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Archive for November, 2017

Top 100 in England

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

The ‘Parent Power’ supplement from The Sunday Times has been published, citing Hunter Hall School in Penrith as one of the Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England.

The paper, published on Sunday lists the Top 100 Schools based on SATs results taken in 2016 from  Preparatory schools across England. There are over 600 such schools who are members of the Independent Schools Association.  The results have been published by The Times for the last 25 years and uses a ranking system that aggregates the averaged scaled scores achieved by children in tests in reading, grammar and maths.  Hunter Hall achieved a score of 312 based on 15 pupils sitting the tests.

The way that SATs have been calculated since 2016 is via a new aggregate system, which looks at a scaled scores ranging from 240 to 360, (the old system based was based on the percentages of children reaching level 5 in tests).  The Sunday Times states that schools that get the best out of every pupil are the ones who have fared best in the list.

Hunter Hall is one of only seven schools based in the North West of England to make the Top 100 and the only school in Cumbria to make the list.

Donna Vinsome, Head Teacher at Hunter Hall School comments,

“We are absolutely thrilled to be listed as one of the top 100 schools in England.  This is another wonderful accolade for us and helps to substantiate what we as staff and governors feel; that children get an outstanding education at Hunter Hall in all areas of the curriculum both inside as well as outside of the classroom.

Hunter Hall was inspected recently by the Independent Schools Inspectorate who gave them a glowing report with 100% in all areas of compliance with no actions for improvement. They have also recently been shortlisted for two TES Education awards.

Donna continues,

“All these successes are down to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic team of specialist teachers we have at Hunter Hall School and the dedicated children we have the privilege to work with every day. I believe we are incredible value for money, giving children the best possible start in life from 3 through to 11 right here in Cumbria”.

Expansion into South Cumbria for System IT

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

System IT Expansion.  I.T. support specialists System I.T. are delighted to announce the opening of a new office in Barrow, South Cumbria.   The expansion sees the IT company move into premises at the Phoenix Business Centre in Barrow, where they began operating in October.

Established in 2001 System I.T. operates across Cumbria and South West Scotland with offices in Carlisle and Workington supplying and maintaining computer network infrastructures through IT support and maintenance and the supply of IT hardware.

Managing Director of System I.T. Alan Taggart comments,

“System I T have made a commitment to providing specialist I T Support to existing clients and potential new clients in the area by taking on additional staff and opening an office in the centre of Barrow. Over the last 18 months we have steadily increased the number of customers that we look after in the south of the county to the point where it now makes perfect sense to have a permanent presence in the area. As a service provider it is essential that we have the right geographical coverage and resource going forward for all of our clients.”

Whilst specialising in school support, System I.T. works across many industry sectors and offers a comprehensive range of I.T support packages for commercial businesses throughout the county.  Alan continues,

“We’re excited to bring our expertise and experience of dealing with many differing types of industries and providing first class service and products to businesses in Barrow.”

For further information, please contact Lisa Jackson at Acorn Marketing (Cumbria) Ltd on 07751212662 or email lisa@acorn-marketing.co.uk Or contact System IT directly on 01228 516555.

Notes to Editors:

If you think your School or Business could benefit from an informal discussion or a free I.T. audit then please contact Alan Taggart at System I.T. on 01229 440578 or email to alan.taggart@system-it.co.uk

Double celebrations for Hunter Hall School

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Hunter Hall School in Penrith, had important visitors at the end of September as the Independent School’s Inspectorate (ISI), an independent body approved by the government’s Department of Education called for two days.

The inspectors who visited Hunter Hall School; Cumbria’s only stand-alone preparatory school, looked at many facets of school life including the pastoral welfare of the children, safeguarding procedures and all aspects of health and safety. Parents and children were asked to complete questionnaires and the inspectors spent time talking to children, staff and governors, as well as pouring over policies and procedures and monitoring their implementation.

The school was delighted to get a 100% complete clean bill of health and therefore continues to be an outstanding school of excellence.

All standards were met with no further action required as a result of the inspection.  The children, staff, parents and governors were thrilled with the outcome, a report richly deserved. Head teacher of Hunter Hall School Donna Vinsome said,

“We are absolutely thrilled with the results of our latest inspection.  It has been a very worthwhile exercise and whilst it was never in any doubt what a super school Hunter Hall is, as a place to educate children, it was wonderful to hear a ringing endorsement that the school had met each standard with aplomb!”

Hunter Hall School opened in 1985 and has provided an independent education for hundreds of children from around the area since.  Hunter Hall School provides a strong foundation for learning, with exam results and senior school destinations including 11+ pass rates extremely high making the school a very appealing place for children to begin their education.

Mrs Vinsome continues,

“We work very hard to ensure our school and our pupils flourish and the results we achieve through inspections, exam results and secondary school places are evidence of this.  All the team and each of our pupils should feel very proud”

Hunter Hall School continues to provide very affordable independent education with fees well below the national norm offering extremely good value education. Fees are also inclusive of after school care which helps many hard working parents knowing that their children are being looked after at the end of the school day with fun structured activities taking place.

TES Education awards

Another reason to celebrate this week is that the school has been shortlisted for two awards from the Times Educational Supplement in the annual Independent School Awards – for Marketing Campaign of the year and an Independent State School partnership award

The awards, which take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in February, celebrate those schools making remarkable strategic contributions to independent education.  From individuals to teams, TES look to applaud excellence and reward innovation; providing benchmarks for the sector as a whole.

ENDS