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CONSULTATION ON THE
PROPOSAL TO CHANGE
THE AGE RANGE OF
ASHTON C of E MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mr Roger Fox
Chairperson Governing Body
Ashton C of E Middle School
The Future of Ashton Middle School
The Future of Ashton Middle School
Ashton C of E Middle School provides pupils with an extensive curriculum
taught by specialist staff. Our school is underpinned by Christian values. We
are an inclusive school, valuing and respecting everyone equally.
We teach our pupils to set high expectations of themselves and to show
compassion towards others. As such our pupils leave our school as
enthusiastic and independent learners and fully prepared for the next phase
of education
The Future of Ashton Middle School
The Governing Body of Ashton C of E Middle School will apply to Central
Bedfordshire Council, subject to the outcome of the consultation process, to
change the age range of pupils from the current arrangement from 9 years
to 13 years to 11 years to 16 years from 1st September 2015.
The Future of Ashton Middle School
Date
13th January 2014
20th January 2014 3.30 pm at the school
Action
Informal Consultation begins
Meeting with Ashton Middle School staff
20th January 2014 6.30pm at the school
Meeting with parents, community and other stakeholders
3rd March 2014
5th March 2014
Consultation ends
Governing Body meet to consider results of consultation and to decide
whether to proceed to the publication of statutory notices
Publication of statutory notices (Formal publication of the proposal)
Representation (Opportunities for interested parties to make their views
known)
Representation ends
Decision made by Central Bedfordshire Council
Proposed implementation
12th March 2014
13th March 2014
1st May 2014
June 2014
1st September 2015
Why change?
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All Lower Schools in Houghton Regis were granted permission by the Local
Authority to operate as 4-11 Primary Schools from September 2013.
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Hadrian Academy and St Christopher’s Academy, were granted Primary
(4-11) status from October 2012
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Barnfield Vale Academy (formerly Mill Vale Middle School) admitted
children into Years R to 5 from September 2013.
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All Saints Academy, formerly a 13-18 Upper School, is operating as an 1118 Academy
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Houghton Regis Academy is also making the transition from being a
Middle School to an 11-18 secondary school from September 2013.
Why change?
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Lark Rise, Ardley Hill and St Augustine’s Academies to operate as full
Primary Schools, retaining Year 5 pupils from September 2014;
Lancot, Kensworth and Ashton St Peter’s Lower Schools to operate as full
Primary Schools, retaining Year 5 pupils from September 2014;
Queensbury Academy to operate as a full Secondary School, admitting
pupils into both Year 7 and Year 9 in September 2014;
Manshead Upper School to operate as a full Secondary School, admitting
pupils into both Year 7 and Year 9 in September 2014;
Priory Academy to operate as a 9 -16 Secondary School, retaining pupils
into Year 9 from September 2014.
Our Proposal
The Governing body believe that our children would benefit from a
secondary school setting that is designed to meet the desired learning needs
of the Key Stages 3 and 4 students.
The change proposed would provide stability and a continuity of learning
and more significantly the changing face of schooling in Dunstable,
Houghton Regis, Luton and the immediate locality.
Our Proposal
From
Action
September 2015
Year 8 pupils remain at Frances Ashton C of E
secondary school and move into Year 9. There will be
no admission into Year 5 at this point, but current Year 5
pupils would move into, what would be, a final Year 6.
Year 9 pupils remain at Frances Ashton C of E
secondary school and move into Year 10. Year 6 pupils
remain at the school and move into Year 7, to be joined
by the first admission into that year group from local
Primary Schools.
September 2016
September 2017
Year 10 pupils at Frances Ashton C of E secondary
school move into Year 11.
Mrs Lesley Phillips
Headteacher
Ashton C of E Middle School
FRANCES ASHTON
C OF E
SECONDARY SCHOOL
Time To Move On
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We are supporting the needs of our local community.
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By 2015 Dunstable will, effectively, be a two tier system.
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Shortage of secondary stage places.
Time to move on:
We are supporting the needs of our local community.
Parents are desperate for a clear route for their
children.
By 2015 Dunstable will, effectively, be a two tier
system – perhaps rather more complicated than
most but two tier, nevertheless.
We know that the shortage places are in the
secondary stages and that is what we are offering.
Why another secondary school in the
Dunstable area?
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A bespoke education.
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A smaller school with a focus on support and innovative
teaching.
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We have the staff and the facilities.
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We have time to plan and prepare.
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We are offering a bespoke education where support, flexibility and individualised
learning will be our key focus. We are already a school that does things slightly differently,
takes risks and thrives on opportunity – we aim to continue in this vein.
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As a school we are well known and respected for the support we offer our pupils.
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We have an onsite fully trained counsellor to provide additional emotional support as
well as an assistant Headteacher who is experienced in her role as the designated
safeguarding officer.
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We have close links with 4YPS which works closely with young people and their career
choices.
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You will hear later about our links with Develop EBP this company also works
closely to support young people and young adults in preparing for their future
employment.
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Many of the staff (50%) are already secondary trained and we have most of
the facilities. Other staff also have secondary school training.
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In areas where facilities need to be extended or provided we have given our
selves a sensible time frame in which to plan and prepare for an exciting
future.
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We have 5 years to grow and develop.
Where are we now?
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We are already underway in our preparations.
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We are also proud to be working alongside DevelopEBP and we are now
the designated training centre for digital technology for the South East of
England.
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We already have access to high technology equipment and all of our
pupils will be using this equipment as a matter of course.
Design Technology
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HPC Laser Cutting Machine
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Dimension 3D Printer
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Autodesk Inventor
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DevelopEBP: Design and Technology Association (DATA): Associations with
Industry
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Training and tuition for pupils and parents alike
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Green Power Goblin
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Formula F1 Ceesay Design Challenge
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Rocket Club
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STEM Association with STEMNET
A wealth of expertise
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Our staff are experienced in all academic subjects.
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We already provide our pupils with a high level of academic experience.
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GCSE’s Maths / French
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5 pupils who left Manshead to go on to Oxford and Cambridge – All 5 exAshton pupils.
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Maths Challenge
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Science challenges
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We can provide knowledge and experience across the curriculum
Excellence Across the Curriculum
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French Department
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Students have also undertaken an official GCSE examination, with one pupil
attaining an A*.
Maths Department
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As Ashton Middle School, we are the only school in the county to have entered
and won the Secondary Challenge ‘The Jaguar: MATHS in Motions School
Challenge’.
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Our Yr8 pupils competed against secondary schools from across the country
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Previously, Yr8 students have taken mock GCSE exams under exam conditions
with the majority of students attaining grades C.
Excellence Across the Curriculum
As teaching staff We also have published authors in both the History and
Science Department and we are also proud owners of the following:
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Doctorate in Molecular Genetics
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Accredited Photographer
In our transition from Middle School to a Secondary School we can boast an
impressive array of skills within our teaching staff.
Future plans
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Refurbishment of the hall with staging, lighting, a new sound booth and sound proofed
partitioning.
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Areas of specialism include DT, Music, drama, and Art.
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Advanced skill set with recent appointments including
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Mr Colin Creasey
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Mrs Melissa Joliffe
Future plans
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Training for existing staff so that their knowledge of GCSE’s will be current
and relevant.
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With all the changes that are taking place in the delivery of GCSE’s this
will be the same situation for all teachers of KS4.
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Our LCVAP funding application, this year, is to refurbish this hall with
staging, lighting, a new sound booth and sound proofed partitioning in
preparation for one of our chosen areas of specialism.
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These areas of specialism include Music, drama, and Art – all recognised
as outstanding features of our school.
Future plans
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We are confident in our skill set and recent appointments include Mr Colin
Creasey who comes from Cedars and is fully versed in the KS4 curriculum
for DT – this will be another of our specialist areas.
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Mrs Melissa Joliffe our new Head of English. She is both an outstanding
teacher in her own right and has left an English department that has been
deemed “Outstanding” by OFSTED. She is fully competent in KS2/3 and 4.
EBAC
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We are already looking closely at the EBAC – this is not only a current
national recommendation but also highly thought of by our top
universities.
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The EBAC includes English, Maths, Science, a language and History and
Geography.
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We are aware that the government have been keen to implement the
EBAC and we are also aware of the issues that have arisen around this
possible change to the GCSE curriculum BUT we also know that the top
universities think very highly of the depth and breadth of the EBAC
programme. We will definitely consider this option as part of our plans.
Forging Links
Middlesex University
University of Bedfordshire
University of Northampton
Forging Links
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As part of our 5 year plan we aim to forge significant links to inspire our pupils
to “aim higher”
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We are lucky enough to have a Chair of Governors who already has strong
ties to The University of Middlesex.
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I am a graduate of Leicester University and as a teacher, a graduate of the
University of Northampton.
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Similarly, in his early years of training Mr Creasey was “The face of the University
of Bedfordshire.
Forging Links
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We would like to make use of our connections, as well as these local links,
very early on in the education of our pupils purely through visits, contact
and possible joint projects to inspire them to “aim higher” and to
experience the possibilities of the next stage of education? Our vision is
always to prepare our young people for a future that is always possible
and within their reach. As the old saying goes “Nothing is impossible –
even the word says “I’m possible”
“A” Levels
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Shared learning between Upper Schools, as happens now.
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Luton 6th Form college
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University Technical College
“A” Levels
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Where will our pupils go next?
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We will again be working hard to determine a number of routes for higher education.
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There are already many possible routes of further education for pupils in our community. Learning is, and can be, shared
between a variety of Upper Schools according to the interests and preferences of the students. We would guide our
pupils to make appropriate choices in this way.
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We will also look closely at places such as Luton 6th Form College and the UTC.
“The UTC learning experience is like no other. You will spend a significant proportion of your timetable in our workshops and
product design centre working on industry-related live briefs that will give you the hands on experience you need to take the
next step in your engineering or design career. “ UTC
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At this stage in their education, young people are ready to choose again and to make informed choices about their
chosen subjects. We will guide and facilitate those choices.
Alternatives to “A” Levels
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As the Government have raised the participation age there will be a variety of initiatives
that will be offered and we will be looking closely at all these options and may, in the
future, be able to support our own ideas.
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Some of these options will include:
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Volunteering.
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Work-based training.
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Apprenticeships.
What do the pupils think?
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We asked all of our pupils to consider their views on the future of Ashton
Middle School.
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They thought about logos, uniforms, mottos, mission statements, web
pages – a variety of topics.
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The following pages are direct example from the pupils work (just one
group of pupils).
Our Mission Statement
“At The Frances Ashton Secondary School we aim to enhance our
pupil’s maturity, as well as their knowledge, in a safe and friendly
environment, to ensure pupils take with them excitement for future
learning and confidence on their life’s journey.
We encourage each individual to work to the best of their ability and
strive towards helping others, not just in school but in the wider
community. This is the foundation of our motto, “Treat others as you
would like to be treated.”
Tristan Randolf and Daniel Pinner
School Logo – Pupil’s ideas
School Logo
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The image is just my brief resume of their design – probably nothing like they would want
it to look but it is the philosophy behind it that really matters.
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Our logo is a metaphor. The dragon is a symbol for the children who eventually spread
their wings and fly away from the Ashton nest. Ashton has helped strengthen the wings
on their backs. We chose a dragon over a bird because dragons are strong, proud and
noble creatures and Ashton makes dragons out of birds!
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We have chosen a hammer because much like a hammer breaks physical walls, Ashton
helps to break down the metaphorical walls of race and cultural backgrounds and
promotes diversity amongst the teacher-student-parent network.
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Sydney Ibie, Ryan Gemmell, Sam Crosby,
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I am not sure I have anything further to add. The pupils have said it all.
At Ashton we are all dragons
We are strong, we are noble
And we are ready to fly

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