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BVC Sports Stars

Senior BVC sports stars were honoured at the annual Roy Burrell Awards - with diving champion Ben Cutmore picking up the prestigious Sportsman of the Year title. The event is held annually at Netherhall School to recognise sporting excellence across schools in Cambridgeshire and this year saw Helen Richardson Walsh, England Hockey player and gold medal winner at the Olympics, hand out the awards. Seven year 11 students from Bassingbourn were awarded medals for competing at a high level in their chosen sport: Ben Cutmore (diving), Max Bowen (athletics), Max Crane (football), Louis Chadwick (football), Fleur Corlett (dance), Ed Vickers (trampolining) and Sam Daniels (cycling). Teachers Dan Beck and Helen Guilder accompanied the students to the event. Ms Guilder, join head of PE, said: "This is another amazing achievement for Ben. We are so proud of them all. "Ben is a superb student. Despite his diving commitments, he keeps on top of his work load and school work and is an extremely level headed and conscientious student.  Ben’s achievements in diving are amazing and I believe he is the biggest talent we have had at Bassingbourn. "I am sure that with his commitment and focus, we will see him competing at the Olympics in the not too distant future." 16-year-old Ben (right) began diving at the age of 7 as part of the Learn to Dive programme and by 10 was the British National Age Group champion and the youngest member of the Junior GB squad. He became British Junior Elite Champion in 2016 and,…

Heads appeal for funding

BVC Head of School Vickey Poulter has joined with colleagues across the country to ask parents for their support in lobbying for more cash for schools. The repeated refusal of ministers to discuss school funding has resulted in headteachers issuing a letter to parents, accusing the Government for failing young people. Ms Poulter said: “Unfortunately, despite intense lobbying of the Government and Department for Education, matters remain extremely challenging.  Schools are still not being provided with adequate funding and resources to deliver the level of provision and support that is expected and that our families and children deserve.” Experts say that since 2010 school budgets have been reduced in real terms by 8% and by 20% at post-16 with class sizes rising and schools are being asked to support children’s emotional health and wellbeing with inadequate resources. Ms Poulter added:”Often, the most vulnerable students in our schools – those from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – are bearing the brunt of cuts and schools are struggling to provide the levels of support that they are entitled to. “These issues are not simply affecting a few schools.  They are common features across our education system up and down the country. “Levels of concern are so widespread amongst Headteachers that we are all working together to tackle the issue.” As a group, Headteachers across England and Wales have written to the Secretary of State for Education on three separate occasions since September 2018.  All requests were refused, with a junior civil…

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