National Funding Formula – Detailed Information for Parents

Further to the letter sent out by email from Miss Maunder on Friday 3 March 2017, please find below additional information which gives more details of the proposed National Funding Formula and its impact on Thomas Keble School:

Famelab Academy Competition Winner

Thomas Keble School recently hosted representatives from Cheltenham Science Festivals to judge the TK Famelab Academy finals. Ninety Year 9 pupils spent the first two terms of this academic year researching their chosen Science topic to present in a three minute presentation. Ten finalists made it through to the final and covered topics such as Trains, Brand vs Generic, Speed and even Jellyfish. The ten finalists were Lily Bryant, Devon Martin, Rebecca Woodward, Dan Green, Kyle Godwin, Matty Cox, Florence Hawker, Issy Lury and Molly Hulse. The overall winner and Thomas Keble 2017 Famelab Academy competitor was Rowan Phipps with his talk entitled ‘Happiness, Depression and Being Weird’. Rowan will be accompanied by the rest of the Thomas Keble finalists at the grand final.


Year 9 Careers Ambassadors appointed

The first students at Thomas Keble to become Careers Ambassadors for the school have just been appointed. This is an important role enabling the students to work alongside staff to help to extend further the very close links between the school and local employers.

Nine students were successful in their application to the Careers Coordinator, Mrs Rendell, showing they were keen to become involved in a vast number of activities linked to Careers work. The students had to prove that they were reliable, trustworthy, polite and punctual.

They have been given a range of important duties such as looking after a large number of employers that visit the school during Careers Week, including those attending the Apprenticeship Fair. Furthermore they will be responsible for participating in a meeting with the Careers Mark assessor in March as well as playing an important role during the Year 10 “Ask the Professional” day when the school welcomes more than 20 employers, and during the annual Post 16 Evening when many providers from all over the county will be in attendance.

Year 7 School Council Sponsors Guide Dog

Mrs Burnside, Head of Year 7, reports that Year 7 had the privilege of a Guide Dog coming for an assembly at the beginning of the year and the idea was launched with the Year 7 Council to raise sufficient funds to support a brand new puppy for their training. After many hours of cake baking and selling, toast-making and the very profitable non-uniform day as well as coin collections, we eventually raised over £1500 to donate.

The children were relentless in their determination and we are delighted to announce the safe arrival on 12th December of “Keble”! We have named and sponsored the training of our very own guide dog puppy. Keble is a Golden Retriever and one puppy from a litter of eight. His photo and certificate are displayed in the entrance at Thomas Keble and we await a visit from him very soon!


Tesco donates kitchen equipment to Learning Support Department

Over the summer holidays Thomas Keble School has had a new kitchen fitted in its Learning Support Department.  The kitchen will help pupils with special educational needs to learn essential life skills by preparing and cooking healthy meals.  Some of their Maths and English lessons, as well as their Catering lessons, will also incorporate cooking.

Jacqui Beard, the Stroud Tesco Community Manager, has helped the school equip the kitchen with £150 worth of the items they required, including a toaster, kettle, mixer, plates, kitchen knives, utensils, baking trays, a clock and much more.   Annie Parfitt, Higher Level Teaching Assistant to the students, said “all the students and staff are so very grateful to Jacqui and to Tesco staff for their support”.


Daisy George, Year 9, with Jacqui Beard


The Real Schools Guide 2016

The Real Schools Guide 2016, compiled by Trinity Mirror’s data unit, aims to give a more comprehensive picture of a school, taking into account 25 different data sets including not just GCSE results but factors like value-added scores, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates.  As a result Thomas Keble School has been rated as one of the top 10 schools in Gloucestershire.  Click on the link to read the Real Schools Guide 2016 Real Schools Guide 2016