TCES Group Latest News & Events

27 Jul 2017

Summer Bulletin

Our Summer Bulletin is now ready for you to enjoy!  It is full of news about events and activities across the TCES Group over the past term. You can read about our Celebration Day and competitive inter-school football tournament, and find out about the activities that pupils took part in during our Leadership and Cultural Weeks.  Plus much more…..

Click here to view our Summer Bulletin 2017 

 



14 Sep 2017

Essex Fresh Start celebrate exam success

Congratulations to Essex Fresh Start (EFS) pupils who passed their GCSEs this year. It was a very proud moment for staff and parents to celebrate their success at the EFS Graduation Ceremony at Anglia Ruskin University on Friday 8th September.

Essex Fresh Start has had another bumper year of results for our Year 11 pupils. In the school academic year 2016-2017, pupils have managed to achieve 243 awards and qualifications between them. This is an increase of 26% compared to last year and a remarkable achievement for pupils who have, on average, lost 18 months of schooling from their education journey as well as numerous interruptions and new starts.

70% of pupils who sat the examinations passed GCSEs in Science and Maths. 75% of pupils also achieved GCSE equivalent qualifications in ICT, Maths and English.
54% of pupils achieved BTEC qualifications in work skills, sport and leisure and cookery.
95% of pupils achieved qualifications in a number of work related areas e.g. health and safety, first aid, fire safety, speaking and listening and food hygiene and as a result secured college and work placements with training.

On average, pupils left EFS with 10 qualifications but a number achieved up to 17 awards and qualifications this year.
Remarkably, Y10 pupils did not want to feel left out, themselves 65% achieving qualifications, including GCSEs.

Cheryl Rutter, Head Teacher, and the EFS Senior Leadership Team, were keen to congratulate staff, past and present, who have supported the Y11 pupils over time. “TCES Group is relentless in its pursuit of Inclusion for our pupils. This is developed through various means, but ultimately pupils will find it easier to be included in adulthood if they hold the certificates and qualifications which enable them to access employment and education. These improved results demonstrate our commitment to deliver these for our pupils at EFS.”





25 Aug 2017

GCSE Results 2017: NWLIS pupils achieve highest possible A* grade

NWLIS staff with pupils Myles, Laquain and Michael at their Y11 graduation ceremony in July

Two NWLIS pupils achieved A* grades this summer in Art and Graphics. These are the highest possible grades, and the first time achieved by any pupil in TCES Group’s 16-year history. The highest grades achieved for Science, Maths and PE were also achieved by NWLIS pupils this summer. NWLIS pupils achieved a 100% pass rate for all qualifications in Maths, PE, Science and Art, and 82% passing in English.

Myles will continue his education at NWLIS having gained six qualifications, including three GCSEs, one of them being an A grade. Laquain will leave for Westminster College with five GCSEs, one of them an A grade. 75% of Y11 pupils are leaving with five or more qualifications and all will leave with at least two.

Remarkably, Y10 pupils did not want to feel left out, themselves achieving 18 qualifications, including three GCSEs.

“I am really pleased that all the hard work by the pupils has paid off” said Ruby Regan, NWLIS’ PE Instructor who welcomed the best set of results for her subject at NWLIS with seven GCSEs, with an improved average score. “It is particularly pleasing for those in Y10 who were entered and did so well.”

Art teacher Paul Morris was already thinking about improvements for next year, even though 83% of pupils achieved an ‘A’ grade in Art or better, with two A* grades representing a third of the entries. “I have known for some time that we have some really talented pupils and I have worked diligently to support their progress throughout the year. I am really pleased, but not totally surprised, that the examiners agreed with my judgements.”

“My targets for the year ahead are for all pupils to aim for an ‘A’ grade and to develop the A-level work with those pupils continuing their post-16 education with NWLIS.”

Overall, the 2017 results comprise of 22 GCSEs and a total of 48 qualifications, a remarkable achievement for pupils who have, on average, lost 18 months of schooling from their education journey as well as numerous interruptions and new starts.

Katrina Medley and Kevin Parker, Co-Head Teachers of NWLIS, were keen to congratulate the staff team, past and present, who have supported the Y11 pupils over time.  “TCES Group is relentless in its pursuit of Inclusion for our pupils. This is developed through various means, but ultimately pupils will find it easier to be included in adulthood if they hold the certificates and qualifications which enable them to access employment and education. These improved results demonstrate our commitment to deliver these for our pupils at NWLIS”.

 



18 Aug 2017

Stratford Marsh redevelopment update

16 August – development continues at TCES Group’s Stratford Marsh school, which is currently being transformed into a much larger site!

The church hall, located to the left of the current main school building, now has the second level constructed, with sound proofing, flooring and insulation also being installed. The downstairs will house a school hall and there will be additional classrooms and toilet facilities. 

The image directly below shows the flooring in place on the newly constructed second floor.

Above – inside the old church, ground floor.



03 Aug 2017

Stratford Marsh redevelopment plans continue apace

On 30 May the third phase of redeveloping the church hall at ELIS’s Stratford Marsh school into new school premises commenced.

As you see from the photo’s below, taken on 19 July, the former church’s transformation began in earnest. Contractors Glorcroft have erected the supporting structures, or joists, which are now in place. These will support an upper level of classrooms that are currently being constructed.

Meanwhile, new signage is now directing all visitors to Stratford Marsh’s main entrance via the car park, with entrance to the reception clearly marked.

 



21 Jul 2017

Celebration Day 2017

   

Pupil Tia from NWLIS ascends the climbing wall

Essex pupils sail on the rafts they took part in building!

On 11 July all TCES Group schools and services came together at Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre for our annual end of school year Celebration Day.

Pupils and staff enjoyed a range of sporting activities including raft building, climbing, canoeing and kayaking. As well as having a lot of fun, pupils were able to learn new skills and demonstrate their team working abilities.

The day itself resulted in some worthy trophy winners at the awards ceremony, as prizes were awarded to pupils who demonstrated the seven core TCES Group values: respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Despite the weather producing some heavy downpours, staff and pupils had a fantastic day, with some exemplary listening skills demonstrated by our pupils. 

ELIS staff  at Celebration Day



20 Jul 2017

Congratulations to our NWLIS 2017 Graduates!

14 July saw pupils Laquain, Mikel, Michael and Myles graduate from NWLIS in a moving and celebratory ceremony attended by fellow pupils, parents, staff and special guests Andrew ‘Papa G’ Mohammed, Father Fergal and Janice Heath and Danijela Kabrielan at SEN Connections in Brent. With touching speeches written and articulated byfellow peers Aaron A, Aaron O, Tia and Hussein, the
audience were invited to share in the incredible journey that Laquain, Mikel, Michael and Myles have undertaken during their time at NWLIS. Their journeys continue, however, as Laquain begins a Business Studies course at West Thames College in Isleworth. Both Myles and Michael will stay on at NWLIS to continue their studies in Y12 as part of our ongoing provision.



05 Jul 2017

Essex Fresh Start School pupils cast votes in mock elections

 

Essex Fresh Start School took part in last month’s Mock Elections, giving pupils a fictional chance at voting as the public turned out to vote in the General Election.

Pupils evidently had their fingers on the pulse, however: ‘results’ pointed to a hung parliament, a prescient reflection of the voting public’s consensus!



29 Jun 2017

‘Hidden talents’ revealed at NWLIS staff INSET day

Last Friday was INSET day across the Group, and with pupils on leave for the day, the staff at North West London Independent School took part in preparations for the launch of next year’s Creative Arts Curriculum.

Says Co-Head of School Kevin Parker, “Staff revealed hidden talents and surprising qualities when asked to perform in front of colleagues ahead of next year’s Creative Arts Curriculum.”

The aim of the day was to enable staff to inspire and encourage their pupils in developing their own talents.

Given just half an hour’s notice to practice, staff came up with some lively performances – some had astonishing voices, with others displaying considerable musical talent, as demonstrated in the images below. 

We look forward to seeing what talented individuals our pupils are when it comes to their turn to participate!