2000 Visitors from across Tower Hamlets, 2014 Open Mornings attracted record number of visitors - A year to remember!

 Miss Hannora Loveday, Headteacher of St Paul's Way

Miss Hannora Loveday, Headteacher of St Paul's Way


June 2014: Our first Year 5 Big Bang Open Mornings

We hosted our first 'Big Bang' Year 5 Open Morning at SPWT in June 2014. More than 500 Year 5 students attended the event. The theme was science and music. We planned interesting activities that engaged and enhanced the learning experience of our Year 5 visitors.

For science we conducted wild explosions, students had the opportunity to play with magic wands and create their own lightning bolts. Our Animal Kingdom exhibition was on show. This included creepy crawlies and furry mammals. Our visitors had lots of fun in the music workshops. Families were given a tour of the school and they got the opportunity to visit different subject areas.

September 2014: Y6 Open Week

Year 6 students from 57 different Primary Schools visited St Paul's Way Trust School over the four days; this was our biggest Open Week with over a hundred visitors every day. Prospective families were shown around the school after an introduction from Iftikhar Ahmed 7JH, Mohima Hakim 7MA, Mufassir Rahman 7JH and Maiya King 7R and Executive Headteacher, Grahame Price. Our busiest day was Wednesday 24th September, we welcomed two hundred and fifty visitors and completely filled the Willoughby Theatre!

Thank you to the student presenters, for sharing their experience of settling into their new school and our enthusiastic Year 7 & Year 8 tour guides. The most frequently asked questions have been collected here (click to view or download) in a FAQ.pdf.

An Evening of Celebration

Youngsters and their families from 53 different primary schools also attended our Open Evening. An event full of music, fun and laughter and we were delighted that around five hundred visitors attended. Tasfia Rahman (Head Girl) and Tahmid Ahmed (Head Boy) led the presentations in the Willoughby Theatre.

Although our Open Week has now come to an end families still wishing to visit the school are very welcome to contact Alema Begum, tel: 020 7987 1883 ext. 110 or admin@spwt.net for an appointment.

1st Choice School

As we were significantly over subscribed last year, we strongly recommend that you place us first on your list of options in order to stand the best possible chance of gaining a place at St Paul's Way Trust School for September 2015.

SPWT 2014 Science Summer School hosted by Professor Brian Cox

  Professor Brian Cox OBE      Hosting the 2014 Science Summer School at SPWT

Professor Brian Cox OBE 
Hosting the 2014 Science Summer School at SPWT

Professor Brian Cox OBE hosted St Paul's Way Trust third Science Summer School on the 28th and 29th August 2014.

Over 150 students from nearly 30 schools across London experienced a unique and innovative programme of TED style seminars, discussions, hands-on experiments and networking opportunities designed to inspire and encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers in the UK.

Click here to download the event's programme

  Image on the left:   Young scientists enjoy learning at the SPWT's Science Summer School   Image on the right   The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, visited the 2014 Science Summer School.

Image on the left: Young scientists enjoy learning at the SPWT's Science Summer School
Image on the right The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, visited the 2014 Science Summer School.

Some highlights are included below.

  • The Science Summer School was opened by the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Speakers presenting alongside Brian Cox included theoretical physicist, author and popular BBC broadcaster Professor Jim Khalili OBE asking 'Is Life Quantum Mechanical?', Dr Hannah Fry (UCL) on 'Human Herds', Professor Sophie Scott (UCL) on 'The Science of Laughter', Drew Purves (Microsoft Research) on 'All Life on Earth, Inside a Computer?', and Dr Steven Le Comber (QMU) on 'Geographic Profiling in Biology'. Professor Graham Hitman (QMU) asked 'Can type 2 diabetes be prevented?'. He was joined by students from the school reporting on the Wellcome Trust funded 'Authentic Biology' DNA research project.
  • A reception for parents and carers provided the opportunity to meet the speakers and gain a greater understanding of career pathways to STEM subjects.
  • As well as events in the school's theatre, the Science Summer School featured science and engineering hands-on exhibitions from GSK, UCL 'Science Buskers', who worked with a group of students and then 'Work the Audience'. In addition there were Flavour Feast demos, and other hands on experiments from Guerrilla Science.

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 27th August, before the summer school opened, Canary Wharf Group plc hosted a fundraising evening with Professor Brian Cox at Level39, the largest accelerator space for financial, retail and future city technologies in Europe, based at One Canada Square. Proceeds will enable SPWTS to develop and grow the Summer School, connect Canary Wharf's business and technology professionals with the surrounding communities and promote East London as a key location for STEM businesses.

The Science Summer School sits at the heart of St Paul's Way Trust School's STEM strategy and its unique approach to:

  • Engage and interest students in 'cutting edge' real world science
  • Involve students in presenting alongside world famous scientists and therefore making connections between scientists, engineers and members of local communities
  • Encourage a genuine understanding of what real research means and involves
  • Increase the up-take to science A levels and STEM degrees
  • Encourage students to pursue a career in STEM subjects

Click here to download the event's programme

SPWT Students Beattie Green and Myrtle Bolt win the Thames Youth Art Competition 2014


Watch the award winning film here.

Congratulations to Beatrice Green and Myrtle Bolt for winning the audience vote at THAMES Youth Art Competition for their film titled "I Live Here".

Congratulations also to Jahed Hussain for second runner up in the youth vote at THAMES Youth Art Competition for his photography series "Deliquesce"

Here is what Beattie and Myrtle said about their work:

This film is our interpretation of the theme ‘I live here’.
We love stories; hearing and telling them in every way and we wanted to express how they can consume everything. How you can become so invested in them that you feel like you live there, with the characters. Our main character is an interesting one. She is monotone and boring; a decision made deliberately to create a contrast between her and the vivid stories she so loves. We also liked the comical aspects of such a strange and drifting character. Another more subtle but important aspect of the film was that it was all filmed where we live so that even though we took the theme more broadly you still get a sense of our location. We hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed making!
— Beattie and Myrtle

A Well-Earned Victory

  Nayem Uddin 10L      Posing with the trophy, after his great performance

Nayem Uddin 10L 
Posing with the trophy, after his great performance

After two years of being awarded second place in the Tower Hamlets EBP Public Speaking Competition, this year we came first and scooped the Borough's public speaking 'Crown'. Nayem Uddin 10L was awarded first prize in the event having competed against 15 Borough secondary schools. In the grand final Nayem was up against eleven other speakers. His passionate and insightful speech on the theme of 'personal identity' brought huge applause from the audience and proved to be the judging panel's favourite. Lloyds of London hosted the competition at their prestigious offices in the City.

Nayem explained: 'The competition was very challenging, it was both nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. My chosen topic was about being true to oneself, as Oscar Wilde famously said 'be yourself, everyone else is taken'. Speaking in public to such large audiences is not easy, what helped me was one of my father's sayings 'There is no success without obstacles'.'

Nayem was awarded a silver trophy and a cheque for the school. 'With the money we have decided to buy books for the library, I'm thrilled that there will be 'plates' inside to commemorate my success and hopefully inspire St Paul's Way Trust speakers of the future.'

Our school has also been praised for our outstanding record of success in the competition over the last three years.

Sir Michael Wilshaw visits St Paul's Way Trust School

  Sir Michael Wilshaw   and students during a Maths Master Class

Sir Michael Wilshaw and students during a Maths Master Class

  Sir Michael Wilshaw   during a Science Lesson

Sir Michael Wilshaw during a Science Lesson

Just before the Christmas break, SPWT had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, who came to launch the 2013 National Ofsted report.

The event was filmed and reported by all the major TV channels and a number of national newspapers, with BBC, Sky and ITV press teams following the visit step by step.

Sir Michael was warmly welcomed by Headteacher Grahame Price, Chair of Trustees Professor Philip Ogden and our pupils, who were very excited about the event.

Sir Michael went out of his way to spend time talking with the pupils despite his tight schedule.

Sir Michael Wilshaw visited Maths, Latin and Chemistry classes and posed some surprise questions to the pupils, which they promptly and impressively answered. SPWT school council members also had the opportunity to meet with Sir Michael.

Staff and students were thrilled to welcome the Head of Ofsted to our school.

Following the visit, we were delighted to receive a lovely letter of thanks from Sir Michael - Click to read

Find below links to news reports. 
The Telegraph's article includes a video of the visit.
The Telegraphs
The Guardian