Enrichment: Movie props and SFX

The newly formed Movie props and special effects group got off to a good start today when they began working on a Jurassic park themed project.
This week we’ve been making dinosaur eggs, however it looks like some have already hatched …

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Qualifying Expedition Day Two

Sadly we have to report that two of our students were unable to continue with their expedition after sustaining an unlucky ankle injury during team building activities and a sudden illness respectively. They were both returned home safely this morning to start their recovery. The whole of the remaining group wish them both well and hope they are soon feeling much better.

Our second day comprised of a very long walk around Derwent Water, searching for various flora and fauna and recording the journey using our go pro video cameras. They all rewarded themselves with a chip shop treat at the end too!
All the students were given a leg of the route to lead by themselves and the staff were all very impressed with their map reading skills today. They were all very tired and a little sore after day one so the staff were extremely happy with their efforts and resilience today.
On returning to the campsite the heavens opened. After a short amount of downtime were we treated to a welcome break in the weather when the students took the opportunity to cook their evening meals on trangia stoves again independently.

Tomorrow will see the students take on a final shorter route locally to complete their Silver expedition and complete the award!
Once again the DofE team want to say how proud they are of each and every one of the students’ efforts in what has been a very difficult year for them. We have seen them all grow in confidence in themselves and their abilities, learn new and valuable life skills and show great resilience and determination throughout their time on the award programme.
We wish them all well on their future paths and look forward to seeing them receive their awards at the leavers assembly.


11W- recycling!

In 11W we have used an old piece of wood and plastic bottle tops to create a tulip for the sensory garden.  First we painted the wood, then varnished it.  Finally we used the drill and hammer to attach the bottle tops to the wooden flower.  We hung it in the sensory garden for everyone to enjoy.

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Qualifying Expedition

What a difference 2 weeks makes.. Our weather today was not as glorious as the last time we were here however the students didn’t let it dampen their spirits one bit. They’ve all completed an arduous route from Portinscale up to the saddle of CatBells in very humid and damp conditions which then turned into a very windy and very wet slog!

On their return to the campsite they all put up their tents independently of staff help and cooked their own evening meal using trangia stoves.

Following their evening meal they all enjoyed some down time addressing the days blisters and playing some team games before retiring for a well earned sleep. Watch this space for tomorrow’s update…




Reading Time

Pupils in 9D are enjoying being able to read real books again during their daily Accelerated Reading Time!


Year 11 Bricklaying

Our year 11 pupils have been working hard in their employment, skills and personal development lesson this morning. They have been building walls three bricks high. Keiran pictured, led the group with his advanced knowledge and skill. Well done to all the pupils.

7H’s final week of half term

We’ve had a busy final week to end a great half term. Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to.

Have a lovely week of 7H – see you soon!

10C Life skills

10C continued their topic of life skills. We discussed different methods of food storage and tried a few out for ourselves.

Then we moved onto the best part – baking!

See you after the holidays 10C!

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition day 2 & 3

What a glorious second day we’ve had here in the lakes! We awoke to the most stunning sunrise and the weather only got better from there. Our intrepid explorers tackled a 10 mile route today that saw them navigate their way around Derwent Water in very warm conditions. They also were tasked with spotting local flora and fauna along the way with the help of visual references. Day 3 saw the students wake early, take down their tents pack up their rucksacks and take a 6 mile route around the lovely areas Braithwaite and Portinscale. Everyone was sore and tired however pushed through completed their final walk making us very proud!

We are delighted to report that on completing day 2’s tasks the whole group have finally completed their Bronze award fully from 2020! Many congratulations to them all. They all worked extremely hard during the first lockdown to complete their Bronze  volunteer, physical and skills sections. This delayed “hybrid” expedition has served to fulfil the final section of their Bronze award aswell as preparing them for their final Silver expedition  in 2 weeks time.

The DofE staff team couldn’t be prouder  of the group who have shown resilience, determination, confidence, compassion and team working in abundance throughout a very tough time in their lives.

Well done one and all!





11W Bubble fun!

In 11W we are learning about recycling.  We used old plastic bottles and old socks to make bubble blowers.  We cut the bottoms off the bottles and cover the ends with our old socks.  We then dipped the bottles into washing up liquid mixed with florescent power paints.  We then blew into the bottles and made long bubble snakes.  We had lots of fun but made lots of mess!