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3 November 2023

Miss Cunningham would like to thank students for holding a mufti day to raise funds for the RNLI.

We have been able to make a donation of £912.75.

A big thank you to all who contributed to this valuable cause.

Excellent Work

This half term, Year 8 English students have been reading a selection of short stories that celebrate diversity, and experiencing a wide variety of sophisticated narrative writing techniques.

For their homework, students were tasked with creating a project that reflected the stories, the theme of diversity or the short story genre.

Here are a few examples of their brilliant work.

Mrs Johnson

Edward Lee 8P

Georgie Jensen 8E

Andrew Banciu 8E

Freddie Wilkinson 8E

PSHE Programme

Mr Scott says our Year 11 students were privileged to spend time with Sharron Robbie MBE this morning learning about apprenticeships.

Ms Robbie said, "Thank you for inviting me in. I loved speaking to your amazing Year 11 students about all the apprenticeship opportunities that are out there for them".

Sixth Form Enrichment and Tutorial

Sixth Form students were absolutely super in their contributions to our first Question Time event of the year, writes Ms Davidson.

Lots of contributions from the audience led to broader perspectives on the banning of Bully dogs with a significant majority voting that ownership should be licensed.

On the extremely sensitive and current topic of whether a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas should be the goal alongside addressing the humanitarian crisis, students were prepped with a broad range of sources beforehand including an overview of the historical route to the current situation in Israel and Palestine.

Students overwhelmingly questioned the motives and involvement of other world leaders and challenged why aid for refugees of war zones as well as domestic homeless in our society comes from charities not governments and also whether a 'humanitarian pause' would be recommended.

Student News

Well done to Kaiwen Dun 8E who has been selected to represent the South West at the English Schools National Diving Championships which will take place at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on Sunday 10 December.

We wish Kaiwen all the best at the event.


Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14 November in the Conference Room (behind the Visitor Reception) at 6.30pm.

Please join us if you can - we'd love to see you and refreshments will be provided.

Our popular Pryzm Christmas disco tickets will be going on sale shortly - please keep an eye on our social media for details:

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Any questions, or offers of help, please email

Mrs Kinsella

PTFA Liaison

Sports Update

Table Tennis

The U13 and U16 teams were in action on Wednesday competing in the Devon Schools Table Tennis Championships.

The U13s came in fourth place after their first time competing in the competition and the U16s came in first place without losing a single set.

Mr Callicott said, “Excellent work from all the students”.

U13 Team

U16 team


Well done to the 1st XI team who beat the City Police team 5 - 3 in the Devon Wednesday League this week.


The Year 7 rugby team played in the central venue games at Coombe Dean on Wednesday afternoon.

In wet and windy conditions the team played their best rugby of the season.

Mr Strang said, “It has been very satisfying to see the development of skill since September. Rugby training will continue after school. Well done to everyone who has participated so far this year”.


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