The Compass School Trust has announced the appointment of Tony Searle as the Compass School’s first headteacher.

The Compass School is a new state secondary ‘free school’ in Bermondsey. It was approved by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove last autumn and plans to open in September 2013.

Tony Searle joins the trust from the Cabot Learning Federation, where he is the vice Principal of Hans Price Academy. Prior to that he had a number of assistant principal roles within the Federation, including the John Cabot Academy and Bristol Brunel Academy.

“The Compass School’s ethos is centred on the “4Rs” – reading, writing, arithmetic and the fourth “R”, relating,” explained chairman Doug Lewis.

“As well as excellent academic standards, the Compass School will focus on developing our pupils’ ability to relate to the world around them – from their peers to the workplace.

“We will be opening our doors in September 2013 and are absolutely delighted to have appointed such a high calibre and committed individual as Tony Searle, who comes with an impressive track record in educational excellence.

“We very much look forward to him joining the Compass team and helping translate our vision into reality for hundreds of Southwark families over the years to come.”

Tony Searle said: “Excellence is the platform for any really successful school and that’s our starting point in Southwark. I want parents to expect the best from us and I want our pupils to demand the best from themselves.

“The Compass School will support and inspire our pupils in the classroom and beyond- through sport and performing arts and a range of extra curricula activities all aimed at equipping them for life and the world of work.”

Over the coming months the Compass Schools Trust will be hosting a public meetings for local families and residents to hear more about the plans for the new school.

A new website has also been launched at www.compass-schools.com

 

Civil society minister Nick Hurd MP this week  met young volunteers at Canada Water Library as Southwark Council announced plans to join a new nationwide library initiative, organised by the national charity The Reading Agency, to generate thousands of new volunteering opportunities for young people aged 11-25 years to give them new skills and experience.

The initiative is called the “Young Innovation Network” and builds on Southwark’s existing youth volunteering schemes including the annual Summer Volunteers Programme. The volunteering opportunities help local young people to improve their chances of employability and enhance their personal development.

As part of its commitment to “Youth Innovation Network” Southwark libraries will create year round volunteering opportunities for young people and encourage them to have a say in the running of their local library. Opportunities are likely to include designing new library services, organising author events, reading with children, handing out books at events like World Book Night, and using library space and computers to tell stories about their community via social media.

“Through the Social Action Fund, we are supporting organisations that are creating new opportunities for people to get involved and help others,” said Nick Hurd MP.

“I am particularly keen for more young people to get the opportunity to contribute to their community and develop their skills and confidence.”

15-year-old Aishat Atinsola, who volunteers at Canada Water Library, said: “I enjoy being a young volunteer, I communicate with the public and children – its fun.  I am gaining communication skills and it boosts my confidence.”

Cllr Veronica Ward, Southwark’s cabinet member for culture, leisure, sport and the Olympics, said: “It is good to be able to showcase the good work we are doing with our library services.

“As a council we have invested heavily in our libraries across the borough and worked hard to ensure that they serve the needs of the local community.

“As a result, our Summer Volunteers Programme has worked really well this year with over 40 young people from across Southwark volunteering at libraries. We look forward to sharing and learning from our partners within the Network.”

The initiative will be delivered in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) and has been made possible following a £127,000 grant from the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund.

The Reading Agency, which has many years experience of working with libraries to develop national volunteering programmes, will coordinate the Network and provide new training and resources for librarians on how to engage young volunteers and run successful volunteering programmes.

More than 100 visitors attended the inclusive sports day held at Surrey Docks Watersports Centre on 1 August to celebrate the Paralympic Games..The day was filled with fun activities including sailing, wheelchair basketball, adaptive cycling, Boccia, indoor rowing and boxing.

The council-run event was delivered in partnership with various sport groups including Tideway Sailability, Wheels for Wellbeing, London Youth Rowing, British Wheelchair Basketball and Fight for Change.

“It was very exciting to have had Boundless Sports in Southwark for the first time,” said Cllr Veronica Ward, cabinet member for culture, leisure, sport and the Olympics.

“It was a great way to celebrate the Paralympic Games and our continued commitment to development sports opportunities for all.

“The event was a real success with families and community groups all showing their support for this fantastic event.”

Andre Ferguson, director of Meakabears Deaf Support, who attended the event with his two daughters, said:  “I have attended such an event before and I must say it was simply amazing.

“I took part in all the events with my two girls and they loved it so much they didn’t even want to leave! We had so much fun playing wheelchair basketball as a team and now the respect and admiration I have for people in wheelchairs have rocketed! They are true heroes. Thank you to the team at Southwark, we really appreciate you.”

The event coincided with the announcement of the winners of the newly launched Southwark Sportability Grant set up to help support local clubs and organisations to better meet the needs of disabled audiences.

 

Successful applicants include Bredinghurst School, Contact a Family, Carl Campbell Dance Company, Meakabears, Tuke School, Sunshine House, Millwall Community Scheme, King’s College and 2020 Archery.

Winners were selected by Southwark Council, a representative from Pro-Active Central London and Interactive. Each organisation will be awarded up to £2,000 to deliver inclusive activity within the borough.

Bermondsey Municipal Ofices

Southwark planning officers have granted planning and listed building consent to Hollybrook Homes for the conversion of the former Bermondsey Borough Council municipal offices in Spa Road into 41 homes.

The municipal offices were built in the late 1920s as an extension to the adjacent Bermondsey town hall. When the town hall was bombed, 19 Spa Road became the home of Bermondsey Borough Council until the metropolitan borough gave way to the London Borough of Southwark  in the mid-1960s.

The building stands on the site of the old Bermondsey Baths and it seems Hollybrook intends to call the scheme “Bath House Lofts” in recognition of this history.

A new term of weekly theatre-making groups for children, teenagers and adults starts in September at London Bubble.

The groups are friendly, fun and creative, and include games and exercises which will help to develop confidence and a range of performance skills.

No previous experience necessary, just turn up with enthusiasm.

The autumn term runs from the week commencing 17 September till the week of 3 December 2012.

6-8 years:                            Tuesdays             5-6.30pm

Saturdays            10-11.30am

9-11 years:                          Tuesdays             6.30-8pm.

12-14 years:                        Thursdays           5-6.30pm

15-19 years:                        Mondays             6.30 – 8.30pm

Adults:                                 Wednesdays      7-9pm

Thursdays           7-9pm

Venue:                 London Bubble, 5 Elephant Lane, London SE16 4JD.

Taster classes:
If you’re new to Bubble you can come along for a trial class when the new term starts in September. Just call to find out more or to register

HOW TO BOOK

To find out more or register for a class
call:                        020 7237 4434
email:                    lucy@londonbubble.org.uk
Sign up online: www.londonbubble.org.uk