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Head’s Blog – What are the alternatives to GCSEs?

13th December 2021

For many schools the exams hiatus caused by Covid increased the desire to explore different forms of assessment, particularly at GCSE level. In a recent article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES), our Deputy Head and co-founder of Rethinking Assessment, Al McConville, laid out the options available to schools who want to start doing things…

Year 11 Graduation and Prom 2021

21st June 2021

The never-ending assessment period was over, the sun had come out and it was time to say goodbye to our intrepid Y11 students who have had a turbulent last couple of years as they completed their GCSEs under the additional pressures brought by Covid-19. The day started with an outdoor Graduation Ceremony in the Amphitheatre….

Meet the teachers – The MFL Department

4th February 2021

  In order to really get to know our wonderful Modern Languages Department they asked their own students to interview them in their respective languages. Every day really is a school day! Camilla Parsons – Head of MFL and Spanish Teacher Interviewed by Natasha, Leni-Mae and Josh in Yr 12 Q. ¿Por qué quisiste ser…

Pizza and Physics Evening for Y11

26th November 2020

On Friday 20th November the Science Department hosted a Physics Lecture and Pizza evening for the Year 11 triple scientists. Oxford University are broadcasting their public lectures virtually this year so students gathered in their bubble to watch a lecture given by renowned physicist and author, Professor Michio Kaku. The lecture was entitled ‘Physics of…

Autumn team-building days

20th October 2020

As students move into new year groups, the Autumn term is traditionally a time when we take Year groups off site. This year we’re not able to provide residential camps but we made sure that students got to spend a day away from their desks, learning to work as teams, challenging themselves and preparing for…

Drawing with light – Y10 photography

7th October 2020

“Year 10 photographers have continued in their exploration of camera-less photography with a session on photograms. These light drawings go right back to the origins of photography and are simply created by manipulating light falling onto photo-sensitive paper. It’s a process made famous by artists such as Man Ray and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in the 1920’s…

Head’s Blog –
‘The Terror’ of exam-driven assessment

1st October 2020

As part of the Rethinking Assessment group, our Head, Robert, is helping to drive conversations around GCSE reform. Rethinking Assessment is a group of state, independent and special schools, business people, academics and stakeholders, united in the desire to create something fairer and more fit for purpose than the current exam-driven system. Robert’s latest blog…

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