Open Evening: Sir Frederick Gibberd College – A new School for Harlow

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Sir Frederick Gibberd College – A new School for Harlow

THE number of pupils in current Year 4 surpasses the number of secondary school places available in Harlow secondary schools. Our town is forever growing and the population increasing. Therefore, it is not only secondary school places we are in need of, but also Post-16 places for young people to continue their education after they leave school.

Sir Frederick Gibberd will meet the demand for Year 7 school places in 2019, admitting 240 pupils into its brand new purpose built 21st century school. Alongside the Year 7s, 100 Year 12 pupils will also be the first cohort in its academic sixth form.

The ethos of the school is clear from the offset, “hard work, no excuses”. Actually, every decision made about the school has a deeper meaning and a purpose.
School was named after a great man who built Harlow. However, there is more to it than that. Sir Frederick Gibberd was a visionary who was very much interested in education and young people. He was also an academic author on the history and theory of architecture. Therefore, this is a fitting tribute.

School colours are navy and yellow representing the horizon. Swimming oceans to reach the sun at the end is an impossible dream, but if we didn’t dream the impossible, aimed for the inconceivable and wanted the implausible then we are not challenging ourselves and will never get out of comfort zones to improve the lives we live.

School logo is a compass surrounding the globe to remind pupils that life is a journey and they are in charge of what direction they wish to travel in a forever global society. There is a big world out there and it is theirs for the taking.

The vision is exciting and inspiring:
· Academic Excellence will be in the heart of everything we will do.
· Our sole purpose will be to develop the intelligence and the skills of all pupils in a safe, stimulating environment to create highly-motivated, lifelong learners.
· We will nurture the ambitions, dreams and passions of our pupils so that they can become the thinkers, educators and leaders of the next generation.
· Our pupils will grow to be the adults who make a positive contribution to society. As principled global citizens, they will challenge intolerance, injustice and inequality.
· We will offer a challenging curriculum, focusing on the EBACC subjects to prepare our pupils for the leading universities across the globe.
· There will be opportunities for all pupils to experience success in a variety of ways.
· We will not compromise on outstanding teaching, impeccable pupil conduct and high expectations.
· Our ethos “hard work, no excuses” will ensure all our pupils achieve academic excellence.

SFG’s favourite quote is by Aristotle “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” No doubt, excellence will be a habit at SFG.

Next information evening will be held on 15th June from 6pm at Abbotsweld Primary School where the school leaders will be present to update on the progress of the school and answer questions.

You can also follow SFG on twitter and facebook, @sfgcollege. Further information can be found on www.sfgcollege.co.uk, where you can also join its mailing list for regular updates.

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