Weekly News Bulletin: 7 October 2019

Year 9 Settling in Evening – Tuesday 8th October
We would like to invite Year 9 parents and carers to attend our Year 9 settling in evening on Tuesday 8th October 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. in the main hall. The purpose of the meeting is to provide you with advice and guidance on how to support your son/daughter at this important stage of their education. We will be providing useful information on effective revision techniques and tips on how to help your son/daughter reduce stress and anxiety.
Ms W Gordon – Director of Learning for Year 9 

Macmillan Coffee Morning
The Extended Learning department raised £320 for Macmillan through their charity coffee morning last week.  Thank you to all of the students who supported us.
Extended Learning

Learning Zone News
Thank you to everyone who bought a book from the Scholastic Book Fair while it was in the Learning Zone; we have been able to add some new books to the Library shelves.

Wednesday 16th October marks the launch of the Juniper Book Awards (formerly the Essex Book Awards) for 2020. We are looking for students to join our Book Club, students will read the six short listed books between now and February 2020 and then vote for their favourite book. We have 12 places available to attend the Drama inspired launch at Great Baddow High School on the 16th October. The cost of the trip will be £10. Students can sign up in the Learning Zone.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Year 11 News
Mock Exams
As many of you will be aware Year 11 have mock exams coming up for their core subjects, (English, Maths and Science).  Please note the dates of these exams have been brought forward slightly in order to accommodate the Geography trip to Sorrento.

The exams will now begin on Friday 11th October until Wednesday 16th October. Specific timetables for these exams have been distributed to students and a copy of the timetable has been sent as an attachment with this bulletin to enable you to support your child in their preparations.

Impact sessions
Year 11 impact sessions timetable comes into effect this week.  Please note that for this half term students are able to choose which sessions they would like to prioritise and attend.  After half term, staff will be selecting students and they will be directed as to which sessions they are expected to attend.  Please see the impact sessions timetable attached with this bulletin.

Year 11 Prom
The Year 11 prom will take place on Wednesday 1st of July 2020 at Quendon Hall. Information has been sent to parents and students recently regarding criteria in order for Year 11 students to gain their invitation to the prom.

For a student to be eligible for an invitation, they must have a conduct score no lower than -100 (that is achievement points minus behaviour points).  In addition, they must receive no more than 300 behaviour points.

If your child at the end of this week has received 50 behaviour points or more they are currently on course to not being able to attend this celebration evening.  Students can ensure they are not receiving behaviour points by acting in accordance with the high expectations of the school.  Please encourage your child to minimise their behaviour points.  This can be monitored at home through the use of the Xpressions app where you can see both your child’s achievement and behaviour points.

Prefects Update
Year 11 prefects have settled well into their roles and have started to undertake their duties.  Thank you to all those prefects who helped out either guiding or assisting various faculties at our recent open morning and especially to our head boy and girl, Oliver Brinkley and Lucy Pickford, who spoke so eloquently during the open morning speeches.

In addition to this, the prefect mentoring group has begun their duties with Year 7 forms, successfully delivering the big topic sessions during form time.  The standard of the prefects’ delivery was exceptional and is another example of the fantastic students we have as part of our prefect team.

Prefects are now performing lunchtime duties in the dining halls, assisting staff on duty and are also in the process of organising a range of clubs for younger students to take part in at lunchtimes which will be up and running very soon.

Along with the many other ideas that have been put forward by the senior prefect team it is hoped that this year’s prefects can have a really positive effect around school.
Mr C Wilkins – Director of Learning Year 11


  • Year 11 mock exam timetable
  • Year 11 impact sessions timetable
  • Uttlesford Schools Apprenticeships Evening
  • Understanding your Teen – course details
  • SEND ‘Spangles’ coffee morning
  • PACT for Autism support meetings

We have been made aware that there were capacity issues regarding the last ‘Aspects’ course details we sent out, but we are assured there will be further capacity on this course.  We also hope to notify you of other courses from Aspects in the future.

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