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!


8s Science- Shadows

This week 8s have been investigating how to make shadows and how shadows can look differently with the movement of a light source.

We learnt that the closer to the light source the object is the larger its shadow will be, therefore, the further away the object is from the light source, the smaller the shadow will be.

We also learnt that if the light source is above an object, its shadow will be shorter. If the light source is to the side of an object, this will create a longer shadow. Here we are exploring these ideas using torches and opaque figurines.




Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition

We’ve had a great first day on expedition in the Lake District. The students all completed a challenging route scaling CatBells carrying very heavy rucksacks. We returned to our  exclusive campsite where the students put up their own tents cooked their evening meals on trangia stoves and after a debrief of the day retired to their tents thoroughly exhausted! They said they were very proud of themselves and we all agree they should be.

We are looking forward to a second day of outdoor adventure tomorrow exploring the local flora and fauna whilst clocking up some miles!

10C Exploring paint effects

As part of a creative studies project we have been experimenting with different paint effects.

We explored using dilute acrylics, smearing them and then using a hairdryer to swirl the wet colours together…

We then examined the effect of smearing different acrylics together and overlaying them…

We then flicked paint crystals on wet paper and watched the colours mingle together…

Our project is nearly finished. Do you know what it could be about?

Until next time.

10C Display

We decided to make a new display in the classroom. First, we took the old one down, recycled the paper and put up a new background…

We then took images of ourselves and peers, on the iPad and altered them…

We then stuck our efforts onto our display…

Keep your eyes on the blog for the finished effort.

Until next time.