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The Big Question

Earlier this year, Year 7 and 8 students were invited to take part in The Big Question. For The Big Question, a number of tricky questions were gathered from each subject area such as ‘How do astronauts go to the toilet in space’ and ‘What is the best British invention’, and students were challenged to investigate one of them. Some students chose a question from the original list put together by subject teachers, however some students decided on their own topic to investigate.

They were then challenged to present their findings. Some students decided to put together PowerPoints, some chose display boards and some chose to create dioramas. Students did this during their own time and worked incredibly hard giving up many of their lunchtimes to work on them.

We were supposed to have a celebration evening to allow students to showcase their projects. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we are unable to do this.

Instead, we have put together a video to celebrate and showcase the projects and we would like your help to choose the best one. We would be grateful if parents/carers and students could watch the video below and then vote for their favourite project using survey link below. Voting will be open until Friday 10th July after which, we will count up the votes and award a first, second and third prize to the top three projects.

The students involved in this project have worked incredibly hard and we are really proud of what they have achieved. We hope you enjoy the video.






Face-to-face meetings with tutors for students in Years 7, 8 and 9

We are very keen to give students in Years 7, 8 and 9 the opportunity to come into school to meet with their tutor between now and the end of term. Until recently the government’s guidelines did not allow this, but it is now permitted for a one-off visit.

To enable us to meet guidelines about maximum numbers of students in school at any one time, we will be offering these visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next three weeks. These are the days when there are fewer Year 10 and 12 students in school for lessons. The schedule will be:

Tuesday 30th June and Thursday 2nd July: Year 9 students

Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th July: Year 8 students

Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th July: Year 7 students

Tutors in each year group will be in school on one of the two allocated days. If this day isn’t convenient for students, it will be possible to meet with the Progress Leader or Manager on the other day. Times can be booked through our online parents’ evening system. More details about how to do this will follow.

These sessions are entirely voluntary but we would encourage students to attend if at all possible. When students return in September, it will be six months since they last came to school. We think that the chance to come to school to meet with a member of staff before the summer holidays will be very good for them. The purpose of this session will be to share some of the work that they have been doing, talk about their working routines, discuss how they are getting on with their new ‘stepping up…’ work, share any new skills that they might have developed and talk about what they are most looking forward to when they return to school. Most importantly it is an opportunity to come back into school and talk to some staff.

Students will meet in groups of 3-4 and the session will last for about half an hour. They will not need to wear school uniform. Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow parents and carers onto site, nor will there be any parking available. Students will enter via the top gate where we will register them and show them to their room. The procedures are very similar to those which we have used for Years 10 and 12. These have been fully risk assessed in line with government guidelines and have worked very well.

If you would like any more information about this opportunity, please contact the relevant Progress Leader or Manager. We will send specific details via Show My Homework to each year group of how to book a session once we have finalised the timetable of tutor availability.

We have very much enjoyed seeing students in Years 10 and 12 again, and look forward to seeing as many students as possible in Years 7, 8 and 9 too. We will provide students with further information about how to prepare and what to expect in school in the coming days.

Best wishes

Jonathan Fawcett


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