Newsletter December 2010



Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year


The Academy Status

At the meeting of the full Governing Body on 7 December 2010 it was unanimously decided to proceed to convert to Academy Status.
The Governing Body wishes to thank all Parents/Carers who submitted comments or questions as part of the consultation process to date.
There will now be a period of approximately three months during which the Governing Body will liaise with external consultants, paid for by a government grant, in order to construct a proposal for the Secretary of State’s consideration. Once approved by the Secretary of State the resultant funding agreement will be signed by the Academy Trust. Until this is signed the school can delay or reverse its decision to convert.
The process of consultation will continue with Parents/Carers being fully informed of developments.

The Governing Body

Attendance issues

Reporting your child’s absence from school

It is obviously important that we are made aware if your child is going to be absent from school. You can alert us by telephoning the school but our preferred method is now through e-mail. If you are able to email a message explaining why your child will not be coming to school, this information can be sent directly and efficiently to our school attendance officer who can update the register accordingly.

Please note, therefore, the attendance email address shown below:

Requesting term-time absence

There is now a useful ‘Frequently asked Questions’ section on the Parent Portal. Please refer to these before requesting a term-time absence. It is now extremely rare for authorization to be granted and a glance at these common questions may save you time and effort.

Website and ELE update

  • The new Sixth Form area of our external website has been launched this month, with a brand new design, based on an interactive version of the prospectus. This has come in time to help students and their parents/carers select their A Level choices for next September
  • The Sustainable Development page on ELE has had a cosmetic overhaul to aid navigation and provide space for documents and links for each section
  • There is also an excellent video to watch on the History Home Site, explaining how the GCSE course will be changing next year. Log into ELE and select Learning Centre > History Home Site
  • The Blog has been given a festive twist with some animated snow falling over the Christmas period and there is a new category of Academy Status

Pupil Reception

Year 10 Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio Immunisations

These will take place in school on Monday 7 February 2011.  All parents/carers should have received and returned a consent form indicating whether or not they wish their child to be immunized.  Please contact Sally Hammond in Pupil Reception if you did not receive any forms or information.

French Exchange

Year 9, Year 10 (Boy or Girl)
Is there anybody else who would be interested in the French Exchange?  We have a Year 10 English boy in our French partner school who has lived in France since the ago of ten, so speaks the language fluently!  However, his parents don’t, so English is spoken at home.  He would love to be part of this year’s French Exchange (2-9 April Corsham to France, 14/15 – 21/22 May France – Corsham) The cost is £260 in total.  You do NOT have to be doing French in this particular case.  If you think you may be interested, please see/email Ms Hawkins at school ASAP


This term’s problem of the term saw lots and lots of you get full marks! 
Year 7 –  Michael Harsley S7, Arron Haig-Williams O7, Lewis Johnson A7, Bethany Candlin,Katie James O7, James PhillipsW7, Holly Reid A7, Nat Holt W7, Jack Chapman O7
Year 8 –  Kes Krishnamma-Hillier O8, Joy Wingrave W8, Alex Moores 8R, Syrie Gregory-Wood A8.
Year 9 –  Molly Iacano S9, Thomas Hyde S9, Bobbi Lang O9, Becky Schofield O9, Hannah Lias M9,William Hughes H9, Benjamin Candlin H9, Isaac Sellens W9, Lauren Merrett A9, Jethro Large A9 Joseph Stone H9, Elinor Wood W9, Sam Starks W9.

Well done to all of you!

Senior UK Maths Challenge

18 Year 11,12 &13 brilliant mathematicians took part in this years UK Maths Challenge.Over 65,000 students from across the UK sat this Senior Challenge with roughly 6% receiving a Gold certificate, 13% Silver and 21% Bronze. The top 1000 students qualified for the Olympiad.It was particularly exciting therefore that Matthew Thomas did so well that he qualified for the next stage the Maths Olympiad.We were awarded 1 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze certificates as follows:-

Gold     Year 13 –  Matthew Thomas 
Silver   Year 13 –  Emma Roberts, Ryan Thrower, Davey Hamlen and Michelle Davis 
               Year 12 – Charlotte Parker and Harry Allen    
               Year 11 – Nick Schofield      
Bronze Year 13 –  Jonathan Williams   
               Year 12 – Harley Oliff and Abigail Finch  
               Year 11 – Gareth Dinsdale, Stephen Ward and George Parsons              

Senior UK Maths Team Challenge

Our team of 4 stunning mathematicians, Matt Thomas, Emma Roberts, Harry Allen and Charlotte Parker competed against 19 other teams at this regional event at Hardenhuish School recently.  We were thrilled to come fifth as the competition was very stiff indeed.  The competition was won by Dauntsey School who go through to the national final, 

Staff and 6th form Pantomime
Huge thanks to all who came along to be entertained by the staff and students with this year’s festive efforts! The performances were great fun and enjoyed by the audience and cast alike. Special mention to Mr Bolter, Miss Norton, Mr Thomas, Mr White and Miss Woodhouse for all being such good sports.

Dates for the Diary

December 17      Term 2 ends
January 4            Term 3 begins
January 5            7.00pm A Level Presentation Evening
January 10          7.00pm Year 8 Focus Evening
January 12          5.00pm Year 9 Parents Evening
January 27          5.00pm Year 11 Parents Evening