Blog week ending 24th January

Posted on: 24/01/2020

Keep calm and carry on playing!  A recent study commissioned by The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference found that taking part in sport during exam time has a positive impact on students.  The study found that students are happier, less anxious and more resilient and robust.  The study highlights the relationship between involvement in sport and mental toughness.  We have seen the benefit that sporting involvement can have on our students’ wellbeing and encourage involvement where possible.  Our GCSE students have the opportunity to take part in sport during timetabled Recreational PE sessions (pictured below) and via elective after school and lunchtime clubs.  The full article about the study’s findings can be read on our twitter feed here


Thank you to all parents/carers who attended our Y9 Options Evening, I hope you and your daughter found the information provided, and the opportunity to speak with subject teachers, useful in making subject choices.  This year we have introduced a new GCSE option, Sociology.  To read about all of our GCSE courses please click here to read an electronic version of the Year 9 Options Booklet (the booklet is on our website, on the Curriculum Overview page under Key Stage 4)


Year 8 Food Technology students prepared a Bolognese sauce to accompany their pasta which they had made in a previous lesson.  The recipes chosen, whether meat or meat-free required students to demonstrate safe knife skills in the preparation of their chosen recipe.



Holocaust Memorial Day.  Genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups. Now more than ever, we need to stand together with others in our communities in order to stop division and the spread of hatred in our society.  Year 13 students travelled to Auschwitz, Poland as part of a project run by the Holocaust Education Trust which subsidises students to listen to a Holocaust survivor and also make the trip to the infamous extermination camp. Jonathan Bateman and Ellie Vanner who attended the trip wrote a thoughtful presentation to share some of their knowledge and convey a sense of lessons learnt.  It was clear from their delivery they were very moved by the experience and their presentation very much captured the essence of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme – Stand Together.

Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good.

- Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe


Dance project in PE.  Y7 students have been perfecting a ‘horror’ themed dance where emphasis is made on dramatic movement and facial expression.  Each group choregraphed their own scary routine to be performed to the rest of the class!



Year 9 Biology students enjoyed a practical lesson as they investigated different food types using a range of tests to see if they contained carbohydrates, lipids or proteins.  These food tests are a ‘required practical’ on the GCSE course.




PFA update.  Please consider donating any unwanted gift items to the PFA and we will use them in future events to raise funds for projects that will directly benefit our students. 

Easyfundraising and AmazonSmile.  With your help we have raised £919.00 with only 32 supporters.  It’s easy and free to join and provides us with valuable funds.  Please see the poster below for more information.



Forthcoming – The Battlefields Trip Y8 – please note the date of the trip has changed, the trip is now scheduled for 13th March, our apologies for any confusion caused.

Best wishes,


Michelle Lawson

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