2nd February, 2021

The Praise Wall: Lockdown Edition 18th January – 1st February

During this extended lockdown period, we have asked our staff to recognise and praise students who have been working brilliantly remotely at home by sending in Praise Wall ‘shout-outs’ and examples of outstanding work they have produced every fortnight. This is our second lockdown Praise Wall this year.

Many congratulations to EVERYONE who appears on the following articles. You have caught the eye of your teachers with your fantastic work and effort over the last two weeks of lockdown! For every time a student appears on this page, five achievement points are awarded, contributing to their overall SIMS points totals.

Based on the number of student shout-outs below, we have awarded over 5,800 points!!

Ms Hopkinson's Catering Stars

Year 9 Hospitality and Catering students have been learning about bread and pasta dishes with students given the opportunity for show case their cooking skills preparing a dish at home. These images were sent in by Lucy Lister who made Fusilli pasta with a tomato & mascarpone sauce mixed with chicken, spinach, peppers and topped with a bit of basil.

Well done, Lucy! It looks yummy!

Ms Naylor's Maths Stars

Ms Naylor would like to congratulate Leo Howarth in Year 11 on getting outstanding scores in maths.

Keep up the great work.

Mr Woodward's Science Stars

Mr Woodward writes,

I would like to nominate the following Year 7 pupils for being “Science Researchers” producing excellent PowerPoints on Chromatography:

Noah Armstrong, Natalia Bobyk, Dalton Bradley-Hampson, Jack Hamlett, Sarah Brocklebank and Millie Humphries.

I would also like to ask for a shout-out to all the Year 11 Separate Science pupils for excellent attendance, always keeping going in the face of adversity, and of course their skills in all things Kahoot based. They really are working hard.

Ms Hopkinson's Design Technology Stars

Year 9 students have been redesigning every day products, making and improving their ergonomic design while ensuring it is inclusive for people who suffer with mobility issues.

These are just a few of the fantastic prototypes produced, with special mentions going to Naomi Barber, Ellis Harrison-Scott, Joe Holt, William Rainey, Aaron Rowland, Adam Taylor and Eshaan Yaser.

Ellie Dale: Headteacher Award

We received communications from Year 7 student, Ellie Dale’s mum stating that Ellie had been really inspired in her art lessons and had decided to develop and expand the work she had been producing in class into her own, self-directed painting.

Ellie has been studying the work of artist Andrea Joseph in lesson, producing a pen drawing version of one of her trainer images. Ellie then produced this brilliant oil on canvas painting (below) in her own time which sees the influence of Impressionist painting brush work mixed with the vivid colour palette of Pop Art.

We are absolutley blown away with Ellie’s effort and talent. A Headteacher’s Award was sent home and Praise Wall points and a shout-out is more than deserved!

Mr Cordwell's Art Stars

Year 7 students have been art critics this last fortnight! They were asked to write and present a review of a piece by the artist Andrea Joseph. They chose one of her ink-based drawings to review and had to DESCRIBE the content of the drawing, ANALYSE what the image represents and how it was produced and EVALUATE it’s success in their own opinion. The following students submitted GOLD STANDARD reviews (the criteria for a Gold Standard review follows their names);

Well done to; Max Bishop, Natalia Bobyk, Dalton Bradley-Hampson, Ellie Dale, Leah Davenport, Lewis Harvey, James Joel, Faith Lamb, Grace McGivern, Lilly Parkinson, Southern Rigby, Matthew Barron, Grace Hogg, Rehan Hussain, Jamie Jacques, Maleeha Mir, Madison Mottram, Lahtifah Onifade, Bobby Shaw and Kate Wood.

” There is detailed description of the artists’ work and how you think it was made using three to four key words. You have analysed and discussed in-depth why and how the artist has created the piece. There is a detailed evaluation of how successful you think the art is, with specific references to details seen in the image and have rated it using your own scoring system.”

Ms Rawstron’s Science Art Stars

The Year 10 Triple Biology class did some fantastic work on the brain’s structue and function today. This is triple Biology content only and they smashed the challenge! Particular praise goes to;

Aya Saad, Skye Smith, Hammad Rehan, Harvey Leech, Ben Tinker, Ethan Shields, Hassan Jamshaid, Illyaas Sowunmi, Keira Gallagher, Lucie Farrington, Seb Ramdeal, Shazaib Younas, Simrah Hussain, Sophie Alston-Forrester and Sienna Smith-Hamilton.

Here is some work from the following Year 9 Triple Biology class that they did on the Heart. Some outstanding pieces of work here! Well done to:

Daniel Saunders, Finley Schofield, Michael Walker, Eshaan Yaser, Lillia Brown, Charlotte Commons, Nathan Gaskell, Ellis Harrison-Scott, Isabelle Norwood, Jayden Ofori, Molly Ambrosiuk, Michael Smith, Lexie Parker, Nicole Lomas, Sophia Magari and Kelsey-Jo Frost.

Ms Rawstron would also like to praise the following Year 7s on their work on Energy stores. Some of their work you can see below from Matilda Booth, Lilly Joel, Southern Rigby, Remy Shields and Ellie Stewart.

I’d also like to praise the following students from the same group for their continued outstanding effort in all of their science work:
Courtney Daulby, Lewis Harvey, Naya Pankhania, Daniel Harrison, Thomas Harrison, Hayden Gee, Thomas Webb, Bailey Woodward and Lola Yih.

Ms Rawstron would also like praise the following students listed below from 8np/Sc6 for their outstanding work ethic in all science lessons and for the hard word that they have put in towards their end of topic assessment on Chemical Reactions. In particular I’d also like to highlight two students who I think have shown the most improvement in their attitude to learning. Those are Jade Williams and Kendrick Williams 😊 !!!

Niamh Ashworth, Kyle Barron, Ella-Mae Dalley, Woody Gleeson, Mia Hart, Harriet Hart, Bailey Hook, Nathan Hughes, Cohen King, Umar Rashid, Zia Rehman, Adam Shahzad, Lily Tinker and Ethan Turney.

She’d also like to praise the following students in 9p/Sc4 for their continued efforts during a challenging topic and for always putting in 110%!

Sasha Wilson, Owen Taylor, Kieran Cordingley, Caleb Devenport and Matthew Merry.

Ms Rawstron would like to praise the following students from 10p/Sc2 who she thinks have shown the most progress since September:

Elle Timmins – for overcoming barriers in Science and who has made astronomical progress, as well as her attitude to learning.

Joseph Kennedy – for applying himself and powering through difficult tasks he said he couldn’t complete.

Charlie McAllister – for working incredibly hard to catch up on missing lock-down work and submitting a fantastic end of topic test.

And finally, Maddie Smethurst, Bronte Naylor, Aleena Mir, Alix Parsons, Shannon Aspey, Molly Crompton, Ella Davidson, Kelly Dempsey Fallows, Leighton Eden-Jones, Kai Melake, Ellie Fielding, Ahmed Hussein, Amman Iqbal, Danny Ireland, Fizan Khurshid, Hannah Openshaw and Tiegan Kirkpatrick for continuingly working to the best of their abilities to better themselves.

Mr Cordwell’s Year 11 Photography Stars

Mr Cordwell is enjoying the fantastic photo editing experiments and finished results from his Year 11s who are now into submitting final edited photographs for their Formal Elements project, exploring the visual qualities of Line, Shape/Form, Colour/Tone and Texture. Shout-outs go to;

Shannon Harrop, Samantha Bithell, Gracie Lowe, Laila Philips, Abby Downing, Molly Gunn, Lucy Naisbitt and Amelia Kenworthy.




Mr Cordwell’s Year 9 & 10 Photography Stars

Students studying GCSE Photography in Years 9 and 10 have been continuing to develop their Lockdown Photo Diaries and have been once again been submitting some great work, with specific foci on distortion through water and glass, and unusual viewpoints/composition informing their choice of shots. Well done to the following students who are working at a super standard:

Year 9: Bethany Harrison-Taylor, Kelsie Oxtoby, Kadie-Leigh Breeze, Jason Wilcock, Isabelle Greeney, Courtney Dale and Blake Baker.

Year 10: Joe Kirkham, Dylan Hurst and Luis Marsden.

Ms Crook’s English Stars

Ms Crook has a host of student work she wishes to display on the Praise Wall from her classes in Years 8, 9 and 10.

Well done to Year 8 student, Katrina Smaukstele for her excellent Sherlock Holmes and the adventures of the Speckled Band book cover pictured below;

Persuasive Writing: after recapping persuasive techniques, Year 8 had a task to persuade me to do anything they liked!

Sam Philbin


Yes, you Miss Crook! Would you like to be more able to run for long distances? Or have a hidden talent of kicking the ball? Well football is the perfect sport for you! It is full of excitement, underdogs and mysteries that you will only get to experience whilst playing football. When you wake up are you lethargic? Well after you played football, you will be ready to do any of the day’s challenges. If you become a pro footballer, you can earn loads of money

P.S a lot more money than a teacher ever will

So play now or call 0999 1221 0896

Or follow our twitter @CrookPlayFootballNowPlease

Felicity Berry

Do you want to sit back and relax? Or even swim with pigs? Bahamas is the place for you, you can and enjoy sunny weather that the Bahamas holds and get out of the rainy weather in the UK. We have so many fun activities and the food is excellent. You can do anything from getting on that plane to swimming with pigs which is the most exciting and best experience in the Bahamas known to mankind. 98% of people claim us to have the best selection of food across the board. Surely you would rather be holding a cocktail in the sun than sat at home, come on, book a plane ticket or call 07376 211 043 and you won’t regret it!

Brianna Knight

Who doesn’t love a bit of cake? And what’s better than having a cake? baking one. The first reason I think you should bake a cake is because you have been at work all day and deserve a break so why not use what time you have to bake, it’s a fun activity that can help take your mind off of the stress of work for a while and you get a tasty treat once you’ve finished. Now you’re probably thinking ‘but it will make a mess and then I’ll have to clean it up and it’s just so much effort’ but that’s all part of the fun yes, your kitchen will get messy but that also gives you something to do whilst you’re waiting for that delicious cake to finish baking so it will be done in no time. If you live with someone then that can give you even more of a reason to make one as I imagine you won’t see each other much throughout the day because of wok so why not use baking a cake as an excuse to do something together. The second reason is once the cake is done you can decorate it and then the best bit you can sit and watch your favourite show or movie with a freshly baked piece of cake.

Keira Seddon

Do you not think that every life matters? That you’re more important than the poor, innocent, defenceless children starving and wasting away in the remote plains of Africa? What difference would a few less pounds a month do to you? Nothing. But the difference it makes to them is unfathomable. More than 95% of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s population is riddled with deficiency diseases from unnecessary malnutrition and usually for most harmless infections, but for them agonizing deaths. For just three pounds a month you can turn the children’s weak frowns into strong, healthy smiles as they should be. Every single penny of your money goes towards filling their hungry, dehydrated bodies with the nutrients their bodies so desperately need. Help them depart from the wretched, bitter and dismal lives they so unfortunately live. Help pull them from the pain they live with every day. For them the unbearable conditions are a normality, they shouldn’t be. Children are not meant to live like this so why do they? Because you’re too selfish to give just a small, fragmented portion of your earnings to help restore the joy in these abhorrent lives led by mere children with no hope and no future. Be the one to give these children the happiness they so yearn for. It starts with you!

Katrina Smaukstele

A lot of people, especially young people, go through the day without having breakfast. Many people believe that it is not necessary, or they say that they don’t have time for it and begin their day with no meal. I believe that everyone should eat breakfast before going to their activities to be healthy, happy and positive. The purpose of this speech is to show the importance of breakfast, especially for students.

The first reason why you should eat breakfast before going to school is for your health. When you skip breakfast and go to school, you are looking for a disease because it’s not healthy to have an empty stomach all day long. It’s very important to have a meal and not let your stomach work empty. Moreover, all you are going to get is gastritis and a lot of problems with your health if you don’t eat breakfast.

Another reason to eat breakfast, is because you need food to concentrate and succeed in your classes. Your body and brain are not going to function as good as they could because you have no energy or strength. When you try to learn something and have nothing in your stomach, you are going to have a lot of trouble succeeding. 40% of people think that they should not eat because they are going to feel tired, but that’s not true. Breakfast is not a very big meal, and on the contrary, you’re going to feel tired if you don’t have breakfast because you have spent the entire previous night without food.

In conclusion you can avoid diseases, and you have to realise that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you cannot skip it without consequences for your health. It is time for you to do something for your health, and eating breakfast is the best way to start.

Ella Jowitt

I know what you are thinking, why should I download snapchat? I don’t need it in my life. Well, that’s where you are wrong, this app is something you MUST download. First of all, this app is so simple to work that almost anyone can use it so there won’t be any problems with how it works. Also, it is the perfect way to connect with family and friends and you can even see what they are up to when they post on their stories. They also have endless amounts of filters so you will always be able to get the perfect photo. 77% of people say snapchat is their favourite social media app, so if you do not have this app do yourself a favour and go download it – it’s free.

Holly Dunn

Cell Phones in School

Who does not have a cell phone these days? The amazing thing about cell phones is that they are no longer just used for calling or texting. They have become an indispensable multi-tool wonder. Today’s cell phone is cutting-edge technology at your fingertips. Should students be permitted to use cell phones in school? I believe they should not just be permitted to use cell phones; they should be required to use them. Cell phones do not just allow students to stay connected with family and friends, they are also an excellent learning resource, and they encourage the responsible use of technology. To begin with, cell phones make it possible for students to stay in touch with family and friends. A student can call home and ask a family member to bring them a forgotten assignment or lunch money or to come pick them up if they are sick. Also, cell phones allow parents to keep track of their children’s whereabouts before, during, and after school. In a recent study, 71% of parents whose children had cell phones felt safer about their child’s whereabouts when they were away from them. Students can also connect with friends, but not just because it is a fun thing to do; my teacher asks us to text or email our friends when they are absent to let them know what is going on in class and to inform them of any homework. When used responsibly, a cell phone can be an excellent communication tool. Also, cell phones – especially smart phones – are a fabulous learning resource. Students can use tools such as the calculator, the map finder, and the calendar. Plus, there are lots of great learning websites – including essay-writing websites – we can use to supplement the learning in class. Cell phones are a quick and easy way to incorporate technology in the classroom. Finally, cell phones encourage the responsible use of technology. Students can learn when and how to use their cell phones to enhance their learning. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, says “Students can learn when and how to use their cell phones to enhance their learning.” They will become more independent in their work and more motivated to learn. Almost 100% of students say they like being allowed to make choices, and they understand consequences. If a student is texting when he/she should be paying attention to the teacher, the teacher should take the cell phone temporarily away. By allowing the use of cell phones, students will feel like they are being treated like responsible young adults, and they will appreciate that. If teachers are patient, understanding, and consistent, students will surely become responsible users of technology. In conclusion, people who oppose the use of cell phones in school do it because of the disruptions and distractions cell phones can cause. But we must accept that we live in a world of technology and that cell phones are an important and extremely useful part of that world. We miss out if we fail to take advantage of the educational power of the cell phone. All in all, cell phones improve communication, provide learning resources, and encourage appropriate use of technology. Teachers and administrators must find ways to incorporate this excellent multi-tool in our schools. As you have learned from this, it’s really not that difficult. Let us make the most of the hi-tech world we are living in.

Kallum Bills

Snapchat has everything that any other messaging app does but more! It’s by far the best out of all of them, Whatsapp, messenger etc. You can create fun groups with your friends and play some snapchat games, they can become very fun and addicting. Also, you can make custom bitmojis (A character for your profile picture) which then in messages you can also use some amazing stickers. Snapchat also comes with thousands of filters to use for photos. In addition, you can create your own. Snapchat is also extremely popular and free! What’s stopping you?

Rosie Ivill

TikTok is a social media app used to create short-form videos or skits from a variety of genres e.g. dancing, culture, learning, singing, and many more.

TikTok is a great platform for connecting with people you would never normally meet in real life, like people from a different country or someone who has a completely different culture to yours. With over 800 million users world-wide you are bound to connect with someone.

Do you want to be that one friend who has no connection with social media?

No, about 53% of the people on Earth have at least one social media account. So, do you really want to be in the minority that doesn’t?

If you work your way up high enough you could become a famous influencer and earn money. Just from making 15 second videos.

Join TikTok today to make your life more fun.

Joshua Poynton

Did you know 4/5 of people love cats! Do you know where there are loads of cats? Did you know that cats improve emotion within humans usually around by at least 65%! You should join TikTok because cats make up so much of the content shared there. Cats along with memes, learning and most importantly just all-around good times. And amazingly it is all FREE and supporting your favourite creators is FREE! Everything here on TikTok is all FREE and there are no hidden charges. You can always just remove it if you would like to. Go download TikTok today and enjoy all of the great times!

Year 9 Descriptive Writing

Millie-Sue Kenyon
In amongst the eerie forest was a luminescent figure wallowing in the middle of the path. She wore a porcelain white dress that draped just below her knees, a cross hatched pattern addressing her arms. Small in stature, she is dwarfed by all surrounding structures. In the sub-zero conditions, the girl’s rounded straw hat perched timidly on her head. Her lacklustre appearance would not excuse the fear possessed in her eyes.
Mist spilled out of the grass beneath her damp feet, a crepitus sound followed hand in hand. The grass rose up either side like an ant hill. Moon light poured onto the grass like a fountain, basking
its eternal glory. A shadowy silhouette protrudes from the undergrowth like a corpse reaching towards the stars.

Fireflies hung in the air like embers off a hot coal, forming a halo around her head as she stumbled through the woods. In the abyss known as a forest, they were as bright as stars, the only source of light to be seen. Held by two cast iron pots the fireflies were forced to envelope the girl holding them. The fireflies were ice white orbs floating around almost as if by magic.

The trees stood up as tall as a mountain getting ready to brawl. Leaves tumbled off the weary branches whilst rocks fell through the almost still air. The naked winter trees line the avenue.

The thunder roared as loud as a lion. Clouds scattered across the hazy sky. Wind whistles through the air, whilst the rain races down its restless rage rattles like rocks ripping through the air.

Sasha Wilson
Before I went through the glass, I looked at my little sister who was covered in rose red blood. She wore a long, sticky-out bright blue dress. I knew she was going to die from with the pain every time she winced. The crimson red blood was flowing really fast like lava coming out of an erupting volcano.

There was a loud bang at the door. BOOM!

I had to leave her on the floor for the government to finish her off. The government took charge of everything and ordered every boy who was coming of age to hand themself to them to prove that they were a man by facing his worst fear. My fear was losing my sister because she was the only family member I had left. And now I was going to lose her anyway. It destroyed me leaving her there. Tears dropped down my face as I kissed her goodbye. I jumped like a grasshopper into the glass.
As I hit the dusty pale floor, I looked up to see I was on a small island with grey houses and dead flowers. I couldn’t believe my eyes as a man walked by like a zombie. He wore a ripped checked shirt that was very dusty and had bits of blood on the arms. I knew as I started walking that this place was once happy.

Year 10 Dystopian Descriptive Writing

Amelia Stuchbury
It was monotone. The water around me was navy and sunk deep into the abyss. The light was almost impossible to see as the water piled on top pushing me further down. The floor was covered in sea grass and swayed simultaneously as the waves moved, each strand was long and thin like fingers, ready to grasp onto whatever came near. It was dead and losing its colour. Is that what she ate? There were fish surrounding the patches of “greenery”, fighting over the little bit of food there was. It was a battle of survival. They didn’t seem to phase her, but it also seemed like she didn’t want to startle them. She was frozen. A girl of her size wouldn’t be able to tackle one to try and eat it, so she must live on their leftovers when they swim away to their hidden houses.

She was a scrawny little being, almost starved. It was clear to see that she was malnourished but against all of the other beings down there she didn’t stand a chance. Survival of the fittest if you will. She slouched as she walked, due to her fatigue and almost collapsed with each one. She carried a bucket either side of her which weighed her down. They chafed into her bony hands asif she couldn’t let go. They overflowed with bubbles. They poured over the sides. Her face was resting. It was pale and stone coloured. Her lips trembled as pockets of oxygen tumbled out and rose to the surface. Her eyes welded shut, asif she was asleep. Mindlessly wandering. Her clothes were ragged and torn and her feet were bare. The apron she wore was loose and almost to her feet.

Those buckets were what drew my eyes to her. Glistening tiny spheres pouring over the sides. The bucket wass worn down with use. The handle was sharp and looked as if it had been repaired many times. Not safe for use. The edges were scratched and out of place, homemade. The ominous substance from them never seemed to run out, like it was infinite. It looked like soap suds, she was a cleaner. But what she could be cleaning at the bottom of the ocean was unclear.

Daisy Wall
Thud… thud… I shuddered. Taking a moment to breathe, I swiftly turned and locked my eyes on her. She was coming dangerously close, like a ferocious predator reaching out for its prey. Her face said otherwise. She continued to stroll forward, and everything told me to stay. What did she want? An intense beam of light emerged from the sooty shadows…

Swaying delicately in the cool evening breeze, the tall thin grass embedded the ground of the rough rocky path, each strand lurking through a crack of the floor. The air filled with the faint rustling of the tree branches as the leaves frolicked with the soft gusts of wind. The midnight bark, so black in colour that it almost seemed like the shadow of a person stood watching lifelessly. Trunks creaked, rocks crumbled, the wind howled. Despite the overwhelming noises surrounding me, it felt so welcoming. The tranquillity of the dusky night gave out a warm feeling, yet the chilly air sent ghastly shivers down my spine.

The buckets clashed. Her eyes glared. Who was she?

The sound of heavy footsteps moved steadily across the mossy sodden path. Step by step, she inched forward, her slender arms laden with heavy metal buckets. Her pure-white cotton dress draped like a pair of bygone curtains to her ashen knees; illuminating the night sky. Her eyes were heavy and glazed over like a pale-faced doll. Her lips, dainty and sealed, refused to disclose her secrets. Ghostly skin seemed to reflect the soft moonlight, translucent like a butterfly.

Who are you? Where are you going?

My eyes returned to the buckets she carried with protection. Were they orbs? Fairies? Fireflies? They erupted from the buckets like a voluptuous volcano, each light twinkling with the passion to tell its story. Silently, an abundance of lights pirouetted through the dark night sky. Blossoming like a field of flowers, they lingered, not evaporating or disappearing; merely twirling endlessly.

Spencer Thornley
It was a freezing night in 1941 in Soviet Union. The snow had been falling for a couple of days but had started to melt away. The Germans had reached the city of Smolensk. Me and my squad were tasked to go building to building and search for survivors of first wave of German invaders. We didn’t find anyone. Until we reached the rocky path back to the camp. The girl.

The girl stared at me and my squad mencacingly. She was wearing a white torn dress that stunk of urine and feces the smell was so bad you could taste it. A trail of a thick pus like substance and blood were imprinted into the snow where she had walked. And still she stared at us menacingly her faced didn’t give the impression that she was feeling agony but as she didn’t care about the pain she had suffered on the walk. Her blank facial impression turned into a sinister smile as though she had a formulated a plan to make us pain in a way we could dare to imagine.

The girl opened the baskets she was holding releasing millions of orbs which were screaming with the souls of her past victims. Still she stared at us menacingly. The orbs formed a screaming circle of pain around us. Her smile formed into a blood-curdling laugh. I gave a nod to my squad to show them respect as we where all probably going to die horrific deaths. Out of the nowhere we started to here planes get closer and closer. It was the Luftwaffe. The Germans had returned to take the city.

We turned to see if the girl was still there. She was gone. A sigh of relief came over from our entire squad. But a new terror of fear spread amoung us. Fighting the Germans.

Samuel Taylor
We swim round the sunken ship like a shoal of unsuspecting fish, wandering deeper, in the unenchanted, vast ocean. The closer we got to the ship the cooler the water became. You could almost hear the songs of the mermaids as we passed. bubbles. Bubbles emerging from the opposing side of the boat, they had a dim glow as if they were some sort of deep sea creature, lureing their prey with a small light and then slowly devouring its prey like Piranhas around a sack of meat.

However this isn’t as extremely violent as it appears. Above ground the world is a nuclear wasteland, this has caused global radiation. It causes subtle side effects which have push people away from main land into the ocean.

The orb like bubbles trailed to a frail, misplaced doll like girl. With torn tattered threadbare attire, she wore rugged brown boots and a moth-eaten hat, the warmth of her skin was long since drained. her skeletal fingers look almost welded to the immense metal buckets if someone with a blow torch is melting her fingers to the handle of the bucket.

Meadow Rogerson
As a tattered black boot came into contact with the long grass, fireflies erupted like a volcano and shined light on the darkness that was present. Long, bony fingers of the textured tree branches reached out to grab her as if they were aware of her sins. The faces etched onto the trees seemed to be frowning as they stared in her direction. The giants emerging from the ground peered over her, intimidating her. A cold, ghostly mist surrounded her. She felt as though she was suffocating as she tried her best to push down the haunting memories- they continued to invade her thoughts- that she wanted to purge her mind from. There was one question that was constantly worrying her. Would she make it out without being noticed? As she thought of the possible outcomes a shiver ran down her spine…

A throbbing in her small hand drew her attention to the handle of the steel, rusted bucket she was holding.The contents of the bucket: soapy water and an old sponge, were used to clean her mess. The buckets weighed her hands down as the event that occurred that night stole the last shred of happiness she had left. She peered into the night as the feeling of regret overpowered her entirely. Darkness surrounded the forest like a blanket although she was unable to feel the comfort it was trying to give. The face that once held hope for the world was now tainted with red that she was making a desperate attempt to get rid of.

Jake Morris
The large, whole moon glistened in an army of small white stars as it shined down upon the midnight blue enchanted forest. The cold water sparkled as it camly ran down the small, majestic stream as it also homed small, pearlescent metallic fish. But the fish was not the only thing accompanying the anxious filled girl. A mysterious presence loomed in the crisp, wintry air.

The stiff girl nervously observed her surroundings as she could feel the peculiar presence grow ever larger. Sweat dripped off her head as it collided with the tin bucket to her left causing a clang to echo through the beautiful forest. The warm bright fireflies erupted from the grey buckets into the air creating a halo above the innocent girls head. The solitary girl strolled beside the stream as she hoped to get away from the unwanted presence.

The crisp short grass belonging to the forest cracked as the young girl’s feet snapped the strands of grass as the pressure of her foot. The dampness of the cold winters grass leaked through the girls worn down leather shoes.

Mr Bell's DIT Stars

Mr Bell would like to give a shout-out to the following Year 10 students, for BTEC Digital Information Technology:

Coby Jackson, Hassan Jamshaid, Amaan Iqbal and Elena Whyment.

They have attended well, and completed work remotely to the best of their ability, despite the obvious challenges.

Ms Calvert's English Star

Jack Sisson in Year 11 designed his own exam question and wrote his first paragraph, using the knowledge he had consolidated through his independent work on Seneca Learning!

We are so proud of you Jack!

Ms Fowler's MFL Stars

Ms Fowler writes,

These Year 8 students have shown fantastic enthusiasm and have fully committed to their online learning in Spanish – Jessica Crofts, Ryan Cain, Jake Lane, Jack Hansom, Archie Johnson and Lexi Hargreaves.

I have been so impressed by all of my linguists in Year 9, you should all be very proud of the progress you are making! These girls, in particular, have shown determination and have improved greatly in confidence – Darcie Sutcliffe-Platt and Fatima Konneh.

In Year 10 Seb Ramdeal and Francesca Moffat are consistently pushing themselves to the next level. I am so proud of the progress they are making.

Year 11 students, Abby Butterworth and Erin Fairfield are consistently working out of their comfort zone and always use feedback productively to make changes to their work. I couldn’t ask for these students to do any more than they already are!

Ms Farrimond’s Media Stars

Creative Media students have been creating social media products during their remote lessons these past few weeks. Starting with planning the project, students then moved on to creating the product using an online image editing software called Photopea. This is a free web based software similar to Photoshop.

Ms Farrimond was blown away with the work that students submitted for this activity. Many showing a real flair for design, image manipulation and a deep understanding of how to engage an audience. Working remotely using software used by industry professionals was not easy, but students demonstrated resilience and commitment to complete the task. A lot of students deserved a shout out for their efforts. But the following students produced exceptionally good quality products that deserve a special mention:

Year 10:Alesha Mahmood, Aleena Mir, Hannah Butterworth, Jade Evans, Holly Herrity, Amaan Iqbal, Joseph Kennedy, Rachel Ogden, Alix Parsons, Lola Ryan, Karan Saha, Coby Jackson and Kai Melake.

Year 9: Maddison Mitchell, Jessica Ramsden, Taya Arthur, Shannon Aspey and Lucy Willett.

If you would like to follow along with this activity and learn how to create a social media triptych of your own, visit Ms Farrimond’s website:

Sue Farrimond Tutorials – Instagram Triptych (google.com)


Ms Sulek’s Photography Stars

As a part of our Options Process, students participate in ‘taster lessons’ which give them a chance to experience a GCSE content lesson in each option subject to help inform them make the right choice for qualifications to study in Year 9.

These Year 8 students have produced edits in their  photography options taster lesson, experimenting with editing tools on Photopea using stock photographs on the theme of ‘Line’ with Ms Sulek. We have had such fantastic work produced that we wanted to celebrate such great efforts!

Cory Duffy, Csanad Csore, Emily Gardener, Eron Husking, Ethan Turney, George Roberts, Jack Ridgely, James Hinks, Katie Westwood, Kyle Barron, Kyle Patel, Lewis Wintour, Mia Greenshields, Mia Hart, Nathan Hughes, Phoebe Palin, Rebekah Wilson, Travis Woodland and William Buggie.

Ms Sulek’s Art Stars

The following Year 9 art students have produced some beautiful flower studies in the style of Margaret Mee (pictured below).

Chelsea Montford and Teya Hill.

Year 7 students, Oscar Bowie, Jack Higham and Charlie Wood have produced some excellent review work on the artists, Andrea Joseph and Michael Craig Martin.

Charlie Bennett also produced some personal art at home based on dogs, pictured below.

Ms Sulek’s Photography and Fashion & Textiles Stars

Ms Sulek would like to nominate the following Year 10 students for a fantastic response to their ‘Distortion photography’ taking images through a reflective surface to create a distortion effect.

Ethan Shields, Jessica Chadwick, Sophie Crook and Veer Blassi.

The following Year 11 students are consistently working hard, each lesson, each week in photography;

Amy Rossington, Leo Howarth, Bettina Babic and Ella Schofield.

The Year 11 Fashion and Textiles students listed below work consistently each week and deserve some recognition for their efforts:

Halle Bates-Robinson, Ryeleah Cartwright, Demi-Lei Dumbill, Sophie Dziunka, Erin Foley, Khaneen Qaisar, Amy Rossington, Ami Scott, Hamna Shahid, Hallie Waring, Catherine Whittaker and Jessica-Lyn Williams.

Ms Fowler's Life Chances Stars

Lucy Willett in Year 9 has blown Mr Fowler away with her incredible understanding of The British Empire!

Lucy has shown resilience and determination throughout this year and I have been so impressed with the quality of discussion and the work she is producing

Mr Poole and Mr Cornish's Music Stars

The students listed below have impressed Mr Poole and Mr Cornish with their excellent starts to their Sci Fi Film Music Compositions.

Year 8, Mr Cornish: Connor Helsby, Lily Tinker, Poppy Devonport, Zahra Imtiaz, Mackensie Longden, Sam Philbin, Brooklyn Knox, Harvey Brown, Lauren Harrison, Jaime Holland, Alisha McCrory, Noah Walker and Oliver Jackson.

Year 8, Mr Poole: Ethan Blake, Felicity Berry, George Roberts, Toby Bellfield, Jessica Crofts, Ryan Cain, Malaika Nur Sajid, Lexi Hargreaves, Oliver Barnes and Paige Warren.

The following students have made an excellent start to their BandLab Film Compositions

Year 7, Mr Cornish: Taiwo Ologunye, Mason Hukic, Tristan Swindles, Jenson Evans, Sancha Hamlin-Cox, Sophie Rose, Jacob Hollick, Mani Ambrosiuk, Aidan Chapman and Tyler Lomax.

Year 7, Mr Poole: Thomas Webb, James Joel, Remy Shields, Max Bishop, Lilly Parkinson, Dalton Bradley-Hampson, Kyla Pusey, Alex Patience, Harry Worswick, Harrison Perry, Noah Thompson, Katie Butterworth, Phoebe Brennan, Charlie Barton, Kaitlyn Foster, Freddie Winnard, Isabelle Hansom, Lily Pickford, Alfie Parkinson, Logan Lowe, Jack Lee, Kate Wood, Grace Hogg, Finlay Corbett, Charlie Broome and Esme Arthur.

Mr Poole's KS4 Music Stars

Mr Poole would like to praise the following students for their fantastic work during remote learning on the exam questions sent home in the post. The students have responded excellently and we are seeing better scores each lesson. Keep up the hard work. Well Done!

Year 9: Lola Bowen, Bethany Cain, Cameron Cardwell, Caleb Devenport, Angelina Foster, Hanna Goodwin, Lucy Lister, Nicole Lomas and Sophia Magari.

Year 10: Sophie Alston-Forrester, Cara Bannister, Keira Gallacher, Aston Minta, Sebastien Ramdeal, Maddie Smethurst, Amelia Stuchbury and Samuel Taylor.

Year 11: Folarera Fasehun, Lucy Grime, Keira Howard, Thomas Ramsden, Caitlin Rhead, Niamh Turnbull-Hall, Adam Tyerman and Jacob Wiggins.

Ms Fineberg's MFL Stars

Ms Fineberg writes,

I’d like to praise the following in my classes for their fantastic engagement throughout live lessons. I know it’s difficult at the moment and the effort and resilience they are showing is brilliant – keep it up!

Year 7 Spanish: Charlie Wood, Ewan Cole, Miley Disley, Dalton Bradley-Hampson, Max Bishop, Ithar Hussein and Natalia Bobyk and Kayla Ward.

Year 8 French: Kyle Patel, Lewis Wintour, Felicity Berry, Lucas Eatough, Rebecca Webster and Travis Woodland.

Year 8 Spanish: Yusuf Naveed, Zia Rehman and Macie Aspen.


Ms Jordan's MFL Stars

Ms Jordan would like to make the following shout-outs;

Kady-Leigh Sellers, Bella Thompson and Megan Baxendale in Year 11 have shown a consistent positive attitude to learning and for taking part in the British Council ‘express yourself in lockdown’ scheme.

Tyler-Collard King, Ffion Marshall and Kirsten Scaife in Year 8 for their consistent positive attitude to learning and fantastic effort during MFL lessons.


Ms Costello's Maths Stars

Ms Costello has the following shout-outs in her maths classes;

Megan Baxendale, Year 11 – For always being a ray of sunshine within the lesson & asking the questions everyone is thinking but nobody wants to say

Ellie Fielding, Year 10 – For giving 120% every lesson and making amazing progress with her Maths work. Even going above and beyond to catch up when her wifi was down.

Lewis Wintour, Year 8 – For being an amazing mathematician, completing all tasks in great time, getting amazing scores & pushing himself by completing extension tasks.

Poppy Devonport, Year 8 – For never ever giving up, always asking for help and not letting others get in the way of her learning. AMAZING effort from Poppy!

Ms Morris' RE Stars

Ms Morris has the following Praise Wall shout-outs to make;

Well done to the following year 7 students who produced informative and well- presented fact-files on what features can be found in a synagogue :
Thomas Harrison, Mayleigh Keigher, Natalia Bobyk, Ellie Dale, Brook Fearn, Lacie James, Keira Campbell, Alex Patience, Freddie Winnard and Alfie Parkinson.

The following Year 8 students produced amazing work on `Kosher Food` this week. I was particularly impressed with their inventive and strikingly presented kosher menus :
Oliver Jackson, Scarlett Booth, Tyler Collard – King, Holly Dunn, Lewis Eaton and Ffion Marshall.

These year 9 students produced empathetic written work, regarding the effects of crime on victims and also well-argued answers on the severity of different types of crime :
Aaliyan Syed , Molly Ambrosiuk, Lola Bowen, Kadie Breeze, Alyssa Buckley, Courtney Dale and Libby York.

I was really impressed with the high-quality examination -style answers these students produced on the issue of ‘sing animals for food’ across different religions. They have shown a real understanding of what is expected in this type of answer. Well Done!
Shelby Cartwright, Charlie Eyres, Jessica Colgan, Subhan Abaid, Macy Drennan, Lewis Doherty,
Kelly Dempsey – Fallows, Fizan Khurshid, Layla Platt, Maddie Parkinson, Taila Rothwell, Lauren Tobin and Daisy Wall.

Ms Guy's Stars

Ms Guy, Year 9 Learning Leader has shout-outs for the following students as they all have an outstanding attitude to learning score of 1.0 for the first fortnight of learning.

AMBROSIUK Molly, BROWN Lillia, CAIN Bethany, COMMONS Charlotte, CORDINGLEY Kieran, DAWSON Maddison, EDWARDS Lucy, FROST Kelsey-Jo, GAGAN Ethan, GASKELL Nathan, HALL Alyssa, HARRISON-SCOTT Ellis, IRWIN Harley, JONES Isla, KAY Maia, LOMAS Nicole, LOVE Sienna, MAGARI Sophia, MARTIN-TOOMEY Jack, OFORI Jayden, O’HARA Phoebe, OXTOBY Kelsie, RAMSDEN Jessica, ROBERTS Daniel, SMITH Michael, WALKER Michael, YASER Eshaan and YORK Libby.

A special mention also goes to these students who have also demonstrated an outstanding attitude to learning for the first two weeks:

Tyler Lovell, Olivia Lowe, Keelan Mulligan, Ellie Ray Rothwell, Adam Taylor, Lucy Willett, Sasha Wilson, Isabelle Norwood, Naomi Barber, Erin Frankum, Hanna Goodwin, Eve Lowe and Imogen Moores.

Ms Guy would like to thank all Year 9 for their continued effort, patience and engagement. A special mention to Ryan Nesfield and Evie Thwaites for going above and beyond with their engagement

Ms Chew's Maths Stars

Please find below Ms Chew’s nominations for this fortnight’s Praise Wall:

All of 7pMa1 for their excellent Lesson on Tuesday 26th.

From 7nMa1 Jamie Jacques, Sancha Hamlin-Cox, Humeez Yaser and Sophie Rose for their hard work in both of their Maths lessons this fortnight.

Rhys Hall, Corey Bailey, Joe Kirkham, Lisa Booth and Ben May from 10nMa4 for their engagement on Tuesday 26th.

Lucy Willet, Chelsea Montford, Ruby-May Holmes and Hanna Goodwin from 9pMa1 for showing superb resilience in their Maths lesson on Monday 25th

Patrick Gibbons from 7nMa4 for his fantastic effort in his Maths lesson on Monday 25th

Mr Foulkes' Geography Stars

Mr Foulkes’ praise wall shout-outs go to the following GCSE Geography students for just generally being excellent all round!

Year 9: Scott Booth, Jack Cubbin, Ellis Harrison-Scott, Kaine Larkin, Jack Martin-Toomey and Ali Kemal-Ozturk.

Year 10: Jayden Garrity, Laiba Hussein, Zoe Lawrence, Aya Saad, Skye Smith and Elena Whyment.

Year 11: Priscilla Adu-Donkor, Courtney Harvey, Callum Lane, Leah Lewis, Gracie Taylor, Elina Velicka and Olivia Vining.

Mr Cornish's Music BTEC Stars

The following students who study BTEC Music have made Mr Cornish’s Praise Wall, owing to their phenomenal work & consistent effort:

Year 9:
Harry Balshaw, Kieran Cordingly, Ethan Gagan, Ethan Jones, Matthew Merry, Chloe Tague and Kasey Wallis.

Year 10: Rebecca Atkinson, Jessica Chadwick, Danny Ireland, Sophie Martin and Jake Robinson.

Year 11: Phoebe Alston-Forrester, Abby Butterworth, Kian James, Louie Higgins, Megan Kirkman, Zak Kirkpatrick, Imogen O’Connell, Aimee Renshaw, Adam Shaw and Luke Turner.

Mr Bell's Computer Science Stars

Mr Bell gives a shout-out to the following year 9 GCSE Computer Science Students, they have worked really hard, attended lessons consistently and they make Monday morning, Session 1 a joy to teach!


Ms Shaw’s Art Stars

Ms Shaw is very impressed with the following work produced by her GCSE Art & Design students (pictured below). Well done to;

Year 9: Lucy Willett and Lilly Crowther.

Year 10: Beth McGuffie and  Jade Ellis.

Year 11: Malikah Akhtar and Erin Fairfield.

Ms Brown’s Maths Stars

11n/Ma1: Amazing work on remote learning, especially covering grade 7+ topics at the moment! Each and every one of them working so hard!! Just a few pieces of AMAZING work being completed over the past two weeks:

10n/Ma2: Euan Axon, Lewis Bolger, Amelia Cann, Hannah Cherry, Lewis Doherty, Jade Evans, Louie Evans, Keira Gallacher, Isabel Hair, Ellie-Jo Jameson, Alesha Mahmood, Aston Minta, Bobbi-May Norris, Jake Robinson, Ethan Shields, Kenzie Stanworth, Benjamin Tinker and Hayden Williams.

Brilliant effort in every single remote learning session! Special shout out to Karan Saha continually going above and beyond!!

9n/Ma4: Lucas Anderson, Bethan Colgan, Bethany Longworth and Phoebe O’Hara – Constantly showing amazing effort throughout remote learning, well done!

7n/Ma1 and 7p/Ma1: Brillant work over the last fortnights lessons, well done:


Ms Henshall-Davies' English Stars

Ms Henshall-Davies would like to praise the following students in her English and drama classes

Year 7: The whole of class 7P1 for their excellent attendance and standard of work submitted.

Year 8: Paige Warren, Darren Openshaw, Leo Logan and Oliver Barnes for their excellent attendance and standard of work.

Year 8 Drama: Ethan Turney, Paige Warren, Lewis Wintour, Katie Westwood. Csanad Csore, William Buggie, Kyle Patel, Chloe Hinsley, Kyle Barron, Oliver Barnes and Ella-Mae Dalley for their attendance, standard of work and showing resilience.

Year 9: Maneeb Ahmed, Phoebe O’Hara, Chloe Weelan and Kasey Wallis.

Ms Mortimer's History Stars

Ms Mortimer is very impressed with the effort and engagement in history lessons this fortnight by the students listed below;

Year 7: Alisha Majid, Chloe Wilcock, Connor Wolstencroft, Jamie Jacques, Kate Wood, Latifah Onifade, Madison Mottram and Maleeha Mir.

Year 9: Caleb Davenport, Erin Frankham and George Watts.

Year 10: Jessica Chadwick, Hannah Cherry, Lewis Doherty, Jodie Jackson, Harvey Leech, Georgia Ridings and Shazhaib Younas.


Ms Craven's Science Stars

Ms Craven writes;

9nChem1 – Separates Chemistry

The class have been outstanding the past two weeks with their understanding of acid and alkali reactions, along with the difficult concept of redox equations, which in my famous last words are “easy, honestly, I promise!” – this time they actually believed me!

A massive well done to the following students for the effort:

Molly Ambrosiuk, Lillia Brown, Bethany Cain, Charlotte Commons, Maddison Dawson, Kelsey-Jo Frost, Nathan Gaskell, Lexie Grant, Alyssa Hall, Ellis Harrison-Scott, Harley Johnson, Maia Kay, Nicole Lomas, Sophia Magari, Ella Morley, Isabelle Norwood, Jayden Ofori, Lexie Parker, Daniel Saunders, Finley Schofield, Michael Smith, Michael Walker, Kian Walmsley, Tilly Wilson and Eshaan Yaser.

8npSc1 – not only for their continued hard work in science in general, but also for their effort fantastic questions in regards to separate science when taking part in their separates taster session. They showed a genuine interest in how the course operates and how it can aid their future careers.

Harry BARTON, Charlie BATESON, Felicity BERRY, Kallum BILLS, Ryan CAIN, Tyler COLLARD-KING, Csanad CSORE, Holly DUNN, Amie-Leigh FARRIMOND, Jack HANSOM, Lexi HARGREAVES, Ella HILL, Rosie IVILL, Ryan JACKSON, Archie JOHNSON, Ella JOWITT, Brianna KNIGHT, Daniel LORD, Joshua MANGNALL, Adam MENAI, Erin NAISBITT, Bradley OLIVER, Sam PHILBIN, Oliver PHILLIPS, Joshua POYNTON, Keira SEDDON, Katrina SMAUKSTELE, Joshua SMITH, Madison WALLIS, Himayl WAQAR and Travis WOODLAND.

PE Stars

Well done to Bethany Cain for her dedication to daily exercise lockdown running.

Year 9 Option class: Fantastic extended answers and written work in their descriptions of outdoor adventurous activities. Placing a great deal of effort and time researching and writing some great paragraphs. Well done to:

Jack Cubbins, Layton Burns, Scott Booth,Owen Taylor, Jobe Williams, Olivia Lowe, Mia Copeland, Keira Strickleton, George Watts, Sienna Love, Eve Lowe, Oscar Moss, Ellie Mottershed, Jessica Butterworth, Harley Irwin, Isabelle Norwood and Isla Jones.

Year 10 Core PE: Continued good work in their core PE lessons.

Daniel Brown, Igor Costa, Lewis Doherty, Benjamin Griffin, Callum Hailwood, Coby Jackson, Ben May, Seb Ramdeal, Jake Robinson, Karan Saha, Ethan Shields, Benjamin Tinker, Brandon Totten, Thomas Hotchin, Ahmed Hussein, Danny Ireland, Cia Johnson, Kaiden Kerr, Dhanyal Khan, Kai Melake, Jake Morris, Lisa Booth, Jessica Chadwick, Rosie Galley, Isabel Hair, Holly Herrity, Ellie- Jo Jameson, Aya Saad, Sienna Smith- Hamilton, Shannon Aspey, Rachel Heyes, Tiegan Kirkpatrick, Lily Philbin, Maddie Smethurst, Lauren Tobin, Daisy Wall, Meadow Rogerson and Hannah Butterworth.

Year 11 Core PE: Continued good work in their core PE lessons.

Mukadas Akther, Indigo Holmes, Keira Howard, Jessica Murphy, Skye Nicholson, Elise Saunders, Ella Schweitzer, Isabelle Thompson, Olivia Vining, Halle Waring, Jessica-Lyn Williams, Harvey Bebbington, Lucas Briggs, Bradley Heap, Callum Parkinson, Luke Partington, Samuel Percival, Aaron Purdie, Jack Sisson, Jacob Wiggins, Shazaib Aslam, Kian Chadwick, Josh Dalziel, Zak Kirkpatrick, Mohammed Naveed, Luke Pilling, Toby Price, Jason Scaife, Haroon Shagofta, Leonie Appleby, Lois Bourn, Romily- Nel Gallagher, Jessica Greeney, Molly Gunn, Shannon Harrop, Lucy Naisbitt, Hamna Shahid and Amber Slater.

100% on Seneca Work Tasks

Year 7: Sarah Brocklebank, Layla Patel, Ellie Stewart, Jamie Jacques, Thomas Webb, Southern Rigby, Charlie Wood, Bailey Woodward, Lily Ralphs, Remy Shields, Victor Solarski, Thomas Wells, James-Eric Joel, Evie Openshaw, Noah Armstrong and Lilly Parkinson.

Year 8: Ava Curley, Finley Davies, Charlie Bateson, Umar Rashid, Macy Rothwell, Tabitha Murray, Euan Sharrocks, Ella Hill, Katrina Smaukstele, Lewis Eaton, Kyle Patel, Evan Walker, Harry Barton, James Hinks, Ryan Cain, Ella-Mae Dalley, Mason Millington, Daniel Lord, Emily Lim, Joshua Smith, Lewis Lovell, Emily Broadley, Brooklyn Knox, Brianna Knight, Holly Dunn, Oliver Taylor, Felicity Berry, Summer McCraken, Himayl Waqar, Kirsten Scaife, Jake Lane, Rosie Ivill, Connor Helsby, Dylan Herrity, Keira Seddon, Laura Melbourne, Eleanor Dumbill, Jayden Walker, Archie Johnson, Malaika Nur Sajid, Jessica Crofts, Sam Philbin, Yusuf Naveed, Halle Hodgkinson, Lucas Eatough and Lexi Hargreaves.

Year 9: Kelsey-Jo Frost, Finley Schofield, Maia Kay, Olivia Lowe, Lucy Willett, Jayden Ofori, Nicole Lomas, Sophia Magari, Nathan Gaskell, Elisabeth Jones, Ellis Harrison-Scott and Michael Walker.

Year 11 Option PE: Continued hard work:


Year 11 Option PE: Continued hard work in their leadership work:

Abi Maxfield , Bailey Tildsley, Shazaib Aslam, Mukadas Akthar, Marcus Morrison, Keane Ashworth, Cayon Williams, Logan Jackson and Jobe Oldham.

Year 10 Option PE: Continued hard work in their OAA work:

Tyler Barron, Aimee Bleakley, Charlie Eyres, Lucie Farrington, Jayden Garrity, Jodie Jackson, Harvey Leech, Kieran Litherland, Lily Philbin, Georgia Ridings, Matthew Ryall, Skye Smith, Elena Whyment, Hayden Williams, Liam Davies, Aidan Mitchell, Rhys Hall, Macy Drennan, Alfie Barlow-Seymour and Joseph Kirkham.

Year 7 Avengers team challenge:

Thomas Harrison and Jack Higham.

Ms Hughes' Science Stars

Ms Hughes has a number of shout-outs she’d like to make for her science classes;

Year 7: For fantastic effort in the Low Stakes Quiz and general commitment during remote learning.

Toby Waldram, Maleeha Mir, Kyla Pusey, Noah Lees, Logan Lowe, Tyler Lomax, Layla Patel, Ellie Mates, Alisha Majid, Isabelle McSweeney, Charlotte Sandford, Lexi Ward, Jacob Hollick, Grace McGiven, Alfie Parkinson, Lucas Haslam, Jack Higham, Lily Parkinson, Niamh Paulson, Bobby Shaw, Momin Shahzad, Evie Openshaw, Molly Southworth, Victor Solarski, Charlie Wood, Miley Disley, Charlie Bennett, Zac Levitt, Noah Thompson, Bailey Hall, Keeva Scarbrough, Ellie Dale, Evie Williams, Lexie Stewart, Max Bishop, Emily Schofield and Lacie James.

Year 8: For fantastic effort in the Low Stakes Quiz and general commitment during remote learning.

Oliver Barnes, Cory Duffy, Kane Hendry, Leo Logan, Darren Openshaw, Paige Warren, Macy Rothwell, Oscar Sharples, Jack Squires, Sophie Watson, Lewis Wintour, Chyna Yih, Lily-Ann Gouldin, Jack Greene, Mia Greenshields, Haseeb Hussain, Jake Lane, Aaron Lewis, Makensie Longden, Jake O’Shaughnessy, Macie Owen, George Roberts, Ethan Blake, Charlie Crompton, Jack Crompton, Ava Curley, Poppy Devonport and Jack Dugdale.

Year 9: For fantastic effort in the Low Stakes Quiz and general commitment during remote learning.

Maneeb Ahmed, Lucas Anderson, Ethan Bates, Lily Crowther, Finlay Dewhurst, Ethan Gagan, Ella Goodram, Olivia Lowe, Cadie McGann, Keelan Mulligan, Abby Murday, Ryan Nesfield, Sophie Nesfield, Khudadad Akhtar, Harry Balshaw, Michael Bithell, Erin Franklin, Mesha Heuze, Millie Kenyon, Jack Martin Toomey, Ali Ozturk, Ellie Steane, George Watts, Lyla Wells, Jayden Williams, Jobe Williams and Ryan Worden.

Ms Sofokleous' English Stars

Year 10: Well done to all in Year 10p/En3 who have been working hard on their English classwork:

Special Mention (Creative Writing and Short Stories): Elena Whyment and Joe Kennedy.

Year 9:

Well done to all in Year 9p/En1 for effort and application in their English studies:

Special Mention (Mastery of a new Google Classroom Skill): Chelsea Montford, Lucy Willett, Layton Burns, Mia Copeland, Bethany Harrison-Taylor, Teya Hill, Ruby Holmes, Elisabeth Jones, Imogen Moores, Ellie Mottershead, Harry Owens, Kelsie Oxtoby, Darcie Sutcliffe-Platt, Aaliyan Syed.

Year 8:

Well done to all in Year 8n/En3 for outstanding behaviour and attention to their study of English:

Special Mention (Paragraph Writing): Oliver Jackson, Finley Davies, Connor Helsby, Chloe Mayor, Gabby Rushmore, Lewis Nightingale and Rebecca Webster.

Year 7:

Very well done to all pupils in both 7n/En3 and 7p/En2 for their attendance and great attitude to studying English:

Special Mention: Charlie Bennett, Max Bishop, Ellie Dale, Lucas Haslem, Lilly Parkinson, Keeva Scarbrough, Victor Solarski, Lexie Stewart, Evie Williams, Charlie Wood, Noah Lees, Zac Levitt, Alice Lim, Tyler Lomax, Alisha Majid, Maleeha Mir, Evie Openshaw, Alfie Parkinson, Layla Patel, Charlotte Sandford, Momin Shahzad, Molly Southworth, Thomas Taylor, Noah Thompson and Lexi Ward.

Ms Hughes’ English Stars

Year 7:
Haseeb Ahmed – for fantastic understanding of modal verbs!
Honor McMahon and Ithar Hussein – our queens of Kahoot!
Abi Lonsdale and Grace Gee – perfect attendance and effort in every session!

Year 8:
Will Buggie, Jack Ridgley, Yusuf Naveed, Dylan Jarrold, Arzoo Khan and Noah Walker – perfect attendance and effort in every session!
Well done to Bella Candler for her amazing re-design of Arthur Conan-Doyle’s The Adventures of the Speckled Band:

Ethan Fox-Brady showing his fantastic deduction and inference skills:

The three most important clues are all seen by Sherlock Holmes in the room at Stoke Moran currently being occupied by Helen Stoner, which had been her sister Julia’s room when she died two years ago. Holmes notices the ventilator between Helen’s room and her stepfather Dr. Roylott’s room directly next- door. He also discovers that the bell-rope beside Helen’s bed is a dummy and that the bed itself is fastened to the floor with clamps. These three clues suggest an answer to the big question in this so-called “locked-room murder mystery”: How could Julia have been murdered in a room with the door locked and the window covered with bolted iron shutters? After the case has been solved and Dr. Roylott is dead, having been bitten by his own snake, Holmes explains his reasoning to Dr. Watson.

Year 9: Jessica Butterworth showcasing higher level methods in her writing:

Driving through the fire trail in Kangaroo Island, you could see the big, bulging fire monster had attacked with blazing heat. There are rows upon rows of blackened trees, some still burning from inside. The trees were not a worthy opponent and would not be able to defeat this angry, bombarding champion of the forest. The scorched earth smoulders and smoke fills the air. The smoke suffocates the nature clogging up their lungs. At least a dozen charred koala and kangaroo carcasses lie on the side of the road. You cannot escape the death and destruction. It’s an ecological disaster so big, the army have been called in. Some have helped dig trenches to bury the thousands of sheep and cattle killed. Innocent animals were defeated due to the savage that now rules the forest. The savage that is now unstoppable.

Alfie Howarth including higher level methods in his writing:

“You see the glowing in the distance,” says Sam Mitchell, remembering when the devil came to earth bringing his flames along with him. This threatened his home, family, and animals last week. “The wind is quite fast, Death gets brighter and closer – and then you start to see the monster.. lurking in the heart of the flames.”

The Scorch, on 9 January, was the second major blaze to ravage Kangaroo Island in less than a week. Two men had died in a blaze on 4 January. Authorities believe they were overrun by the flames that came crashing down from the bowels of Hell. As they drove along the highway to sanctuary. The fires on Kangaroo Island have been shocking for their speed and extreme behaviour.

Also, for impressive use of a range of persuasive devices in their ‘Save the Orangutans’ presentations, I would like to recognise:
Michael Bithell, Scott Booth, Erin Frankum and Grace Harwood.

Year 10:
Rachel Heyes for expertly demonstrating her summary and comparison skills within this English Language Paper 2, Question 2 response:

In source A, we can observe that Amber is described as trying to withhold the idea of the perfect pageant. “But it is hard not to notice as she talks that her eyelids are powdered with gold eyeshadow”. We can see that even when she is not in the pageant she is trying to be an expectation of how a child should look like an adult. Furthermore, this could also suggest that she does not have a choice how she dresses due to her age of “seven years old” and you could suggest that it is the parents’ decision how they dress the children. Moreover, this could present that the children dress too grown up for their age and it is a ridiculous amount of eye shadow as presented by the language “it is hard not to notice”.

On the other hand, in source B the watercress girl can be described as not having a free and happy childhood. This can be observed in the quotation “talking about the bitter struggles of life”. This presents that she does not have much money with the “threadbare shawl” she wore and she had to support herself on the streets. In addition, watercress girl did not have much fun as she was babysitting in her spare time and when she left school she worked by selling watercress. We can observe that she had to mature quicker than what she should have for her age. We can also infer that she has to look out for herself and does not have much choice in what she can do now. It seems like she is trying to make the best out of a bad situation and a little lost about herself and oblivious to things like the park as seen “The parks!” she replied in wonder, “where are they?”.

Overall, in source A we can observe that both of these children had to grow up quicker than what they should have as Amber is expected to act like an adult with the “powdered” make up and watercress girl having to work on the streets to support her family. Furthermore, we can argue that both of these did not have a choice in the way they live as Amber is forced into pageanting by her mother “If mummy told me to” and watercress girl has to work for survival.

In contrast though, these children Amber was able to play with toys and have other passions whereas watercress girl all of her time working and babysitting. We can see the difference in money that Amber has money to pageant but watercress girl lives in poverty and bare essentials “threadbare shawl”. Lastly, the education is different as watercress girl dropped out after being beaten in the Victorian era however, Amber still has an education along with her passions in the 21st century.

Similarly, Gizem Hasanova effectively summarises and compares the key differences between two sources here:

In source A, Amber is described as a child that has been pressured into the spotlight by her mother as shown in the line ‘Will she be entering any more? “Yes.” She pauses, a touch uncertainty. “If Mummy told me to.’ This suggests that she is only doing this because of her mother and that she is being forced to where she is now, this also suggests that her childhood had been stolen from her.

In source B, the watercress is described as a someone that is also pressured by her mother into selling watercress and learning to do needle work and knitting, this is stated at the line ‘My mother learned me to needle-work and to knit when I was about five’ she was forced to do this at such a young age. This implies that her childhood was spent doing needlework, knitting, taking care of a baby, and selling watercress.

Whilst in source A, Amber lives in better conditions and in source B, the watercress girl is living in poverty, they both have been snatched from their childhoods at such a young age (7-8) and have been forced into lifestyles they both would not have chosen. However, they are both completely different as amber as she has a name in her biography, but the watercress has not implied that she is not as important in society as amber is.

Also, Leighton Eden-Jones has effectively analysed specific language choices and examined their effect closely to answer the following question:

How does the writer use language to present their views on Britain’s knife crimes?

The writer uses emotive language to present their views on Britain’s knife crime. This is evident in the line “I just collapsed and cried- the trauma from that moment made everything black”. This suggests that the people who are being affected by knife crime are feeling hatred among themselves. The word ‘trauma’ suggests that the person was loved and well known to leave such an imprint on someone. This might make the reader feel sympathetic towards the woman involved because she’s had a traumatic event happen to her – hearing that her younger brother had been murdered from a stabbing.

Also, the writer uses hyperbole to present their views on knife crime in Britain. This can be seen in “It’s a scene that’s become all too familiar in London, where knife crime is soaring”. This suggests that the people who are being affected by knife crime are feeling scared to walk down the street, round the corner. The phrase ‘all too familiar’ suggests it happens way too much and it’s becoming part of the norm in London. This might make the person involved, feel aggressive towards the police for not putting a stop to the knife crime leading to so many devastated families all across the capital.

Ms Higgins’ Drama Stars

Year 7: Learning a monologue and performing live on the google meet with excellent confidence:

Callum Kirkpatrick, Lexi Watts, Thomas Wells, Thomas Webb, James Joel, Grace McGivern , Poppy Beswick, Alex Patience, Keira Campbell, Charlotte Sandford and Abigail Lonsdale.

Learning a monologue/duologue and uploading an excellent video performance:

Oran Collard, Emilie Myers, Reece Winter-Hardmen, Toby Waldram, Thomas Taylor, Leah Knowles, Isabella Carr, Rain Beckford, Joshua Psujek, Evie Gregory, Hayden Gee, Jack Hamlet, Jamie Ramsden, Matilda Booth, Sarah Brocklebank, Lincoln Brown
Emmie Evans, Jack Lee, Jamie Jacques, Kate Wood, Madison Mottram, Thomas Davies, Brooke Higgins, Max Bishop, Natalia Bobyk, Dalton Bradley-Hampson, Ellie Dale, Lucas Haslam, Lacie James, James Joel, Faith Lamb, Lilly Parkinson, Remy Sheilds, Millie Colhoun, Jenson Evans, Emily Farrell, Sophie Rose, Tristen Swindles, Lexi Ward, Charlie Barton, Phoebe Brennan, Katie Butterworth, Harrison Perry, Lily Pickford, Kyla Pusey, Noah Thompson, Noah Armstrong, Ewan Cole, Miley Disley, Thomas Henderson and Sophie Rothwell.

Year 11:

Gracie Lowe & Aimee Renshaw– Excellent character development and video recordings of monologue performances
Casey Cauldwell– Excellent performances live on the meet and responding to teacher and student feedback

Year 10:

Excellent effort with practice exam questions:

Hannah Cherry
Zara Bates, Ella Davidson, Gizem Hasanova, Lucy Jones, Zoe Lawrence, Bronte Naylor, Meadow Rogerson, Ben Tinker and Daisy Wall.

Year 8:

Excellent effort with notes and research for live theatre project:

Zia Rehman, Jaime Holland, Oliver Charnock, Finley Davies, Scarlett Booth, Paige Brierley, Himayl Butt, Ryan Cain, Jessica Crofts, Amie-Leigh Farrimond, Ella Hill, Rosie Ivill, Joshua Smith, Husssam-Nadeem Aalam, Harry Barton, Jaiden Doyle, Holly Dunn, Lewis Eaton, Isabelle Harrison, Daniel Lord, Joshua Mangnall, Ffion Marshall, Chloe Mayor, Oliver Phillips, Joshua Poynton and Kiera Seddon.

Year 9:

Excellent effort with practice exam questions:

Ethan Gagan, Lyla Wells, Nathan Gaskell, Ruby-Mae Holmes and Sienna Love.