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News from the Senior Department

This week I was lucky enough to host another Pupil Voice meeting with representatives from Years 6, 7 and Top Form. Once again, I was so impressed by the maturity and thoughtfulness of those contributing to the meeting.  With a wisdom that belied their age, pupils talked about their experiences of being in a co-educational school; the value of rewards; extrinsic and intrinsic motivation; and what they think we should be focusing on as teachers in the classroom!

The wonderful contributors to the meeting were:

Year 6 – Joe K; Joe S; Georgie H; Finley S

Year 7 – Oscar B; Nicole I; Diego A

Top Form – Harry C; Finlay W; Sam C

They may have eaten all of my chocolate biscuits, but it was worth it for their valuable insight.

In the next few weeks I’m looking forward to an assembly from Top Form on neurodiversity and the applications coming in for our new Pupil Leadership Team; Transition Working Party and Peer Mentoring Group.

And to top it off, the sun is shining! Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Wright

Head of Senior Department

Year 7 John Piper mixed media sketches.

Here the pupils had the opportunity to analyse the work of John Piper by trying to recreate parts of it in their sketchbooks using, pencil, pen, colour pencil, coloured pens and collage. This term we are focusing on the artist’s architectural studies and using his influence to inform the way we present the architecture of our beautiful school.

We have included some photos of their work for you to see below:


From the Senior Department Library

The Marveller by Dhonielle Clayton

The Marvellers was a bestseller in America last summer and has finally made its way across the pond. This action packed fantasy follows Ella Durand, who is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, a magic school in the clouds for Marvellers from around the world. Ella soon finds it’s tricky to settle in as a misfit, and even harder when people start to blame you for the escape of a convicted criminal. Pressure grows on her to clear her name and track down her missing mentor.

Packed with twists and turns, readers will be hooked on this magical new world and desperate for Clayton to produce a sequel.


Congratulations to this week’s recipients of Mrs Cussans’ Commendations:

Nurture Engage Inspire
Year 6 - Guy G, Zach H -
Year 7 - Daniel C, Benedict B -
Top Form - - -