Date of publication: 2017-07-09 03:33
'It is right that an inquiry is under way. The Government will need to act quickly and decisively on the recommendations of the inquiry by Ofqual to restore confidence in the examination system.
We look for opportunities to bring real-world business opportunities into the School wherever possible. For example, girls were challenged to interpret a creative brief to design a visual identity for our new School café, The Courtyard. They were asked to suggest a logo, colour scheme, choice of fonts and application to items such as signage, cups and menus. As part of this process, girls had to consider what makes a good identity, carry out research and consider the context. The winning designer was invited to the Monogram London branding studios to experience the design process and create her image professionally.
Each year girls gain places at high-ranking universities on competitive courses. One third secure Oxbridge offers with the majority heading to Russell Group universities or prestigious Art, Drama or Music Schools. Increasingly girls are choosing to apply to universities around the world US universities are proving particularly popular with offers coming from Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale.
During the Autumn and Spring Terms, pupils experience skill-based practices and game play in Lacrosse and Netball, changing to Tennis and Athletics in the Summer Term. Within PE lessons every pupil also has specialist instruction in Swimming, Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders and Cricket.
The Physical Education (PE) programme at BSK is designed to provide the basis for the development and enjoyment of a wide range of sporting and leisure activities throughout life. It also emphasises the need for general fitness, safety and a healthy lifestyle.
The annual two-day UIII STEM project involves an extended team challenge, offering the opportunity for the girls to flex their technical and scientific wings, draw on their creative and artistic skills as well as their technical and scientific knowledge.
Mr Gove said the revelations ‘confirm that the current system is discredited’. He added: ‘It is crucial our exams hold their own with the best in the world.’
Our Aquatics programme covers swimming technique, life-saving, synchronised swimming and water polo. Additional clubs and squads are offered throughout the year with recreational pool time available for leisure or personal training use. Wycombe District Swimming Club and Bourne End Swimming Club provide unrivalled coaching provision for our high performance swimmers. Weekly galas take place against local schools, as well as entry into regional and national leagues.
We offer a large number of possibilities for subject combination at GCSE. We do not have predetermined option blocks and instead give girls flexibility to choose the subject combination which best fits their abilities, aspirations and personal passions. There are six compulsory subjects: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Girls also select four or five other subjects from a range of 65 at least one of those choices must be a modern language and another must be a Humanities subject.
Academic departments run regular university preparation lessons where applicants are introduced to material far beyond the A level syllabus and undertake admissions test preparation. A comprehensive mock interview schedule gives girls confidence and experience before being called to interview by universities. Regular meetings throughout the Sixth Form inform girls about the UCAS Apply and Track systems, how and when to accept offers, and the UCAS Clearing process.
The Sixth Form play is produced annually and is directed by the Head of Drama. We also stage a Drama Society Production which is written, directed and performed by girls of all ages.
The Brunts Academy along with 8 of its feeder schools King Edward, High Oakham and Sutton Road hosted the annual Sing Up! concert live from the Academy's Sports Hall! The quality of performances was excellent throughout and included “True Colours” and “Feel the light”. Both parents, pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed it! A huge well done to all the performers and a massive thank you to Mr Cooke, Mrs Humphrey and the CPA Faculty for organising and delivering a superb concert!
Art is a vibrant subject at Wycombe Abbey, offering a wide range of activities beyond the formal curriculum. The girls are exposed to artistic techniques and skills, and are involved in artistic projects and discussions about the role of art in society.
Throughout the year there are weekly on-site karate sessions and additional training opportunities at the Elkai Karate School, London. Kickboxing & Muay Thai Boxing international-level instructors inspire the girls to develop martial art and self-defence skills. Official grades are undertaken by girls of all abilities, with kickboxing beginners working through to black belt level during their time at School.