Budding sixth form artists spend the day exploring Manchester Art galleries…
On the 27th September 2018 Mr Vickers and Dr Smith took 18 A level Art students to the Whitworth Art gallery and Manchester Art Gallery. The students interacted with artworks, drawing from them and completing a list of challenges they had been given to do during the day. We were also fortunate enough to receive free guided talks by gallery staff at both art galleries, where the backstory behind some key pieces were revealed to us.
Students produced a handmade sketchbook in preparation for the trip, and drew, painted and responded to artworks inside the gallery using their handmade sketchbooks to extend their coursework. A wide range of works from contemporary installation to traditional drawings, sculptures and prints were presented to students.
‘It was lovely to see how art changes over time and how people interpret different meanings from art.’
‘It was really good for getting inspiration from. There were so many artists with such a variety of techniques to choose from. Overall it was amazing!’
‘I really enjoyed the mixture between the old and contemporary style art’
A coachload of excited Fallibroome pupils, accompanied by Frau Smith, Mr Jones and Mr Watson set off after the gates had closed on the last day of term, and travelled via ferry and Belgian chocolate factory to the beautiful riverside town of Cochem in the Moselle Valley. We enjoyed five days of experiences, which were both fun and informative.
Yet again it proved to be fantastic, why else do pupils like to return for more year on year? One such pupil is Rosanna Faulkner (Year 9), who has spent her last two birthdays on the trip!
“I really enjoyed it because the theme parks were really fun and in general it was just amazing. I liked having my birthday on the trip and didn’t feel homesick which was good. The rooms were also good. I liked the boat trip down the river to see the gorgeous views and the journey there and back both years were fine as well. One of my favourite school trips and I wish I could go on it next year too.”
Lauren Smith (Y9) also wrote:
“I especially enjoyed both theme parks, as one was a water park as well as a Zoo, which included small but very fun rides whereas the other had bigger rides and better food places. Also, I loved the Belgian chocolate factory as the chocolate was amazing and I definitely recommend buying some chocolate or an ice cream there, as it is a great stop on the way. Finally, I found the treasure hunt a great experience as we had to use some of our German and it was really fun to find all of the different things on the list.”
Applications for next July’s trip are currently available from Mrs Smith A15 or Mrs Haigh in the main office.
Following on from our exceptionally high A-Level results last week, our GCSE students have risen to the challenge of the new examination and grading arrangements remarkably well and returned results that have done themselves and their school proud. We have been delighted to see nearly a third of our grades at the highest (9-7 or A*-A) standard. In terms of the core subjects, 85% of our students achieved Grade 4 or higher in English and 78% did so in Maths. As a school, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our curriculum offer so we are particularly pleased to see this level of performance being replicated right across the entire breadth of our GCSE programme. This means that we have been successful in allowing our students to pursue their own interests and passions and to achieve exceptionally high standards when doing so.
We are incredibly proud of the hard work that was done by our students, many of whom have made remarkable progress since joining us in Year 7. The following students returned results that were particularly impressive in this respect and have agreed to have their name published to celebrate this achievement:
Special mention is also due to our SEND students who have made excellent progress during their time at Fallibroome. As a group, they all worked exceptionally hard to exceed the challenging targets that were set for them by some margin. This is reflective of their own efforts and the outstanding support that they have received from our SEND team.
We also saw 29 students achieve the remarkable feat of returning the highest grades (A*/A or 9/8/7) in nine or more subjects. This sort of attainment takes an enormous amount of hard work and commitment and is especially impressive during a period of significant change in the examination system. This list of high achievers includes:
From this list, particular credit is due to Aurnia Barlow, Robert Bowers, David Cook, Ailsa Hay, Sarah Walton Smith, Alex Wolski and Nimra Zubair who achieved Grade A*/8/9 in all their examinations. A very special mention is also due to Sam Wood and Rachel Mercer who both achieved the extraordinary feat of securing the highest grade (9/A*) in all of their 11 subjects.
Behind the examination statistics are some amazing individual success stories. Ben Nicol, Aurnia Barlow, Ruby Burns and Hope Murray secured incredibly high grades whilst performing at a national level in their chosen sports and Max Ambrose-Morrison deserves enormous credit for achieving passes in four subjects despite fighting very significant health challenges.
Fallibroome Headteacher Francis Power said:
“We are delighted with our results again this year. Implementing the new GCSE courses and examinations has been a huge challenge for our staff and students so we are thrilled to see that we have maintained such high standards through this period of turbulence. We are particularly pleased to see this pattern of strong achievement and progress by students of all abilities as we know that such success allows every individual to progress successfully to the next phase of their education with a positive sense of achievement and self-worth. Overall, this cohort of students have made a massive contribution to the life of the school during their time here and they leave with our best wishes for the future.”
Fallibroome Trust CEO Peter Rubery said:
“Students and teachers in Cheshire and across the country deserve every credit for achieving such positive results in a year of uncertainty. Year 11 students at Fallibroome and Winsford have matched the wonderful results achieved by our Year 6 and A Level students earlier in the summer and proved the benefit of working together in a Multi-Academy Trust. We wish them continued success as they progress to the next stage of their education.”
While Fallibroome has a well established record of producing outstanding A-Level results, we are particularly delighted with our outcomes this year. Our provisional analysis shows the following headline figures:
12% of grades at A*
36% at A*-A
66% at A*-B
100% at A*-E
A remarkable 26 students achieved at least 3 straight A grades or above. Finn Chapman and James Wright achieved the remarkable achievement of A* grades in all their subjects, a particularly notable achievement given the increased demands of A levels. The school is delighted to celebrate nearly 80% of students achieving their first choice university places, including Finn Chapman, James Wright, Dulcie Whadcock, Mae Eales and Francesca Sisson who achieved places at Cambridge or Oxford, Finn and James to read Engineering, Mae to read Medicine, Dulcie, Modern and Medieval Languages and Fran, PPE. Students have also gone on to study a wide range of other subjects, from physiotherapy to law, engineering and sports science, to teaching and music, with five students gaining competitive places to read medicine. Students also secured places at leading conservatoires and specialist colleges, including Verity Partington at LIPA, Holly Goodenough at Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance and Rachel Rhead at the Leeds College of Music.
Headteacher Francis Power said:
“This has been a fantastic year for Fallibroome! The headline attainment figures are extraordinarily strong, even by our own high standards. The individual achievements of our students are indicative of the huge amount of effort that they have put into preparing for these examinations and it is wonderful to see them being able to progress to the next stage of their lives successfully.
We pride ourselves on our ability to help students to gain places at the most prestigious universities in the country, if this is where their interests and aspirations lie. We are consequently delighted to see that so many have done so again this year. At the same time, we are equally committed to students of all interests and aptitudes and we are very conscious of our responsibility to help every individual student to make strong progress throughout their A-Level studies here. Our current analysis suggests that our students have made stronger progress from GCSE to A-Level this year than at any time in the school’s history. This is a less obvious measure of our success in 2018, but it is one that will be hugely celebrated right across our school community in the weeks and months ahead.
Finally, I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of our A-Level students. At a time when A-Level courses and examinations have been subject to significant change, our students have risen to this challenge brilliantly. They leave with our grateful thanks for their contribution to Fallibroome and our best wishes for the future.”
Mark Payne, the Director of Sixth Form commented:
“I am very proud of this year group’s achievements, a remarkable group of young people who have been a delight to work with. They worked extremely hard and battled successfully with the significantly increased demands of the new A level courses. They have achieved some highly sought after places at prestigious universities. I am also delighted with those students who have achieved places on the developing but competitive apprenticeship programme, including Oli Chilton who is joining KPMG, Ed Hope is joining IBM, Ryan Whittaker is joining AstraZeneca and Alex Wild is joining Turner and Townsend. The whole year group have given a great deal to Fallibroome and I wish them every success in the future.”
Fallibroome Trust CEO, Peter Rubery added:
“We share the pride and excitement of our students as they receive results they deserve today. Each and every student, and their teachers, has contributed to record breaking collective success that will open up significant opportunities in the future. As they embark on the next phase of their lives they leave with our best wishes and thanks for their significant contribution to school life over the past few years.’’
Sixth Form Results 2018
26 students achieved the remarkable outcome of 3 A*/As or more, including the following:
A Level Results 2018
M Ahmed 3(1); O Aitchison 3(2); E Akers Smith 3(2); J Allen 3; R Allgood 3(2); S Ashton 3; S Bajwa 3(2); E Banks 3(2); G Barnett 3(2); M Bigley 3(2); E Blakemore 3(1); C Candlish 3; A Cartwright 3(2); E Cawley 3; F Chapman 4(1); O Chilton 3(2); R Clark 4(1); D Connolly 2(2); I Cottrill 3(1); M Culley 3(2); K Dale 3(2); J Dix 3(2); J Dixon 2(1); J Duncan 3(1); M Eales 4(1); L Ellen 3(2); M Ellison 3(1); F Faulkner 3(2); B Fine 3(1); M Florence 4(1); T Floto 3(1); P Formby 3(1); S French 3(2); J Fretwell 4(1); C Funnell 2(2); B Gold 3(2); H Goodenough 3(1); H Gurney 4(1); O Hale 3(2); E Hall 4; H Hallett-Parr 2; M Harding 3(1); O Harley 4(1); S Hilton-Watts 3(2); A Hine 3(2); J Hodgson 3; E Hope 3; R Irfan 3; G Johnson 2; C Jordan 3(2); H Jordan 2; A Kemp 3(2); L Ketel 3(1); F Keyworth 3(1); G Kinder 3(2); S Lawson 3(2); C Lax 3(2); T Leak 3(2); J Lee 4(1); A Leonard 3; T Losa 3(2); O Luckman 3(2); E Lyons 3(2); D Marshall-Chaplin 4(1); F Massie 3(2); C Matthews 3(2); M Mercer 3(2); J Miller 3(1); C Montgomery 3(2); S Moore 3(2); R Morley 3(2); A Morris 3(2); T Mortishire-Smith 3(1); K Murray 3(1); A Naden 3(2); C Nelson 3(2); L Nelson 3(1); M Nelson 3(2); E O’Keefe 3(2); V Partington 3(2); C Power 3(1); W Prescott 3(2); H Preston 3(2); S Rae 4(1); C Rattue 3(2); V Richardson 3(2); L Ridgway 4(1); O Roberts 2(1); E Robertson 3(1); J Rutley 3(1); L Saint 3(2); D Salt 3(2); H Simpson 3(1); F Sisson 4(1); D Smith 3(2); G Smith 3; M Styth 3(2); P Swallow 3(2); H Thomas 3(2); L Thomas 3(1); M Thomas 3(2); G Thomason 4(1); J Thorpe 3(2); H Toole 3(1); A Towne 3(2); E Walsh 3(1); C Walters 4; E Warren 3(2); M Wesley 3(1); D Whadcock 3(2); R Whittaker 4; A Wild 3(1); L Wilkinson 3(1); G Williams 3(2); A Wolski 3(2); E Wright 3; J Wright 3(1); P Wyer 3(1).
At the end of each academic year we invite students to collect their artwork from the art department to take home over the summer. The only exception is for year 11 and year 13 students whose work is required by the exam board to be kept in school until October half term.
Key stage 3 students – If students do not collect their artwork by the date given it will be recycled of at the end of each academic year.
Key stage 4 and 5 students – If students do not collect their artwork by the October half term it will be recycled the following July (retained for 9 months).
Therefore it is imperative that students collect their work if they wish to keep it as soon as possible. If students are coming in to collect their work from their art department they need to give at least 1 working day’s notice so we can collate and prepare their work for collection.