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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 our students, their parents and the staff here. It is the effective partnership of all three groups that is so crucial in the school’s success. I know that working together we will continue to build on our considerable achievements.
 
John Spendluffe Technology College is a converter academy. As successful 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 enjoyed consistent success over the past few years. We are a popular school, with excellent examination results and Ofsted have judged us as good and outstanding for over ten years now. 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 further significant investment in the school site, to add to our new facilities, which have included new classrooms, redeveloped canteen and new sports facilities. These new developments will continue to ensure our students will have the outstanding facilities to match the outstanding teaching and learning in the classroom.
As Ofsted commented ‘The school has at its heart the highest aspirations for all its students, in both their academic progress and wider preparation for adult life. This results in a happy, warm and respectful atmosphere in which students' many successes are celebrated.’
We are always delighted to show you at first hand what John Spendluffe Technology College has to offer.
 
 
S Beverley
Headteacher
     
         
         
       
 
Louis aims for GB selection
     
         
 
Louis Perkins   Louis Perkins
     
         
 

The indoor archery season has now finished and it has been an exciting time for one JSTC student! In December, Louis Perkins came second in Archery GB's Junior National Indoor Competition held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Competing in the Junior Gentlemen Under 14 Recurve section he scored 553 in the 18m single Portsmouth competition.

     
         
 
Louis's personal best for a single Portsmouth is now 566, which he achieved at the Lincolnshire County Indoor Championships. The competition - part of a double Portsmouth Tournament - saw Louis break the county and regional (East Midlands Archery Society) record with a score of 1128.

     
         
 
The outdoor season is now underway and Louis has just started shooting at 60m, which is above his age category, and got off to a cracking start with a personal best of 557 for a 720 competition. Louis's aim now is to improve his scores scores further and gain considered for the GB selection shoots. Well done, Louis!
     
         
  UPDATE:      
 
As of Sunday 7 June 2015, Louis is Lincolnshire Junior Gent County Champion. He was already Indoor Champion but managed to achieve first place on Sunday in the outdoor Lincolnshire County Championships in Boston.
     
         
 
Louis is involved in competitions most weekends, and over the next 6/7 weeks will take place in various events in his quest to secure an invitation to the GB Selection next year. Essentially, Louis needs 3 scores of over 595 while shooting at a distance of 60m. Thankfully, on 25 May 2015, Louis managed his first one with a score 601! Well done, Louis!
     
         
  Let the games commence!      
         
  Watch this space for further updates...      
         
         
       
 
Year 8 - Spanish Food Tasting Event
     
         
  Year 8 Food Tasting Event      
         
 
Year 8 students have enjoyed a Spanish tasting party as part of their topic on Food. They sampled a range of delights such as chorizo, manchego cheese, olives and dates.
     
         
 
The event was hosted by our Year 9 Baccalaureate students, who prepared all the food and drink. Students have been studying how to order food and drink in a restaurant and learning about tapas.
     
         
  A thoroughly enjoyable (and delicious) end to the unit!      
         
         
       
 
Year 8 Coastal League Champions
     
         
  Year 8 - Coastal League Champions      
         
         
       
 
Lincolnshire Healthy Schools Programme
     
         
 
Congratulations go to all involved with attaining the recent re-accreditation for our Healthy School Status. The certificate is designed to reward schools that promote the health and well-being of pupils and staff through a well-planned curriculum in a physical and emotional environment that encourages learning and healthy lifestyle choices.
     
         
  Healthy School Award      
  Lincolnshire Healthy Schools Programme >>      
         
         
       
 
Warhammer Club is one year old
     
         
  Warhammer Club      
         
 
The Warhammer club is celebrating its first year of battles,  Michael and Mr Strong would like to thank everyone who has come for a game, especially Mason Ferris and Benjamin Santus for all their help.
     
         
 
The Warhammer club is held every Thursday lunchtime in Miss Griffiths classroom and so, if you're an interested student, please come along for a battle!
     
         
         
       
 
Red Nose Day 2015
     
         
  Red Nose Day 2015      
         
 

Red Nose Day 2015 at JSTC was another successful fund-raising event, and bought with it the usual array of RED garments and paraphernalia (ties, glasses, hats etc.), while one or two students took the plunge and arrived with RED hair!?  There were competitions, a cake sale and even a TV-style Bake Off to enable students to engage with the day, which resulted in a very respectable £225 being raised for the Comic Relief Charity. Well done to all.

     
         
  Red Nose Day - Images from the day.      
         
 
The winning student cake was May Woodward, while the winner of the student lucky dip and the tub of sweets was Poppy McLennan – congratulations to both girls.
     
         
 
Many thanks to Lucy Paul and Bethany Lyons for their cake entries, and a special thanks to all the staff who entered cakes in the Selfie-Cake Competition, and to the judges who forced themselves to try all the cakes … poor things! Congratulations to both Miss Hickson and Mr Hatton for winning Selfie-Cakes.
     
         
  Selfie-Cake Competition      
         
         
       
 
Show Jumping Success for JSTC students
     
         
  National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) competition      
         
 
YEAR 10 JSTC student Emily Sanderson has been crowned Lincolnshire county show jumping champion after representing the college at the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) competition.
     
         
 
Emily, who was one of four JSTC pupils at the event at Arena UK, near Grantham, on February 22, took part in the 1m Open class on her two ponies, Castle Baldwin Golden Arrow and Lenny Kravitz.
     
         
 
She produced a solid round on Arrow before picking up four faults for a refusal at the penultimate fence, but during her second round on Lenny Kravitz, Emily jumped clear in a fast-enough time to earn her first place in the field of more than 25 riders from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.
     
         
 
Emily now holds the title of County Champion and will go on to represent the college and Lincolnshire at the County Finals at Buckinghamshire’s Bury Farm in April.
     
         
 
Tayla Anderson (Year 11) had earlier led off the quartet, competing in the 50cm and 60cm classes in the Grass Roots event. Despite the early start, Tayla and her pony Tink produced two positive rounds, performing well and gaining valuable experience in a bigger competition than the pairing are used to.
     
         
 
Faith Barker (Year 11) and Maisie Johnson (Year 10) made up the JSTC contingent, this time in the NSEA Cortaflex County Challenge Show Jumping competition.
     
         
 
Both girls competed in a large field of more than 60 riders in the 80cm Novice class, Faith on her pony Blue Lady and Maisie riding her pony Annagh Gold. Again, both pairings produced encouraging performances and enjoyed the new experiences.
     
         
         
 
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Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Award 2014
     
         
 
The Bronze Award Aassessment took place at the beginning of July with 32 students carrying their rucksacks from Louth, camping at Goulceby and finishing at Tetford.
     
         
 
On the way students' endured varying conditions, from boiling hot sun to lashing rain. A memerable moment for all was the used of the 'eco-friendly' toilets at Badger Farm camp...
     
         
  All students completed the task though the group of 7 lads went 3 miles off course!      
         
  Bronze Award - Summer 2014      
         
         
       
 
Leicester Tigers Coaching Clinic with JSTC Students
     
         
       
         
 
On the morning of the European Rugby Champions Cup match against French visitors Toulon, Leicester Tigers held a Coaching Clinic where students worked on their individual and team skills with the Tigers coaches, met players for a question-and-answer session and then joined a 22,000 strong crowd at Welford Road to watch the big match.
     
         
 
The Coaching Clinic tailored their session to the needs of the JSTC students identified beforehand by the PE Team; it was all handling skills but they also did work on running lines. Our students certainly improved throughout the practice.
     
         
 
However, our students couldn’t wait for the experience of being out on the pitch itself and this will be something that will live with them for a long, long time!
     
         
         
       
 
Opening Minds - Student Garden
     
         
  Opening Minds - Student Garden 2014      
         
 
Since the beginning of term the Opening Minds team have successfully planted a new garden outside the Maths block and improved the vegetable garden at the side of the canteen.  This has been an excellent example of improving students’ skills in team work creativity and keeping to a deadline.  We are all looking forward to a lovely display of flowers in the spring.
     
         
 
The Y7 homework projects continue to build on the creativity and innovations of previous years. In particular, Larissa Vickers, Holly Aizlewood, Megan Clark, Sophie Lysaght and Lucy Dent have produced outstanding creations for which they will receive Head Accommodations and prizes in the whole school assembly. Well done girls!
     
         
         
       
 
JSTC ‘Reading Buddy’ scheme
     
         
  Reading Buddy Group      
         
 
We would all agree how important it is for children to develop a love of books and reading, without which it would be difficult to access many areas of everyday life.
     
         
  As a college, we are always looking for ways to:      
 
  • Help all students to become better readers and
  • Increase interest and enjoyment in books.
     
 
With this in mind, Mrs Cahalin, Lead Practitioner for Literacy, has launched a ‘Reading Buddy’ scheme within the college to support some of our new Y7 students.
     
         
 
Each week, 17 Y7 students meet with their Y9 Reading Buddy, who read with them and help them to improve their reading skills through sharing and discussing books. The Y9 students are all committed to this scheme and have had training to help them be effective mentors to our younger students.
     
         
  We are very proud of our students for giving up their time to take part in this valuable initiative.      
  Reading Buddy Newsletter 1# >      
         
         
       
 
Record breaking results at John Spendluffe for 2014
     
         
  Results Day 2014      
         
 
The tradition of consistent success enjoyed by students at John Spendluffe over many years has continued once again this summer with another set of excellent results. There was delight as the results came in with all previous records surpassed and John Spendluffe can report the best ever results in its history. All at John Spendluffe were particularly proud as this tremendous success comes against the background of increased rigour in examinations nationally. Notably, around 60% of our students achieved 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics. These fantastic results are evidence of the hard work and commitment of the students and dedicated staff and the continued support from parents.
     
         
 
In all key measures these are brilliant results and there were huge successes in individual subjects including strong performances in both English and Maths. Other GCSE courses, including the Sciences, Technology, Arts and Humanities enjoyed considerable success, reflecting the importance we attach to depth and breadth in our curriculum.
     
         
 
Once again 100% of students achieved recognised GCSE qualifications. We are proud that the basis of our results is achieved in rigorous GCSE subjects, with many of our students achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and Mathematics simply through GCSEs alone. Students at the school take quality vocational courses to enhance our strong GCSE curriculum where appropriate and results in these courses were equally as impressive. Behind these excellent overall figures there were numerous individual outstanding achievements, far too many to list them all but including:
     
 
  • Ellen Paice (11 GCSE passes, all at A*-B grade)
  • Sophie Harrison (11 GCSE passes, all at A*-B grade)
  • Brooke Brocklesby (11 GCSE passes at C grade or above, including 6 at A or A*)
  • Ben Clark (11 GCSE passes at C grade or above, including 5 at A or A*)
  • Genevieve Miller (11 GCSE passes at C grade or above, including 6 at A)
     
 
News of the excellent results adds further to the positive atmosphere at the school following last year’s highly successful Ofsted inspection. With the million pound plus investment on site, and an official opening of new facilities due in September; there is much to look forward to.
     
         
         
       
 
Recognition for JSTC's More Able and Talented commitment
     
         
  More Able & Talented Students      
         
 
Here at John Spendluffe, we have a commitment to supporting all students across the college. This week, we were very pleased to hear that we are the only school in Lincolnshire to have been awarded the Gold Star Award by Potential Plus for our commitment to nurturing students with high learning potential.
     
         
 
This status shows the school recognises the importance of supporting high ability students, and that the school has a commitment to work in partnership with parents and carers to maximise the potential of their able children.
     
         
  This year over 1/3 of our students achieved A*-A grades in their results, and our results were the best ever, with 60% of pupils achieving 5 A*- C including English and Maths.      
         
 
Our Gold School report states that our extra-curricular provision is particularly strong and that our commitment to high ability students is very apparent. For more information on how we cater for More Able and Talented learners, please our main MAT page (click here).
     
         
         
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