Thirty Year 10 Pupils from Ian Ramsey CE Academy were given a taster of life at one of the world’s premier universities this week.

Year 10 Pupils with Cambridge Student

Students from Cambridge University visited the academy in Stockton to talk to potential high achieving young people about life at university, setting their expectations high and what it is like to be a member of Kings College Cambridge.

Every year a group of current students from King’s College’s travels to the North East to work with Year 10 state school students. Through a series of games and activities, they aim to raise aspirations towards and widen participation in higher education. This year the students are visiting 32 schools across the tees valley region as part of their week-long road trip.

Ian Ramsey CE Academy was amongst the first to be visited this year, building on the success of last year’s visits.

Mrs Emma Henshaw who is the coordinator for provision for the ‘most-able’ the group of pupils that have been recognised as most likely to be able to achieve entry into top universities said: “It’s important that those who have the potential of going to our top universities have a greater understanding of what life might be like at university. We want to give them an understanding of what to expect and to give them a taste of what it’s like from a current student’s perspective.”

She added: “Having really high expectations and aspirations for yourself is important. We have some incredibly talented children at this school who have the potential to make a really significant impact on our society in the future. Going to one of our top universities will give them a really positive start to what will hopefully be an exciting and rewarding career for each of them.”

Year 10 pupil Meg – said: “It was interesting to hear current student’s personal opinions on what it’s like because that is more relatable and more informative in understanding what university life would be like.”

Fellow year 10 pupil Ewan added: “It was good to hear from someone who has actually through it and to hear what it is like now as opposed to someone who went ten years ago – making it much more likely that I will go myself.”

Cambridge Students and Ian Ramsey Pupils

Year 10 pupils Meg Warriner and Ewan O’Neill with Rosanna Hurst who is in her second year studying Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at King’s and Stephen Chen a first-year student studying Chemical Engineering at King’s.

(All pictures: Keith Blundy)

REQM Gold Award Badge

For Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy in Stockton-on-Tees, it’s gold! The RE Department at the academy, which is part of the Dayspring Trust, has achieved the RE Quality Mark Gold award. The award assesses the quality of RE with regard to five different areas, including Learners and Learning, Teachers and Teaching and Subject Leadership. Gaining this award shows that the quality of RE at Ian Ramsey is exemplary. Natalie Chapman, Head of RE, said, “I am delighted that the work of all my hard-working colleagues has been rightly recognised. We are over the moon!”.

Brian Janes, Head Teacher, said, “I am extremely proud of the RE Department and the pupils for securing the REQM Gold Award. Pupils work incredibly hard in RE and make outstanding progress, with GCSE results being amongst the highest successes in the academy annually. Through Pupil Voice, they regularly tell us that they enjoy the rich experiences of RE lessons and the results support this.

Mr Snowden, Mrs Chapman and Lydia with REQM Gold Award

“We have Ambassadors for RE who have been invited to Westminster in July to participate in a national debate about the value of RE as a curriculum subject. We think carefully and sensitively about the topics we teach and regularly invite guest speakers of other faiths to enable our pupils to hear first-hand about their religion and experiences. Recently, our pupils were able to talk to a Holocaust survivor and the feedback was incredible. Overall, I believe the deeply-rooted, Christian ethos of the academy helps consolidate the values and lessons taught in RE. We are incredibly lucky to have such a talented and dedicated team of RE teachers.”

Gill Booth, Executive Headteacher commented, “Following our successful Ofsted inspection last term, where the school was awarded Good in all categories and RE teaching was described as ‘consistently strong’, this is the icing on the cake!”

(pictured: Mrs Chapman, Head of RE, Peter Snowden, Deputy Head and Lydia)

Colour Run

Congratulations to Year 11, who were joined by 10R to take part took part in the Colour Run at Stewarts Park.  They raised just under £2500! for Teesside Hospice.

Thank you to everyone who took part.  Everyone had a great time participating!

Pupils took a trip to beautiful Switzerland and enjoyed a packed itinerary, which included visiting a Swiss chocolate factory, enjoying a cable car ride up La Bernause, sampling Gruyere cheese and visiting the Mer de Glace and its ice cave.  Pupils thoroughly enjoyed walking through breathtaking scenery. A highlight of the trip included a visit to the United Nations!

Student with war veteranThe academy held a remembrance service on Friday 10th November. We were proud to host and hear addresses from the Durham Light Infantry & The Rifles Association, along with Bishop Mark. All pupils at Ian Ramsey took part in specially planned lessons, marking the occasion, and were able to watch the ceremony on a live stream direct to classrooms.  Prior to the day, pupils designed and made beautiful wreaths that were placed on display during the ceremony as a mark of respect. Thank you to everyone who attended and to Mrs Chapman-Jones for organising a beautiful ceremony.

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