Year Eleven students will have been using the Easter holiday productively to prepare for their GCSE exams later this year. They have each been challenged to complete thirty hours of revision over the Easter break, and I am confident that they will have met this challenge successfully, and that the time and effort invested will pay off in the summer exams. I am particularly grateful to those teachers who are giving up part of their Easter break to offer additional study sessions to our students. I know that our students appreciate how fortunate they are to have such s dedicated staff. Additionally, this month some students will be going to Thornham Woods for our annual Study Residential where they will concentrate on English, maths and science revision.

We have recently hosted a large number of primary school students for two different events. The science department gave Year 5 the opportunity to carry out two different experiments, practicing using Bunsen burners and carefully measuring chemicals. Mr Gionis led a day during which Year 4 and 5 made replicas of triremes showing great woodworking skills.

As always school life continues to be busy, with lots of activities going on. Mr Thomas and Mrs Millar took Year 10 on their Duke of Edinburgh Navigation Day after a slight delay caused by very poor weather on the originally planned date. Mr Thomas also led a geography trip to Flatford Mill with Year 9. Dove House organised a charity day to raise funds for the homeless charity Crisis. Congratulations to Dove for this success event. Mrs Hurren led a trip to the London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park, and also took students to a Peace Conference at Archbishop Sancroft. At the end of the Easter holiday a group of students are off to Madrid to enjoy a football development tour, and also enjoy watching Real Madrid play a match at the Bernabeu Stadium. All of these varied activities enhance the experience that our students gain from school, thanks to the dedication and commitment of the staff.

Mr Axtell

Head of School

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