Friday 17th January 2020

Good Afternoon,

Working with young people often means that I am challenged to think about the big questions we face as adults. Sometimes this is prompted by a question asked by a student and others it is just the nature of working in schools where we are constantly looking towards and planning for the future. This week a number of students have been talking to me about the weather and whether it is changing due to climate change and what we can do to reduce and reverse our impact on the environment. Young people are optimistic about our ability to change the world and hopefully that solutions can be found. This is an attitude we can all benefit from.

As teachers we often learn more from our students than we know. These students really made me think. I endeavour to remain eternally optimistic and solution focused in all I do for the benefit of our students and the wider community.

Year 11 have been maturely approaching their mock exams this week and reflecting on the process and how they have prepared. I am proud of their efforts this week, they have worked hard. The mocks continue next week (details below).

Please have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Pearce


School Council Update - Libby H

Charity Walking Football - 22nd January

In school council we have been talking about an event where we could give back to the Basing Unit because it provides support to members of our school community going through cancer treatment. We came up with the idea of Walking Football! This event is on Wednesday 22nd January on our 3G pitch. Students from every year group have been made aware of this through assemblies. It is £1 to play and 50p to watch but extra donations can be made to this worthy cause. The rules will be at the event and students will need the correct footwear if they would like to take part.

Surplus uniform

We have also been talking about uniform. The school receives multiple donations of good quality uniform.  Whilst we do put some to good use there is not enough space to store it. We are considering uniform sales to raise money.  Further information to follow.

School Calendar information can be found at the end of this eNews and please open the link for  "Dates to Remember" for 2019/20.

Dates to Remember 2019/20

Year Group News

Year 7 - Mr Morey

In assemblies this week year 7 were given the task of setting themselves an academically based challenge for 2020.  They were asked to reflect on how this would benefit them in the future.  Some examples were ‘to read one book a month to improve their vocabulary’ or ‘improve their attendance’ which statistically improves final grades.  I look forward to reading all of the challenges.

Also this week the year 7 football team started their league fixtures.  We faced two very good teams but we are starting to gel as a team and we are looking forward to next week’s fixtures.

Year 8 - Mr Duffy

Year 8 have had an assembly from the CCF this week. It has been fantastic to see so many turn up for the cadets this evening.

This week's Friday challenge was set by Mr Head, but congratulations go to 8RJN for their commanding victory.

Year 9 - Ms Cunio

Some of year nine have been invited to take part in an exciting careers trip and others are looking forward to a geography trip on 29th January.

Some students in year nine have made an excellent start to the term, and have already been on the achievement log. I have to say, I have had excellent lessons with most year nine classes this week, myself.

I look forward to many more achievement posts next week.

Year 10 - Ms Guzzi

Year 10 have been focusing on positivity and how to make resolutions that will actually last past January! In assembly we focused on being better than others think we are, and aiming high even if we miss. With GCSE's in the not-so-distant future now is the time to push ourselves further than before and achieve great things. Year 10 tutors have been trained in Work Experience applications this week and next week students will be logging on to the system and starting to look at placements they would like to apply for. This is a great opportunity to think about the workplace and what kind of experience students would hope for, I'm thinking that a few of them will be surprised by the workplace atmosphere.

Year 11 - Mr Peebles

Year 11 have been doing a great job in mock exams and as we approach the second week, this is when they need to demonstrate resilience and stamina to keep going! Good self care is essential - please see Mrs Gibsons Tip 9

Mrs Gibson’s top tips for GCSE Success: Tip 9

Revise, test, rest

Revision sessions should be kept to a reasonable length, anywhere between 1-3 hours is about right, with regular short breaks. Before starting a revision session students need to set a definite time to start and finish and stick to it.

An effective revision session follows a pattern of revise, test, rest and might be divided up like this: 40 minutes revising, 10 minutes testing, 10 minutes resting or, 20 minutes revising 5 minutes testing, 5 minutes resting.

Short bursts like this can be very useful, give it a try!

Important dates: Examinations


PPE Mock Examinations for option subjects

Week 2

Wed 22nd January

Option B Period 5&6

History Paper 2

2 hrs

Computer Science paper 2

1hr 30 min

Thurs 23rd January

Option C Period 1&2

Geography paper 2

1hr 30 mins

Friday 24th January

Option A Period 3&4

Geography paper 2

1hr 30 mins

History paper 2

2 hrs

Computer Science

Paper 2

1hr30 min


BTEc Health & Social 7th February GCSE Exam

Post 16 Information

Andover College

Thursday 6th February 2020

4:30pm - 7:30pm

Open Event

“Whether you are a school leaver, mature learner looking for career development or looking for an apprenticeship, our Open Events provide the perfect opportunity for potential students and their families to take a look at our industry-standard facilities and speak with our passionate staff”


Please note Year 11 applications are still open and at BCoT there is no deadline for applications for full-time courses or apprenticeships.

Monday 3 February 2020: 4.30pm to 7pm

Monday 10 February 2020 4.30pm to 7pm

Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Year 10 and Year 11

Over 40 employers will be at the college to speak to students wishing to do an apprenticeship. Many will have vacancies, so it is worth students coming smartly dressed with copies of their CV to distribute.

For more information on apprenticeships, vacancies, FAQ please visit:

Open Evening

Year 10 and Year 11

Another fantastic opportunity for students to visit the college to look at our outstanding facilities, speak to staff about courses and even apply on the night.

Sparsholt College

Saturday 1st February 2020

10:00am - 2:00pm

Open Day

“Come and meet our experts and discuss studying at Sparsholt. You will also get the chance to tour our specialist facilities such as our Aquatic Research and Conservation Centre (ARCC), Animal Management Centre that houses over 1,200 animals and our large Equine Centre (awarded British Dressage Venue of the Year) plus many more fantastic facilities found here.”

School Calendar & Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 29th January 2020

Year 9/10 Natural History Museum Trip

Wednesday 5th February 2020

Year 10  CV Writing workshop

Year 9  Careers - Get Inspired event at The Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke  12- 2pm

Friday 14th February 2020

Inset Day

Monday 2nd March - Friday 6th March

National Careers Week

Subject Guest speakers