Headteacher's Blog

Archive: September 2011

  • 20Sep

    Come and experience a warm Urswick School welcome

    We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to The Urswick School on Thursday 22nd September 2011 between 5.00pm and 7.30pm. This is our Open Evening for children in Year 5 and 6 and their families. It is also an opportunity for parents of children already in the school to take a  look at our new building and facilities.

    We offer guided tours by our  senior students (last tour 6.30pm) and an opportunity to talk with our staff and see demonstration lessons in every subject. The Headteacher’s address is at 6.15pm, repeated at 7.00pm. 

    As a prospective parent why should you visit  The Urswick School? In the words of OFSTED we offer ‘Outstanding Care, Guidance and Support’ to our  young people, standards of behaviour are high and examination results have more than doubled compared with 2008. We are the smallest mixed secondary school in Hackney and will give your children care and attention. Our mission statement is ‘Believe and Achieve’. We have high aspirations for our students and will help them to achieve their very best. We also have a £17 million new building with the best possible facilities for the teaching of every subject. 

    I very much look forward to meeting you on Thursday 22nd September 2011. In addition there are daytime tours throughout September every Tuesday and Thursday at 9.00am.

    Do come and experience a warm Urswick School welcome.

    Best wishes


    Posted by Richard Brown @ 10:45

  • 23Sep

    Visitors' Week

    This has been an exciting week where we have welcomed a number of distinguished visitors to The Urswick School.

    Parents of children in years 5 and 6  have flooded through the doors to join our daytime tours. These continue every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am throughout September (last tour 10am). We also held a highly successful Open Evening this week. I would like  to thank everyone who attended, especially our student  helpers who  are fantastic ambassadors for the school.
    On Friday our local M.P, Meg Hillier, visited The Urswick School. Meg toured our new building and, in her role as shadow Climate Change Secretary, met members of our ECO Committee. She also endorsed our ECO code (page 117 of the student planners) and presented our school with the Green Flag which celebrates our status as an ECO School and our work on Environmental Education. Meg also met our Head Girl, Samantha Whitmore, and Yousuf Mohammed, Head Boy, and discussed with them plans for a Sixth Form at The Urswick School.
    On Wednesday Bishop Adrian, Bishop of Stepney conducted a Staff Eucharist in St Augustine’s  Chapel and then met a group of students. Bishop Adrian praised our new Chapel and spoke of the opportunity it gives our children for quiet reflection and a place to pray.
    Finally, on Tuesday, I was interviewed for a BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘Beyond Westminster’ which will be broadcast on Saturday 1st October 2011 at 11am. It’s good to know that the successes of The Urswick School are now coming to national attention.
    Best wishes

    Posted by Richard Brown @ 10:45

  • 08Sep

    An exciting week

    This has been a hugely exciting week as we welcomed children for the first time to The Urswick School. Everyone is delighted with the new building. Lessons have started in the new Drama Studio, the suite of music rooms, the Modern Languages classrooms and the Activities Studio. I enjoyed a game of cricket in the Sports Centre the day before term began – I retired after Ms Scott had hit my bowling for four! A full range of sports activities before school, at lunchtime and after school will start this week.

    The challenge for Ms Rzymek’s year group is to become record breakers. Last year’s Year 11 beat the previous year by 21% (5 or more GCSE A* to C grades) and 4% (5 or more GCSEs with English and Maths). I expect this year to be even better but success only comes with hard work and regular attendance.

    Many younger students are also celebrating exam successes. Last year’s Year 9 (Mr Massimino’s year group) took their BTEC PE exam. 60 students achieved Distinctions – this is the equivalent of an A or A* at GCSE and 97% achieved pass grades. Students in the new Year 8 and Year 9 achieved GCSEs in the following community languages: Italian, French, Portuguese and Turkish. In total six students achieved A* grades and seven A grades.

    I hope that these successes are a springboard for even greater success in the future.

    Best wishes,


    Posted by Richard Brown @ 10:45