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Year 8 Residential Visit to France June 2018

Year 8 Residential Visit to France June 2018

Thank you to everyone who has paid a deposit for the French trip. I am pleased to say that we can offer everybody who paid, a place on the trip. The trip is now full and we will not be accepting any more deposits. We reserve the right to remove a child from the trip if their behaviour causes a concern during the year.
Further details of the trip will be provided in due course and a meeting for parents will be held in the Spring term.
 
Mr S Palmer

This news was posted in Sep 2017

Horringer Court raises £7,145 for charities

Horringer Court raises £7,145 for charities

The pupils of any school raising more than £7,000 should be proud of themselves, but it is doubly so for Horringer Court School because it was all their own work.

And they did it in less than three days at the Bury St Edmunds school and chose the charities to benefit.

They did not find out how much they had raised until head-teacher Tania Johnson announced it in the school’s Carol Service at St Mary’s Church today – £7,145.72 raised by just over 360 pupils.

 
Mrs Johnson said: “The staff just stand there and watch while they set everything up. They do the clearing up, too.

“They’ve got to have a stall that makes money so they learn about profit and budgeting. It’s impressive and each year it has raised more.

“Because the children choose they charities, there’s often a personal connection.”

So this year at the carol service, in front of a church packed with family members until there was standing room only, one house presented £1,895.47 to St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Nicky’s Way child bereavement charity. 

Another gave £2,288.95 to East Anglian Air Ambulance and the third donated £2961 to Suffolk Mind, the mental health charity.

Margaret Culpin, chair of the school governors, said after the presentation “I feel very proud of the children and their work.

“I’m very proud they have raised so much money for these charities.”


Read more: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/local/latest-news/horringer-court-school-raises-7-145-for-charities-in-three-days-1-7123840#ixzz3wMd3Pn1R

This news was posted in Jan 2016

Horringer Court: Top 10 Schools in Bury St Edmunds

Horringer Court: Top 10 Schools in Bury St Edmunds

Horringer Court is amongst the Top 10 middle and upper schools in Bury St Edmunds by a website that monitors the performance of schools over the past year.  All three Academy Trust schools eligible (Horringer Court, Westley and County Upper) feature in the top 10 list published by www.schoolsguide.co.uk.

Many parents in Bury St Edmunds are currently choosing schools for the children to start in September 2016

The website has rated all the middle and upper schools in town according to key performance data including exam results, Ofsted reports, ‘value added’ score and pupil to teacher ratio.

Parents are also able to write a review of their child’s school and compare against others locally with a maximum five star rating.

Source: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/education/top-10-middle-and-upper-schools-in-bury-st-edmunds-revealed-1-6970095

This news was posted in Oct 2015

Space Seeds Adventure in the Science Department!

Space Seeds Adventure in the Science Department!

We've teamed up with the UK Space Agency to turn our pupils into space biologists!

Our application to take part in ROCKET SCIENCE, a UK-wide experiment allowing schools to grow seeds that have been into space, has been successful.

The seeds (two kilograms of ROCKET SEEDS) are currently on board the International Space Station (ISS) and will stay there until March. You can track the ISS online here: http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/#.VgLAf8tVhBc and wave at them as it flies over the UK, or even our county!

Resource packs will be sent out next year after the Easter holidays (as long as they make it back!). We will receive one pack Rocket seeds that have been to space, one pack Rocket seeds that have remained on earth. 

The success of Rocket Science relies on us and other schools across the UK inputting data from the experiment into a national database to contribute to our knowledge or growing food in space.

SCIENCE DEPT

This news was posted in Oct 2015

Exciting New Development for Education in Bury

Exciting New Development for Education in Bury

Following a bid to the Department for Education (DfE), the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust is delighted to announce that we have progressed to the ‘pre-opening stage’ for a new Technical Academy in Bury St Edmunds.

The Trust has long advocated the need for fresh approaches to different routes in education, all with equal parity. Through the Technical Academy, the Trust will seek to create one such route by embedding teaching within a vocational context, developing the skills young people need for the modern workplace. Within a broad curriculum, the focus of the academy will be on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects which are the key to the success of the UK economy. Our bid has been supported by many local and national companies including ARM, Bosch, British Sugar, Claas UK, Marshall’s, Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Treatts, UK Power Networks and Vitec as well as the University of East Anglia and the Suffolk business partnership.

All students will be members of our All-Through Trust with access to its extra-curricular opportunities. At age 13, students will be able to opt for either the STEM academy or County Upper with the flexibility to move at 14 or 16.

We now have a short period to develop our plans further, particularly with regard to the site and physical resources required for the new Technical Academy. During this period the Trust will be working closely with the DfE, our industrial supporters and other stakeholders, particularly parents and the local authority, to ensure that we realise this very exciting new initiative to provide an outstanding option for Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk.

This news was posted in Sep 2015

"Phil" the Bag Collection

'Phil' the Bag Collection

Friday 17th April

Spring has sprung! Time for a spring clean! Time to sort through those winter clothes!

Why not donate all unwanted clothes, along with curtains and bedding to our ‘Phil’ the Bag collection on Friday 17th April. All proceeds will be used to buy equipment for wet play and lunchtimes. 

This news was posted in Mar 2015

Red Nose Danceathon

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Red Nose Danceathon

More than 500 pupils from across the Trust wore red noses and danced together to raise cash. The danceathon took place at the Trust's Horringer Court campus and involved pupils from across the All-Through Trust.

The dance was devised by Horringer Court pupil Chloe Smith, who is in Year Eight, and was performed to music with 'red' in the title. Susie Fowler-Watt from Look East was also at the event and it was featured on the BBC News bulletin on Red Nose day. Over £340 was raised for the Red Nose charity.

Click here to see the video

This news was posted in Mar 2015

Sainsbury’s Active Kid Vouchers

Sainsbury’s Active Kid Vouchers

We're collecting Sainsbury's Active Kid vouchers!

We would like to thank everyone who took part previously and donated vouchers. Last year the school benefitted from a range of indoor and outdoor sports and gardening equipment.

Donating couldn’t be easier - send in vouchers with your child or drop them into our reception.

Thank You.

This news was posted in Feb 2015

Academy Schools raise more than £21,000

Academy Schools raise more than £21,000

Credit: Bury Free Press

Two schools in the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust have raised more than £21,000 for a number of charities from their end of year fund-raising.

County Upper School, in Beeton’s Way, made £14,928 from its annual charity drive to be divided between Save the Children, Macmillan, the British Heart Foundation, East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Papworth Trust.

Meanwhile, Horringer Court Middle, in Glastonbury Road, achieved £6,663 from its week of activities in aid of The Sick Childrens Trust, the Millenium Farm Trust and West Suffolk Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

County Upper’s charity activities, which have been running every December since 1985, have raised more than £250,000 for various organisations.

Fun-filled highlights this year included Gladiators, All Star Mr and Mrs, a sponsored leg waxing and talent show.

Speaking after the charity total was revealed on Friday, head Vicky Neale said: “The atmosphere is always special when the charity total is revealed and this afternoon was no exception. This year’s charity team were naturally very nervous beforehand but absolutely delighted once they knew they had raised the incredible sum.”

Long-standing governor John Salmon and a Rolls-Royce representative presented the prizes for last summer’s exams success.

Meanwhile, pupils at Horringer Court Middle School raised their record-breaking total in just one week.

On Friday proud students and parents congregated in St Mary’s Church in Bury to celebrate the end of a very successful year for the school and to look forward to 2015.

For its annual fund raising challenge, each house was given one day to sell cakes, one day taking part in a sponsored event and one day at a charity fair to raise as much cash as they could. This year the school smashed its previous fund raising record by more than £1,500.

Headteacher Tania Johnson said she was extremely proud of what the students has achieved.

“The total raised has ever been this high before,” she said

“We are tremendously proud of them, - they have worked so hard.”

Chair of governors Margaret Culpin said: “I think it is a credit to the school, the pupils and to the staff.”

This news was posted in Feb 2015

Pupils donate more than £1,800 to charity

Pupils donate more than £1,800 to charity

Credit: Bury Free Press

Pupils at Horringer Court Middle School, in Bury, raised more than £1,800 for charity The Millenium Farm Trust, in Depden, which gives people with learning disabilities and mental health problems the chance to work in a farm setting.

It was donated by the Green Crocodile house from the school’s annual charity drive.

Tim Freathy, acting director, said it will make a ‘a difference to the long term sustainability of the trust’. Visit m-f-t.org.uk

This news was posted in Feb 2015

Remembrance Day Service

Remembrance Day Service

Our service this year was taken by Head Girl Ella Bell; Head Boy Jack Warboys; House Captains Amber Cornish, Harvey Hempstead, Martha Williams, Patrick Laycock, Sasha Arya, Jack Wass; along with Year 5 pupils Josh Bucks and Tom Davies.  It was a lovely service carried out with reverence and respect.  The choir began and ended the service with ‘Bring Him Home’ which they sang beautifully.  The whole school observed the two minutes silence.

Two of the pupils gave personal speeches, recognising the sacrifices people in their family have made in light of Remembrance Day:

My Dad joined the United States Air Force in 1997.  He is Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force which is two ranks away from General.  He is Director of Flying Operations.  He flies about 7 times a week and trains younger pilots.

He flies an F-15-Strike Eagle which has a top speed of 2665 kilometres an hour or 1655 miles per hour.  When it was first built it cost 43 million dollars.

My Dad has just come back from a 2 week deployment which meant he was away for half term.

My family has a military history as my Grandad was in the Korean War and my Great Grandad was a medic in World War 2 on D-Day.

I am very proud of my family and particularly my Dad because they have risked their lives to help the world become a safer place to live in.

Josh Bucks

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My Dad joined the RAF in October 1995.  He trained to be an RAF Regiment gunner and passed with merit.  He has been deployed to Kosovo, Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone.  He has also spent time in Northern Ireland where he was in command of 8 troops and promoted to Corporal.

My Dad has been on operations in Kuwait and Iraq.  He has also done survival training in Norway and Belize.

My Dad has lots of qualifications and this has helped him as he trained some of the troops who are still working today.  He was once in charge of 170 soldiers and his knowledge helped them survive their deployment in many places overseas.

Although my Dad is not in the military anymore he is now in Iraq doing peacekeeping work.  He drives the locals to work, avoiding mines and terrorist attacks.

I am so proud of my Dad because he has risked his life for other people and is still doing it.  The next time I see my Dad will be in January.

Tom Davies

This news was posted in Nov 2014

Academy Poet Visit
Academy Poet Visit video

Academy Poet Visit

On 2nd October, pupils from Horringer Court were welcomed to a day of poetry at County Upper School to celebrate National Poetry Day.  The theme of the day was "Remember", and pupils from across the academy teamed up to get creative and develop their own poetry performances.  To see what they got up to and some of the performances and poetry the pupils created, click on the video below.

This news was posted in Nov 2014

Excellent SATs results

Excellent SATs results

Well done to all Year 6 for your excellent results, your hard work and effort and your exemplary behaviour.  You are a credit to the school. Below is a summary of this year's main results, and you can visit the performance page for a fuller analysis of these results.

 
82% Reading L4+
52% Reading L5+
81% Reading 2Levels progress
91% Writing L4+
92% Writing 2 levels progress
88% Maths L4+
39% Maths L5+
5% Maths L6+
89% Maths 2 Level progress
79% Combined L4+ R, W & M

This news was posted in Sep 2014

Volkswagen Sponsorship for Sports Stars

Volkswagen Sponsorship for Sports Stars

Volkswagen drives sponsorship forward for sports stars of Horringer Court Middle School

Horringer Court Middle School’s rising sports stars have successfully scored a major sponsorship deal with a Bury St Edmunds car retailer.

Volkswagen Bury St Edmunds, based on Northern Way, joined forces with Volkswagen Van Centre (Bury St Edmunds) and Bury St Edmunds Audi to invest £1,500 to the local school’s sports teams. The money has been used to cover the cost of branded kits for the school’s basketball, football, netball and athletics teams which will be worn at all matches.

The sponsorship deal has given the school, who has a growing presence in sporting leagues across the county, a cause for a triple celebration. Not only have recently taken first place in the County Kwik Cricket Tournament but their U13 Mixed Tennis Team are county champions.

It is the first time the school has had any kind of sponsorship for any of their teams and according to the school’s head teacher, Tania Johnson; the deal is a real reward for how hard the teams perform in training and at matches.

Tania said: “It’s great to have a major local business supporting our sports teams.

“The students are delighted with their new kits. They have all been working exceptionally hard and this sponsorship deal has definitely given them the boost they deserve.”

The retailer said they are honoured to have been approached to sponsor the talented team.

Robert Rolf, brand manager at Volkswagen Bury St Edmunds said: “We feel privileged to be involved with a local establishment who are making a name for themselves within Suffolk’s sporting arena. It is great to see the money going to youngsters who are working hard at something they are really passionate about.

“We are proud to be associated with the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, Horringer Court and wish their sports stars every success.”

For further information about sponsorships, please contact Volkswagen Bury St Edmunds on 01284 763441.

This news was posted in Jul 2014

Clean sweep for our clean up campaign

Clean sweep for our clean up campaign

We did it! After a call to arms to be proud of Bury St Edmunds, our mass community clean up has ensured the ‘jewel in the crown of Suffolk’ keeps shining.

In Horringer students from Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, members of the Horringer Residents Association and Cllrs Sarah Stamp and Patrick Chung joined reporter Emma Lake to clean play areas, fields and green space in the community. The group found the expected sweet and crisp wrappers but also, concerning, several broken glass bottles in areas where children play.

Bury Free Press Link

This news was posted in May 2014

Phil the Bag

Phil the Bag

The collection date for Phil the Bag is Monday 9th June 2014

This news was posted in May 2014

It"s lonely out in front for Nico and Scott

It's lonely out in front for Nico and Scott

Horringer Court Middle School pupil Scott Cansdale would have understood Nico Rosberg’s loneliness after a dominant victory on Saturday.

While Mercedes’ Rosberg was cruising out in front of the rest of the Formula One (F1) field at Melbourne Park, Australia, Cansdale was a class apart to record a maiden triumph in the Ellough Park Kart Championship.

The Bury St Edmunds-based 11-year-old finished a staggering 17 seconds clear of the field in the final of the Honda Cadet class.

Click here for the full newspaper article

This news was posted in Mar 2014

Tie-up would focus on practical lessons

Tie-up would focus on practical lessons

A revolutionary new centre for vocational learning could be coming to Suffolk under innovative plans between an academy trust and a local college.

Members of the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust revealed details of the proposals at a public meeting on Monday. It could see the trust team up with West Suffolk College to provide the town with something akin to a University Training Centre (UTC).

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This news was posted in Nov 2013

Fight for all-through education

Fight for all-through education

One of the major concerns around the proposals for two-tier education in the Bury area is that children from the Howard and Mildenhall Road estates would effectively be cut off from attending their local upper school, the “outstanding” County Upper.

County Upper is part of the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, alongside Barrow CEVC Primary, Horringer Court Middle and Westley Middle, which is not part of the restructure plans.

Tollgate Primary School and Howard Middle School on the Howard and Mildenhall Road estates have also linked up with the trust.

Click here for the full newspaper article 

This news was posted in Nov 2013

Plans to open technical college

Plans to open technical college

The Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust could open a technical vocational style school to provide practical courses for teenagers, it has been revealed.

The Trust says it would work with West Suffolk College and local businesses to aim to open the new school for 2016 - in the style of a University Technical College or Career College - which would take pupils from the age of 13.

Click here for the full newspaper article

This news was posted in Nov 2013

Town striker swaps the pitch for the classroom

Town striker swaps the pitch for the classroom

Town’s Alan Lee swapped the training pitch for the classroom earlier today, and put his story-telling skills to the test for children at Horringer Court Middle School in Bury St. Edmunds.

The school invited the striker to attend year five’s literacy lesson and read Celtic folk legend Tir Na Nog, in his very best Irish accent.

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This news was posted in Nov 2013

Academy Trust image adopted

Academy Trust image adopted

Pupils at Horringer Court Middle are dressed to impress with a new uniform - in the first step towards creating a unified look in the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust.

The school’s threads now boast a navy blue jumper, blue and purple tie, white shirt and black trousers and skirt.

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This news was posted in Sep 2013

Training Room Operational

Training Room Operational

We are delighted that our Training/Meeting Room is now completed. The room can seat up to 30 people and comes complete with projector and smartboard.  Currently this room is used every Thursday for teacher training (SNITT).  If you are interested in hiring this room please contact Mary Brett: m.brett@horringercourtmiddle.co.uk

Click here to view the West Suffolk All-Through Teaching Alliance Website

This news was posted in Sep 2013

Students at County Upper among high achievers

Students at County Upper among high achievers

Among the top performing schools for A-level success in West Suffolk was Bury St Edmunds’ County Upper.

The school, in Beeton’s Way, scored a 100 per cent pass rate with 92 per cent at A*-C out of 103 candidates. 71 per cent at A*-B and 39 percent at A*-A.

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This news was posted in Aug 2013