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04.10.2013. Alex Scarrow Visit

Dear Parents/Carers

We were very excited to welcome author, Alex Scarrow, to talk to pupils from Years 7 and 8 about his popular books, the ‘TimeRiders’ series.

Alex talked to a hall full of fascinated students for an hour, explaining how he wrote the books, showing a video book trailer and answering questions.

Competitions for students to design book covers and write time travel short stories had been run in school and Alex presented the winners with their prizes. Two lucky classes then had the opportunity to take part in a writing workshops with Alex. They came away with top tips for creating characters, and some unusual story ideas.

Organised by Miss Crosby, the school’s Literacy Coordinator, with lots of publicity from staff in the history department, Alex’s visit was a huge success. We have never seen so many students queuing to have their books signed. Take a look at some of Alex’s book trailers on YouTube to see why our students were so inspired!

Ofsted Comments

The school is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners
• Behaviour is good...calm and well-ordered
• Students are enthused and want to learn
• Exceptional staff commitment
• Senior Leadership of the highest calibre
• Pioneering work
• Significant investment to develop the quality of teaching
• Teaching is motivational
• Students are making strong gains
• High parental satisfaction
• Students talk with pride...relationships are positive in lessons and around the school
• The atmosphere for learning and for personal and spiritual growth is outstanding
• A purposeful and forward-looking institution capable of further outstanding growth

Recent Inspections

Congratulations to our students, staff, governors and families on two fantastic inspections,

each lasting two days! Ofsted were the first to visit under the New Framework in January this year, closely followed by a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools). Judged from Good to Outstanding in all categories.:

Most of all, we pride ourselves on being inclusive; a neighbourhood school, open to all. See our new Admissions Policy or simply give us a ring and we’ll show you around.

Mrs. Booth