Our highlights so far:
- Senior School Entrance Exam results 2017: all sixty-seven Year 8 pupils have gained a place at a school of their choice. Sixty-four (96%) gained a place at their first choice school with 29 scholarships being awarded.
- The Department of Education has once again renewed our status as a ‘Lead School’ for the teaching of Computing. In this respect we support and advise thirty independent and state schools in the development of this subject.
- Engineering has become established as a curriculum subject for all pupils in Years 3 to 8, having been introduced in 2015. As far as we know, St Faith’s continues to be the first and only UK school teaching Engineering to this age range. The curriculum has been endorsed by the Cambridge University Engineering Department, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the James Dyson Foundation. We are most proud to have been approached by a leading Chinese university with the aim of rolling out our Engineering curriculum across schools in China.
- 14 sports teams have qualified for and competed in national finals, making St Faith’s one of the strongest schools of this age range in the UK for sport. Three gymnastic teams and one rugby team won their national finals. We believe this success derives from our ‘sport for all’ approach in which all pupils, from the age of four, receive specialist teaching in a wide range of sports, from hockey to rowing; golf to trampolining.
- Enrichment activities continue to be a strength. Drama is taught to all pupils and every Year group performs a production each year. The breadth and quality of Music are hugely impressive with over 30 musical ensembles rehearsing each week.
- A wide range of trips are provided, both here in Cambridge, more widely across the UK, and overseas. This year, the residential overseas trips include a ski trip to Mayrhofen, a week’s language-intensive trip to Salamanca, a Classics trip to Rome and Pompeii, an outdoor adventure holiday in the Ardèche and a two-week sports and music tour of South Africa including a visit to our partner township school in Jeffrey’s Bay, Makukanye.
- This year, as part of our termly Enrichment programme, we held, for the first time, a Great British Nature Day in which every lesson was specially planned to cover a British nature theme, and BBC wildlife presenter Nick Baker, spoke to the whole school.
- We continue to run over 80 after-school activities per week, from knitting to Kung-fu and yoga to cookery.