End of term and new academic year arrangements
I hope that your family is looking forward to a restful summer break. Here at Compass School we will not be stopping for a break, however. During August we will be moving into our newly refurbished accommodation on Drummond Road, so that we are ready to welcome over 200 students in September. Our new buildings will have 15 standard classrooms, 2 music practice rooms, a food technology classroom equipped with brand new cooking equipment, 2 new specialist science labs, and fabulous art, design & technology and drama spaces. We cannot wait to start using these new rooms! Please see below the arrangements for the end of term, and the start of next year. End of term arrangements:
  • Wednesday 15 July – School closes at 3.30pm (40 students at Thorpe Park return by 5.30pm)
  • Thursday 16 July – School sports day and return by 3.30pm
  • Friday 17 July – School closes at 12.50pm
Start of term arrangements:
  • Friday 4 September – New Year 7 only, arrive by 8.15am
  • Monday 7 September – All students return to Compass School, arrive by 8.15am
We look forward to welcoming you to our new home in September. (Please note that access to the school from September will be via a new gate on Drummond Road).
Ofsted Inspection outcome
  We are now permitted to share with you the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection on 20th and 21st of May. You can view/download the full report here. You can also read the letter to parents in our community here. The staff and Governing Body of Compass School are incredibly disappointed with the judgement that we have received, as we do not believe that it accurately reflects the experience that our students receive each day, nor the outcomes that we have achieved so far. At the time of the inspection, at least two thirds of our students were outperforming nationally expected progress targets in English and Mathematics, and across the whole curriculum. With end of year exam results now in, over three quarters of students are making or exceeding nationally expected progress. Our data, which Ofsted accepts as reliable, suggests that our first cohort of students will achieve highly in their GCSEs, putting Compass School Southwark in the top 20% of schools nationally. Though the single inspector praised the work of the Leadership Team, he had intimated from the beginning of the inspection that we had not had time – being open less than two years – to become a good school. The Leadership Team and Governing Body sought to disprove this throughout the two-day inspection, but were unsuccessful. The Leadership and Governance at Compass School is not in question, nor is our vision, values and approach to educating the young people in our community. Further, the inspector was clear that the Senior Leadership Team understand what is required and know how to develop the school further. The report states that “there are sound systems to identify the academy’s strengths and weaknesses...reflected in the improvements leaders have made to attendance, behaviour and achievement.” As a result, the Governing Body is fully supportive of the work of the current Leadership Team, and is confident that the school will go from strength to strength as a result. Page 3 of the report contains a list of areas for the school to improve. These are all actions that are already underway, are understood by all members of staff, and are set out within the existing School Development Plan. The next steps on our journey to becoming an outstanding school will be a monitoring visit by Ofsted in the Autumn term, followed by another Section 5 Ofsted inspection within the next 24 months.Compass School Southwark is a great school – those of us who are a part of it every day know that. It is our responsibility now to ensure that your child receives the best possible opportunities at school, and we will work hard to prove Ofsted wrong in our next inspection.
PRESS RELEASE: Free schools are giving parents more choice
  Compass School Southwark says free schools are giving parents more choice of secondary schools in the borough As parents across London hear this week whether they have been allocated their first choice of secondary school for their child, Compass School Southwark in Bermondsey explains how free schools are offering more options for parents. Across the country, new free schools are filling a need for good secondary school places. Compass School opened in September 2013 with the vision of delivering a world class education to the young people of its community. The schools vision is that “everyone in the Compass School community will confidently reach the destination to which they aspire”. The school has made more offers than ever before for places in September 2015, with a few spaces still available. The school is one of 360 free schools, including 107 secondary free schools, which are either open or approved to open. Once all of these schools are full they will provide almost 200,000 new school places, including over 50,000 secondary places. Across Southwark just 61 per cent of parents get their first choice of secondary schools. Speaking on behalf of the school, Lauren Thorpe, Principal of Compass School Southwark said:
“The feedback that we have had from parents and prospective parents about our school has been fantastic. Our expectations are incredibly high, and visitors always comment that they can see and feel this from the moment they walk through the door. We have worked hard to create a culture where our values of aspiration, integrity, exploration and resilience are visible in all aspects of school life, and we are incredibly proud to serve our local community. “This is an anxious and challenging time for parents and young people, and we know that not all families will have been allocated the school that they want. My advice to parents is that if our values chime with your own, then get in touch and consider Compass School Southwark for your child. We are already looking forward to working with our next cohort of families ahead of September.”
Natalie Evans, director of education charity, New Schools Network, which helps groups to set up free schools, said:
 “Unfortunately, not all parents will receive the good news that they have hoped for today. Free schools are playing an important role in London in helping address the need for good school places and are proving popular with parents. “Our most recent parent survey revealed that 34 per cent of parents in London (9 per cent higher than the national average) would have chosen a different school if they had had a chance, representing more than 300,000* families across the region. 79 per cent said they would consider sending their child to a new school.”
 Interested parents can find out more about Compass School Southwark at, or call on 0203542 6506 to find out more or arrange to attend one of our coffee mornings for prospective parents being held on 11, 12 and 13 March. Notes for Editors Compass School Southwark is located on Drummond & Keeton’s Road, Bermondsey, SE16 4EE, a short walk from Bermondsey Tube station. You can contact the school for more information or media enquiries on 020 3542 6506 or by emailing * NSN took the number of families from the 2011 census data, divided by Government Office Region. Families in a region have been defined as the total number of households in the following categories - No adults or one adult and one or more children; Two adults and one or two children; Two adults and three or more children; Three or more adults and one or more children. Source: The total number of households with children was then compared to the percentage of respondents in each region who said they would have preferred another choice of school to determine the number of households in each region who may feel this way. NSN parent poll Populus interviewed a random sample of 5,240 adults online between 6th and 14th August 2014, including 1,295 parents of children aged 4 - 18. Interviews were conducted across England and the results have been weighted to be representative of all adults. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. For a full description of the methods we use, please see< New Schools Network is an independent charity set up in 2009. We aim to improve the quality of education – particularly for the most deprived – by increasing the number of independent, innovative schools within the state sector. For more information:
Our first Parents Association meeting!
We are delighted that our Parents Association is now established, and would invite all parents to attend our upcoming meetings. Go to the PA page on our website for more information.
Merry Christmas from Compass School Southwark
The staff and students of Compass School Southwark wish you a festive and peaceful Christmas Break. Christmas message
End of term arrangements
The arrangements for the last week of the Autumn term (week commencing 15 December 2014) are set out below:
  • Monday 15 – Normal finish of 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 – Most students to remain in school for Christmas Concert to 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 – Students leave at 3.30pm (no enrichment)
  • Thursday 18 – Students leave at 3.30pm (no enrichment)
  • Friday 19 – Students leave at 11.50am (following our achievement assembly during P3)
On Tuesday 16th December most students are involved in our Christmas concert and will be asked to remain in school until 8pm on the day. Students can leave between 5 and 6pm in order to have dinner at home. To acknowledge the hard work and commitment from students in rehearsing and preparing for the Christmas Concert, the school day will finish earlier on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th December, at 3.30pm. Friday 19th December is the last day of term.  Students will attend their usual lessons periods 1 and 2, followed by a full school achievement assembly during period 3. Students will be dismissed from 11.50am onwards.
Online remembrance day project
By Mr Mohammad
On November 11th, Year 7 students who have taken Minecraft as one of their enrichment sessions, took part in a Remembrance Day Project, creating poppies in Pixel Art form. Students were expected to combine their Maths and problem solving skills as well as their creativity to produce poppies in block formation. First, they had to complete a worksheet designing their poppy, drawing various designs on square paper and then counting the number of blocks they would need of each of the main colours of the poppy; black for the centre, red for the petals and green for the stem. Next, they would log into the Minecraft world and construct their poppy. Students had to think critically of how they would complete this task, transferring their 2D designs into a 3D construction, whether to build the structure flat on the floor or upright and if they built it upright, would they need scaffolding. Some students collaborated together, communicating their solutions to different problems to fulfil the task and others worked independently. In the end they produced some wonderful pieces in only a one hour session. The work below is from George Keogh (East), Lirdi Ramku (South) and Matthew Brzezinski (West) in Year 7.
Compass School Southwark celebrates success of free schools with Prime Minister
Prime Minister attends New Schools Receptiono On Monday, 13th October, Lauren Thorpe visited Lancaster House in London to represent Compass School Southwark at a reception celebrating the success of free schools across the country. They were joined by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron and Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan. The event was organised by education charity New Schools Network. Establishing new schools is a crucial and effective way to improve education across the country - boosting choice for parents and helping drive up standards across the board. They are brand new state-funded schools, independent of local council control. They have the freedom to innovate and respond directly to the needs of parents and local communities. Lauren Thorpe from Compass School Southwark was one of over 200 schools represented at the event. The first free schools opened just over three years ago in September 2011, yet there are now 360 of these schools open or approved to open, together creating more than 200,000 new school places. The Prime Minister, said:
 “The success of free schools has been remarkable. The creation of 251 new free schools in just four and a half years, with three-quarters of them being rated good or outstanding, is something to be incredibly proud of. Free schools bring innovation, create choice and competition, and raise standards and I whole-heartedly believe that they are driving an extraordinary and beneficial change in Britain. We want to go on investing and helping with the Free School success, to create the best education system in Western Europe that enables young people to get on and make the most of their lives”.
Lauren Thorpe, Principal of Compass School Southwark, said:
 "I am delighted to be able to celebrate the success of so many free schools, including Compass School. We are incredibly proud of the education that we are providing to young people in the Borough of Southwark and we are immensely excited about the opportunities that we are able to offer. In just over a year we have built a strong culture for learning where students, staff and parents have high expectations and aspirations of what we can achieve together. Compass School will continue to work with our community and other local schools to improve the quality of education provision, and offer families in our community more choice over where to go to school."
 Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:
“I am immensely proud of everything that has been achieved through the free schools programme in a relatively short space of time - because this programme is a vital part of our wider plan for improving education in London. “Thanks to this plan more children in England have the opportunity to go to a good or outstanding school than ever before and free schools have been crucial to that change - with more than two-thirds of free schools meeting this high standard. “We are giving thousands more parents a choice of high-quality local schools that offer the excellent standard of education that all pupils deserve.”
Natalie Evans, Director of New Schools Network, added:
“Compass School Southwark is one of more than 360 free schools now open or approved to open in England.  Free schools are continuing to prove popular with parents, and are adding good new school places to their local communities. “Over 250 Free Schools are now open in every region of England, with more than 110 more due to open from September 2015 onwards. Once full these schools will provide nearly 200,000 new school places."
Compass School explores the great outdoors!
For three days, Compass School students explored the great outdoors, developed their resilience and learned how to work effectively in teams as part of a three day residential trip to Blacklands Farm, just 50 miles south of London.
Wednesday 8 October - PM
After a traffic filled journey out of London, we arrived at Blacklands Farm just before lunch and were met by the 4th Dimension team. It had rained all morning, but that didn't stop us from getting straight off the coaches (with our wellies in most cases!) and into some fantastic activities. The first afternoon has seen students kayaking, dragonboat racing, completing a gladiator climbing challenge, abseiling and orienteering! The evening saw our students out on the climbing wall, followed by a well deserved cup of hot chocolate and some biscuits. What a day!
Thursday 9 October - AM
An early start at 7am saw the students file in for breakfast of cereals and then beans on toast to prepare them for the challenging day ahead. Compass students wrapped up warm and threw on their waterproofs, knowing that we were in for a day of sunshine and showers. And straight into the first activities of the day - students who had not had a great nights sleep and were still a little sleepy certainly woke up when the heavens opened  and we all got soaked! Quickly though, the sun returned and students carried on. Well done to the students out on the lake for managing to stay (relatively) dry and for the orienteering group who said they found all the markers on the course by working well together as a team!
Thursday 9 October - PM
More challenge, more adventure and (sadly) more rain! Our students are certainly developing their resilience! Another afternoon of activities was followed by a lovely dinner and the indoor olympics! Never has anyone seen a cucumber be flung so far like a discus, or a tomato be shot-put through the air! You had to see it to believe it.
Friday 10 October  - AM
The last morning, and everyone was feeling a little sad that we would have to leave. The instructors and team and 4th Dimension made sure that we were fully prepared for the final activities of the trip by serving us fantastic sausage muffins for breakfast. The last activities saw students participate in something else new, before we boarded the coach to head home. See a short video of our antics below!

Blacklands Farm residential visit 2014 by Slidely Slideshow

After the visit we received some lovely feedback from Rich and his team at Blacklands Farm. We can't wait to visit them again next year!

I am thrilled to hear that the trip has left a lasting impression on all involved! We really enjoyed having you all here and thank you for the fantastic support from yourself and all your staff. The children were a delight. It is rare that we have guests from inner London, but when we do they are often some of the most rewarding courses to run. You are obviously all doing an amazing job there and I hope that 4th Dimension can continue to be a small part of your students' journey at Compass, as your school continues to grow. Really looking forward to seeing you all again next year!
Coffee morning for cancer support
Compass School Southwark took part in the Word's biggest coffee morning on 23rd September 2014 to raise money for Macmillan cancer support. We raised an amazing £112.10 to go directly to this fantastic charity.  A huge thank you to everyone - parents, students and members of the community - who baked cakes and biscuits, bought goodies and drinks, and made the morning so successful. An extra special thank you to Mrs Theresa Cooper and Ms Jane Daly - parents of students in Year 8 - who gave up their time on the morning of the sale to serve our guests.  We're looking forward to the next coffee morning and an opportunity to raise more money for such an important cause! Macmillan Coffee Morning
Year 6 open evening and mornings
An opportunity to see Compass School.
Community Action Days with Tesco
Our Community Action Days in July were covered by Southwark News, as Tesco use our project as inspiration for further work with the local community. Community Day coverage article    
Community Action Days!
On 24 and 25 July 2014, Compass School Southwark held two community action days to help refurbish our school building and grounds. For two days, we opened our doors to the community, with staff, students, local residents and businesses all participating.

We had two great days and the transformation was remarkable! Thank you to Tesco who provided a BBQ for the two days and refreshments to keep everyone's energy up. Tesco also brought a team of around 20 volunteers to help us - what a difference it made! We would also like to thank Carrillion who donated tools and staff, and thank you to Speedy Hire who provided power tools to help clear our gardens more quickly.