EPCS is developing its IT access and provision for teachers to enable us to take full advantage of the multimedia opportunities that exist. Our aim is to create additional learning opportunities for students to build on areas of study covered in class and enhance learning with video and collaborative learning opportunities. We believe over time this will give students a first class learning environment and the edge in preparing and sharing work and learning.
It has been a busy term, Year 7 have now fully settled into school and most are starting to establish routines that will support them in their studies. We use a system called ClassCharts to record both praise of students’ positive behaviour for learning and of course, the negative side of any behaviours. This allows us to form a picture of each child’s participation and engagement in lessons. Tutors are able to see a summary report for each of their tutees so please do contact them if you have any concerns.
We have held parents’ evenings for year groups that should have provided a picture of your child’s progress subject wide. Attendance at events was positive at around 80% but I would like to see over 90% attendance so that staff are able to engage with as many parents as possible. I apologise that some recent parents’ evenings have been impacted by staff illness.
Dear parents and carers,
This is notification that the school will welcome the attached HMI Mrs S Hubbard to the school for a one day visit. She is here to see the progress the school has made since the last Ofsted visit in October. As part of the visit arrangements she will have an opportunity to speak to staff Governors and see some classes. I expect our students to demonstrate their commitment to the school values of respect and pride. I will share any feedback I receive with parents as soon as I am able.
The next Parents’ Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 7 May from 18:00 – 19:00 in the school library and the topic under discussion will be the student voice. If you are interested in joining in the discussion we would love to see you and refreshments will be provided.
Some of our Sixth Form students have been volunteering to help with the lunch club at the sheltered scheme at Farningham House. They have taken part in the work experience organised by Learning to Work and Bracknell Forest Homes to help young people gain valuable work experience and interact with a different generation.
In March, a group of 10 year 10 girls had the opportunity to visit the Physics Department at the University of Surrey. They participated in a Women in Physics day, where they had the chance to speak in detail with women who are actively working in the world of physics and engineering. The girls we took discussed with the other participants the issues surrounding women in physics, and took part in some laboratory activities looking at what it would be like if they were to study physics at University. They had a fantastic day, and have come back to the school to be Ambassadors of Women in
On April Fool’s day this year, our year 9 and 10 students showed off how much they know about the physics of rollercoasters in a special Rollercoaster Physics Workshop run by some friendly staff from the University of Surrey. One year 10 class, and one year 9 class were lucky enough to have a visiting physicist and a visiting engineer talk them through the process of designing and building a working rollercoaster, taking into account some of the mathematical details they would need to consider if they were the architects.
A small group of students who have continually worked hard and achieved positive marks across their subjects have been rewarded this month with the opportunity to take part in the ‘British School Karting Championship’. This involved two after school sessions at the go-karting track in Reading.