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The Parents' Association is pleased to announce this year's Spring Fair, which will be held on Saturday 10 March.  After last year’s amazing success; raising £13,000 and buying a much-needed IT server, the ‘spotlight’ is now quite literally on supporting 'OPPA' - Our Precious Performing Arts. Music and Drama bind the school together, from the defining pillars of House Music and House Drama, to the remarkable concerts and performances every year from hundreds of talented and creative students. Watch this space for more ways to support the Fair, but in the meantime, please save the date and donate any unwanted Christmas supplies or presents (chocolates, bottles, gifts) by simply dropping them into Reception. You may like to consider sponsoring a stall, the cost of raffle tickets, kitchen supplies, or similar? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any thoughts, questions or possible raffle prizes.

Just a reminder for anyone whose children may already have lost or outgrown uniform: The Parents’ Association’s second hand uniform cupboard will be open and manned next Friday (19th January) from 3pm, and every first and third Friday thereafter. You are always welcome to gain access in an emergency – just ask at reception or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with specific requests. Meanwhile, we would welcome donations of any uniform you no longer need, especially sports kit. Thank you.

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 22 Jan – Y11 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 23 Jan – EARLY FINISH – BUSES ARRIVE EARLY @ 2PM (no cooked lunch service)
  • Tues 23 Jan – 6th Form Open Evening 5-8pm (Y11 visit departments, 6th form tour guides)
  • Thur 25 Jan - Pate's Partners business breakfast @ 8am - book here
  • Mon 29 Jan – French Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 6pm @ Gallery
  • Wed 31 Jan – Instrumental Concert 7pm (more details and tickets next week)
  • Thur 1 Feb – Y9 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
  • Thur 1 Feb - German Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 7pm @ E109 (computer room)

Trips Update:

Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 LAUNCH – Please sign up and pay £250 deposit (here) by 29th January.

Trips for this week:

  • Tue 16 Jan – Yr12 Physics Live – 84 Students – 8.55am - 5.05pm
  • Wed 17 Jan – Yr10,11,12 Theatre Splendid Trip to Stroud High – 45 students – 1.30pm-3.15pm
  • Wed 17 Jan – Yr7, 8 1st Lego League trip to Hewlett Packard – 10 Students – 8.30am-4.30pm

Extra-curricular Achievements:
Congratulations to Alex Cheetham (11G), Alex Clark (11G) and Laura Lyons (11R) who have been selected from across the UK for the UK Cadet Rifle Team (U17) 2018 Training Squad in March. We wish them lots of luck in their bid to be selected to represent the UK at the championships in Jersey later this year. My thanks to Jane Jowett (Head of OED) for her support and expertise.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master