Uxbridge High School

Summer term 2022 newsletter 1 - May half term


Welcome to the penultimate newsletter of this academic year.

I am pleased that, as we move on from covid restrictions, we have been able to return to normal operation at school and to once again, offer our students a wealth of trips, visits and other curriculum opportunities. You will find snapshots of some of them below and more detail on our Twitter accounts..

Following the appointment of Ms Seymour to the post of Principal for September, we have been working to appoint to the post of Vice Principal. I am delighted to announce that Corie Stephenson, will be moving from his current senior role at Regent's High School to take up post. He will also be joined by Nicola Marsh who has been promoted from the role of Senior Assistant Principal to Vice Principal for September.

Please enjoy the newsletter and may I wish you and your families a pleasant Bank Holiday break.

We are looking forward to welcoming 230 students to our induction day for Year 6 students on Tuesday, 5 July. Our online admissions process for these students will begin during May half term, and all Year 6 parents should look out for this in their email inboxes.

I would like to conclude with a short message on attendance. Again, as we move forward, student attendance rates have risen to their normal levels. We expect that all our students should hit a minimum of 96% attendance per year. This means on average, missing no more than 8 days over the course of the year. Helping us to achieve this, rules on covid have now changed. Please see below for more detail from Mr Weller.


The rules around attendance to school and Covid have changed. All students should now attend school as normal, striving for a 100% attendance record. You no longer need to stay at home with mild cold symptoms and illnesses. If you test positive for Covid you now only need to stay at home for three days following the positive test.

We expect that all our students should hit a minimum of 96% attendance per year. This means on average, missing no more than eight days over the course of the year. Helping us to achieve this, rules on covid have now changed. .

For those of you thinking ahead to planning/booking your summer holidays, please do this within the summer holiday period which is between 22nd July and 4th September. Please note that we do not authorise holidays in term time.


A reminder that no fizzy, sugary or energy drinks should be brought onto the school site and we recommend all students carry a water bottle with them each day. Bottles can be refilled at our no-touch water machines.

Sixth formers are able to purchase reusable coffee cups on our website, should they wish.


The newsletter showcases the work of the school and helps us communicate with parents. We appreciate your support and would also like to give you regular opportunities to provide us with feedback. Your views are important to us and help us to continue to improve and offer the best experience for all students. We would appreciate it if you took time to complete this short survey before Wednesday 8th June - https://tinyurl.com/2p9xsar9


We have sent over 140 offers for places in our sixth form for September 2022. Internal students will be enrolled into the sixth form on results day, Thursday, 25th August 2022. The sixth form team will be available to make any changes and discuss options on the day.


Our annual school sports day is taking place on Thursday 26th May 2022 at Hillingdon Athletics Track.

All students were asked to partake in a track or field event, but if they did not sign up for an athletics event then they would be given the opportunity to sign up for other engaging activities delivered to complement the sports events.

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee we invited students to wear red, blue or white, which could be through socks, ribbons, headbands and hairpieces; we encourage all students to be as creative as possible as this will be a fantastic and enjoyable day!


Our Year 8 English and maths high achievers had a memorable day out at Oxford University on Friday 25th March. Organised with the help of Ms Hosking, students visited Jesus College, spending the morning getting to know what Oxford University is like with some inquisitive questions. This was followed by a tour of the college and a walking tour of the city. They enjoyed every minute. Let’s hope we see some of them at Oxford University in six years' time.


In February, we welcomed over thirty businesses to our school, including further and higher education institutes, for our Year 9 to Year 13 careers fair. Students used their networking skills to learn about opportunities that are open to them. We also welcomed back four alumni students who spoke with the students about their experiences and future goals.

Labour market information was the focus of the careers week assemblies for all year groups, presented by Job Centre Plus.

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Aahad in Year 9 entered a poetry competition and his poem was chosen to be published! Please see below for the poem itself. A huge well done to Aahad, we are very proud!
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Year 12 attended an insight day at Oxford University in March, where they had the opportunity to tour several colleges, learnt how to complete their UCAS form and write a personal statement, as well as attend a fossils workshop with a senior lecturer. We also welcomed a representative from St Anne’s College, Oxford University into Year 9s assembly, to talk to them about future options to assist with choosing their GCSE options.


Five Year 9 students (Bavakarany, Fatihah, Joe, Kenya and Tashkia) took part in the Count on Us secondary maths challenge at Hammersmith Academy last week representing UHS. They competed against eleven other schools in a series of activities which required them to put their problem-solving and team-work skills to good use. These students performed excellently and made UHS proud!

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Year 12 have completed many activities over the last month from employability skills workshops with Push, attending the ExCel London UCAS Convention, partaking in an insight day at Brunel University and attending virtual work experience at Springpod.


Here at Uxbridge High School, members of the student council are voted for by the students in their class at the start of the school year and we make sure each form group is represented by two students. Agendas are put in place in line with current affairs and the needs of the school and at each meeting these items are discussed, and opinions/solutions are fed back to school leaders. Some other items are discussed in advance of the meetings so that each form can bring the opinions of their peers to the meeting. Our school council also listens to any concerns and views of other students in the school and part of their role is to come up with ideas to help improve our school and make decisions about future changes.

Examples of items the school council discussed so far are non uniform day charity selection, designing of our school flag, diversity, the role of social media, wellbeing, multicultural Britain and anti-bullying week.


On Wednesday 30th March, a small group of Year 8 students visited Brunel University to take part in a STEM day called ‘Dead on Time’, where they competed against seven other local schools to work out who murdered a victim found in a car.


LTM are hosting a hackathon event in October 2022 at the museum in Covent Garden, bringing together young people and transport and engineering businesses to examine and debate employability and the skills needed for a greener future.

15 of our Year 10 students are currently preparing for this event. Their involvement will take the form of five creative workshops focused on developing content/experiences for the event as well as attendance at the event in October. The workshops will take place between March and May/June and be facilitated by a learning specialist from the museum.

For the students, this opportunity would provide work experience (of sorts) with the museum, experience in planning events/activities, opportunities to work with a variety of professionals including transport and engineering businesses and STEM Ambassadors, including specific skills development opportunities i.e. writing copy, design, social media marketing etc.

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In March, a group of fantastic female teachers, passionate about eradicating gender inequality, launched Be Her Lead with a cohort of 25 students from Year 7 through to Year 11.

Be Her Lead is an organisation devoted to nurturing wellbeing, aspirations and community-involvement of female and non-binary students. They do this through weekly interactive and empowering workshops.

The workshops focus on creating a safe space for students; exploring identity and nurturing needs, and empowering students to lead within their community. We are currently coming to the end of the second phase, nurturing needs, and we can already see the incredible impact the workshops have had on our cohort!

Without a doubt, our students have gained confidence, increased their aspirations and built wonderful connections with one another. We have seen students use art to express themselves; engage in debates around gender expectations and gender inequality, and speak out in assemblies in front of whole year groups! We are incredibly proud of their success so far, and we look forward to seeing them develop into strong, empowered leaders as we move to the final phase of the programme.

The final phase of the programme is about becoming leaders within their community, and our students already have some wonderful ideas about how they can empower others, so watch this space!

We are already looking forward to next year and all of the ways that we can continue to extend the impact of this group within Uxbridge High School.

If you would like to find out more about the Be Her Lead group, then please visit their website or email chill@uhs.org.uk or eshutkever@uhs.org.uk.

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During the first week of Easter, we took thirty-five students to Saalbach, Austria. Students were fantastic and had an amazing time, with all of them developing their skills in skiing or snowboarding. They also took part in a range of après ski activities such as the mountain coaster, ice skating and bowling. We are very much looking forward to organising our next trip! A huge thank you to the staff, who gave up their time to give our students this experience.


On the 27th April 2022, eight Year 9 students participated in the science and technology Day - ‘Target Mars’ event at Brunel University with their physics teacher, Mr Morgan.

The students were incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic about the event and the activities. The event organizers emphasised how impressed they were, in fact this cohort of students achieved the third highest points the organisers have ever received (and this is a worldwide competitive event occurring since 2001)
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Just before the Easter break, Year 11 students took part in a study skills session entitled “The Finishing Line”, run by Elevate Education. As well as providing invaluable advice on how to deal with exam stress, the session reminded students how to deal with different types of exam questions and improve their exam technique. Students had previously received an Elevate session on preparation for exam excellence and how to stay organised both during the preparation period for exams and the exam season itself. Thanks to these two sessions and all the work that has been done by the form tutors in form time, our Year 11 students feel well prepared for the exam season. The Year 11 students expressed their appreciation of the study skills sessions, with the overwhelming majority saying they would recommend the sessions to other students. The attitude of the students during the exam preparation period has been truly impressive, and we all wish them success in the next few weeks!


On 2nd and 3rd February, students from Years 9 and 10 participated in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematical challenge. The problems on the challenge are designed to make students think and reason mathematically, as well as encourage precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.


World Book Day 2022 was a fun packed week with a serious message. Students had the opportunity to take part in a number of activities and competitions including a literary treasure hunt and, for the first time, a Masked Reader competition where students had to guess which teacher was 'behind the mask'. Year 7 also had the opportunity to dress up as a character from their favourite book and we had some excellent examples. The winner of the treasure hunt competition was Christina in Year 7, while Emily, also in Year 7, won the competition for the best costume.

Students also learned through their World Book Day assembly the importance of reading and the power of literacy. Even reading for twenty minutes a day can have a huge impact on a young person’s literacy.

Below are just a few of the staff photos taken on the day!

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Sixth form performing arts students went to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at the Troubadour Theatre in Wembley during the Spring term. The play tells the story of young Christopher, an autistic boy finding his own way in life. The students agreed the performance was very clever at showing the world through Christopher's eyes. Frantic Assembly, a renowned theatre company choreographed all the movements to the production. This was especially helpful for year 13 who chose to study the work of Frantic Assembly for their Investigating Practitioners exam. Think we can all agree it was fabulous to finally be back in the theatres after Covid!

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Year 8 took part in 'Your Life, You Choose' workshops on Monday 21st February. The programme aims to deter young people from crime, raise awareness of the consequences of their choices and empower them to make better decisions and keep themselves safe. Done through a full day of a series of workshops and assemblies, it includes visitors from the Metropolitan Police, Safer Schools, the police youth engagement team, the prison service and the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation.


Year 10 had an exciting opportunity to visit the historical London Central Mosque in Regents Park, organised by the Religious Studies department. The students listened to a presentation, followed by a tour of the mosque including the gallery featuring Muslim contributions to society. The students also had the opportunity to ask questions and witness mid-day congregational prayers.
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On the last week of the Spring term, students from Years 7 to 10 enjoyed a reward trip to Thorpe Park to celebrate their continual excellent behaviour and attitude to learning.

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Jack Petchey’s "Speak Out" challenge provides communication skills training to Year 10 students in state schools; it aims to inspire young people across London and Essex to reach their full potential. The project focuses on empowering young people by delivering training sessions focused on improving confidence, expanding ideas, and communicating both positively and constructively. Sir Jack Petchey was inspired by his own experience of leaving school at 13, and later being told by the business management course he applied to that he would ‘never be a businessman’. After building a highly successful business, Petchey set-up and invested in numerous charities and organisations including "Speak Out!". The "Speak Out!” workshops are aimed at developing effective and positive communication skills for both education and employability.

This year, we were fortunate enough to be offered eight coaches so, for the first time in our school history, we could run "Speak Out" with all Year 10 students. On the 21st April, each student took part in a series of five, hour long workshops designed to develop their speaking skills and give them the confidence to speak in front of their peers. The students were fantastic, speaking on a full range of topics and, despite some being nervous, taking the challenge and getting up to speak. Each group had a winning students and a huge congratulations goes to:

10xLA George S

10xST Bailey H

10xTU Hikma Y

10xYO Tayyaba S

10yLA Adrian R

10yST Jack S

10yTU Herkus M

10yWI Emily B

These students bravely took to the floor in a final, in front of their entire year group and our overall champion, Adrian Reynolds, goes through to a national, digital final on the 25th May. We continue to encourage our students to be confident, articulate speakers and look forward to seeing them build on the skills learned during this successful event.

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In line with the local elections, UHS held their very own mock elections. Our sixth form A Level politics students took their learning outside the classroom and became party representatives for the week, alongside their own campaign managers. They spent the week delivering persuasive speeches in assembly and campaigning at break and lunch. On Thursday 5th May, all students and members of staff took to the polling stations and exercised their democratic right!

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This half term, sixth form art and photography students travelled into central London to visit the Tate Modern, Borough Market and The Photographers' Gallery. Students were given free roam of the iconic Bankside art gallery to discover artists and artworks that might interest and inspire them. Mentioned favourites included Yinka Shonibare's 'The British Library' installation and Gustav Metzger's artworks of social commentary.

Borough Market was explored for lunch during a period of sunshine, followed by a lovely walk over London Bridge.

The afternoon involved a visit to The Photographers' Gallery on Ramillies Street. This compact gallery provided a snapshot into the medium and history of photography, with a particular highlight being the street photography and cinematography of American, Helen Levitt.

Overall, it was a fantastic outing with students able to view artworks in person, which is an invaluable experience for their A level journey.


Six Year 12 biology students participated in a competitive event called 'body in a box' on 29th March at Brunel University, where students had to use STEM skills to solve a crime mystery of partial human remains found in a box in a derelict car.


Our Year 7 students won the Princes Trust Enterprise Challenge!

The students won £500, which will be used by the students to set up a new business idea in the school. They competed against five other schools who made the final and were one of the youngest teams at the event.

We are very PROUD!

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On Monday 25th April, Year 12 science students attended a day at Brunel University, dedicated to looking at ethics in practice and developing debating skills alongside pupils from other local schools. The event is aimed at Sixth Form students who are aspiring scientist, medics, lawyers or philosopher. The students participated in a number of activities to explore the impact of science on society, including a mock courtroom scenario.


Well done to all students who have won subject awards so far this term. Keep up the good work!

RE - Christine, Ashleigh, Samuel, Emilia, Sabor, Nivetha, Taybah, Alexander, Jessica and Zoe

Science - Christine, Lola, Bearach, Danyaal, Joseph, Vachan, Emily, Louie, Zain, Jonathan, Sabrin, Lucy, Dafne and Muhammad

Social sciences - Tara, Hiba, Hasan, Zain, Saira, Imogen, Areeba and Keira


Towards the end of every term, we ask staff to nominate one student for the principal’s gold commendation award. This can be any student from any year group, but we ask staff to state a specific reason as to why they feel the student is deserving of this prestigious award.

For the spring term awards, there was a total of 43 students nominated for the award, who were then shortlisted to six final winners of one per year group. We would like to extend a huge congratulations to the following winners once again:

Livia (Year 7) - Absolutely fantastic student, always trying her hardest in lessons, presents work beautifully and incredibly conscientious of her work.

Pratik (Year 8) - Always setting a positive example to others in lessons, while representing the school brilliantly in football and basketball.

Vachan (Year 9) - A diligent student who displays an exceptional work ethic in every lesson and demonstrates responsibility through excellent time keeping.

Yusuf (Year 10) - An unsung hero of this year group. He is respected by his peers and has exceptionally high standards. He has the best grades in the year group and thoroughly deserves this award.

Daniel (Year 11) - He is consistently trying his hardest in and out of class. He is always asking for extra work to try at home. He is always polite and follows all instructions given to him. Daniel goes above and beyond in his lessons. His commitment to learning is exceptional! Daniel has shown excellent commitment to improving his studies this year. He has spent regular time in the FLC after school working with Miss Davies and always arrives with the most pleasant and hardworking attitude. Daniel is developing his independent studies also and is a credit to himself and the school.

Sabrin (Year 12) - Sabrin has started making her mark as a studious, polite, friendly student of the sixth form, and as well as being extremely helpful and organised: helping with breakfast club every day as well as running a Year 8 literacy mentoring group, she is also now a proud member of the new senior student team for September. I know she will be an excellent and much-needed addition to the team.

These students all met with Mr Clemens on the last week of the Spring term to receive their prize, certificate and badge.


Family cycle rides

Enjoy an easy, family-orientated guided cycle ride with Hillingdon cycle instructors, with a stop for refreshments and a chance to enjoy the sights of Hillingdon. Upcoming family rides:

· Summer Reading Challenge-themed ride - Tuesday 26 July
Starting from Uxbridge Library at 9.30am, going to Oak Farm Library and returning at 12.30pm.

· Summer Reading Challenge-themed ride - Wednesday 27 July
Starting from Botwell Green Library at 9.30am, going to Yeading Library and returning at 12.30pm.

· Summer Reading Challenge-themed ride - Thursday 28 July
Starting from Ickenham Library at 9.30am, going to South Ruislip Library and returning at 12.30pm.


Guided cycle rides are free and designed to allow you to ride at your own pace to increase your heart rate and improve well being. A range of rides are offered to get everyone involved.

None of the rides are a race so you can take them at your own pace. All routes will be fun, safe and interesting with the distance, duration and terrain of the ride varying according to the type of ride.

Our ride leaders are passionate and keen cyclists, they have been trained to guide groups of people and are employees of Hillingdon Council. They also have been trained on first aid to help if necessary.

Guided cycle rides - Hillingdon Council

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Our safer schools' team has asked us to pass on the following safety advice to parents and students:

  • Travel home straight from school
  • Avoid travelling alone
  • Avoid areas where there are rumours of suspected violence or trouble

In the unfortunate event that someone is a victim, they should stay calm and call 999 as soon as possible.

www.fearless.org is a website that young people can use to report crime. It is linked with Crimestoppers so the same principles of being able to report incidents anonymously apply.

www.police.uk/streetsafe is a website that members of the public can use to report areas they feel unsafe in. The safer schools' team would welcome parents to report areas where children feel unsafe on their way home from school.


We've been working with Hillingdon council and TFL to try to ensure that The Greenway is as safe as possible for our young people. One example of improvements already made, has been in the frequency of buses arriving at dismissal times in order to ensure our students can safely board buses and make their way home on time. There are other projects being worked on including improvements to the safety measures already on The Greenway and measures to reduce driver speeds.

In the image below is a map of our school and the local area. If you live in the yellow area then you would be able to walk to school in ten minutes. If you live in the blue area then you would be able to walk to school in fifteen minutes. The purpose of us sharing this is to try to reduce the number of students being dropped off, when they could in fact walk to school. This would reduce traffic on the Greenway and prevent the sometimes-unsafe situations of parents and carers stopping on the main road to drop off or turning round in the road. We fully appreciate that some students do need to be dropped off by car, however if this is the case, we ask that you use the residential roads nearby.

We really appreciate your support with this matter and should you have any ideas as to other ways we can make The Greenway safer for our students and community then please do let us know.

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LGBTQ+ history month promoted equality across the school and society as a whole, no matter students' gender or sexuality. Students got involved in several projects, including learning about the history of different equality movements such as Women's suffrage, the Stonewall riots, and Section 28 laws. This includes how, in some countries, people still do not enjoy the freedom of basic human rights, so protected in the UK through acts such as the 2010 equality act. The Pride club were also involved in the hugely successful Trans Day of Visibility, promoting gender equality of all people in the world.

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On Friday 25th March, UHS hosted a non-school uniform charity day. As many of you are aware, our DT Curriculum Leader, Mr Buckley, was recently diagnosed with throat cancer and so, we wanted to show our support for him as a school by raising money for Throat Cancer Foundation.

The students were asked to wear an item of white, blue, yellow or burgundy clothing to represent one of the three charities that we were raising funds for: Throat Cancer UK, Hillingdon Foodbank and Save the Children's Ukraine foundation. These charities were chosen by the student council as being of particular importance to our local and international communities.

The day was a great success and the students all relished the opportunity to wear their own clothes. Across the school there was a strong sense of community and pride, and due to the success of this day, we hope to host more non-uniform days in the future.


I would like to personally thank our outgoing senior student team for their hard work over the past two years organising and helping at different events. They have made a big difference to the sixth form and have been fantastic mentors and role models to students in the lower school. Congratulations to Adebola and Ellie, our new head boy and girl and all the new senior student team.


Alongside various investigative activities carried out during lessons during the annual British Science Week, this year also saw the first UHS science fair week from 14th to 18th March to mark the celebrations.

The fair provided our students the opportunity to apply scientific processes to problems or questions that interest them. Students had two months to prepare an independent project on the topic assigned to their year group. The aim was to encourage a 3D model that is interactive and has the WOW-factor. All models and posters were displayed in school over science week. Themes given to each year group to help inspire ideas and encompass the national theme for this year 'Innovating for the Future and Growth' were:

Year 7 - Space

Year 8 - Space or Human Life

Year 9 - Energy

Year 10 - Electricity or Virus

We had an overwhelming response to the competition where students had completed an independent science project following either the scientific method or the engineering design process . Students along with support from their families had put in tremendous effort and hard work in making some superb interactive models.

Each participant has been awarded a certificate and there were fantastic prizes for the top three entries from each year group, one of which included a build your own kit to construct a FM radio.

Students performing science is the greatest achievement for teachers of science education.

Congratulations and well done to all for making this year’s science fair a huge success!!

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This half term in PE has been an extremely busy one, with the introduction of summer sports and the beginning of the exam season.

We have had a glimpse of summer fixtures and this year we were back to competing in the Hillingdon borough athletics and with much success. Results are included below. A huge well done to all of those that competed and represented the school brilliantly:

  • Dane – 400m Bronze
  • Mason – 1500m Gold
  • Andre – 100m Bronze
  • Kenny – Long Jump Gold
  • Year 9 Boys -4 x 100m Bronze
  • Charlotte – 200m Silver
  • Brett – 1500m Bronze
  • Niamh – 4th Discus
  • Emily – 300m Silver
  • Kaden – Shotput Bronze
  • Amalie – 4th Shotput
  • Tihanna – 4th Long Jump

Our Year 8 and 10 netball teams saw their most successful year in a long time, both finishing second in their leagues. This has been a huge achievement for these girls and shows that the hard work really does pay off. Our Year 8 boys have mirrored the success of the girls, reaching the conference semi-finals of the Junior NBA competitions, against schools across London. The boys have lost just one game in eight with star performances from Christopher K and Pratik.

The sunny weather means we are now back to playing cricket. We have seen a huge influx of students, all jumping at the opportunity to be a part of the new UHS cricket academy. We have had huge numbers and seen enormous progress already, with all of these students looking forward to fixtures locally in the coming weeks. Some of these students were also fortunate enough to visit Lords, the home of English cricket, where they were lucky enough to visit the stadium museum and watch a county cricket match!

Please use the link below to visit our recently updated ‘Sports Hub’ section of the UHS website. Here you can find timetables, links and opportunities to participate locally in a variety of sports teams and some information about some of our courses.


I would like to finish by saying huge well done to our Year 11 dancers, health and social care students and our sports studies students, who will have all completed the exam before the end of the half term. Our Year 13s have also been working tremendously hard to tie up all lose ends, alongside completing both exams for BTEC sport, meaning they are now finished. Thank you all for your hard work and a massive good luck from the PE department for your remaining exams – we are proud of you all!

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26 May - Sports day

27 May to 3rd June - May half term

20 June to 1st July - Year 10/Year 12 end of year exams

23 June - Year 8 HPV vaccinations

24 June - Y13 leavers ball

5 July - Year 6 transition day / Year 9 second HPV vaccinations

7 July - Year 11 prom

13 July - Cultural celebration day

14 July - Non-binary day

15 to 17 July - Berlin and Brussels trip

16 to 19 July - Year 10 trip to Isle of Purbeck

18 July - Year 8 team building day

20 July - Year 9 trip to Boulogne

22 July - End of term


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