The school has been shortlisted in the TES School Awards 2022, recognising the fantastic environmental and sustainability work inspired by our Head of Biology, Mr Noah Shawcross.
The school is also a finalist in the ‘Special Sixth Form’ category, and highly commended in the Giving Something Back category of the Muddy Stilettos awards for 2022.
Now students are back in school, there is plenty of activity going on and many people have commented that the school feels alive again after lockdown. Here is a taste of what our students have been up to recently.
Students are visibly delighted to be playing sports again. Whether its that cricket and tennis matches have started against other schools, or informal games in school, it’s lovely to see and hear the camaraderie and competitiveness coming from the pitches, courts and astro.
The recent Sixth Form mixed netball provided much hilarity, while the Sixth Form boys hockey match was taken very seriously!
Recent external matches have included tennis and cricket against Queen’s Taunton, Blundell’s and Exeter. As regulations relax in May and June, the school looks forward to more matches and we hope that parents will be permitted to come and cheer on the students soon.
As part of engaging with our local community, on Monday the CCF were visited by a member of 24 Commando (Royal Engineers). Sapper Dave Simpson brought with him a BV206 – a vehicle used to cross a variety of terrains including snow, boggy ground, and the beach after leaving a landing craft. The cadets were given a brief about the capability of the vehicle and the role of the Royal Engineers – a role that dovetails with the use of STEM in the School. They were then able to look in and over the vehicle which they all very much enjoyed.
Year 12 have now got their exhibition on display in the Art corridor.
Despite the chilly December-like recent weather, we welcomed in the month of May with a series of May Madrigals, performed by the Chapel Choir, members of the music department and the staff choir.
Although music is certainly not back to ‘normal’ the choirs and orchestras are still performing in a socially distanced way and it is a joy to hear music and singing emanating from around the courtyards.