Year 8 parents, please note that the Year 8 Options Evening will take place on Thursday 1 March 2018 at 7.00pm.  This is a change from the January date published in the School Calendar. 

The school will close to pupils at 1.20pm on Wednesday 17 January.  School buses will collect pupils from school at 1.30pm after an early lunch.  Parents, please contact school without delay if this early closure causes you childcare problems.  Pupils who are unable to get home may remain in school, supervised by staff, until 3.15pm.  Normal lessons will be suspended.  The time gained will be used by staff in training for raising achievement as part of the school’s strategies for attaining consistently high levels of pupil progress.

Year 11 pupils will soon have a foretaste of summer when they take part in a mock GCSE Results Day on Thursday 18 January.  They will be handed the subject grades attained in the recent mock examinations in sealed envelopes, to replicate GCSE results day.  Overall, the results are encouraging and this will be a good news day for most of our pupils.  Following special assemblies, various small groups will be offered personalised support which reflects outcomes attained.  Some pupils will have meetings with senior staff to review their results and make action plans for improvement.


This week’s recommended reading is by senior student librarian and Year 11 pupil Teegan Shires.  She has selected The Freedom Writers’ Diary by Erin Gruwell.  Teegan writes, “I love this book because it shows how an English teacher inspires pupils to make their lives better.  This non-fiction text uses extracts from the diaries of a group of American teenagers who live in a run-down area.  They begin to learn new things which change their outlook and improve their prospects.  This is life-affirming and inspirational.  Try it.”

Yours sincerely


Many thanks to parents and pupils for your generosity in supporting the school’s advent charitable fundraising.  The Carol Concert raised £300 for St Gemma's Hospice.  Over £600 was collected for the St Vincent's appeal and monies are still coming in.

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