Friday 25th January 2019

Good afternoon,

School life continues at a pace this week, and at times spring has even felt a little closer, the daffodils are starting to push up outside my office window already. In lessons this week I have seen students learning to calculate in binary in computer science, Year 11 using quotes to infer Scrooge's character in a Christmas Carol. Year 7 have been writing fanfares in music and converting Pounds to Euros in maths - no mention of Brexit please!

We are so proud of the Year 7 football teams, the girls have their county final next week and the boys have qualified for the Basingstoke league final also next week - good luck to both teams.

I have also met a number of mentors from AWE who mentor students in STEM subjects, and Unum staff who volunteer in school. We are now in our third year of a partnership with Unum, they are a financial services company who have their UK headquarters in Basing View.

Unum staff volunteer to act as mentors on a 1:1 basis with selected students in year 9, continuing into years 10 and 11. There are currently 15 mentor/mentee pairings. Today, Jess and Matthew have been in school meeting with their year 9 students, helping them to start thinking about their GCSE options.

I have continued to have the pleasure of meeting more parents and listening to your feedback. A couple of trends are emerging and I thought I would update you about homework as it has come up in a number of conversations. At present the situation is not as consistent as I would like it to be, but to understand the reasons for this I want to gather opinions from all parties. You will receive an invitation to take part in a “Homework Survey” next week and I would appreciate it if you are able to take a moment to fill this in.

Quote of the week from a year 9 parent following another very well attended parents’ evening last night;

My child has grown in confidence and is achieving high scores in all her subjects and is so enthusiastic about school.”

I would also like to  mention that there is no intention to change the school uniform, it meets the needs of the school and students well. We will continue to reinforce our high expectations on how students present themselves to ensure we set a high standard in all we do.

Enjoy your weekend.


Mrs Pearce, Headteacher


Mrs Gambrill has led assemblies this week focused on Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 27th January. I was interested to learn that the Holocaust is remembered on this date as it was the date when Auschwitz was liberated at the end of the second world war. Students were encouraged to use their voice to combat prejudice if they come across it.  

Year 11 Top Tip for GCSE Success - From Mrs Gibson

As a parent the most important role is to encourage and praise your child. Show an interest by talking to them about their lessons, ask them to tell you about what they are learning in each subject. This can help reinforce and refresh this week’s learning and give them confidence in sharing their knowledge with you.

At this stage in the year students should be doing about 30 minutes of revision each day, working on a different subject each day. Simply reading notes or books is the least effective revision strategy. Quiz cards, mind maps and online revision test apps are among the best strategies.

An excellent website to help with revision is which is free and covers all subjects. lets you make flash cards you can use on your phone - revise wherever you are!

Upcoming events

Thursday 31st January

10.45am to 5.30pm

Year 7 Girls 5-a-side Football Finals

Friday 1st February

8.30am to 4.00pm

Year 11 Geography Fieldtrip to Hengistbury Head and Southampton

Tuesday 5th February

9.30am to 2.30pm

Year 10 Basingstoke Consortium Recipe for Success Enterprise Challenge

Wednesday 6th February

8.30am to 4.00pm

Year 10 CV Writing Workshop

Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19


Year 7 Romeo and Juliet, Globe Theatre in London

Years 9, 10 and 11 Much Ado About Nothing, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford


Ski Trip

Year 8 Visit to Winchester University

Post 16 Information


Open Evening

Monday 11th February

4.30pm - 7.00pm


Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Monday 11th March

4.30pm to 7.00pm


Open Evening

Thursday 25th April

5.30pm to 8.30pm