Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt Hon and Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, opened All Saints Academy?s new building on 27th September almost exactly three years after the Bishop of St Albans formally opened All Saints as an Academy in September 2009. All Saints Academy, Dunstable, Bedfordshire is a new-style Church of England sponsored Academy.

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The new building has cost ?15.4 million, with an additional ?1.1m for ICT, funded by the Government?s Academies programme. Governors fought hard to successfully maintain the funding at a time when Government cutbacks meant that some projects did not go ahead.

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Since becoming an Academy in 2009, All Saints has seen students? results improve faster than the Government has raised attainment targets. Under the Christian ethos established when All Saints became an academy, student behaviour has also significantly improved, says Principal, Tom Waterworth.With the communities of Dunstable and Houghton Regis experiencing considerable growth at present and over the next few years, the new building is a welcome boost to them and will enable the Academy to become the secondary school of choice in the area. From September 2013 the Academy becomes the first school in Central Bedfordshire to become an age 11-18 Secondary School.

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Speaking during his visit, the Archbishop said:

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?The Church of England has served local communities across the country through its Church schools for more than 200 years. Our schools embody a commitment to children and young people, to helping them to grow to be good citizens who help to make a good society.

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?It’s a commitment that flows from Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbour and to have the broadest possible picture of who our neighbour is. Now this fantastic school is continuing that tradition, so that these young people can see themselves and those around them as people who can achieve in their education, serve others and work together for the good of their community.

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?I am delighted to have been able to open their superb new building and to bring my warmest good wishes to the staff and students and also to their partners in theUniversityofBedfordshire, the St Albans Diocesan Board of Education and Central Bedfordshire Council.?

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The Principal, Tom Waterworth, added,

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?This wonderful building results from the same supportive collaboration between the school, sponsors and local authority that has contributed to the rising aspirations and real success of our students. Our strategic vision is no less than to transform the lives of the young people of Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

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?I give them: the Diocese of St Albans, theUniversityofBedfordshireand Central Bedfordshire Council my thanks for what we have achieved together.

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?To that I add my thanks to the architects, Lyster Grillet & Harding Architects, builders, Willmott Dixon Construction, and IT contractor Viglen, who have together shared our vision, and given their all to making this building work to support our vision.

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“It is truly a Church of England Academy for the 21st century.?

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Notes for editors

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The building:

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has over 50 teaching spaces along with offices, meeting rooms, 6th form common room and cafeteria

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a reflection garden and chaplaincy

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is naturally ventilated, has chill beams instead of air conditioning in certain areas and has ground source heat pumps

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has a distinctive front with coloured glass and a roof like a beret!

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The results:

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GCSE results have risen since the school became an Academy in 2009

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In 2012, 48% of Year 11 students achieved five or more GCSEs at Grades A*-C including English and Maths.

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In 2011, when the minimum standard for 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Maths was 35%, all Saints achieved 37%. In 2012, the minimum standard was 40% and All Saints has achieved a far greater improvement than the 5% set by the Government.

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A levels: students have achieved a pass rate of 58% A* – C passes, 25% A* to B.

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The highest performance was seen in Business Studies, where students achieved a 100% pass rate, with 78% of grades A* – B awarded.

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Business Studies is one of All Saints specialisms, but ten other subjects also achieved 100% pass rates.

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