Blog week ending 21st January

Posted on: 21/01/2022

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce two new member of our Pastoral team, Mrs Sneller who joins us as Student Manager for Years 7 & 8 and Mrs Wheatley who joins as WG6 Pastoral & SEN Administrator.

GMrs Sneller comes with extensive experience of creating a positive and nurturing environment in a secondary school setting to support students’ academic goals. 

“I am very much looking forward to getting to know our students and working with them on activities and sessions that champion wellbeing and support mental health”



Mrs Wheatley has a wealth of experience working as the SENDco at a boys’ school asG1 well as a role at Kent County Council where she was responsible for developing educational healthcare plans for schools across the borough.

“I am particularly aware of the potentially heightened levels of anxiety around examinations and am keen to build relationships with our students, making sure we are on hand to provide wellbeing ‘toolkit’ sessions as well as one-to-one support”



Mrs Munden’s GCSE Biologists have been extending their studies of photosynthesis with a practical lesson using aquatic plants to determine the effect of light intensity on the photosynthesis.  The plants release bubbles of oxygen during photosynthesis which can be counted over a ten-minute period to determine the rate of photosynthesis.



WG6 Biologists have been investigating the effect of temperature on enzyme action.  Students took part in a practical lesson to test their hypothesis that optimum enzyme activity occurs before it denatures by testing pH levels on samples at different temperatures.



Our Year 10 Finance students took part in the Lobster Pot Challenge – a past paced, strategy competition which requires students to work in teams to buy the optimum number of lobster pots at the best price to maximise yield and overall profit.  A great and engaging session – Congratulations to all our Lobster Queens!



Year 9 Technology students have been researching nutrition, in particular the biological value of proteins.  In this practical lesson they made scotch eggs which have a HBV Protein (high biological value) using both sausage meat and an egg.  The results were delicious! Students varied their recipes using a variety of herbs with some opting for a meat substitute.

Pictured, a range of scotch eggs, including quorn, still an HBV protein, made by Daisy (on the left)


Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students have also been practising timed preparation and presentation challenges ahead of their mock GCSEs examinations.  The classroom was a hive of activity matching that of the MasterChef kitchens for creativity and professionalism!



Year 9 Options Evening Wednesday 26 January – please click here to view letter

Year 11 – Sixth Form Subjects Fair (student event, during school day) Tuesday 25th January

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher


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