Year 11 Revision Sessions

Dear Parent/Carer,

There are a few short weeks left until the GCSE and BTEC Examinations begin. It is vitally important that your son/daughter begins to focus on a serious revision plan, if they haven’t already done so.

Many teachers have been offering revision sessions before and after school but these have not been as well attended as they could have been. As such we are strongly advising all our Year 11 students to improve their chances by staying at school until 4:15pm each day, to work with their teachers who are the best resource the students have.

The Learning Resource Centre will also be open and available to Year 11 students from 8:00am before school and until 4:15pm after school, where they can learn how to study independently, where they can work with each other and where some staff will be on hand to help guide them.

This is an increasingly busy period of time for your child and we are asking for your support in helping us maximize your child’s chances of success.

Yours sincerely,

Mr P Trickett

Manchester University Year 9 Trip

Well done to the Year 9 students who attended Manchester University on Friday 13 February, as part of the school’s programme to help students consider their post-schooling options.


The students were excellent ambassadors for our school, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Thank you to Ms Bancroft for organising the trip, and to Miss Russon and Miss Bury for supporting it.

Year 9 Parents Evening – Thank you

I would like to give a big thank you on behalf of our Staff Team for supporting Parents’ Evening. We had a 70% turn out. If you could not make it and would like to make an appointment with myself or one of your child’s subject teachers, please contact the school.

Can I remind you that the next stage in the Options Process for Year 9  will be our Options Marketplace event, on Wednesday 4th March from 3.30pm until 5.30pm. Your son/daughter has been given a letter containing details.

Science modelling

Congratulations to the students in Mr Dutton’s Yr 8 science group for their excellent work in their Chemistry learning.

The class where challenged with designing and then building 3d models to represent their understanding of atomic structure – including the correct numbers of protons, electrons and neutrons & their relative locations within the atom.

There were a variety of designs and materials used from simple paper counters, to plasticine and even sweets and crisps!

The most edible model was produced by Andrezza Capstick & Kylie Allison-Howard…

Atom Model 2

The best model (as judged by Mr Dutton for its clarity, attention to detail & thorough planning) was awarded to Ana Braga & Summer Hitchen…

Atom Model 1

Well done Yr8, for your excellent models.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

A reminder to parents / carers that Year 9 Parents’ Evening will take place from 4.00-6.30pm on Monday 23 February. Students should already have made appointments with their subject teachers.

If you are unable to attend but would like feedback on your child’s progress, please contact Mr Fielding.

Real Life Catering Experience

Students in Years 8 and 11 got a chance to do some real life catering this week as they provided the refreshments for the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Association of the National of Teachers meeting on Wednesday. Year 8 students got cooking with a variety of sandwiches, soup, Victoria sponge, scones and shortbread, and Year 11 students were tasked with presenting it on stands created by the Design and Technology department. The food was delicious and enjoyed by the all who attended the meeting. Well done to those who helped out!

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Keturah’s success at Lancashire Schools

photo (3)Last October Keturah Bradley (9RR) finished 8th out of 90 runners in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Cross Country Championships, meaning she qualified to represent the borough at Lancashire Schools which took place on Saturday 7th February.

Lancashire Schools Cross Country is a very prestigious event in the athletics calendar and the competition is very tough. Keturah completed the very demanding course, finishing mid-table, overtaking several competitors up the famous ‘saucer’ hill and on the home straight. This competition is run by many club runners who are very talented in the sport, and Keturah really shone as an athlete. A tremendous effort and many congratulations on completing such a difficult course, well done Keturah!


Year 11 Catering Exam

A big well done to the Year11 Catering students who produced some fantastic food last week. The meals were based on international dishes and students were required to produce a two course meal. Our guest judges were Mrs Bury, Mrs Cryne and Chef Luke from Accrington college. We tasted some fabulous food. A huge well done to all the students.

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