Mrs Dewland's Weekly Blog - Week 7

Welcome to my weekly blog.

On today’s blog, I would like to celebrate some of the achievements of our pupils and staff.

Our Geography team has enjoyed receiving photographs from KS3 students after setting pupils a challenge.  They have been learning about Easter Island and were asked to try different methods for moving statues, using rocks from their garden. There were some clever ideas.  Pupils also studied Moai heads and have now been asked to make these of famous Geographers.

The Science department launched its ‘Lockdown Lab’ and challenged students to carry out experiments at home using practical materials.

In English, the statistics on Accelerated Reader have gone through the roof, with pupils reading more and more challenging books.

Well done to Year 9 pupil Evelyn who has been using her artistic talents for the benefit of others.

She designed a poster for a montage supporting St Andrew’s Hospice, taking inspiration from a recent quote from Chancellor Rishi Sunak: “We need the gentleness of charity in our lives.”

She also helped design the montage for her swimming club.

It is not just pupils who have been learning new skills and improving old ones during lockdown either!

We discovered maths teacher Miss Thompson and MFL’s Head of Faculty Mrs Hinchliff have artistic talents, with both posting some impressive work. Well done ladies!

We have a lot to celebrate and we love sharing pupils’ work so please keep sending your videos and images.

Meanwhile, all Year 10 parents will have received a further letter explaining our re-opening plans from Monday 22nd June.  The staff are really looking forward to welcoming pupils back to school, albeit in limited numbers.

The KS3 pastoral team and some senior leaders are hard at work ensuring that transition to secondary school for year 6 pupils is as smooth as possible, with personal phone calls to our new pupils and their parents now underway.  The team will be giving more information and explaining how pupils can ask questions and make contact with us over the coming weeks.

A reminder that existing pupils can contact for support from our pastoral team while parents can contact the school with any concerns via

Most importantly, as always, I hope you and your family keep well and stay safe.

Mrs Dewland