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  • Raffle Prizes for Spring Fair
  • Y10 Dragons’ Den Winners
  • Instrumental Concert – Wed 31 January @ 7pm (tickets here)
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • Students discuss environmental issues in the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street
  • Tuesday Early finish @ 2pm
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We have now reached the end of our GCSE and A Level mock exams – well done to the students, parents and staff involved. On Tuesday this week we will hold our Sixth Form open evening, and my thanks in advance to all of the sixth form students (and supporting parents) who will be either staying in or coming back to school to help.

A Note from the PA - Do you know of any companies which might donate Raffle Prizes for our Spring Fair? If any parents have access to raffle prizes (vouchers, experiences, etc) that they would be happy to donate for the Spring Fair raffle please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This year’s fair (Saturday, March 10) is raising much needed funds for Music and Drama.

Year 10: Dragons’ Den winners 2018: This year’s business plans and presentations were of an exceptionally high quality, and the judges, including Mr Ellicott, Ms Fey, Mr Locke and Mrs Cole, were faced with difficulty in deciding who would receive the ‘cash’ investment and the trophy. Each team set up a theoretical small business, but the research and cash projections were far being from purely academic. The business plans, according to Ms Fey, were more professional that those delivered by many hopeful entrepreneurs in the real world. Mrs Cole said that many of these business ideas were viable and their potential may yet be tapped. The following awards were made: Best Business Plan - Wholesome Ways; Best PowerPoint – Phonex; Most Profitable and Innovative Ideas – Cloudmine and Drone Delivery; Best New Product – BobbiBrush, and Stin-Ora. The overall joint winners were BobbiBrush and Stin-Ora, both teams scoring 46/50 for entrepreneurial skill, feasibility, marketing and sales, market research, presentation skills and ability to ask questions. The individual winners were: Sarisha Abhyankar, Mahek Bhalla, Olivia Pearce and Filip Ramian from BobbiBrush, (first photo below) and Kishan Johal, Natasha Loveridge, Zac Smith and Shiva Tamil Kumaran from Stin-Ora (second photo below). Congratulations to the 61 students involved, for the level of commitment and teamwork throughout, making the judging so close, as seen in the final scores. A trophy has been awarded to the winning teams.

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Instrumental Concert Wed 31 January @ 7pm: Get ready for an eclectic evening of fantastic music! From Bizet to Bublé - the orchestras and jazz bands will be playing something for everyone! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 students and are available here.

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)
  • Mon 29 Jan – French Exchange Parents’ Information Meeting 6pm @ Gallery
  • Wed 31 Jan – Instrumental Concert 7pm (tickets here)
  • 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:

  • 24/1 Drama Trip to Wolverhampton Theatre ‘Hedda Gabler’ 47 Students Y10-12 18.50-00.10
  • 26/1 Chemistry Science Live, Birmingham Y13 45 Students – 09.00-16.35
  • 26/1-27/1 – U16 Netball Regionals Bournemouth - 10 Students

Students discuss environmental issues in the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street: "Yesterday, we went to the Houses of Parliament, as members of the RSPB Phoenix Youth Forum, to speak to MP Kerry McCarthy, who is a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee, about environmental issues, specifically pollution and the use of plastics. We also met and spoke with our local MPs about improvements that could be made in our constituency. We then had the opportunity to sit in on a debate in the House of Lords, and were taken to Number 10, Downing Street, for a meeting with Sir John Randall, who is advising Theresa May on environmental policies, and the Environmental Minister, Michael Gove. After a meeting, we got a tour of 10 Downing Street. It was a very exciting and interesting day, and we were given a great insight into how government works. We met some really interesting people trying to make the right decisions to help improve our environment." Lily Lawrence and Cadence Ware (Y12)

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Finally, a reminder that, due to the Sixth Form Open Evening, school closes and buses will arrive early at 2pm on Tuesday.  

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master