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End of Autumn Term Newsletter

December 2015
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If this measure were to be graded against boys only. the students and staff have seen their progress measures graded by the DfE as being in the top 4% of all results nationally. Page | 2 . the outstanding performances have been maintained. unfair to single out anyone in particular. It is also really pleasing to see the significant improvements in the humanities subjects. Jack Takeda and Mo Abuelmeaza all gave show-stopping performances. This year’s results in geography and history have moved to being in the top 15% of schools nationally.NEWS – IN BRIEF Science GCSEs – Top 10% in the Country for the Fourth Year Running We have just received the first draft of data from the Department for Education (DfE) that confirms some outstanding performances from last summer’s GCSE examinations. and the musical ensemble really helped to add a sense of atmosphere to the piece. It is. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life!’ Thursday 3 December and Friday 4 December saw performances of our latest school production – the Christmas classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life!’ The production is always a delight. the score would be even more impressive. It is especially pleasing to note that overall figures show that our boys continue to significantly out-perform all students nationally and comfortably outperform boys nationally. This year. and this year was no exception. A huge well done to everyone involved in all aspects of the production. the technical team and the teaching staff – it will be incredibly difficult to top this next year! Finlay Fox (Year 12) and Tom Keenan (Year 10) both gave excellent performances. Ellis has been the stage manager for multiple school productions and has demonstrated a clear aptitude for the challenging tasks that the role involves.the fourth year running that the results have been in the top 10%. George Bridgewater. all ambient music in the production was written and composed by Isleworth & Syon students and Miss Phillips. with students such as Tom Keenan (Year 10) and Aaditya Mudhar (Year 9) doing fantastic work. where results have been improving over the past few years. We wish him well. Indeed across the majority of categories measured. A member of the National Youth Theatre. the boys are performing at a level that is significantly above the national benchmarks. Louis Kelly. One of the great successes is that in the sciences. with every single student rising to the occasion and giving a wonderful performance. There were a number of Sixth Form students for whom this was to be their final ever performance on the Isleworth & Syon stage. Ellis Bloom – LAMDA We were delighted to receive notice that Ellis Bloom (Year 13) has received an offer to study a stage management course at the prestigious LAMDA drama school in September 2016. eliciting real emotion from their characters and leaving the audience close to tears at several points! Special praise must also go to some of the younger members of the ensemble. from the actors to the musicians. however. This is a remarkable result . as there was not a weak link amongst the cast! A special mention must be given to Miss Phillips and the music department.

Look out for an image gallery on the website in the new year. Year 12 & 13 Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) Timetables have already been issued to Sixth Form students in advance of their pre-public examinations. Sixth Form Handbook. including the prospectus. Thaveesha Paranawidana during the Jazz Band performance.org) for further information. The examinations take place over two weeks. Osterley.pdf.Carol Concert On Monday 14 December. Mary’s Church.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Sixth-Form-PPE-Timetable-Jan-2016.org/?page_id=915. over at the local St. and students should be preparing for these important examinations now and over the Christmas period. as well as skeleton revision timetables and various other useful tools. or by visiting isleworthsyon. Sixth Form Applications Following our very successful Sixth Form Open Evening. The full timetable can be accessed via the ‘Examinations’ page of the school’s website. can all be viewed in the ‘Sixth Form’ section of the school website. Go to isleworthsyon. examination results and some ‘success stories’. with particular highlights being the Jazz Band and the newly-formed Concert Band.to view behind-the-scenes shots and some video clips taken during the evening.com/IsleworthSyon . from Monday 4 – Friday 15 January. the school held its annual Christmas Carol Concert. and the music department rose to the challenge and put on quite the show! Many different ensembles took to the stage over the course of the evening. Information about the Sixth Form. This concert is always a fantastic way to finish off the Autumn Term. please visit the school’s website (www. which take place after Christmas. Head over to our Twitter page – www. The latter featured a stunning solo performance from Year 12’s Cara Doyle on the clarinet.isleworthsyon. The event brought together students from Years 7-13 for a magical night of festivity. The deadline for applications is Friday 29 January 2016. by visiting the ‘Study and Revision Skills’ section of the website. Students can also access revision guides and tips. All applications to our Sixth Form must be completed electronically. applications can now be submitted for consideration.twitter. Page | 3 .

Miss Qadeer accompanied A-Level history students George Bridgewater and Emelio Titus on a three-day visit to the World War I battlefields at Ypres. and it was great to hear their insight. The process culminated with an Induction Assembly on Friday 11 December. as they were able to see first-hand the effects of the war. While examining the cemeteries. Page | 4 . congratulating the Year 7 students on an outstanding start to their Isleworth & Syon careers. George found the grave of his great-great-Grandfather. The boys were impeccably behaved as they took part in a parade around Isleworth and its environs. which began all the way back in March 2015. each student was given a bronze. and were a credit to the school. Then. silver or gold medal denoting their current progress – it was lovely to see a lot of students wearing them with pride throughout the rest of the day! Well done to Year 7 for making such a great start to life as an Isleworth & Syon boy. Remembrance Services The cohort at the Borough Road Memorial. look out for a full write-up from him in next year’s Annual Review publication. On Remembrance Sunday. It was an hour of celebration. each student wore a sash with the name of one of the 390 Isleworth residents who died during World War I.Year 7 Induction Assembly Our Year 7 students have now finished their Induction process. The school took part in a series of events as part of this year’s Remembrance Commemorations. It was a very poignant experience for the boys. Mr Fisher and Ms Squires accompanied twenty students as they represented the school at the Isleworth 390 event. A representative from each form group gave a short speech about their first three months at the school. to which all parents/carers were invited. Battlefields Trip On Sunday 18 October.

Students took part in a variety of activities during the day. The lecture was also designed to bridge the gap between A-Level and university teaching. students are able to take part in various lectures throughout the school year. feature film and major sports software specialist. to Louis. Students took an active part in the short service with a series of readings. University of London for a talk titled ‘Chess at 200mph: The Game of Formula 1 Strategy’. according to the students. while Zack Taylor played ‘The Last Post’ to perfection. parents/carers and staff forming teams. entirely composed. before a wreath was placed at the school memorial at the back of the school hall. This particular version contains a contemporary soundtrack. of course. giving them an insight into the challenges that face them in the next few months. Set in war-time. performed and recorded by Year 13 student Louis Rugg. Isleworth Association Quiz Night Our thanks to all those who supported our annual Quiz Night. where students had to do two 30-minute subject-specific interviews with recent Oxbridge graduates. an assembly was held for each year group in the school hall. A number of students gave short speeches or read poetry. A special well done.49. it focused on the mathematical techniques behind race strategy at Mercedes-Benz. Page | 5 . and it was a great to see a good turnout from parents/carers and visitors. a CucinA curry was served to attendees – this was definitely needed. nine Year 12 students visited Royal Holloway. whose soundtrack was spectacular. nine Year 13 students were accompanied by Miss Tyreman for an Oxbridge preparation day. which focused largely on the interview process for these prestigious institutions.00am. This was a fascinating lecture led by Gareth Griffith. which honours the students and staff of the old Borough College (which was located opposite the school) who died in the First World War. The most gruelling part of the day. as the quiz. the school hosted a special screening of the silent film ‘A Couple of Down and Outs’. and they romped to victory by over thirty points! Profits from the evening stand at £549. taking place at the JFS School. Formula 1 Lecture As part of their A-Level mathematics course. Students were selected because they have applied for an Oxbridge university or medical school place for September 2016. All of the boys found it immensely rewarding. was the ‘mock interviews’ section. Harrow. Mr Ferguson and Mr Kettle also accompanied a small group of students to the local Borough Road memorial. At 11. this silent film was shot in Isleworth in 1924. It was an honour to be involved in this moving ceremony along with a number of local primary schools and residents. but in all had a very rewarding day. a minute’s silence was held in school. The film itself was an absolute delight.On Armistice Day. At the midway point in the quiz. The evening was a great success. with over a hundred students. Students were really put through their paces. funds that will be used to support educational projects at school. designed by Mrs Robertson. Film Screening To coincide with the Remembrance Day commemorations on Wednesday 11 November. Oxbridge Preparation On Tuesday 17 November. On Wednesday 4 November. was fiendishly difficult! The winning team was composed entirely of staff.

Page | 6 . The English department also decided to host a Key Stage 3 competition for students in Years 7 and 8. In spite of the difficulty level involved in getting up on stage and speaking publicly. giving all of their passion into these poems. Well done to Albert Campling (left). Poetry by Heart is a nationwide competition for Key Stage 4. What they learned during these days will no doubt serve them well in their summer examinations. their engagement with school. with Mr McDonnell organising a number of trips. as students have to recite a poem that they have learned for the assembled audience of staff and their peers. We have been running this club for a number of years to great success – last year. Poetry by Heart We were delighted to once again organise a Poetry by Heart competition in school this term. students have been able to go on a number of trips to the theatre. We wish Zack the best of luck as he progresses to the regional finals in January. The club is be run by specially-trained university students and the techniques are delivered through a series of fun and interactive exercises and games. as our A-Level drama and theatre studies students took part in a number of workshops before seeing an outstanding performance of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play. In the final week of term. This year’s winner was Zack Taylor (Year 11). as a means of expanding students’ learning out of the classroom and increase their understanding of what they are studying. Well done to Albert Campling (Year 7) and Kousthub Kaivar (Year 8) for their absolutely phenomenal performances. Miss Hannon and Miss Breach took sixty Year 10 students to see ‘A Christmas Carol’. and the response was very positive – students commented that they already felt that they knew the text more intimately having seen it be performed! The drama department have been very busy this term. The highlight of these was no doubt the ‘Our Country’s Good’ study days at the National Theatre. It truly was a pleasure to watch these students in action. Students who have been on the programme see substantial increases in their speaking and listening skills.Theatre Trips This term. the Key Stage 3 students rose to the challenge. following some impressive poetry readings in class. over 70 students expressed an interest in taking part – a phenomenal response! The club takes place every Wednesday. who gave a wonderful performance of ‘Sing me a Song for a Lad that is Gone’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. with students learning the art of public speaking and how to debate in a formal setting. and a range of students have been shown to benefit (and enjoy!) these clubs. our debaters placed 10th in the whole country! At the initial meeting. Kousthub Kaivar (centre) and Zack Taylor (right)! Debate Mate Launched Debate Mate run after-school debating clubs and currently work in 266 primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.

our Year 7 and 8 scholars have been working hard on their final project. meaning that an Isleworth & Syon victory was assured! The ‘A’ team came out on top and now progress to the county round. This interest has translated to competitive sport as well. our Key Stage 3 team won the borough tournament. while the Key Stage 4 boys finished as narrow runners-up – well done to both sets of boys. our Badminton coach and co-ordinator. This term. a credit to the hard work put in by Miss George. there has been several other sporting triumphs at borough level. The boys were targeted as potential high attainers. as they work towards the submission of an essay at the end of the term. Our Year 7 cross-country runners also finished as runners-up in their borough tournament – hopefully they will use this as a springboard to further success in the years to come. Meanwhile. The boys beat Lampton in the final on Thursday 12 November – it was a close-fought battle but the boys rose to the challenge when it mattered and emerged victorious. Page | 7 . with half focusing on biology and the other half on history. and we look forward to seeing the results! Urban Scholars We have once again run the Urban Scholars programme this year. A selection of our KS3 and KS4 Badminton Players. with the playground tables extremely popular at break and lunchtimes.Brilliant Club This year. a PhD tutor has come into school over a six-week period and delivered tutorials to small groups of students. Sports Report – Badminton Borough Champions! We were delighted that both our Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Badminton teams have finished the year as borough champions! This is the tenth year in succession that our KS4 boys have finished on top locally. As part of the scheme. Table Tennis has really risen to prominence in recent years. Each group works a key stage above where they are currently working. The programme will continue next term. the Key Stage 3 borough final was contested by our ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. taking place at Harrow in February! Elsewhere. We are pleased to report that all students submitted their project on time. and all of them have risen to the challenges in these workshops. offering a number of students the chance to develop skills through a series of Saturday workshops at Brunel University London. the school has once again offered the Brilliant Club programme to our Gifted & Talented students.

It is hoped that the final plans will be considered at a Planning Committee meeting early in the New Year with the aim to start on site next summer. A full repost can be found on the TfL website at tfl.uk/roads/great-west-road. Page | 8 . The internal refurbishments will see current English classrooms being converted into new science laboratories.gov. which will house twenty new English and mathematics classrooms is being built in order to accommodate a future growth in student numbers. following a recent consultation. The new block.School Developments Work continues on the planning for a new teaching block and internal refurbishments. work will commence on a pedestrian crossing on the Great West Road and Ridgeway Road junction in February 2016. TOUCAN CROSSING Mr Ferguson received notice from Transport for London on 18 December 2015 confirming that. We are currently short of science space and this development will enable us to continue to offer the very best science provision in the area.

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shaved eyebrows or any shaven step/lines/patterns/fashion trims are not acceptable. This is especially pertinent over the holiday period. Examples of inappropriate hairstyles can be seen below. in particular to hair. ruler. on return after the holiday period. The extract from our Appearance Policy is included below as a reminder: Hair should be conventional in style and in length (above the collar and no shorter than a blade 2) and should not be artificially coloured.REMINDERS Appearance Policy – Holiday Reminders Please remember the requirements of the school with regards to appearance. students are not appropriately attired for school. Equipment includes pens. Please also remember that the Senior Leadership Team of the school are the final arbiters of the Appearance Code. Excessively shaven hair (below a blade 2/where skin on head is visible). a scientific calculator. when students can be tempted to go for a style that does not conform to school requirements. they will be sent home and told that they cannot return until their appearance is appropriate. Our policy is clear with regard to hair. Hair is too short Hair is too long Two different lengths Products in the hair Products and patterns Patterns If. thus enabling them to be ready for learning. specialist Page | 10 . “spiked” or contain styling products. and all of our students are aware of the requirements through repeated reminders in assemblies and in tutor time. pencil. Basic Equipment – ‘No Excuses’ It is a simple and clear expectation that students bring “basic” school equipment to school on a daily basis.

In addition we have noticed some boys purchasing unhealthy drinks and snacks (including packets of biscuits and large packs of crisps) on the way to school. use initiative. take risks with their learning. Volunteers are needed to carry out activities solely linked to the day-to-day running of the library (issuing books. parents/carers must not drive onto the school grounds to pick up their children. Walking or cycling to school is a far healthier option for your children. does add to this congestion. so please give this option serious consideration. We would ask you to discuss this with your son/ward in an attempt to prevent such unhealthy behaviour. Independent Learning An important whole school objective for 2015-2016 is for students to display greater independent learning.Ms Squires . self-check their work. parents/carers can help the school promote independent learning by encouraging their son/ward to: 1. re-visit activities or topics without pressure) 3. Car Parking – Before and After School We would be grateful if parents/carers would carefully consider whether or not their children require picking up from school each day. contact Mr Fisher (Deputy Headteacher): sfisher@isleworthsyon. The zig-zag lines outside the school gates are in place for the safety of our students. The Local Authority has an Enforcement Officer who attends the school to issue fixed-penalties where required. The roads around school can get congested.org. and double yellow lines also exist to ensure better traffic flow. The misconception is to think that this is solely about homework. Healthy Behaviours Fizzy Drinks . respond to the teacher’s written feedback) 2. In addition. at either end of the day. and this has our full support. which should also contain a reading book. There are ‘no excuses’ for students not being prepared for school. Read for 20 minutes every evening. Work in a systematic and organised manner (they possess school basic equipment.mathematics equipment and a water bottle. especially on the way home from school in the afternoon. be open-minded and offer solutions. Finally a small number of boys have required a reminder about safe cycling. Again. It can be frustrating for our neighbours to cope with the added traffic and sometimes the way cars are parked is illegal. In fact. Make decisions (accept that effort is required in order to be successful.we ask all parents/carers to ensure that packed lunches do not include fizzy drinks. Page | 11 . we would ask you to discuss these matters if your son/ward cycles to school.requires some extra voluntary support. Please ensure that your son/ward organises his school bag the evening before a school day and is therefore ready to learn. School Library – Volunteers Wanted! Our school librarian . they are resourceful and manage their time effectively) 4. Such drinks are not allowed on the school site. accept advice without perceiving it as criticism and work without always seeking approval. unless there are exceptional circumstances. All students should have a cycle helmet as part of their cycle wear and they must also ensure that some care is taken when cycling down the hill to the London Road. Anyone interested in contributing to our drive to promote higher levels of literacy across the school should. Thank you for your support. Learn how to think (question the teacher about topics as well as their peers. in the first instance. dropping off or collecting students. All of these items should be organised within a suitably sized school bag. etc).

Students in Years 7-9 will continue to be rewarded with Homework Positives every time a home-learning activity is submitted which is of an acceptable quality. a very pertinent topic in this day and age.190 (from 6 April 2015) being supported by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) in receipt of Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit. parents/carers will be contacted by letter when students fail to submit work. students will be given the options booklet. instead. please complete the short online response form.gov. Page | 12 . This is a critical event for Year 9 students to attend. Key Stage 4 Courses Evening – Thursday 3 March The Key Stage 4 Courses Evening for current Year 9 students and parents/carers is scheduled for Thursday 3 March 2016. these are also posted on the school website. Our administrative staff are happy to help you process your application.Free School Meals If you are in receipt of certain benefits then you may be able to claim for free school meals. The purpose of the evening is to provide information about how to keep children safe whilst online. Many of these outstanding pieces can be viewed on Twitter #IsleworthHomework.15pm).hounslow. which contains detailed information about the GCSE. Please continue to check the study diary of your son/ward for their home-learning activities. located on the school website. Year 11 Photographs Please be aware that Year 11 photographs are scheduled to be taken on Wednesday 3 February 2016. Your children are entitled to free school meals if you are any of the following:       in receipt of Income Support in receipt of Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance in receipt of an Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance in receipt of a Child Tax Credit. Online applications to the London Borough of Hounslow on the link below: https://eforms. To reserve a place at the evening. FORTHCOMING EVENTS – SPRING TERM PTA Cyber-Safety Event – Tuesday 26 January Please note that the scheduled PTA Cyber-Safety Evening has been moved to Tuesday 26 January 2016 (6. but not entitled to a Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) of no more than £16. On this date. This event – one of several educational evenings organised by the PTA over the course of the academic year – is open to parents/carers/family of students in Years 7 and 8. More information will be circulated during the Spring Term. Detentions for failing to submit homework are being phased out. Students who produce outstanding pieces of homework will receive Homework Commendations.307. BTEC and vocational options open to students. as it outlines key information about the step up to Key Stage 4.uk/ufs/ufsmain?ebz=3_1410421727852&ebd=0. Key Stage 3 Homework Pilot The KS3 homework pilot is being extended into the Spring term 2016.

00pm .12.30pm) Spring Term 2016 JANUARY Monday 4 Mon 4 – Fri 15 Tuesday 26 Start of Spring Term Year 12 & 13 Pre-Public Examinations Cyber Safety Evening (6.7.30 – 7.00-9.IMPORTANT DATES Autumn Term 2015 DECEMBER Monday 14 Wednesday 16 Friday 18 Carol Service (7.Fri 19 Half Term Year 9 Parents Evening (4.00pm) Last Day of Term (students depart .00pm) tbc Mon 15 .00pm) Page | 13 .15pm – Library) FEBRUARY Wednesday 3 Thursday 4 Year 11 and Team Photographs Year 10 Inoculations UKMT Intermediate Mathematics Challenge Thursday 11 Years 7-9 Valentines Disco (7.30 .15pm – School Hall) Isleworth Association (PTA) Meeting (7.St Mary’s Church) Rugby 1st XV v Isleworthians/Staff (2.