2018 May Newsletter


Dear Parents and Carers

We are well into exam season at both GCSE and A level and I must commend all the students for their focus, application and determination. The same applies to the staff, of course. Early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays have been set aside for extra study and never before have so many exams been sat in one series as this year. As I was reminded of this by my children at the weekend, I thought we could have a small exam of our own – general knowledge only. The answers are on the back page of the newsletter if you want to have a go. Try each one in turn and then go to the answer before reading the next.

Q1. How do you get a giraffe in a fridge?
Q2. How do you get an elephant in a fridge?
Q3. There is an animal conference and all the animals are there, except one. Which one? How did you do?

In education we must be mindful to teach skills as well as knowledge, or content to use the jargon. Logic, common sense, problem solving, memory and social skills must not be lost in the content driven GCSE and A level landscape. That is our challenge, as we prepare our leavers to be problem solvers, investigators and articulate life-long learners.

As ever, there is a lot going on here inside and outside of the classroom. Can I say well done and thank you to all the students and staff who give up their time to engage in a wide range of activities. You will get a flavour of what is going on from reading this newsletter, but highlights include:

  • ?  Rugby victories

  • ?  Netball tours

  • ?  Song writing and recording

  • ?  A visit to the Bank of England

  • ?  Rocket Car Challenge success

  • ?  Representation at England Schools Athletics (again)

Well done everyone involved.

Some things never change of course – there is always one team less successful than Worcester (and well done Gloucester, by the way). It is definitely cricket weather so we will see what the summer brings.


Q4. You have to cross a crocodile infested river, but there is no bridge and you have no boat. How do you do it?

A4. You jump in and swim – all the crocodiles are at the animal conference. This tests your longer term recall and memory retention

Have a fantastic half term.

David Bishop Principal

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