Friday 24th January 2020

Good Afternoon,

Schools are always busy, but this week has felt very action packed!

We have been updating students on the next steps of our anti bullying work including the soon to be released Anti Bullying Charter. This is an agreement between the school, staff and students of our actions to ensure we all know our responsibilities in stopping any bullying happening in our community.

We had a great time at the Staff vs Students Charity Walking Football Match to raise funds for The Basing Unit at Basingstoke Hospital. We have some very talented students (and staff), however I am certainly not one of them as I demonstrated!  (Match report below)

This week the school nurse, Toni, came in to run an auto injector session with students at the school who are at risk from suffering an anaphylactic shock through allergies.  All school first aiders were also in attendance.

It was a very interesting session which refreshed and reminded students about why they should always carry their auto injectors and how to administer them, when needed.

On Thursday Sgt Trevor Taylor and members of the Neighbourhood Team delivered an interesting talk to school staff on ways that the police are tackling local crime and the need for teachers/parents/communities to work together to provide information that may prevent further crimes from happening and keep children and young people safe.

Hampshire Police have developed a website which provides useful information and resources.  There is a parents section which you may find useful 


Enjoy the weekend.

Mrs Pearce


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

Charity Walking Football - Student Council

On Wednesday, staff and students came together in support of a walking football event organised by the student council and Mrs Gambrill.  The event raised money for the Basing Unit which provides essential care and support to those receiving treatment for cancer.  

Out of the nine matches played the staff won 6 and drew 3 hence students are keen for another opportunity to play again in the summer!

A special thank you to Mr Gibson for organising the staff team.

The £110 raised will go directly to Basing Unit, which whilst NHS funded also relies on volunteers to make tea, give out lunch and talk to patients. It welcomes any kind of donations to make the patients experience a bit more pleasant. For example, thanks to donations,  they recently bought very colourful and comfortable chemo chairs.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

                             BikeAbility Level 3

We have secured a training date on Friday 28th February, 9-12am.  We have six students on the list but there are three more spaces so if there are any other students interested in completing level 3 training please email by 31st January.  In order to take part students must have completed BikeAbility level 2.

Train to Teach                                                       

BASCITT are running an information event for potential teacher trainees on Saturday 8th February at 10am -12noon at Dove House School Academy.  

Register your interest here 

Some of our students, namely; Charlotte D, Madison G, Rose M and

Summer D have been rehearsing for their upcoming performances in  Basingstoke Gang Show taking place from Thursday 13th to Saturday 22nd February 2020 (excluding Sunday 16th) with matinee performances on Saturday 15th and 22nd February. Tickets are available from the Anvil Box office  For further information visit

Year Group News

Year 7 - Mr Morey

Year 7 started the week with an assembly from the Anti Bullying Ambassadors updating the students of the changes to the Anti bullying policy.  The Year 7 football team made a massive improvement against Costello on Tuesday. They were unlucky not to win the game but comfortably drew 0-0.  On Wednesday, Tutors were discussing 'Thunks' which are simple questions that get students thinking and debating. It was great to hear so many students voicing their opinions on questions such as: 'Do animals have ideas?' and 'Can friends not be friends?'

Finally on Friday, 7WYS and 7MRS were carefully practicing for their Ping Pong challenge next week.

Year 8 - Mr Duffy

This week the year group have had an assembly from the Anti Bullying Ambassadors, I was particularly proud of the year 8 students who stood up to lead the assembly. This week's year group competition was based around naming countries of the world, congratulations to 8SHD who correctly named more than 120 countries.

Next week we will be having a focus on the basics, the bits that the vast majority of students get right. In tutor times I will be checking that students are in correct uniform and have the correct equipment.

Year 9 - Ms Cunio

Year 9 students should have been given their Teenage Booster vaccination forms to bring home this week by tutors.  Please can you complete, sign and send back to Mrs Clark in Student Services as soon as possible.  Please note that the form still needs to be completed if you do not give consent to the vaccinations.

Year 10 - Ms Guzzi

Year 10s have had an assembly about anti-bullying this week and some of our own Anti Bullying Ambassadors presented these to other year groups, so well done to them!

Starting from Friday next week I will be holding a detention every Friday after school for those that are late to lessons during the week. It is really important for students to arrive to lessons on time to maximise learning and prevent disruption.

Next week I will be monitoring attendance and the top tutor group will get a reward the following week.

Year 11 - Mr Peebles

This week has seen the last option mocks and students have again demonstrated that they are making progress in their preparation towards the summer exams. Well done everyone.

Mrs Gibson’s top tips for GCSE Success: Tip 10

The future

Keeping students aspirations high at this time is vital. They will have target grades and mock exam results coming from all directions at the moment, but what does it all mean to them? There is a huge difference between what they ‘need’ and what they are capable of. They will be meeting with their choice of college/s and will be made aware of the minimum expected of them to be able to take a place on their preferred course, and if that is a lower grade than they are targeting, they often lose the motivation to aspire to or work towards that higher grade.

It’s important that they remember now is when they have choices, if they only work towards the lowest grade they need, they may miss that in the summer exams. Also if they change their mind and need a higher grade for a different course, the choice may be taken from them. Remind them of how great they will feel in August knowing, that the grade they see when they open their envelope, is the one they earned, not the one they regret!

Important dates: Examinations


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

Term Dates 2020-21 TBC

Monday 27th January 2020

Year 10/11 Farnham Art College Trip 13:30- 16:30

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  12:00- 14:00

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Year 11 Group photographs

Friday 14th February 2020

Inset Day

Thursday 27th February 2020

Year 11 Parents Evening 16:00 - 19:00

Monday 2nd March - Friday 6th March

National Careers Week

Subject Guest speakers