CTK Aquinas student nominated for Lewisham Mayor Award

Amy Ohiomoba nominated for supporting GCSE Maths students during lockdown

Amy, an 18 year old A Level Biology, Psychology and Maths student at CTK Aquinas, a selective A Level Sixth Form in Brockley, came up with the idea on her own to set up free Maths tuition for Secondary School students who had fallen behind during lockdown, when education moved remotely. Amy is a keen A Level Maths student who felt she knew the Maths GCSE specification really well and wanted to help students who needed booster sessions to go over topics that they had not been able to learn or had fallen behind in.

Amy felt the sessions were important for young people whose parents could not afford additional tuition. Amy decided to promote the free Maths tuition sessions on her Snapchat story at the beginning of every week. Then every Friday, she chose four new students from those that contacted her, to join her on free Zoom sessions, which she hosted. She quickly gained more students from more and more Secondary Schools wanting GCSE Maths tuition, as word of mouth spread.

Amy set this tuition up completely of her own accord and gave her own personal time to help these students, as she felt passionate about helping young people who were finding learning difficult during lockdown. She put a lot of her time into planning lessons and responding to the topics that students wanted help with.

Amy says; “I’m thrilled to have been nominated for a Lewisham Mayor’s Award and specially selected to appear in the video. I enjoy helping others and feel privileged knowing that I was able to help so many people. The pupils I helped were always really grateful and appreciative.

I plan to continue with my online Maths tuition in the Summer so I can help even more GCSE Maths students”.

Lesley Davies, Assistant Principal for Character at CTK Aquinas, who nominated Amy said: “Amy is a very kind, caring person, who is always helping others. She is a real role model for CTK Aquinas students and we are so proud of everything she has achieved!”

Amy was specially selected to appear in a video, alongside other shortlisted nominees for the Lewisham Mayor’s award. You can view her video here https://www.iamlewisham.uk/mayors-awards.

Amy will receive a certificate and a badge and as a lasting legacy, her name will be entered into the Mayor’s Awards Book, kept at the Civic Suite in Catford.

Cllr Joan Millbank, Chair Mayor’s Awards Panel 2020 said ‘On behalf of the Mayor and your fellow citizens I wish to thank you most sincerely for your contribution. You help make Lewisham a special borough characterised by neighbourliness, caring and a strong sense of community’.

You can read more about Amy’s story with the following links: https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/62450-ctk-aquinas-student-nominated-for-lewisham-mayors-award

https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/19043535.lewisham-mayor-awards-celebrates-response-covid-pandemic/

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13827/catholic-school-pupil-nominated-for-lewisham-mayor-award

Important announcement for Christ the King Sixth Forms

Latest Announcement 25 February 2021

We now know that results day will take place on the following dates; A-level results day will be 10th August, with GCSEs results given out on 12 August. We are awaiting further information from the DfE and will update once we have this, for the most up to date current information on Teacher Assessed Grades for students and results day, please visit here

We look forward to welcoming students back on site and will be in touch with parents and students regarding the return to sixth form and the way lateral flow testing will take place as soon as we can.

House of Commons briefing 22 February 2021

Following the House of Commons briefing that Schools and Colleges will reopen from 8 March, we will update parents, students and the website with more information as soon as possible after the full Government announcement is made.

Ofqual latest 14 January

The awarding body Ofqual are currently undertaking a consultation to ascertain what information teachers will use to award grades. We will write to all students and parents/carers to let them know the outcome of the consultation as soon as it is know. In the meanwhile, students should continue to complete all classwork, homework and assessments to the best of their ability.  

BTEC Latest Exams update 6 January

Given the announcement tonight that no student will be penalised based on the decision to sit the exam in January or not and the confirmation that GCSE and A Level outcomes will be based on teacher related grades this summer, we have made the decision to cancel the remaining BTEC external examinations in the January series.  

Whilst I apologise that our position has taken a while to develop, I am sure that you appreciate that clear guidance to schools and colleges has not been forthcoming. We have been keen to make sure that no students will be penalised by being unable to sit these exams, and we have now heard directly from Pearson, the exam board, that this is the case. At present we are awaiting further guidance as to how the grades for these exams will be determined, and whether BTEC exams will be sat in the summer but we keep you informed as this information becomes available.

I hope this alleviates the anxiety that many families have had to endure over the last 24 hours. As a sixth form, we have tried to balance the safety of students and staff against the directive that these are public examinations and so should continue. We are also very mindful of all the hard work students and staff have put in to prepare for these assessments, and that this news will come as a disappointment to many. Please be assured that the sixth form will continue to support your learning and progression throughout this period and our focus will quickly move to internally assessed units.

Covid-19 Update: Monday 5 January

Following the Government announcement at 8pm on Monday 4 January that schools and colleges should close for face to face learning, Christ the King Sixth Forms will be moving to remote learning until February half term. 

During this period of national lockdown, Christ the King Sixth Forms will remain open to students who: 

  • Are the child of a critical worker 
  • Have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) 
  • Have a social worker or those that are looked after 
  • Those that do not have access to a computer or internet at home 

If you wish to contact us regarding studying onsite, this, please contact your son or daughter’s Assistant Principal for Wellbeing. 

Exams 

We await further detail regarding the A Level examinations this summer. I am aware of the shock and disappointment this news will bring to our upper sixth A Level students but please remember that their hard work will still be recognised in their final grade and in this new situation it is imperative that they continue to attend all their lessons remotely and undertake all the work given by their teacher including submitting all assessments.  The upcoming FSAs will continue as planned at home and it is essential that students demonstrate their understanding and progress to date. The FSAs are an important milestone within the year, and this remains the case. 

For more information, please see Ofqual message here A message from Simon Lebus, Chief Regulator, on exams in 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Free School meals  

During these difficult times we will continue to pay Frees School Money directly to students bank accounts. This will be paid every two weeks at rate of £2.41 / day. The first payment will cover this week and will be in bank accounts shortly. The next payment will cover two weeks and will be paid early next week. If your son/daughter is onsite please encourage them to bring a packed lunch.  

Home Learning and attendance  

All students have been set up on home learning via MS Teams and have been shown how to access this. It is vital that all students continue to engage with their learning online at this time.  Students should continue to follow their normal taught lessons, which will all take place remotely via MS Teams. 

If your son or daughter is experiencing any problems regarding IT they should contact helpdesk@ctksfc.ac.uk and they will help resolve any issues that they may have. If they are having difficulty in accessing the resources from teachers they should email the Assistant Principal for Wellbeing .

Christmas Gift Appeal

Christ the King Sixth Forms and East Kent Colleges Group are overjoyed with the results of our 2020 joint Christmas Gift Appeal. 

Together we raised £4337 via our GoFundMe page and £1058 in our Artwork auction, making an incredible grand total of £5,395! Along with an equal share of the monies raised, our three charities also received an equal share of 2168 items which included:  

561 gift items, including children’s toys, books and games, 

382 toiletry items 

826 food items 

7 brand new clothing items 

152 items were donated to a local charity shop 

240 luxury biscuit and chocolate items 

We are elated by the outcome of this year’s Christmas Gift Appeal and cannot thank the staff, the students, our partners, and local residents enough for all that they have kindly contributed to the cause. Our charities St Vincent de Paul Society, Refuge and Demelza Hospice are ever grateful, and it brings us enormous delight to know that we’ve had such a positive impact on the lives of families and young people at such a special time of year. 

To all, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

From Christ the King Sixth Forms.

Charities 

The charities we have supported in this appeal are: 

Demelza Hospice Care for Children https://www.demelza.org.uk/ 

St Vincent de Paul Society https://www.svp.org.uk/node/606 

Refuge https://www.refuge.org.uk/  

Our Gift Appeal in the Press

South London Press

You can read the full article at https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/more-than-2000-items-donated-to-schools-group-to-make-christmas-a-little-better-this-year/

South London Press

You can read the full article at https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/schools-appeal-for-money-and-donations-to-help-families-over-christmas/

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark

You can read the full article at https://www.rcaoseducation.org.uk/8333/

The Catholic Universe

You can read the full article at https://www.thecatholicuniverse.com/DE/UNI201127tm.pdf?mc_cid=549d336d46&mc_eid=b84cea81aa

In Your Area

You can read the full article at https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/canterburys-iceland-stores-donate-to-local-christmas-appeal/

FE News

You can read the full article at https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/58649-college-couple-team-up-to-make-christmas-special

Maritime Radio

You can read the full article at https://www.maritimeradio.co.uk/colleges-come-together-to-make-christmas-extra-special/

Kent Online

You can read the full article at https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/colleges-team-up-for-christmas-gift-appeal-237664/

South London Press

You can read the full article at https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/colleges-launch-campaign-asking-for-presents-for-needy-families-this-christmas/

The Lewisham Ledger

You can read the full article at Lewisham Ledger

The Catholic Universe

You can read the full article at The Catholic Universe

Husband and wife principals launch Christmas campiagn

You can read the full article at https://www.tes.com/news/Christmas-colleges-husband-and-wife-principals-join-forces-christmas-campaign

CTK Staff Conference 2020

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28 August 2020 

Christ the King Annual Staff conference – Staff Wellbeing  

 Helping our community live happier, healthier lives together   

Christ the King Sixth Forms annual staff conference took place on 28th August with a focus on staff wellbeing.  There has been a noticeable reminder in recent years of the importance of improving staff Wellbeing and this has been made even more apparent following the COVID-19 Pandemic. At Christ the King Sixth Forms we have had a real focus on Staff Wellbeing during the 19/20 academic year and this has resulted in a number of fundamental changes going forward. We hope you find the Wellbeing Conference insightful, informative and engaging at the start of the Autumn term. 

We were thrilled to have a range of outstanding keynote speakers presenting at our conference.  The conference opened with keynote speaker Chris Lubbe who told his inspirational story of his journey from Apartheid to Truth and Reconciliation.  Chris said; “My purpose is to inspire positive change and to help others discover their own purpose. I believe that each of us has an in-built ability to make a positive contribution to the world”.  Chris shared his own unique story of South Africa’s’ transition from ‘apartheid’ to a democracy. Born at a very difficult period in South Africa’s history, Chris made a decision early in his life to become an activist and to oppose the racially based system of ‘apartheid’. This decision was to put him on a direct collision course with the ‘apartheid’ regime which resulted in several spells of incarceration, torture and near-death experiences. After Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 and the fall of ‘apartheid’, Chris worked with Nelson Mandela until his retirement as a bodyguard and also got involved in the delicate negotiations with the ‘apartheid regime’ resulting in subsequent agreement and the drafting of the new constitution. Apart from sharing his own personal story, Chris shared from the many important lessons and anecdotes that he learned from working with Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The key themes from his message were determination, courage, perseverance, persistence and the power of forgiveness.  

We were also joined by Chief Executive at Education Support Sinead McBrearty, who discussed the extensive work she is currently doing on the wellbeing and mental health of the whole education workforce.   

 Anne Lamb and Kendra Houseman shared their story of working with the most vulnerable students.  Kendra has been involved with Gangs, Exploitation and CSE for over 28 years on many different levels.  Originally from south west London, Kendra grew up with a complicated background living on an inner-city estate and that, and the contribution of a lack of communication and failings between adults in her growing up, are just some of the factors that lead to her having to make some life changing choices starting at the age of 11. These choices led to many consequences and created “Blondy” the name and person she was known as on the streets of south west London.  

 Kendra drove forward and she fought hard, which led to her breaking the difficult cycles encompassing her and she is now able to boast a degree in Health and Social Care and is currently studying a Master’s degree in Safeguarding.  Kendra has worked in various settings, all with the same focus, supporting children and young people at risk of gangs and exploitation and working with professionals who work with these young people in managing their wellbeing.  She developed Out of the Shadows delivering presentations and motivational talks, including real life case studies to practitioners, young people and parents/carers. 

Anne trained in Restorative Practice in early 2016 and supported Margate Police’s weekly Restorative Clinics for a number of years.   She developed a Family Liaison role across the Thanet Pupil Referral Units and worked closely and proactively with some of the most challenging students and families, many at the cusp of ‘gang’ involvement and some entrenched. Within Out of the Shadows she is delivering bespoke workshops to professionals and students to encourage a wider understanding and knowledge of the ‘less understood’ issues young people are facing. She helps professionals to manage their wellbeing when working with young people who are exposed to external influences.  

Mike Armiger, our fourth speaker, is an experienced Mental Health Advisor and a former Head of Educational Provisions for young people affected by trauma, care experienced children and children with SEND and mental health needs. He also works with universities on models and approaches to student wellbeing. One of his main roles is that as a specialist advisor in relation to trauma and mental health. Mike also advises on creation of specialist care & education provisions, trains nationally and internationally and is the author of the Regulation framework- A whole school system and support planning framework for young people affected by trauma. This has now been adopted by health and education teams in 5 European countries.   

The afternoon session will provided an opportunity for staff to attend two workshops and listen to our own CTK researchers as they present our fifth annual Teach Meetwhere staff who have carried out independent research, shared their pedagogical reflections and research. 

Former Nelson Mandela bodyguard Chris Lubbe will tell his story in ...Chris Lubbe  

Sinead McBrearty 

Chief Executive at Education Support 

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Kendra Houseman  

Founder of Out of the Shadows 

Anne Lamb  

Restorative Justice Professional        

Mike Armiger  

Education & Mental Health Advisor 

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CTK’s ‘Teach Meet’ 

2019-2020 Bursary Research Projects  

As professional practitioners we are constantly searching for ways to improve and enhance our lessons in order to motivate students. At Christ the King Sixth Forms we have a number of forums where we share ideas and common areas of challenge with our colleagues. 

This session provides us with a further opportunity to do so. A group of colleagues will share their findings. Each presentation will be approximately 5minutes. 

This Teach Meet will enable us to continue to build on our approach to sharing ideas and research, to inspire and encourage us all in our profession.  

Staff Member Project 
Isaac Whitcombe      Drawing and Thinking Critical: Thinking Through Drawing  
Maya Stiasny      Race, ethnicity and inclusion: improving A-Level recruitment at Christ the King: Aquinas  
Alison Murphy and Lesley Davis            Managing Student Behaviour  
Shahada Hasan    Effectiveness and Implementation of a Wellbeing Programme  
Josephine Okolo-Erokwu   Changing Landscape: Post 16 T Levels, Legislative Framework  
Tumay Gunduz cid:BEBF54D9-01EC-4BA8-B9D2-8F89208A7EAB  Report on Maths Centre for Excellence 

Results day 2020 at Christ the King Sixth Forms

Students and staff were delighted with their results and university destinations, including Cambridge University. 

Students and staff at Christ the King Sixth Forms celebrated another year of examination results at all three sites.  Students overcame adversity, taking part in distance learning during Covid19 and Christ the King students, will be progressing to universities across the country or into apprenticeship or employment opportunities. 

Executive Principal Shireen Razey said “We are so proud of our students who have completed their studies during unprecedented times. It was delightful to see our students on site and to have the CTK community together again.  CTK students have shown resilience, enthusiasm and dedication throughout and we wish each of our students every future success”. 

Temitope got AAA and is going to Cambridge University to study English Literature. Temi says; “When I started CTK, applying to Oxford or Cambridge was something that I had thought about but I just didn’t feel like it was within my reach. On enrolment day, I was told straight away that because of my GCSE results, applying to Oxbridge was something I could look at. I brushed it aside. It didn’t feel achievable.  The moment that changed everything was when I attended an alumni evening for Scholarship Graduate Programme students. It gave me the amazing opportunity to speak to past CTK students who had progressed to Oxford and Cambridge. That was the moment I realised it was something I really wanted to do and something I could achieve if I wanted to. It changed my whole mindset. I really don’t think I could have got to where I am now if it wasn’t for all the role models CTK introduced me to, all the external speaker events where I saw Nigerian young people succeeding, this really inspired me to do my best and to achieve the highest I could”. 

Temi was one of three students to receive a CTK Metric Capital University Scholarship worth £15,000 each. Temi says; “  Since I found out that I received an offer from Cambridge I had been looking for a scholarship because I don’t necessarily come from a family with a lot of money and didn’t want to put too much strain on my mum. To apply, I had to write no more than 500 words on why I felt I deserved the scholarship and any obstacles that I overcame. This got me thinking about something that held me back for a very long time. I opened up more and really dug into all the health issues that I experienced growing up and how it made me really limit the way I saw myself. My health issues were what led to me discovering a love of reading, and also made me realise that I could write my own stories.  When I was younger, I suffered from health problems and I was bullied at primary school which affected my body image all the way to high school.

And then I read an online novel called ‘Becoming Beautiful’ written by a teenage girl. This book honestly changed my life. It made me realise how amazing a book can be.  When I read this book, I had never felt so understood. That’s why I’m so interested in all the words we use, especially what is going on right now – how damaging words can be – and how much of an impact words can have over others. All of this inspired me to want to study English Literature at University! 

I am also very grateful because I have an amazing mum and two older sisters who are inspirational to me. My mum pulled me up through every situation and continues to be the most inspirational figure in my life. She moved here from Nigeria with my dad to give me and my older sisters a better life. No matter what happened to her – what she went through, she always faces things with a kind smile. I try to take on her approach as best I can and that has inspired me and kept me going”. 

CTK students were able to secure places at top universities, Brian was delighted to get D*DD in Health & Social Care and is going to study Pharmacy at East Anglia University. Brian said “I would 100% recommend CTK to others, the teachers push you to be the best you can be”. 

Joseph got A, A, B and is going to Newcastle University to study Combined Honours in Geography, Media and Communications. Joseph said; “I feel proud because I got what I expected and what I feel I deserved.” 

Marceli was really pleased to gain grades A, A, B and will go on to study Business and Law and Queen Mary’s University.  He said; “My time at CTK has been inspiring, helping me to find new interests that broadened my perspective on life”. 

Olivia was delighted to achieve grades A, A, B and is going to the London School of Economics to study Sociology; “I’m happy with what I achieved. Focus on your weak points rather than just doing what you know you are good at.” 

The CTK class of 2020 are to be congratulated on their hard work during difficult times and uncertainty and are sure to go on to great success.

“A year of Great Success at Christ the King Sixth forms”

We are also pleased to announce that South London Press has recognised the achievements of our hardworking students and has published this recent article. https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/a-year-of-great-success-at-christ-the-king-sixth-forms/