"Pupils' behaviour is outstanding. Pupils enjoy attending the school and are full of enthusiasm for their learning. Pupils feel safe and are very positive about their school. They are polite and respectful towards others. Conduct in lessons and around school is impeccable." - Ofsted, June 2014
Year 8 Staff:
|Mr G Hall||Director of Year 8|
|Mr J Pavlovs||8JP|
|Ms M Philip||8MP|
|Mr R Molesworth||8RM|
|Mrs J Collins||8JC|
|Mr N Beacock||8NB|
Year 8 Science STEM Workshop
Some of our Year 8 pupils were fortunate enough to experience a Science STEM workshop in the Spring term, run by the army. The officers introduced themselves and explained the situations they had been in during their careers, where their technological expertise had been used to great effect. Pupils were asked to imagine a scenario where an earthquake had taken place. They had to use information provided to design a lightweight helmet - this included looking at composite materials. Pupils also decided what additional equipment would be useful to the rescue services such as torches, radios, visors, GPS etc.
Our visitors were very inspiring and were a fantastic role model for our pupils who then had some time to quiz the soldiers about their careers in the Army.
“We thought that the men from the army were very inspirational, and we know that their job is very challenging and we respect them a lot. Designing the lightweight helmet was fun and an experience for everyone. In our helmet, we used gore-tex. We also included other materials such as kevlar and dyneema. Other accessories that I added were a torch, a camera and a radio. We really enjoyed their visit, it was an incredible experience and they inspired many of our year group to think about a role in the Army. ” Year 8 pupil.
The Skills Show
As part of AFMS’s Y8 curriculum for Information, Advice and Guidance, Mr Beacock arranged a trip for some of the pupils in Y8 to visit the NEC in Birmingham. We arrived in plenty of time at ‘The Skills Show’ and were impressed with the sheer size of the venue and the number of stands for our pupils to explore. A vast array of career opportunities and information on many occupations were on display for pupils, ranging from IT and Enterprise to Media and Creative; Engineering and Technology, Construction and Infrastructure and Hospitality and Lifestyle! Phew....so much to see and do! Alongside the many stalls were ‘spotlight’ stages with specific shows and talks. Schools from all over the country attended and our pupils were very lucky to have a go at trying things they had never done before and also trying many job-related skills across a huge range of careers.
Year 8 pupils made us very proud as they asked questions and showed a great interest in many of the exhibits. It was a very worthwhile day.