New Age Curling Competition
New Age Curling Competition
On Tuesday 2nd July we entered the New Age Curling Competition at the Vision Centre in Chesterton. The competition is organised specifically for students who may not have the opportunity or the desire to take part in sporting activities inside or outside of the school setting.
Upon arrival, pupils were shown the technique required to participate in the activity and the rules surrounding the sport. It was then time to practice the activity as a school which the pupils thoroughly enjoyed and demonstrated a positive approach to a sport that none had ever participated in. It was in this practice that hopes of a positive outcome in the competition started to be seen. Pupils were applying the coaching they received to perform the skills of drawing the stone to the target, blocking and taking out opponents stones to a good standard.
In the competition, the 7 Loxley pupils were split into two teams and joined the other four teams from Portland School and Cicely School. The competition was played in a round robin format and each team played every other team once. Both Loxley teams started with a win which made pupil’s confidence soar for the remainder of the competition. Loxley team 1 played 5 matches and won 1, drew 2 and lost 2, whereas Loxley Team 2 won 3 and drew 2, going unbeaten in the tournament. At the end of the competition, all the participants waited nervously for the final results. The final result for 1st place went on point difference. Loxley Team 2 were tied with Cicely team 1 for the top spot. The organisers were pleased to announce that Loxley Team 2 had a two point better difference overall and were crowned the first ever champions of the New Age Curling Competition held by Attend. Congratulations to the winning team of Kieran Carrigan, Carl Ratcliffe and Ben Rogers for their victory, however congratulations is well deserved to all members of both teams who displayed a fantastic attitude towards an activity that they had no experience in before. A thoroughly enjoyable day for and the boys are looking forward to defending their title next year.
A big thank you to Peter Hogg from attend for organising the event and to his coaching staff for their input with the children during the day. Also a thank you to Mrs Gray and Mrs Tillson for their support with the pupils at the competition and we will look forward to next year’s competition and other competitions ran by attend next academic year.
Mr C Matthews
We love Uttoxeter!
Representatives from Renew Church in Uttoxeter visited Loxley Hall on 21st June as part of their 'We love Uttoxeter' week. The visitors held an assembly where they talked about how and why the church loves Uttoxeter and they also brought a variety of gifts for the school. This incuded sports equipment and sweets for the boys and mugs and biscuits for the staff.
In response to a request by some students to provide the opportunity to have their hair cut someone from Renew Church kindly offered their services as a qualified hairdresser. This was very much appreciated by the boys who took the opportunity and they are keen for them all to come again soon!
Many thanks from all of the boys and staff at Loxley Hall for making the effort to visit and make us feel part of the community being loved by Renew Church!
Loxley supports charity's trip to South Africa
In the February half term Mr Bownds was invited to South Africa to support a team from the One by One charity. The invitation came from Matt Murray who alongside his wife Becky founded One by One. Matt is the school’s residential independent visitor, so has regularly visited the school over the last 2 years.
The team were delivering ‘The Dignity Project’ which works in schools to educate young people about human trafficking, while developing understanding of sexual exploitation and some of the methods traffickers use. All 900 of the girls reached during the week were given a Dignity bag with information, underwear and reusable sanitary products which will allow each of them to stay in school throughout the academic year. Girls in the townships often miss a week of school each month due to their periods, meaning they lose a vital part of their education.
The boys in 9.3- Regan, Drew, Cameron, Kyle, Charlie, Joe, Harvey and Leon welcomed Bri and Katie from One by One into school where they engaged in a lesson about the project. They asked questions and expressed a desire to help the charity directly. As a result a fund raising day was organised which allowed the boys to present Matt and Becky with nearly £100 as a donation. This covered the cost of 10 Dignity bags!
While there Mr Bownds presented one of the schools with letters from the boys in 9.3 and taught a lesson. The class teacher promised all 200 boys in the class would send a reply!
So many thanks to all of 9.3, Mrs Proctor and Mr Thomson for their efforts in raising the profile of the charity’s work and being so caring and generous.
Link to The Dignity Project homepage
Ofsted Inspection outcome
Following our recent education Ofsted inspection on 7th June 2018 I am pleased to announce we maintained our 'Good' judgement.
You can read the report here.
I would like to thank all the students who acquitted themselves so well during the inspection. In lessons, interviews with inspectors and their wider contribution to the school the boys at Loxley Hall were integral in the outcome and should be proud of themselves and their school.
I would also like to thank the staff team who handled the pressures of the inspection admirably; parents and carers who spoke so highly of the Loxley Hall to the inspectors and also the school governors for supporting the senior leaders and school development so well.
I feel the judgment was fair and well-reasoned. It reflects some of the excellent work the school does and offers some constructive criticisms about where we can improve our provision. I look forward to our next inspection when we can demonstrate our desire to keep developing and striving for the best outcomes for every student.
Mr D Bownds
Thank you letter from Stem 4
The charity Stem 4 have written to Loxley Hall to thank the students and staff for the money raised during Mental Health Awareness Week in May.
Well done to all the students and staff who took part and contributed to this valuable charity!
Loxley Hall Ofsted Inspection June 2018
Loxley Hall is welcoming Ofsted inspectors on 7th June 2018 for a 'Section 8' education inspection.
The letter to parents and carers can be found here.
Guidance for parents and carers can be found here.
Parents and Carers can complete Ofsted's online survey. Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
If you have any questions about the inspection or would like adivice on the information listed above then please feel free to contact the headteacher, Mr David Bownds on the school number - 01889 723050
Mental Health Awareness Week
Last week Loxley Hall engaged in a national 'Mental Health Awareness Week'. The school council chose to arrange some fund raising activities for the Mental Health Charity 'Stem 4'.
The staff and students did a fantastic job in helping arrange and run the following activities - all designed to promote positive mental health.
- A mile for a smile walk - a 1 mile around the school grounds.
- Daily challenge to do something nice for someone.
- Cake sale with 'Cake and a chat'.
- A sponsored non-uniform day.
- Dominic made a 'Tree of Hope' for which he stripped a tree trunk and used dowels to make branches. Pupils and staff were then given tags to write inspirational or personal messages - these will be hung on the tree of hope in the ESU garden.
- Mr Oakley's wife made some Mental Health Awareness ribbons for staff to buy and wear.
In all it was a very engaging, positive week and over £140 was raised for Stem4.
You can learn more about Stem 4 here.
Loxley Hall supports One By One
One By One is a global charity led by the Loxley Hall's Residential Independent Visitor Matt Murray and his wife Becky. Matt and Becky live locally and lead a church in Uttoxeter.
As part of the school's commitment to promoting positive mental health and in support of a Christmas appeal by One By One Loxley has held 3 seperate fund raising events. As a result over £400 has been given to One By One by Loxley Hall. The money was used to buy uniform for some students at King's Children's home in Bumala, Kenya which provides education and care for young people who have been orpaned and were at risk of starvation and child labour.
The students at King's sent the Loxley boys this video.
Well done to Kian and Alfie who were the driving force behind the fund raising events!
Loxley Hall is closed today (01.03.18) due to bad weather conditions and heavy snow across the county. Travel is dangerous and as such the senior leaders and school governors felt it safest to close the site to staff and students. Apologies for any invconvenience.
Welcome to our new Website
Welcome to our new school website. Please feel free to have a look around and let us know your thoughts.