Chocolate House Visit

Our Year 9 Business Studies students thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the Chocolate House in Blackburn this week.

On arrival, they were treated to a delicious hot chocolate and got the opportunity to sample some chocolate before being given a demonstration of how the chocolate is made and a tour of the business.

Three lucky students even won some delicious handmade truffles they had just seen being made in the factory kitchen.

This visit was really helpful in understanding the pros and cons of being a sole trader and also how important it is for small businesses to constantly adapt to meet customer needs and remain competitive.

Business Studies teacher Lisa Bancroft said: “Real-life experience of local business gives the students understanding that you don’t get from a textbook or a presentation. They found it both engaging and inspiring.”

Battlefield Parents Meeting

Dear parent/guardian

WWI Battlefields (Ypres & the Somme) trip- February 8th-11th 2017

Wishing you a Happy New Year and hello! Just a quick update and extra information for you.

We will be leaving on Thursday 8th February (at approx. 12.15 am) and will return on Sunday 12th February (approx. 11pm). These times will be confirmed at the parents meeting. We will travel via coach and ferry and will be staying at 2 different hotels, one in France and one in Belgium; these hotels are not open to the public and are used for school groups only.

During the trip it is our intention to visit a range of museums, military cemeteries and battlefield sites and to participate in the ‘Last Post Ceremony’ which has been held every evening at 8pm since 1928 at the Menin Gate in Ypres whilst we are there. If your child is interested in laying our school wreath there, they will need to let us know beforehand and then take their school uniform for this, if we have a number of children interested in doing this, then we will make a draw to see which children have the honour of representing our school. A more detailed itinerary will be given out at a parents meeting which will be Monday the 22nd Jan in school at 4.30pm, so if you have any additional questions, we will be able to answer them for you. If your family has any ancestors who fought in the First World War could you please let us know the details- it may be possible to visit specific sites associated to your child’s own family history.

Please be aware that it will be cold (just like here) so your child needs warm clothing and coat. They will also need either a pair of wellies or walking boots that are likely to get muddy – these need to be in a carrier bag with their name on. A full kit-list will be provided at the meeting. Please remember that your child will need an ‘EHIC’ card; this is free and can easily be applied for. This then needs to be handed in to the staff at the parents meeting and we will keep hold of the card for the duration of the trip and return it once the trip is over. Use the website address below to apply if you have not yet done so. If you do not apply for a card, you will need to take out separate travel insurance for your child.

If you have any question at all, please email me on

Thank you

Mrs Crawshaw (trip leader)


WW1 Battlefields Trip 2018


WWI Battlefields (Ypres & the Somme) trip, February 8th-11th 2018 (4 days – 3 ½ nights).

Following an immensely successful inaugural trip, the RE, History and English Departments are running their second educational trip to the Battlefields of World War One in Northern France and Belgium next year. This trip allows pupils to gain a more detailed insight into various RE topics including Religion & Suffering, Capital Punishment and Religion & Conflict. It also includes looking at the weapons, tactics and technology of the First World War whilst allowing students a more detailed overview of the ‘historic environment’ (The British sector of the Western Front; injuries, treatments and the trenches) element of the GCSE History course. In English, it will help them to understand the topic of War Poetry including visiting sites where the poetry was written, including a visit to Mametz Wood.

For more information – click the links below