- Written by S McGill
'The Maths department are delighted to celebrate the successes of more than 100 students across Key Stages 3 and 4 who were entered into a prize draw for the outstanding progress they have made this half term.
Well done to both Zara Webster (Year 7) and Faye Barson (Year 10) who will each enjoy an expenses paid trip to the cinema for their excellent efforts.
- Written by S Leader
Last Friday we bid a fond farewell to our Year 13 students, in a somewhat emotional Leavers Assembly, followed by food and drink on our Arts Terrace. The sun came out to wish all of our leavers a bright future! See you all at the Leavers Ball in June. I wish you every success and happiness, I will miss you all.
- Written by S Leader
Year 11 Students
An exciting opportunity to visit London with your year group and to get to know some of the Sixth Form students and staff. Fun activities to help you with the transition between Year 11 and 12. This trip is being run jointly with Lawnswood School as part of our new partnership arrangement.
Visits to Madame Tussauds, Tate Modern, the London Eye and a West End Show. All students will receive a guided tour of London.
You will be staying in University Halls in London, including London School of Economics and Imperial College London; giving you the opportunity to consider your options for after Sixth Form, and open your eyes to what university life might be like following your studies. You will be given an induction including study techniques and managing your time and workload.
Although the trip will be heavily subsidised by school, we are asking students to make a contribution of just £99* for the entire residential! This is to include, travel, accommodation with breakfast and some of the activities mentioned.
This really will be a fantastic opportunity for all involved. I hope that you will embrace this chance to experience some independence whilst exploring our exciting capital city!
There are a limited number of places available. Initially I would like to know that you are interested in taking part. To express your interest, please complete and return the slip attached to me before Friday 24th May. I will communicate further details and information following return of your slip.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
- Written by H Dolan
Year 12 As Level students present 'Passion' by Edward Bond and monologues from 'Deep Cut', 'Motherland' and 'The Laramie Project'.
This years monologues explore the theme of loss and all come from verbatim plays where the text delivered is that of real people experiencing real situations. Performed in the drama studio, this will be an intimate performance made up of characters based on real people. This part of the evenings events starts at 7pm.
After these monologues the audience will be taken through to the theatre to watch 'Passion’. Written by Edward Bond in 1971, the play is a piece of satirical theatre that questions the role of the monarchy and those in power. It explores the relationship between royalty, politics, the military, and those effected by war.
In our version the cast take the audience on a journey through the story of an Old Woman who cannot accept the loss of her son, and a Queen and her cabinet who make decisions about life and death at the push of a button.
The chorus of actors represent the thousands of soldiers who have been effected by the wars they fight for the ‘greater good’. Projections of hundreds of years of military history illuminate the stage and remind us that after the second World War people in power said that this could never happen again. Today, as the bombs drop on Syria and battles are fought for land and power across the Middle East, the soldiers keep on marching.
Through the use of exaggerated movement, grotesque characterisation and a comic style we ask our audience to question what is the price of war, and who are we fighting for?
Come along to support our students - £2 adults £1 concessions.
- Written by G Drew
- Written by W Carr
We are holding a meeting for parents and carers to discuss the recent Ofsted inspection on Monday 20th May, 6pm-7pm. We think it is important that you have the opportunity to be fully involved in moving the school forward at this exciting time in our development.
The Leadership Team and the School Governors will be in attendance and we will talk through the key inspection findings. We will also outline the school’s initial response and our plans to develop the school further to achieve an improved Ofsted grading. There will be opportunities for comments and questions.
If you are unable to attend but would like to discuss the inspection report, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school. If you would like to attend the meeting, please complete the reply slip below and return to the main school office.
Hope to see you there.
- Written by S McGill
Applications for this year’s Sutton Trust Summer Schools have closed and we are delighted to celebrate Year 12 student, Rob Coverdale’s, successful acceptance to read Engineering and Maths at St John’s College, Cambridge this summer.
The programme, now in its 17th year, allows sixth form students to apply to participate in an all-expenses paid week-long programme at one of nine top flight Universities. The summer schools encourage students to aspire to some of the best academic institutions and an incredible 74% of its alumni have gone on to graduate from Russell Group Universities.
Rob will attend daily lectures and work towards completing a research essay which will be discussed with one of the University’s top maths professors. This represents an outstanding opportunity for Rob, who will be able to meet other like-minded students from across the UK. Following the summer school, he will work closely with a ‘Buddy’ from the University to guide his application to University.
The application process is incredibly competitive, with around 7,000 students applying for just 600 places across all 9 participating Universities. Places at Cambridge are particularly contested and we are certain Rob will be able to share his experiences to help his peers in Sixth Form in their own applications to prestigious Universities. Well done, Rob!
- Written by R Vernon
53 year 7 students and staff went to Kingswood Dearne Valley on Monday 29th April until Wednesday 1st May. We had a great 2 days at the centre. While we were there, we did Zip Wire, Abseiling, Nightline and Areoball. During the evening, we had a quiz and a camp fire with stories (Year 7... where did the moose go???)
The staff at Kingswood were superb with our students. Our team leader was in fact an ex-student of ours. Staff were really happy to catch up with Lewis Driver who has developed and matured into a fantastic adult. He did Kingswood proud, and being an ex student, did Ralph Thoresby proud.
The behaviour of our students on the trip was, as expected, was outstanding. They were well mannered and respectful to everyone. Residential's can be at times, long days. This one was fantastic that could have easily lasted a lot longer! Well done to all the students and a massive thank you to Ms Woollard, Mrs Brown, Miss Mooney, Mr Gill, Miss Maw, Miss Gibson and Miss Jolly who all give up their free time to help supervise the trip and made it the fantastic trip that it was.
- Written by S Leader
Tomorrow we have the National Apprenticeship Service coming in to deliver a workshop to Sixth Form students. It's particularly aimed at those students not intending to go into Higher Education in September, who might be interested in starting an apprenticeship.
Participants will be shown how to look for apprenticeship vacancies, the different levels and the option to study for a degree whilst completing an apprenticeship; being paid whilst you learn! Some existing apprentices will be on hand to share their experiences and give tips for searching and the many different progression routes.
The session will take place on Friday 3rd May in D108 between 11:30 up until lunch. More information about searching for apprenticeship vacancies can be found at www.apprenticeships.org.uk
- Written by R Redjaimia
Following a 3-2 victory in the sixth form merit league semi - final against Horseforth, the final at South Leeds Stadium is now just around the corner.
All the sixth form team turned up in high spirits for the 15:30 kick off and from the beginning we could see that team morale was high.
Most of the action came at the end of the second half and it was fair to say the team had done enough to secure victory! The winning goal coming from James Kiely after being brought off the subs bench to try and make an impact, and what an impact it was! His goal meant the team remained in high spirits. With the sidelines packed with students and staff it was great to see such brilliant support and was extremely encouraging!
The final will be held on Friday 10th May, 19:00 Kick Off. All supporters are welcome and encouraged to come along. The cost of a ticket is £3 for adults and £2 for children (under 18) and can be paid for on the night at the stadium.
Well done lads!!