould, and we believe we should continue to play our part in the national education debate. We believe in delivering transformative educational experiences that will shape pupils’ attitudes and behaviours and..

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08th Feb 2021

House builder searching for new apprentices

Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton is continuing its positive work to support local employment, skills and training by creating two new apprenticeship roles to develop talent across the areas in which it builds. The leading housebuilder, which is based in Northampton, aims to recruit two new trade apprentices, one specialising in bricklaying and one in carpentry and joinery, to work across its operational areas. These could include: Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  The vacancies come ahead of the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week, running from February 8th to 14th, which celebrates the benefits of apprenticeships for individuals, businesses and the wider economy.  National Apprenticeship Week is a celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprentices across the country.  Throughout the 14 years, the awareness week has brought together apprenticeship supporters from across the country, with MPs, ambassadors, apprentices, training providers and top employers..

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14th Jan 2021

Denbigh’s Free STEM Lectures

Denbigh’s Free STEM Lectures offer on-line learning for all MK students during lockdown. Denbigh School is offering access to its free on-line STEM Lecture Programme to help support MK students’ learning during lockdown.   The Lecture Programme involves top academics and STEM Ambassadors from across the country talking about issues of the day in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths worlds.  One of the first lectures is on the topic of our time with a look at ‘Vaccines and the immune system in the fight against viruses’ led by Amy Napier, STEM Ambassador and Scientist at AstraZeneca, the company behind one of the COVID vaccines being used to fight the Pandemic. Other lectures in the programme, which aims to build on GCSE and A Level programmes of study but are suitable for students of all ages are ‘Mountains and Magma’, ‘GA mice in Neuroscience research’ and ‘Icy Moons of the Solar System’...

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18th Dec 2020

Un-Fir-gettable Waitrose Gift for Local Schoolchildren

A generous gift of six Christmas trees for schools in the Kingsbridge Educational Trust by local supermarket, Waitrose, was gratefully received by the pupils and staff of Kents Hill Park, Middleton, Monkston and Oakgrove primary and secondary schools. Staff in the schools have worked extremely hard this festive season to ensure that the traditional school celebrations still went ahead in the run up to Christmas and the delivery of the real Christmas trees were extremely warmly welcomed, as the children were able to enjoy the full experience of making decorations and embellishing the trees. Thanking Waitrose for their kind support, Kingsbridge Educational Trust’s CEO, Peter Barnes said: “It is fantastic that in the spirit of Christmas Waitrose gifted our schools beautiful 6ft Christmas trees for the children to decorate and enjoy every day. It has been a real delight seeing the trees in the receptions of our schools adding to..

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01st Dec 2020

Ousedale School Headteacher announces retirement after 18 years

Mrs Sue Carbert, Headteacher of Ousedale School has announced her plans to retire at the end of December 2020 after 18 years at Ousedale School, 10 of those as Headteacher Mrs Carbert said this is one of the hardest decisions she has had to make in her time at the school, in her letter to parents and students she wrote: ‘I am very proud of the change in culture and increase in expectations embedded over the past 10 years. I was a very shy person at school, playing the piano each day for assembly and singing, but somehow and somewhere, I developed the confidence and desire to lead people. I have been a person on a mission, for now the school rightly has a strong reputation, both in Milton Keynes and nationally, and is considerably over subscribed.’ The Chair of Governors, Mr Dave Moulson said ‘During her time as Headteacher,..

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