Barrow Voice      First Publised 1975

            Issue 162 Winter 2020

3,234 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar

Humphrey Perkins: a magical transformation

Humphrey Perkins has undergone a magical transformation over the last two years. In June 2017, the school was placed in Special Measures by Ofsted. At the start of the academic year 2018/19, it joined the Lionheart Academies Trust and, with new Associate (Della Bartram) and Executive (Jenny Piper-Gale) Principals at the helm, the ambitious metamorphosis commenced.

After a remarkable two years, the school is unrecognisable. Just before Lockdown (March 2020), Ofsted visited and agreed: the school was awarded a deserved Good rating. Teaching and learning is now strong; students are always taught by subject specialists and staff turnover is extremely low. The Lionheart Trust also provides invaluable support in developing its exciting curriculum.

The school genuinely cares for its community: it secured a Carnegie Award for its commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its staff and students. Recently, the school received Leicestershire County Council’s Beyond Bullying Award (Gold Level). Last year, staff and students were invited to star on the BBC’s Children in Need programme after raising over £1000. For Sport Relief, the school organised a 24-hour spin bike challenge; over £2000 was raised. During Lockdown, staff took part in a relay race which involved them running/ walking as far as they could in 30 minutes to raise money for the local Foodbank. The school ensured that all of its students received high quality tutoring during Lockdown and donated over 140 Chrome Books to its most disadvantaged students to support their learning.

The school has worked tirelessly to improve. The site is unrecognisable and, during Lockdown, even managed to have a fantastic new kitchen and IT suite installed! Exam results demonstrate a rapid improvement and, had last year’s Year 11 been able to sit their examinations, they would have recorded the highest ever results. All students are encouraged to be ambitious and the majority hold a Student Leadership role. The school has many vibrant student groups and, last year, the Eco Warriors planned and delivered an entire week devoted to improving the environment. In February, its “School of Rock” production raised the roof! Celebration is also key to Humphrey Perkins’ success and our SEN Celebration Events are a highlight of the school calendar.

In September, The Senior Leadership Team was proud to promote Megan Bakewell to Head Girl and Dominic Walker to Head Boy. Together they work closely with the Principals to make improvements to the school.

The Head Boy and Head Girl roles form part of a wider Junior Leadership Team which includes deputies and Year 11 Ambassadors who work with the wider student cohort to promote leadership roles across the school, which include Wellbeing Leaders, Subject Leaders and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors to name but a few. They also listen to the student voice to improve Humphrey Perkins. The JLT have been instrumental in ensuring a safe environment for students to return to school this academic year. Despite the challenges posed by Covid, the school continues to embrace further excellence. The school leaders have worked tirelessly with members of the Lionheart Academies Trust and external agencies to ensure a Covid-Safe Return to school life, albeit looking a little different to when they left in March. Separate entrances have been introduced for each Key Stage Group and each Year Group has their own learning area to limit the crossover of bubbles. Hand hygiene gel has been introduced into all communal and teaching areas of the school and both staff and students are encouraged to use them regularly; students and staff also wear face masks in all indoor communal areas and on their bus journeys to and from school. Sadly, due to the Anniversary Hall and Arts Theatre being used for Year Group Lunch Halls, the school has had to suspend the hiring of facilities.

Do look at their website or follow them on social media: Humphrey Perkins is definitely the place to be.


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