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  • Students and Staff Give the Languages Department a Creative Makeover

    Published 10/09/21

    During the final days of the summer term the Languages Department had the opportunity to spend a couple of days working with a selection of year 8 pupils and the Art Department to give the corridor in the languages' area a make-over.  We wanted to include as many culturally interesting facts and images as we could, relating to France and Germany and their differing cultures.

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  • Students Celebrate ‘A’ level and GCSE Results Success

    Published 10/09/21

    I am delighted to report that our Sixth Form students and Year 11 students have again achieved some fantastic results.

    This year, despite the complications of the pandemic, the cancellation of the public examinations and the stress and strains of having to provide evidence of their knowledge and understanding via class based assessments, our students achieved some superb results.

    This year our Year 13 students achieved:









                      A*-E ( pass rate)


    At GCSE the grade distribution was equally impressive:









    The overall figures include some outstanding individual performances at both A level and at GCSE.  About 30 students achieved more than 5 grade 7 and above, and there were many who surpassed our expectations.  Overall at GCSE 77.6% of our pupils achieved 5 grade 4+ and 75% in both English and Maths are included in these 5 grades.

    We are very pleased for all our students who have passed these important examinations which now provides them with the ideal platform to move onto their next stage of education and training.

    Students of all abilities performed very well and as ever this is a credit to their hard work, the support that parents provided and the dedication and professionalism of the teachers.  My thanks and congratulations to everyone concerned.

    Special congratulations to the following students for their GCSE performance:

    Andrew Handley, Izzi Doyle, Jack Woods,Billy Seddon, Maddie Clements,Samuel Woods, Michaela Bell, Kirsty Hunt, Leila Lagder, Alexander Wilkinson,Aliya Forde, Lily Steen, Jodie Shillito, Sadheera Singhara Mudalige, James Kennell, Emily Turnham, Lily Ash, Geena Wood, Megan Chenery, Lauren Rufford, George Sheldrick, Yasmin Cazalet-Smith, Thea D’Apice, Holly Doyle, Elley Hollman, Abbey Leonard, Ria Peters, Oluwatobi Abiodun, Ilona Mailet-Elzein, Samuel Sleath, Freya Philip, Dylan Brocklehurst, Nanci-Mae Powley, Erin Hartley, Elizabeth Fox, Louis Ince, Mantha Radford, Isabella Amankwah-Antepim, Abbey Parker, Nyah Sawyer, Christopher Shanks, Jake Stirrat and Aimee Cheeseman

    and to:

    Nicola Damms; Kai Grant; Annabel Rice; Andrew Stevens; Samuel Walker; Cameron Hallett; Izabela Miraszewska; Abbie Summerscales; Victoria Rufford; Blake Bonthron; Aimee Lineker; Teide Marrable and Natasha Withers

    for their performance at A level, and to the following students for their performance in the Applied A levels:

    Jacob Andrade; Jessica Doyle; Josie Kaufman-Hill; Ella Plowman; Maria Smith; Bethany Evans; Hailey Atkinson; Natasha Lisney and Helen Cotzias


    Sunil Chotai




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  • Silver Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition

    Published 09/09/21

    On Monday 5th July 2021 six of our Year 13 students travelled to the New Forest where the students walked through the forests and heath around Lyndhurst to complete their Duke of Edinburgh qualifying expedition.

    We had a very wet and windy first night which resulted in flooded footpaths on days 2 and 3. Students had to re-plan their routes to avoid the flooded rivers and boggy ground on their second and third days of walking. The wet weather really highlighted their excellent preparation and organisation as they layered up with waterproofs and kept their spare kit dry. During their training I had brought an example meal of pasta with tomato and vegetable sauce and Frankfurters. They claim to have liked this so much that it’s all they ate for lunch and dinner four meals in a row! Despite the lack of variety in their diet, morale remained high and they successfully completed their expedition.

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  • Year 12 Horizons

    Published 09/09/21

    At the end of the Summer Term the Year 12 students took part in a variety of activities as part of the Horizons event here at the school.  

    The students had the opportunity to explore and develop wider skills essential in the world beyond school. 
    They also experienced a Next Steps Day where they spent time in a carousel of activities which included talks from various universities who explained why going to university is a wise choice and were on hand to answer the students' questions.  They also spent time creating CVs, writing personal statements, calculating student finance and honing interview skills. 

    Two days of Horizons were spent working in less familiar small teams on fun problem-solving activities which attracted points and prizes. Life skills such as ironing and sewing on a button were also included! 

    Their final day of Horizons was an alternative sports day where tutor group teams worked together on activities such as mini golf, skipping, hula-hooping and cheerleading to win the top spot. This year was particularly good fun with the addition of an inflatable assault course followed by a welcome and well deserved visit from the ice cream van on what turned out to be a very warm day!

    Mrs R Kearney
    Head of Sixth Form

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  • Longley Brothers qualify to represent GB in the 2021 BMX World Championships

    Published 25/05/21

    British Cycling have announced this week the qualified riders to represent Great Britain at the 2021 World BMX Championships in Papendal, Holland in August of this year.

    Due to only two national competitions taking place at the start of 2020, British Cycling have decided to use the final rankings from 2019.

    In 2019 Ben finished 8th in his age category and Lewis finished 2nd in his age category. Both have therefore been selected and will hopefully, all COVID restrictions allowing, be travelling to Holland to compete against the best riders in the World.

    Ben and Lewis have been racing for a number of years and have been fortunate enough to compete all over the World with the British team in the past. The National season starts again in the UK in June.
    We look forward to hearing your progress. Good luck boys.

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  • Frankie Connolly Joins the RAF Air Cadets

    Published 20/05/21

    Congratulations to Frankie Connolly who started as an RAF Air Cadet on 10th May 2021.

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