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On Friday 18 to Tuesday 29 October, over 100 Year 10 Geography students went to Derby in order to complete their fieldwork focus (controlled assessment) which counts for 25% of their final GCSE grade.

The students were looking at the positive impact of shopping in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and Westfield Shopping Centre. The students completed retailer and shopper questionnaires as well as environmental surveys.

The students were great ambassadors for Sir Jonathan North and carried out their fieldwork in a very professional manner. They particularly enjoyed the visit to Westfield on the Tuesday as Connor Maynard was there signing his autobiography!

“I thought this trip was helpful for our coursework.”
Marie Wilson, 10.4.

 “Breath-taking and a wonderful experience to begin our Geography GCSE.”
Marina Brissett, 10.2.


Ms Knowles, Humanities Team

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For parents and students who may have missed it, we have included the article about our recent Ofsted inspection (which appeared in The Leicester Mercury) in the newsletter this week. We would like to give special thanks to those parents and carers who have taken the time to send their good wishes and messages of congratulations and thanks. We very much appreciate it.

Alison Merrills

ALL-GIRLS SCHOOL IS ‘OUTSTANDING’

An all-girl secondary school has been rated outstanding by Ofsted

Sir Jonathan North, in Knighton, Leicester, was given the watchdog’s highest grade after an inspection over two days last month.

 Head teacher Alison Merrills, who has led the school since 2007, said: “This report is fantastic. We’re very pleased with the outcome. It shows the hard work over time by staff, students, parents and governors has been recognised.”

The school was last inspected in 2008 when it was told that it was “good” by Ofsted. Inspectors said the quality of teaching at Sir Jonathan North was now outstanding across all subjects and staff have exceptionally high expectations for what students can achieve. They said since the last inspection the proportion of students achieving five good GCSE passes, including English and maths, had risen strongly.

This summer, 68 per cent of pupils reached the benchmark, making it Leicester’s second best-performing school. In addition, inspectors said teachers provided activities that challenged students and their behaviour and attitudes to learning were exemplary.

There was praise for Mrs Merrills’ “relentless pursuit of excellence” and that of senior leaders and governors. Inspectors praised teachers’ rigorous collection and analysis of performance data, enabling them to focus their planning on individual needs. The school’s rich programme of after-school activities was highlighted as providing an excellent base for students’ spiritual, moral and social development.

Mrs Merrills said: “This isn’t just about achievement, but about the development every student makes to become a fulfilled member of society. I strongly believe every child has the potential to achieve well and that the quality of the whole experience they receive at school makes a difference to this.”

 Year 11 student Ruby Kelman said: “There’s so much support available in our school from peer mentors when you start in year 7, through to assertive mentors in year 11. I’ve always felt at home here and I’ll always be proud to say I’m a student at Sir Jonathan North.”

Mia Loyal said: “I love that our school listens to students and gives the student council lots of responsibility, which makes it our school.”

To improve further, inspectors said the school’s marking policy should be refined.

Councillor Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor for schools, said: “This is excellent news and well-deserved. I would like to congratulate Alison Merrills and her team and thank them for their hard work and dedication. I would also like to thank the pupils, parents and governors for their contribution to the school’s success, as it takes a whole school community to work together to achieve this, as well as outstanding leadership.”

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London Theatre Centre performed a dynamic emotional piece called’ ‘Advice for the Young at Heart’, a new play for young people aged 14+, which is touring between 12 September to 22 November 2013. Staff and approximately 50 year 9, 10 and 11 students were impressed by the powerful acting of a strong issue - based drama that cleverly moved the audience to feel many emotions throughout the piece.

The play focussed on peer pressure in gang culture, family relationships and responsibilities, racism and friendship.  

It is 2011 and 1958: London is rioting.Candice is ordered by hergang-leading boyfriend to lure Clint into trouble. Haunted by hergrandfather’s mistakes, she stands at a crossroads. Will she do as she’stold, or will she learn to be true to herself before history repeats itself?

 ‘The piece of theatre we saw was really amazing. It was brilliantly acted, very moving and the staging and the sound effects were really cleverly done. It was a great way of handling these issues. I’d love to see it again’.  

Phoebe Wilcox (10.3).

Mrs Thornber Curriculum Team Leader Expressive Arts 

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Caitlin Martin, 9.8, has recently returned from Portugal with TWO gold medals after taking part in the European Championships in karate. She was part of the team which successfully defended the title they won the previous year, and she also won her own individual category. What an amazing achievement!

Caitlin’s two older sisters, Lauren and Shonagh, who used to be SJNCC students, were also successful and won gold, silver and bronze between them.

Well done to the entire Martin family! 


Ms Allison, Team Leader Year 9
 

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Students from Year 9 enjoyed being engineers for a day thanks to

a workshop run by the Small Piece Trust and the school’s design and technology faculty. They worked in teams to build solar powered buggies and wind turbines, testing and developing their designs to make them more efficient. The girls also brainstormed ideas for a future sustainable city. The visiting engineers were very impressed with the students’ creative solutions. The students’ teams then competed to drive robots around a slalom course before battling it out in an engineering quiz which was won by Rosa Burston, Rolancia Joseph and Sarah James.

“Today I learnt so much more about engineering like how to build a wind turbine and a solar buggy! I really enjoyed all of it, especially the robot challenge! That was intense!”
Kajol Sahins, 9.5.


“I have learnt that engineers don’t just make cars: they find solutions to problems. There are more jobs that include this that I did not know.”
Simran Poonia, 9.9. 

Miss Stanton, Team Leader Design Technology

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Sir Jonathan North Community College has achieved Artsmark Gold Award for the fifth time.

This is validated until July 2016, showing we are committed to demonstrating quality arts provision.

Holding Artsmark status confirms that we:

  •  are committed to arts and cultural provision for all through a broad and balanced curriculum

  • are forward thinking and focused on ongoing development

  • invest in our staff and students

  • are committed to providing opportunities for the local community

  • are effective in relationships with arts and cultural organisations

Thank you to all our arts partners, Governors and our students in helping us achieve this status.

Mrs Thornber and the Expressive Arts team

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Sir Jonathan North Community College has been awarded an outstanding grading by Ofsted inspectors who visited the school on 17 and 18 October 2013.

 The inspectors said students achieve outstandingly well and the overall quality of teaching at the school was outstanding across all subjects.

 Mrs Merrills said: `The report is fantastic.  We are very pleased with this outcome.  It shows that hard work over time of staff, students, parents and governors has been recognised.’

 Some examples the inspectors highlighted were: `The behaviour of students and their attitudes to learning are exemplary.  Students are exceptionally polite and courteous and feel safe in school.’

They also commented on the school’s excellent promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development reporting that the school’s curriculum is very well suited to the needs and aspirations of students, who also benefit from a rich programme of very well attended out of school activities.

Mrs Merrills said: `As the report states, this is not just about achievement but about the development that every student makes to become a fulfilled member of society.  I strongly believe every child has the potential to achieve well and that the quality of the whole experience they receive at school makes a difference to this.’

Year 11 student Ruby Kelman said: `There is so much support available in our school from peer mentors when you start in year 7 through to assertive mentors in Year 11.  I’ve always felt at home here and I will always be proud to say I am a student at Sir Jonathan North.’

Fellow student Mia Loyal said: `I love that our school listens to students and gives the Student Council lots of responsibility which makes it not `a school’ but `our school’.’

Our inclusive school continues to thrive and is delighted to have its successes celebrated throughout this inspection report.  

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On Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October, approximately 200 primary Student Council members (from years 2 - 6) came from various schools in Leicester and spent the morning at Sir Jonathan North to join in with different activities centred around the Student Council.

One of the 3 sessions that rotated throughout the day was led by representatives and executives from the Sir Jonathan North Student Council. This session was about celebrating the Student Council. We did this by getting the children involved in brainstorming activities to help them think about Student Council success. We then showed them how to create a comic on the mini iPads, using the app Comic Life, so they could create their own front page of a magazine to show their school’s Student Council success.

Towards the end of the session, some of the children presented their magazine to the rest of the group and explained the thinking behind their designs. Overall, we think that the Primary Student Council Day was a huge success. We hope that they enjoyed using the mini iPads and are able to feed back what they learned from their trip to the classes at their school.
Students involved:

Dhuha Al-Shekhly 10.1, Bethan Asher 8.9, Vanessa Falaju 10.7, Madeline Grey-Ffrench 10.5, Kaya Heaton 9.6, Elisa Rustemi 10.5, Rehana Shahzad 10.9, Olive Shaw 9.4, Katie Wilson 8.8. 

The Student Council Executive

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On Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October, approximately 200 primary Student Council members (from years 2 - 6) came from various schools in Leicester and spent the morning at Sir Jonathan North to join in with different activities centred around the Student Council.

One of the 3 sessions that rotated throughout the day was led by representatives and executives from the Sir Jonathan North Student Council. This session was about celebrating the Student Council. We did this by getting the children involved in brainstorming activities to help them think about Student Council success. We then showed them how to create a comic on the mini iPads, using the app Comic Life, so they could create their own front page of a magazine to show their school’s Student Council success.

Towards the end of the session, some of the children presented their magazine to the rest of the group and explained the thinking behind their designs. Overall, we think that the Primary Student Council Day was a huge success. We hope that they enjoyed using the mini iPads and are able to feed back what they learned from their trip to the classes at their school.
Students involved:

Dhuha Al-Shekhly 10.1, Bethan Asher 8.9, Vanessa Falaju 10.7, Madeline Grey-Ffrench 10.5, Kaya Heaton 9.6, Elisa Rustemi 10.5, Rehana Shahzad 10.9, Olive Shaw 9.4, Katie Wilson 8.8. 

The Student Council Executive

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On Wednesday 9 October, 34 Year 10 and 11 Business Studies students visited Alton Towers. The aim of the visit was to look at the Alton Towers resort as a business. The students not only had time to sample some of the rides available at Alton Towers but they also received a talk about the Alton Towers resort.

Students found out about the history of Alton Towers, who owns Alton Towers and about their products and services. The company values, research, organisation and how they ensure they make a profit were all discussed.

This experience provided students with a real life example of how a business like Alton Towers is run and will allow the students to cite Alton Towers as a practical example during their exams.

Mr Pope, Humanities Team