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Archived Weekly News - 5 October 2018

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Head Teacher's Message

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

Each year when the GCSE results come out, the media is full of reports of girls outperforming boys in a ‘gender gap’. A brief look at the results shows that this is fuelled in part by subjects which rely on extended writing. Boys tend to be reluctant writers. No new news there; however, the recent GCSE reforms have introduced a more ‘traditional’ style of learning and assessment with extended writing being even more important than before.

So how do we ensure our boys are writing more? They are not short of ideas or ability. However, when GCSEs are submitted, all students are compared and grade boundaries are established, so if on the whole boys write less content than girls do, more girls than boys will fill up the available spaces in the higher grades and this gender gap will continue to grow.



Work experience opportunities needed

Our Year 12 students go out for a week’s work experience in May and we are keen to develop contacts and set up placements for various industries including: international relations, environmental engineering, IT and more.

If you work for a company who offers work experience, we’d be very grateful if you could contact Garry Coffey, our Careers Adviser on (more…)

Timetable for musical instrument lessons

Could all students who have musical instrument lessons in school please double check the date and time of their lessons as there have been a number of changes to the timetable? The up-to-date timetable is on the noticeboard in the Music Department and also on our website.

Free Microsoft Office for Students

As part of the school’s licensing agreement with Microsoft, all students are entitled to a free copy of the latest version of Microsoft Office Professional, which can be installed on a home computer and accessed as an online web application.

Our IT Department has drawn up some step-by-step instruction for how to access the free package: Microsoft Office for Students (more…)

General News

Warwickshire Year 9 Book Awards

Last week, we carried out a ‘speed-dating’ exercise to whittle down the long list of books to a short list for the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Awards scheme. Thank you to the following students who were involved: Alfie Ross, Gwyneth Horn, Matthew Jordan, Joseph Cross, Joseph Deavall, Mollie Moore and Talia Jackson.

The students’ votes were sent to the School Library Service for collating with other schools in Warwickshire who are involved in the same process.  (more…)

Sports News

Tennis result

Congratulations to the U13 girls tennis team who competed in the Midland League Finals at Loughborough University on Thursday 4 October and finished runners up. The U13 boys are playing today – Friday 5 October.

Another win for U14 football team

Following their 7-3 victory over Kineton last week, the U14 football team continued their good form by beating Shipston in a closer game on Wednesday, winning 2-1 in the last minutes of the game.

England Rounders Squad success for Tia

Following her attendance last weekend at the U16 England rounders trials in Corby, Tia Norton has been selected to compete for the England squad in the forthcoming season. She tried out as a bowler, but her Padel Tennis experience and success, certainly helped her batting capabilities shine through too. Well done Tia!

Hockey result

Well done to the U16 hockey team who beat Sibford School 4-0 and Kingsley School 1-0 on Thursday 4 October in a triangular fixture at St Nicolas’ Park in Warwick.

U14 County Football Squad

Congratulations to Ben Gordon and Matus Hruska in Year 9 who have been selected for the Under 14 County Football squad following recent trials. This is great news for two of our promising footballers.

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