Friday 8th February 2019

Good afternoon,

Snow, ice and now torrential rain - I may have been overly optimistic with thinking spring was approaching! I would however, like to thank everyone for their patience with the weather conditions and the ensuing disruption. We have packed it in this week, I enjoyed the steel pan group transporting me to the caribbean with their music, year 11 were enjoying a historical game of Taboo as part of their revision, and all the other events outlined below. We certainly are a thriving and vibrant school.

Some of our Year 10 Food and Nutrition students were invited to BCoT on Tuesday to learn about budgeting, problem solving and teamwork, leading up to a bake off style challenge in the BCoT kitchens. The day was run by AWE graduate apprentices and Basingstoke Consortium, and students also had the opportunity to quiz the apprentices about their roles and the apprenticeship route.  The students had a great day and I am delighted to say were a credit to the school.  Thank you to Miss Julian for taking the students.

Our Year 10 students, with the fantastic support of Fujitsu, our Business Class Ambassadors, took part in a  CV workshop on Wednesday. During the workshop the students had the opportunity to start preparing their own CVs which will then be used for their mock interviews taking place in March. All the students have been asked to complete their CV’s by next Thursday, 14th February.

Have a lovely weekend, I hope you manage to stay dry!


Mrs Pearce, Headteacher


The subject of the Merton House assembly this week was  “Choosing to be Happy”. The students were shown a presentation which highlighted some indicators of happiness such as good relationships, achievement and success and good decision-making, and how working hard and overcoming obstacles will increase happiness in people. The song “Happy” was played to the students as they arrived to the assembly.

With the Year 10's working with Fujitsu and creating their CV's,  the focus of assemblies is on perceptions and first impressions. This will lead into their Mock Interviews to be held in March.

Year 11 Top Tip for GCSE success - from Mrs Gibson

Start early! If students haven’t started revising yet, they should be. Help them devise a realistic and achievable revision timetable including all of their subjects. Make sure you allow time for socialising and sports while including a variety of subjects each day. Please see Mrs Gibson if you need a timetable template to fill in.

Upcoming events

Tuesday 12th February

3 hour workshop

Year 9 Boys - Great Men Initiative Workshop

Wednesday 13th February

Year 11 - Photographs

Thursday 14th February

Year 9 - Immunisations

Friday 15th February

8.30am to 4.00pm

Year 11 Geography Fieldtrip to Hengistbury Head and Southampton

Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February

Thursday 21st February


CCF - AEF Flying Day

Monday 25th February


Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19


Year 11 Basingstoke Improvement Project, The Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke

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


German Exchange Students Visit to Basingstoke

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