‘SWAG’ Clinch the Deal!

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge

Today the whole of our Year 8 cohort, through innovation and creativity competed in a challenge to design and brand a school bag label. We are pleased to announce that the winning team was ‘SWAG’ bag, who now go through to the final at Alton Towers where they will get to meet Theo Paphitis. Please read on for further details.

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge is an inter school competition between secondary schools from all over the UK. The challenge involves real life businesses and is sponsored by Ryman the stationery company. Ryman’s Chairman Theo Paphitis is the Ambassador for the Challenge and will be at our Finals Night in 2015  to meet the finalists from every school that have taken part. The Challenge is ideal for off timetable, fold down, enterprise, PHSE and STEM days. The Challenge involves our team coming to your school between now and June to work with the students on the one off day and the winning team from each school is guaranteed a place at the National Finals.

Year 11: Mock Exams

Dear parents/carers,

Please find attached, a provisional copy of the Yr11 mock examination timetable for w/b 8th December. A letter will be sent to you early next week, providing further details and guidance.

Exam Handbook

Y11 Mock Exam Timetable


Mark Thorogood
Vice Principal – Achievement

Skills Show Trip

Year 11 and Post 16 students recently visited the NEC Skills Show.  It was a great success and all who attended were a credit to our school.

Exhibitors were varied including private and public sector employers, examples of these were The BBC and Virgin. Further education Colleges, Universities, Skills Sector Councils and training providers for apprenticeships were there also.

There was a great deal more than was possible to do in one afternoon and the trip provided students with some valuable information to help prepare for the future.

Birmingham Library Visit


Our Library Visit

On Tuesday 11TH November the English Literature group visited Birmingham library in Centenary Square assisted by the school librarian, Mrs Joyce, who safely drove us to the Library and helped us locate the correct books needed, and fully utilise the library facilities. The trip was in aid of our upcoming coursework piece based upon the theme of jealousy in literature, giving special focus to critical theory.  Before our visit we expected to find a wide range of texts giving reference to the specific theme of jealousy, however we were naïve in our thoughts. Upon entering the library we were directed to the knowledge floor which is home to the book rotunda, here we found a plethora of texts on Shakespeare’s Othello, but a great lack of those on Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

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