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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Justine Greening visited Swanlea School last week.
Swanlea was involved in the CAMHS and Schools Link Training pilot in 2015/16 which saw local models of joint working between schools and mental health services vastly improve. The pilot meant that services worked more smoothly together, and children were able to get the right help quicker through the new, trained school leads, reducing pressure on local CAMHS services and improving the mental health support of all pupils.
The Health Secretary and Education Secretary talked to our students about the services available to them and how Swanlea’s help and support has benefited them and their mental health.
We also showed the minsters the work our students have been doing to raise awareness around mental health. Students were thrilled to present the ‘I Am Me’ campaign, a video and set of images promoting awareness of the issue for young people and the community. Needless to say Education Minister, Justine Greening, was more than impressed and encouraged our students to carry on with raising awareness on such an important topic.
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Before the summer holidays the year 9 GCSE drama class embarked on a new and exciting drama project called Re-Fuel. The students worked with professional playwright, Asif Khan, and director, Cheryl Ndione, to develop ideas to create a new play. Over the summer holidays, Asif wrote a play using the pupil’s ideas. The play, The Lady, was set in a minicab office during a Eid party however a mysterious ghost appears asking the party-goers for help.
The pupils performed The Lady at two professional theatres, RichMix Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East during October. The pupils performances at both venues were outstanding and they were true professionals. Future theatre stars in the making.
A huge congratulations to Aisha Naima Adan, Khadija Begum, Joly Begum, Zahra Haque, Rehan Malik, Anisha Mohamad, Zulaikha Khushi Rob, Sandipa Sen and Rahul Uddin.
We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our students, who have once again excelled in their GCSE results!
Here are a few stats:
- 27% of students also achieved a grade 7 or better.
- 38% of all entries were 9 to 8 (A*/A**).
- 21% of all entries were 9 to 7 (A/A*/A**).
- 50% of all entries were 9 to 5 (A**-B)
- 73% of all entries were 9-4 (A**-C).
- Over a quarter of all girls GCSE grades were A/A*/A**.
- Our school has achieved an estimated progress 8 score of +0.21 (based on initial forecasts) and a provisional attainment 8 score of 47.5.
- 28% and 26% of students achieved a good and strong pass respectively in the English Baccalaureate.
- 65% of students achieved a good pass in both English & Maths and 44% of Students achieved a strong pass in both English & Maths.
- In English 79% of students achieved a good pass and 62% of students achieved a strong pass.
- In Maths 71% of students achieved a good pass and 49% of students a strong pass.
Based on initial forecasts of progress, girls are expected to have out-performed their peers nationally by over half a grade –initial forecast of Progress 8 for is girls +0.72.Girls attainment is excellent with an average attainment 8 score of 52 (Grade 5).
Students with low prior attainment have made exceptional progress (based on initial forecast) with a progress 8 score of +0.96 (nearly a grade above their peers nationally according to initial forecasts)
Sadia Ahmed (Pictured above) is one of only 2000 students across the country to achieve 9s in English Language, English Literature and Maths. 6 students achieved the top grade of a 9 in maths and 13 achieved an 8.There were 6 grade 9s in English and 19 8s across language and literature.
Congratulations to all our students and thank you to all staff, students, parents/carers and governors who have supported Swanlea School during the year.
This year’s GCSE results were a reward for all of the hard work put in by students and staff alike as they continue to transform, grow and develop themselves into the young leaders of tomorrow. There were many notable achievements amongst the group with 5 students in particular achieving an incredible 10 A*-A or more, the highest of these was Nabil Choudhury with 12 A*-A.
Overall Swanlea achieved 62% A*-C (inc Eng & Maths) with its Progress 8 grade being 0.38. The significance of the ‘Progress 8’ must not be understated; this figure represents the progress that Swanlea’s students achieve compared with schools across the country. So the grade of 0.55 indicates that overall, Swanlea students achieved over half a grade better than the national average. This is an incredible effort as it is evidence that through the years that a student attends Swanlea, they grow and develop academically, achieving higher grades as they progress through.
This growth in progress is perfectly exemplified by year 10 student Ms. Tuli Nurun Nahar. Arriving in England only 2 years ago with no English skills at all, in the short time that she has been here, Tuli has worked incredibly hard to not only learn a new language, but excel academically in all of her subjects. Tuli is a true testament to what the Swanlea work ethic can achieve. Taking 3 early entry GCSE subjects, she was able to achieve an A* for Italian, an A for Religious Education and a B for Geography. Tuli’s dedication is further evidenced by her 100% attendance and punctuality record. She regularly attends all of the extra study sessions that are held and constantly works to improve herself; Tuli is an excellent example of the Swanlea ethos.
For more information on our Key Stage 4 results please click here
Below is a list of the top ten GCSE achievers:
Nabil Choudhury 12 A*-A
Nuren Choudhury 11 A*-A
Syed-Emad Choudhury 11 A*-A
Yunus El-Asri 10 A*-A
Syeda Tarin Pasha 10 A*-A
Thareq Ahmed 9 A*-A
Daniel Lambert-Neu 9 A*-A
Monjurul Islam 8 A*-A
Yasin Brown 8 A*-A
Hamza Shahid Rashid 7 A*-A
The GCSE Drama students have just completed their final assessment performances before a team of moderators. There were four groups in total, each with their own unique story that they had to tell. The theme this year was ‘consequences’ and each performance was in some way related to this central theme.
The plays which were performed were; ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’, which translates to ‘Work sets you free’ – a story based during the Holocaust. ‘Josephine the Angel’, a story about a group of fighters caught up in the events of the September 11 World Trade Centre attacks. ‘The Disappeared’ tells the tale about a group of mothers in Argentina, protesting against the abductions of their families and loved ones, and finally ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, an alternate version of the well known classic where instead Granny falls in love with the wolf.
Since the beginning of the year (when the students first received the scripts), the GCSE Drama students have been working very hard to bring these productions to life. Dedicated to the cause, the students spent countless hours in preparation, rehearsing during lunch breaks, coming in after school and stealing any other available opportunities to give their productions their all. What started as a standard script, slowly evolved over the course of months of hard work. With the collaborative support of Ms. Hibbert (Head of Drama), the students developed their scripts by adding in monologues, bringing in elements of physical theatre and adding movement to music. Overall the experience was completely enriching for both students and staff alike.
Ms. Hibbert had the following to say:
“I am very proud of their efforts. The whole creative process was a lovely experience, they approached it as if they were professionals. It was completely inspiring, I sometimes forgot that I was working with students! This is a true testament to their hard work and dedication”.
Congratulations on a fine effort by our GCSE Drama students.
The Jack Petchey Speak Out challenge provides the opportunity for students in state secondary schools across London and Essex to stand up and speak out about a topic that’s close to their hearts. The first stage of the challenge takes place in the form of a regional challenge which happens across each borough. The winners of each of borough would then go on to compete in the finals where a grand prize of £5,000 is up for grabs (of this £2,000 would be paid to the student in the form of a bursary and £3,000 would go to the winning school).
The Towerhamlets regionals were held at Sir John Cass Foundation School on the 14th of April. Representing Swanlea school was Tasniim Shariff and Zulaika Ali. Tasniim’s topic was ‘Racism in the fashion industry’ whilst Zulaika spoke of ‘The importance of education’. Both delivered their speeches to a panel of judges and to a wide audience of students and parents alike from the local borough. Though they weren’t able to proceed any further than the regional stage, both students gained valuable experience in the form of public speaking training and performance.
Zulaika had the following to say:
“This was far more challenging that our previous public speaking experiences. The competition was first very tough with some great speakers from the other schools, but also we were speaking to a much larger audience”.
Both Tasniim and Zulaika have represented Swanlea in the public speaking forum in previous events and both continue to grow and develop in confidence and courage as a result of their experiences.
We wish both students all the best in their continued journey and hope other students can follow their example and take advantage of the opportunities at hand.
December has seen the beginning of the project ‘IoPPN Science of Addiction & Mental Health: Cannabis & Psychosis’, organised by Dr Kyle Dyer (Addiction department) and Dr Teresa Rodriguez (Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Department), funded by the KCL Widening Participation Team.
During four sessions 14 students (year 10) from Swanlea school visited the IoPPN over two consecutive weeks. After an introduction to the project and training on how to film and conduct an interview, the students received information about cannabis and psychosis from IoPPN researchers including how cannabis works in the brain, how genetics/environments feed into risks, the role of neuroimaging in understanding brain function and our current knowledge about the link between cannabis and psychosis.
The students then conducted interviews with key researchers and educators, in order to produce a short film targeted at a young audience, capturing a behind-the-scenes feel to the science and education offered at the IoPPN. The final session was a creative encounter with two contemporary artists who inspired the students to produce some artwork related to the subject. The video is now being edited and will be ready in Spring-Summer 2016.
Thanks to the IoPPN researchers who took part in the learning sessions (Michael Lynskey, Amir Englund, Vincent Giampietro, Rachel Barrett, Tiago Reis Marques, Paul Stokes, Charlotte Russell, Jon Robbins, Patrick Leman), the contemporary artists Dr Gareth Morgan and Daniela Raytchev, and Dr Conrad Iyegbe (Psychosis department) and Jen Wong (Science Gallery) for their help during the project.
As published on the King’s College London Dean’s Newsletter (Issue 3 – 18 December 2015)