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.”

Science Building Spring Update

Here is a Spring update of our Science Buildings - we are extremely pleased to see our new state-of-the-art building beginning to form and we can’t wait until this time next year when we can see the finished project.

The last month has seen lots of underground drainage installed and steel reinforcement laid to make the slab strong; ready to take the weight of the steel frame coming in June. Morgan Sindall also busy laying a slab for the crane which will arrive with the steels to erect them. We are on the look out for it’s arrival – it’s an impressive piece of machinery!

Once the steel frame is erected, everybody can really start to visualise what is to come, with the pre-cast concrete slabs for the first floor and the roof to mark out the storeys. Then we press on with the envelope: brickwork, windows curtain walling and cladding.

Last month, Morgan Sindall had the first of two visits from the Considerate Constructor’s Scheme. The scheme are dedicated to encourage the improvement of the construction industry’s reputation to the outside world and their monitors focus on five highlighted areas: Care about the appearance / respect the community / protect the environment / secure everyone’s safety / value their workforce.

Each category is scored out of 9, so with a total of 42 out of 45, we at Fulham Cross Girls’ School can say our contractors are doing a pretty good job.

We can’t wait to see the next phase of the building works! Make sure you pop back in Summer for our next update.

First Story Competition Winner!

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We would like to congratulate Jasmine on winning the First Story 100-Word Story Competition, judged by VINTAGE.

Both First Story and VINTAGE were highly impressed with the quality of this year’s entries and felt that Jasmine’s work stood out as an excellent example of creativity, invention and originality.

The story will be published on First Story’s website and will be printed on postcards, designed by a commissioned artist.

VINTAGE has generously donated set of books as the prize for our school!

We are extremely proud of Jasmine’s wonderful achievement.

Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 competed in Division 2 of a secondary school Ultimate Frisbee tournament at Tonbridge School in Kent.

Students competed against both all boys and mixed teams aged Year 7 to Year 13. This was the girls second every tournament and first outdoor tournament. It was very windy and rainy at times - we every got caught in a hail storm at one stage!

Our girls gave 100% in every game, narrowly missing out on two wins but taking home a strong win against a mixed team of older students.

They came joint 4th and came 4th as well for the Spirit Award - which is about good sportsmanship and fair play.

Year 10 student Dana said: “It was a great opportunity to play against more experienced players so we could improve on what we need to work on. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we hope to come back and improve on our results next year.”

Amazing work girls! Well done.

Special Recognition Award

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Our Deputy Headteacher, Ms Tully, receive a Special Recognition Award for her commitment to the Ambition Institute Programme last month.

Ms Tully was nominated by her peers for being “both a should to lean on and a sharp and well informed voice to bounce ideas around with.” All of these things mean that Ms Tully embodies what it means to “keep getting better”.

Well done Ms Tully!

EMPOWER Breakfast with Goodman Derrick

On 6th March, we welcomed Freya and Stephanie, lawyers from Goodman Derrick, into school to give an EMPOWER breakfast to our girls.

Freya and Stephanie each told the girls about their lives, education and different opportunities they had taken in order to get into a career in Law.

It was truly inspirational to hear about how much these girls had accomplished and how hard they had worked to get to where they are today.

Thank you both so much for coming and inspiring our girls.

British Institute Film Spanish Trip

On Friday 3rd May, 24 Year 10 Spanish students visited the British Film Institute.

The students had a GCSE study day with many other London based schools. The event was designed with the ‘media’ aspect of all the Spanish GCSE specifications in mind in order to assist students with their understanding of films. Over the course of the day students watched a range of short flims such as 7.30 de la manana and un día en el parque as well as the Mexican film, La jaula de oro.

There were opportunities to work in pairs and to join in on discussions to help develop ideas and approaches to film. Students worked very well on their linguistic skills in Spanish and some took the opportunity of participating actively during the day. The girls’ behaviour was excellent and students were spotted showing the best Fulham Cross behaviour - reading on the tube!

Solutions Not Sides

Year 10 GCSE RS students were visited by Solutions Not Sides, a charity working to create peace in Israel Palestine by helping people hear both sides and creatively thinking about ways to move the situation forward.

A Muslim Palestinian and Jewish Israeli came in to meet the girls to do a two-house workshop on the situation in Israel Palestine historically, to hear their life experiences on both sides of the issue and together to brainstorm ideas about how best to resolve the difficult issues faced in that area.

Students were engaged, focused and came up with brilliantly clear ideas about ways of working towards peaceful resolution.

Students offered ways that might begin moving towards a more peaceful situation like integrating schooling and having a joint governing system with an overall one-state government with each area having ‘state-like’ leadership over themselves to work alongside the ‘federal’ Israeli-Palestinian government.

Student Douaa said: “It was interesting and helped me understand more about the Israel Palestine situation, which I had previously heard about in the media but after doing this I think I can understand both sides much better. The media is very one-sided.”

Student Leah said: “Through the workshop I was able to explore both sides of the conflict and understand there could be a solution or middle ground.”

Student Filsan said: “I didn’t know about the conflict before so I learned a lot about the history of it and how it’s impacting people today. It was good to hear about it from people who are directly influenced.”

Shortlisted for the TES Schools Awards 2019!

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The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2019.

It's been revealed that Fulham Cross Girls’ School has been shortlisted for the English Team of the Year Award.

TES Editor Ann Mroz said: “It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure.

“We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist.” 

The winners will be revealed at the TES gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 21 June 2019.

To see the full list of who's in the running, pick up a copy of this week's Tes, or visit tesawards.co.uk