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School closes early on Friday 4 April.  Pupils in years 10 and 11 will leave at 12.20pm.  Pupils in years 7,8 and 9 will leave at 12.50pm following their guidance review.

We reopen at 8.15am on Tuesday 22 April.  We wish all pupils and families a peaceful holiday.

 The Archbishop Lanfranc School represents the highest possible standards, achieved through challenge, support and teamwork.

We believe in our pupils, their potential to succeed in all spheres of school life and to contribute to a just society. At our school people come first.

It's all over now, baby blue
Blogs - Headteacher’s blog
Friday, 04 April 2014 07:46

At Easter we say very fond farewells to two members of staff.

Mr Shakeri joined us in September 2009.  He is an exceptionally gifted history teacher and has contributed enormously to the development of this subject at Archbishop Lanfranc, especially during the period when he was the subject leader.

Mr Shakeri has been prominent in ensuring that advice and guidance for pupils on option choices and future pathways has been raised to a new level and has led the way on provision for our most able pupils.

Mr Shakeri leaves us to take up a post at the Royal Grammar School Guildford, one of the leading independent boys’ schools in the country.  We wish him every success.

Ms Stopani rejoined us in January 2001 having completed a previous tour of duty many years ago when she taught music.

As many of you will know, Ms Stopani has worked with our most vulnerable pupils and their families.  She has supported them through some of the most harrowing experiences, showing that combination of compasion and steely determination which is so difficult to achieve.  Many children would not have survived secondary school without her input and an even greater number would not have achieved so much in examinations and life generally.

Despite bearing the load of so many pupils’ troubles and suffering the frustration of trying to engage the support of a variety of outside agencies, Ms Stopani has remained resolutely optimistic, an achievement in itself.

Ms Stopani will be missed by our community, including staff who have themselves frequently found her a source of wisdom and advice.  We wish her well in her thoroughly deserved retirement; I am sure she will further indulge her passion for music, including that of Bob Dylan, one of whose songs provides the title for this piece.

 
The lost boys (and girls)
Blogs - Headteacher’s blog
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:02

This article in the Croydon Guardian makes interesting reading.  Good to see we are at the foot of the table.

 
Homework!
Blogs - Headteacher’s blog
Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:11

I should like to thank all those parents/carers who have supported our drive on homework.  It has been pleasing to note that most pupils have responded positively and are now not just completing homework but also ensuring that it is of an appropriate standard and handed in on time.

It does however mystify me that a few pupils have not understood the main message, which is that regular homework is an important aspect of securing good results when the time comes for examinations.  Practice in the lower school is essential preparation for the demands of GCSE and beyond.

Homework helps to enhance study skills, encourages independent learning and requires pupils to complete work unassisted as they have to in examinations.  Pupils need to appreciate that public examinations are hugely competitive; it is not possible to get way with doing less than everyone else.

There is nothing new about this.  I remember vividly starting at secondary school back in 1964.  On the very first day, our English teacher, Mr Laidlaw-Brown, set homework; it was to read some pages from “Gulliver’s Travels” and enter into our vocabulary books any words with which we were unfamiliar along with their meanings.  It had to be completed by the following day.

As you might imagine, homework was an entirely new concept for many of us and others were no doubt overcome by first day nerves.  Whatever the reasons, more than twenty of the thirty boys in the class failed to submit the homework and were duly caned in front of the rest of the class!  I am not advocating corporal punishment as a way forward but it certainly made the point; even though I escaped the cane my memory of the episode emphasises how important homework was made to be.

By the way, “Joe”, as Mr Laidlaw-Brown was nicknamed, was a fantastic teacher whose insistence on “correct” grammar and breadth of vocabulary has stood me in good stead over many years.

 
School telephone
Pupils and parents - Letters to parents
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:38

Please see attached letter for an update on our telephone system and information about how to contact us.

Attachments:
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Jamie's Farm
Blogs - Teachers’ blog
Thursday, 13 February 2014 17:04

In February 2013 and September 2013, 20 Lanfranc pupils were given the fantastic opportunity to spend a week at Jamie's farm in Wiltshire.

After a lot of persuasion that time without a phone, x-box, sweets and TV would in fact be a good idea, Mr Wallendahl, Mr Bateman, Ms Yuill and pupils set off in the school minibus and journeyed down to Hill House Farm in Box.

For both groups, the initial shock of Jamie's farm was quite real.  Many of the pupils (and teachers) soon got stuck into the task at hand and were mucking out, feeding and moving the farm animals.

Many of the pupils were also given opportunities to try their hand at gardening, cooking, log chopping, milking cows, lambing, creating art work and countless other activities.  At the heart of the trip was the opportunity for the pupils to take the time and space to reflect on their progress and learning.

The impact of the trip has been significant.  The pupils are more focussed in lessons, have better relationships with their teachers and are more aware of their opportunities in life.

This is why 5 Lanfranc teachers (Ms Taunton, Ms Shaw, Ms Yuill, Mr Wallendahl and Mr Moonie) will be running the Bath Half Marathon on 2 March in aid of Jamie's Farm.  If you would like to help us to support Jamie's Farm and help give other children the fantastic opportunity of a trip to Jamie's Farm please sponsor us by following the link.  Thank you.

 
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Blogs - Headteacher’s blog
Friday, 13 December 2013 12:36

Pete Pumphrey began his career at this school in September 1978 having completed his teacher training at the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth.  I found a copy of the reference provided for Pete on applying for a geography teaching post here.  I would like to share a couple of extracts:

“........demonstrated a very effective and natural ability in dealing with potentially difficult classroom situations.”

“........an awareness of the needs and abilities of the pupils he was teaching.  He related well to his pupils and was highly respected by the staff where he taught.  He involved himself totally in school life....”

Those of you who know Pete will realise that some things really do not change!

Throughout his time at our school Pete has made an outstanding contribution.  He has been geography teacher, head of geography, led on careers advice and work experience, been the NUT staff representative, been a member of the Youth Wing committee and secretary of the PTA, acted as staff governor for many years and from 1997 been a year coordinator.

Pete has brought not only great energy to all these roles but has also underpinned everything he has done with a genuine desire to achieve the very best for our pupils and their families.  There can be no greater tribute than that generations of “Lanfrancians” remember “Pumphrey” with true affection and admiration. He has helped to improve the life chances of countless young people and demonstrated the humanity which is so important to our school and its ethos.

I am sure we shall all cherish our own particular memories of Pete’s time here.  Some things I shall never forget are, perhaps appropriately for a geographer, connected with the weather.  One is Pete in his shirtsleeves at the bottom of the main drive on the coldest days of the year “encouraging” the children to hurry to be on time and then running in himself (he was at one time a considerable athlete and rugby player).  Another is Pete on his return from field trips to Cuckmere Haven on those scorching summer days when he would have assumed a redness unmatched by anyone else I have ever seen.

Mostly of course I shall remember him as a stalwart member of staff, a loyal colleague and warm human being.  Ill health, along perhaps with changes in the system within which we all have to work these days, have brought about a premature end to his time here.  He will be sadly missed by everyone in our school community.  We wish him all the very best in his retirement.