WINNERS OF THE TVLP QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE COMPETITION ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the winners of the TVLP Queen’s Platinum Jubilee mini garden design competition: Charley West, a student at Holyport College (design to the left), and Kitkin T & Milly H, students at St Mary’s School Ascot (design to the right).

The 2 winning designs will be created at The Goswells public park in the centre of Windsor to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee in June.

Well done also to runners up Anbarasi R & Ayah H, students at The Langley Academy.

Thanks to Chris & his team at Hillier Garden Centre in Sunningdale for their time and expertise judging the entries from 5 schools within the TVLP.

tvlp.org.uk/jubilee-competition

Posted: 10th May 2022.

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TVLP SCHOOL SCULPTURES HOMED AT THAMES HOSPICE IN MAIDENHEAD

The Thames Valley Learning Partnership (TVLP) unveiled four stunning sculptures on 9th May, made out of willow in the gardens at Thames Hospice.

A willow sculpture making workshop took place at Beechwood School in Slough on 26th April 2022 for 30 art students from four local schools: Beechwood School, Eton College, Holyport College, and The Langley Academy. 

It was an especially important event for one student from Beechwood School, Harvey, whose mother was cared for at Thames Hospice. He said: “I wanted to show respect for the Hospice and how they treated my mum in her last moments. It was a really fun event that I enjoyed taking part in.”

Sara Holmes, Natural Artist from Willowtwisters, commented: “It was a great pleasure to work with TVLP, showing students from different schools and colleges how to sculpt using willow. Willow is such a wonderful, natural material to use creatively and the beautiful sculptures the students created in this community inspired project will not only give pleasure to the people at Thames Hospice but they will also provide valuable habitat for a myriad of insects and wildlife. I have even had a Jenny Wren nest in one of my willow sculptures before! Well done to all involved.”

Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Chief Executive, added: “A huge thank you to TVLP and all the students who took part in this wonderful initiative. The sculptures are beautiful and very befitting for our aquatic location.” “We look forward to welcoming our community to pop in at admire our new willow creatures, whilst enjoying some refreshments in our café and taking in the spectacular view across Bray Lake.”

Click here to read a news article by the Maidenhead Advertiser.

Posted: 9th May 2022.

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TVLP STUDENT SCULPTURES CREATED FOR THAMES HOSPICE

The sculptures at the half way point during the event.

Students from 4 schools in the Thames Valley Learning Partnership came together on Tuesday 26th April 2022 to create 4 wonderful sculptures made from willow. They were Beechwood School (who hosted this event), Eton College, Holyport College, and The Langley Academy.

Each participating student volunteered 90 minutes of their time to help make designs based upon the three inpatient wings at Thames Hospice in Maidenhead, which are named after aquatic creatures: Kingfisher, Heron and Otter (a nod to the hospice’s location next to Bray Lake). A fourth sculpture of a butterfly was designed to complement the nature garden being launched by them in the summer.

The TVLP Coordinator, Clare Matheson said, “This event has been a great opportunity for our students to work together, with a professional willow artist, to try their hand at a new skill.”

“By partnering with Thames Hospice, we have been able to locate these wonderful student works of art on the beautiful grounds of the hospice, so they can be enjoyed by patients, staff and visitors for years to come. It gives our students a great sense of achievement and pride.”

All 4 sculptures will be visible from the hospice’s Cafe by the Lake, which is open to the public, from mid-May 2022 so students and their parents/guardians can visit them. 

Posted: 26th April 2022.

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WE’RE NOW ON INSTAGRAM

Our students spoke and we listened. Thanks to members of the TVLP Student Committee for this social media suggestion.

You can go to our Instagram account by clicking here.

Posted: 28th March 2022.

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TVLP LEADERSHIP SKILLS COURSE A SUCCESS

Congratulations to the pupils at Eton College, Holyport College, St Joseph’s Catholic High School, St Mary’s School Ascot, The Windsor Boys’ School, and The Windsor Girls’ School who completed the online TVLP Leadership Skills Course. Each have gained a certificate from The Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning (CIRL) at Eton College.

There were some great discussions around what makes an effective leader and leadership behaviours, the changing style of leadership over the years, identifying and resolving team issues, supporting your team and leadership role models.

100% of student feedback forms received stated they’d learnt something new as a result of attending and they would recommend it to a fellow student interested in leadership.

Thanks to Dr Iro Konstantinou for delivering this course.

Posted: 25th March 2022.

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TVLP BIODIVERSITY PROJECT BULBS PROVIDING NECTAR FOR POLLINATORS

The daffodils at Slough & Eton C of E Business & Enterprise College, planted by pupils last autumn as part of the TVLP Biodiversity Project, are in bloom. They are 1 of 6 TVLP schools providing additional nectar sources due to the funding received by HMCK Charity.

Thanks to Deborah Lombard for the photos.

tvlp.org.uk/biodiversity

Posted: 21st March 2022.

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TVLP SHORTLISTED AT THE GREAT BRITISH BUSINESS AWARDS, 2022

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in 2 categories at this year’s Great British Business & Community Awards: Charity of the Year, and Networker of the Year for the TVLP Coordinator, Clare Matheson.

The winners will be announced at The Black-Tie Award Ceremony on Thursday 7th of April at The Hilton Reading, where 360+ businesses are expected to be present.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll win.

Posted: 9th March 2022.

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TVLP WORLD BOOK DAY POSTER AND AUTHOR SPEAKER

This TVLP World Book Day poster, created as a result of the TVLP Libraries Network, is finished and is on display across TVLP schools.

Thanks to network colleagues, and the pupils and staff featured, for their assistance creating this.

A recording of the TVLP’s World Book Day author talk with Matt Whyman, held live on 1st March, is available to watch on-demand. To gain the link and password, email info@tvlp.org.uk 

Posted: 2nd March 2022.

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NEW WEBINAR RECORDINGS AVAILABLE ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

We have a number of new webinar recordings available to watch on our YouTube channel. These include our social media expert speaker talks below. Click on one of the images below to be taken to the relevant video.

Posted: 14th February 2022.

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2022 TVLP FRENCH SPELLING BEE RESULTS

Congratulations to our winner, Emilia Augustyn-Sharma (Year 9) from St Joseph’s Catholic High School, for gaining 100% in rounds 1 & 2 and for gaining an extremely high score in the final to win the 2022 TVLP French Spelling Bee competition. She has won a £30 National Book Token voucher and a TVLP certificate.

Pictured above from left to right: Clare Matheson, TVLP Coordinator; Sara Berber, MFL Teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic High School; the winning student, Emilia Augustyn-Sharma; Ciran Stapleton, Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic High School.

Well done also to George and Arabella at Holyport College who secured 2nd and 3rd place. Both also scored 100% in rounds 1 & 2. George just missed coming joint 1st in the final by half a point!

Pictured above from left to right: Mr Boyle, MFL Teacher and Founding Head Master at Holyport College; Arabella; George; Clare Matheson, TVLP Coordinator.

All the students that took part in each round should be very proud of themselves for all their hard work.

Posted: 25th January 2022.

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TVLP STUDENT MAGAZINE

The 2022 edition of the TVLP student magazine is now available to view online.

All the content comes from 14 students across 8 TVLP schools, 4 staff members and 3 guest contributors. It features articles written by pupils, career advice, art and book reviews, a new year’s resolution feature, sports personality Matthew Pinsent and much, much more.

View an electronic copy by clicking here: tvlp.org.uk/magazine

Posted: 5th January 2022.

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TVLP BIODIVERSITY PROJECT

The idea for the TVLP Biodiversity Project resulted from last year’s Pupil Premium staff network

Earlier in the year, we linked up with the Royal Horticultural Society to organise fact-finding TVLP school visits to RHS Garden Wisley. Students used these trips, and additional information gained from a TVLP World Environment Day webinar, to suggest changes they would like made on their school grounds. Thanks to funding from HMCK Charity, we are currently implementing a number of these biodiversity improvements across 6 of our schools. 

  1. Beechwood School – Planting of muscari bulbs and installation of a bird nest box and an insect hotel.
  2. Holyport College – Planting of snowdrop and English bluebell bulbs, pond improvements including the introduction of a water lily for dragonflies to lay their eggs, and the installation of 2 bird nest boxes.
  3. Slough & Eton C of E Business & Enterprise College – Planting of English bluebell, cyclamen and daffodil bulbs, and the introduction of a 4/5ft apple tree (pictured below).
  4. St Joseph’s Catholic High School – Planting of 550 crocus, daffodil and snowdrop bulbs.
  5. The Windsor Boys’ School – Planting of English bluebell and snowdrop bulbs (pictured below), and the introduction of an insect hotel and 2 bird nest boxes.
  6. The Langley Academy – Summer flowering bulbs and compost for pot planting.

The TVLP Biodiversity Booklet can be viewed here: tvlp.org.uk/biodiversity

Pictured above (left image): Bulb planting with The Windsor Boys’ School Teacher, Mrs Fettes; students Joe, Achilles and Ben. (Right image): Peter Collins, Headteacher at Slough & Eton C of E Business & Enterprise College, receiving their first apple tree.

Posted: 1st November 2021

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RESULTS OF THE TVLP NATURE ART COMPETITION ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to our winner, the commended entries and to all the students whose art work was shortlisted. These will be on display at Wexham Park Hospital and can be viewed here too: tvlp.org.uk/nature-art

Posted: 28th October 2021.

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TVLP WATER SPORTS FESTIVAL

Students from Beechwood School, Holyport College, The Langley Academy and St Joseph’s Catholic High School mixed to undertake bell-boating, Cornish gig rowing & and an indoor rowing competition at Dorney Lake.

Thankfully, the sun came out for us and the students enjoyed the day, with many of them doing water sports they’d never tried before.

Posted: 4th October 2022.

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TVLP SCHOOLS MEET FOR OUR STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Our first Student Leadership Conference took place on 29th September with Future Foundations, at Slough & Eton C of E Business & Enterprise College. Over 120 pupils from across all 8 TVLP schools were present.

The event launched with a welcome speech by Peter Collins, Headteacher, and included getting to know you activities, a spaghetti bridge building challenge, discussions around leadership skills and a Dragons’ Den event, featuring 6 experts across different fields.

Students had time to discuss serious issues and solutions, and prepare their pitches before delivering these to 3 of the Dragons. The 2 winning teams are pictured below, standing alongside their Dragons.

One pupil described their attendance at the event as “a positive & constructive experience that has had an influential impact on my leadership skills”. Another stated it was “very inspiring”. Lots said it was great to share ideas with pupils from other schools.

Posted: 1st October 2021.

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TVLP EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES POSTER 

The TVLP MFL Network created this great poster to celebrate #europeandayoflanguages, showcasing some of the languages spoken across their schools.

It features pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Slough & Eton C of E Business & Enterprise College, St Mary’s School Ascot, and The Windsor Boys’ School. 

Which language will you learn?

Posted: 24th September 2021.

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CELEBRATING 2020-2021

We can’t believe another year has passed already, and what a year it’s been.

As well as producing our Annual Report, we’ve also created an end of year film to celebrate our many events, speakers, competitions, staff networks, and initiatives.

Click here to read our Annual Report.

Posted: 12th July 2021.

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TVLP SHORTLISTED FOR AWARD

We’re delighted to announce that the TVLP was shortlisted for the ‘New Start Up of the Year’ at the Thames Valley Awards.

This was due to the successful programme of events, competitions, networks and activities we’ve delivered since we launched in September 2019.

The ceremony took place virtually on 29th April. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but it was great to spread the news about our wonderful cross-school activities.

Posted: 30th April 2021.

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WINNER OF THE TVLP FRENCH SPELLING BEE ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to Vaishnavi Vatsavai, a student at Holyport College, for winning the TVLP French Spelling Bee, scoring 100%.

Round 3 was very close, with students Varnika Burle at The Langley Academy, Ivan Grygorov at The Windsor Boys’ School, & Maryam Nothhelfer at Holyport College also doing exceptionally well.

Thanks to our judges Elise Martin and Stephanie Lorgeoux.

Posted: 16th March 2021.

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WORLD BOOK DAY TVLP BOOK BUNDLE GIVEAWAY

Posted: 11th March 2021.

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TVLP GREAT BERKSHIRE BAKE OFF WINNER ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to Aiza Rashid, a student at The Langley Academy, for winning the TVLP Great Berkshire Bake Off competition. 

tvlp.org.uk/gbbo

Posted: 10th March 2021

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BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Holyport College, The Langley Academy, and The Windsor Boys’ School who have all gained multiple copies of this book for their students.

Posted: 23rd February 2021.

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TVLP STUDENT MAGAZINE

We are delighted to announce that our student magazine is now available to read on our website.

Planned in conjunction with the TVLP Student Committee, it contains articles and features from students and staff across all 8 TVLP schools, as well as simple recipe ideas, book recommendations, and a GCSE quiz.

To read the magazine, click here.

Posted: 1st February 2021.

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TVLP ARTICLE FEATURES IN THE TONY LITTLE CENTRE’S LATEST JOURNAL

An article, written by TVLP Coordinator, Clare Matheson, features in the latest journal published by The Tony Little Centre at Eton College.

You can read this, plus 26 other articles on education after Covid-19 here: https://cirl.etoncollege.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/11/issue-4.pdf

Posted: 27th November 2020.

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TVLP STUDENT COMMITTEE

Earlier this month, the TVLP Coordinator set up the TVLP Student Committee. This comprises of 17 pupils including school prefects, Head Boys, and Head Girls from across our schools.

The Student Committee met with the TVLP Coordinator this week to discuss the ways they would like to get more involved in the TVLP. In this academic year, the pupils have decided this will include organising events, speakers and competitions, and leading on the creation of a TVLP student magazine.

The next committee meetings are scheduled for December.

Posted: 20th November 2020.

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GCSE ART COMPETITION FEATURED IN THE SLOUGH & WINDSOR EXPRESS

We are delighted for our talented students that the TVLP GCSE art competition is featured in this week’s edition of the Slough & Windsor Express newspaper.

To view the online exhibition, go to tvlp.org.uk/art-competition

Posted: 30th October 2020.

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TVLP THEATRE TICKETS COMPETITION WINNER

Zainab has won two tickets for Alan Bennett’s ‘The Lady in the Van’ live performance, worth £60.00, on Wednesday 28th October 2020 at The Theatre Royal Windsor.

For information on upcoming competitions and events, add us on Twitter (@ThamesValleyLP).

Posted: 19th October 2020

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INSPIRING & EDUCATIONAL TALKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS TVLP SCHOOLS

Following partnership cooperation, we are delighted to offer all TVLP schools instant access to a range of Eton College’s recorded speaker talks, including those outlined below.

Login details have been sent to each TVLP school. For further details and/or login information, email info@tvlp.org.uk

Posted: 8th October 2020.

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TVLP’S 2020-21 CAREER SERIES

We are pleased to announce that the first videos in our 2020-21 Career Series are now available to view on our website and YouTube channel.

Speakers ranging from officer level, to senior managers and Directors, have opened up about their jobs, their career paths, and advice they have for students.

We’ve also included links to external career videos and information produced by the BBC, Prospects, the National Career Service, and other relevant organisations, ensuring students can find information that is of interest to them.

Thanks to partnership working across our schools, we will be opening up further talks in additional career areas as the academic year progresses.

tvlp.org.uk/careers

Posted: 1st October 2020.

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CELEBRATING 2019-20: TVLP FILM

We’ve produced a film, highlighting some of our guest speakers, events, competitions, staff networks, and initiatives in this academic year.

Posted: 30th June 2020.

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MY DEAR NEW FRIEND SCHEME

http://tvlp.org.uk/mdnf

Posted: 28th May 2020

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RESEARCH EVENT AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE

Our latest research network speaker event is now available to view on YouTube.

Posted: 11th May 2020

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TVLP HOPE COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Each of the winners will receive a £30 National Book Token gift card.

To view the Hope competition book, containing all the winning and commended entries, click here.

Posted: 29th April 2020

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TVLP YOUTUBE CHANNEL LAUNCHED

In response to the coronavirus lockdown, and the resulting school closures, we are proud to announce that we now have our own YouTube channel.

There are a number of events which would have taken part at one of our schools, however these can be delivered online through a mixture of live streaming events and pre-recorded videos.

Our first YouTube addition is by Natalie Packer for the TVLP’s SEN staff network, with a Q&A video to follow in 2 weeks time.

You can access our YouTube videos by clicking here

Posted: 22nd April 2020

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TVLP ‘MAKE A CHANGE’ ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT INSPIRATIONAL FOR STUDENTS.

 

TVLP students with Catherine Conway, Founder of Unpackaged.

Students from Beechwood School, Eton College, The Langley Academy, St Joseph’s Catholic High School, and The Windsor Boys’ School had an amazing opportunity to hear from, and talk directly to, a number of environmental experts at the TVLP’s ‘Make A Change’ event on 6th March.

They included Catherine Conway, Founder of Unpackaged. She set up the first zero waste shop in the UK over a decade ago and has since advised companies including Waitrose, M&S, & Asda, on their zero waste products and aisles.

 

TVLP students with Nicola Davidson and Leah Robson from MaidEnergy.

Next were 2 Directors from MaidEnergy, a local solar panel co-operative based in Maidenhead. Nicola Davidson and Leah Robson, gave a thought provoking talk on renewable energy, which included potential careers in the industry.

Students then had the opportunity to mix with pupils from different schools to brainstorm ideas about environmental changes they could make within their own school grounds, canteens etc. They were assisted by knowledgeable volunteers from Plastic Free Windsor, a group set up to encourage people to become plastic free, as well as Catherine, Nicola and Leah.

 

TVLP students with volunteers from Plastic Free Windsor.

Towards the end of the event, each school then re-grouped to choose 2 potential changes they wanted to investigate making.

 

Some of the great student ideas

They will be supported by TVLP Coordinator, Clare Matheson. Her previous work in the environmental sector has included advising businesses and third sector organisations on changes they could make in areas including waste, water, travel, and purchasing.

The feedback forms from pupils was overwhelmingly positive, with 100% stating they had learnt something new, and comments including:

“I enjoyed the vast amount of opinions and ideas from everyone in every school. It’s good to think some of these will go into action” – The Windsor Boys’ School student.

“[I liked] collaborating with different schools to solve collective problems” – Eton College student.

“It was very interactive and it helped me understand more about the environment” – Beechwood School student.

“I learnt that people can really make a different with just an idea” – The Langley Academy student.

Posted: 6th March 2020

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TVLP WORLD BOOK DAY COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED.

Posted: 5th March 2020

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AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, MUHAMMAD KHAN, SPEAKS TO STUDENTS AT THE TVLP’S WORLD BOOK DAY EVENT.

99 students and staff from TVLP schools, including Eton College, Slough & Eton Church of England Business & Enterprise College, St Joseph’s Catholic High School, and The Windsor Boys’ School, attended the TVLP World Book Day speaker event with award-winning author Muhammad Khan, held at Beechwood School in Slough.

Muhammad talked about a number of relevant and challenging topics including Islamophobia, toxic masculinity and femininity, and identity, as well as discussing his path to becoming a published author.

Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive with comments including:

“I liked hearing about the issues experienced by different groups of people” – Beechwood School student

“I learnt that it is vital to be open minded” – The Windsor Boys’ School student

“It inspired me a lot to follow my dreams” – Beechwood School student.

A student from Beechwood School, and a student from The Windsor Boys’ School, won a signed copy of his book ‘Split’ plus a copy of his previous book ‘Kick the Moon’.

A number of pupils took the chance at the end of the event to get photographs with Muhammad, who was very obliging.

Muhammad is an engineer, a secondary-school maths teacher, and a YA author. He takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. His debut novel I Am Thunder was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, won the Branford Boase First Novel Award, the 2018 Great Reads Award and a number of regional awards.

His latest book, Split, is available for free at mainstream book retailers through the National Book Token scheme.

To find out more about upcoming TVLP events, click here.

Posted: 2nd March 2020

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TVLP SPEAKER EVENT WITH LORD BIRD IS A BIG SUCCESS

Over 150 students, staff and parents from our schools, including Beechwood School and Eton College, attended the TVLP’s speaker event with Lord Bird at St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Slough.

They were all keen to hear about Lord Bird’s unique life story from poverty, homelessness at the age of 5, crime and exclusion from school, to establishing The Big Issue and now being a Member of the House of Lords, working to get his Future Generations Bill through parliament. 

During the event question & answer session, a student asked Lord Bird whether he had any advice for them. His response was “never give up”.

Feedback from his unique and unorthodox style of speech was overwhelmingly positive, with student comments including:

“Lord Bird’s life story from a rough upbringing shows how determination and a vision can alter things, both for him and for millions of others”

“Lord Bird gave a very different outlook on how to think outside the box but also how the box could be changed” 

“I enjoyed the jokes because they engaged my attention”

“This truly brought back my faith in humanity” 

A number of pupils took the chance at the end of the event to get photographs with Lord Bird, who was very obliging.

Pictured: Lord Bird with 5 students from St Joseph’s Catholic High School.

Pictured left to right: 4 students from St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Ciran Stapleton, Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Lord Bird, a student at Eton College, Clare Matheson, TVLP Coordinator, a student from Eton College, Misha Mehta, Eton’s Social Action Mentor.

A signed copy of Lord Bird’s book ‘How to Change your Life in 7 Steps’ was won by event attendee, Vimbai Chunga, a student at St Joseph’s Catholic High School.

Pictured above: The Slough & South Bucks Express article covering the event.

To read the story, see our external articles page by clicking here.

To find out more about upcoming TVLP events, click here.

Posted: 28th January 2020.

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THE MAYOR OF SLOUGH LAUNCHES THE TVLP STUDENT ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION.

Pictured left to right: Natalia Malczewska (commended) from St Joseph’s Catholic High School, TVLP Coordinator Clare Matheson, The Mayor of Slough Councillor Avtar Kaur Cheema, Aoife Brennan (competition winner), Deimante Montvilaite (highly commended), & Joshua Dewing, all from The Langley Academy

The TVLP Student Environmental Photographer of the Year competition was a huge success. We had entries from students at 7 of our schools, with 1 winner being selected and 4 runner up entries.

The competition exhibition was launched by the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Avtar Kaur Cheema, on 2nd December.

All 45 images will be on display at The Curve (1st floor) until 31st January 2020 www.thecurveslough.com

Posted: 3rd December 2019

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TVLP STUDENT ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION – WINNER ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the WINNER of the TVLP Student Environmental Photographer of the Year competition.

Winner: Aoife Brennan from The Langley Academy. Age: 17.

Aoife’s decision to capture this well-known brand in a stylised way, ‘littering’ the environment, was very relevant to the competition brief, especially given that Coca-Cola was named the world’s most polluting brand in a plastic waste audit. The photo demonstrates how much humans are impacting our planet, while also being an excellent photograph in its own right.

We had a lot of entries from across 7 of our schools so it was a difficult decision choosing from the shortlisted images. Four others stood out to our judges so we chose those as runners up. They are as follows:

Highly Commended: Deimante Montvilaite, The Langley Academy. Age: 18

Commended: Francesca White, St Mary’s School Ascot. Age: 17

Commended: Natalia Malczewska, St Joseph’s Catholic High School. Age: 13

Commended: Hayden Newell, The Windsor Boys’ School. Age: 14

All the shortlisted images will be on display at The Curve in Slough throughout December 2019 and January 2020. www.thecurveslough.com

Thank you to the judges from Rhubarb & Custard Photography, Salli (left, in the photo above), Rosie (right, in the photo above), and Kirsty. Rhubarb & Custard also donated the winning prize: a DSLR photography 1 day Workshop worth £125 www.rhubarbandcustard.com

Posted: 30th November 2019

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HEAD TEACHERS MEETING

Back row, left to right: Ben McCarey, Head Master, Holyport College; Alison Lusuardi, Head Teacher, The Langley Academy; Simon Henderson, Head Master, Eton College; Danuta Staunton, Headmistress, St Mary’s School Ascot; Gavin Henderson, Head Teacher, The Windsor Boys’ School. Front row, left to right: Peter Collins, Head Teacher, Slough & Eton Church of England Business & Enterprise College; Kathleen Higgins, Head Teacher, Beechwood School; Ciran Stapleton, Head Teacher, St Joseph’s Catholic High School.

The Head Teachers from the Thames Valley Learning Partnership held their first meeting, since the appointment of the TVLP Coordinator, on Wednesday 20th November.

They agreed on the positive progress made by the TVLP Coordinator, and on the TVLP Events Programme for the 2019-20 academic year, which was drafted following ideas and feedback from various teachers, support staff, students and the Heads themselves.

Upcoming events, which are open to students and/or staff from every TVLP school, can be found on our Events page

Posted: 21st November 2019

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TVLP STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER COMPETITION EXHIBITION

As well as a fabulous prize, we now have a great venue, The Curve in Slough, where shortlisted student photographs will be displayed in December & January.

For information on how to enter the competition, go to www.tvlp.org.uk/competitions

For information on The Curve, go to www.thecurveslough.com

Posted: 25th October 2019

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PRIZE FOR THE TVLP STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER COMPETITION

We are delighted to announce the prize for the TVLP Student Environmental Photographer of the Year competition, which is now open for entries.

A DSLR Photography 1 Day Workshop, worth £125, courtesy of Rhubarb & Custard.

Subjects covered will include:

Setting up your camera and basic camera functions and settings, the basics of exposure, composition – creating impact, exposure practical session, settings, exposure and composition review, with practical, pulling it all together.

For information on all the courses Rhubarb & Custard run, go to www.rhubarbandcustard.com 

Posted: 22nd October 2019

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TVLP LOGO DESIGN WINNER PRIZE PRESENTATION

Congratulations to student Haashim Bukhari, aged 17, from Slough & Eton C of E Business & Enterprise College, pictured here receiving the £70 arts hamper (donated by Hobbycraft, Staines store) and certificate for his winning TVLP logo design entry.

Posted: October 2019

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LOGO COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the WINNER of the TVLP student logo design competition:

Haashim Bukhari from Slough & Eton Business & Enterprise College.

It was a difficult decision choosing from the shortlisted entries so we also chose two worthy runner up designs. They were created by:

Thomas Barry from Eton College, and Pey Ying Tsang from The Langley Academy.

Logo design can be challenging so what impressed us was that the finalists’ designs were all quite different and used disciplines which, as designers, we see all the time when tackling a brief. Overall, the standard of the students’ entries was very high.

Winner: Haashim Bukhari. We really liked the simplicity of this design – less is more after all – and especially the use of the abstract pattern to evoke water. But what nudged this entry slightly higher and made it the winner was that it is really current – it would really stand out in a noisy graphic environment and especially in social media – good design is strong communication after all, and Haashim really nails it!

Highly Commended: Pey Ying Tsang. We love the way that Pey has thought about concept here. Ideas and partnerships are key to what the Thames Valley Learning Partnership is all about so a visual device which represents this will always say more than a logo which just looks aesthetically pleasing but doesn’t actually say anything! Well done Pey.

Highly Commended: Thomas Barry. Again, another strong concept here – the River Thames device which weaves through the letters pulling the typography together in partnership is a cool and bold idea. And lower case is always a nice option when you want a logo to look understated and confident. Great work Thomas!

Thank you to the judges from Dunk Design, Duncan Gordon (Managing Director), Leigh Hammans (Client Services Director), and Chris Prior (Graphic Designer), all seen in the above photo www.dunkdesign.co.uk

Posted: September 2019

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TVLP LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION

A design competition has been launched across our partner schools, aimed at getting students to submit designs for the Thames Valley Learning Partnership’s logo.

With no current branding guidelines, pupils are free to fully use their imaginations and creativity.

The chosen logo will be used on our website, on our Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, and on our promotional materials.

Hand drawn entries are welcome.

JUDGING

Helping to judge the entries will be Dunk Design, a creative design, print and digital solutions company based in Windsor.

To view some of their work, see their website www.dunkdesign.co.uk

WINNER’S PRIZE

 

The competition prize, pictured here with Hobbycraft, Staines Manager, Kiran.

A special thank you to Hobbycraft, Staines branch, who have kindly donated a prize for the winning student. It includes Daler Rowney, Derwent & Reeves products and is worth £70.00 (retail value).

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 24th September.

For further details contact Clare Matheson, TVLP Coordinator, by emailing c.matheson@tvlp.org.uk

Posted: September 2019

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APPOINTMENT OF A TVLP COORDINATOR

The Thames Valley Learning Partnership has appointed a Coordinator this month, Clare Matheson.

Clare has had a successful career in project management in the third sector. She has relevant experience across a range of skills including events, communication and marketing.

Outside of her TVLP role, she also plays an active part in her childrens’ school PTA.

Clare stated, “I’m really excited by the prospect of state and independent school collaboration. Opening up the different facilities, resources and contacts in each school will help increase the opportunities, experience and knowledge available to students, teachers and support staff across the partnership.”

To contact Clare please email c.matheson@tvlp.org.uk

Posted: September 2019