Trial exams update
Trial exams for Years 11, 12 and 13 start on Monday 23 November and run to Friday 4 December. Nearly all exams take place at the time when students would be in the lesson for that subject, and students will attend normal lessons when they are not in an exam.
We would request that you reinforce the following examination requirements with your child:
- All students should arrive for examinations with the correct equipment consisting of pen (plus spare) with black ink, pencil, ruler, rubber and calculator. In addition, a compass and a protractor are required for mathematics examinations.
- Only clear plastic pencil cases are allowed in the examination room and if students bring drinking water into the examination the label must be removed from the bottle.
Thank you for your support.
Parking and road safety
We are very aware that parking around our school is tight, particularly at the beginning and the end of the day. There are three schools in a very small area, and over the years the volume of traffic has increased significantly. We are developing plans that we are sharing with the local authorities which we hope, if successful, will go some way to alleviating this problem.
In the meantime, we politely ask parents/carers to refrain from stopping on the yellow zig zag lines outside the school when dropping off students. We ask that if you are driving your child to school and you are unable to find a legal drop-off point near the school, that you drop them off in one of surrounding roads and allow them to walk to school. This will go a long way to alleviating the issues of road safety around the school boundary.
Northamptonshire Police and Fire & Rescue Service have also requested that as part of Road Safety Week we distribute the following information to the parents/carers of our students. We all share the roads and need to play our part in keeping everyone safe. Please take the time to consider how you use the road and how it impacts on all other road users.
YouTube safety tips
YouTube is an online platform - owned by Google - where anyone can upload & watch video content. All different types of information, advice and entertainment are uploaded & billions of people tune in to watch, rate and comment on it. As a parent/carer, it’s important you understand exactly what content your children might be seeing.
Please download the poster below for key information and safety tips to help protect your child.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the School Shop now on Wisepay. Items such as pencil cases, calculators and dictionaries can be purchased via Wisepay, and will then be distributed to your child at school.
Following last term's logo competition, we are running another STEM competition. This time the competition is open to all year groups, and requires students to design and build a waterslide using recyclable materials. For full details, please see the poster.
Maths Challenges Blog
Issue 3 of Mrs Radd's maths blog starts off with a selection of GCSE problems to help Year 11 prepare for their trial exams next week, but there are still a number of other challenges appropriate for younger students.
Student invited into prestigious music ensemble
Following Year 13 student Henry G’s audition for Birmingham Conservatoire, he has received an invitation to join an ensemble for gifted young musicians. Only 45 young musicians are invited to join the ensemble from across the UK and Ireland. Rehearsals begin on Zoom and hopefully after the New Year they will be able to all meet in person. There will also be a professional recording involved too.
We are extremely proud of what Henry has been able to achieve and this really is a fantastic opportunity. Well done Henry and we look forward to hearing all about it.
Remembrance poem competition entries
Miss Newman would like to take the opportunity to share with you the fantastic entries we received for the Remembrance poem competition. Mr Davenport has read them all and has chosen a winner, which will be revealed in the next competitions assembly.
The Key Stage 3 Award is presented to...
Noah has had a fantastic start to Year 7 music. Noah always makes a conscientious effort to contribute in lessons and keep his written work to a very high standard. His knowledge and understanding is exemplary, and I look forward to seeing how he grows his performance skills across a wide range of instruments and tasks.
Awarded by Miss Bishop
The Key Stage 4 Award is presented to...
Natasha is a very hard-working and polite student who has used her practice time in her Year 11 lessons extremely effectively and has engaged in a variety of rehearsal techniques. She has gone above and beyond with her recent performance in our music lesson. She performed fluently and with great emotion, and she has continually worked to the best of her ability.
Awarded by Miss Barron
The Key Stage 5 Award is presented to...
In Year 13, students are working engaging with a ‘mock’ of their preparation towards their final live performance. Keya utilises all of her lesson time as well as her independent study, and has created an extremely detailed rehearsal plan, which has clearly demonstrated her understanding and ability to strive and challenge herself within her work. Her confidence and understanding has continued to grow, which is a pleasure to see.
Awarded by Miss Barron