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Just a reminder that the photographer is in school tomorrow.

Pupil absence

Please could parents telephone school to advise of any appointments for your child?  Please note we will require sight of appointment letters to authorise the absence.  Please note absences can not be taken via email or text for safeguarding reasons.  There is someone in the office from 7am to 4.30pm.  The phone number is 01388 827380.  Thank you for your support.

School Photographer

The school photographer will be in school on Thursday 14th September.  Please ensure your young person is wearing uniform as normal.

After School Clubs

We hope you have all had a good summer.
Please see attached letter which we need back if you would like your young person to be considered for an after school club.  I have also attached a letter sent in July just explaining a little more about the club happening for parents with their child on a Tuesday.
Please reply by Friday this week if you would like a place.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Round Up 2023

This year has seen us successfully run Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards across Year 10, Year 11 and Sixth Form. We had a total of  54 students enrolled at various levels and we ran a total of 8 expeditions this year!

The students dedicated a total of 754 hours during their respective volunteering section of the Award. These hours were made up by the students taking on numerous environmental tasks and performing a Coastal Beach Clean project. These activities were undertaken during the coldest months of the year and required resilience, determination and lot of physical effort!

The skills section of the award saw our students complete a basic outdoor first aid course and learn important outdoor skills such as navigation, map reading, nutrition and menu planning, cooking outdoors, rucksack packing and erecting tents in preparation for their expedition.

For the physical section our Bronze students undertook weekly gym sessions, whilst our Silver and Gold students embarked on weekly walks in the local area after planning their own routes.

We must not forget to mention once again our amazing trip to Buckingham Palace to celebrate our Gold Award holder Aaron!

We are extremely proud of the effort the groups have put into their Awards this year and hope you enjoy looking at a selection of pictures from their expeditions this year.














9H – Hall Hill Farm

9H continued working towards our AQA qualification – Wildlife Photography. For this, we took a trip to Hall Hill Farm in Lanchester. We had an absolutely fantastic time; we fed lambs, cows, goats and sheep; we held chicks,
rabbits and Guinea pigs. We had lunch al fresco, and burnt off some energy in the park. A quick stop in the cafe for an ice cream and drink, then back to school. rabbits and Guinea pigs. We had lunch al fresco, and burnt off some energy in the park. A quick stop in the cafe for an ice cream and drink, then back to school.

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