Oakgrove School Triumph in Parliamentary Debate Final
"Eloquent" and "confident" were how two winning Oakgrove students were described when they won the 2018 MK Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition, which was held in the impressive and historic Grand Committee Room at the House of Commons.
After successfully progressing through the first two rounds, defeating nine other educational establishments, Sixth Form students Jasmine Nazir and Ayesha Khan travelled to Westminster to take part in the final, competing against Shenley Brook End School.
In a closely fought debate the teams examined whether 'political correctness prevented free speech' and, after articulate and passionate arguments on both sides, Oakgrove were declared the winners and were presented with a trophy by local MP, Iain Stewart.
The competition, now in its eighth year, was judged by business professionals from Buckinghamshire and coincided with a very busy day in parliament. Students had the opportunity to tour the House, sit in on a Brexit debate and participate in a Q & A session with MP Iain Stewart.
Accompanying the students, Head of Year 12, Mr Kendall, said:
‘We are incredibly proud of the students’ performance. They spent many hours preparing, practising and refining their speeches, so it was a delight to see them argue their positions so skilfully and passionately on the night. If this debate is anything to go by, these two students have very bright futures ahead of them, whether in politics or in whatever career path they choose.”
Organised by MK MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart, the annual competition is open to students in Years 10-13 and aims to engage young people in politics and develop their confidence and communication skills.
Schools Receive Tree-mendous Seasonal Gift from Waitrose
Six MK schools have decked their halls with real Christmas trees this year, thanks to a festive donation from Waitrose in Oakgrove. Students from Middleton, Monkston, Oakgrove and Kents Hill Park primary and secondary schools, picked up the six foot British fir trees from the store in time to decorate them for their Christmas carol concerts and nativities.
The schools, all part of the Kingsbridge Educational Trust, were thrilled with the gesture of goodwill and community spirit shown by the local supermarket. Trust CEO, Peter Barnes, said:
“Thanks to the generosity of Waitrose, our students, staff and parents will enjoy and appreciate this most traditional of Christmas symbols when they come into school. The trees have taken pride of place in each of the schools’ reception and assembly halls and will truly enhance the festive atmosphere of our community Christmas events.”
MK Business Helps Students Make the Right Choices
Mercedes, Santander and Nifty Lift were just some of over 20 businesses in Milton Keynes to visit Oakgrove School and share their expertise and advice, during a full day of enterprise and development activities.
As part of the school’s drive to ensure that its students receive excellent enrichment opportunities, the day comprised of ‘Dragons’ Den style’ exercises, talks on future career choices and workshops designed to help younger students with resilience and engagement.
“I cannot thank enough those from local industry, who gave up their valuable time to come into the school to give their support and share their business acumen with over 900 students, said Oakgrove’s Headteacher Ian Tett.
“Attending were representatives, not only from the wide spectrum of business, including Waitrose, Halifax and Daimler, but from not for profit organisations too, such as Hello Brain. They helped the students with their time management, problem solving and, in picking up on the schools diversity programme, challenged gender stereotypes when students were designing and pitching new products in a business scenario.
“Anti-bullying theatre workshops were also an important and instrumental part of the day, empowering our young people to make the right decisions. The research the students did into the many varied career paths available to them once they leave education, was complimented by the alumni of speakers who came in to talk about their experiences in apprenticeships and at university. This was really useful in helping the students choose their forthcoming GCSE options.
“We believe at Oakgrove that there needs to be a balance, not only should students reach their full potential academically, but by taking advantage of days like today, they can use what they have learnt to succeed in all aspects of their future lives.”
What a result – Oakgrove Top of the Table for GCSE Attainment
Oakgrove staff are celebrating being ranked the best secondary school in Milton Keynes for student GCSE attainment.
The latest Department for Education’s figures show that Oakgrove students are achieving excellent results in up to eight GCSEs, which include English and Mathematics and in their Baccalaureate qualifications. The scores also demonstrate Oakgrove’s determination in their students reaching their full potential, with the school scoring highly on the number who either stay in education, or go straight into employment - a whopping 97%.
Overjoyed that Oakgrove School has topped the DfE performance table for GCSE attainment in MK, Headteacher Ian Tett said:
“The government figures prove just what can be achieved with the sheer hard work of the students, the quality of the teaching by outstanding staff and with supportive parents. “At Oakgrove School, students are consistently fully engaged with their learning and attend lessons that are engaging, varied and challenging, so that they can reach their full potential.
“We are committed to also providing students with a range of tremendous extra-curricular opportunities that develop their skills, promote teamwork and encourage leadership. This means that when they leave Oakgrove they have developed into well rounded and successful young adults.”
A Level Results 2018
Oakgrove School would like to congratulate their year 13 leavers and their teachers on some outstanding A Level results. They have all worked so hard over the last two years and have some fantastic destinations for September. With 2 students off to study Medicine and others undertaking degrees in exciting subjects like Pharmacy, Law, Social Medicine, Neuroscience and Aerospace Engineering, we look forward to hearing of their successes in the future. We also have our largest ever number of students progressing to Post 18 Apprenticeships and we are delighted that our students are exploring all options open to them when they finish in Sixth Form.
GCSE Results 2018
Oakgrove School would like to congratulate students and staff for the 2018 GCSE results. We have had another positive year for progress and attainment and look forward to many students joining us for Sixth Form, including a large cohort from across Milton Keynes. This is the first year of the new GCSE structure for many subjects and students have worked hard on their courses and are well prepared for their next steps.
- Over 65% of our year 11 students achieved at least 5 pass grades including English Language and Mathematics
- Over 70% of students achieved 2 or 3 passes in the new Science GCSE’s
- 75% of all entries were awarded a Level 2 pass grade with 27% achieving the top 9-7 (A*/A) grades and almost half achieving 9-6 (A*-B) grades
- 100% of our students are leaving us with Level 2 qualifications