We had lots of applications just before and during the spring term but there was a hold up in payment due to our changing bank accounts into the fully registered charity’s name. We also had the Pupils’ Competition winners choosing their school prize (up to £1000). For brevity, I’ll summarise the awards here:
Congratulations to all the schools involved and my apologies for not being able to visit them in person to present their awards as we wanted to get the money out to them as soon as we had the new cheque book.
Don’t forget, the STEM and Effective Learning Major Awards have a deadline of 3rd June 2019 and all minor award applications must be with us by 5th July 2019 (if there is still money left in the pot!)
As part of the follow up procedure, Bushey Academy informed us that....
The new GCSE syllabus requires students practical performance to be videod and recorded so a moderator can assess the students performance. Previously we had been criticised by the exam board for providing footage that was unclear and not of a good enough quality. This year the footage we entered was praise because of the high quality and ease with which students performance could be viewed. I have no doubt that this was down to the new professional cameras that we used to film the students performance. GCSE practical grades were the highest we have ever achieved. We have also been able to give the camera to A level students to record their practical performances outside of school and are hoping for similarly positive results with these students. The cameras are also being used to develop learning and understanding of how the body moves and to identify strengths and weaknesses in gymnastics, trampolining, athletics and dance lessons across the school.
Thomas Alleynes in Stevenage noted that the impact was significant in the Cheerleading club....
We have expanded the afterschool club and now have two teams. We are able to perform more advanced skills due to being on mats which are fit for purpose. We are further along in routine setting as the students are training in an environment similar to that of a competition. We also have near perfect attendance to this club now!