As we rapidly approach the end of this term, and this academic year, school life continues to be busy. GCSE exams have come to an end for Year Eleven and we are eagerly looking forward to Result Day on 24th August.


Very recently we held a very successful and enjoyable Summer Concert. Several of our guests commented very favourably upon the quality of the singing and musicianship. It was especially pleasing to see some younger talent being showcased along with more seasoned performers, this shows that we can expect many more evenings of high quality music in the future. This event also provided the technical team their first opportunity to use their new sound and lighting equipment, which has been purchased from funds donated by FOSH. Many thanks to Mr Williams for his inspiring leadership of music at school.


As you’ll read elsewhere on this website, some of the cast of The Sound of Music had the honour of opening the Suffolk County Council Raising the Bar Awards at Trinity Park in ipswich. This is an annual event celebrating the very best of education in Suffolk. Our performers reprised their roles and sang a medley of songs from the musical. I was incredibly proud of their confidence at such a prestigious event. I am sure that they will remember their involvement for many years to come.


On the last school day in June the weather was very kind to us as we enjoyed an excellent Sports Day. It was lovely to see so many spectators come along to witness the sporting excellence on display. They were treated to a number of new school records being set. My favourite event is the mile, in which every student completes four full circuits of the track, some walking but many running. During the whole day the competition was fierce, and the spirit of sportsmanship was outstanding. The overall winning house was Dove, but congratulations to all competitors, and to the PE staff for organising such a great day.


I am delighted that the quality of our school catering team has been recognised. One of our cooks has made it through to the national finals of The Big School Bake Off. We wish Mrs Kosla the very best of luck as she heads off to Birmingham to compete against the other finalists.


On 14th July Dove House will be holding a Charity day. Their chosen charity is the British Heart Foundation. We are always delighted to support charities with events in school and are looking forward to the ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ skipping that they have organised as part of their fund raising efforts.


Our Year Ten students have now finished their mock exams, and are keenly anticipating their work experience. This is an excellent way to finish the school year, learning work-related skills and being able to make a contribution to a local business. I would like to thank all of the local businesses who always support our students in such a positive and worthwhile way. Good luck to Year Ten, you will, I am sure, make a really good impression in your workplaces.


For the rest of the school the majority of students will spend the last two days of school at Thorpe Woodlands Adventure centre. We are looking forward to the challenges and are sure that we will be absolutely exhausted after two days of very varied activities.


I would like to end this final blog of the school year with a heartfelt thanks to all the staff here at school for making this such an exciting place for young people to learn and for providing so many opportunities. Our students are incredibly lucky to have such a committed group of staff who ensure that this is a school in which everyone can thrive.

Mr Axtell

Head of School

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