The Appleford Scout Troop spent much of the first weekend of the Easter holidays working hard in the small woodland beside the Beeches. After camping out under sleeping shelters made only from tarpaulin, the Scouts cooked their own breakfast on the campfire and got ready for a busy day ahead. A team of 11 Scouts and 9 adults built up an amphitheatre fire pit, created a living den out of hazel branches, built a log store for keeping our wood organised and dry and erected our own flag pole. The woodland, now transformed will become the home of the Scout Troop and will be our base for as many meetings as the weather allows. A huge thank you must go to the parents who donated to and supported the project, to Mr Shipstone for his help, Mr King for allowing us to use the space and to the Scouts that put in so much effort at the weekend.
Charlotte was crowned Izzi Stockton Prom Model 2017 at a prom model competition in Taunton. The competition was open to all year 11 girls in the Somerset area.
Charlotte said: “I am so thrilled to have won the prom model final and I can’t wait to take part in the National final. This is such an exciting opportunity as I have always been interested in fashion.”
As well as modeling the clothes on the catwalk, each of the finalists had an interview in front of five judges, where Charlotte impressed the judges with her wonderful personality.
Charlotte will now be entering the National Miss Prom UK final in Brighton which will be great fun and a fabulous experience.
Professional shoot in Tiffany Designer prom dress
This Spring Term the pupils in Lower School have been studying Romans. This culminated in a Roman banquet including spit roasted dormice, peacock tongues, wild boar sausages and a variety of whole fish, along with olives, figs and breads.
The guest of honour was Emperor Claudius, aka Mr Gilmer (parent) who gave a wonderful, realistic performance, talking to the pupils in Latin (with a translator) before being served with the tasty treats. Brave pupil Caleb was tasked with tasting all of the food before the Emperor was given his plate, just to make sure nothing was poisoned!
The pupils put on a display for the emperor including a battle and a song. They also formed a testudo under the expert guidance of Tribunus Fielder.
36 pupils spent a week having a wonderful time on the ski slopes of La Molina, Spain. Many of the pupils enhanced their skiing and were moved up to more advanced ski groups. The hotel and facilities were all excellent and feedback from the pupils was all very positive. Once again the staff received many favourable comments from ski instructors and the hotel staff on the excellent behaviour of the Appleford pupils.
Pupils were able to move into two new buildings on the school site in January. ‘The Rookery’ has two brand new fully equipped science laboratories and a drama room. ‘Willow House’ has new classrooms and a well-appointed Art and Design room. The first floor of Willow House has become the Lower School girls’ boarding house with en-suite rooms and a very spacious common room. All pupils (and staff) are delighted with the new facilities.
Following a successful year with the first ever Lower Sixth pupils at Appleford, we have now extended our Sixth Form provision through new facilities and an enhanced package of curriculum options.
Pupils are able to enter Lower 6th to study a range of vocational and academic courses with the option to retake and upgrade their GCSEs.
Benefiting from the dedicated teaching block with individual ICT access and the expertise of highly qualified specialist teachers, students are working towards gaining the qualifications needed to enter employment, Further Education or University.
David King, Headmaster of Appleford, was delighted to welcome Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the Boarding Schools’ Association to Appleford School on Wednesday 27 April. Appleford has now joined many other boarding schools across the country and worldwide to become part of the BSA ‘Boarding Orchard’ scheme.
The initiative was set up to plant the largest orchard by distance hence boarding schools have been encouraged to plant fruit trees in their grounds. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate each school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment.
Appleford School aptly chose an apple tree which was planted by the Lower School outside the new Sixth Form Centre. They hope it is not too long before the tree bears its first fruit.
Head of Boarding, Kezia Maynard said, ‘It was a pleasure to meet and talk to Robin and to show him around Appleford. We hope to welcome him back one day to an apple pie, made from the fruit of our very own apple tree.’
It has been revealed that Appleford School in Shrewton has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious annual Independent School Awards 2015.
‘Special Needs Initiative of the Year’ recognises a project that has helped children with special needs to fulfil their potential and to improve learning outcomes and the second category, ‘Senior Leadership Team of the Year’ recognises where a Senior Leadership Team have shown inspirational leadership of a school.
Winners will be revealed at a sparkling awards ceremony and dinner on 27 November in London. These awards showcase and celebrate excellence in the fee-paying sector across the UK, providing benchmarks for the sector as a whole.
All shortlisted schools are recognised as giving tremendous value for money to their parents.
Appleford was recently inspected by Ofsted and received the top grade ‘Outstanding’ in all categories.
Headmaster, Mr David King said “We are all delighted with the report which recognises that our students’ excellent outcomes are a result of the school’s relentless commitment to enabling every pupil to achieve their potential”.
The areas of the inspection judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by the inspectors were: the overall effectiveness of boarding; the outcomes for pupils; the quality of boarding provision and pastoral care; residential pupils’ safety; the leadership and management of the school.
The inspectors felt that “the pupils have exceptionally good quality relationships with the staff and make exceptional progress from their starting points at the school. This is especially noticeable in their increased self-confidence and self-esteem. The staff have very high expectations and aspirations for the pupils they care for and this drive is central to all work undertaken by the staff team.”
Headmaster, David King said “Alongside our achievement of ‘Excellent’ from the Independent Schools Inspectorate for our academic provision, we are absolutely delighted with this truly outstanding report for our boarding provision. It confirms the staff’s dedication to our pupils. Head of Boarding, Sarah Dubique added that “we were very pleased that the pupils’ excellent standard of behaviour were noted by the inspectors. At Appleford all staff have high aspirations for the pupils and great attention is paid to every detail of their lives, enabling them to approach life confidently and with enthusiasm”.
The school is currently extending its facilities to accommodate a new 6th Form, which will be opening its doors for the first time in September this year.
Neemrana School, India
Appleford pupils have been raising money for a Government village School in Neemrana, India. This half term six of the pupils along with 3 adults took the opportunity to visit the School, taking with them cricket equipment, geometry sets, calculators and other items. The money raised, £1,200, is now being used to buy furniture from a local furniture maker to equip the school.
Mrs Booth, teacher at Appleford, said that they had the most incredible welcome at the village school. The local girls had painstakingly laid out a beautiful display in coloured powders and then greeted the Appleford pupils by placing garlands of flowers around their necks and marking their foreheads with turmeric paste and rice. Bollywood style dancing, singing and even snake charming (a cobra!) all added to the welcome. Despite the language barriers, all pupils found a way to communicate with the local children, playing games and teaching each other songs with great enthusiasm and confidence. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about another culture, help out in the school and experience the lifestyle of others.
As well as working within the village school, the pupils had opportunity to visit Ghandi’s cremation site, mosques and Hindu temples. They joined in Festivals, visited a Potter’s workshop and Gold and Silversmith. Transport was by camel cart and rickshaw.
Mrs Booth says that she was so impressed by the willingness of the Appleford pupils to try new experiences, new foods, and be so confident out of their comfort zone.
Appleford will be keeping in contact with their new friends and are looking forward to receiving photographs of the new furniture. They even hope that they may be able to visit again.
It was all a magical experience and the pupils who travelled, Tom, Jasmine, Olivia, Ciaran, Sam and Charlotta are preparing presentations to give to the other pupils at Appleford and would like to thank everyone who supported the trip, including Virgin Atlantic.