Sheringham Community Small holding Project – The Patch, was born from students at Sheringham High School wanting more information about where their food came from, healthy living and dietary choices and animal welfare.
Their teacher at the time, Mrs Anita Southgate, was aware that even in rural areas young people were unaware of where their food came from, what food was produced locally, how it was produced and other issues such as carbon footprint in food production. Mrs Southgate realised that there was tremendous support within the community and, together with local schools, there would be enough support for a project bid that had food production at its heart. In times past, Sheringham High School used a piece of land that accommodated a Rural Studies Department. It was felt that this would be used as a foundation for a new community allotment project. Following a successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food Programme and generous donations locally, the Sheringham Community Smallholding Project was made a reality. Formal partners for the project still include Sheringham High School,Sheringham Woodfields School, Sheringham Primary School.
The Patch has won many awards including best in show at the Royal Norfolk Show. It featured in TV on Gardens From Above and wins growing awards regularly. It has indoor and outdoor classrooms, a sensory garden, terraced growing areas, polytunnels and areas for cultivation of small projects and experiments such as bug hotels. It has a healthy flock of laying hens and a massive variety of vegetable and soft fruit.
Its new Patch Co-ordinator, Mrs Angus, continues to drive improvement and develop close links with the community. Students use the facility to complete their ABC Horticulture qualifications in Years 9,10 and 11, and often take their expertise further to College and the world of work.
Find out more about the Patch by visiting http://www.the-patch.co.uk/
Taking pride of place in front of Sheringham High's main entrance is our 15m wind turbine, capable of generating more than 9,900kwh per year, based on an average wind speed of 5.4m per second, (a light breeze) and providing about 3% of our electricity.
Setting the blades in motion for the first time, in March 2009, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb congratulated the Eco Team - a group of 40 students responsible for making their school more environmentally friendly. He said: 'I'm really impressed by you for achieving this - it's wonderful.'
The project, co-ordinated by the school's head of support staff Victoria Cornell, has cost about £25,000 and has been funded by grants from lottery groups Awards for All, Community Sustainable Energy Programme, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform's Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
Each month the turbine generated outputs are displayed around the school.
The School has also more recently fitted solar panels to most of the roof space, erected floodlights for the full sized astroturf and is about to have the official switch-on of the 4G phone mast which will transform Sheringham town’s connectivity.
Sheringham High is always looking to put something back into its community!
The School has also more recently fitted solar panels to most of the roof space, erected floodlights for the full sized astroturf and has erected and activated a 4G phone mast which has transformed Sheringham town’s connectivity.
A massive thank you to all our parents and carers for your feedback on how remote learning is going!
As we all learn more about how we can work together while apart, we will continue to refine what we do and get better at it. We will continue to contact you about how your child is doing and keep you informed of how best they can be helped. Stay safe.
There’s nothing ‘remote’ about learning at SHS!
Everything about the Covid crisis has been about distance. We must be physically apart, we might find ourselves emotionally apart and we have been compelled to be educationally apart.
Recent press headlines and discussions have focused on the difficulties of engaging students without in-person contact. Some press reports have used ‘statistics’ gathered in dubious ways to talk about the percentages of students who are actually working remotely. Indeed, a recent study by UCL has suggested that 20% of students have done ‘little or no school work’ since lockdown.
Whatever the alleged ‘national picture’ of student engagement in distanced learning, the crucial question that has emerged is: how do we engage learners when we are not together physically? It’s a complicated question and, as with most issues, there isn’t one solution, one style, or one computer program for increasing learner engagement and motivation. But the answer, as with many things educational, seems to be what many of us call ‘common sense’!
Research seems to say that ‘online’ teachers need to combine multiple strategies to reach learners and, unsurprisingly, they must be behavioural, cognitive and emotional. In short, teachers must set a variety of work. They must reply and feedback early and often; building relationships. There must be regular, simple parental feedback so that the carer knows what work is actually being submitted. There must be a caring ear and a personal call for students and parents.
Here, at Sheringham High and Sixth, we set work which can be done independently and in REAL households with all their individual restrictions such as connectivity issues and multiple use computers. We mark and feed back quickly. We track students fortnightly. Student managers and tutors ring home personally!
So, let me share our actual statistics since the closure on March 23rd at Sheringham High given that 20% of students nationally seem not to have been engaged by their staff. On average, each of our students has completed 73% of the work set on time. Only 0.4% of students has completed no work since lockdown. Over one third of all our Year 7,8,9 and 10 students has submitted over 90% of their work on time. A quarter has done ALL work set! Since March 23rd, our students have watched 7033 podcasts on our GCSE Pod portal; usage doubling since last year. Between March and June, 3079 individual pieces of work have been set by our staff for Years 7-10 and 435 for Year 12. Over half of our sixth form students has completed 100% of the work set.
If we believe what we are told about national statistics and the etymology of the word ‘remote’(to ‘push away’) what we have at Sheringham High and Sixth is an engaged, embraced learning community which is working well and bucking the national trend! Well done to students, parents, carers and staff!Stay safe!