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Year 11 students should be doing 2-3 hours of work per day over the Easter Holidays.
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Please note that these guides are in PDF format.
Since January 2014, around 10 of our students have been taking part in a pilot project in partnership with Network of Excellence (Computer Science and Teaching) and Microsoft.
The school was gifted 5 kits of computer hardware, programmable by students to carry out a number of tasks.
The club continues and we always welcome new programmers. It is a great introduction to Computer Science, a course we now offer at GCSE level.
"Language and the Internet" Lecture Trip
After school in March, English Language A/S staff and pupils went to a lecture by David Crystal, the world famous linguist, on "Language and the Internet".
The lecture theatre was packed and Dr. Crystal wowed the audience with over an hour of fascinating material, delivered entirely without notes, with bags of humour and sparkling, relevant anecdotes; it really was a rare treat.
Special thanks to all the staff who attended. A great night was had by all.
Birmingham Symphony Hall
As part of Eckington School's continuing music project with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, pupils from Year 9 and 10 went to Birmingham Symphony hall to watch the Philharmonic orchestra perform a suite of musical pieces.
The music project will culminate in the GCSE music group's performance, with members of the Birmingham philharmonic, at the raising pupils performance evening in April.
Well done to all the Eckington pupils who took part!
Pupils Record BBC Radio 4's 'Bookclub'
Four sixth formers from Eckington school Sarah, Daniella, Georgia and Ben were recently invited to discuss the book 'Disobedience' with author Naomi Alderman. Hosted by 'Today' presenter, James Naughtie, the bookclub gave our pupils the opportunity of recording the high profile discussion with a small group of invited adults and the author herself.
The pupils' questions were very well received and at the end of the show several other participants went out of their way to comment on what a positive impression they had made. James Naughtie was very impressed and the show's producer has since invited the school back to participate in a future bookclub during the Ilkely book festival.
We're really proud of how our pupils not only held their own but actually led the way in what was a really high level, challenging discussion.
Award Winning Author Visits
On Monday 20th January Mr Andrews welcomed Carnegie Medal winner Melvyn Burgess, author of 'Junk', 'The Hit' and many other books for teenagers, to Eckington School.
This visit was funded by The Sitwell family and involved a group of Year 9 pupils spending the morning with Mr Burgess listening to him read, discussing his work as an author and taking part in a writing workshop. Pupils all read a selection of his books and were lucky enough to get them signed at the end of the morning.
'We really enjoyed the day,' enthused one pupil, 'I never thought I'd get to meet a real life writer and it's made me think seriously about writing as a career.'
BAE Systems \ RAF Roadshow
Eckington School was recently visited by a touring Roadshow, organised by BAE Systems and the RAF
This Roadshow is being taken around many secondary schools in the country to demonstrate the Maths, Science and Engineering that goes into developing many aspects of the equipment used in the Olympics and in everyday use. Sir Isaac Newton to James Dyson have inputs as well as Archimedes to explain how Science can be applied to wheels, aeroplanes, sledges, clothing, airflow and a wide range of other exciting demonstrations. The finale was to show how lightning is produced by a tesla ring with many thousands of volts. An excellent show crammed into a single lesson for both year 7 and year 8 who all enjoyed it and look forward to their next Science lesson with eager anticipation!
New Hope Food Bank
Eckington School recently collected a huge amount of food to donate to the New Hope Food Bank at Killamarsh.
The Food Bank provides emergency food to individuals and families who are in short-term crisis, to help them during their time of need, and also works to help people who find themselves in difficult situations by directing them to relevant help and support agencies.
Well done to everyone involved in the donating, collecting and distributing of food to this very worthy cause.
Narrowboat Project Update
In September 2011 ABC Boats built the frame of a canal narrow boat from our specifications. In October that same year the boat was craned into school and a Boat Club was formed to work on making her sea-worthy.
Two years later and the Boat Club have made phenomenal progress and the boat is expected to officially launch later this year.
- Click here to see pictures and read the latest project update...
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GCSE Results 2013
On behalf of staff and governors, Eckington School's headteacher, Patrick Cummings, offered warm congratulations to Year 11 students on some target-bursting GCSE results. The school's 5 A*-C score at 94% and A*-C score in Mathematics at 80% were the best on record.
Although the 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics score dipped slightly to 60%, the score was 2% above the school's aspirational target.
A Level Results 2013
Following the publication of the A Level results 2013, Eckington School' s Headteacher, Mr. Cummings, congratulated the entire cohort of Year 13 students on their terrific achievements, which have contributed to the school 's four year trend of strong improvement at A Level.
Mr Cummings expressed his pride on behalf of governors and staff, saying " Not only have our students achieved very well at A level, they have also developed into outstanding young adults. We wish them the very best for the future, be that in higher education or employment. "
What OFSTED says about Eckington School:
In November 2011, our school was inspected by OFSTED. The outcome of the inspection was inspiring with the report stating that "Eckington School is a good school that is continuing to improve." The inspectors were clear that Eckington School has "Good teaching" and "Outstanding care, guidance and support."
Eckington School has recently taken part in an anti-bullying project called "I Am Not Scared", in collaboration with hundreds of other schools across Europe.
We have written a case study of how we deal with bullying incidents and have offered advice to other schools on different approaches they could have taken. If you are interested in seeing the similarities and differences in how bullying is tackled across the continent then you can read the case studies on the following website:
Is 93% Attendance Good Enough?
Normally, a mark of 93% in a test or examination would be considered very good. Excellent, even. However, in attendance, it means missing just over one day every three weeks...
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Google apps for Eckington School
At Eckington School we try to use the most suitable technology to enhance teaching and learning. Some of our classes are using Google apps, which allows students to collaborate on their work and support each other in their learning. Learn more.