After an early start, the first stop was Vimy Ridge in France. Following the First World War, land on the high ground overlooking the town of Lens and Arras, was given to Canada by the French Government to create a memorial for all the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in France, and have no known grave. As well as visiting the memorial students were able to walk through reconstructed trenches.
29 Year 9 Production Arts students experienced life backstage at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. They had a private tour of the backstage areas including the lighting boxes, the studio, dressing rooms and even the lighting gantry at the very top of the theatre!
Students discovered how the theatre was designed and built in 2011, replacing the older theatre. Each seat has been designed to enhance the sound quality and the view.
The Jersey Boys was playing this week so we had a close-up look at all their props, costumes and sets, learning how the set pieces are "flown" up and down the stage as well as the quick-change areas backstage that are really cramped!
Students made the most of seeing how a professional theatre operates and we were given a 90 minutes talk/demonstration form the theatre staff.
Now, it is over to Year 9 students to run all of our productions professionally!
Catrin Woodend, Headteacher of The Abbey School, celebrated with students this morning as they collected their GCSE results.
“We are delighted to see another improvement in the GCSE results. This is a poignant year as Headteacher as I retire from Headship after 12 years. I am exceptionally proud to see the achievements of our students. They are leaving with very strong results which will allow them to follow the next stage in their journey. All students should be very proud of what they have achieved, there are some fantastic individual results. Our highest achieving students are the following, all attaining some of the highest scores possible:
Amber Dowling, Lauren Hunt, Katherine Logie, Jessica Dangerfield, Julia Martin, Bradley Rickard, Cameron Slaughter, Benjamin White, Zara Young, Julia Casagrandi-Cooper, Theo Dare, Tommy Dollman, Jay Morrobel, Hayley Pugsley, Charlie Robinson, Chantel Stimpson and Lauren Trumper.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank teaching and support staff for all the care and commitment they have shown our students over the last five years. I wish them well on the next stage of the journey.”
For the sixth year in a row The Abbey School achieved its most successful results in A-levels, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) and BTECs, with excellent improvements in all three pathways. A*-B grades were achieved in the majority of the A-level subjects and A*/A were achieved in all the IBCP and BTEC subjects. We expect to see that once again all our students will be able to pursue their pathway of choice, with an increasing number of students looking at higher level apprenticeships whilst university is still the most popular option with over 45% of students progressing to Higher Education.
The school is unique in the Swale and Canterbury area in offering such a broad mix of pathways from A Levels to the IBCP and As and A*s have been achieved by 47 of the students across a range of subjects, with 14% of all results A* or equivalent for BTEC subjects and 7% A* across all subjects.
Whilst it is particularly difficult to single out individual success stories, special mention goes to several for outstanding achievement. Juwon Akintola, James Belcher, Tom Bond, Stacey Booker, Alice Brown, Chloe Bullard, Josie Cook, Lynden Dixon, Jazmin Dowling, Matthew Dunk, Harry Earls, Shannon Eynon, Cody Hardaker, Ethan Hood, Anne-Marie Jackson, Elouise James, Laura Lovell, Corey Mellaneo, George O’Flaherty, Daniel O’Neill, Shusanta Rai, Morgan Ruffell, Jade Salt, Edward Tucker, Jordan van Schalkwyk, Rebekah Wotton and Sam Wood who all achieved at least two B grades. Of particular note were Georgia Collins, Millie Farrant, Jack Goodenough, Thomas Hayes, Lewis Longman, Taylor O’Hare and Max Selby-Bird, who all achieved at least two A grades.
The school is very proud of all their students and is particularly pleased to see so many opting to continue to study at Higher or Further Education from September.
Catrin Woodend, Headteacher, commented: “We are delighted for the students that the results are so positive as this enables them to progress to the next stage of their chosen journey. Our results have improved year on year and the Sixth Form has grown to be recognised by the local community and Ofsted as one of the many strengths of the school. I would like to thank the students for their hard work, the Sixth Form teachers and the KS5 Pastoral team for their dedication, care and guidance in supporting the students and in preparing them for life beyond school. We wish them all well for the future”.
Mrs Woodend, 59, became Head at the Abbey in September 2006, turning it into a thriving and successful community school that has been consistently rated good by Ofsted since 2009.
She said the high quality appointments of teachers and support staff has been key to the success of The Abbey.
“I have the best, most committed teaching and support staff at The Abbey School that I could wish for,” said Mrs Woodend.
“Strong teaching and good pastoral care has helped our pupils achieve our school motto which is ‘be the best you can be’.”
Mrs Woodend has been the driving force behind the school receiving multiple awards, most recently International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Status in 2017.
Due to the hard work of staff it also holds the British Council’s gold International Schools Award, granted in 2011 and reaccredited three times since. It’s the highest standard for schools promoting an international dimension and pupils have benefitted from funded trips to Europe and Tahiti.
Mrs Woodend was invited to meet the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street with MP Helen Whately in June for her services to education and the Faversham community.
Another splendid achievement again by the year 7 girls, this time it was their end of year District rounders tournament.
In the Districts they came 2nd out of eight teams, narrowly just being beat to first position by Simon Langton Girls School.
The team showed excellent performances in batting and fielding, with some amazing hits and catches.
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