Reading Girls' School Newsletter - 12 JULY 2019

Principal's Message - The best performing non-selective school in Reading for the second year running, with a five-out-of-five’ rating!

What a great way to end the year! If you receive the ‘GET READING’ online weekly news, you will have seen that they published the national ‘Real Schools Guide 2019’, aka the traditional national school league tables based on GCSE results. The report gives us a ‘five-out-of-five’ national rating. Follow the link below to take you to the article.

The only thing left to say is well done to all pupils, staff and parents for all their hard work this year. Have a great summer break. We look forward to do even better things next year.

Jon Gargan, Principal

Bayer Cultivate Business Competition

On Wednesday 10 July a group of girls attended the final of the Bayer Cultivate Business Competition.

There were three teams from Year 9 Business Studies who previously had got through the school selection and a heat back in April and had been working on their ideas with business mentors.

There were eight teams from three schools involved. Sarah Soliman and Khadija Gouaddar - Sarija Wear - came 3rd and won £250 between them and Mateja Tot - Let it Blossom - came 2nd and took home a cheque for £250. Congratulations to all our girls who took part.

Whitley Excellence Cluster/Aspire2

This week a group of students, mainly school council representatives, joined schools from the Whitley area on a visit to the Houses of Parliament. They arrived early so there was time to walk through the park next to Parliament to admire the views of the Palace of Westminster and the Thames.

The visit started with a tour of the Houses of Parliament including both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The students saw the Queen’s throne that she uses for the state opening of Parliament, and her robing room, including Queen Victoria's throne. They also saw Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the buildings, and MPs' pigeon holes for messages.

Students then took part in a workshop on Laws and Debating and had an opportunity to discuss what they considered the most pressing problems facing the country. They also heard from the staff of MP Alok Sharma about their roles and the work of MPs.

Ashleyne Reen commented: "It was such an amazing experience! Now I know the history behind the Houses of Parliament and what the House of Commons and House of Lords are used for. I participated in workshops too. First we learnt the stages of a law being made, in which I would be able to explain, then we understood the role of an MP (Member of Parliament) and how to get in touch with the Reading MP Alok Sharma."

This very inspirational visit was kindly sponsored by the Whitley Excellence Cluster and Aspire2 who we are glad to work with and be supported by.

A huge well done to all the Year 7 and 8 students who recently took part in “I’m A Scientist Get Me Out of Here”. This online STEM enrichment activity gave the students the opportunity to log in the Medical Research Council Festival Zone and post questions directly to research scientists working in academic institutions across the country.

The students were involved with a total of four live chats, joined by up to 10 scientists at a time, quizzing them about their research and educational background, asking for advice about options and exams and sharing their cheesiest science jokes!

Each week, the students were able to vote for their favourite scientist but the scientists also nominated a student winner and congratulations go to Iqra Parvez in Year 8, who was nominated for her great questions and great engagement in the activity. She’ll receive a gift voucher and certificate to commemorate this fantastic achievement!


Last night we experienced our first ever dance show. The production had over 100 students from Year 7 – Year 10 working incredibly hard for several months to present a special performance. Dances were created through a range of topics studied in lessons, after school clubs, volunteering in opening evenings and auditions. The show also featured a variety of dance genres, including contemporary, musical theatre, hip-hop, jazz, latin, afrobeats and commercial.

The show was a tremendous success, with the dancers showing their incredible talents and professionalism. I want to thank all the girls involved in the showcase, from the dedicated dancers that have devoted hours towards rehearsals, to those working behind the scenes as sound technicians and runners. The show could not have taken place without your hard work – you should all be extremely proud of yourselves. Have an amazing summer break - here’s to many more dance shows to come! - Miss Gabriel

Teaching and Learning

Has your lesson been REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Active Leaning)?

Since September, students have been provided with the opportunity to give instant feedback to staff about their experiences within the lesson.

Students are provided with a token and at the end of the lesson, are asked if their lesson has been R.E.A.L (Relevant, Engaging, Active Learning). Students then place their token into the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ box, which is in every teaching classroom. Staff then uses this information to make any modification to the delivery of their lesson. These tokens are then collected in at the end of every week and counted. The totals for each term are outlined below.

It is very pleasing to see that throughout the year over 12,997 have been placed into the ‘Yes’ box, informing us that students do find their lessons Relevant, Engaging, Active Learning.

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