Compass School are pleased to share that we have applied to join The Charter Schools Educational Trust (TCSET) with a view to joining their trust. We expect the merger will take place in June/July 2023 if approval is given by the Department for Education.

What is a MAT?

A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is a group of schools that work together under a single legal and administrative framework. Currently, Compass School is a Single Academy Trust, and it is government policy that single academy trusts, like Compass, can really benefit from being part of a multi-academy trust.

Why Charter?

Charter is a small, local trust, with outstanding schools, excellent 6th Forms and a leading provider of professional development for teachers through the London South Teaching Schools Hub. By joining them, our school will be able to access additional resources, support and expertise, which will help us to provide an even better education for our students. The Trust shares our values and is committed to the highest academic standards for pupils, enrichment and well-being.

Compass School to be renamed “The Charter School Bermondsey”

As part of this commitment to partnership, we have decided that should this application be approved by the DfE, we will rename ourselves “The Charter School Bermondsey.” This provides our community with a clear sense of our identity as a Charter school and our location at the heart of Bermondsey.

“We will have a new name, a new building next door, and be part of a wider family of schools, but our mission, values and sense of community will remain the same.” Marcus Huntley (Principal)

School uniform

We are working with our supplier, Price & Buckland, to ensure there is minimal impact on our uniform with all styles and colours of branded items remaining the same and keeping the compass symbol.

  • If a change is required to the name on the blazer or PE top, we will provide a patch (If you are intending to purchase any of these for September then I recommend you wait for an update from us)
  • There will be no change to the unbranded items of uniform
  • We do not anticipate any change to the ties for existing students
  • We have asked Price & Buckland to design a summer dress to add to the diversity of our uniform

We will keep our community updated on the progress of our application and any further developments.

Community Bulletin 21st March

Compass School was delighted to hear that The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers were sponsoring their free fruit programme to the tune of £1,500.  

Having initially been set up as part of Compass’ Children’s Mental Health Week activities, students now have free fruit on arrival each morning for at least the next 10 weeks.

The World Health Organisation’s 5 A Day Campaign encourages fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, so it’s important that we all eat enough of them to stay healthy.

Principal, Marcus Huntley said:

“The school is delighted to receive this donation and pupils are certainly making the most of this offer. The cost-of-living crisis has a wide-ranging impact including cutting back on healthy food. We hope to continue to offer free fruit beyond the 10 weeks of initial funding.”

Nam, Year 9 said:

“I keep physically healthy through the Greenhouse Table Tennis club, but I don’t always eat healthily. Having the fruit just there for us helps me make the right choice.”

Compass School participated in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2023, from 6-12 February 2023. This year’s theme, Let’s Connect, aims to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK. There were student, parent and staff focused activities in school including some led by The Nest.

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, whose Royal Charter was granted in 1670, is a keen supporter of the school, providing support for initiatives including art workshops and careers programmes.

Community bulletin 10.02.23

Compass School continues to be a “good” school

OFSTED 2022- GOOD rating achieved!!!!

We are pleased to announce that our school has received a good Ofsted report!

This is a wonderful accomplishment and we are so proud of all that we have achieved together.

This report is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our entire school community – teachers, staff, parents, and most importantly, our wonderful students.

We are confident that this report reflects the high-quality education and positive learning environment that we strive to provide for all of our students. We are committed to continuing to improve and provide the best possible education for every student, and we are confident that with the support of our school community, we will continue to thrive and grow.

“We are so proud of all that we have accomplished together, and we look forward to continuing to work together to provide the best possible education for all of our students.”

“2023 promises to be a fantastic year with our move into a new state-of-the-art building and intention to join The Charter Schools Educational Trust.”

Marcus Huntley (Principal)

Read the full report here: Ofsted 2022 report

Key findings:

  • Pupils at this school learn in a calm and well-ordered environment.
  • Leaders and staff have high expectations of behaviour. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are respectful to each other and to their teachers.

  • Pupils value the rewards system, and they know that good behaviour and hard work will be recognised.
  • Teachers know their pupils well.

  • Leaders have put together a broad and balanced curriculum. Curriculum content has been carefully considered and is taught by staff with strong subject knowledge.

  • Leaders are ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
  • Pupils benefit from a very clear structure to their lessons, and from teachers who are enthusiastic about their subjects.

  • Pupils take part many different activities and new learning opportunities. For example, they learn to photograph the night sky, develop leatherwork skills, design computer games, and participate in a wide range of sporting clubs.

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Community bulletin 15th November

Compass School pupils star in “ADA” – a moving film about Ada Salter as part of the Salter Centenary celebrations. The short film describes how the Salters’ work benefited the Bermondsey community: greening the area, enabling opportunities and encouraging high aspiration for all.

October saw the first screening of the Ada Salter short film. Our students collaborated with Ocean City Media and writer, Sarah May, to make our film “ADA”.

The film captures the achievements and legacy of Ada Salter through the eyes of her daughter, Joyce, as she travels through time witnessing the changing landscape of Bermondsey. From improvements in housing to the beautification of Bermondsey and opportunities for young women, our film celebrates the extraordinary vision and legacy of Ada.

2022 marks the centenary of Ada Salter being elected the Mayor of Bermondsey and Alfred Salter becoming an MP.

Sheila Taylor, Coordinator of the Salter Centenary, who introduced the centenary project to Compass School was present for the launch, along with Graham Taylor, local historian and author of the biography Ada Salter: Pioneer of Ethical Socialism (2016).

Marcus Huntley, Principal of Compass School said; “The school is incredibly proud to play its part in the Salter Centenary celebrations. We are committed to ensuring the Salter legacy continues through our history curriculum, ensuring pupils continue to engage in a fantastic range of enrichment opportunities including our new Ada Salter-inspired Chess Club, and placing “community” at the heart of our mission.”

October is Black History Month and we have lots of activities planned for our students to recognise this. These include guest speaker assemblies, a poetry jam, themed lessons, music, art activities, face painting and themed cuisine at lunch times. Find out more:

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