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Headteacher's Blog


July 2017

Headteachers Blog July 2017


We are nearly at the end of another year which has come round very quickly. The newsletter which is due home shortly will highlight considerable stories of success and achievements and in this my final blog of the year I will share some more.


I had great pleasure in shaking lots of students by the hand at our annual Awards Evening. We changed the format slightly this year with an additional act from the students and a reduction in speeches. Feedback of this slightly shorter format has been very positive. It is always a very proud night which recognises the achievements of students from Years 7 to 10.

It has been a year packed full of adventures and as you will read lots of team and individual success stories.


For those parents not aware we have added a new machine in the Dining Hall for students to use cash to top up their account for purchasing food, already this is proving very positive and brilliantly supports our cashless principle.


I hope you enjoy the following articles and indeed the newsletter when it arrives. I wish you all a great summer in whatever you are doing.


Maths Inspiration Event:


On Friday 16th June, 15 students in Year 10 represented Wildern at the Maths Inspiration event at Bohunt School. The day focused on A-Level and Further Mathematics and students had the opportunity to put their Mathematical skills to the test, by solving questions like the one above. Five out of the fifteen students that went finished in the top three teams, which is a great achievement. Students also had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Ben Sparks, a lecturer from the University of Bath, where they took part in discussions such as “where did numbers come from?” and learnt about imaginary numbers and their uses.


The students involved were Tiffany Biles, Amani Rakib, Leanne Salmon, Emily Snelling, Emma Plane, Thomas Russell, Amy Ross, Lucy Hawkins, Alexandra Shepherd, Matthew Ward-Garman, Finley Whale, Louis George, George Whiting, Lucas Lovelock-Dyal and Jacob Weems. Well done to all of them for taking part and in case you were wondering, the answer to the above question is zero.


Maths Challenges:

UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge 

Results of the Second Round Kangaroo

James Boocock 7P1      scored 68 points

Eliot Peck 8J2                scored 85 points

Matthew Richards 8D3  scored 63 points



In the Spring term students had the chance to take part in the University of Southampton Maths Challenge. Over 1000 students from schools around the South of England took part, attempting challenging and interesting Maths problems. We are so proud to have 6 of our students win a prize – what a fantastic achievement!


Congratulations to Ryan Thomas, Elliot Sharpe, Stephanie Harris, Oscar Sharpe, Sam Passingham and Sophie Atkins.




Eco Focus Group:

Students have been busy planning Eco Fortnight this year. They planned Digging Deeper sessions for all year groups, which included a treasure hunt around the school grounds and a photography competition. They planned a WOW to raise awareness of the issues with Biodiversity and extinction. They have delivered assemblies to explain the activities running in Eco Fortnight. They planned and coordinated a ‘Give a Bug a Home Day’, where Primary school students spent the day at Wildern building insect hotels in our school grounds. Some members of the group went to Freegrounds to help them to build an insect hotel in their own school ground. A final piece of work has been a charity day to raise money for the charity Fresh2O.


Annual Youth Conference:

In RE we are excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Youth Voice SACRE Conference on 13th July. Seven schools from the county will be bringing Year 7 and 8 students to attend this conference. It is extra special because the SACRE Youth Voice team have organised this and will be facilitating on the day - our Wildern representatives being Tiffany Biles, Izzy Grogan, Izzy Kipling, Mohammed Mehdi and Jas Bassi. They decided the theme too which is one they feel is really important for students to explore and understand: Religion in the Media. Their key evaluation question will be: does the media stereotype?  There will be workshops being led by Hampshire SACRE members and Winchester University lecturers to allow students to enquire into how religion is portrayed in the media.  It should be a thought provoking and enjoyable day for everybody involved.


Hampshire School Games:

A group of our male dancers recently opened the Hampshire School Games in Aldershot.  The dance and music certainly added a positive and inspiring start to the day.  The dancers did a fantastic job and were a true credit to themselves and to Wildern and most definitely enhanced the event. 


Duke of Edinburgh:

The final Duke of Edinburgh trip for the Year 10's took place during the weekend of the 8th/9th July. They completed their expedition assessment in the New Forest. Excellent work by all 7 groups, they all passed this section with flying colours, very well done indeed! Onwards now to the next cohort of up and coming Year 10's, who will be able to sign up for DofE in September 2017.

 To quote Mr Hoiles ‘An amazing bunch of students to spend the weekend with.’ 



Bletchley Park Computer Science Trip - Written by Mark W

On the 18th of May students from Year 7 and Year 8 went to Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes for a Computer Science trip. We saw a rare German code making machine called ‘The Enigma’. The Enigma has 15,000,000,000,000,000,000 combinations of making codes with letters. There are less than 20 machines still surviving, some in museums, some in private collections and one of them in Bletchley Park. It cost Bletchley Park £250,000.


We took a guided tour where the friendly guides told us that there were 10,000 people that had worked in Bletchley Park during World War II and who were entrusted not to tell anybody what was in Bletchley Park or what they were doing as jobs; some people thought it was a mental asylum! The people that worked there didn’t let slip anything, even to this day.


After we finished our guided tour we were free to go wherever we wanted to go in the park, but obviously with a teacher *rolls eyes*. Then we went to see a ‘fascinating’ exhibition about the pigeons who delivered letters to other British troops in WWII.


We also went to the museum to see a replica of ‘The Bombe’ working! It was amazing!


After all of the fun that we had, we finished the day of with a group photo.


Individual Success:


Marcus Scullion:

Marcus has had a very positive and successful swimming season and has for the second year been selected to swim for Hampshire in the National County Team Championships 2017. We wish him luck on 24th & 25th July were he will be competing in the British Summer National Championships 2017 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. 


Madeline Cooper:

Madeline has continued to enjoy success in Triathlon. In her recent event The World Triathlon Championships in Leeds in what was a very high standard event Madeline came in 7th place, with the upper age group. She then came 1st in the T3 lower age placing. Next year Madeline will be upper T3 which she will be aiming for a podium position.


William Latter:

William continues to enjoy success in Basketball and was recently involved in a tournament representing the U13 Regional squad.



Reuben Brown:

Congratulations to Reuben who secured a gold medal for the Southampton Diving Academy in the Swim England Diving National Age Group championships.




June 2017

Headteachers Blog:


Firstly my apologies for the late update of my Blog, this term seems to have run away very quickly which is often the case when we have a five week half term.


Following a very successful Easter Revision, Year 11 have now finally started their formal GCSE’s. The first week is certainly the busiest schedule with up to eight exams this week alone. Their attitude and focus to this point has been commendable and I hope they are walking into each exam confident and believing they can succeed, we certainly believe in them. I suspect the atmosphere at home may be a little tense, for those of you that are old hands at this and have been there before, you will be fully aware of what this means and for those for whom it is the first time, it passes quickly and with your support they will get through it.


In other news we are in the process of finalising the Year 8 pathway choices all of which have gone well. As many of you will have read many schools are having to adapt their curriculum offer due to financial challenges with some subjects being removed from the curriculum altogether. I am pleased to report that Wildern and the Trustees remain committed to a broad and balanced offer and are fully staffed as we move towards the end of the academic year. We inevitably say farewell to some colleagues most of whom are leaving for a promoted post. We have in turn appointed some excellent staff, some experienced and some new to the profession.


With regards to the development of the Multi Academy Trust and the development of the Free Schools, I am delighted to report that we successfully gained approval for the Boorley Green Primary school aligned with the Horton Heath project, which as you are aware we are moving forward in developing the educational offer for our community. There is still some way to go but we have begun the journey which is exciting and of benefit to us all.  There will be opportunities to share more, which we will do as things progress.


This year as many of you are aware we have used email communication a lot more and hope that this has been successful from your perspective. It certainly has been a quicker way to get information to parents and carers more effectively. Next half term we will be looking at re-modelling our school website. Our aim is to transform this and make it more user friendly than it currently is.


Also after half term parents and students will receive an online survey. We have moved to a different company this year in order to reach even more of our parents. Your feedback is important to us so if you receive this in your inbox and can spare ten minutes to complete it we will be very grateful.


Towards the end of next term we have our annual Awards Evening which is an opportunity to get together and celebrate students’ success. I hope to see many of you there.


Congratulations to all the Year 10 students who collected their Prefect Ties and Badges from Glenda Lane, Chair of Directors, and myself.



Primary Transition:

It is the time of the year when we visit our primary schools for the welcome talks with our new cohort. This is always an exciting time and we meet the next generation of Wildern students. We are blessed with excellent primary provision within our cluster and a strong relationship with all our Primary Headteachers. We have been involved in joint training and learning together so we understand fully the complete journey. Induction Day and Evening this year is on Wednesday 28th June and we look forward to seeing you there if you have another youngster joining us.


School Trips:

This year already we have had a range of trips as my Blog has identified. Two of the most recent adventures were to China which was by all accounts a trip of a lifetime along with our annual ski trip to Austria. Next week sees the biannual trip to Italy which as always will be an exciting trip for all going.


Chemistry Trip:

Year 8 girls Molly Chalk, Lucy Davies, Lizzy Birch and Charley Leavey, visited the University of Southampton Chemistry Festival. The girls took part in two problem solving competitions which looked at their team working skills as well as scientific knowledge and application of skills.  In the afternoon they got to attend a lecture showcasing the most fun aspects of Chemistry.  Although we didn't get a prize this time (it was our first experience of this type of competition) the University staff complemented us on the girls' enthusiasm and caring attitudes towards each other as well as students from other teams.


Fat Face:

A number of our students entered a competition to design a T Shirt for the Fat Face brand. Following the heats at school with a representative from Fat Face the following group was selected Luke De Bruijn, Toby Staff and Isabella Tafa-Wallace. The group won the heat at the Ageas Bowl taking them through the Finals at the Fat Face Head office in Havant. They were incredible and went on to win based on their business case and design of a new T-shirt. This is a tremendous achievement, their design will be in the shops around July.


I knew from having the opportunity to judge the first heat at school that they had a strong presentation which clearly went from strength to strength. Presenting takes skill and careful planning but to do so to a company such as Fat Face in front of business people is brilliant. Apart from winning and having their product produced we also received a £100 voucher as a school. We will be writing to parents after half term as we would like to raffle this and give the proceeds to a cancer charity linked to the school at the moment.


Individual Successes:


Music Success:

We had a visiting examiner for Trinity College graded exams, with excellent results for our students:


Alex Aju                      Grade 1     Electronic Keyboard    87   Distinction

Isabella Fairey           Grade 3     Singing                         80   Merit

Holly White                  Grade 3     Singing                        78   Merit

Emma Crowley           Grade 5     Piano                           88   Distinction

Martha Taylor              Grade 4     Singing                        76   Merit

Persis Hixon               Grade 6      Singing                          81    Merit
Joni Brogan                Grade 7     Singing                        80   Merit


Dance Success:

Ella Hindley Year 9 and her partner won the Final of the British Arts Awards in London on Saturday 7th May. A fantastic achievement, congratulations to Ella!


Athletics success:

Dan Kimber Year 7 competed in the Hampshire Athletics Championships on the 13/14th May 2017 at the Mountbatten Sports Arena Portsmouth. He won Gold in the Under 13 Shot Put and Silver in the Under 13 Hurdles. He is currently ranked 14th in the UK at his age category in Hurdles and 28th in the UK for Shot.


Girls Cricket:

After training very hard all winter Poppy-Jay (PJay) Watkins Year 8 has been selected to be Captain for the County Under 13 girls Cricket team for this season. A great achievement, well done.


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Mar 2017

Headteacher Blog March 2017


With three weeks to go before Easter I thought I would post my last Blog until we return in April. Below are a few updates on some individual successes in particular our success in the Youth Speaks competition, with our students going forward to represent the County.


Much has happened this term and will be highlighted in our termly newsletter. We are currently in the middle of Year 10 practice exams with some additional Maths and English additional practice for Year 11. They are working hard in what we know is a very stressful time for them, lots of kindness and support will be needed as we steer them through this final part of their journey. This includes the ESP sessions run after school and Easter revision which will give them the final boost and support they will need.



As many of you know Wildern runs its own cross phase teacher training facility (SCITT). Having achieved an outstanding Ofsted Grade last October we held another inspirational day at the Wildern Partnership SCITT with motivational speaker Sir John Jones.


Youth Speaks

We have, for several years, taken part in the ‘Youth Speaks’ competition organised by the Rotary Club. I had the great pleasure again this year of attending the heats at Wildern where the winners were chosen to then go through to the Local and then District Finals. The standard of speeches was incredibly impressive given that this is a hard thing to do when you are experienced, let alone 13 years old. All those who took part gave a compelling speech about a topic of their choice.


The winning group, in the Intermediate category (11-14), were Elizabeth Addis, Elizabeth Qi and Amelia Ngumuo. The topic of their speech was “What is true beauty and can it be defined?"


This speech had to be performed in every round - We have passed through 3 rounds, Club, Local and District Final. On Saturday the girls were successful again and now go through to the Regional Finals representing Hampshire on Saturday 25th March at Exmouth, we wish them every success.



Science Fair

As part of British Science week, Wildern held the annual Science Fair, which looked at finding the next greatest invention to solve a problem.


The Fair enabled students to think for themselves, be creative, encouraged teamwork and improve upon presentation skills. The Fair was judged by the University of Southampton as well as the Head of Science. The ideas created by the students were amazing; each group putting in such creativity, with ideas from a Candy Carrot to encourage children to eat their vegetables to using ethanol as a bio fuel.  Unfortunately, we could only have 3 winners for their brilliant inventions and amazing presentation skills. Harvey Clarke and Callum Swain 1st Place, Beth Wilkinson and Robin Stalley 2nd Place, Jacob Blair and Oliver Crighton–Lee 3rd Place. This year as part of the prize, the winning students will present their work at the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday 18th March which will have around 4,000 visitors. This is a great privilege as they are the only secondary school invited. Also this year as part of Science Week, we held a STEM Fair at Freegrounds Junior School. The ideas were incredible, but again we could only have 1 winner. The winners of this have also been invited to present at The Science and Engineering Fair. The winners were Eloise Fulker, Euan Snelgar and Jack Bee. They made a brilliant invention called the Rain–o–matic which saved your washing from getting wet! I would also like to give a special mention to Poppy Cannon and Emma Doncom who came to the Freegrounds Stem group to support the Freegrounds students. We were also lucky enough to be invited to design the wrist bands for the Southampton Science Fair, this competition was open to all Year 8’s. Leia Banerjee produced an amazing design, and it looks amazing!


Maths Challenge:

Every year we take part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge. This year 54 students in Years 9 and 10 took part and 17 students have been awarded certificates.


Year 9 certificates: Gold 1, Silver 5, Bronze 3

Year 10 certificates: Gold 1, Silver 3, Bronze 4


Special mention to Sam Deacon who was Best in School and Best in Year 9 and George Whiting who was Best in Year 10. Sam Deacon and Constance Smith have made it through to the next round which will take place in March.



Below is a piece written by Alex Ritzema about his art work as part of the Peoples Portrait Project


Small Faces Exhibition - Peoples Portrait Project - Solent Showcase Gallery

For my small face portrait I decided it to be a self-portrait and to use the media of spray paint with a single stencil. The project didn't take long and it didn't need to as the exhibition is primarily about creativity and individualism. It could have been abstract or photographic, the only thing that mattered was the face.


I created the spray paint by first taking a range of pictures then decided which one I was to use based on the lighting and what kind of facial expiration I wanted. Then I printed it off and began to cut out the significantly dark or defined parts of the portrait remembering to use and A6 sized photo on the paper. For this I’d recommend using Microsoft Publisher as you can scale your pictures. After this I began to bring in my spray paint.


I stuck my paper down onto a wooden board using masking tape and gave it a first spray of blank white or a clear effect. The “Pepper” effect as I call it was achieved by then using black in dashes across the page and then going over it in white again. This is how I came up with the name as well as the funny fact that my pet cat, called Pepper, constantly tried to stand on the wooden board for attention. This making the name ironic.


Alex Ritzema


The Exhibition Post Details Are as Follows:


Small Faces Exhibition, Solent Showcase Gallery, East Park Terrace, Southampton.-SO14 0YN





Wildern Students Praise Quality of Religious Education at County Council Meeting

Four Year 10 students attended the SACRE Youth Voice meeting at the Hampshire County Council offices in Winchester on 1st March with Mrs Knight. Jas Bassi, Tiffany Biles, Isabella Grogan and Isobel Kipling represented our school brilliantly and worked really well with students from other schools in the County to provide valuable feedback and ideas to the Hampshire SACRE Group.


The Standing Advisory Council for RE (SACRE) is an organisation set up to ensure RE is up to scratch and reflects the diversity of religion in our County and they really value the SACRE Youth Voice’s feedback. The Youth Voice group also plan and facilitate a thought provoking Youth Conference every July for Year 8 students.


In this meeting, our students from Wildern discussed what they had been recently studying and what they had particularly enjoyed - for our Year 10s it was the Euthanasia topic and in particular how they enjoyed lively classroom discussions on the issue. They also discussed how positive they felt about the subject overall and what actions they should make to not only improve it further but also raise awareness about it to help other people see the benefits of it. Isobel Kipling said, ‘we want to raise certain points to our parents including what is actually taught in school as some parents believe that it is not necessary whereas it is a very valuable subject to study’.

They have big ideas for our summer conference and have decided to base it around the topic of religion in the media. They also want the students to think about other influences that affect their views on religion (school, family, friends, social media etc.). To do this, the students decided they will have the main intriguing question “What is the biggest influence on people’s views on religion?”

The group have one more planning meeting in May before the conference is held in July.


Rock Challenge:

On Monday 27th February just under 100 students participated in the Rock Challenge competition at The Portsmouth Guildhall.


This year our piece was called 'To live would be an awfully big adventure' and focused on the effects of social media and mobile phones through the theme of Peter Pan.  


Wildern's performance was outstanding and we won awards of excellence in:


Set Design and Function

Performance Skills 

Drama Skills

Use of Stage

Costuming Character

Video Performance

Visual Enhancement



Congratulations to all involved!


Wildern students experience Paralympic Sport with Great Britain Coach.

Students from Wildern had a taste of what it is like to play a Paralympic sport – thanks to GB Sitting Volleyball Coach Richard Osborne.


Richard, who coaches the GB Sitting Volleyball Team, spent the whole day at Wildern coaching students and helping them develop their sitting volleyball skills.


All the students clearly had a great time, but many also realised the hard work and training that goes into competing at the highest levels.


Many thanks to Richard, who we hope to see again in the future.


Individual Achievements:



Poppy-Jay Watkins has continued to enjoy successful cricket and has been selected as Captain for the County Under 13 girls cricket team for this season.  She has trained hard all winter and is looking forward to the County matches starting in May.







Sophie Parris has been performing across the Country and achieving outstandingly. Her most recent achievements are:


Sept 2016 :-

TUDOR ROSE DANCE FESTIVAL .(Fleet and London based )

Along with winning several medals, Sophie was awarded Adjudicator’s choice, Special Cup (senior bursary) YOUNG DANCER OF THE YEAR

Oct 2016


1st place in semi –finals, then won the Final to be overall UK TAP CHAMPION! 

Oct 2016


Gold medals in Modern, Tap and National (Ukrainian)

Silver medal in Greek 


Feb 2017:-


Gold medals in Tap, National and Greek group (under 21)

Silver medals in Greek, Character and Greek group (under 14)

Bronze medals in Ballet, Lyrical and Modern

Awarded 2 special Cups for Highest mark in Tap and Best performance in age group.


Girls Football – England Trial

Well done to Grace Jenman who is currently playing in goal for Hampshire Girls Football Team.

After a recent game against Berkshire – she was asked to attend a trial for a potential place in the England Squad.






Jan 2017

Headteachers Blog January 2017


Happy New Year to you all, I hope you all had a great Christmas and the New Year has started positively. All has started well for Wildern with our Year 11 students focused and driving forward for those final pieces of controlled assessments and the big push for May when once again the GCSE examinations start. With so many changes it is hard to predict what the new use of numbers for English and Maths will look like, we have a wealth of data which will, as always, help us to target the interventions needed for each student.


Year 8 are preparing for their Pathways assemblies and information will be coming home with all the information parents and students will need. The key is to listen to the presentations and read the information sent home so they can make an informed choice for those additional subjects they can choose.


We will be writing to parents to inform each year group of the new scheduled Information evenings we will be introducing for each year group. Some will fall in July and others in early September. I would, of course, encourage all parents to look out for these dates as they will be specifically focused on the coming year for each cohort and will offer useful information.


As some of you may be aware, we recently had the second phase of our Ofsted inspection of our SCITT (Teacher Training Programme). Phase one was in June and phase two was in October. The result was excellent with us graded as Outstanding. The report is on our website if you would like to know more. Certainly if you know of anyone interested in joining this very rewarding profession then please encourage them to contact Fiona Mitchell at Wildern who can tell them all about the programme and bursaries etc.


On that note, if I could kindly remind all parents visiting the school site for an event to be mindful of the parking. We do, thanks to the Borough Council, have two park and stride car parks, one at B&Q and another at Turnpike Way.  Clearly the school is not in a position to dictate where parents park but I would ask you to be mindful of our local residents both in the evening and at the beginning and end of the day. Allen Road in particular is often congested which does cause considerable disruption and upset to the residents. Thank you in anticipation of your support.


Finally, as part of our safeguarding regulations we will shortly be introducing the need for visitors attending a meeting at the school to produce a photo ID (e.g driving licence). This is being adopted by many schools as another measure in keeping students safe. Clearly this would not be possible for big events and so will apply purely for visitors. Our Receptionist may ask you for photo ID if you are visiting the school.



Following on from the theme of safety “The Morning Drop Off”. Wildern enjoys a very good safety record – please help us to keep it that way.


Recently there have been a couple of ‘near misses’ and even two incidents of vehicles driving over warning signs. People are often in a rush but the safety of our students is paramount. So could I respectfully ask that you always put safety first every time you enter the school grounds. We really appreciate your support.


Plastic and Pirates Science Trip to Germany:

During November 2016, 15 of our Year 9 and 10 Science students and 15 students from our German partner school participated in a citizen science project entitled 'Plastic Pirates'. As part of Germany's Science Year 2016-17, UK schools were invited to visit their German partner school to investigate the impact of plastic pollution upon German rivers.


During our students' week long stay in Kornwestheim, near Stuttgart, they collaboratively planned, executed and analysed their project work, studying the rivers Neckar, Rems and Enz, with their counterparts from Wildern's partner school, Ernst-Sigle-Gymnasium. Students looked for accumulation of both micro- and macro-plastics in the rivers and along their banks, whilst assessing the variety and abundance of flora and fauna in each location. Data collected by the students was uploaded to the Plastic Pirates national database, for further analysis by the Kiel Research Workshop, enabling researchers to identify river sections that are most significantly affected by plastic waste.


During their fieldwork, our students were interviewed by the local German media to help spread the word about the importance of the Plastic Pirates project, with the Wildern School/Ernst-Sigle Gymnasium research team featuring in two separate newspaper articles.


Funding for travel and accommodation was generously provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Solent Kestrels’ Basketball Team Support Primary Basketball Competition at Wildern

On Tuesday 17th January Wildern hosted a Primary Schools Level 2 Basketball Competition, the winners of which will represent Eastleigh and Winchester at the Hampshire School Games.


Players and coaches from the Solent Kestrels Basketball Team were at Wildern to support and referee at the event. The Kestrels play in Division 1 of the National League and both its Mens and Womens teams are playing in this year’s National Finals.


The competition, attended by 10 of our local Primary Schools, was a brilliant event with some fantastic individual and team performances from the primary students.


Thanks to the Kestrels for helping to make the event such a brilliant success.


Good luck to both the Primary students and the Kestrels in their forthcoming finals.

Wildern Well Being Week:


During the week of the 16th January the Mind, Body and Soul Focus Group organised Wildern Wellbeing Week in order to promote the importance of positive mental wellbeing and share practical ways to help students achieve this.


Every morning during tutor time students explored one of five coping strategies that were given to students from the Focus Group when they attended the Eastleigh Emotional Health and Wellbeing conference last November.  The strategies were:


  • Food – research has shown there is a strong link between mental health and diet so we promoted the importance of having a healthy breakfast to set you up for the day
  • Drink – we looked at how your brain needs to be kept hydrated so it can work properly
  • Exercise – we explained the benefits of exercise in helping to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and create happier moods, feelings of calm and clearer thinking
  • Sleep – there is also a close relationship between sleep and mental health so students discussed the importance of a bedtime routine and getting enough sleep
  • Talk – we also looked at how we should talk to people we trust about how we feel and how we should listen to and support others


Wellbeing Week culminated with Food Friday where during tutor time students were asked to bring in a healthy breakfast to eat together whilst they completed their final tutor session on talk.   It was brilliant to see the vast array of healthy breakfast snacks students brought in – from homemade cranberry and oat bars to fruit salads!


Students also received a PL/CSI lesson on mental health and wellbeing during the week.




Dec 2016

Headteacher Blog: December 2016


Another term has swiftly passed and yet again the Christmas trees and decorations are up. What I find most impressive as I drive through the village in the morning and after school is the stunning lights in the village centre, they really are quite spectacular.


I will not repeat the extensive information in the end of term newsletter, it is a good read and shares many of the successes and stories of the term. From shows to trips to sporting achievements and individual stories of success.


The end of term saw our celebration of Dance with a range of performers from the lower school to our very accomplished GCSE pieces which were stunning. Our annual Christmas Concert in The Berry which was, as always, a delight with a fabulous orchestra and singing from a large choir. While we have lost a number of key musicians it was fabulous to see the younger students coming through, often with instruments bigger than them!


We continue to move forward with the Free School development and are currently waiting for a call to London for the interview for the Boorley Green school. I have and will update the section on the website relating to this especially the proposed changes to the Horton Heath project.


I have had the pleasure of attending two of our four celebration assemblies this week, all different and unique in their own way. We have had dancing, singing (a personal favourite) and incredible individual performances on the drums and dance floor. It is always a challenge performing in front of your peers but the students are receptive and respectful of the talent in front of them. Thursday is our Mock Results Day for Year 11 when they will receive their results. They will be reminded to think and talk about the outcomes and use whatever advice they are given to steer them towards the final exams. There will be additional practice exams in English and Maths in March to help settle their nerves and further build confidence.


We have run a successful Learning Hub from The Box for a number of years and I am delighted to say this very successful provision is now moving across to what was formally The Nest. We will retain The Box which we lease from the Local Authority as we intend to use this space to support some of our additional work and offer a space to Health and the Youth team as we do now.


Basic Banks:

As always our children always give generously to worthy causes. This year again we have collected food for the Basic Bank, as I type there are boxes and boxes of goodies waiting to be delivered. Half have already gone to the KCC Food Bank this morning who were absolutely delighted and send heartfelt thanks to everyone. The remaining bits and pieces will be delivered to the Southampton Mission.


Annual Uniformed Services Competition at Itchen College

On Thursday 8th December an all-girls team of seven Year 10 students took part in the Annual Uniformed Services Competition at Itchen College.


The competition, against nine other schools, involved a series of physical and mental challenges. The challenges involved events such as an assault course, a tyres challenge, a blind-fold water carrying challenge and a stretcher carrying event, as well as having to use clues to break a secret code.


The girls, who were the only all-girl team, took on each challenge with determination and enthusiasm and emerged as winners – eventually beating last year’s winners – King Edward VI School – in a closely contested competition.


The Team: Megan Brook, Hollie Dawson, Katie Osborne, Grace Jenman, Macy Hine, Laura Towler, Megan Maffey.


Well done girls…. a fantastic day and a well deserved victory!

Spilling Ink

Just want to share some good news, out of 17 students who sent in a poem for the Young Writer's 'Busta Rhyme' competition, 15 students have been put forward to be published in the book to celebrate their work! Their names and the topic they chose for their poems are:


Katie Ridout                          A Matter Of Life

Robyn Harfield                     War

Tegan Butler-Moore            Trump

Beth Pugh                             Syria Crisis

Isabella Packman                I’M Useless

Mia Packman                        You Can Find It

Victoria De Bruijn                 Are We The Same?

Madeline Bendell                 Hurricane Matthew

Mia Gregory                          401 Marathon

Holly Godden                        They Are Alone, Worried And Scared

Chloe Headland                   Pandas Are Not Endangered Anymore

Tia Lucking                           Animal Crisis

Will Robinson                       Is It True?

Esme Thompsett                  A Sense Of Belonging

Jake Harvey                          They’re Free


Further success was with a creative writing competition prior to the summer break. Before the summer holidays, other Spilling Ink writers entered a competition that was rolled out to the whole department for KS3. Students were required to write a 100-word mini saga that would be suitable for a collection of mini sagas in a book entitled 'Spine Chillers - Into the Dark'.






After numerous entries were sent off to Young Writers, we received confirmation that 12 of our students (across Year 7 and Year 8 last academic year) would be published in a book, which we have since received. Each student was notified of their success during the summer holidays and will be receiving their very own copy of this text (which can also be found in The British Library, as well as a huge number of schools & libraries across the UK and ROI).


Below are the list of students involved, who of course are now Year 8 and Year 9 students


Year 9

Madison Hawkes

Alex Webb

Bradley Light

Emma Doncom

Fin Coombs

Maisy Stewart

Jonathan McCusker

Yazmine Petterson

Layla Neale

Leo Masters


Year 8:

Mia McCue

Romana Ismail


Cologne Trip:

On the weekend of 10th & 11th December the Geography department took 40 Year 11 students to experience the beautiful Christmas markets in Cologne.  They managed to explore 4 markets during their time there and sample popular dishes like currywurst and hot smoked salmon.  On the Sunday they had a tour of the Lindt Chocolate museum and of course the Lindt shop to purchase some last minute Christmas treats.  They had a wonderful time exploring the city centre and getting festive with singing carols and enjoying live music.  


Individual Stories:

Grace Jenman

Congratulations to Grace who has been selected for Hampshire Under 16 girls football squad.


Madeline Cooper - Triathlon Superstar

Well done to Madeline who qualified and came 1st in the South of England at Aldershot in the Modern Biathlon Championships. One for us to watch in the future!


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