Friday 1st March 2019

Good Afternoon,

Welcome back after half term, I do hope you enjoyed some sunshine. We were very productive on Monday as a staff, we spent a small part of the day reviewing our vision for The Vyne and parents are encouraged to share their views via the link, students will also be contributing in citizenship lessons next week.

I have enjoyed going to lessons this week where students were debating nuclear war, the causes of the second world war, whether breaking promises was ever acceptable and whether human activity was having a bigger impact on global warming than natural effects. It is good to see our “no-hands up” strategy working well in classes to encourage everyone to participate when answering teacher questions. I am excited to see the 3d masks and “boxes” projects developing in art. As ever I am delighted by the range of learning I see when I visit lessons with engaged and hard working students.

Thank you for all your feedback regarding homework, I will update you in due course with our actions to develop this area of learning.

The Year 11 Revision Workshop on Thursday was well attended by students and their parents, and shared some strategies and ideas to support effective revision. All students have now been given a copy of our subject by subject revision support booklet, this included a copy of the exam timetable for the summer exams.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

 Mrs Pearce, Headteacher


The main topic of the assemblies this week was “anti bullying”.

The assemblies focused on the effects of bullying and the importance of being kind to one another. The tragic story of Felix Alexander was reflected upon with the Year 8 students and the  impact of repeated unkind behaviour. Students have been encouraged to support one another and speak up when they, or someone else, has a problem.  In the first instance the students should talk to their tutor and then their Head of Year.  Parents can contact staff through the following email structure if they have any concerns

Please also open this link for some helpful information and advice:

Sports Results

Year 7 rugby team lost 30 - 20 to Sherfield School

Year 7B football team finished 3rd overall in the Basingstoke league out of 9 teams

Year 7 netball team lost against Aldworth School in their first match

Year 8 rugby team won 25 - 10 against Sherfield School

Year Group News

Year 7 Mr M Duffy

This week Year 7 have been having a big push on making sure we are doing the basics properly. Students have been reminded that they should have the following equipment ready for each day:

  • Pencils
  • Pen (black or blue ink)
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Sharpener
  • Planner
  • Reading book
  • Calculator

Students are also expected to record their homework in their planner each week and ensure that this is signed by home before the following Tuesday. If you need to get in touch with me please either phone the school and leave a message or email me (

Year 9 Miss L Buckland

The Guided Choices evening is next Thursday, 7th March and I look forward to seeing as many parents there as possible to discuss the bright futures ahead.

Year 10 Mr S Coomber

The Year 10 students have their mock interviews next Wednesday, 6th March and the students have been reminded about the guidelines for dress and how they should conduct themselves.  Students have been asked to wear formal interview dress, however full school uniform is acceptable.  Appointment times have been given to all students and they should arrive in the library 5 minutes before their appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor or myself if you have any questions relating to the interviews.

Year 11 Mr A Morey

The pre-public examination period starts on Monday, 4th March and again, the expectations have been reinforced to the students.

Year 11 Top Tip for GCSE success - from Mrs Gibson

Over the next few months students will be expected to retrieve a huge amount of information from their memory and apply it to exam questions. Some may find that visualising, where they either learnt or have written a quote or equation, helps with retrieving it. You can help by placing quotes or equations in memorable places around the house. Post it notes are great for this. Equations on the bathroom mirror, quotes on the fridge etc.

All great preparation for next week’s PPE Exams, Good luck!

 Upcoming events

Monday 4th March to Friday 15th March

2 weeks

Year 11 - Pre-public Examinations

Wednesday 6th March

All day

8.45am to 1.15pm

Year 10 - Mock Interviews

Year 8 and 9 - Hampshire Literature Quiz @ The Romsey School

Thursday 7th March

6.00pm to 8.00pm

Year 9 - KS4 Choices Evening

Friday 8th March

All day

Year 9 - UNWIN Aspire (Winchester University) workshop @ The Vyne

Thursday 14th March

All day

Year 11 - Basingstoke Improvement Project, Student Masterclass @ The Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke

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


German Exchange Students Visit to Basingstoke

Post 16 Information


Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Open Evening

Monday 11th March 4.30pm to 7.00pm

Monday 13th May 4.30pm to 7.00pm


Open Evening

Thursday 25th April 5.30pm to 8.30pm