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Webber Celebrates Number 1 Spot for GCSE & A Level Performance

Validated data from the Department for Education has confirmed students at the Webber Independent School have maintained an exceptionally high performance at KS4 (GCSE) by achieving 73% 5A*-C grades including English and Maths.  Proudly sitting in the number 1 spot as the highest performing school in the town, The Webber Independent School recorded an impressive 100% pass rate overall and hopes that its continued rise in student outcomes will  progress long into the future.

It was a similar triumph for the Webber Sixth Form cohort where 88% of students attained at least 3A*-E A-Levels, again placing them number 1 in the town and 100% progressed onto their first choice university.
Principal Sue Vig said, “We are incredibly proud of our students performance and this truly reflects the dedication shown by the children, supported by parents and of course the staff here at Webber, to their everyday learning and preparation for exams.  To be number 1 in the town for both GCSE and A Level p…

The Beginners Guide to Converting a Classroom into a WW1 Trench

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It’s a wonder how some 30 pallets, paper, sacking, soil and lots of brown paint could make Whiz Bang Alley, such a fantastic replica of a WW1 trench – all in 30 days! With the help of parents, Year 7, 9 and 10 Art students and staff we were able to turn a classroom into a dark and dingy area that is a recreation of a trench, home to so many soldiers during the First World War. The idea behind the design was to simulate the look, feel and even the smell of the trenches – indeed some of the material came from Mr and Mrs Dunn’s farm. The name Whiz Bang Alley comes from the well regarded 1980s WW1 comic strip Charley’s War. The trench installation looks fantastic and it was great to see Webber staff, students and parents working together on such a poignant project.
Pallets were kindly donated by parents and the main construction was assembled in one weekend with staff, parents and pupils all at hand with screwdrivers and saws to create the main trench, Whiz Bang Alley and the Officer’s H…

Celebrating Our Feathered Friends

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Students from The Webber Independent School, Milton Keynes, braved the winter elements on Friday 23rd January to undertake some bird watching in recognition of the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch. Officially the event was celebrated over the weekend 24th- 25th January, so remembering what they had learnt in school, the children got family and friends involved by keeping watch on their gardens and local nature reserves to record the highest number of each bird species seen outside at any one time.
A wide selection of popular garden birds were observed as well as some rarer species, more often seen in woodland areas – students then took to the online recording survey to share with the RSPB the variety of feathered friends who had paid them a visit.
Originally launched by Blue Peter over 30 years ago, the event has grown in popularity – with over half a million people now taking part in the annual RSPB bird counting scheme, aimed to help assess and measure UK wildlife changes.
Principal …

A-Level and GCSE Students at the BFI (British FIlm Institute)

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Our French and Spanish A-level and GCSE students enjoyed a fantastic workshop about Spanish and French cinema. It was an amazing opportunity to show students the work of French and Spanish directors and enjoy a movie in original language. All students coped amazingly well with the fact that the whole workshop was spoken in Spanish and French only. It provided them the opportunity to enhance their Language skills and prove to themselves that the Language learning can go beyond the normal lessons.
Most of them agreed they want to watch some of the movies shared during the workshop. So, we will definitely find time to watch some of them!
I am very pleased to say that our students were amazing and I feel very proud to teach them!

Watch Year 9 War Poetry Performances from the Webber's own Trench

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Year 9 students marked the one hundredth anniversary of the 1914 Christmas Truce with a sustained, high quality dramatisation of selected World War One poetry, performed in and around the school's own trench construction within the Drama Studio. Several performances were given to various in house groups and classes whilst three separate run throughs were given during the Christmas Evening celebration on 15th December, for especially invited guests, families and visitors.
The dramatisation was filmed and posted on YouTube.
The overall look and feel of the readings and improvisation is deliberately one of darkness and twilight, particularly with the poems which started with the small Christmas lights as the only source of illumination. The darkness forces the viewer to concentrate on what is said before the main lights come on.
The opening poem of the sequence featured a realistically hand crafted rat and a symbolic poppy, to dramatise the key elements of Isaac Rosenberg's Brea…

Remembering Historical Conflicts and the Impact of War

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An impressive life size replica War Trench built by students of the Webber Independent School has been applauded by parents, staff and visitors alike.  The creation which combined the students English and History class curriculum from the last term, has been opened up to the public and other local schools to share with others its magnificence as well as the great depth of knowledge the students have learned as a result of its construction.
Before the School broke for the close of term, students, staff, parents and guests, gathered around the Christmas tree to celebrate ‘Christmas 1914 Ceasefire’ by singing English and German carols and listening to works from ‘The Soldier Poets, performed by Year 9 students.  Following the carols all visitors entered the Historical Conflicts Exhibition and were given a tour of the life-size Trench before finally viewing the Commemoration Wall.  
Principal Sue Vig said, “What our students have achieved is simply incredible – their enthusiasm and passi…

Concept Mapping in Geography

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When revising or reviewing topics in Geography a method often used is concept mapping. Students are given key terms, graphs, maps and photos relating to a topic and are then challenged to find and explain as many links as possible between them. This is a useful technique to use when revising a topic or developing understanding of a concept such as interdependence. This method can work well for individual revision or as a group activity. On a recent school open day students collaborated on a concept map about conflict in Sudan, the finished concept map can be seen on display in room 6.