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BVC students venture across the world

BVC students have been talking of the ‘spectacular journey’ they made during the summer as part of a trip to Malaysia. Organised as part of a World Challenge, the students travelled to Kuala Lumpar where they worked with Burmese refugees, in addition to trekking in the Cameron Highlands. 18 former year 11 students took part in the trip, accompanied by teachers Jude Shortt and Rachel Ward. With a population of approximately 1.5 million, Kuala Lumpar is a melting pot of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian Cultures and the Bassingbourn group spent their time working in a school which caters for children up to the age of eighteen who are Burmese refugees; some of whom are orphans. Teacher Jude Shortt said: “It was a truly life changing experience for the whole team. The students worked so hard to make a lasting impact on the lives of this school community and should be so proud of their achievements which left a lasting footprint of their visit.” For their trek in the Cameron Highlands, complete with tea plantations and rainforests, the students were responsible for sourcing their own transport and accommodation as well as planning the trek itself. Their resilience and determination was rewarded with a White Water Rafting experience on the Kampar River - a journey punctuated by laughter and wetness! Student Katie Myerscough said: “It was definitely a rewarding experience. From learning to budget to valuing my life back home, it changed my perspective on the way I live and strengthened my belief in my abilities. “The…

Ofsted praise for BVC

Students at Bassingbourn Village College, near Royston, have been commended for their “exemplary  conduct” by Ofsted. Inspectors visited the 600-student school in South Cambridgeshire at the end of the summer term and released their report on line today (11 September). Principal Duncan Cooper said: “It was a good end to a fabulous year for Bassingbourn Village College.  The inspectors were incredibly complimentary about our students, staff and governors.” Parents, too, praised the school. Through the Ofsted questionnaire parents commented on the dedication of staff, their “enormous support, both academic and pastoral” and the “highest level of caring”. The Ofsted inspectors found leadership, including that of the governors, to be a strength of the school, stating “you have embedded a culture of high expectations and aspirations which underpin the school’s plans.” Students were found to be welcoming, respectful and friendly to each other and adults and are eager to learn. Their conduct is exemplary. Students are curious about the world around them and the school’s broad and balanced curriculum provides many opportunities for them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. English was seen to be a strength of the school with pupil progress significantly above national standards. Inspectors found the school to be very inclusive of all pupils, regardless of their background and ability, and acknowledged that these students made good progress across the school. However they thought that the school should do more to improve the attendance of disadvantaged students, and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The report can be found here.

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