The Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust has been buzzing with activity with a computing project, UN-style debate and acclaim for its STEM work among the highlights in recent days.
The schools trust has enjoyed a unique Erasmus computing project with students from Austria and Germany. Pupils visited Innsbruck last Easter and this week students from Hauptschule, in Leibnitz, Austria and Lessing-Gymnasium, in Neu-Ulm, Germany came to Bury to take part in a MicroBit workshop.
Following a model United Nations Conference last term, ‘delegates’ from across the trust’s middle and upper phases met again to recreate a UN-style debate. Pupils wore business dress to discuss international migration and to debate the impact of people on the move as economic migrants or refugees.
This week the trust has also received a special commendation by the Ogden Trust for its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme.
Pupils in Years 5 to 9 came together for a special poetry day with performance poet Ash Dickinson.
A dance club for the most able and talented dancers has focused on ballet with Years 3 and 4 joining forces with them for the trust’s contribution to the national Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Meanwhile, the whole of Year 5 flocked to County Upper School in groups for a morning of specialist P.E including archery, badminton, dance and trampolining.
Pupils in the primary and middle phases have also been celebrating Harvest Festival by making displays.
The trust includes County Upper School, Horringer Court and Westley Schools as well as Barrow and Tollgate Primary. Lead headteacher Vicky Neale said: “As the trust moves into its sixth year the number of pupils is at its highest to date and the day-to-day benefits of our all-through approach are becoming ever more apparent. In the last few days, over 500 pupils have taken part in these and other special activities and it has been really rewarding to see everyone working together so well with the younger pupils looking up to the older students, who in turn, have relished the leadership opportunities given to them.”