Archive for September, 2014

Tony Lee – Author Visit

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Multiple-time New York Times Best-seller List Author and Eagle Award winning writer Tony Lee visited the school on Wednesday 17th September. Year 8 & 9 pupils participated in one of his ‘Change the Channel’ sessions, where he encourages reluctant readers not to give up on books. He explained to them that reading can be like watching television; if you don’t like a programme you can change the channel and this can apply to books as well. If you are unhappy with the type of book you read, there are many other subjects to choose from.

Tony also spoke to pupils about how he became better at writing exciting stories. He demonstrated this by involving students in a lively re-telling of a ‘cliff hanger’ moment from Robin Hood by asking them ‘why did this happen? By using their story suggestions he created a new and zany narrative from the beginning of the scene.

Two smaller groups of students were given the unique opportunity to take part in a workshop with Tony which showed them stories work better when the character/s are normal people like themselves.

The group were given a simple scenario – they were the only ones left in the school and there were five Vampires outside. What do they do? The workshop builds upon their own decisions, real world ones made to this fantastical threat. Where do they find weapons, and will they affect the Vampires? Do they want to fight or hide – or worse still be a Vampire? If it’s the latter, would they betray their friends to do this?

Exam Results

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GCSE Results

Year 11 students are celebrating 56% 5 A*-C including English and Maths. Lynne Gettings, Acting Headteacher, said:

“We are delighted with the many successes of our Year 11 students and congratulate them with pride. We have demonstrated progress across the ability range with an increase in A*/A in English, Geography and History, which breaks previous records. We are particularly proud that our GCSE results have held strong and stable against the national predictions of volatile results and shocks following significant changes to the exam system over the last 12 months.”

A Level and BTEC Results

Year 13 A Level and Btec results have improved yet again. The overall pass rate is 100%. In addition 97% of Sixth Form students achieved qualifications in 4 or more subjects.

Acting Headteacher Lynne Gettings said “Many congratulations to our Year 13 students. Staff are very proud of our students’ achievements. We are delighted that half of all grades are A*/A/B equivalent. Subjects that performed particularly well were IT, Media and Design. A real cause for celebration is the fact that every student who applied for a University place has secured the course of their choice. I wish all our students every success in their careers.”

The following students did notably well achieving at least 4 A Levels including a mixture of A Level top grades and Btec distinctions:

Daniel Bedingfield, Blerina Ferati, Craig Currey, Tia Gardiner and Farhaanah Begum.

Year 5/6 Open Evening

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Archived News, Parent News, School News, Student News

Year 5 & 6 students and their parents are invited to attend this event which take place 6-8pm on Tuesday 23rd September . It is an excellent opportunity to meet our students and staff, to see the exciting developments that have taken place in school and for us to share our great successes. If you are unable to make this date then we also offer Open Day Tours on 25th, 26th and 27th September from 9.20am, no appointments required.

Year 11 Academic Evening

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Archived News, Parent News, School News, Student News

Important Evening for Year 11 Parents/Carers

Monday 15th September 2014 6.30-8pm

With GCSE courses well underway, we would like all Year 11 parents to attend a special evening so that we can share with you a range of ways that you can work with the school to maximise your son/daughter’s grades over the coming months.

There will be a brief presentation at the start of the evening in the School Hall, followed by a series of informal presentations with the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session.

96% of parents rated last year’s evening for Year 11 parents as good or outstanding. Research shows that the support students receive during their GCSE years from both parents/carers and the school has a significant impact upon GCSE grades.

Heads of Learning Community and Senior Leaders will be available to answer individual questions over tea and coffee at the end of the evening.

Show My Homework

Written by Belinda Gosling on . Posted in Archived News, Parent News, School News, Student News

Last year we started to use the Show My Homework computer programme. This enables staff to load students’ homework on to a system which then organises the  homework and gives each student their own timetable. Students then access this from their own homepage. There is now an app that can be downloaded for free from the Apple and Google play stores for IOS and Android phones. This enables students to read their homework on their mobile phones. Please encourage your son /daughter to download and use this app.