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BVGS enters TOP 25!
It has been a pleasure to welcome all the new members of the Vesey family: staff,
families and, of course, our students. As you can see from this newsletter the
mood in school is buoyant. Following record-breaking results, we were visited by
Ofsted in October. They declared us to be Outstanding in all categories:
A high performing school where the students make rapid progress and reach excep-tionally high standards. We were delighted that the Inspectors put great emphasis on the superb behaviour of our students, the passion of our teachers and our
profound commitment to developing the whole person, whether it be as a
pioneer in developing students understanding of mental health issues or our exceptionally wide variety of enrichment activities. To read in full please visit:
2014 was another record-breaking year for BVGS. A level students, as a
collective, performed very well indeed, with an amazing 75% of students
beginning University this autumn heading off to Russell Group and Oxbridge
universities. 85% of all grades at A level were awarded at A*-B, and 54% at
A*/A, both new school records, putting us as the 24th best state school in
the country! There was particular delight in the Ammar family with
Omer and Usman bagging three A* grades and five As between them.
Top performers included Andy Quach, one of 5 successful Oxbridge
candidates) with an amazing 5 A*s to take him to Cambridge to read
Economics. Four other students attained three A*s apiece: Rebecca
Grundmann, Andrew Hyslop, Joshua Smith and Christopher
Winters. In total, 44 students this year gained three A grades or better a big well done to them and all our students, who worked hard and did
their best throughout their time with us.
We also celebrated outstanding GCSE results yet again. 66% of all grades were at A*/A.
Just under two-thirds of students attained six or more A*/A grades. Indeed, the
percentage of grades awarded A* was up again to a record 30% across the school.
There were, as usual, some excellent individual performances with ten students gaining
an amazing eight A*s or better. Well done to Ahsan Abdullah, Taranjit Dhillon,
Dominic Burden, Niall Keating, Saravanan Rajakumaran, Hamza Saleem,
Daniel Scott, Sachin Seneviratne, Adam Smith and Thomas Young. As well
as attaining ten A* grades, Thomas, along with two other students, Sunny Aujla and
Akhilesh Madasamy, attained full marks in GCSE Geography. Performance in
Languages was particularly encouraging with just under 70% of all grades in French,
German, Chinese, Urdu and Spanish being awarded A* or A. There was also success
for younger boys in Languages with Ridouan Asselman from Year 8 gaining A* in
French and Jon Jon Tian and Akshay Khanna from Year 9 and 10 gaining A*s in
Chinese and Italian respectively.
We were delighted by the news in August that the Birmingham Mail ranked our GCSE results and progress in their league
table of state schools as the best for boys in Birmingham and second in the whole city, just behind Camp Hill Girls .
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House Music Festivals
Artsfest 8 July
Well done to Oliver Hobin, Ellen Rhodes and Eloise Harrison and all performers and helpers who arranged an absolutely first class Arts Fest.
Karl Ward, OV, summed up the evening superbly when he wrote to the students saying, Thank you for arranging a wonderful evening last night. We thought the quality of food and entertainment was top drawer and can I ask that you pass on my personal thanks to all those who contributed on the night for making the evening such a success. You should also be really proud of yourselves for not only did you arrange a quality evening but
you also managed to raise a fantastic 1500.00 for others who are less fortunate than ourselves and that is a fantastic achievement, well done.
Community Apprentice: The Boardroom took place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on the evening of Wednesday 25 June. Since February this year, young people from ten
Birmingham schools have been competing to raise funds and awareness for five local
Birmingham charities. The challenge, based on BBCs 'The Apprentice', was set by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council. It culminated in each team pitching why
they should win in Sir Albert Bores boardroom at the Council House. The event includ-ed live entertainment, awards, special guests and gave the opportunity for all students to
collect their certificates and celebrate everything achieved since February. We are pleased
to announce that the Team Cohesion Award went to Team Global from BVGS!
Community Apprentice: The Boardroom
Our Year 7 Science Fair in July was a brilliant new initia-
tive from the Science department. The best entries from
Year 7 had the opportunity to explain their experiments
to an audience of visiting students, teachers and Gover-
nors. The competition was judged by two Governors,
Bilal Ahmad and Carolyn Nicholl. Bilal wrote, We were highly impressed by the quality of the Year 7
projects on display today. There were some excellent
scientific principles put to the test, but particularly
outstanding was the confidence with which the students
explained their work. Picking the top three was not an
easy task, but many congratulations to the winners and to Helen Pitt for the organisation. Well done to all who took part and our winners: First place went to Haaris Butt The Science behind Diet Coke and Mentos, Second Place to Fraser Chapman Which liquid is the best
conductor of heat? Third place to Erik Brown How does the incline of a ramp affect the speed of a car?
The annual Year 7 Performance Evening in July saw students performing on stage: either singing, playing a brass instrument, reading out excerpts
from their short stories or acting sketches they had written. Thanks to Maryann Dye, Director of Music and Sarah Slater, Second in English in
particular for masterminding this fun event.
The House Music Festivals took place in July. The confidence and skill of all the performers was outstanding.
Well done to all Year 9 taking part and the competition winners: Tom Parkes, Harrison Payne, Philip
Reader, Joe Perrin, Jon-Jon Tian, Balamrit Sokhal, Edward Stanley, Ben Wallace, Amarpal Johal,
Daniel Jolaosho, James Cutting, Luca Beech, Eben Gutteridge, James Batten, Louis Kill-Brown.
The Year 7 and 8 House Music Festival winners were Andr Bean, Ned Walklett, Fraser Chapman,
Ethan Allen and Joseph Hughes. Red house were triumphant!
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French Exchange German Exchange
World Challenge 2014
In July 16 Year 9 students undertook their own world challenge expedition to Norway. Following over a year preparing and fundraising, they em-
barked on one of the most physically challenging trips of their school career. After a day practising putting up tents, preparing supplies and checking
kit and provisions, they were ready for their adventure. On arrival the students organised a rota for jobs around the camp and a team to manage
their budget. Food and supplies for the wild camps ahead were bought, packaged up and distributed among the team. Two days of trekking through
challenging terrain with heavy packs followed to a camp site on the side of a mountain lake. On day two the highest point in the surrounding area
was reached a great achievement. The scenery was stunning and the boys camped on an isolated island in a fjord. On the final day students en-joyed some rest and relaxation by white water rafting! Throughout the week the boys showed true character in facing difficult decisions and physi-
cally demanding conditions. Well done lads! Thanks to Ralph Brocklebank and Alex Davis for organising such a marvellous opportunity.
Also in July most of Year 9 took part in a new Bushcraft residential, organised by KS4 learning mentor Heather Hodkinson. This trip is designed to teach new bushcraft skills, as
well help to develop team work and leadership skills. Students had a
great time wild swimming, shelter building, fire lighting, learning first
aid, panassing salmon, learning how to make traps and playing
stealth games like predator. The trip provided a fantastic oppor-tunity for students to experience a different kind of residential. The
boys were a credit to the school and impressed both BVGS staff
and the Bushcraft leaders with their enthusiasm and willingness to
learn, participate and develop as team players and leaders. Many
thanks to staff who went along - Andy Whittle, Kallyann
Williams, Heather Hodkinson, Alex Jones, Ralph
Brocklebank, Davina Jackson, Jaspreet Kandola.
Year 7 Residential
Year 7 had their residential to Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas in
June. They started with a moving visit to the National
Memorial Arboretum, in this the 100th anniversary year of the
start of World War 1. As usual, they had an action-packed
few days with plenty of exciting challenges to get stuck in to.