Over the last two weeks there have been many exciting developments at Compass and a lot to celebrate. Students have been exploring the historical contributions to our society by members of the LGBTQ+ community and observing and inventing ways to ensure that inclusivity and equality are in the forefront of thinking and that respectful and thoughtful communication is a habit. A range of Pride activities in Learning Family Time and lessons have highlighted this ethos and I’m proud of the entire staff team and the student body for their enthusiasm and creativity in conveying this message of kindness and respect.
Our school community says not goodbye, but au revoir to the eldest students of Compass School Southwark as we will soon see them again. Over their five years at Compass, we have enjoyed watching them grow into this fine, well-mannered, lively and often, hilariously funny group of young people. Many of our staff team remember their arrival on their first day of secondary school, back in 2016 and how quiet and nervous they (briefly) were; they are certainly ‘out of their shells’ and sharing their greatness.
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!
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.
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.