News and Achievement

On Friday 8th November our A-level Biology students took part in a conference at the Emanuel Centre in London. The event was hosted by The Training Partnership who inspire students to take their interest in biology to higher levels.

Students took part in 5 sessions which were delivered by renowned scientist and communicators. The sessions included:

  • How to build a human – Emily Grossman
  • Appreciating our mammalian-ness – Liam Drew
  • Do you smell what I smell? – Darren Logan
  • From genome to clinic – Tim Underwood
  • The future of food – Greg Foot

They also had a session about being successful in their examinations.

It was a very thought provoking day with lots of ideas about how biology can lead to some of the most amazing careers and how new discoveries in this field could change the future for human.

6th Form Students held a cake sale yesterday in support of Remembrance Day

Ingredients were supplied by Vertas, the food caters for Cecil Jones Academy, and the Kitchen staff kindly made Muffins which were decorated with giant poppies.

A big thank you to all students who purchased cakes and supported this worthy charity. All proceeds will go to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The artistic talents of Cecil Jones 6th  Form were on show today when they organised a lovely whole school charity event in aid of Macmillan Cancer support.

Students baked and provided cakes, made milkshakes and ran a tombola stall. The community of the school was united in their support of this worthy cause.

Congratulations to all students involved in the organisation of this event and a big thank you to all students, staff and parents for their kind donations.

As a school, we raised over £330 for Macmillan Cancer support.

On the final Saturday in June, the Year 13s held their Leavers Dinner to which they invited staff past and present with whom they wished to celebrate and to say their goodbyes to for the last time as a Cecil Jones year group.  The whole event was planned and organised by the students themselves and the success of the event is a credit to them.

Most of the students have been at the school since Year 7 and have seen many changes during that time.  One of the constants for them has been their school companions and some of the longer-serving staff; so the opportunity to share this moment of momentous personal change was one to be enjoyed.  The majority of the students intend going on to university, but some are preferring the apprenticeship route or to go into employment.  Whatever their choice, they have been a wonderful year group to work with, and we wish them good luck when their A Level results come through; and wish them every success and happiness in the future.

The Year 12 students recently took part in our Aim Higher programme by attending a Higher Education Exhibition at the University of Essex in Colchester.  Students were able to speak to any of the 150 exhibitors representing universities from across the UK, as well as staff from the Armed Forces, about the educational and training opportunities available to them after A Levels.  We gathered information about the different levels of higher education qualifications, higher apprenticeships, and qualifications and training specific to career choices (e.g. training to be an Air Operations Officer in the RAF can lead to a position as an air traffic controller on leaving the Force).

Seminars on a range of topics, from Mathematics to Veterinary Medicine to Careers in Football & the Sports Industry to Hotel & Events Management, were being held in the lecture theatre for students to drop into.  There was even an inflatable lecture hall in the main exhibition hall where participants wore headphones to hear the speaker.

As the event was being held on a university campus, students were able to see some of the other facilities that university students can take advantage of on site, such as the halls of residence, the library, the student services, food outlets and shops; and it was useful to contrast the campus-based university with a town-based one such as we have in Southend.

Finally, as our Sixth Form students now all come to school in business-wear, I can honestly say that our Year 12 students were probably the smartest students at the event.