Jack Hunt School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Jack Hunt School's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Jack Hunt School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Pamela Kilbey, head teacher,
with colleagues wrapping
Christmas books
Our students at the hospital
on Take Over Day
Jack Hunt School, Peterborough, is an inclusive, culturally
rich, oversubscribed, inner-city comprehensive at the heart
of its community. Their focus is on the school being a safe,
caring and restorative place, with very clear expectations and the
highest aspirations for all students to achieve beyond their initial
expectations, irrespective of the barriers to learning they may face.
Successes and accolades
Over recent years we have won awards for the exceptional progress our students
make, especially pupil premium students, and for our work with parents; we
have won Diana Awards for our support of deafness awareness and anti-bullying
schemes; and we have received national recognition of our China programme and
our student leadership work. In addition to this, we achieved the International
Schools Award; RE and Music Mark; and the Youth Sports Trust Gold Mark.
We are very proud of the significant difference our students make in the
community and of those individuals who have competed at Commonwealth,
Olympic and World Games in a wide range of sports. With over 67 different
languages spoken and students joining us from around the world, our belief in our
motto of “Being Different, Belonging Together” is fundamental to the culture and
ethos of the school. Furthermore, we have provided specialist provision for both
deaf and physically impaired learners for many years.
Our successes to date have been built on the extremely hard work and dedication
of all staff in the school. The learning support and pastoral systems have been
constructed to give students as much support as possible to overcome any barriers
to learning. Staff give generously of their time and since 2011 we have run a
»Head teacher: Pamela Kilbey
»Founded in 1969
»Based in Peterborough
»Type of school: Large diverse
inner-city comprehensive
school with specialist provision
»No. of students: 1,730
»No. of staff: 109 teaching
staff, 125 support staff
»Progress above the national
»EAL: 58 per cent
»Pupil premium: 30 per cent
»67 different languages spoken
Jack Hunt School
year-long programme of Saturday
and evening schools for year 11s.
Student feedback values highly this
Being a Jack Hunt student
All students joining us in year 7 have
two days in the school, an individual
“welcome meeting” with them and
their parents, work set over the holidays
around materials we provide, and the
option to attend a two-week transition
programme in August. Students who
join us mid-year, particularly those
without English, have specialised support
from the EAL team. In addition to that,
all staff are very skilled at adapting
resources for those with limited English.
Over the years we have developed
and refined personalised provision to
include a whole suite of innovative,
tailored programmes to support
students who on transition to year 7,
are not ready to access the curriculum.
In addition, we have very successfully
used forest learning to develop the
engagement and skills of learners. As
students have progressed into Key
Stage 4 we have developed an Altern8
programme for them tofollow.
Examination results may open doors,
but we are committed to ensuring
our students have the widest-
possible opportunities for leadership
throughout their school careers. Every
year 9 student undertakes a sports
leadership qualification and our sixth
formers work towards the Higher
Sports Leaders Award. They organise
sports and mini-Olympics here and
in local primary schools; help in a
special school and a senior citizens
group; as well as being officials at the
Great Eastern Run and other sporting
events. Students of all ages have
the opportunity to volunteer and be
trained as language leaders in local
primary schools; reading buddies;
Social Emotional Aspects of Learning
(SEAL) leaders; communication
leaders focusing on learning and
teaching; Talking in Confidence (TIC)
leaders; and leaders who offer advice
regardingonline safety. All six houses
have leadership roles for their students,
and the head prefect team have their
photographs on the official school
paper for the year.
Community engagement
We are grateful for the support of
our local businesses, which allows
us to always provide an invaluable
two-week work experience for all 300
year 10s. Our year 12s apply to be
trained and employed to tutor year
11s after school in mathematics and
English, with a potential bonus if their
mentee reaches their target grade.
On our annual “Take Over Day” all
leadership positions in the school and
local primary schools are taken over
One of our senior sports
leaders working with
primary pupils
Learning and teaching at
Jack Hunt School
We are
committed to
ensuring our
students have
the widest-
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by students. This has grown to include
leadership opportunities in a range of
local businesses, the hospital and the
police. Students who take part in our
annual China exchange lead sessions
in Shanghai schools and a number
of year 13s have taken advantage
of our university link in Nanjing to
undertake a gap year in Mandarin and
We use our pupil premium and catch-
up funding to ensure students are
supported in a really wide variety of
ways, and at Christmas, to develop
literacy and ensure that every student
receives a present, we purchase a
reading book for every student in the
school. These are individually labelled,
wrapped and chosen for their reading
age and interests.
We have always valued school-to-
school improvement systems. In
2010, we established the Jack Hunt
Community Learning Trust with eight
local primaries and a special school
to share good practice and focus on
improvement initiatives. We were
one of the pilot group establishing
Peterborough’s secondary school
improvement network and we have
used PiXL (Partners in Excellence)
strategies to raise attainment.
Overcoming challenges
Our challenges include the churn we
face. Despite being oversubscribed,
there are large numbers of midyear
admissions at both Key Stage 3
and4. Some students joining us have
no, or very limited, English. A very
small minority join us without having
accessed any form of education before,
while others have spent long periods
of time outside the school system.
On entry to Key Stage3 our students
join us significantly below the national
average. We have above-average
numbers of pupil premium students,
those with English as an additional
language (EAL) and SEN/D.
In April 2018, we deepened our ties
with four local primary schools to form
the Peterborough Keys Academies Trust.
We are already working together on a
year 5 to year8 curriculum and sharing
data and moderation across schools.
Joint visits to schools outside the city
help to research their work on reading,
writing, mathematics and curriculum
for year 7. We are also working on a
foundation programme with Professor
Deborah Eyre on high-performance
learning. Within Jack Hunt itself we are
continuing our research, aided by SSAT
innovations grants, on the acquisition
and use of academic language for both
first- and second-language speakers.
We are also benefiting from a pilot
programme which links our students
with leaders in the professional and
business world.
As we continue to navigate the
challenges that our students and the
education landscape present, we will
maintain our belief in making decisions
based on what is right for our students,
allowing them to flourish as individuals.
At Christmas,
to develop
literacy and
ensure that
every student
receives a
present, we
purchase a
reading book
for every
student in the
From this year’s
exceptional performance
of “Phantom of the


This article was sponsored by Jack Hunt School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy