The following dates for 2017/18 are provisional but should allow parents to plan holidays to avoid term-time.

School will start on Tuesday 5 September 2017 and the planned dates for each half-term are as follows:

  • Half Term 1: Tuesday 5 September 2017 - Thursday 19 October 2017
  • Half Term 2: Monday 30 October 2017 - Friday 22 December 2017
  • Half Term 3: Monday 8 January 2018 - Thursday 8 February 2018
  • Half Term 4: Monday 19 February 2018 - Thursday 29 March 2018
  • Half Term 5: Monday 16 April 2018 - Friday 25 May 2018
  • Half Term 6: Monday 4 June 2018 - Friday 20 July 2018 

Year 13 Mock Exams are from Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January 2017.

Although no formal teaching will take place this week, we have asked teachers to arrange catch up/study support sessions during lesson times, with individual students based on need and their availability.

All BTEC, OCR and art (fine art, graphics and photography) lessons are, however, continuing as normal and these students should continue to come in for their lessons. For students who wish to revise within school, the LRC and Sixth Form study area will be available and, if necessary, additional study rooms will also be made available. The Sixth Form Café and Café extension will also be open.

Mock exams are of great importance; results from these exams will give students an indication of what they need to do to achieve their target grades (and better) in their actual exams. It is essential that students prepare thoroughly for their exams using the forthcoming weeks to revise. Students need to attach the same importance and bring the same positive attitude to these exams as they will do for their actual exams.

A number of departments have sent out details to parents/carers of Year 11 students regarding upcoming assessments.  These letters and resources are now all collated under the Curriculum section of our website, as 'Information for Year 11'.  Please read this important information over the Christmas holidays.

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This year Youth Theatre proudly presents the gothic musical The Addams Family.

Our shows run from Wednesday 7 December until Saturday 10 December 2016. Ticket prices this year will be £5 for under 18s, and £6 each for adults. Tickets are on sale in the school foyer on Wednesday lunchtime or from the Curriculum Office on Thursday and Friday.

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Year 12 students took part in a carousel of three different sessions based around mental health on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November 2016. Educational psychologists and mindfulness professionals delivered sessions on Mindfulness, Winning with Worry and Stress to Success. The mornings were well attended and overall our students found the sessions useful.

Sixth Form Pastoral Team

Details of all 2016-17 Curriculum Support Sessions (lunchtime or after-school study sessions run by each department) are now available.