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Science Museum STEM Roadshow Tours Cumbria

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The Science Museum in conjunction with the University of Cumbria delivered their first interactive workshops to students at QES and QEStudio yesterday, as part of their STEM Roadshow in Cumbria.  We were delighted to host this visit.  QES students from Years 7 and 8 and QEStudio Year 10 Health Pathway students got the opportunity to explore medical marvels during these interactive and engaging workshops.

To get involved, contact The Outreach Team at the University of Cumbria.

Youth Federation Cyber Academy

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Year 12 students on the Digital Creatives Pathway at QEStudio have been offered the opportunity to take part in an educational visit to the Youth Federation Serious Organised Crime Cyber Academy in Salford.  This is aimed at students considering options for their future career in cyber security or other digital industries and want to gain more knowledge. It can also apply to students who want to become more familiar with cyber security to increase their awareness around digital safety and have a clearer vision of a future in cyber security. Students will attend workshops, where they have the chance to do some live threat hunting and cyber security simulations on real-time cyber-attacks, engaging in an exercise designed to get them thinking like cyber security professionals.   This is a fantastic, interactive facility in the North West and our students are very excited about the visit!  More photos to follow soon..

For more information, please click on the link below..

Cyber Programme


Parent Access to Trackers

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Please use the link on the right to access the new website for students Trackers.

Many thanks to all the parents who logged on before half-term to get the latest versions.

Just for info, below is a link to the instructions for how to access the site.

All parents were emailed before half-term with their individual login details.

But if any problems, please do contact the school office.

Thanks to all parents for their patience while we make this switch to Bromcom!

New Trackers out this week

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We will be publishing new trackers for students this week, using our new system called Bromcom.

Sixth Formers should receive their Trackers on Tuesday, with Year 10 and 11 coming later on Thursday.

Parents will be able to access Trackers online and will be receiving an email with instructions over the next day or two.

Students will be given printed copies by their Learning Coach in registration on Thursday.


Updated Behaviour Policy

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We’ve recently contacted all parents via email with news of our updated behaviour policy, which is the result of several months of work with  our staff and students.

We wanted to reframe our approach to managing behaviour so that it emphasises the importance of respect, outlines our high expectations for behaviour in our classrooms and sets out clear and consistent responses to different levels of inappropriate behaviour.

Please use the links on the right to access the new policy, as well as a shorter ‘guide’ for parents.

We’ve put an emphasis on recognising positive behaviour and students have already told us they like that. We have been looking at the data very carefully over the past month and can see that our system of reminding pupils about expectations and consequences is helping them to make the right choices and stay positive about their learning. We’ll keep the whole thing under very close scrutiny and let you know in a few more weeks how it’s going.

It’s definitely a work in progress with staff and students telling us what’s helpful and what we need to tweak and we’d like you to be part of that ongoing consultation too so do let us know your thoughts and ideas as well.

Some of our students have accumulated enough “strikes” or behaviour logs to mean that we need to get in touch with parents to let them know and put in some interventions so some parents will have received emails or phone calls to discuss individual students. These contacts are the “nipping things in the bud” part of our strategy and are meant to be helpful communications to prevent escalation and get students on track as soon as we can.

We know that with your support and understanding, our staff team can ensure that all of our students can achieve their potential and have great futures. It’s what we come to work to do every day. So we hope you like the look of what we’re implementing around behaviour and feel able to join us in upholding the highest possible standards for all our students.

Alison Wilkinson FCCT
Principal of QEStudio School

‘Friday Treats’ start this week!

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We’re saying ‘thank you’ to our hard working students in a slightly different way this week, with the start of a regular series of ‘Friday Treats’.

Each week we’ll invite a group of students for a hot chocolate and a pastry in Cafe Studio during Friday morning registration.

It’s just a small way to recognise the positive impact students are having in their lessons.

We’re starting with the Year 11 students in the ‘Top 25’ for ‘Positives’ and next time we’ll invite the Year 10 students.

But week by week we’ll also aim to find the widest range of students whose behaviour in lessons is not only boosting their personal progress – and helping their classmates, too.