Last day of term – Friday 21st December

On the last day of this term, Friday the 21st December, school will be closing for students at 1:30pm after Crew for staff to prepare for the new term. There will not be any provision for students to stay after this time so all students must leave at 1:30pm.

We look forward to inviting students back in the new year on Monday 7th January 2019.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

X25 Celebration of learning

I am pleased to announce C25 Celebration of Learning will take place on Wednesday 19th December in the classrooms X11, X12, X13 and X14.

Students will be in presenting their work and answering the Guiding Questions from both HUMAN and STEAM promptly starting at 5.30pm and finishing approximately 6.30-7pm.

X21 Crew challenges

The heat is on for Crews Hillary, Armstrong Wilberforce and Franklin, who will win ??



Christmas Food Bank

We are supporting the food bank in Doncaster with gifts for children, up to the age of 18 again this year.

Last year we delivered over 100 wrapped and tagged presents, which was terrific.

We’d like to keep it simple for the Food Bank – so we’re looking for:

Small selection boxes for a range of ages from toddlers upwards and stationery items/pen sets, little note books, socks and toiletry sets.

If any donated items could be left in either reception that would be great.

The cut off point for gifts is Friday 14th December, to enable us to deliver the presents and for them to be handed out in time for Christmas.

Thank so much – as always – if you can help this really does make a difference.

X21 Literature Revision

Students in X21 have been given access to a number of resources to support their ongoing English Literature revision, alongside a set of NoteCatchers to record their revision.

On our common mission to ensure that all students know the literature set texts as well as possible, revision of the set texts is crucial. I would advise that students revise the set texts equally on a weekly basis, allowing 1 hour per week for each text:

-1 hour ‘War of the Worlds’

-1 hour ‘Blood Brothers’

-1 hour ‘Othello’

-1 hour ‘Poetry Anthology’

Alongside this, students have been gifted a copy of each text to support their revision at home. All revision resources are available to access on Google Classroom.

I will take this opportunity to thank-you in advance for your ongoing support.

Crew Bronte – Revising hard!

In crew today we discussed the benefits of using flash cards to aid revision. It was great to see Allie and Olivia already producing revision resources for Science to help them understand key concepts. The whole crew then focussed on an element of revision they were less confident about and produced flash cards on an aspect of that subject.

These guys are on it!



X22 Presentation of Learning -Debates

This evening X22 hosted an evening of debates in front of a public audience. As part of their latest STEAM expedition students’ final product was to plan, prepare and participate in a formal debate on contentious subjects ranging from, ‘Is the world making progress?’ to ‘Was the moon landing a hoax?’ The level of debating skills was extremely impressive and the respect shown between opposing views was clearly in evidence. Pressure was increased by the presence of an audience lending real authenticity and accountability to the evening

High quality work X22.

Well done C22

A massive well done to all students in C22! All C22 students shone tonight across all three rooms. We are really proud of the preparation, effort and intelligence that occurred in all debates. What we asked of all students was not easy, and all students rose to the challenge.

Above all, we must highlight the incredible respect and compassion students showed each other.

‘There is more to us than we know, and if we could only made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our life, we will be unwilling to settle for anything less.’ Kurt Hahn

Pictures and video to follow soon…

Twickenham Trip tomorrow

Please see below a copy of the letter that contains details for the Twickenham trip tomorrow. Please ensure your child has plenty of warm clothing, a packed lunch and some money for any other food/souvenirs . We will be leaving at 8am so please arrive around 7:50. We hope to arrive back between 9-10pm but will update you on the way home.



Dear Parent/Carer,


Re: Twickenham Trip Thursday December 6th 2018


I am writing to explain the finer details of the upcoming Twickenham trip on Thursday 6th December. Firstly, I would like to say thank you for supporting the trip – I am certain that the venue, the atmosphere and the elite players on show are going to be truly inspiring for your children.


Entrance to Twickenham is permitted from 11:00 am with the Women’s Varsity match starting at 11:30 and the Men’s match starting at 15:00. As such, to account for approximately a 4-hour drive, we will set off from school at 8:00 am. Please arrive for no later than 7:45. We will aim to return for between 9 – 10:00 pm. The students will be able to keep you informed of any changes to this time, due to traffic for example, via their own mobile phones or via the school phone.


Recommended kit to bring;

Day rucksack – (not hard-sided and not exceeding 40cm x 30cm x 30cm / 16” x 12” x 12”)

Packed lunch for a long day – 8:00 am – 10:00 pm – food will be available to buy on-site but will obviously be expensive.


Cap/warm hat

Camera/Camera phone

Spending money – not excessive

Layered clothing to account for a cold day


If you have any other questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I hope your child has a wonderful time.


Yours faithfully

James Walker

(Lead Teacher of PE)