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Rebecca Glover has been head of Hull Collegiate School, Yorkshire, since 2014. She was previously Deputy Head of Tadcaster Grammar School.
a residential state school for children with behavioural, emotional and social dif culties.
Other Sixth Form pupils work with Hull Childrens’ University as mentors, accompanying visits
and organising learning experiences such as sports, science and drama days at Hull Collegiate School; providing valuable opportunities for less fortunate pupils from Inner City and Council Estate Primary Schools in Hull – the Dragon’s Den days have been a great success.
Several pupils help to organise fund raising for speci c causes and local charities chosen by the children (for example, the L6ve Life Foundation – a foundation set up by a parent with Motor Neurone Disease). We have so far raised over £1000 for L6ve Life.
We support the Teenage Cancer Trust and more recently, Candlelighters, raising thousands
of pounds for their research and outreach programmes, by selling wristbands; a staff and pupil team of runners raise sponsorship for completing the Hull 10K.
Pupils and staff also support the School’s charity the Collegiate Trust (Registered Charity No. 1079653) through quizzes, a sponsored walk and wearing Christmas Jumpers. We have also offered 10 academic scholarships (free places) at Hull Collegiate School in 2015-16 to pupils from Primary Schools across the region – including some of the most deprived areas of the UK. This £700,000 investment over 7 years has a chance to have a serious impact on the social fabric of our city.
Pupils volunteered to do Christmas bag packing at the local Sainsbury’s during the Christmas holidays and pupils and staff spread the international festive spirit by sending gifts to Africa via local charity Real Aid. The boxes were shipped to some of the poorest communities by Real Aid, including Sierra Leone.
For the international community, each year,
Hull Collegiate School raises over £4500 for the sponsorship of pupils at Great Lakes High School, Uganda. During the summer of 2015, a group
of eighteen pupils and three teachers from Hull Collegiate visited GLHS and saw  rst-hand how the school delivers a superb education to children in the area. With our sponsorship, not only does GLHS provide an education but it also ensures the children have access to clean water, daily meals and boarding accommodation. The children
at GLHS truly value their education, as do their families, for whom an educated child is a means
to escape the cycle of poverty. Another team of three staff and  fteen pupils from Hull Collegiate are visiting GLHS in July 2017 to work in the CHIFCOD schools in the Kanungu district; our aim is to visit at least every two years. On their return from Africa, Team Uganda 2015 also encouraged the sponsorship of a further 15 children by members of the extended school community.
Discovering Ugandan coffee was a light bulb moment for Hull Collegiate’s Team Uganda
who visited in July 2015. They discovered that not only does the coffee bene t from a number of organic attributes making it one of the best tasting coffees in the world – it is also a symbol of commitment and building life chances for
the 10,000 Ugandan farmers dedicated to its growth and cultivation. Upon observing both as opportunities for changing the lives of people in Uganda, the team of pupils and teachers decided to lead a project to import the coffee into the UK, name it, brand it and package it as well as build an e-commerce website to sell online. Supported by local businesses who have donated their time and expertise to the cause, costs are kept low and every penny of pro t pays for children to attend school in Uganda, securing their education, accommodation, healthcare, uniform, safe water and food.
And so Sa  Coffee was born. Sa  means ‘Pure” and “Fresh” in the Ugandan language of Swahili.
Within the last three academic years, we
have hosted six Year 5 and 6 enrichment days welcoming 680 pupils to the Senior School. These pupils have come from 62 primary schools within a 35-mile radius. They have participated in engaging sessions to include mathematics, science, English, Japanese, psychology, art and even launched a school rocket built by our pupils. The next enrichment experience in June for Year 5 pupils will celebrate our City of Culture to include a Gamelan orchestra, Ash Dickinson an award-winning writer and poet and Eliza Carthy, a contemporary folk artist who tours sell-out worldwide.
In addition to the KS2 enrichment days, we
also host KS4 conferences, accommodating
200 external gifted and talented pupils. In
June, we welcome back Julie Arnis of Academy Conferences and Dr Andrew Pinsett, Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University. The content is fast paced and differentiated to meet the needs of highly able learners with a focus on important
and enduring concepts. There is no duplication of traditional school topics.
process. What has HMC membership brought to Athe school?
The opportunities that being part of HMC provides for pupils and staff was one of the main drivers for becoming
party of this professional body.
The pupils are currently bene ting from the wide range of sporting and academic opportunities that have opened up and the staff are bene ting from the access to a wide variety of training and professional development opportunities through HMC. Being a member of a regional support network through the North East division ensures that Hull Collegiate is able to be at the forefront of educational developments.
There are, of course, opportunities to develop international links for students and staff across HMC’s extensive international network of members. And this is something we are hoping to Qachieve in the coming years.
Fees at HCS tend to be below the national averages for independent schools, with Senior School fees
currently under £3,800 including lunch. How would Labour’s idea of adding VAT to fees Aaffect things?
The school’s fee strategy re ects the local context and provides value for money. Any changes to the tax
implications for parents would undoubtedly have a detrimental effect on pupil recruitment and
You took HCS through the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) Accreditation
Training. How do you monitor what really goes
During your time at Tadcaster Grammar you were responsible for Staff Professional Development and
on in your classrooms? Are you a fan of pupil- Areviews of teachers?
I feel that to know a school you have to walk the corridors and get into the classroom. I walk the
school every day, pupils, and staff are now used to me going into lessons to look at the learning that is taking place. Continued >
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