We had a lovely evening at the Bridge Inn at Walshford last Friday, celebrating our Year 11. Congratulations to them all, they made such a great effort for a special evening, with the Prom 2017 proving as popular as ever. Next stop our Sixth Form!





















We very much enjoyed meeting our new Year 7s on Wednesday and Thursday. They had a great time and made a fantastic first impression with us. We are excited for next term. You can access an electronic version of our welcome booklet here and the presentation from me and Ms Ryder is here.





This week our guests were Stella Jaquis and Frank Lawrence;  two exceptional young people with so much potential.








Year 9 textiles students went to Warner Brothers for a studio tour and attended a workshop on “costume characterisation” demonstrating how fabrics are selected to match the characters in the Harry Potter movies; making sure they look their part in the story.  They had a great day with a tour of the set, props and costumes and they were able to have a go at selecting fabrics for their chosen characters.


The same group have completed excellent products on the theme of “Wander and Wonder”.  The work of Emily Mitchell and Paige Smith in particular was outstanding, including persuading Urban Outfitters and Blue Rinse to display their work.





Congratulations to our former student Lucy Binsted who has not just completed her first year at Cambridge University reading Natural Sciences, but has also represented the University in the prestigious varsity cricket match at Lords against Oxford University, so earning the rare distinction of a ‘blue’. This is her second ‘blue’, the first being awarded in gymnastics. We are very proud to see her doing so well across so many different fronts.







It was brilliant to present Gold Awards to Sarah Mohamadi (Bucktrout) and Isabella Wade (Thompson). We are so proud of them.




Congratulations to Harrison Phillis (Bucktrout); Molly Bailey-Hague (Bucktrout); Hayley Hames, (Cooper); Alizee Joly, Alix Mosley and Elise Wade (Donaldson) and Jake O’Toole, Millie Thomson and Julia Cole (Thompson) who all were presented with their Silver Awards.



Congratulations to Daniel Shemwell (Bucktrout); Shona Gartshore (Cooper); Millie James (Donaldson) and Evie Loftus and Kalim Khawaja (Thompson) who received their Bronze Awards.




Ryan Liesener (Donaldson) won the Roper Cup for the most CC points in the week, while Jessica Parkin and Isabel Laurie (Cooper) and Jacob Nicholson and Katy Geraghty (Donaldson) all had a great week too.





This Tuesday our focus on routes into Higher Education continued with an information evening for parents, which featured a range of outside speakers.  We welcomed representatives from various universities and apprenticeship providers and covered a number of important issues including ‘A parents’ guide to Higher Education’, Nicole Robertson (Northumbria University); ‘Student funding and finance’, Simon Willis (York University); ‘Unifrog, a guide for parents’, Dawn Williams (Unifrog); ‘Apprenticeships’, Rebecca Warden  and Harvey McKinley (FW Solutions) and ‘Your Oxbridge application’, Mr Brennan.


Christabelle Day said the evening was “highly informative” and Erin Lees remarked that she gained “an important perspective on all things university”. We would like to thank all the speakers for giving up their time to talk to our parents, especially Jack Grummit (Student Recruitment Coordinator) from Northumbria University for returning on Thursday afternoon to deliver a very engaging session on applications and personal statements.






Well done to our young sports leaders, who were rewarded with a trip to Wimbledon on Tuesday to enjoy the tennis.


The weather was a frustration for Mr Potter and his team this week with several fixtures being cancelled, but on Wednesday we did manage to play Wetherby High School at rounders, winning 20- 13 ½.  Trinity Smith Brooking was our star player.


Our Gaelic footballers are in London to see if they can emulate the team of 2015 and become British champions.  They start the tournament against St Bede’s from Cambridge, and we wish them well.


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