Thursday, 29 December 2016

How do we approach unanswered questions in Science and maths?

Every now and then the media reports a scientific breakthrough.  The announcement, in 2012, of the existence of the Higgs Boson being a memorable example of this.  During this year the CERN Large Hadron Collider completed an experiment that "proved" the existence of the Higgs Boson which, apparently, is absolutely key to understanding physics.

Well, TED to the rescue.  Take a is brilliantly explained.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Progress 8 Resources - PLE Day - Oct 2016

Thank you for attending our session on Progress 8 today. We thoroughly enjoyed presenting to you and hope you found it of some interest.

As promised, please find below a link to each of the resources. Please remember that we are not the authors of any of these resources and whilst we think the information is correct there may be errors we have not spotted.

Additionally, we have tried to credit authorship of each resource. If you are the author of one of these resources please contact me ( and I will credit you or remove the resource if you wish.

I hope you find the resources helpful and informative.

The resources are....

1. DFe School Accountability powerpoint - Click me

2.  Progress 8 powerpoint.  What does it mean for schools?  How will it affect schools - Click me

3.  Progress 8 and Attainment 8 exercise - Click me
     (This resource was originally developed by Miss M Dornan of Woolwich Polytechnic School)

4.  DFe Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures - Click me

I hope you find some of the resources helpful.

Please contact Sarah ( or myself, Richard, ( if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way.

Have a great half term.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Lessons in leadership

Something a bit different....

Leaders are everywhere.  People naturally think of leaders as only being at the pinnacle of the company or school but this would be a mistake.  Everybody in an organisation should strive to be a leader within the role they have. 

Lee Cockerell has 40 years of leadership experience with a wide range of companies. 

His career peaked as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort and for ten years he led a team of 40 000.  He developed the Disney Great Leader Strategies for 7 000 leaders.

He is still active in leadership training and delivers a fascinating podcast each week - Leadership podcast.  Take a look.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

6th Form Maths.....

Take a look at a great video compiled by one of our fabulous sixth formers...

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Challenge puzzle!

A cracking puzzle.

(Thanks to "Nrich" for the puzzle and take a look here for more -  Click me for nrich )

Remember that there are 50 Vivos available for the first correct answer given or sent to Mr Whitehouse.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Open evening winner......

Thank you for coming to our open evening on Thursday night, it was great to meet so many new faces.

The winner of our lowest unique positive integer competition, who will be sent a brand new scientific calculator, is Sonny from Shakespeare Primary who gave the answer of ..................1.    Sometimes the most obvious answer is the right one!

A calculator will be put in the post on Monday - well done Sonny!

Other numbers that were submitted

0 - not a winner because 0 is not positive....sorry :(
2 - entered twice
3 - entered three times
4 - entered four times
6 - entered three times
7 - entered three times
10 - entered twice
17 - entered twice
32 - entered twice

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Open Evening - Thursday 15th September (6pm - 8pm)

Starting to think of which secondary school your family should use, interested in a change of scenery or just fancy a look around at the great facilities we have?

Come along to our open evening this Thursday (15th September, 6pm - 8pm) and meet the staff and some of our students at the only mixed Faith secondary school in the area.

Make the maths department your first destination where everyone can make themselves a mocktail and enter an easy competition to win a great prize!

See you Thursday!