Issue 997: 24th February 2023


Ofsted Inspection

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback to Ofsted via the ParentView questionnaire, and in particular to all of the pupils who were called upon to speak to the Inspectors or spoken to informally outside of lesson times.  The team passed on their thanks for the very warm welcome they received by all of our school community.  This is part of a formal process and I am not able to share any information about the findings or overall judgement until the final report is published.  This will take some weeks, but please rest assured you will be informed as soon as I am permitted to do so.

Year 9 Aspirations Day

Yesterday, and in preparation for taking their Options for Key Stage 4, Year 9 pupils enthusiastically engaged in a range of activities to assist them in making their choices.  These included a guidance talk and “subject fayre” in the hall, Pathways workshops, online careers sessions and a range of taster lessons.  The workshops were delivered by a range of external speakers, the majority of whom were former pupils, now leading success careers.  It was such a pleasure to welcome them back.


Following the events of the day, Options Evening took place and thank you to all of the parents/carers who were able to attend this important session.  Should you require any further guidance or advice please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 9 Team.  You will also have a further opportunity to speak to class teachers at the Year 9 Parents’ Evening, which will take place in school on Thursday 9th March.

Industrial Action – Wednesday 1st March 2023

As you will know from the media, an agreement surrounding teachers’ pay and conditions has not been reached, and, at the time of writing, it is almost certain that the second planned day of strike action will be taking place on Wednesday 1st March 2023.  Once again, in line with DfE guidance, we will be opening for Year 11 pupils, Year 13 students, vulnerable pupils, and children of critical workers.  We will be basing the latter on the information previously provided by parents, but should your needs have changed, please do let us know by emailing by no later than Monday 27th February, to allow us sufficient time to plan.  I will confirm full arrangements in a letter at the start of next week.

New York Trip

Over half-term a group of our Year 13 Business Studies students enjoyed an action-packed trip to New York City.  They were an absolute credit to the school and the teachers accompanying the trip felt privileged to share such a fantastic experience with them. Highlights of the trip included visiting the Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty and watching Aladdin on the infamous Broadway.  The memories of such opportunities are ones that stay with students for life, and we are delighted to be able to resume our pre-pandemic programme of extra-curricular trips and visits.  Not only did the students enjoy themselves…….

Highlights from the New York Trip 

Year 13 – Business Studies

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Blind Date With a Book!

The Library challenged pupils NOT to judge a book by its cover and go on a blind date with a book over half term.
The Year 8 Library monitors wrapped and decorated lots of books and we were delighted that they were all taken out on the first day! (Even if it did mean we had to frantically wrap up more books quickly!)

Upon returning their book pupils are asked to complete a simple mini book review on how successful their “date” was.



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WICKED Writing Competition

“You will be writing persuasively and be the change you
want to see!
This means writing about something you are passionate
about that could motivate the audience to make a change.

You could be asking for change in your school, in your
local community or worldwide. The trick is to write about something you have strong feelings towards as this will show in
your writing.”