Archive for January, 2016

Media Trip to BGT

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, English And Media, Parent News, School News

GCSE Media students were able to enjoy a trip to see the filming of auditions for Britain’s got talent at the Dominion Theatre in London. The aim is to help compete Unit 2 of their coursework and sixth form students for their Unit 1 Btec work.

The students travelled by Coach to London where they watched the filming of the talent show and understood how a television program is created.



National Citizen Service

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, Parent News, School News

NCS (National Citizen Service) has been working with the school to ensure we’re able to offer year 11 & 12 students the opportunity to take part. NCS is a government-backed programme for those aged 16-17, which takes place during the school holidays. It’s a great way for young people to learn the skills for work and life they need to succeed in the future, whilst having an amazing time.

The next programmes are running in the Summer for students who are not yet 18. Young people will be in teams with their friends and other students from local schools and colleges. Details of the programme are outlined below:

What happens on NCS?

  • Taster events: Meet NCS staff and other young people who will be taking part in the programme in your area before you go away.
  • 5 days residential: Outward-bound residential focusing on teamwork and problem-solving through a range of exciting outdoor challenges such as climbing and rafting.
  • 5 days away from home: A chance to learn new skills such as CV writing or first aid, and to find out more about your local community.
  • Make Your Mark project: Work from a local base with your team to plan and implement a community/volunteering project that makes a real difference in your area.
  • Graduation: Celebrate your NCS achievements and receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

NCS costs £50, with all meals and activities covered. They can offer bursaries to those who need financial support.

If you want to find out more please contact the NCS directly on ,head to the website or speak to Mr Garnham.


Firebreak Course

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, Parent News, School News

12 Year 9 students were given the opportunity to follow a week long course at Dovercourt Fire Station. During this time the group of girls and boys learned skills used by regular fire fighters such as ladder, hose and first aid work. The course not only provides opportunities linked directly to the job but perhaps more importantly they learned about respecting each other, the importance of communication, following instructions and work as a team to meet a goal.
The group had a very enjoyable week, if not a little cold and wet with the dip in temperatures last week. This was followed by a passing out parade on the final afternoon where parents and staff were able to see the results of their efforts in a practical method.
The students should be congratulated for their efforts.

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Green Britain Trip

Written by Anna Day on . Posted in Archived News, Parent News, School News

The Green Britain trip aims to bring Science, Maths and Technology together to inspire students about renewable technologies and explore how life in Green Britain could be. On Tuesday a group of our A*spire students travelled to the center in Norfolk and saw attractions such as The Greenbird, the worlds fastest wind powered vehicle and a wind turbine blade, famously reported to have been detached by a UFO. They also accessed the turbine, which is the only one in the world with a publicly accessible viewing platform, 67 metres up and offering 360 degree views of the Norfolk countryside.
The viewing platform was designed by Sir Norman Foster, architect of the Gherkin and New Wembley Stadium in London.

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