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28 May 2021

This week saw the final days at school for our Year 11 and Year 13 students who have completed their assessments.

This is our end of year message to them.

We are so proud of the way you have worked together and with your teachers to reach this point in your time at DHSB. We have been impressed by the way you have seen the bigger picture throughout the pandemic and supported each other. It is completely understandable that you will have experienced challenges in recent months and we appreciate your hard work to secure the reward of your GCSE and A level qualifications.

"Have an ice cream on us".

Year 11 students enjoyed a welcome surprise on Wednesday morning!

Ms Davidson, Assistant Head Post-16, added, "Our Year 13 students left today and it is with mixed feelings that we said our goodbyes. Ironically, remote learning brought us opportunities to be a closer community as we helped each other throughout lockdowns and also in adjusting to new norms as we returned to school. They are wonderful and this year group in particular comprises young people with great spirit, tenacity, empathy and an appreciation for others. They stand in their own light and it shines. We are so proud of them".

Joe Watkinson, School Captain 2019 - 2020 said, "Thank you for seven wonderful years DHSB. I will miss you".


Today we are proudly supporting the Festival of School and College Arts, celebrating the creative achievements of our students seen in their poetry, writing, photography and art.

We have an amazing array of talent at DHSB and are delighted to share our students' creativity on this special day.

We have included some of the examples in today’s Head’s Blog but also please browse the hashtag #EduArtsFest where there will be much more on display, not just from DHSB but from schools all around the country.

Photography and Artwork

Oisin Smith 8C

Felix Middleton Year 13 TLP student

Sam Price 8C

Rowan Kirkpatrick 8N

Sam Lord 8N

Joao Bennetts de Souza 11E

Isaac Souray 11S


As part of today's #EduArtsFest celebrations I'm also pleased to share these poems written by Ms Nally, Teacher of English, and Taegan Hignett 8C.

From The South-West, 12th May 2021 to Someone in the Future You’re not my grandchild, I hope. Whoever you are, I want you to know, Last weekend I drove past a field cordoned off, Barricaded with boards that announced “G7 Summit Here” in Cornwall. From the top of the hill, high up in the car park, We watched the waves wiping over St Ives. They submerged the spit and the church spires. The rain was lashing. The worst I’ve seen.

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Taegan Hignett 8C writes about the experience of being a young person in 2021.

My Version of The Teen’s Speech

Youth is the key to future success

The successors of the adults of today

The world is a work in progress

The teens must lead the way

We must prepare for what’s ahead

Making sure that were not misled

Into gang culture or taking drugs

So we don’t become a thug

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UK Mathematics Trust Maths Challenges

Very well done to students who took part in either the Junior or Intermediate Maths Challenge this year.

The UK Mathematics Trust said, “Our maths challenges are the UK’s most popular school mathematics competitions. They are designed to inspire a love of problem solving”.

Junior Maths Challenge

Many congratulations to Ben Wotton 8C who was awarded Best in School with a Gold Certificate. Ben has been invited by the UKMT to take part in the follow on round next month,

Well done also to Joshua Daniel Year 7E was awarded Best in Year with a Silver Certificate.

Silver Awards

Caleb Caleshu 8P, Bailey Fry 8C, Giles Pahdi 8N, Iwan Sanders 8P

Bronze Awards

Ben Saberi 8S, Jack Chen 8N, Tristan de Rochefort-Roper 8N, Elliot Mair 8C, Muhammad Munawwer 8E, Oliver Collins 8C, Taegan Hignett 8C

Intermediate Maths Challenge

Many congratulations to five students who qualified for the follow on rounds after the Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is by invitation only for those students who scored highly in the IMC.

Scott Howley 10N, Arthur Law 11N and Fintan Pawley 11C took part in the Pink Kangaroo with Scott and Arthur gaining a Merit.

Turab Ali 9C and Orlan Hartley 9N both qualified and took part in the Grey Kangaroo.