Priory School – a new Academy with Bohunt Education Trust

On 1 September Priory School became an academy with the Bohunt Education Trust.

This marks a new chapter in the history of the school.

The move comes following consultations with parents, pupils and staff at Priory.

Bohunt Education Trust (BET) currently runs Bohunt School in Hampshire, which is rated Outstanding in every category by Ofsted, is the Times Educational Supplement’s Overall School of the Year and this year received its best ever GCSE results, with over 87% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including Maths and English.

This year Priory achieved a 6% rise in pupils achieving the ‘gold standard’ of 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English. Looking to the future Priory’s leadership are exploring the implementation, with the Trust’s support, of proven pioneering teaching methods such as Challenge Based Learning, immersion language teaching and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) lessons.

Neil Strowger, Chief Executive of Bohunt Education Trust, said:

“Over the last year we have been working closely with Priory and we are delighted to be moving forward as the sponsor.

“We have already seen a marked improvement in GCSE results and we will be working tirelessly to continue to raise academic standards, as well as introducing a broad programme of extra-curricular activities so pupils develop the skills to thrive in the 21st Century.

“We are looking forward to supporting the school over the coming months and years and delivering Outstanding education to Portsmouth’s young people.”

Education Minister Lord Nash said:

“I am delighted that an outstanding school like Bohunt is sharing their experience and knowledge with other schools.

“Starting with Priory in Portsmouth, I am confident they will help improve the standard of education in schools they oversee, benefiting more pupils and ensuring they are prepared for life in modern Britain.”

Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner for South London and the South East said:

“BET is one of the most promising sponsors in the South East. I am looking forward to working with them to help spread their expertise and dynamism across the region.”

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Early Closure

Last Day of Term

Priory School will close to pupils at 12.15pm on Tuesday 22 July for the summer holidays.  Please let us know if this early closure causes you any problems so that we can make arrangements to accommodate your son or daughter.

School re-opens on Thursday 4 September 2014

Year 7 will start at 08.25am and the rest of the school should arrive during first break 10.50-11.20am.

We wish all our parents and pupils a happy and safe holiday. 

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Well done to all of our Year 11 leavers on a strong set of GCSE results!

We were 6% up on last year for the number of our pupils achieving the ‘gold standard’ at 47% in 2014 compared to 41% in 2013 (the ‘gold standard’ is 5+ GCSEs at A*-C grades including English and Maths).  52% achieved 5+ A*-C GCSE grades overall.

James Humphries, Headteacher, said “I’m very proud of all of the hard work that our pupils, teachers and parents have put in to achieve these results.  We have shown a solid improvement this year and plan to continue improving outcomes for our young people.”

Alice Kellam was our highest performing girl and she achieved a fantastic 11 A*s and 2 A grades (all GCSE qualifications).

Jimmy Yeung was another star performer with 6 A*s 5 As, a B and a C grade at GCSE.  This is especially impressive as he is also ranked top 20 in the country for table tennis and has been competing nationally and training alongside his GCSE studies this year.
Millie Lepora has struggled significantly with a serious lung condition which meant that she frequently could not attend school over the last five years.  However, she put in an amazing amount of effort and overcame the odds to achieve.

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Passing of Ali Spittles, Headteacher at Goldsmiths Infant and Brambles Nursery Announced

The sad news of the passing of Ali Spittles, Goldsmiths Infant School and Brambles Nursery Headteacher, has been announced. Priory worked very closely with Ali. She was passionate about learning and inspired hundreds of children, many of whom have passed through our school or are now here at Priory. She was great fun to work with. Spending time with her was exciting and inspiring. The Southsea Cluster of schools will miss her deeply.

Our deepest condolences to her family and the children, teachers and governors of Goldsmiths and Brambles Nursery.

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Sounds of Summer

Priory Summer Concert was a marvellous showcase of the schools’ musical talent, with pupils from all years taking part. The Summer Concert is traditionally an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their progress over the year and the musicians of 2014 did not disappoint. They put on a show that was challenging, diverse and extremely enjoyable.

Priory singers continue to flourish and performances ranged from the clear, soulful strains of Ellie Ballantyne, singing ‘Say Something’ to Beatrice Kellam’s haunting, smoky ‘Ruby Tuesday’. For a while, Ellis Jones became Javert, obsessively seeking to bring justice in ‘Stars’. His performance showed remarkable commitment and energy, which then contrasted with Harriet Kelleher’s soothing rendition of ‘Somewhere Only We Know.’ Sam Biggs was ‘Radioactive’ in a performance to which his soaring treble added particular intensity, whilst Cally-Jo Madgwick had the audience in the palm of her hand with her joyful performance of ‘No-one.’ Brooke James gave an honest account of ‘Love Song’, ably accompanied by ex-pupil Matthew Hewitt on piano and Fay Edwards brought a telling sincerity to London Grammar’s ‘Strong’.

Improvisation skills were to the fore in Mutiny’s set, as the group continues to go from strength to strength. ‘I wish I knew how it would feel to be free’ showcased the individual talents of Priory woodwind, supported by bass player, Josh Reynolds. ‘St Thomas Infirmary’ proved how versatile this group is, as members moved swiftly between wind and percussion, assisting each other with the practicalities this entailed in a fine show of skilled co-operation and infectious humour.

Individually, woodwind performances contrasted the elegant perfection of J. S Bach’s Sonata No.4 for flute, played with great sensitivity by Alice Hopkinson, with the cheerful ditty ‘My Favourite Things’, to which Beth Linford brought warmth and vitality. Grace McCormick played with agility in ‘Tin Roof Blues’ and Ype de Greef brought mastery and style to ‘Mr PC’.

Keyboard and piano players were accomplished and polished. Luke Blay’s ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ had feet tapping, whilst Louise Dean charmed us with a ‘Little Folk Song’. Lauren Hill played with assured dynamic control in ‘Strange Things Happen’, making the piano sing, and Katy Dyer brought poise to ‘Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me’.  Lauren McNeil brought a sense of fun to ‘Jazzy Ellie’, which she performed in a duet arrangement with her teacher and Emma Poore  played with spirit and an understanding of style in ‘Midnight Train’ and ‘Lambada’ .

Priory Vocal Group and friends (Bryani Blythe and Louise Dean) performed ‘Super Trouper’, with choreography and “shoo-pa-pa” audience participation, as well as ‘Sweet About Me’, which demonstrated the group’s expanding range of harmonies.

Priory Band concluded the concert with a spirited performance of the Lord High Executioner from The Mikado, before bidding the audience farewell , with excerpts from Haydn’s Farewell Symphony. In keeping with the composer’s original instructions, players gathered their music and left as their parts finished, until there was no-one remaining on stage. An amusing conclusion to a varied and entertaining evening.

The Priory Music Department would like to thank all parents and teachers for their continued support in helping our students to give such high quality performances. The uptake of individual lessons has continued to rise this year and this was reflected in the number of pupils from all years making debut performances. The Summer Concert was truly the culmination of pupils’ individual practice and commitment to rehearsals that goes on daily in the Music Department and at home.

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Portsmouth Uni Summer School 2014

In June this year, ten Year 10 pupils had the opportunity to attend the University of Portsmouth three day Residential Summer School, alongside several other schools in the Hampshire area.

This gave our pupils an insight on how University life could be for them.  They had an absolutely fantastic time and came back into school with lots of stories to tell and a clearer idea on University life and the possibilities that are there for the future.

We are hoping to be able to send ten more pupils next year.


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