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Message from the Headteacher
     
 
Over the past few years I have enjoyed playing a key role in the success of John Spendluffe Technology College. I look forward to continuing to serve the students, their parents and the staff here. It is the effective partnership of all three groups that is so crucial in the schools success. I know that working together we will continue to build on our considerable achievements.
 
John Spendluffe Technology College is a converter academy. As an outstanding school, we have been asked to work with other schools and we take an active role in working in partnership with others. We are proud of our achievements but, what matters most is our own students and providing them with the best opportunities to be successful.
 
Mr Beverley - New Headteacher
 
Mr S Beverley
     
The school has made outstanding progress over the past few years. We are a popular school, with excellent examination results and a judgement of outstanding from Ofsted. We are rightly proud of our students academic success but we are equally proud of the all round education and support our students are offered. It is this rounded education that gives the students the skills they need to be successful when they leave the school. We continue to look to develop the school further to ensure our students receive excellent opportunities to develop their individual talents to the full, in whatever area of school life that may be.
 
Last academic year was another highly successful one for John Spendluffe Technology College. This year promises to be even better! We have secured significant investment in the school site, including new classrooms, redeveloped canteen and new sports facilities. These new developments will ensure our students will have the outstanding facilities to match the outstanding teaching and learning in the classroom.
 
We are always delighted to show you at first hand what John Spendluffe Technology College has to offer.
 
 
S Beverley
Headteacher
     
         
         
       
 
GCSE Pod arrives at JSTC
     
         
  GCSE Pod      
         
 
Over 3,500 teacher-written, audio-visual podcasts produced specifically for mobile devices and containing all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams that learners need for GCSE success. Watch podcasts on mobile, tablet or computer and get help with learning, homework and revision.
     
         
  Playlists:      
  Keep organised by creating personalised learning playlists of all the podcasts you want to listen to.      
         
  My GCSE's:      
  View an exam playlist to see all the podcasts relevant to that exam. Revision has never been so easy.      
         
  Assignments:      
  View homework set by your teacher, watch the podcasts they have selected and answer questions to test your knowledge.      
         
  Downloads:      
  Download podcasts onto a mobile, tablet or computer and watch when out and about. Listen to podcasts on the school bus without anyone knowing!      
         
  Promotional Flyer >      
  Student Quickstart Guide >      
  School Poster >      
       
  http://www.gcsepod.com      
         
         
       
 
The Poetry Games Competition 2014 – CONGRATUALTIONS!
     
         
  The Poetry Games Competition 2014      
         
 
JSTC students proved that the pen truly is ‘mightier than the sword’ when they took part in the recent nationwide Poetry Games competition.
     
 
     
 
We are proud to say that an overwhelming number of students have had their poems accepted for publication and the resulting collection will be available in libraries across the region. This is a fantastic achievement so all students who took part in the competition should be congratulated for their efforts. The creativity at work within the students when they were generating ideas for their poems was tangible and was demonstrated in the resulting poems, all of which evoked various powerful/profound responses in the reader; especially those that explored issues in society today such as internet safety and cyber bullying.
     
 
     
 
Those poems selected for publication will now be entered into the finals, giving students the chance to win an iPad and £1000 for the school, amongst other prizes. Well done everyone!
     
         
         
       
 
Sports Relief 2014 - Student Council Event
     
         
  Sports Relief 2014 - Student Council Event      
         
 
On Friday 21st March the JSTC Student Council ran a series of activities to raise money for this year’s Sport Relief. This included the sale of World Cup Team wrist bands, a cake stall and pupils were also allowed to replace or add one item of sporting clothing to their uniform.
     
         
 
The event was a great success and helped raise over £400 for Sport Relief. A big thank you to Miss Taylor, our Textiles Technology teacher, for overseeing the manufacture of the wrist bands, and to the JSTC Student Council for their continued commitment and hard work.
     
         
  Sports Relief 2014 - Gallery      
         
         
       
 
Sports Relief 2014 - Charity Netball Match
     
         
  Charity Netball Match for Sports Relief      
         
 
Thursday 20th & Friday 21st March the PE department ran a variety of events raising money towards sport relief. Thursday lunchtime saw a staff and students mixed netball match on the very windy astro turf. A great game was had by all with the blue team leading at half time, until the red team came back to win 10 – 6. Thank you to all staff and students who support and got involved.
     
         
 
Friday lunchtime was host to a variety of activities, in the main hall students were skipping, on the field you could run a mile, beat the keeper in a penalty shoot-out or a challenging competition of rugby ball kicking, aiming to achieve the highest distance away from the post.
     
         
 
There were prizes for the winners; the penalty shoot-out was won by Archie Paul (Year 11). The Rugby competition was won by Year 7 Patrick Jackson, Year 8 Scott Chatterton, Year 10 Tom Harvey and Year 11 Archie Paul. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated towards such a great cause, raising over £90.00.
     
         
  Sports Relief - gallery      
         
         
       
 
Rotary Beats the Drum for John Spendluffe Technical College
     
         
 
   
 
A while ago the Rotary Club of Alford & Mablethorpe donated £2000 to JSTC to fund the provision of Samba band instruments to add to their extensive music teaching provision.
     
 
Many students have now become skilled and several public performances have been enjoyed, and so, on Thursday 13th March members of the Rotary Club were invited to sit through the first lesson undertaken by young students and all were impressed with the speed with which the youngsters took to the new and occasionally unusual instruments and an opportunity was taken to add Rotary Support logos to all eighteen drums used by the band. Some of the visitors may well now need treatment in the hearing department...
     
         
 
Rotary President The Revered Canon Chris Lilley said "This has been a great project for the club to become involved in, particularly as this equipment will continue to be used year after year"
     
         
         
       
 
AstroTurf - Launch Event - March 19th 2014
     
         
  AstroTurf - Launch Event 2014      
         
 
To celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the newly constructed AstroTurn multi-use games area at John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford, we held a Launch Event on Wednesday 19th March 2014.
     
         
 
The event involved JSTC students showcasing the many activies that the purpose-built, floodlit pitch was designed for. Constructed at a cost of £135,000, John Spendluffe Technology College are delighted to be able to offer the use of this excellent new facility to sports teams and clubs within Alford and the surrounding area from March 2014 onwards.
     
         
 
JSTC have enlisted the services of Alford Sports Hall Association to oversee the day to day management of bookings for the Astroturf and so if would like further information on hiring the Multi-Use Games Area then please either email jstcmuga@alfordsportshall.co.uk or call 01507 463867 and we can arrange to forward this information to you.
     
         
  Alford Sports Hall Association: http://www.alfordsportshall.co.uk      
         
 
AstroTurf - Launch Event   AstroTurf - Launch Event
     
AstroTurf - Launch Event   AstroTurf - Launch Event
     
AstroTurf - Launch Event
     
         
         
       
 
Pancake Day - March 4th 2014
     
         
  Pancake Day - Inter-House Challenge      
         
 

To celebrate Pancake Day this year Ms Kirk (Food Technology Teacher) organised a fundraising event for the Ryan Smith Foundation. Members of the JSTC Student Council took part in an inter-House pancake challenge to make and sell as many pancakes as possible in an allocated time. Under the watchful supervision and guidance of Ms Kirk, over 160 pancakes were sold during break time and lunch time, and in total £100 was raised for the Foundation.

     
         
 
The event was featured numerous times on Lincs FM which certainly helped raise awareness and interest both inside and outside of school.
     
         
  Well done to all those involved for creating a very successful and fun event.      
         
 
Pancake Day - taste testing!?   Pancake Day - another satisfied customer!
     
Pancake Day - selling like hot... well, pancakes!   Pancake Day - every penny counts!
     
Pancake Day - The Team
     
         
         
       
 
Boombox - Technology Challenge 2014
     
         
  Boombox Technology Challenge 2014      
         
 
On Wednesday 12th Feb 105 pupils from Willoughby, Sutton-on-Sea, Mablethorpe, Withern, Huttoft and Alford Primary Schools attended JSTC to take part in the BOOMBOX Technology Challenge.
     
         
 
Each pupil was tasked with assembling, testing and modifying a mobile phone speaker amplifier unit. Pupils attending worked extremely hard to complete the tasks within the time allocated and were excited to take home their completed BOOMBOX. Well done to all pupils and a big thank you to the JSTC Student Council for helping to make the day a great experience. This time Willoughby won best designs and Huttoft won best team work.
     
 
 
Boombox Technology Challenge 2014   Boombox Technology Challenge 2014
     
Boombox Technology Challenge 2014   Boombox Technology Challenge 2014
     
Boombox Technology Challenge 2014   Boombox Technology Challenge 2014
     
Boombox Technology Challenge 2014   Boombox Technology Challenge 2014
     
         
         
       
 
Lincolnshire Youth Cabinet - Election Success
     
         
 
Lilly Garbutt
Following a highly competitive campaign from schools in our region Lilly Gurbutt, a year 9 pupils of JSTC, has won the election and become the Member of Youth Parliament for our area.

This will allow her to attend big national events like the House of Commons debates. The key points of Lilly’s manifesto focused on services for young people, financial independence and the negative media stereotypes of young people. Lilly is thrilled to have been elected and will meet regularly with our Student Council to discuss up and coming debates.

Congratulations to Lilly for her hard work and commitment, we look forward to seeing her progress within the Youth Parliament.

     
         
         
       
 
French Christmas Trip 2013
     
         
  French Christmas Trip 2013      
         
 
As a perfectly festive end to the Winter term, almost 50 JSTC students travelled down to Paris for a magical weekend.
     
         
 
On Friday, we climbed the Eiffel Tower, walked down the Christmas markets on the Champs Elysée and took a town trail round Montmartre, finishing at the Sacre Coeur. Saturday consisted of a full day in Disneyland Paris, watching the Christmas parades, trying out rollercoasters and making fantastic memories!
     
         
 
During the evenings students tried snails, made crepes, played sports and relaxed after their 5 course Christmas dinner. The 4 day trip was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff alike!
     
         
  As usual, our students were impeccably behaved and did JSTC proud.      
         
         
       
 
Leicester Tigers take on Montpellier at Welford Road
     
         
  Leicester Tigers took on the French side Montpellier at Welford Road      
         
 
60 students from JSTC  enjoyed an epic Heineken Cup encounter on Sunday as Leicester Tigers took on the French side Montpellier at Welford Road.  The students, who went on the trip organised by the PE dept also had the honour of forming the guard of honour as the players ran out and being the giant shirt shakers on the middle of the pitch. 
     
         
 
This corresponded with a poignant moment as we are stood for a minutes silence to honour Nelson Mandela.  All students from year 7 to 11 had a wonderful experience and looked very smart in their Tigers shirts.  The game itself was a classic with Tigers coming out as 41-32 winners.  Well done to all JSTC students who had the experience of a lifetime!
     
         
 
Tigers v Montpellier 2013   Tigers v Montpellier 2013
     
Tigers v Montpellier 2013
     
         
         
       
 
Winter Fayre raise money for good causes
     
         
  Winter Fayre - 2013      
         
 
On Thursday 12th December JSTC tutor groups held stalls for our Winter Fayre. There were 24 stalls in total with a wide range of fantastic activities, each themed on a different country. The event was a great success and has helped to raise over £250 for the Student Council.
     
         
 
A huge thank you to students and staff for helping to create a memorable event in the build up to Christmas. Mrs Garrard’s Belgium hot chocolate tutor stall collected the most money and Mrs Bromley’s tutor group was voted to have held the best activity with their Lapland Santa’s Christmas Wipe-out.
     
         
 
Cakes   Candy Floss
     
Santa Jump   Santa Jump
     
Chocolate Fountain   Young Enterprise
     
         
         
       
 
‘Spendluffe does Strictly’ in Primary Dance Festivals
     
         
  Primary Dance Festivals      
         
 
John Spendluffe Technology College have hosted and delivered three successful Dance Festivals this term, organised by PE Teacher Mrs Bromley, for Year 3 & 4 students from the local primary schools.
     
 
     
 
The theme for the Festivals has been ‘Spendluffe does Strictly’ which is a mixture of Charleston, Salsa and Jive themed dances. Once the students had learnt the routine they then added their own moves into the dance. The primary students were assisted throughout the days by the JSTC student leaders who helped them practice and then perform their routines.
     
 
     
 
At the end of the day all the students put on performances for each other which they all really enjoyed. The primary schools that attended were Alford Primary, Chapel St Leonards, St Helena’s Willoughby, Huttoft Primary, Mablethorpe Academy, Spilsby Primary and Seathorne Primary school.
     
         
 
Primary Dance Festivals 2013   Primary Dance Festivals 2013
     
Primary Dance Festivals 2013   Primary Dance Festivals 2013
     
         
         
       
 
Coastal and Wolds Cross Country Championships
     
         
  Cross Country Run 2013      
         
 
December 6th saw the annual district cross country championships held at Hubbard’s Hills in Louth. Despite the cold weather, JSTC had good representation in all age groups and had a number of students hoping for a top 20 finish and qualification to represent the Coastal and Wolds district at the county cross country championships in the new year.
     
 
     
 
In the Year 7 boys competition, Liam Treacy qualified for the next round, finishing in 7th position overall in a strong field of over 100 competitors. In the Year 7 girls competition, JSTC had two qualifiers, Ella-Mae Hawse (4th position) and Alisha Marshall (20th position), again from a large field of over 100 athletes.
     
 
     
 
The junior (Years 8 and 9) competition saw some fierce battles in both the boys and girls races. From the boys team, Liam Hawse qualified for the county round, finishing in 8th position, whilst in the girls competition Mollymae Crashley also qualified, finishing in 9th place.
     
 
     
 
Whilst there were no individual qualifiers from the intermediate (Years 10 and 11) teams, there were a number of strong performances in two very competitive fields.
     
 
     
 
Big congratulations to all students involved.
     
         
         
       
 
Exam Results 2013
     
         
  Exam Results 2013      
         
 
"There has been a tradition of academic success at John Spendluffe and we were expecting some excellent results this summer.  There was delight at the school as results surpassed expectations, especially against the background of increased rigour in examinations nationally. Once again the school has achieved a record breaking set of results, which are easily the best results in the history of the school in all key areas. Notably, at least 56% of students achieved 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics. These excellent achievements are the result of the hard work and commitment of the students and dedicated staff and the continued support from parents.
     
         
 
In all key measures these are fantastic results and there were huge successes in individual subjects.  We are particularly proud of the fact that around three quarters of our students made 3 levels of progress in Mathematics and achieved a C grade or above, comfortably above the national average. Along with Mathematics, our English results too were the best in the history of the school and subjects ranging from Technology to the Arts performed highly.  This reflects the importance we attach to depth and breadth in our curriculum.
     
         
 
Overall, 100% of students achieved recognised GCSE qualifications. Students at the school take quality vocational courses where appropriate but we are proud that the basis of our results is achieved in rigorous GCSE subjects, with many of our students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics simply through GCSEs. Behind these excellent overall figures there were numerous individual outstanding achievements, far too many to list them all but including:

     
 
  • Grace Gurbutt (10 A* or A grades amongst 13 passes at C or above)
  • Eternity Anderson (15 passes at C or above, including 4 at A or A*)
  • Julian Adams (14 passes at C or above, including 5 at A or A*)
  • Caitlin Thompson (14 passes at C or above, including 5 at A or A*)
     
  We wish to congratulate all of our students on their success.”      
         
         
       
 
Curriculum
     
         
       
         
 
All of our students left us last summer with qualifications. It is, however, easy to claim high pass rates. Results matter and there is an excellent track record of success at John Spendluffe. But what also matters is the quality and rigour of courses the students are studying, how well they are taught and their chances of leaving the college to go on to further success.
     
 
     
 
There has been much in the national news about changes to qualifications nationally and in February Performance Tables for schools following the summer exams were released. The Performance Tables reflect that our latest results were the best in the history of the college. We have had a consistent track record of success over the past few years and, from an excellent base, continue to improve. The considerable success enjoyed by our students is a mark of their hard work!
     
 
     
 
A key part of our success is that we have a personalised curriculum at the college, with students studying a range of courses appropriate to them. Where it meets student’s needs this involves vocational and applied courses and we do have a track record of success in some excellent courses. However, looking at the Performance Tables, we are particularly proud that the basis of our results is achieved in rigorous GCSE subjects, with many of our students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics simply through GCSE’s. In the light of planned government changes we know that this is regarded as key to a schools success. In total around 20 GCSE subjects and 7 key vocational areas are studied by groups of students at John Spendluffe. We do look to provide the courses that are right for our students and will help them to go on to further success in the future.
     
         
         
       
 
Future Chef Competition 2013
     
         
  Future Chef Competition - 2013      
         
  It's that time of year again!      
         
 
The preliminary round of the annual Future Chef competition took place on Friday 27th September for JSTC students. Taking part were Jessica Adams, Paige Carney, Ewan Fiest, Lilly Gurbutt, Ruby McLennan, Ben Moore and Abigail Stretton.
     
         
  The dishes on offer were:      
 
  • Jessica - Chicken, tray baked with white wine
  • Paige  - Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Ewan - Tagliatelle with courgettes, tomatoes and chilli
  • Lilly - Bass with lemon and parsley
  • Ruby - Pork medallions with madeira sauce and sweet potato and mashed potato tower
  • Ben - Chicken with a BBQ sauce and herby potatoes
  • Jenna - Chicken and bacon served with rice and mushroom sauce
  • Abigail - Homemade fish cakes with salad
     
 
As ever, the standard was very high with some delicious dishes being served. The judges, Mr Beverley (Headteacher), Mrs Shorrock (Deputy Head), Mr Milson (Chair), Mrs Brockett (Vice Chair) and Mrs Riches (Learning Support and Additional Needs Manager) unanimously agreed that the food presented was excellent.
     
         
  The student chosen as winner (and it was a difficult choice) was Ben Moore for his superb Chicken and BBQ Sauce and Herby Potatoes. Well done Ben!      
         
 
Furture Chef Competition - 2013   Furture Chef Competition - 2013
     
Furture Chef Competition - 2013   Furture Chef Competition - 2013
     
Furture Chef Competition - 2013   Furture Chef Competition - 2013
     
         
         
       
 
JSTC students win the Newspaper of the Year Award 2013
     
         
  Newspaper Day 2013      
         
 

We are pleased to announce that our annual newspaper, the Spendluffe Standard has once again won Newspaper of the Year in the Lincoln University School of Journalism Virtual Awards. The newspaper, this year compiled by students from our express stream class, also claimed another winner in Kira Roberts who came runner up for Young Journalist of the Year. Well done Kira!

     
         
  Spendluffe Standard 2013      
         
 
The judges were impressed with the attitude and aptitude of the students, and as a school we feel it gives students the opportunity to experience busy working conditions and the need to meet deadlines in a real-world environment. We hope to continue the project for many years to come.
     
         
  Download the Spendluffe Standard (PDF) >>      
         
         
       
 
John Spendluffe Technology College are pleased to announce the Prefects for 2013/14
     
         
  Head Boy and Head Girl - 2013/14      
         
 
The Year 11 students took part in a rigorous application and interview process before being shortlisted for the important role.
     
         
 
Amongst the successful students pictured with the Headteacher Steve Beverley are new Head Boy Archie Paul, Head Girl Laura Sanderson, Deputy Head boy Dominic Bates, and Deputy Head Girl Genevieve Miller.  All of the prefects perform duties throughout the school which include organisation of charity events, parental show rounds, student mentoring to name but a few along with ambassadorial duties outside of the college.  We wish them all success for the following year.
     
         
         
       
 
London Marathon Success for Mrs Collingwood
     
         
  London Marathon - Mrs Collingwood      
         
 
Our warmest congratulations go to Mrs Sharon Collingwood (Finance Office) whom has recently taken part in and completed the 2013 London Marathon - achieving an extremely respectable time of 4 hours and 33 minutes.
     
         
 
Sharon's involvement in the London Marathon was one of chance as much as choice, thanks to her husband, Mark. Mark had decided to enter the 2013 Marathon some time ago, and simply enquired as to whether Sharon would like to enter also ... being the type who enjoys a challenge, she said, "Yes!"  
     
         
 
Places were extremely limited as they were applying directly through the Virgin London Marathon website and, in truth, she didn't think she'd get in. As it turned out, Sharon secured a place, while husband, Mark didn't.
     
         
 
Having only ever run a 6 mile distance in the past (which is still pretty respectable) Sharon then followed a strict four month training plan to ready herself for the forthcoming event. Being of a determined nature, Sharon undertook four runs a week, and threw herself whole-heartedly in to the preparation, which finally paid off on the 21st April as she jubilantly crossed the Finish Line in just over 4 and half hours.
     
         
 
Mrs Collingwood - The marathon begins...   Mrs Collingwood - The Run Begins...
Sharon as the marathon begins. With 26 miles to go and 36,000 runners in total...
 
13 miles in, the midway point. Sharon settles in to her pace.
     
 
With only meters to go, the Finish Line is in sight...
 

Relief, pride and achievement as Sharon crosses the Finish Line.

     
         
         
       
 
Faraday Challenge
     
         
  Faraday Challenge - Winners      
         
 
On the 24th April John Spendluffe Technology College hosted a STEM Project called the Faraday Challenge. This involved 36 students from Y8 who are recognised as very able in Science, Maths and/or Technology. The students spent the day making a prototype and a code to send a message from one area of the hall to another. As well as putting together circuits and vessels, students worked hard on their teamwork and literacy skills. Both Keira Sewell, the host and our governor Margaret Bauer commented on how well the students had tackled the project and represented the college.
     
         
 
The winning team with 93/105 points were Olly Hunt, Kian Hardiman, Wilfred Foster, Harry Dale, Zak Turner and Chris Lake who received a trophy and Amazon vouchers. Well done!
     
         
         
       
 
Max Respect Winners
     
         
  Max Respect Winners      
         
 
In a recent competition run by Lincolnshire County Council to promote safety on school busses where the criteria was, “Design a poster to promote Max Respect & see it published in promotional leaflets. Winning entries will be used to promote Max Respect & school transport throughout the 2013/14 school year”.
     
         
 
Two year 7 students Tilly Wardenier and Lauren Hewson, from John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford won prizes in this competition after it was integrated in to their ICT lessons to develop skills on the computer allowing the students to combine different software while enhancing their ICT skills; Both students were invited to receive their prize at the Council Chamber, County Offices in Lincoln on 20th March 2013.
Max Respect Posters
     
         
 
The students’ work will now be incorporated into Lincolnshire County Council school safety materials across the County for the 2013/14 academic year.
     
         
         
       
 
Comic Relief - JSTC Bake-Off
     
         
  JSTC Bake Off - Poster      
         
  JSTC held a staff Bake-off to raise money for .      
         
  The guidelines for cake entries were that all cakes must be based on a 3-egg Victoria Sponge Mix, with 3 seperate categories:      
         
 
  • A Traditional Victoria Sandwich– filled with butter cream and jam.
  • A Victoria Sandwich– filled and decorated the most comically appropriate for Comic Relief.
  • A Victoria Sandwich– made into the most creative shape and decorated.
     
  The competition was judged by Rev. Ros Latham, Mrs Fairburn – Rolling Scones WI, Mrs Shorrock, Mrs Forman and Ms Kirk.      
         
  Judges were extremely impressed with all the enteries and the cakes were then sliced up and sold to raise more money for comic Relief      
         
  Winning cakes were:
     
         
 
V Myers - Traditional   K Paice - Comical
     
     
L Powrie - Creative  
  1. Miss Myers – Traditional
  2. Mrs Paice – Jelly Bear Creation
  3. Mrs L Hernon – Woman Baked Bean Bath
     
     
  Well done to all – great effort, great cause.      
         
       
  Cake Collage      
         
         
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