April 2017 Newsletter

We start this term by being able to share the fantastic outcome of our Residential Ofsted Inspection which took place in November. Our residential provision has once again been rated as Good (for the third year running) and it is clear from the report that we have made sustained improvements since the previous inspection. We are proud of this achievement and wish to thank all of the staff, pupils and their families who contribute and access our provision as we all contribute to it’s success. This year we will be aiming for and working hard to achieve a rating of Outstanding on the next inspection. The report is available to read on the school website under the residential heading.

News from the Term

The term again has been awash with exciting opportunities for our pupils.

Firstly we are pleased to announce the results of the Strongman competition which took place on the 17th February. There were eleven competitors for KS3 and our three pupils achieved the following fantastic results:

·   Jack Lennon: 1 st place

·   Rhys Davis: 2 nd place

·   Josh Harborne: 9 th place

The three pupils competed in every event and gained significant results in the following individual events:

·   Rhys Davies –1 st : Minibus pull = 40 metres in 59 seconds.

·   Jack Lennon – 1 st : Bench press = 1 x 85kg lift; 2 nd : Deadlift = 1 x 110kg lift; 2 nd : Minibus pull = 40 metres 1m 03 seconds .

We had two entrees for highly contested KS4 competition who displayed an amazing level of effort

·   Aniya Lyn: 5 th place

·   Tyrelle Lawrence: 8 th place

Our school hosted a careers exhibition for Year 9 , 10 and 11 pupils. Pupils had the opportunity to talk to different colleges and employers about post 16 and career options. The pupils interacted with the guests with a very positive attitude and garnered useful information.

A couple of weeks later year 9 participated in an options carousel to find out information on the different options subjects available for them to choose from for their option choices. The deadline to submit year 9 option choices has now passed and the pupils will receive confirmation of their subjects in the new term.

>>>>> pupils took part in a snooker competition this term, a first for us and something we can hopefully organise regularly in the future. The boys performed tremendously well, and approached it with a competitive mindset. We are delighted to announce that the boys won all the games, a fabulous result, well done.

All pupils received homework booklets to complete at home this half term, we have received many of these completed and pupils have received raffle tickets for their effort. Any outstanding completed booklets can still be returned to school, it is not too late.

The school welcomed an organisation called The Playhouse to deliver an interactive play called Tapestry to all the pupils. The play explores themes of extremism and was presented in an engaging and accessible way to our pupils. Some of the pupils asked good questions during the play and this will have extended their knowledge in this area.


Pancake day

A Pancake Extravaganza!

Residential Pupils Independent Activity for Shrove Tuesday

During the evening of Shrove Tuesday (28 th February 2017), Mark, Aniya and Michael our Year 10

residential pupils were given the task of going to the local shop to purchase ingredients for pancakes

to prepare and cook for the younger peer group in residence.

The boys followed the pancake recipe and managed themselves in the kitchen with very little

supervision from staff. It was nice to see how they organised themselves in the kitchen.

Aniya was the main cook, Michael and Mark helped with the preparations. Michael did a fantastic job

serving his peers and Mark was brilliant with the cleaning up throughout.

Due to the success of the pancake night the younger residents requested a repeat of this on another night.

Well done boys.


January News

What a busy start to the new year January has been!

We started the year with energy by having our very first motivational speaker, Mr Beezy. He delivered an inspirational and motivating assembly to our pupils and staff. It was an assembly that won the hearts and minds of our pupils with many thanking Mr Beezy for coming in to speak to them. Mr Beezy really engaged the pupils and balanced his humour with the seriousness of his messages, just perfect for our pupils to relate to and understand. He is by far the most impactful speaker we have had in school. We are hoping to welcome him back in the not too distant future.

There were two residential trips during January, both of which were extremely successful. The first involved five pupils departing on the 14th January bound for Risoul, France to experience a week of skiing. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the trip and by the end of the week had progressed to a level where they were skiing down intermediate slopes. Well done boys.

The second residential trip was for our year 7 pupils who spent three days at the Pioneer Centre in Shropshire participating in a range of activities including, fencing, big bounce and an assault course. The pupils had a marvellous time and involved themselves fully in all the activities. Their behaviour and conduct was impeccable and they represented the school, themselves and their families well. It was a great opportunity for team building and solidifying relationships.

In school year 11 had presentations from two different organisations, National Citizen Service and Building Birmingham Scholarship Engagement Program, both with a focus of building confidence and resilience to equip them with the skills they need for the world of work and post 16 education. This is a very important and often stressful time for our year 11 pupils. We will be continuing to support our year 11 pupils with their post 16 transitions through a range of activities such as trips to a variety of different post 16 providers.

Lastly, but certainly not least, our football team have continued their unbeaten run this season. On 20 th January they played against Arc Academy. As they have demonstrated previously, the team played with passion and determination and their conduct was that of true sportsmen when their opponents scored, or showed outstanding effort. The team won this first game with an impressive tally of 18 goals to Arc’s 2 goals. The following week the team played against Shenstone. The teams have played each other several times now and, whilst they are excited to see old friends, there is an air of expectancy for a closely contested game. Both teams performed well with a final score of 5 goals to 1, securing another win for Lindsworth School. We wish them all the best for the remaining games of the season.


Dates for diary 2016-17

6 th January: Behaviour and attendance reward trip

11 th January: Year 7 trip Bletchley Park

14 th – 21 st January: Ski trip

25 th – 27 th January: Year 7 residential trip

2 nd February: Building Birmingham Scholarships Engagement Program presentation to year 11

2 nd February: NCS presentation to year 11

2 nd February: Open afternoon for year 7 transition pupils

7 th February: National E-Safety Day all pupils

8 th February: South Network Training afternoon. School closed to pupils at 12pm

15 th February: Tapestry play for year 7 - 10

17 th February: Last day of term

27 th February: Pupils return to school

7th March: Year 9 and 10 careers morning

10 th March: Attendance and behaviour reward trip

15 th – 17 th March: Year 9 residential trip

17 th March: Year 11 trip to Bournville College

24 th, 27 th & 28 th March: Teacher training days, school closed to pupils.

29 th – 31 st March: Year 8 residential trip

7 th April: Progress day

7 th April: Last day of term

24 th April: Pupils return to school


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from all of the staff at lindsworth School

We would like to say THANK YOU to all the staff involved in making our reception a wonderful christmas welcome


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