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Letter from Mrs English

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you know, I will be retiring from my post as Executive Head of our federation on December 31st.  I want to take this opportunity to say a massive “thank you” to you all for your support of our schools.  The federation works so well because of the strong partnerships we have, including those with yourselves.


I am one of the lucky few who has enjoyed every part of my career, and can honestly say that I have no regrets.  I have said many times, that there are elements of my job that I would do for free because I love it so much!


I have been honoured to be part of your child’s story, and those of all of the pupils who have attended our schools over the years.  I know that Mr. Tweddle will continue to develop the federation, and that all of our leaders and staff will continue to give above and beyond for our children.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


With all my good wishes for the future,




Andrea English

Executive Head Teacher.


Makaton Choir visit Willowdene Care Home

Students from our Makaton Choir group visited Willowdene Care Home and performed a selection of festive songs for the residents. Students enjoyed singing and signing as well as meeting the people at Willowdene. We had a lovely afternoon out in the community and sharing our enjoyment of makaton.

11C Christmas Collage Making

11C enjoyed applying their collage making skills to create some festive pictures of Christmas lights, Christmas trees, bells and reindeer. Well done 11C!

11C Christmas Collages

Students in 11C have enjoyed applying the collage skills they have developed in Creative Studies to make some festive pictures. Well done 11C!

8T Creative Studies

8T have been working very hard this term on their topic ‘Christmas hats textiles’. We have been learning about the textures, colours and different kinds of hats. We made our very own pom-poms, a draft of our Christmas hat made from card and materials, all working up to our main goal of making their very own Christmas hat! Students worked hard using their decision making, cutting and design skills to plan and create their own Christmas hats which all turned out unique and amazing!

Important Dates

Important dates

Thursday 14th December – reward trips for pupils in the main school
Thursday 14th December 10.30am – 6th form parents only – 6th form performance

Friday 15th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Christmas dinner

Monday 18th December – 6th form reward trips
pm Years 7,8,9 party (pupils must come in uniform and may bring clothes to get changed if they wish to)

Tuesday 19th December – pm Years 10,11 & 6th form party (pupils must come in uniform and may bring clothes to get changed if they wish to)

School closes at 3.30pm on Tuesday 19th December and reopens to pupils on Thursday 4th January 2024

7S Pens Down Day

In science, we have been learning about our solar system. We have been looking at our planet and the sun. Today, we looked at the moon.

We made moon sand and explored the textures and the smells of the mixture…

We then looked at the planets of our solar system and took inspiration from the gas giant planets.

We made our own solar system from our efforts…

Until next time.

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