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Key Notes: 16 January 2023

14th January 2023

Spring term

On Wednesday last week, we welcomed students back after the Christmas break. This term we are delighted to be joined by two new members of teaching staff:

Year 9 Assembly

Mr Bennet led a motivational assembly for Year 9 students on Tuesday ahead of their Options Carousel. He talked about how life is filled with events, and emotions (joys/disappointments) and the way we respond to them is important. Emotions can cloud our perspective, but seeing things differently, enables us to respond differently. You can decide whether to listen to the inner critic which is negative or the inner coach which encourages and inspires you to improve.

Forthcoming Events

  • 16th January: After-school clubs and activities begin
  • 18th January: Chinese New Year Lion Dance Event (MEP students and guests)
  • 20th January: SEND Panathlon Event
  • 25th January: Flu vaccination Years 7 and 8. Sign up link
  • 24th February: Vaccinations DTP and MenACWY Year 9. Sign up link

Christmas Concert

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Christmas Concert on Monday. The event had been postponed due to the bad weather. The students did a truly amazing job with some outstanding performances. Thank you to Mr Thomson for organising the event, the Prefects for providing refreshments, and to staff and parents/carers for all your support.

Year 9 Careers Carousel

Year 9 students visited the options carousel event in the hall on Wednesday. Stalls for each subject were staffed by students from Years 10 and 11 who were there to answer any questions and help the Year 9 students make choices for their course options next year. Year 9 students will also have taster lessons in each option subject over the next two weeks as well as a personal meeting with a member of staff to discuss their plans. All very exciting!


This week the science noticeboard is on the theme of physics and space!

After-School Clubs and Activities

This term we are running after-school enrichment activities in the form of clubs and activities on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:00pm starting the week beginning 16th January. These will run for 4 weeks up to half term, then 5 weeks after half term. They will not run in the last week of the Spring term.

There is an array of clubs and activities available, including 'Boosters' which are curriculum-based activities aimed at raising students' achievement on their GCSE courses and MEP classes for students on the Mandarin Excellence Programme.

There will be a 'late bus' leaving school at 4:10pm to take students home to villages usually served by school buses. Please note that no student will be allowed to travel on the late bus unless they have attended an organised session after school that day. Please email the club leader (shown in the table below) in advance of the session if your child will not be attending one day.

Club or activity

Member of staff in charge





Year 10 MEP

Miss Ni (


Year 11 MEP

Mr Fan (


KS3 girls' football (until half term)/ netball (after half term)

Mrs Coghlan (


KS3 basketball

Mr Barlow (


Table tennis (all years)

Mr Kennedy (


Songwriting (all years)

Mr Ovenden (


Biology booster (Year 11)

Mr Johnson (


Art booster (Year 11)

Mrs Heeks (


Minecraft Club (all years)






Year 9 MEP

Miss Ni (


Year 7 football

Mr Barlow ( Sign-up for PE


KS4 girls' football (until half term)/ netball (after half term)

Mrs Coghlan (


KS3 drama club

Mrs Nicholls (

Drama studio

Running club (all years)

Dr Wilson and Mr Kennedy (

Playground, after changing

Sewing club (all years)

Mrs Mayhead and Mrs Gunner (


Gardening club (all years)

Mrs Neville (


Showband (all years)

Mr Thomson (


Programming club (all years)

Mr Richardson (


English booster (Year 11)

Mrs Hallam (


Spanish booster (Year 11)

Mrs Stanley (


Physics booster (Year 11)

Mr Essien (


Maths (H) booster

Mr Benson (


Maths and further maths booster (Y11)

Mrs Rogers (


Art booster (Year 11)

Mrs Ward (





Year 7 MEP

Miss Titmuss (


Year 8 MEP

Mr Fan (


Choir (all years)

Mr Thomson (


Squash (all years)

Mr Shaw/PE staff (


Science club (all years)

Mr Johnson and Miss Piper (


English booster (Year 11)

Mrs Hallam (


Chemistry booster (Year 11)

Dr Wilson (


Drama (Years 10 and 11 only)

Mrs Nicholls (

Drama studio

Spanish booster (Year 11)

Miss Correa (


Maths booster (Year 10)

Mrs Rogers (


Physical Education

Our Year 9 football team made it a winning start to 2023 for MVC with a convincing 4-0 win over Sancton Wood in the District Cup. We used a staggering 18 players on a cold Monday afternoon this week and still showed some fluidity in our play. Well done to Riley, Billy and Sam for the goals. Annabelle looked technically sound again in an attacking position.

Our Year 10 team sadly couldn't follow up on Thursday as they exited to a strong St. Bedes side in fading light on our astroturf. If the game finished level we would have had to turn the floodlights on for a penalty shoot-out, but we didn’t manage to snatch a draw! Instead, we exited 2-0 which is very respectable against such a big school. Special mentions to Johny, Lenny and Dan P who were all impressed. Johny, technically and the other two boys in the excellent way they defended.

Fixtures timetable

  • Tues 17th January: U/16 Girls Football at home after school (Y10/11)
  • Mon 23rd January: Netball at home after school (Y10/11) and Y7 District Cup Football v Impington
  • Wed 25th January: U/16 Basketball at Cambourne (Y10/11) and Y7 boys and girls football at home
  • Tues 7th February: Basketball at home after school (Y10/11) and Y8 District Cup Football v Trumpington

To check what PE lessons your child is doing this term you can now view the KS3 PE curriculum map on our website.

Year 11 Post-16

Well done to all Y11 students for sending in their college applications. 217 different applications were sent off and students are now awaiting contact from the colleges regarding any guidance meetings they may be offered. These will typically start from the end of January through until May.  A letter has been sent to all Y11 students and parents with further details.

Mental Wellbeing

Nessie is an organisation supporting positive mental health of children and young people. You can contact them for advice and book their free online sessions for parents/carers below:

Kingsway Golf

See below for some forthcoming sessions. Please contact Kingsway Golf for more information.

CCC Safer Schools Newsletter – January 2023

January’s edition of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Safer Schools Newsletter is being sent out with this edition of Key Notes. The subjects covered are as follows:

  • Child's first technology device: parents/carers guide to online safety
  • Crime Prevention: guidance on how to secure valuable items
  • Nitrous Oxide Canisters: parents/carers awareness
  • The school run: parents ultimate guide


We are currently advertising the following vacancies on our website:

  • Receptionist
  • Teacher of English
  • Teacher of Humanities and PSHE
  • Cover Supervisor
  • Senior IT Technician
  • Teacher of D&T (any specialism)
  • Cabin Level 1 Teaching Assistant

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