Springing into September

Our Cheshire school came into the new academic year full of enthusiasm!

We welcomed new staff and pupils together with fresh ideas. Team building games and activities have helped everyone to build good foundations to their relationships and started the term off on a high.
One member of staff came into school on the back of coming 19th in the World Windsurfing Championships and our youngsters are looking forward to their paddle-boarding outdoor education with him from October. Two other members of staff are also starting their HLTA courses and proving that we are always striving for excellence.

As The Great British Bake Off continues some pupils joined in by making animal shaped bread and creating food themed around Roald Dahl. The pupils followed instructions and even put their own twists on things to show how previously learnt skills could be used to improve their outcomes.

We are delighted that some of our Key Stage 4 students are accessing courses at local colleges and following in the footsteps of our outgoing Year 11's who have successfully been placed in colleges pursuing things including Business Studies and Journalism.

Everyone is looking forward to the term ahead with lots of exciting and interesting learning taking place.

Hard work really does pay off!

Despite the tougher examinations and grading system Oracle school - students and staff have celebrated the examination results. In fact our Bedford school celebrated its best examination results in 10 years!

All the students have achieved some qualifications with exceptional results in subjects such as 100% pass in Science (Single Award ) ,Citizenship, Food Preparation and Nutrition and 80% in English Language. Notable outstanding performances are a year 11 student who has achieved in excess of FIVE 9-4 (old A*-C) and a year 9 student who has passed all his core subjects (English, Maths and Science).

Whether it be GCSE results or Entry Level qualifications the pupils worked hard and gained their rewards with their results.

We are equally proud of all our students who have had to deal with exceptional personal challenges. However, with their efforts and the hard work of their teachers, support staff and therapy team they have made tremendous progress.

This is a culmination of year of hard work and focus on academic excellence. There has been a renewed ethos on school being the place for learning. Well done to all the students, staff, therapy team, Governors, parents and carers . These results came only through great teamwork.

Painting workshop brings out students' artistic talent

Students at our Silsoe School in Wrest Park have been attending art workshops over a number of weeks run by Sally, a well-established artist . Our students worked well together and produced some great artwork. Check out their contributions and the finished piece below. Well done everyone!

Careers Afternoon

Key Stage 4 pupils at our Cheshire school we lucky enough to have a careers afternoon today.

Pupils welcomed staff from both educational, training and volunteer sectors in an informal environment to chat about their options and next steps.

Pupils sat with staff to discuss different paths young people can take to improve their chances of positive educational and training experiences, as well as developing confidence and employability.

The local Barnardos charity shop manager was on hand to explain how volunteer work not only helped those in need but also improved their own interpersoanl skills and confidence -an option that some of our youngesters had not thought about. While Stoke-on-Trent College were full of information about vocational courses which linked nicely to the post 14 courses they will be starting in September.

Links like these, and others, are playing a big role in supporting our young people as they develop their aspirations beyond year 11 and into adulthood. Small steps but big plans!

Keeping Cool

Simple acts of kindness go a long way in making someone smile.

As our staff ensure that our young people stay hydrated with cold drinks during this glorious weather it was lovely to see one of them pay that act of kindness forward. As our post-lady delivered the mail one young person presented her with a cold drink in a disposable cup, "to help keep you cool!"

Its moments like this that we see the soft and caring side of our youngesters and I'm sure our post-lady was touched by the thoughfulness...she certainly left smiling!

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