Newsletter 22 July 2009



The Jon Ridler Memorial Garden Design Competition
Over 40 students entered this competition to help design an ‘upgrade’ of the garden by R Block which will serve as a memorial to Jon Ridler (the school’s Assistant Headteacher who died earlier this year). There were many interesting ideas, some simple and some extremely ambitious, which will all help us decide how to develop this area for the benefit of students. The winner of the competition was Hayley Cartwright in Year 8 who will be presented with a £10 voucher in recognition of her efforts.

Link to Garden Designs




This is the end of the year and so we have overall ‘Problem of the Term’ winners for the year groups.  There are joint winners in Year 7 and 8.
They are:Hannah Lias 7M and Lauren Merrett 7A
Amelia Lias 8O and Ashlea Delahunty 8H
Zachary Du Toit 9R
They will all receive a trophy in the Commendation Assemblies at the end of term.
In addition, students with top marks for this term’s entries are:
Jethro Large 7A, Ella Newland 7A, Elizabeth Renahan 7A, Samuel Ross 7A, Jade Wilson 7A, Shannon Messer 7M, Bobbi Lang 7O, Rebecca Schofield 7O,Joseph Ross in 8M,
George Parsons 9A, Lucy Saunders 9W
These students will receive a postcard home in the post.
Well done to all!We look forward to starting the competition again in September.Also, in addition as it is the end of the year there is a puzzle prize for the best person in each class.  These will be decided by each class teacher and handed out in the last week of term.

Year 7 Boulogne Trip

On 17 July, 98 students and 7 teachers left Corsham at 2am, bound for the early-morning shuttle to France. Our first stop was the Auchan hypermarket, where we bought lunch, then on to the old town, where students were given a small amount of free time to look around. We then walked down to the Nausicaa Aquarium where we spent an hour before finishing our day with an ice-cream on the beach just as the sun came out.

Annual Commendation Certificates
Students in Years 7 to 10 have received their annual commendation certificates in a series of very enjoyable celebration assemblies. These certificates are presented at this time each year and they list all of the subjects in which a student has been commended for excellent work and attitude during the previous 6 terms. Most students have achieved commendations in at least 3 or 4 subject areas and we are delighted this year to see many others who have received this accolade from all or nearly all of their teachers.

Year 9 Expedition to Morocco

On 16 July, 11 excited students from Year 9 had a build up day to make their final preparations for their two week expedition to Morocco and then headed to the airport. This came at the end of many months of hard work, training, fund raising and getting fit.

Their expedition will start in Marrakech where they will head to their project in a remote Berber village. They hope to be doing some basic construction work in the village and there will be plenty of opportunity for the team to interact with the local children. Then the team will continue on to an area called the M’Goun Massif where they will meet their local guide and mules for their trek phase in the High Atlas Mountains. The team will spend four or five days trekking in this remote area.

From there they will then head south to Zagora and spend a day or so exploring the edges of the Sahara Desert and hopefully sleep under the stars. Then they return to Marrakech for some last minute haggling in the bazaars and a final evening to celebrate a successful Expedition before catching their flight back to the UK.


The 2009 A level Art exhibition was again a big success. The students put up their work in the morning and their family and friends turned out in the evening and were full of praise for some exciting and original work. The three categories were Fine Art, Textiles and Photography. We have won an award for the past three years for Photography which shows we have produced the best work in the country in any school (state or privately funded), which is an outstanding achievement. We have won this award for Art in the past but the consistency for Photography is in a different league and we hope to continue. Five Art and five Photography students have their work exhibited in the Pound Arts centre during July and August in its A level summer showcase alongside other schools in the county, so hopefully their work will be viewed by a different audience. 

Big Lottery Funded Active8 Programme

Following on from the very successful programme last year nine sessions of various recreational taster activities were offered to our Year 10 girls during lunch and after school in June. These sessions were funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The sessions included body conditioning, fitness yoga, spinning, pilates, aerobics, circuit/step workshop, body combat, yoga, kick-boxing, body balance, salsa, street dance and hip-hop workshops. The aim of this programme was to try to encourage the girls to participate in their chosen activity out of school, so encouraging them to lead an active/healthy lifestyle. The programme ended with a day trip to Bath University. Here all the Y10 girls who attended from the various schools in the Mid-Wilts Sport Partnership were mixed together and participated in various workshops run by Team Bath throughout the day.

Link to more details

National Sport Week

On Wednesday 1st July over forty Year 7/8/9 students took part in an alternative sport event at Abbeyfield School. They joined students from Sheldon, Hardenhuish, Abbeyfield, Lavington and Devizes in Ultimate Frisbee, Tri-ball, cycling circuits, multi-skills and dance mat sessions. Then on Thursday the PE timetable at Corsham School was collapsed to offer further students the opportunity to have a go at Power-kiting, Ultimate Frisbee, Rocket ball, Tri-ball and Kickboxing.


Parents and carers may wish to take advantage of the longer Summer holiday to plan a visit with a historical theme – it is the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII coming to the throne in 1509.  Visits well worth making in and around London are to The British Library for their special Henry Exhibition, Hampton Court Palace and The Tower of London. 

Further information can be found at
(Henry will be on the curriculum for Year 8 next year, and also for Year 12 as part of their AS Level studies)

Fans of the ‘Horrible Histories’ may also enjoy the Imperial War Museum (London) ‘Terrible Trenches’ exhibition on until the end of October (Year 9 will be studying the First World War from September).
The author of the ‘Horrible Histories’, Terry Deary, will be making an appearance at the ‘Bath Festival of Children’s Literature’ (September 18-27) along with other favourite childrens authors such as Jacqueline Wilson.  Further information at
Year 10 GCSE historians may enjoy a visit to The American Museum, Bath, to help them revise their American West topic ready for Year 11.  Further information at


July 1-3, eight Year 9 students accompanied Dr Parker, Mr Robards and Mr Curtis on a Climate Change Conference. The students, Jarno Wolfe, Otis Cottle, Stephen Thrower, Stephen Ward, Meadhbh Teague, Lauren Crookall-Fallon, Max Tyas and Dan Taylor listened to top climate change scientists from local universities on the first day. On the second day they went to London to see how climate change could affect the city and on the final day they formed teams to represent Russia and the USA in a mock Climate Change Summit in Trowbridge. All the students were excellent and had a great time!


The Area Athletics Championships took place at Bath University on Friday 19th June. A big thank you to all the competitors who represented the school on the day, they were an absolute pleasure! Some students produced some outstanding performances and those who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd are listed below.

Year 7
Kirsty Stanley – 1500m 1st

Year 8

Charlotte Dixon – Javelin 1st,

Serena Nelson – Hall 200m 2nd

Jordan Dick – Javelin 1st,

Milo Pearson – Long Jump 1st

Year 9

Zahra Hunt – Discus 2nd,

Leah Brown – 200m 3rd,

Girls 4 x 100m Relay – 3rd,

Nick Schofield – Triple Jump 2nd

Ross Tunbridge – Shot Putt 1st,

Sam Staples – Discus 2nd

Taylor Ball – High Jump 1st,

Kalif Barnes – Long Jump 3rd

Luke Gibbons – 400m 2nd

Year 10

Ella Sparks – Shot Putt 2nd,Alicia Rumble – High Jump 3rd

Sophie Surry – Javelin 2nd,Jemima Pickering – 800m 2nd

Rosie Way – 100m 2nd, Michael Wright – Discus 2nd

Alex Phipps – Triple Jump 1st,Mel King – Long Jump 3rd

Adam Jamieson – Shot Putt 2nd,Steve Watson -High Jump 3rd

Miles Gilmore – Javelin 3rd,Dan Day – 100m 1st

Boys 4 x 100m relay – 1st,Tim Norton – 100m Hurdles 2nd

James Cryer – 200m 1st,Tom Barry – 800m 1st

And a big congratulations to the year 10 boys team who won the team competition with 120 points!!!!!!!
Michael Wright, Alex Phipps, Mel King, Adam Jamieson, Steve Watson, Miles Gilmore, Dan Day, Tim Norton, Leigh Rogers, James Cryer, Tom Barry, Keir Krishnamma-Hillier.

Dates for the Diary

July 24 Term 6 ends

Sept 1 Term 1 begins Teacher Development Day

Sept 1 7.00pm Full Governors Meeting

Sept 2 Y13 Enrolment.& Y7-Y11 first day back

Sept 3 Y12 Enrolment

Sept 7-9 C7 at Oxenwood

Sept 9-11 R7 at Oxenwood

Sept 9 7.00pm Governors Care & Guidance

Support for Learning Meeting

Sept 14 7.00pm Y10 Curriculum information evening

Sept 15 7.00pm Governors Personnel Meeting

Sept 16 7.30pm Applying for University evening for Y13 parents

Sept 17 6.00pm Open Evening

Sept 21-25 Y7&Y 9 CATs

Sept 22 Y11 Curriculum information evening

Sept 23 7.30pm Making a success of Y12 evening for parents

Sept 24 Y7 & Y9 Photographs

Sept 24 7.00pm Governors Curriculum Assessment & Learning

Sept 28 7.00pm Y8 Curriculum information Evening

Sept 29 Maths ‘Count on Us’ Evening

Sept 30 7.00pm Governors Finance & Planning Meeting