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Columbus News

Below you will find a series of articles on recent Columbus events, publications and achievements written by ourselves as well as local community partners.

Principals Blog...

  • From The Principal…

    I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with the staff and Governors at Columbus over recent weeks, revisiting our vision for the academy and sharing our collective views and aspirations for our very special young people.

    Once I had gathered all the thoughts, views and notes from staff I had the enormous task of trying to select which were the most important and pertinent suggestions (from among over 100 pages of notes!). It felt almost impossible to encapsulate everyone’s contributions!

    I therefore decided to display as many of the staff’s key words and phrases within a “wordle” which I think truly sums up everyone’s hopes and dreams for each and every one of our learners. Past this month’s blog, the vision will be displayed around the School and College campuses and also appear at the top of our website so that all can see our joined-up vision and united commitment to delivering the very best to our very special young people.

    Hallam’s Café continues to go from strength to strength. Small groups of students share the responsibility of opening the café – now open all day. If you are a regular customer, you can even get a Hallam’s Café loyalty card! This wonderful opportunity, set up by the FE team, is offering our young people opportunities to develop their communication skills, experience early work experience and practice their money skills. Thank you to all involved in the development of this wonderful learning experience.

    I am delighted to share with you all that following a visit from the Lord's Taverners and a sensory resource company, the Friends of Columbus School and College have been nominated their local Charity of the Year.

    The two groups will be taking the College sensory rooms as a joint project. Laser Electrical will be holding a number of sponsored challenges throughout the year and will have the Columbus name advertised on the back of their clothing to advertise us as their supported charity. They will also be adding details about us to their website and encouraging other businesses to join them in supporting us. Thank you to Claire Rayner, our Columbus Fundraiser, and Spencer Davis from Gepps Solicitors for linking us with these generous supporters.

    Until next month…..

    Mrs. Ginny Bellard

    Posted 23 May 2017, 05:20 by James Dorey
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A Day in the Life of... 
  • Tracey Plane – Head of Learning, FE Department

    When I started my teacher training at the University of Bath, I always remember being asked the question ‘where do you want to be in 3 years’ time’? Most people would answer with ‘a head of department’, ‘head of year’, etc., but I answered with ‘being a PE teacher in a special needs school.’ My college tutor said that this wasn’t a job and people just don’t become PE teachers in special schools.

    In my third year of teaching I became a PE teacher at Columbus School and College in 2009. I am sure you will agree I would love to meet my tutor now and tell her the job is possible!

    I have always enjoyed sports and taking part in many clubs in my personal time. However, Judo was always the sport that was my favourite. I have done it since I was four years old and have travelled to many places representing my country. My proudest moment had to be in 2015 when I took part in the World Championships and took a Bronze and in the Europeans taking Silver. The school supported me in my dream and even made me a Judo themed Christopher Carrot!

    I started my teaching career in a mainstream school and taught PE and Science until I saw a position at Columbus. I applied for the job and was lucky enough to be offered the role. Since working at Columbus I have had many wonderful experiences working with the students and watching them grow into strong minded and independent young people. I have supported 15 educational visits in my time to a number of destinations - Sailing, Wales, Mersea, Bradwell, Southampton, Tenerife, and Portugal. I think these are an excellent way for students to gain confidence, build independence and prepare for the next stages of their life and I always enjoy supporting the students on these visits.

    I was a member of the Physical Development team from 2009 - 2015 and in this time I was also the Head of Learning for two years. In 2012 we were lucky enough to take a group of students to the London 2012 Games and watched football, athletics and basketball. It really was lovely to give the students this opportunity. In 2014 the PD Department was nominated for the Active Essex School of the Year award and we were extremely proud to have won this and be the first ever Special School to win too! Everyone involved found the awards ceremony very rewarding.

    In my spare time and during school holidays I was an active member of the Discovery Club and ran the scheme as a play worker until 2014.

    Then in 2015 I moved across to the FE Department where I am now a Head of Learning. I really enjoy this role and have already learnt so many more things since taking on this role. I have lots of new ideas that I look forward to building into the College curriculum for the students and have a real passion for ensuring the students have the best future possible for them, leading a life as independently as they can.

    Over my time at Columbus I have taken part in a number of events to raise money for the school; the Nike London Half Marathon in 2010, the Southend Half Marathon in 2015 and a 10km Nuclear Muddy Races event in 2016. I enjoy a challenge and trying new things - in July I am taking part in a 5km inflatable race along with 12 other staff from Columbus and in May I have entered a 12km Nuclear Muddy Race again.

    I would like to thank the students and staff at Columbus for giving me the opportunities I have had and providing me with the skills, knowledge and expertise to fulfil my initial dream back in college to be a PE teacher for special needs students and to progress into my current role.

    Tracey Plane

    Head of Learning FE
    Posted 22 May 2017, 04:16 by James Dorey
  • Tae Flight - CLASS 5


    My name is Tae Flight, I am 8 years old and in Key Stage 2, Class 5.

    I am a happy, lively boy who is very sociable with children and adults alike.

    I like to listen to music, especially Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk and One Direction, What Makes You Beautiful. I enjoy singing and dancing in front of my friends after I finish my work. During snack times and lunch times I play on the trampoline, jumping up and down really high. I often play in the sand pit, creating sand castles to knock over with a toy car.

    My favourite subject is Art. I like to be creative with my designs, choosing bright colours and extra messy resources. I work hard with my friends, helping them to make good choices.


    I like to share my weekend news with my friends on a Monday morning.

    I used junk modelling to create a sculpture of the BT Tower in London. I felt very proud of this.

    For Chinese New Year I dressed up in traditional Chinese clothes and explored Chinese food.

    Victoria Beattie Class Teacher helped me to write all about me today!

    Posted 9 May 2017, 01:39 by James Dorey
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Latest News

  • 1st Broomfield Columbus Scouts   The '1st Broomfield Columbus Scouts' is now open and we held our first meeting on 12th May. Eight Columbus pupils have joined us as Scouts and are learning to follow ...
    Posted 21 May 2017, 23:55 by James Dorey
  • KS3 MEET THE LOCAL FIRE BRIGADE    Pupils in Key Stage 3 had a fantastic afternoon recently, when the local Fire Brigade brought a fire engine to visit School Campus! The pupils had the opportunity to try ...
    Posted 27 Mar 2017, 06:47 by James Dorey
  • KS2 – Great Britain   Key Stage Two are continuing with their Great Britain topic this half term. In Geography, they have been learning about the good old British Weather. Class 6 had lots of ...
    Posted 16 Mar 2017, 06:31 by James Dorey
  • KS4 Learn About the Community Code
    Posted 16 Mar 2017, 02:51 by James Dorey
  • Transition event - Thursday 26th March. See poster for full details.
    Posted 13 Mar 2017, 07:28 by James Dorey
  • World Book Day – Class 16
    Posted 6 Mar 2017, 05:00 by James Dorey
  • Pancake Day Fun!
    Posted 2 Mar 2017, 04:07 by James Dorey
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Easy Fundraising


Pupil Quotes

  • I like number work in Numeracy, playing football and playing on the field with my friends.
    Daniel Year 8
    Posted 9 Feb 2016, 00:28 by James Dorey
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From The Principal...

Ginny Bellard

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Columbus Fundraising


We are delighted to announce that John Mean, from Sainsbury's in Springfield, will be running the 2017 London Marathon for Friends of Columbus School and College.

Please find the below link for Johns's fundraising page;


Parent Questionnaire

Dear Website Visitor,

Thank you for showing an interest in the Parent Questionnaire I send out to all our families on a bi-annual basis.  I am always interested to hear the views of our parents/carers in order that we can maintain the very highest of standards for our children and young people.  Please follow the links below to see the latest results from the Parent Questionnaire.  You will see that these are true representations of our parents’ views – some positive and some with some points for improvement.  I strongly believe in taking the recommendations for improvements from families and building these into our Academy Improvement Plan or adapting our day-to-day working procedures to improve our services and approaches.  Any concerns raised are considered fully and will form key improvement projects for the months ahead. 

Anonymous Qualitative Comments – June 2016

Quantitative Feedback - Parent Carer Questionnaire June 2016

Final Quantitative Results - Parent Questionnaire - June 2015

Final Anonymous Qualitative Feedback from June 2015 Questionnaire to Parent Carers

Quantitative Results - Pupil and Student Questionnaire - January 2015

Quantitative Results - Parent Questionnaire - January 2015

Quantitative Feedback - Pupil Questionnaire without symbols - January 2015

Anonymous Qualitative findings from January 2015 questionnaire to Pupils and Students

Anonymous Qualitative Feedback from January 2015 Questionnaire to Parent Carers

Parent Questionnaire (Quantitative) - June 2014

Parent Questionnaire - June 2014

Parent Questionnaire - January 2014

Parent Questionnaire - June 2013

Parent Questionnaire - Janunary 2013




Diary Dates

24th November 2016 -  Parents’ Evening School Campus

1st December 2016 -  Parents’ Evening College Campus

9th March 2017 -  Parents’ Evening School Campus

16th March 2017 -  Parents’ Evening College Campus

15th June 2017 -  Parents’ Evening School Campus

29th June 2017 -  Parents’ Evening College Campus

Ofsted Report