Leadership arrangements at Nightingale Academy

posted 30 Jan 2019, 02:21 by Tim Williams   [ updated 30 Jan 2019, 02:22 ]


Teenagers try out university

posted 7 Nov 2018, 04:29 by Tim Williams   [ updated 7 Nov 2018, 04:32 ]

Teenagers are doing their research about life at university.
Sixth form students at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, are being given opportunities to meet with
university students as well as visiting for themselves.
Year 13 students took part in an event organised by Oxford University.
They also visited Churchill College, Cambridge, where they had a tour of the campus, library, lecture halls
and accommodation.

Marcelo Gomes, 17, said: “It has been good to learn about life at university and to hear there are lots of
activities we can do in our free time. We have learnt about how to write our personal statements, courses
on offer, interviews and university accommodation.
“I was always keen to go to univ
ersity, but these opportunities have opened my eyes to the variety of course
options I could choose.

“These experiences have made me excited for what I could do in future.”
Nicola Hunt, operational lead for careers and employability, said: “The idea of these events was to inspire
students to give university a go. They came out of the events saying ‘wow’ as they hadn’t realised what was
possible. They were all very excited about it. At Nightingale, we are successful in raising aspirations.”

Baroness visits London school

posted 31 Oct 2018, 08:44 by Tim Williams   [ updated 31 Oct 2018, 08:44 ]

The inner workings of the Houses of Parliament were revealed to citizenship, law and business students.
Jenny McIntosh, Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, visited GCSE and A-level students at Nightingale Academy, in
The arts consultant, theatre executive and Labour politician spoke about the structure of the House of Lords,
where she is a member and deputy speaker, and its responsibilities.
Along with PC Kane McKnight and Councillor Bernadette Lappage, Baroness McIntosh answered questions
from Year 11 and 12 students on personal interests, what is important to them, what they are doing to help
young people and gave views on lowering the voting age.

Baroness McIntosh told students: “It is a huge privilege to be where I am. It is very hard not to be aware
every day what an extraordinary thing it is to go to that building and take part in the processes which have a
very serious impact on people’s lives. It’s a huge honour to do what I do.
“When I do these school visits, and I do four or five per year, I get up and think ‘I could be doing something
else’. But, I come away and think ‘that was absolutely great’. There’s a reason to be hopeful and optimistic
for the future.
“Be aware that people like us who are watching you really want you to succeed. That’s particularly true of
your headteacher and staff and of a lot of others, as well. The world depends on people like you growing up
as engaged citizens.
“What I have seen and heard here today, I think it will be alright. That gives me great hope.”
Coun Lappage, Labour party member for the Jubilee ward, told students about her work in the borough with
foster carers and the Enfield Sounds Great charity, and PC McKnight told students about his involvement
with the police cadets and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Jenet Gwaki, director of environmental, social and digital faculty at Nightingale, said: “It is great that our
students are active citizens. I am pleased with their progress and it is fantastic that they are engaged in
politics in this way.”

Primary events at secondary school

posted 31 Oct 2018, 08:40 by Tim Williams   [ updated 31 Oct 2018, 08:45 ]

A secondary school has planned a year of events to give primary school pupils as many opportunities as
Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, works closely with neighbouring primary schools to ensure the
transition from primary to secondary is as smooth as possible.
As the school continues to improve, it is also looking to encourage pupils and families to consider the school
for their secondary school option.
Each month, there is an opportunity to work on transition, with themes including maths most able,
technology and science, literacy, art, ICT and maths, PE, Spanish, drama and the annual Day in the Life of
Secondary School event.

The school’s calendar of primary liaison this year also includes -
  • Senior leadership team visiting primary schools to give assemblies and introduce pupils to what the school has to offer
  • 20 Edison robots taken into primaries to introduce pupils to basic programming. They are able to build robot bodies out of Lego
  • Year 4 Smash Your SATs event to prepare pupils for their tests
Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “This work is important as not everyone realises the fantastic
facilities we have at school. Our school is tucked away from the main road and people are often surprised at
the excellent and extensive grounds and facilities we have, both inside and out.
“We are keen for as many people as possible to come and find out what cool things go on at Nightingale. By
holding events for local primary school children throughout the year, we hope to not only spread the word
about the wonderful things going on at Nightingale, but to also help them to make that leap from primary to
secondary school.”

Key Stage 4 Booster Timetable

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Primary pupils spend time at secondary

posted 20 Jul 2018, 02:33 by Tim Williams   [ updated 20 Jul 2018, 02:34 ]

The big move to secondary school is being eased for Enfield youngsters thanks to a month-long project at
Nightingale Academy.
More than 2,500 Year 6 pupils from local primary schools took part in the Junior Citizen Project hosted by
the school in partnership with the emergency services.

The Met Police, Enfield Road Safety Team, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and London
Ambulance Service educated the youngsters on how to keep safe and aware of dangers around them, in
their communities and online.
Primary school pupils have been learning about keeping safe in various scenarios, including lessons on house
fires, internet safety, knife crime and using public transport. Year 7 to 9 students from Nightingale also gave
presentations on life in secondary school.
Zakariya Hussein, Year 7, said: “I have been showing pupils around as a guide, but also talking about what it
is like at secondary school. I told them there is nothing to be scared of and told them about the
opportunities there are to join lots of clubs. I hope it helps them to realise they may be nervous on the first
day, but they will make new friends and by doing the right things they will get places.”
PC Doris Ashitey, from the Met Police, explained to pupils about the dangers and consequences of abusing
the internet and carrying weapons. She said: “They couldn’t believe these things really happen or that they
could go to prison for simply carrying a weapon and not necessarily using it.”

For Claire Brennan, Year 6 teacher at St Mary’s School, the project comes at the right time for pupils. She
said: “At the age they are, when they are about to transfer to secondary school, it is good to highlight to
them the importance of being responsible for their actions and keeping themselves safe. It is not to scare
them, but to make them aware.
“Coming into Nightingale to do it makes them realise it is real and is happening.”
Organiser Nicola Hunt, operational lead at Nightingale, said: “The idea of this project is to help Year 6 to
prepare for the transition into secondary school when they generally start to have a little more freedom. It is
about getting them to think about travelling on their own and how to stay safe in various scenarios.”

European project culminates at London school

posted 18 Jul 2018, 10:47 by Tim Williams

A three-year project which has seen students visit the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, France, Turkey, Poland
and Slovenia came to a sparkling conclusion in London.
Youth to Business Enterprise (Y2BE) Erasmus exposes students to the world of work and enterprise, with
trips around Europe to learn about every aspect of running a business, including marketing, product design,
sales and finance.
Teams were challenged to devise a business idea, start up a company and draw a viable business plan.
Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, played host to 70 students and staff from all eight European countries
last week.
Julia Nycz, 16, from Nightingale, visited the Netherlands, Romania and Poland for the project. She said: “I
was fortunate enough to be part of the Y2BE Leadership Team from the outset and I can say, with
confidence, it has been the most rewarding learning experience of my life.
“The thing I am mostly amazed by is the fact people from so many different places and cultures, speaking
different languages, are capable of coming together and producing something as special as this.”
Jean-Doumer,18, of France, said: “The Erasmus Y2BE project has been a great opportunity for me to travel to
different European countries and has given me the chance to work and interact with other students from so
many nationalities.
“I believe learning about how to create a business will be very useful in the future. I will remember this for
the rest of my life.”
During the week in London, students visited the City of London for a guided tour of the financial district.
Students’ business plans were pitched to and evaluated by a panel of high profile business professionals in a
Dragon’s Den style setting at Westminster County Hall in central London.
The project culminated in a gala reception – attended by Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney and
Mayor of Enfield Saray Karakus - before a farewell ceremony and evaluations.
The team from Paris, France, were crowned the overall winners for their Catering Employment app.
Avni Aliaj, head of modern foreign languages and international projects co-ordinator, said: “The entire week
was a whirlwind of activities for guests and Nightingale students, who assumed their hosting role with a
great sense of ownership, diligence and warmth.

“The teams showed exceptional confidence, presentation skills and business knowledge, especially during
grilling by the judges.”
Awards were given in 11 categories, including best business idea, best business plan and best finance plan.
The guests were also treated to sightseeing in London with a Thames river boat trip, dinner and a West End
Netherlands teacher Onno Ter Sluis said: “In a world of differences, prejudices and conflicts, it’s extremely
satisfying to see that cultures can overcome them and make friends for a lifetime. The Y2BE project is a
shining example of how to overcome personal differences and work together towards a common goal.”
Nightingale principal Ann Palmer said: “We are extremely proud of this programme which has been
incredibly successful.
“It has shown that young people, across a range of dimensions and cultures, can work together and create
“As a result of our great international work, we have been approached by the British Council to become a
lead school in the borough on the Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning Programme; a real

Young gardeners learn to cook

posted 18 Jul 2018, 10:45 by Tim Williams

Gardening club students had a masterclass in how to make use of their school-grown produce.
Year 8 students at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, are turning an overgrown area of the school grounds
into a functioning allotment and orchard.
They have already provided salad produce to the school canteen and set up stall at Enfield market.
To educate them further on living off the land, chef Ruth Quinlan demonstrated how produce grown by the
students can be used during a cooking masterclass.
The class cooked a healthy Indian-inspired dish using produce from the allotment.
Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “It is showing students that we are growing for a reason and
demonstrating to them how they can make use of the produce.
“The smell in the room was delicious.”

Determined students are enjoying the challenge cultivating an allotment is bringing.
Ne’lli Coy Ramos said: “I was interested to learn about gardening as I live in a flat and do not have a garden
at home. We have got a balcony and I wanted to learn what I could grow on there. I am getting some good
ideas, such as growing tomatoes as it will look beautiful.
“We are so lucky to have this space at school. It will take time to work on our plans, but we are determined
to have a kitchen garden that has everything. We want to be able to provide everything the school needs for
“I am so glad I joined the gardening club. It is so interesting.”
Mr Laing said: “All of this is giving our students an insight into the importance of growing their own food, of
organic growing and of sustainability.
“A lot of our students live in high-rise buildings without gardens and so have expressed an interest in
learning about gardening at school. The gardening club gives them an opportunity to do something they
would not normally have the chance to do.
“They have shown a commitment to say they will look after the plot and the produce they are growing. They
are getting a sense of ownership because they have created something themselves. They love it.”
The long-term project includes clearing the rest of the site and setting up and outside gazebo to create
another learning space.

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