Service Six Donation
Award winning local charity Service Six are now £187 better off, thanks to the generosity of Oakgrove School’s Year 11s. The donation, which was raised by the students when they took part in a non-uniform day, will help the charity to continue the life-changing and life-saving work that they do.
Founded in 1979, Service Six has expanded from its origins in Northamptonshire to offer specialist outcome based professional therapeutic support, diversionary and activity services in Milton Keynes and Leicestershire. They help thousands of hard-to-reach disadvantaged children, young people, adults and families.
Author Shares Amazing Goings-on in Ever-Expanding 104-Storey Treehouse
Australian Author, Andy Griffiths, was in Milton Keynes to explain to students how refrigerators can be thrown, how cash can be created with a money-making machine and how a never-ending staircase can be climbed, all possibilities in his new book about a wonderfully wacky continually growing treehouse.
The award winning writer of over 30 books, entertained pupils from Monkston, Middleton and Oakgrove primary schools, with a virtual tour of his treehouse; he even gave them the opportunity to donate their burps to the ‘burp bank’, which also features in his latest book. The treehouse series began with ‘The 13-Storey Treehouse’ and now, at book number eight, it has grown to the whopping size of ‘The 104-Storey Treehouse’.
The presentation was held at Oakgrove secondary, where the school’s library ambassadors, budding reporters and book lovers alike, also met the author. They asked lots of questions about how to become a writer and how to generate ideas for stories. Following his talk, four lucky pupils, who entered a treehouse designing competition, won a signed copy of one of his books.
Andy is a popular children’s author who lives in Australia. He was inspired to become an author when, as an English teacher, he wrote short stories to make his pupils laugh and to help them appreciate that reading can be fun. His first book ‘Just Tricking!’ was published in 1997. His books have been New York Times bestsellers, have won more than 80 children’s choice awards, been adapted as a television cartoon series and have sold more than twelve million copies worldwide.
Lights, Camera, Action for BBC Young Reporter News Day
Budding journalists, news readers and camera operators at Oakgrove School made the news
for real, by recording stories that matter to them, when they took part in the BBC Young
Reporter News Day 2019.
The 30 students, researched, scripted and filmed interviews with teachers and other students
on topical issues, such as knife crime, online safety and young people’s health and well-being
for video and written news reports.
Aided by Oakgrove sixth formers throughout the day, the student’s final edited report was
uploaded onto the BBC Young Reporter page on the website Mixital. To view the news report
BBC Young Reporter is an exciting annual opportunity for young people to get involved with
the broadcaster, who encourage students to develop the skills they need to create and
understand the media. The project is backed by presenters Huw Edwards, Tina Daheley, Steph
McGovern, The One Show's Alex Jones, BBC Newsbeat's Roisin Hastie and Ben Mundy and
Newsround's Ricky Boleto.
Audience Rocked by Queen Musical
There was ‘A Kind of Magic’ atmosphere in Oakgrove Theatre when students performed Queen’s ‘Schools Will Rock You’, to packed audiences over three days.
Based on the worldwide smash hit musical, ‘We Will Rock You’, Oakgrove School developed their own version of the show. Taking on roles, such as Galileo Figaro, Scaramouche and Killer Queen, the students sang the well-known, loved songs that all ages in the packed audiences were able to rock along to.
Pupils from Middleton, Monkston and Oakgrove Primary Schools were delighted to be invited to the matinee and friends, family and the local community filled the theatre during the evening performances.
Attending the matinee, Headteacher Ian Tett said:
“Oakgrove School’s talented students brought to life this fun hit musical by Ben Elton, with songs that everyone knows and enjoyed singing along to. The staff and students worked incredibly hard to produce a highly entertaining show which, from the audience’s reaction, proved to be a huge success and a thoroughly enjoyable performance.”
The original show ran for an impressive 12 years at the Dominion Theatre in London and toured internationally.
Year 8s Informed of the Risks and Dangers of Carrying Knives
Alter Ego Theatre Company have performed the thought provoking and hard-hitting production ‘Breaking the Chain’ to Year 8 students, aimed at raising awareness of the consequences of knife crime.
Issues such as gangs, ‘County Lines’, peer influence were explored in the performance, as were the alternative choices that young people need to make to avoid these dangerous situations and keep themselves safe.
To build on what the students learned following the production, Oakgrove School will be running a series of workshops to cement understanding, reflect on students’ personal experiences and discuss how to make the right choices.
Alter Ego Theatre Company visited Oakgrove as part of a joint initiative by Safer MK, Thames Valley Police and MK secondary schools.
CBBC’s Newsround asks Students How to Stop Adults Arguing Over Brexit
“We made our decision and what’s done is done” was just one of the messages that Oakgrove students sent to adults still quarrelling over Brexit, when they took part in filming for a news report for CBBC’s Newsround.
The students gave their opinions directed at adults who continue to disagree about leaving the EU. Their views were broadcast on the CBBC channel in news bulletins and the video, entitled ‘Brexit: How to stop adults arguing over it’, has been posted on the Newsround website.
Impressed with the students’ well thought-through suggestions to help stop conflict between adults, Headteacher, Ian Tett, said:
“We were delighted to welcome Newsround into Oakgrove School to interview the students on this very topical and often controversial subject.
“The students were able to draw on their knowledge of Brexit, based on their own understanding of what it will mean to leave the EU and from the discussions they have had at home with their families. The series of messages, aimed at adults who are at loggerheads with each other following the vote to leave, were delivered by the students in a mature way which demonstrated their comprehension of the subject.
“They were superb ambassadors for the school.”
To view the Newsround video, please visit their website https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47064762
Authors Share with Students how Dodos and Villains Inspired their Imaginations
Julia Golding, multi-award-winning author of over 50 books, which range from historical adventure to fantasy, has visited Oakgrove School to talk to students about creating fictional characters, developing plots and building suspense.
As part of the school’s annual Book Week, the writer gave a presentation on the science behind her latest novel ‘The Curious Crime’, which is set in a Victorian museum and features living exhibits, including a Dodo and other unusual animals. She then took the time to work with 25 of the school’s enthusiastic creative writers and signed books, which students had purchased at the Oakgrove’s Book Fair.
Older students enjoyed a presentation by another award winning author, Mark Walden, who wrote the brilliant H.I.V.E. and Earthfall series of books. Mark enthralled the students with his extensive knowledge of fictional villains from many varied genres. It was clear that the writer had encouraged lots of students to read for enjoyment, as his books flew off the shelves following his visit.
The school also ran a ‘Design a Book Mark’ competition, which was very popular with younger students. There were three winners and another student who was highly commended for her design. The students won a book token for their efforts.
Commission from the Book Fair will be used to purchase some exciting new titles for students to loan from the School Library.
Oakgrove School Triumph in Parliamentary Debate Final
"Eloquent" and "confident" were how two winning Oakgrove students were described when they won the 2018 MK Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition, which was held in the impressive and historic Grand Committee Room at the House of Commons.
After successfully progressing through the first two rounds, defeating nine other educational establishments, Sixth Form students Jasmine Nazir and Ayesha Khan travelled to Westminster to take part in the final, competing against Shenley Brook End School.
In a closely fought debate the teams examined whether 'political correctness prevented free speech' and, after articulate and passionate arguments on both sides, Oakgrove were declared the winners and were presented with a trophy by local MP, Iain Stewart.
The competition, now in its eighth year, was judged by business professionals from Buckinghamshire and coincided with a very busy day in parliament. Students had the opportunity to tour the House, sit in on a Brexit debate and participate in a Q & A session with MP Iain Stewart.
Accompanying the students, Head of Year 12, Mr Kendall, said:
‘We are incredibly proud of the students’ performance. They spent many hours preparing, practising and refining their speeches, so it was a delight to see them argue their positions so skilfully and passionately on the night. If this debate is anything to go by, these two students have very bright futures ahead of them, whether in politics or in whatever career path they choose.”
Organised by MK MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart, the annual competition is open to students in Years 10-13 and aims to engage young people in politics and develop their confidence and communication skills.
Schools Receive Tree-mendous Seasonal Gift from Waitrose
Six MK schools have decked their halls with real Christmas trees this year, thanks to a festive donation from Waitrose in Oakgrove. Students from Middleton, Monkston, Oakgrove and Kents Hill Park primary and secondary schools, picked up the six foot British fir trees from the store in time to decorate them for their Christmas carol concerts and nativities.
The schools, all part of the Kingsbridge Educational Trust, were thrilled with the gesture of goodwill and community spirit shown by the local supermarket. Trust CEO, Peter Barnes, said:
“Thanks to the generosity of Waitrose, our students, staff and parents will enjoy and appreciate this most traditional of Christmas symbols when they come into school. The trees have taken pride of place in each of the schools’ reception and assembly halls and will truly enhance the festive atmosphere of our community Christmas events.”
MK Business Helps Students Make the Right Choices
Mercedes, Santander and Nifty Lift were just some of over 20 businesses in Milton Keynes to visit Oakgrove School and share their expertise and advice, during a full day of enterprise and development activities.
As part of the school’s drive to ensure that its students receive excellent enrichment opportunities, the day comprised of ‘Dragons’ Den style’ exercises, talks on future career choices and workshops designed to help younger students with resilience and engagement.
“I cannot thank enough those from local industry, who gave up their valuable time to come into the school to give their support and share their business acumen with over 900 students, said Oakgrove’s Headteacher Ian Tett.
“Attending were representatives, not only from the wide spectrum of business, including Waitrose, Halifax and Daimler, but from not for profit organisations too, such as Hello Brain. They helped the students with their time management, problem solving and, in picking up on the schools diversity programme, challenged gender stereotypes when students were designing and pitching new products in a business scenario.
“Anti-bullying theatre workshops were also an important and instrumental part of the day, empowering our young people to make the right decisions. The research the students did into the many varied career paths available to them once they leave education, was complimented by the alumni of speakers who came in to talk about their experiences in apprenticeships and at university. This was really useful in helping the students choose their forthcoming GCSE options.
“We believe at Oakgrove that there needs to be a balance, not only should students reach their full potential academically, but by taking advantage of days like today, they can use what they have learnt to succeed in all aspects of their future lives.”
What a result – Oakgrove Top of the Table for GCSE Attainment
Oakgrove staff are celebrating being ranked the best secondary school in Milton Keynes for student GCSE attainment.
The latest Department for Education’s figures show that Oakgrove students are achieving excellent results in up to eight GCSEs, which include English and Mathematics and in their Baccalaureate qualifications. The scores also demonstrate Oakgrove’s determination in their students reaching their full potential, with the school scoring highly on the number who either stay in education, or go straight into employment - a whopping 97%.
Overjoyed that Oakgrove School has topped the DfE performance table for GCSE attainment in MK, Headteacher Ian Tett said:
“The government figures prove just what can be achieved with the sheer hard work of the students, the quality of the teaching by outstanding staff and with supportive parents. “At Oakgrove School, students are consistently fully engaged with their learning and attend lessons that are engaging, varied and challenging, so that they can reach their full potential.
“We are committed to also providing students with a range of tremendous extra-curricular opportunities that develop their skills, promote teamwork and encourage leadership. This means that when they leave Oakgrove they have developed into well rounded and successful young adults.”
A Level Results 2018
Oakgrove School would like to congratulate their year 13 leavers and their teachers on some outstanding A Level results. They have all worked so hard over the last two years and have some fantastic destinations for September. With 2 students off to study Medicine and others undertaking degrees in exciting subjects like Pharmacy, Law, Social Medicine, Neuroscience and Aerospace Engineering, we look forward to hearing of their successes in the future. We also have our largest ever number of students progressing to Post 18 Apprenticeships and we are delighted that our students are exploring all options open to them when they finish in Sixth Form.
GCSE Results 2018
Oakgrove School would like to congratulate students and staff for the 2018 GCSE results. We have had another positive year for progress and attainment and look forward to many students joining us for Sixth Form, including a large cohort from across Milton Keynes. This is the first year of the new GCSE structure for many subjects and students have worked hard on their courses and are well prepared for their next steps.
- Over 65% of our year 11 students achieved at least 5 pass grades including English Language and Mathematics
- Over 70% of students achieved 2 or 3 passes in the new Science GCSE’s
- 75% of all entries were awarded a Level 2 pass grade with 27% achieving the top 9-7 (A*/A) grades and almost half achieving 9-6 (A*-B) grades
- 100% of our students are leaving us with Level 2 qualifications