Bee Hive Buzz October 2015
Welcome to the first newsletter of the new school year. I would like to say a particularly warm welcome to those parents and carers of the new students who have joined us from other schools and a big hello to those parents who are “old hands” at this Bee Hive malarkey. Students are settling well into the new timetables, new staff and ways of working.
We have had a number of changes across the staff at The Bee Hive over the summer break, particularly front of house. You will be aware that Kay Milton left us at the end of June and Hilary Morgan has taken on the management of the Business. Hilary was already part of our team and managed The Sweet Bee but will now work across both sites. Jooles Joyce has taken over the supervision of the Café. If you pop in and Jooles looks familiar her previous experience has been in Buddies and Nannas Café in town. We also have a new Premises Manager, Neil Morgan, who joined us at the start of the month.
There have also been changes in the education staff; Miss Louise Cole who has been with us for a year has been promoted to Key Stage 5 Manager, Jennifer Saunders (previously of NSAC site) has joined the staff in a new role “Work Experience Coordinator”, this is being funded by a Northamptonshire County Council initiative called “Race to the Top” and is aimed at improving our students access to work placements now and once they leave us. Laura Heasman (previously at NSAC) and Jackie Cameron (previously working in the Café) have joined the “Job Coach” team who support the students whilst they are working front of house. Amanda Gillanders has joined The Sweet Bee team and a “Job Coach” alongside Danielle Bedford.
We have been lucky to start the term with such lovely weather and pupils have been able to continue accessing the outside areas at breaks and lunchtime. The garden areas around the school are looking lovely due to the hard work of staff and pupils, including the Horticulture students from The Bee Hive, who have painted and planted a wide range of items to form our flower displays. All the hard work has paid off as we heard last week that we won the GOLD “Northampton in Bloom Schools Award” and the SILVER “East Midlands in Bloom Schools Award”. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Our good news over the summer break was the Year 11 examination results. This year more pupils than ever were entered for externally accredited exams at Entry level and GCSE level and we had our highest number of passes. This was down to the hard work of the pupils and staff that supported them. Well done everyone!
Our other good news over the Summer break was our success in applying for financial support from a number of local trusts who have expressed an interest in The Bee Hive. We have had two amounts of £2,500 from St Giles Trust and this money is earmarked to help transform a room at the front of house into a “staff room” for students and to replace the fencing around the wildlife garden to enable us to have safe access to the area. The Edith Newell Trust has awarded us £15,000 to enable us to establish a Horticulture teaching area at The Bee Hive. This will include an accessible poly tunnel, raised beds and new equipment to support the wide range of young people who are keen to get involved in gardening around the site. I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to the groups of volunteers that come on site to help us tackle some of the bigger tasks such as weeding and replanting areas, fence painting, general painting and decorating. This Summer we have seen teams from Nationwide, Barclaycard and Northants Youth Association.
Just in case anyone hasn’t noticed the nights drawing in as we approach Autumn I am delighted to say plans are well underway for Harvest activities and I am sure letters will be out soon inviting you to join us. The other events looming are Halloween and Bonfire night and you will be delighted to know we have Halloween sweets available in The Sweet Bee and themed items on sale at The Bee Hive Parent-Governors’ meeting. (Look out for spooky cakes!!)
On a different note we will soon be sending out information letters asking for volunteers to become Parent Governors. If you feel you have a skill, expertise or business knowledge that would be an asset to the group, or you have previous experience of this role please look out for details.
I look forward to seeing you in school at the forthcoming events and remember if you have any questions all you have to do is phone. I am off to collect conkers……..
Miss Shez Webb,
Executive Head Teacher