Newsletter 30 June 2009






Water on Window

 by Jess Piper 2007




A Level Photography Awards

We are delighted to have won awards for the best results at A level achieved by boys and girls taking photography at any English school. These awards are presented to schools for students who took their A Level in 2007. It is the 3rd year in a row that we have won these awards and we are very proud of the students’ and schools’ achievements.

Link to Photography Gallery


Problem of the term, term 5 2008/9 results:
The following students gained full marks
Year 7 – Jethro Large A7, Lauren Merrett A7, Samuel Ross A7, Jade Wilson A7, Harriet Delahunty C7, Benjamin Candlin H7, Bethany Hart M7, Hannah Lias M7.
Year 8 – Samuel Plowright M8, Joseph Ross 8M, Ashlea Delahunty 8H, Rebecca Daniels 8C, Amelia Lias 8O
Year 9 – George Parsons 9A
Well done to everyone!  As ever, all these students are entered into a draw and a winner from each year group will be presented with a £5 voucher in assembly.


Peter Pan
A reminder that the school play is being performed on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 July. The large cast made up of fairies, mermaids, tribes, lost boys and pirates are keen to show off their hard work to you! Tickets will be available from Wednesday 1 July in the Drama Studio every Monday, Wednesday and Friday break time.
We look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday 9 July is the date of our Summer Concert.  It will be a Key Stage 3 concert so Year 7 – 9 students will be performing. Anyone can attend. It will be at 7:30pm in

S-Block Hall and free for all.

Work Experience

From Monday 18 May Year 10 completed their work experience week.  Several months of planning and hard work paid off as the whole year group were successfully placed in the local community and further afield. 
Students were involved in many different spheres of working life and undertook a huge range of activities. Feedback from employers has been exceptional and has indicated that our students were impressive ambassadors for the school. 
Some of the highlights this year include James Cryer training with fire fighters, a range of students dog handling at the MOD, David Cann with the School of Life Sciences Department at UWE, Harriet Chandler designing her own range of greeting cards and Conor Scobbie working at Neston Park Stud Farm. Photographs of some of the students enjoying work experience can be found on ELE. 
Thank you to all of the parents who were so supportive with the organisation of this important experience.

Exams office

Examination candidates can collect their results from school from 10am on the following days:

20 August A2 and AS level

27 August GCSE and Baccalaureate

If students are unable to collect their results in person and would like to make alternative arrangements please contact Mrs Whittingham in the exams office. Any results uncollected by 2pm on results days will be sent out by post unless requested otherwise.

The Exams office will be open for queries and assistance with Enquiries on Results at the following times:

20 August 10am to 2pm

21 August 10am to 12 noon

27 August 10am to 2pm

28 August 10am to 12 noon


The summer term began with a bang, as Mazy Bartlett took local mosaic artist, Emma Leith, into Neston primary school for a 6 day project.
The Maths department were initially responsible for suggesting this piece of work as a Maths and Art collaboration between our 2 schools. The students from Neston School were asked to design a piece of mirrored symmetry. 6 designs were picked, and Emma then took over.
It was a wonderful experience working outside in the schools beautiful grounds .The children loved the technique and we had plenty of input from parents.
The finished panels, using venetian glass tiles, will be fixed to the outside of the schools mirror mazes. It is as exciting as it sounds!
Link to Neston School Outreach area
Also, to draw attention to the subject of sustainable energy, the Outreach Art department ran a kite-making session at The Pound. The products of that workshop are on display in The Martingate Centre.
The display is really worth a look as local children excelled themselves and created  really stunning pieces of work , and the kites will be there for the duration of the Corsham Festival- (for anyone who made one and would like to pick it up, they will return to The Pound in 2 weeks time)

Language Team

The Languages team is reviewing its Teaching and Learning to make lessons as interesting as possible.  Please could students Years 7 -10 complete the survey on the Foreign Languages home site.

Holidays in Term time

Since the changes made to the holiday regulations last year, there has been a noticeable drop in the number of requests made for term-time holidays. We would like to remind parents once more, however, that there do have to be special circumstances which are fully explained to us in order for such an absence to be authorised.  Below is an extract from a letter sent from the Local Authority which gives guidance to schools on this matter:
“Holidays for the following reasons should not be authorised:
. availability of cheap holidays;
. availability of the desired accommodation;
. poor weather experienced in school holiday periods;
. overlap with the beginning or end of term”.
Please bear this guidance in mind when making any future requests. If you have questions about this or any other matter regarding school attendance, contact Mr Staten at the school.

Website and ELE Update

Mr Parsons has held assemblies for Years 7 to 9 on our new interactive software called Birchfield. Each subject has a variety of topics that the students can work through, at school or at home, to help them revise for exams and catch up on areas that they may have missed or need assistance with. There are a variety of games that they can play which will check what they have learned.

Don’t forget to look at the blog or sign up for automatic notification of news and events with a Bloglines account. Information is available from the school website Information Point. On top of the monthly electronic newsletter there is lots of useful information about forthcoming events, important announcements, results from competitions and community events.

An exciting development is the purchasing of new software and server, which will allow us to give Parents/ Carers access to ELE, in line with the Government target to provide greater information by 2010. I will let you know more information, once we have tested the new software and you will be invited to attend an information meeting later on this year.


On 13 May 50 Year 9 students had an enjoyable although wet day down a coalmine! We visited Big Pit in Wales as part of our study this term on Tourism. This included a descent in a cage underground into the mine.

On 3 June all the Y10 geographers spent the day in Bristol. We started at the CBD mapping landuse and recording traffic and pedestrians. This was followed by a trail around the Waterside dock area to see how it has been redeveloped. We finished up on Clifton downs looking at the Gorge and how the residential area has changed. It was a hot but successful day.
48 Year 8 students and 4 staff had an excellent day at Studland Beach on Tuesday 16 June. The weather was perfect. We divided our time between a walk out to Old Harry to

view the cliffs, an arch and a stack, practising the skill of slope measurements using ranging poles and clinometers to build up a profile of the sand dunes. All the children were a credit to the school.
If any parents have Geography degrees and would be willing to go on a data base for the department to give advice on careers, or areas of special interest please let Miss West know.

Ski Trip

Skiing- Austria 26 December 2009-3 January 2010.

This is now open for booking to all years.

£648 includes, return luxury coach travel, full board accommodation including hot lunch in hotel, 6 days lift pass,

6 x 4 hours ski lessons, 6 days hire of carving skis, boots and poles, fully comprehensive insurance, ABTA bonded tour operator, Snow guarantee.

Further details on the schools website Leaflets available for Mr Holden and Pupil Reception.

Dates for the Diary

July 6 7.45pm CSPTA Committee

July 7 Y7 Induction Day

July 7 7.00pm S Block Hall – Y7 Induction Evening

July 9 KS3 Summer Concert

July 14 -17 Y12 Geography Field Trip

July 14 7.30pm Peter Pan School Production

July 15 7.30pm Peter Pan School Production

July 16 7.30pm Peter Pan School Production

July 17 Y10 Interim Reports to Parents

July 17 Y7 Reports to Parents

July 20-23 Year Awards Assemblies

July 24 Term 6 ends

In line with the School’s long term sustainable development initiative, to reduce the amount of paper and printing consumption, we would like to advise parents and carers that the paper newsletter will be phased out in the next few months and be replaced with an online, digital copy. Anyone who wishes to have a paper copy may request this from Reception. Please familiarise yourself with the School website ( and in particular the Information Point’s School Blog, which contains all the latest news, including an electronic copy of the newsletter.