News Update 27th Jan 2017

Berlin Trip 2016 Photo Competition

Congratulations to Isobel Presdee for submitting the winning photo ‘Gestapo Cards’ And to runners up Mathew Carter with ‘Holocaust Memorial’ and Toby Appleby with ‘Stones on a Grave’.

Harry Potter Day

Thursday 2nd February

Students are invited to dress up as a character from the Harry Potter series of books and take part in the House Cup Challenge during lunchtime on our second Harry Potter Day. It’s a bit of fun to celebrate the amazingly successful series of books, introduce them to readers who have yet to discover that they are not just films, and generally encourage reading for pleasure throughout the Academy. Mr Wrathall has even hinted that he might dust off his Dumbledore outfit, and Mr Richards can be relied upon to be unrecognisable whilst Mrs Pilgrim has been overheard practicing her Professor McGonagall accent.

History Talk

On 13th January Year 10 History students were treated to a great opportunity to explore Hitler and his dictatorship in more detail. Chris Culpin, our Chair of Governors and noted historian, gave a lecture on whether Hitler was a popular dictator and made the argument that we need to reassess the traditional idea that Hitler mostly maintained control through fear. Chris' presentation was excellent and very engaging. Students then had to come up with their own arguments, doing some research and planning a presentation. The presentations from the students were excellent and made some really interesting points about how popularity and methods of control changed over time.

Thank you to Chris and to all the staff who made this possible.

Ansford Student is a Finalist in the BEA Awards!

At our recent Year 12 Awards Evening, The Dave Higgins Traders Trophy, Ansford Academy’s Award for the highest GCSE results in the year group, was awarded to Joe Health and presented to him by Mrs Higgins. Joe achieved 13 A* GCSE grades and a Level 3 qualification in Mathematics at an A grade. Joe is a student who, throughout his time at Ansford excelled in whatever he put his mind to. He was self-disciplined and conscientious, forever seeking out challenges and taking charge of his own learning. Joe has always demonstrated humility, and has been one of the warmest, most considerate young people this Academy has had the privilege of having as a member of its community. Joe is never single-minded and has always contributed considerably to the wider life of the Academy. He was an advocate for other students, fully fulfilling his role as Senior Prefect and beyond. Nothing was too much effort.

In addition to his exceptional GCSE results and the extensive extra-curricular activities including prefect roles, team roles and mentor roles, Joe embodied the school motto “Learning together to Lead our Lives.”

As part of his Zambian exchange, not only did he raise money for his own partner to come to England, but also supported in the raising of money for other students. During this process he learnt to speak a little Bemba, fully immersing himself in the culture and embrace the exchange. In his speech about the exchange he focused on the sharing of cultures and never once focused on his own personal experiences.

It is for all of these qualities that we nominated Joe for a British Education Award (BEA) and to which he has been successful in progressing through the regional selection to the final.

The BEA Award is a prestigious award recognising excellence in education designed to celebrate students’ achievements who excel beyond their level of study.

The overall winner of the award will be announced on Monday 30th January at The Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London.

We wish Joe the best of luck on 30th January, and are so proud to say he was an Ansford student.

Burnstone Trophy

The winner of this award, which is presented to the student who achieves beyond expectation through hard work and determination, is Holly Mackenzie.

Holly’s quiet determination to be a success academically, but also exceed in extracurricular activities within school and beyond, such as Scouts has been admirable and she has strived to be the best version of herself. Her resilience and outstanding ability to take on board feedback and advice, then act upon it has seen Holly achieve results beyond expectation. Holly has really shown us how targets are only a minimum and there is no ceiling for achievement if you work hard and want it. Holly achieved 2 grades above expected progress in 8 of her subjects.

The Governors Trophy

The Governors trophy is presented to the student who has made the most progress in all GCSE subjects. This year the award is presented to Heidi Rossiter. Heidi went out of her way to complete more mock papers, ask for more feedback, seek out more teachers when she didn’t understand something and take charge of her learning and revision with maturity and focus. As a result of giving 100% Heidi has achieved the most progress in all of her GCSE subjects.

Mick Hemming Award

This award is presented to the student who possesses their own sense of style, humour and individuality and goes to Oli Maxwell. Oli has always been a polite, well dressed young man who strived to work hard both within the class room and beyond. He has not necessarily always found school easy but whatever the weather has never failed to be polite, well dressed and caring. Oli most impressed members of staff and peers on the Duke of Edinburgh award. Not only was he immaculate in a smart shirt throughout, but actively went out of his way to ensure spirits were always high.

Look out for follow-up stories about previous Ansford Academy students in forthcoming issues of the News Update.

If you know of any success stories that we should be celebrating, please email:

Citizenship Visit to Yeovil Food Bank.

Citizenship Visit to Yeovil Food Bank

On the 2nd December 2016 Olive Collins, Dan Holland, Jacob Edwards and Evie Malton from Year 11 visited our local food bank “Lords Larder Yeovil” as part of their controlled assessment in Citizenship. They chose the subject as the increase in the use of “Food Banks” in the UK has been in the news during 2016 and they wanted to learn more, so they made a collection of appropriate food and delivered it to “The Gateway Community Church” where the Food Bank is based. Mr Callaghan who runs the Food Bank with a band of volunteers showed them the rooms of donated food and explained the history and operation of the bank along with how the food was distributed and that people had to be referred through agencies like social services to receive food .

We had an informative discussion about a wide range of issues around poverty and how people find themselves in difficult situations and what we can do to help. The hope of the organisation is that one day they will not be needed but as the situation, even in this relatively affluent part of the very affluent UK, continues to leave people without the resources to adequately feed themselves they continue to do valuable work for the most vulnerable in our society.

Lights On at Explorium

We've been really busy this term at Explorium getting up to all sorts of creative projects with Ansford students. The place has been buzzing with animation, electronics, making, writing and the gentle hum of the sewing machine!

If you fancy joining us during the school day to develop your own project, visit to find out more, or pop in at lunchtime for a chat.

We look forward to meeting you!

The Explorium Team

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