Cannock Chase High School
Cannock Chase High School is a secondary school with academy status in Cannock, Staffordshire. Cannock Chase High School is the largest high school serving the Cannock Chase district with 1,500 pupils in attendance; the school is situated just north of the town centre, towards Blackfords, east of Cannock Chase Hospital. The school has been re-awarded specialist science school status, specialising in both science and mathematics. In 2011 it converted to Academy Status. Cannock Grammar School opened in September 1955 as a coeducational grammar school; the sixth form opened in September 1959. By 1962 it had 650 girls. Next door was Calving Hill Secondary Modern School; the school changed its name to Chenet Comprehensive in 1976, when it switched from a Grammar to a Comprehensive system. In 1986 Chenet Comprehensive school merged on Hednesford Road; the school became Cannock Chase High School. Cannock Chase High School continues to produce excellent grades and gained high OFSTED results in 2009, where the overall rating of the mainstream school was Good, the sixth-form being awarded an Excellent in recognition of the school's success in AS and A-Level examinations.
In 2012 under headteacher Barrie Scott its GCSE results hit an all-time high, putting it as the best school in the area, above the national average. The A level results continue to perform well, in 2012 25% of the upper sixth were successful in getting a place at a top UK university. Philip Sugden Jane Swinnerton, professional field hockey player Ritch Battersby, drummer in The Wildhearts Stanley Victor Collymore, former footballer and pundit for Talksport Steve Edge and actor Chrissie Glazebrook, author V. R. Parton, known for Alice Chess J. P. Wearing, former Head Boy Cannock Grammar School Former Pupils' Association EduBase Stars in their Eyes on October 2002
Cardinal Griffin Catholic College
Cardinal Griffin Catholic College is a mixed Voluntary aided Catholic Secondary school and Sixth form college in Cannock, England. Cardinal Griffin is a Specialist Science College. On 22 October 1960, the foundation stone of the college was laid by Dom Basil Griffin OSB, he was a monk at Douai Abbey in Woolhampton and twin brother of Cardinal Griffin, who the college was named after. The college was built to educate the children of the four Catholic parishes in Cannock Chase; those parishes were St Mary and St Thomas More in Cannock, Our Lady of Lourdes in Hednesford, St Joseph and Etheldreda in Rugeley and St Joseph in Burntwood. The school has a house system that names each of the six school houses after past cardinals of the Catholic church in England; the houses are Allen, Manning, Vaughan and Hinsley. The college has played the sport of Handball since 1980s. In 1982, they won the national under-15s final and in the early 1980s came fourth in the under-14 championship of a Europe-wide Handball tournament in Teramo.
In 2013, Ofsted inspected the school and rated it in overall effectiveness as'Good' and behaviour and safety of pupils as'Outstanding'. The overall effectiveness was an improvement from its previous inspection, rated as'Satisfactory'. In 2010 an observatory with two domes and what has been called the "largest collection of telescopes in the Midlands" was built on the school grounds, it was opened by the official Vatican Astronomer. Archdiocese of Birmingham Official website Cannock Civic Observatories
Stoke-on-Trent is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, with an area of 36 square miles. Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, it is part of North Staffordshire. In 2016, the city had a population of 261,302. Stoke is polycentric, having been formed by the federation of six towns in 1910, it took its name from Stoke-upon-Trent where the main centre of government and the principal railway station in the district were located. Hanley is the primary commercial centre; the other four towns are Burslem, Tunstall and Fenton. Stoke-on-Trent is the home of the pottery industry in England and is known as the Potteries, with the local residents known as Potters. A industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres; the name Stoke is taken from the town of Stoke-upon-Trent, the original ancient parish with other settlements being chapelries. Stoke derives from the Old English stoc, a word that at first meant little more than place, but which subsequently gained more specific – but divergent – connotations.
These variant meanings included dairy farm, secondary or dependent place or farm, summer pasture, crossing place, meeting place and place of worship. It is not known which of these was intended here, all are plausible; the most suggested interpretations derive from a crossing point on the Roman road that ran from present-day Derby to Chesterton or the early presence of a church, said to have been founded in 670 AD. Because Stoke was such a common name for a settlement, some kind of distinguishing affix was added in this case the name of the river; the motto of Stoke-on-Trent is Vis Unita Fortior which can be translated as: United Strength is Stronger, or Strength United is the More Powerful, or A United Force is Stronger. An early proposal for a federation took place in 1888, when an amendment was raised to the Local Government Bill which would have made the six towns into districts within a county of "Staffordshire Potteries", it was not until 1 April 1910. The county borough of Hanley, the municipal boroughs of Burslem and Stoke, together with the urban districts of Tunstall and Fenton now formed a single county borough of Stoke-on-Trent.
In 1919, the borough proposed to expand further and annex the neighbouring borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Wolstanton United Urban District, both to the west of Stoke. This never took place, due to strong objections from Newcastle Corporation. A further attempt was made with the promotion of the Stoke-on-Trent Extension Bill. Wolstanton was instead added to Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1932. Although attempts to take Newcastle and Kidsgrove were never successful, the borough did expand in 1922, taking in Smallthorne Urban District and parts of other parishes from Stoke upon Trent Rural District; the borough was granted city status in 1925, with a Lord Mayor from 1928. When the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent applied for city status in 1925, citing its importance as the centre of the pottery industry, it was refused by the Home Office as it had fewer than 300,000 inhabitants; the decision was overturned, when a direct approach was made to King George V, who agreed that the borough ought to be a city.
The public announcement of the elevation to city status was made by the King during a visit to Stoke on 4 June 1925. The county borough was abolished in 1974, Stoke became a non-metropolitan district of Staffordshire, its status as a unitary authority was restored on 1 April 1997, although it remains part of the ceremonial county of Staffordshire. For Eurostat purposes it is a NUTS 3 region. Since the 17th century, the area has been exclusively known for its industrial-scale pottery manufacturing. Companies such as Royal Doulton, Dudson Ltd, Wedgwood and Baker & Co. were established and based there. The local abundance of coal and clay suitable for earthenware production led to the early development of the local pottery industry; the construction of the Trent and Mersey Canal enabled the import of china clay from Cornwall together with other materials and facilitated the production of creamware and bone china. Other production centres in Britain and worldwide had a considerable lead in the production of high quality wares.
Methodical and detailed research and experimentation, carried out over many years, nurtured the development of artistic talent throughout the local community and raised the profile of Staffordshire Potteries. This was spearheaded by one man, Josiah Wedgwood, who cut the first sod for the canal in 1766 and erected his Etruria Works that year. Wedgwood built upon the successes of earlier local potters such as his mentor Thomas Whieldon and along with scientists and engineers, raised the pottery business to a new level. Josiah Spode introduced bone china at Trent in 1796, Thomas Minton opened his manufactory. With the industry came a large number of notable 20th-century ceramic artists including Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Charlotte Rhead, Frederick Hurten Rhead and Jabez Vodrey. North Staffordshire was a centre for coal mining; the first reports of coal mining in the area come from the 13th century. The Potteries Coalfield covers 100 square miles. Striking coal miners in the Hanley and Longton area ignited the nationwide 1842 General Strike and its associated Pottery Riots.
When coal mining was nationalised in 1947, about 20,000 men worke
A comprehensive school is a school type, principally in the United Kingdom. The term is used in relation to England and Wales, where comprehensive schools were introduced as state schools on an experimental basis in the 1940s and became more widespread from 1965. With the Blair educational reforms from 2003, they may be part of a local education authority or be a self governing academy or part of a multi-academy trust. About 90% of British secondary school pupils now attend comprehensive schools or the small number of grammar schools), they correspond broadly to the public high school in the United States and Canada and to the Gesamtschule in Germany. Comprehensive schools provide an entitlement curriculum to all children, without selection whether due to financial considerations or attainment. A consequence of, a wider ranging curriculum, including practical subjects such as design and technology and vocational learning, which were less common or non-existent in grammar schools. Providing post-16 education cost-effectively becomes more challenging for smaller comprehensive schools, because of the number of courses needed to cover a broader curriculum with comparatively fewer students.
This is why schools have tended to get larger and why many local authorities have organised secondary education into 11–16 schools, with the post-16 provision provided by sixth form colleges and further education colleges. Comprehensive schools do not select their intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude, but there are demographic reasons why the attainment profiles of different schools vary considerably. In addition, government initiatives such as the City Technology Colleges and Specialist schools programmes have made the comprehensive ideal less certain. In these schools children could be selected on the basis of curriculum aptitude related to the school's specialism though the schools do take quotas from each quartile of the attainment range to ensure they were not selective by attainment. A problem with this is whether the quotas should be taken from a normal distribution or from the specific distribution of attainment in the immediate catchment area. In the selective school system, which survives in several parts of the United Kingdom, admission is dependent on selection criteria, most a cognitive test or tests.
Although comprehensive schools were introduced to England and Wales in 1965, there are 164 selective grammar schools that are still in operation.. Most comprehensives are secondary schools for children between the ages of 11 to 16, but in a few areas there are comprehensive middle schools, in some places the secondary level is divided into two, for students aged 11 to 14 and those aged 14 to 18 corresponding to the US middle school and high school, respectively. With the advent of key stages in the National Curriculum some local authorities reverted from the Middle School system to 11–16 and 11–18 schools so that the transition between schools corresponds to the end of one key stage and the start of another. In principle, comprehensive schools were conceived as "neighbourhood" schools for all students in a specified catchment area; the first comprehensives were set up after the Second World War. In 1946, for example, Walworth School was one of five'experimental' comprehensive schools set up by the London County Council Another early comprehensive school was Holyhead County School in Anglesey in 1949.
Coventry opened two Comprehensive School in 1954 by combining Grammar Schools and Secondary Modern Schools. These were Woodlands. Another early example was Tividale Comprehensive School in Tipton; the first, purpose-built comprehensive in the North of England was Colne Valley High School near Huddersfield in 1956. The largest expansion of comprehensive schools resulted from a policy decision taken in 1965 by Anthony Crosland, Secretary of State for Education in the 1964–1970 Labour government; the policy decision was implemented by Circular 10/65, an instruction to local education authorities to plan for conversion. Students sat the 11+ examination in their last year of primary education and were sent to one of a secondary modern, secondary technical or grammar school depending on their perceived ability. Secondary technical schools were never implemented and for 20 years there was a virtual bipartite system which saw fierce competition for the available grammar school places, which varied between 15% and 25% of total secondary places, depending on location.
In 1970 Margaret Thatcher, the Secretary of State for Education in the new Conservative government, ended the compulsion on local authorities to convert, many local authorities were so far down the path that it would have been prohibitively expensive to attempt to reverse the process, more comprehensive schools were established under Thatcher than any other education secretary. By 1975 the majority of local authorities in England and Wales had abandoned the 11-Plus examination and moved to a comprehensive system. Over that 10-year period many secondary modern schools and grammar schools were amalgamated to form large neighbourhood comprehensives, whilst a number of new schools were built to accommodate a growing school population. By the mid-1970s the system had been fully implemented, with no secondary modern schools remaining. Many grammar schools were either changed to comprehensive status; some local authorities, including S
The United Kingdom the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world; the Irish Sea lies between Great Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world, it is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The UK is constitutional monarchy; the current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state.
The United Kingdom's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire conurbations, Greater Glasgow and the Liverpool Built-up Area; the United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers, but such power is delegated by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which may enact laws unilaterally altering or abolishing devolution; the nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language and political systems of many of its former colonies; the United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world, it was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally, it is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.
It has been a leading member state of the European Union and its predecessor, the European Economic Community, since 1973. The United Kingdom is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organization; the 1707 Acts of Union declared that the kingdoms of England and Scotland were "United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain". The term "United Kingdom" has been used as a description for the former kingdom of Great Britain, although its official name from 1707 to 1800 was "Great Britain"; the Acts of Union 1800 united the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of Ireland in 1801, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Following the partition of Ireland and the independence of the Irish Free State in 1922, which left Northern Ireland as the only part of the island of Ireland within the United Kingdom, the name was changed to the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
Although the United Kingdom is a sovereign country, Scotland and Northern Ireland are widely referred to as countries. The UK Prime Minister's website has used the phrase "countries within a country" to describe the United Kingdom; some statistical summaries, such as those for the twelve NUTS 1 regions of the United Kingdom refer to Scotland and Northern Ireland as "regions". Northern Ireland is referred to as a "province". With regard to Northern Ireland, the descriptive name used "can be controversial, with the choice revealing one's political preferences"; the term "Great Britain" conventionally refers to the island of Great Britain, or politically to England and Wales in combination. However, it is sometimes used as a loose synonym for the United Kingdom as a whole; the term "Britain" is used both as a synonym for Great Britain, as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Usage is mixed, with the BBC preferring to use Britain as shorthand only for Great Britain and the UK Government, while accepting that both terms refer to the United K
Building Schools for the Future
Building Schools for the Future was the name given to the British government's investment programme in secondary school buildings in England in the 2000s. The programme was ambitious in its costs and objectives, with politicians from all English political parties supportive of the principle but questioning the wisdom and cost effectiveness of the scheme; the delivery of the programme was overseen by Partnerships for Schools, a non-departmental public body formed through a joint venture between the Department for Children and Families, Partnerships UK and private sector partners. Fourteen local education authorities were asked to take part in the first wave of the Building Schools for the Future programme for the fiscal year 2005/6. By December 2009, 96 local authorities had joined the programme. In 2007 the programme was complemented by the announcement of a Primary Capital Programme, with £1.9 billion to spend on 675 building projects for primary schools in England over three years. On 5 July 2010 the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, announced that following a review, informed by an impartial analysis from Robin F. Paynter Bryant, an experienced City banker, the Building Schools for the Future programme was to be scrapped.
Projects which had not achieved the status of'financial close' would not proceed, meaning that 715 school revamps signed up to the scheme would not go ahead. He announced that a further 123 academy schemes were to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; the BSF programme had been dogged by sporadic or no management at the top, with Richard Bowker leaving his post just eight months into the role. However, Bowker was replaced in November 2006 by Tim Byles, who joined from Norfolk County Council, where he had been CEO for 10 years. All Local Authorities had been placed in a national programme consisting of 15 waves; the programme did not proceed as as had been expected and both the Department for Children and Families and Partnerships for Schools began looking at the authorities' capacity and readiness to deliver projects. During the Spring of 2008 the DCSF consulted on the management of future waves of BSF and subsequently invited all LAs to submit an Expression of Interest to joint the BSF programme sooner than the original programme might have indicated.
The announcement of the new programme arrangements was made on 2 March 2009 and at subsequent briefings to Local Authorities it was made clear by PfS that demonstrable "readiness to deliver" was to be a key condition for future pledges of funding. A tranche of forty authorities were invited to make a "Readiness to Deliver" submission by 8 May 2009. Of those that did, only Hampshire, Bolton, Peterborough and Sunderland were successful. In early August 2009 the authorities, unsuccessful, as well as those who had delayed making a submission, were advised that all submissions for the remaining twelve places to be allocated during the financial year ending on 31 March 2010 were to be made by 17 September 2009. On 30 November 2009 it was announced that eleven local authorities – Brent, Devon, Kingston, Norfolk, Sefton and Warrington – would be joining the BSF programme for the first time, with another two – Lancashire and Tameside – starting the next phase of their BSF schemes; this brought to 96 the number of local authorities in England which were active in BSF.
The revised management arrangements for BSF reinforced the DCSF's faith in PfS, as the Minister for Schools announced in June 2009 that PfS was to assume responsibility for the management and delivery of all school building and refurbishment programmes. Day-to-day responsibility of all schools' capital programmes, including the Primary Capital Programme, transferred from the DCSF to PfS on 1 October 2009. In 2009 the National Audit Office noted management issues regarding problems in meeting targets, overuse of expensive consultants, high staff costs. Primary schools were not included in BSF, although in March 2006 it was announced that a parallel programme – the Primary Capital Programme – would be starting for primary schools and schools for primary-age special needs pupils. Rather than allocating money by authority in waves, it was intended that there will be regional pilot schemes in 2008, leading to a broader approach whereby all authorities could apply for funding from 2009. Funding to Local Authorities would only be confirmed once they had submitted and gained approval for their'Strategy for Change' describing how they would address the PCP priorities.
Thus 23 Local Authorities had access to £6.5 million each to refurbish a primary school, before widening access to an overall budget of £1.9 billion, with an initial expectation of starting 675 primary school building projects over the following three years. In November 2008, 41 additional LAs had their Strategies for Change accepted and thus their PCP funding for 2009/10 and 2010/11 approved. 92 LAs were invited to submit further information and only had their 2009/10 funding approved, 15 LAs were required to address specific issues in their Strategy before any funding was approved. The BSF programme involved the decentralisation of funds to local education partnerships to build and improve secondary school buildings. However, the LEPs were not only responsible for the construction of the buildings but for co-ordinating and overseeing the educational transformation and community regenerati
Landau Forte Academy Amington
Landau Forte Academy Amington, is a high-school situated in Amington, a suburb of Tamworth, Staffordshire. The school has over 780 pupils. A state school known as Woodhouse High School, it was opened in 1971 as Tamworth's first purpose-built mixed comprehensive high school; the school was one of the first in Staffordshire to gain the prestigious Staffordshire Partnership Award for outstanding school industry links. After being placed in special measures by OFSTED in 2007, the school continued to improve its GCSE results for three years and around 80% of pupils achieve the government's target of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE; the changeover to Landau Forte provided the school with better results before dipping for two years in succession like many academies nationwide. The same benchmark for 5 A* to C GCSE results including English and Maths showed a drop to 42% in 2012 and a further decrease to 37% in 2013 with the school once again performing in line with the old Woodhouse High School despite the massive investment and rebranding.
The school was renamed in 2007 from'Woodhouse High School' to'Woodhouse Business and Enterprise College' where the school specialized in Business Studies classes. The school was a member of the Specialist Academies Trust; as a part of Building Schools for the Future programme, Landau Forte Charitable Trust took over the management of the school and the school became an Academy in September 2010. Pupils and staff moved into a custom-built facility in September 2011, opened on September 21 by the Duchess of Gloucester; the Sixth Forms of the other Tamworth schools - QEMS, The Rawlett School, Belgrave High School and Wilnecote High School closed in 2011 and re-opened at the new Landau Forte Sixth Form next to Queen Elizabeth's Mercian School and South Staffordshire College in the town centre. Facilities include the school's sports centre, floodlit astroturf playing surface and tennis courts open to both students and the local community after school hours. There have been multiple reported incidents occurring around or inside the Academy, most with students involved.
In 2015, a female student was spotted with multiple knives on Academy grounds. A police inquiry was opened shortly after the incident. In September 2016, a female student was assaulted by another female student just outside the Academy grounds and a video of the fight was posted online, being removed shortly after, it gained national media attention. In March 2017, an unknown man was caught outside the academy masturbating by a student's mother; the same type of incident occurred in the month although it is assumed that the public indecency was committed by a different perpetrator. LF Academy Tamworth Former School website