The Compass School community has been in reflective mode as mental health and well-being has taken centre stage. Pupils and staff have enjoyed activities such as “Midday Mindfulness”, seed planting at Learning Family time, smoothie making by pedal power and family cooking sessions. These activities have given us all a boost and…

It has been an action-packed fortnight since our return from the Easter break; I am truly impressed with how staff have gone above and beyond to provide such a range of learning opportunities, and how well pupils have engaged in these. Interviews with a leading journalist, mentoring with the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, a Year 10 work experience day, there has certainly been no shortage of opportunity!

While Compass School marked International Women’s Day celebrating the achievements and contributions of women to our world, the events surrounding the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard and the ensuing protests have given much cause for Compass Community 22nd March reflection.

It has been a big fortnight for our school as we welcomed the announcement that pupils will be returning to face-to-face learning, this week (beginning 8th March). We are excited to be welcoming both staff and pupils back, but for many of us, school was never closed! Read more about this and our other stories.

We are delighted to be welcoming pupils back for face to face learning from 8th March. Our pupils have been fantastic in Virtual School with high levels of attendance and a 94% approval rating from parents!

However there really is no substitute for face to face learning and we can’t wait to see all pupils back on site again. Read about our plans for the phased return and ensuring staff and pupils are safe. Return to school plans.

Even with a 94% parent approval rating for our virtual school and record levels of engagement from pupils, our staff team is determined to keep improving. Compass School is a community school and parents are at the core of this, but we hadn’t had an on-site parent event since September. The advent of Lockdown 3 meant that something had to be done and I had seen a local independent school run parent Zoom meetings and how other schools were using School Cloud for Parents’ Evenings.

Live lessons, assemblies and Learning Family time are proving a hit, with pupils really engaging in the rich learning experiences at Compass. We marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a sobering assembly reflecting on the Holocaust and genocides across the world through the eyes of those who have survived these. Year 10 had the privilege of meeting Holocaust survivor John Hadu who was impressed by their mature questions. Mr May and Mr Young have been working with students in Drama to produce fantastic short stories, Compass art students have been continuing to hone their skills of observation and technique and our enrichments, onsite and online continue to encourage student exploration. Find out more about what’s been happening at Compass in our Community Bulletin.

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A brand new school for our community!

Work is well on the way on our new building which was approved by the Mayor of London last year. With state-of-the-art learning and sports facilities, the new Compass School building will facilitate fantastic education for our young people.

The school is an integral part of the Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s masterplan for the area and it’s being built first. That means pupils can move into a brand new bespoke campus and get learning as soon as possible!

From Science labs to a rooftop multi-use games arena and exceptional visual and performing arts facilities, the new Compass School is an inspiring learning environment, with everything pupils need to thrive.

Compass School has been open from the 2nd June for the children of critical workers and pupils who are vulnerable. Then subsequently, we made on-site provision for year 10 pupils to have face to face session with their teachers before the summer holiday. The school made provision to support pupils and their families during the lock-down period to ensure the continuity of their education, their safety and well-being.

We are excited about reopening in September and have written to all families in our Start of Term Letterwith information about our return and the adjustments we have made to do so safely and in line with DfE guidance.

Find out more about school re-opening

Compass back to to school video
UK Gov Covid 19 page
Statement from chief medical officer
Returning to secondary school: what parents need to know

The new site, which is adjacent to the current building, will enjoy state-of-the-art facilities including dedicated spaces to promote sports, well-being and regular community access.

The Mayor of London has approved Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s planning application for the development of the former Biscuit Factory and Bermondsey Campus, after a public hearing at City Hall on 21st February. This means the community will get its new school.

Headteacher Marcus Huntley said: “It’s a fantastic day for our community and those who have fought for our pupils’ right to have the very best facilities.”

“We are a resilient community and despite occupying temporary premises for the past 7 years, have made the most of our facilities and ensured our pupils receive a high standard of education.”

“Now we look forward to an even brighter future for the school, continuing to build on our aspirations, achievements and academic success.”

Chair of Trustees, Doug Lewis said: “This begins a new chapter for our school and we look forward to a continuing partnership with Grosvenor as we seek to establish Compass School as the school of choice for our community.”

“The school will be the first phase of the development, which is very reassuring. We look forward to work starting in the near future and to the school being delivered without further delay.”