This week we had Nick Jones from the Baker Dearing trust and Louise Soden from HMI evaluate our college in preparation for the upcoming OFSTED report. As we walked around the college we were evaluating and discussing whether or not we have improved upon last year's Ofsted report. It was a good opportunity for us to be put through our paces in preparation for when Ofsted return.

They felt that the college had moved on significantly from last year and has made huge progress. They agreed with my evaluation that our teaching and learning graded as good, and our behaviour levels are also good.
They were really impressed with commitment and energy of staff and particularly impressed with students and felt they were real ambassadors of the college and its successes.

Exciting Classes

We have had a number of interactive and excitign lessons this week.

  • Biology – We had Year 11’s dissecting pig organs!
  • Engineering – We had BTEC students fixing and taking apart cars. More photo’s here.
  • Triple Science – We had students measuring the energy levels of foods by burning them. Using a Calorimeter, students were able to measure the energy levels in crisps, crackers, biscuits and all more.
  • If you want to see more photo’s of the dissections and engineering then click the photo’s below!


As I mentioned before we had Nick Jones and Louise Soden in for the ‘Mock Ofsted’, we have also had a few other visitors in the school this week.

Army – Continuing on from last week’s career talks, we had Corporal Ed Venn from Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers visit the school to give a talk to our Sixth Formers on careers in the Army.
Navy – We also had the Navy in this week with Lt Paul Youngman coming in to give som First Aid training with our Year 10’s.
UK Youth Parliament – Finally, We had the UK Youth Parliament in the college to give the opportunity to students to discuss ad vote on campaigns which they are currently running. One of which is a campaign to give 16 year olds the right to vote.

Garden Development

As you may recall, The Big Lottery Fund gave us around £10,000 to develop a Nature Area behind the college. After weeks of work the garden is really starting to come together and by March the garden should be ready. The outdoor classroom has been installed alongside the foundations for the cooking area.

As part of the garden, we have installed some sculptures, one of which contains a wildlife camera installed on it. After only a week we have had some fantastic shots of wildlife.

Student of the Week

Finally, our student of the week is Ben Freeman. I’tasha nominated him for his hard work English, she spoke of how impressed she was by his work and determination. Keep it up Ben!

Thanks for reading and see you next week!