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March 24th, 2016

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Term Dates 2016-17

March 18th, 2016

Autumn Term 2016
Friday 2nd September – Friday 16th December

NB Friday 2nd September is an INSET Day. Only staff will be in on this day
Monday 5th September is Year 7 Induction Day. Only the new Year 7s will be in on this day (8:55am – 3:15pm).
Tuesday 6th September the the whole school returns, every Year will be in on this day (8:55am – 3:15pm).

Half Term
Monday 24th – Friday 28th October

Spring Term 2017
Tuesday 2rd January – Friday 31st March

Half term
Monday 13th – Friday 17th February

Summer term 2017
Tuesday 18th April – Friday 21st July

Half term
Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June

Central Futures Bulletin

March 8th, 2016

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The twelve scholars with their graduation certificates

In early February, 12 pupils from Year 8 visited Cambridge University for a special day trip.

The 12 students involved have all participated in the Scholar’s Programme. The programme is provided by The Brilliant Club, a charity that exists to widen access to highly selective universities. As part of their course, they had six tutorial sessions with an Oxford PhD philosophy student and were taught at a Key Stage above their Year group.

The course concluded with each pupil writing a 1,500 word essay answering the question, “Do the ends justify the means?” which was marked in a university format by their tutor.

The group were taken on a tour of Cambridge University

The pupils attended their graduation event from the programme at Corpus Christi, Cambridge. During the graduation, they enjoyed a presentation about the college and the university from a postgraduate student, went on a tour of the college with a current undergraduate before being awarded their graduation certificates. All of the pupils gained a 2:1, except for James Keegan and Michael Connelly who both achieved a first class award.

Cosmonauts Exhibition

March 7th, 2016

Year 10 scientists viewing space craft used by the Soviets in the space race

A group of Year 10 scientists visited the Science Museum earlier this month.

Pupils were treated to a visit to the Science Museum in Kensington. The museum is currently hosting Cosmonauts, a unique exhibition about the birth of the space age in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Not only did the museum portray the history and developments of the space race, it also housed the original space crafts, rovers, lunar landers and gadgets used by cosmonauts in the first space travels.

The exhibition allowed the pupils to further explore the role physics has in space travel

The highlight of the exhibition was Vostok 6 – the spacecraft which Valentina Tereshkova flew on to become the first woman in space.

The visit was closely linked with the GCSE physics curriculum that includes the topic ‘exploring space’. Pupils learn how space exploration was made easier with the development of probes, landers and telescopes as well as the research for extra-terrestrial intelligent life.

For more images from the visit, click here.