Biddenham School is committed to upholding its core principles of personalisation, achievement, inclusion and accountability, and will strive with its partners to motivate life-long learning in children, young people and adults; through inspirational teaching we will foster:
- Friendship, generosity and community well-being;
- Creative engagement and high levels of achievement;
- Wisdom, judgement and personal fulfilment.
We strongly believe that pursuing these goals will give our students a distinct advantage.
As technology continues to develop at an exponential rate, the world is growing smaller and bringing people closer together. Those who have the skills and sensitivities to work and be at ease in this new ‘global village’ will have the edge over those who have experienced a less ‘international’ educational environment. We make a unique contribution to education locally in that we increasingly provide our students with that edge.
Bottisham Village College
The College was opened in 1937 as the second of the Cambridgeshire village colleges; these schools were the brainchild of the then Director of Education, Henry Morris: his vision was to provide a good quality of education for local children, but also to provide adult classes for local adults in the evenings and at weekends. Morris also had a passion for the Arts, and the colleges served as the local picture house, hall and theatre too.We are still proud of the concept of the village college, and we do all that we can to live up to Morris’s ideals: anyone who visits the college in the evening will usually find the car-parks full and the corridors buzzing with adults on their way to study, sing, act or do some welding. Bottisham 'is an outstanding college, where a very strong ethos of community, high quality learning and aspirational academic achievement exists throughout. One student commented: “Bottisham is inspirational. The college helps individuals to shape well, giving us the confidence, determination and skills to succeed.” (Ofsted, 2012).
Dunmow Primary Consortium
Dunmow Primary Consortium is a group of 8 rural primary schools, close to Stansted Airport in Essex, that have worked collaboratively, to provide CPD for their teachers, thus enhancing outcomes for their pupils. Recent examples of CPD include ‘Assessment for Learning’ with Shirley Clarke, ‘Talk for Writing’ with Pi Corbett and ‘Outstanding Teaching’ with Jonathon Bond. These initiatives have had a significant impact on the schools as evidenced in their OFSTED reports. The schools have joined SUPER in the autumn term of 2013 in order to collaborate further in their research.
During the course of this academic year (2015-2016), the Dunmow Consortium of schools are conducting research on the theme of ‘closing the gap’ in our schools. As a consortium, we are really excited to be focusing on how boys learn and the developing gender gap, as well as exploring how we can raise the achievement for all pupils. The consortium has undertaken CPD focusing on how boys perform in Primary schools and this has included working with Gary Wilson. We are currently planning a ‘teachmeet’ for the Summer Term, where we will be disseminating our research across the consortium.
Read more about our schools here:
Dunmow St Mary’s Primary
Great Dunmow Primary
Great Easton Primary
Great Bardfield Primary
Impington Village College
Although only members of SUPER since 2009, Impington Village College (IVC) has a rich research history. Student consultation has long been an integral part of the IVC ethos. Over recent years several research projects have been carried out in this area. Since joining the SUPER partnership in 2009 a gradually increasing number of staff have been involved in practitioner research projects and have benefitted from the expert guidance of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. Most recent research includes:
- Morgan and Porter (2011) ‘Student researchers exploring teaching and learning: processes and issues’
- A study of the factors influencing students’ decision making about post-16 education
- Student engagement project
- Does membership of a youth cult affect a young person’s attitude to learning?
Samuel Whitbread Academy
A member of the Bedfordshire East Schools Trust, and the Bedfordshire East Multi-Academy Trust, Samuel Whitbread serves the rural communities around the small market town of Shefford in Mid-Bedfordshire. As well as a popular and expanding comprehensive school with Specialist Engineering Status, it contains the BEST nursery school and facilities for adult education.
A rural comprehensive school with over 1900 pupils aged 13-19, Sharnbrook School is a member of the Academy Federation of North Bedfordshire Schools and also an associate member of the North Bedfordshire Schools Trust, a learning community of 19 schools. The school is, by any measure, a popular school within the local and wider community. Named in OFSTED’s “Best of the Best” listing twice, the most recent inspection judged the school ‘Outstanding’ for the fourth successive time. Sharnbrook actively supports and promotes the training of over 20 new teachers annually and is strongly committed to the professional development of all its staff, both teaching and non-teaching. Evidenced by the large number of staff involved in research and Masters level qualifications, OFSTED commented, “This school truly is a learning community”. (OFSTED 2009). A member of SUPER since its inception, collaborative practitioner research is strongly supported and encouraged throughout the school.
Soham Village College Academy
Soham Village College is a large mixed 11-16 academy serving the town of Soham and the surrounding area. A popular and oversubscribed school, it forms part of the Staploe trust along with two feeder primary schools. Soham achieved Academy status in April 2010 but has been part of the SUPER partnership for seven years, developing a shared history of educational research.
Stratton Upper School
Stratton Upper School is a large school, with approximately 1300 students on roll. It is rural in nature and educates 13 - 16 year olds from the town of Biggleswade and surrounding villages. In addition, the school offers further education for 16 - 18 year olds through its Sixth form. Stratton Upper School is a specialist Mathematics and Computing College, and has also been designated as a Training school. The school is committed to excellence for all, which is reflected in the school aims:
- To be a successful learning organisation with a commitment to the continuous development of all our students, staff and resources
- To foster positive relationships within the school and the community, to encourage self-esteem, dignity and respect for others
- To provide a curriculum, facilities and resources which enable every individual to develop to her/his full potential and become a valuable member of society
- To exploit the unique nature of Stratton School to achieve personal excellence for all
- To provide a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment in which everyone can work in harmony and with purpose
St Ivo School
St Ivo School is a large 11-18 comprehensive academy serving the town of St Ives. The school has a long standing partnership with the Faculty of Education. The school has recently returned to SUPER after a year away and is looking forward to engaging with other schools in research that provides measurable impact at a school level. St Ivo has a newly reformed teaching & learning group of over 20 keen and enthusiastic staff who held St Ivo School’s very first Teachmeet in November 2015 inviting colleagues from other local schools.