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[email protected] - Friday 7th February 2020

Message from the Head of School:

As we approach the half way stage of the year, I would like to ask again for your support in maintaining the high expectations of our students.

Every year, expert learners make far more progress in their GCSE exams than others. With expectations and attitude, the little things matter - this leads to more progress.

Over half term, we will send reminders of these little details; our mobile phone policy, our 8:50am start, our uniform policy, our out of class guide along with our attendance targets.

Together, we can have “no limits” for all of our students.

Mr Ravenscroft


Curriculum Area students of the week:



Drama: The whole of 7M4 for some fantastic performances on horror.

Art: Xander Wilson for dedication to improve his work and grade.

Music: Hollie Stephenson Bainbridge for her continued hard work and dedication to her music course.


Thoriq Farras – a fantastic analysis of the character of Sybil Birling in An Inspector Calls.


French – Paige Barenskie – fabulous work in lessons

German – Lacey Kerrison – superb effort and attitude in every single German lesson.


Amazing revision from 11M1 who have spent 12 hours and 53 minutes answering 1905 questions on Seneca learning!

11M2 are having a slower start with 1 hour 53 minutes and 237 questions.


All the students involved in the Intermediate Maths Challenge this week, fantastic effort from all involved.



Hospitality and Catering: Evie Hill, Talia Ullah and Elliot O’Connor for clearly listening to instructions and producing some fantastic eclairs.

Food: Mahek Akhtar and Amber Wilson for some creative homework about fats. Jack Wright-Sims and Bradley Norris for being amazing at following a recipe creating a fabulous result.

House Cup Position

Top Reward Points in Each House

House Cup Events Calendar

WC- 10th February 2020

Charity Events

Reading Plus

Punctuality Cup

WC-24TH February 2020

Fairytale competition

Reading Plus

Punctuality Cup

WC- 2ND March 2020

Countdown Competition

Reading Plus

Punctuality Cup

World Book Day Competition

WC-9TH March

History Day

Reading Plus

Punctuality Cup

WC- 16TH March

Escape Room

Reading Plus

Punctuality Cup

WC- 23rd March

Punctuality Cup Final

Reading Plus

WC- 30th March

1 v 100 Competition

Reading Plus

Noticeable Achievements:

Well done to all students who took part in our spelling bee. Over sixty students took part in the event with Jaheim Williams coming 1st, Muhammad-Ali Zaidi 2nd and Tommy Uscroft in 3rd.

Hot Choc Friday Students


MFL – This half term students will:

Yr 7  - learn how to talk about school in French

Yr 8 French – learn how to talk about holidays and travel

Yr 9 French – learn how to talk about social media

Yr 10 French – learn how to talk about free time and leisure activities

Yr 11 French – begin revision and speaking exam preparation

Yr 8 German – learn how to talk about a healthy lifestyle

Yr 9 German – learn how to talk about ambitions and future plans

Yr 10 German – learn how to talk about free time and leisure activities

Year 11 – there are new enrichment groups – please check your timetable and make sure you turn up!!


CAPA - Extra-Curricular Activities:

The production of North has had a good week of rehearsals with Poppy Firth George Firth and Amy Dobbs creating the introduction with an excellent tap routine. Next week will be the rehearsal for the 50s swing performance.

Orchestra will be running on a Tuesday after school. All instrumentalists are invited to attend. This will run from 3.15-4.05pm.

Ukulele Club takes place on a Thursday after school from 3.15-4.05pm.

Vocalize also takes place on a Thursday after school from 3.15-4.05pm.

Dance club (OK2) Thursday after school 3:05-4:00pm


The First Story enrichment experience continues with our writer-in-residence, Russ Litten, each Tuesday in 1N11 with Mrs Mills. This week, students produced 'What if?’ stories.

This term:

Year 7s continue to read and analyse Shakespeare’s play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Year 8s continue to read and analyse a modern novel: Annabel Pitcher’s ‘My Sister Lives in the Mantelpiece’ or Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Shadow’, linking these novels to real life acts of terrorism that changed the world forever.

Year 9s continue to read and analyse Shakespeare’s play: Much Ado About Nothing.

Year 10s continue to read and analyse J B Priestley’s, An Inspector Calls in preparation for their English Literature GCSE and work on the skills needed to be able to access the English Language GCSE Paper 2.

Year 11s continue to work on exam skills for reading and writing for their GCSE Language Paper 1 in preparation for their mock examinations this week.

Reading Plus enrichment sessions are available before and after school in 1N11.

Reading Plus top students for most words read so far:

Y7 – Daniel Young (107, 613)

Y8 – Grace Walgate (153, 731)

Y9 – Jack Newman (110, 222)

Y10 – Scarlet Rowland (122, 949)

Y11 – EmmaJane Drant (28, 143)

Reading Plus top students for most combos so far:

James Wass – 35

Joshua Gray – 31

Isaac Gray – 28

Alan Kaniewski – 27

Grace Wilson – 26

Well done to 8M1 who are currently top of words read (1,317,586)

As an academy we have read 6,699,493 words.

Every student in Y7-Y10 (M pathway to S pathway should be accessing Reading Plus each week to complete their homework. If your child cannot access it or has forgotten their log in details they need to speak with their English teacher or Mrs Anderson asap.


HegartyMaths homework club on Monday morning from 8am in 0N1, and on Wednesday morning from 8am in 0N3. KS4 drop in maths session on Tuesday morning from 8am in 0N1.

Hospitality and Catering

Year 11 students have started their coursework. It is imperative that they are in lesson to complete. If they miss a lesson, they need to complete the missed time during intervention. The practical element of the coursework is going to be complete the week commencing the 9th March 2020. Get practicing at home!

Upcoming events / activities

Final Thought

“Respect should be the first thing you give”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 14th February 2020; enjoy the week