Our Girls Go Onto Oxbridge!

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Bushra and Ciara left Fulham Cross Girls’ School in 2017 and went on to study A-Levels within the Borough.

Due to their hard work and dedication they have both secured a place at prestigious Oxbridge colleges.

Bushra will go on to study Geography at Mansfield College in Oxford and Ciara is off to Cambridge University to study English.

This is an impressive achievement and we are so proud of both our ex-students - good luck girls!

Outstanding GCSE results yet again!

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There were smiles all around at Fulham Cross Girls’ School after the pupils achieved another outstanding set of GCSE results this year.

One of the standout star performers was Ginna Al-Zubaidi who scooped an incredible eight grade 9s.

Grades are awarded from 9 to 1. With 9, 8 and 7 ranging from what would have been A* to A in the old system, and 4 being similar to a C.

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Ginna, 16, who was nominated the school’s most academic student of 2019, will now go on to study A-level Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Latymer Upper in Hammersmith.

“I still can’t believe it,” said Ginna. “I was not expecting to get such an incredible set of results. My teachers have been amazing. They were there to support me through the tough times when I felt I couldn’t do it.”

More joy

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There were more screams of joy as Noor Khan and Amal Mohamed Ali opened their envelopes.

The classmates will be going to study their A-levels at Putney High School together after their terrific haul of grade 9s.

Noor, 16, scored seven 9s and two 8s while Amal collected three 9s and four 8s.

But it was a sleepless night for Noor ahead of the results day.

She explained: “I couldn’t sleep last night as I waited for my results. All that hard work has finally paid off though and now I’m excited to go and study for my A-levels with my friend Amal at Putney High.” 

Headteacher Denise Fox was delighted with her students’ results. “I’m so proud of all our students, teachers and parents after another fantastic set of results this year. It’s great to see our girls going on to the colleges and sixth forms of their choice to continue their studies,” she said.

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The school’s English department, which was shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement’s English Team of the Year award, achieved an 80% pass rate (grades 5 and above) and 40% top grades (7 to 9).

Meanwhile the RS (religious studies) team, achieved an 81% pass rate and 49% top grades.

The hard work has not gone unnoticed as the head of RS, Courtney Hosp, has been shortlisted for the Pearson Secondary School Teacher of the Year. She will be hoping to add it to her prestigious London Secondary School Teacher of the Year for Raising Attainment accolade.

There were also a strong set of pass grades across the sciences – 93% for physics, 90% for biology and 83% for chemistry.

The Maya Award for Bravery

Last night, at our Summer Empower Awards Evening, we started a new tradition - the giving of the Maya Award for Bravery.

This award was introduced this year in memory of one of our former students Maya Khishigbat who sadly passed away in 2018.

Maya was a wonderful student who embraced everything opportunity at Fulham Cross - she was a credit to the school and we are so honoured to be able to give this award in her name.

The award is given in recognition to a student who has faced significant challenges.

Maya’s parents attended the event last night and gave the award to one of our students, Fatima, who has been battling with a serious illness.

The audience heard a heart warming speech from Maya’s parents and read a wonderful poem titled ‘My Fulham Cross’ written by Maya herself.

We are so honoured to have this new tradition in Maya’s name and look forward to welcoming her family back next year.

Summer Empower Awards Evening 2019

Last night, students, parents and staff came together to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our students and staff.

The night kicked off with fabulous canapes and drinks in the glorious evening sun. We then all made our way into the hall to watch the main event.

The evening started off with a wonderful vocal performance by Emma Kaabachi, singing “Second Hand Baby Grand” and then we moved onto our welcome and opening address by Deputy Headteacher, Mr Jones.

We were honoured to have ex-Fulham Cross student, Sanmeet Kaur, as our guest speaker. Sanmeet told the audience about her impressive life - both academic and politically! From working at the Fawcett Society, to encouraging a fair representation of backgrounds in British politics, it is clear that since leaving Fulham Cross Sanmeet has gone on to achieve, and continues to achieves, exceptional things!

Following on from our amazing speaker we had a vocal and piano performance by Aya Arif, performing her own composition!

After this we began the prize giving - each girl received a book, glass award and a photo frame which included an image of the winner with Ms Fox, alongside the lovely words that were said about each winner.

For the first time, this year we have decided to also recognise the outstanding achievements of our staff. We asked all staff members to nominate someone who they thought embodied the Fulham Cross EMPOWER ethos! Each member of staff received a book, Education by Tara Westover, and a glass award.

Following on from the prize giving, we were treated to another vocal performance by Sally Issa, singing “This Is Me”.

The second new tradition that was started last night was the giving at the ‘Maya’ Award for Bravery - this award, in honour of ex-Fulham Cross student, Maya, who sadly passed away last year, is given to a student at Fulham Cross who has had to overcome difficult challenges. It was amazing to have Maya’s parents at the event last night and for them to honour their daughter with us.

The event ended with closing remarks from headteacher, Ms Fox - thanking everyone for their time and for sending their amazing daughters to our school.

It was an amazing evening of celebration and empowerment and we would like to thank all the staff, parents and students who gave up their time to make it such a success.

Ms Boumeester Wins first RSE Award!

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Ms Boumeester, described as having “bottomless reserves of energy and creativity”, is among the winners of the Relationships and Sex Education Teaching Awards, announced to mark the first national RSE Day on 27th June.

The awards, coordinated by the Sex Education Forum and Nottingham City Council, celebrate the excellent Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) teaching that goes on in schools, helping children and young people learn about healthy relationships and positive sexual health.

Judges looked for whether teaching met the real-life needs of pupils in an age-appropriate way and assessed each contestant for ‘star quality’, that extra something that made their RSE stand out.

The winners in each category are:

·         Best RSE teacher 2019 in a primary school: Isabel Reid, Carlton Hill Primary School in Brighton.

o    Nominated because: “Isabel is passionate about ensuring that every child leaves primary school with the skills and knowledge to support them through the complicated teenage years ahead”.

·         Best RSE teacher 2019 in a secondary school: Lottie Boomesteer, Fulham Cross Girls’ School in London.

o    Nominated because: “She has overhauled the curriculum and lessons are so relevant to both our student context and modern Britain.”

·         Best RSE teacher 2019 in a special school: Maddy Savit, Blossom House School in London.

o    Nominated because: “She is always arranging effective and engaging RSE sessions and working with a variety of pupils 1:1.”

Nominations came under the scrutiny of passionate campaigners for high-quality RSE, including:

·         Lynnette Smith, Chair of the Sex Education Forum

·         Jane Lees OBE

·         Joe and Garthia, young people featured in BBC’s ‘Mimi on a Mission’

Lucy Emmerson, Director of the Sex Education Forum, said:

“We’re celebrating these winning schools at an important time: in a few short months RSE will be a statutory part of every child’s education. So it’s really encouraging to see how dedicated school staff are stepping up to the mark and going that extra mile to ensure children get the information they need to understand their bodies, enjoy respectful relationships and stay safe.”

Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, said: 

"Growing up and adolescence are hard enough, but the internet and social media add new pressures that weren’t there even one generation ago. So many things about the way people interact have changed, and this new world, seamless between online and the real world, can be difficult to navigate. It is almost twenty years since the last time guidance on sex education was updated. 

“Good-quality Relationships and Sex Education is vital to ensure children are equipped with the knowledge they need to grow up healthy, happy and safe in the modern world. It’s also important that sex education at secondary school is grounded in a firm understanding and valuing of positive relationships, and respect for others, from primary school age.

“Positive relationships are connected with good mental health, which itself is linked with physical wellbeing. This is why we are making health education universally compulsory alongside relationships and sex education from 2020. These subjects will help young people to be resilient as they chart a course through an ever more complex world.”

The awards are part of national RSE Day celebrations, first developed by Nottingham City Council.

Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Education at Nottingham City Council, said:

“We’re proud that RSE Day was developed and pioneered in Nottingham and is now being celebrated across the country. RSE Day celebrates positive work around inclusive relationships and sex education in schools and the community. It is a day for everyone to think about their role in promoting healthy relationships and positive sexual health.”

Congratulations Ms Boumeester on your excellent achievement - it is thoroughly deserved!

London Careers Festival

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Last week, Assistant Headteacher Mr Drew and our Careers Officer, Ms Biety took a group of 21 Year 9 girls to the London Careers Festival at The Guildhall in the city. 

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The girls kicked off the day doing speed dating with various employers including people working in insurance, surveying, speech giving mentor, etc. — all arranged by Inspiring the Future. 

They had a quick lunch and then they had a chance to visit the 60 stalls and talk with various companies including JP Morgan, Accenture, the British Army, the British Navy, City & Guilds, Barclays, and more. 

When asked to rate the day out of 5 - all the girls said 5!

Vcert Craft Outcomes

Well done to all those involved within the VCERT level 2 in Craft.

This year there are some excellent outcomes! Made to a high quality and with mature target audiences in mind, students should be incredibly proud of their work!

It is incredibly pleasing to hear that many of you intend to progress onto creative subject pathway in further education and I wish you all the best for results day and your futures. I know you will be rewarded for all your hard work.

Mr. Petchey

Hoarding Competition Winner

Over the past few months, Year 9 Art students have been working on the Ivor Goodsite’s Hoarding Competition. 

This competition enabled students to unleash their artistic skills on site hoarding which become large canvases for their imaginative creations. A local construction company have supplied our students with hoarding boards, canvases and art materials to create a mural based on a theme of their choice. 

Our students chose the theme of knife crime to create a meaningful mural which will be displayed on the construction site for three months. Students will visit the construction site in the next few weeks to see their work on display, more photos to follow from this excursion! 

A massive congratulations to these students for their hard work and commitment to this project.

Ms Brown Wins Prestigious Silver Pearson Award

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Fulham Cross Girls' School is one of 68 Silver Award Winners shortlisted for UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”

History teacher, Ms Brown, has won the Silver Teaching Award in the category New Teacher of the Year.

On winning the award, Ms Brown said: ‘So thrilled to receive this award and I am incredibly thankful to everyone at Fulham Cross Girls School for being so supportive and encouraging throughout my NQT year.

“Fulham Cross creates such a warm and positive atmosphere which helps both staff and students to flourish and I feel so very lucky to have started my teaching career in such a special place. I have been so inspired by other members of staff who are always working to provide our students with the very best and I am thankful to our students who make every day feel unique and rewarding! Thank you very much!”

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Selected from thousands of nominations, Ms Brown is one of just 68 Silver Award winners across the country who will be celebrated today, on ‘Thank A Teacher Day’, as the Pearson National Teaching Awards marks its 21st year of celebrating excellence in education. Ms Hosp, our Head of Humanities, is also one of those Silver Award winners!

Ms Brown will be presented with a prestigious Pearson Silver Teaching Award trophy at the school to celebrate her outstanding achievement, as will her fellow Silver Award winners across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach – many of whom go on to train as teachers themselves thanks to the significant impact their teachers have had on them.

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Ms Brown has also been shortlisted to win one of just 13 Gold Awards at the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”. She will join fellow Silver Award winners, along with three Scottish Education Award winners and three winners of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, at the 21st UK ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards. It is a glittering event held at the Roundhouse on 20 October. It is broadcast on BBC2 the following week, on 27 October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” as a showcase of excellence in education.

Previous award presenters include former Prime Ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, acting legends Jenny Agutter, Alison Steadman and Sheila Hancock, as well as sports and TV personalities including Shirley Ballas, Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain.

Ms Hosp Wins Prestigious Silver Pearson Award

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Fulham Cross Girls' School is one of 68 Silver Award Winners shortlisted for UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”

Head of Humanities, Ms Hosp, has won the Silver Teaching Award in the category Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

On winning the award, Ms Hosp said: “I was so shocked this morning! I feel like getting this award is just icing on the cake of the amazing job I have.

“I’ve been working at Fulham Cross since Jan 2011 and I am so well supported by my team and the leadership, who have empowered me to help students and share my passions with them. I was so honoured by the students, alumni and parents who came in to support my application for this award.

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“Seeing their faces and the small impact I’ve had on them makes me realise how they all have made me a better teacher and, honestly, a better person. I’m just really thankful.”

Selected from thousands of nominations, Ms Hosp is one of just 68 Silver Award winners across the country who will be celebrated today, on ‘Thank A Teacher Day’, as the Pearson National Teaching Awards marks its 21st year of celebrating excellence in education. Our History teacher, Ms Brown, is also a Silver Award winner!

Ms Hosp will be presented with a prestigious Pearson Silver Teaching Award trophy at the school to celebrate her outstanding achievement, as will her fellow Silver Award winners across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach – many of whom go on to train as teachers themselves thanks to the significant impact their teachers have had on them.

Ms Hosp has also been shortlisted to win one of just 13 Gold Awards at the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”. She will join fellow Silver Award winners, along with three Scottish Education Award winners and three winners of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, at the 21st UK ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards. It is a glittering event held at the Roundhouse on 20 October. It is broadcast on BBC2 the following week, on 27 October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” as a showcase of excellence in education.

Previous award presenters include former Prime Ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, acting legends Jenny Agutter, Alison Steadman and Sheila Hancock, as well as sports and TV personalities including Shirley Ballas, Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain.

Year 11 Prom

On Friday 14th June, our Year 11s celebrated their Fulham Cross career at their prom.

The prom, hosted at Kensington Rowing Club, was a night full of music, dancing, laughs and reminiscing of the past five years.

The girls are looked absolutely stunning and we were all so impressed by the amazing dresses and how lovely they all looked.

The girls loved the doughnut wall, photobooth, flower wall and the DJ played their favourite songs and requests all night.

It has truly been a privilege to see each and every one of you grow and develop into the amazing women you are today - we wish you all every luck in the next chapter.

First Story Launch

On Thursday 13th June, we had our Anthology Launch.

This Girl = Found is an anthology of new writing by the First Story students at Fulham Cross who took part in creative-writing workshops led by Writer-in-Residence Cecilia Knapp.

First Story believes there is dignity and power in every person’s story, and in our anthology you will find young people expressing themselves in their own unique voices.

The night started off with an original vocal and piano piece for Year 8 student, Aya.

Following on from the wonderful performance, Cecilia Knapp began the introduction and the night commenced.

We heard all the students perform their own work - it was amazing to see the pure talent we have within this school.

After hearing all the wonderful pieces, we then had a vocal performance from Year 8 student, Sally.

It was a fabulous evening and it was a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing work and creativity of our First Story students.

Thank you to all the staff, students and parents that made all this happen.

London Teacher of the Year Winner 2019

On 1 January 2019, nominations opened for London Teacher of the Year Awards.

Parents, staff and friends of the school were encouraged to nominate staff who make a stand-out contribution to the school community.

Our Acting Head of Humanities, Ms Hosp, was nominated for the prestigious award.

On Friday 14th, Ms Hosp was inviting to the official award ceremony at the Royal Aeronautical Society in Mayfair.

We are pleased to announce that Ms Hosp won TWO awards on the evening!

Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond and Wandsworth for Raising Aspiration and Overall London Teacher of the Year for Raising Aspiration.

Ms Hosp won these awards because she “provides academic pastoral and extra-curricular support to children of all abilities and at all stages of their educational journey.

“She helps with UCAS statements and job-seeking; gives up her spare time to run a Frisbee club; provides emotional and educational support to children who are new to Fulham Cross, behind with their studies or struggling to fit in; and motivates the most able students by organising trips to Oxford and Cambridge.

“And as head of Religious Studies, she delivers a full curriculum to all pupils in half the teaching time available for all other subjects, ensuring 90 percent of the school’s children get GCSE grades 9-4.”

A massive congratulations to Ms Hosp, it is thoroughly deserved and we are so glad all your hard work and dedication to our students has been recognised.

UWL Brentford Trip

Last Friday, Year 10 Health and Social Care students visited the University of West London to learn about mental health nursing.

Students began by having a session in the simulation room learning about public health - the tutor described to the students how she collected samples from Ebola patients.

In the simulation suite, the girls discussed the skills and qualities of a midwife and then practised basic life support on dummies - including CPR and pulse taking.

It was a great day and the girls gained invaluable experience! Thank you for having us UWL!

Read to Rosie

Last week, we were very excited at school to welcome Rosie – the golden lab through our doors.

Research has found that reading to dogs has proven to help young people develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dogs’ presence has on children and the fact that the dog will listen to the young person read without being judgemental or critical.

Rosie came into school last Thursday and instantly all staff and students fell in love with her! Her calm demeanour was infectious.

Rosie started off the morning with a walk around Lily Recreation ground by students from our Queensmill Unit.

In the afternoon, a group of students read to Rosie! Reyannah read a chapter of David Walliams’s book ‘Awful Auntie’. Reyannah said: “I love reading to Rosie, she is great company.”

Student Terryann said: “It was very nice because Rosie is such a lovely dog.”

It was such a treat to have Rosie in school and it was clear the calming affects she has on our girls – we definitely agree with the above research!

We can’t wait to welcome Rosie in again.

Oxford, Cambridge and FCGS students go rowing!

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Rowers from both Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs headed to Fulham Reach Boat Club for a fun land-based coaching session with students from our school as part of the Future Blues programme.

Launched in 2018, Future Blues is a year-round community outreach partnership in association with Fulham Reach Boat Club, to improve access to rowing across the four London boroughs that The Boat Race Championship Course passes through.

One of the crew members, Theo Weinberger (Cambridge), coached a six-girl team on the ergo and was more than happy to pass on his advice:


“I was so impressed by the girls today. You can see how they really got into the relay race by the end and that’s the fun of rowing. Having the opportunity to give something back on days like this is great for us. Rowing has been a huge part of my life and given me so many experiences, so it’s good to pass on some of my knowledge and hopefully they will get as much joy out of this sport as I have.”

Tracy Corbett, coach at Fulham Reach Boat Club commented: “The girl’s come down here every week, they do water and land-based sessions through the morning. But today was special and these fifty girls will benefit from the teamwork and then the added experience of meeting the crew members from both Universities. Learning from them really will have made their week.”

FCGS student, Suhar Mire, was clearly excited by meeting the Cambridge and Oxford athletes: “Today was so much fun – they taught me new rowing techniques, how to cope with blisters and they made me see a future with rowing as a hobby and also how to balance it with my academics as well.”

Wala Awad, added: “I have been rowing for two years but today was amazing – they taught me how to make my strokes longer, get my time shorter for races and we got an insight into their diets and how long they train for. I hope I continue to row and enjoy it as much as they do.”

FCGS success in D&T at Imperial College London

The career pathways and academic opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are vast. Subjects like Design and Technology at Fulham Cross are the gateways into learning more about exciting careers and futures in STEM.

Students in Year 9, 10 and 11 all took part in a STEM challenge at Imperial College of London to create a new product using laser cutters, electronics, 3D printers and much more.

Students attended an after school workshop for a number of weeks to create new product ideas and learn how to make them using the excellent resources of Imperial College. Students from schools across Hammersmith and Fulham all attended and were from a variety of age groups.

From Fulham Cross Girls School, Athena, Maliha, Zahra all attended and some of our students also picked up several design awards along the way. Sakina, Mursal and Coeli were all awarded for their inventiveness in creating new and exciting products.

Well done to each and every one of you, Mr Petchey.

Open Minds Project

This year we have been taking part in a project with a group of student from Queensmill, Fulham Cross and Fulham College Boys called ‘Open Minds’.

The project includes art, drama, music, media and science all about the brain and mental health. We have enjoyed a number of half day sessions in Fulham and two full day sessions at the University of East London.

Our favourite parts so far have been making a brain out of giant pipes and crawling through it using torches as neurons, jumping around an art installation made of glow-in-the-dark bungie ropes and making our own radio show in a real recording studio! We have learned a lot about how our brain works, where our emotions come from and how to help your mental health.

In July, we will be presenting what we have learned to a whole panel of experts in front of a big audience- wish us luck!

100 Years of Women in the Police Competition

Five of our students were entered into the 100 Years of Women in the Metropolitan Police Force Art Competition in the Year 7-11 category.

We are pleased to announce that Year 8 student Mia was a prize winner! We are so proud of all our girls and the inspirational and empowering art work they submitted! Congratulations Mia, truly deserved.

Here is the inspiration behind their artwork:

Mariam said: “This piece is about how we as women have progressed over  the past 100 years as being part of the Police force and for the first time, a women (Cressida Dick) has become Commissioner.  I created this piece as a way to say thank you to all the women who have paved the way to make this possible.”

Mia said: “My artwork represents the journey in which the policewomen went through. They are looking either way at one another as a sign of gratitude and recognition.”

Fatima said: “My artwork represents the duration of time it took for women to finally gain the same status as men in the police force. The cliff represents the hard work and struggles the many women have faced along the way.”

Ilhan said: “My colourful artwork represents the diversity of the police force and how open and welcoming it is to all religions and cultures.”

Bushra said: “My artwork represents the women who have served this country and have protected it from sexist viewpoints, they shine and stand out more.  Let them bloom and spread the word out.”