So we are back again after a gloriously beautiful half term, hope you all enjoyed the wonderful sunshine.  We now head into an 8 week half term up to Christmas with lots of events and activities.

Our Primary STEM Project started this week with our second school, a big warm welcome to Pilgrim Primary. It was great to see students showing so much enthusiasm for STEM and I can’t wait to see their new designs!

Design Process


Royal Navy
Jasmin Chapple & Simon Pykett took to Royal Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth over half-term, as part of their Combined Cadet Force Officer in Charge Training (CCF OIC). The UTC CCF has been running successfully since the beginning of the new academic year and is going from strength to strength. Now we have two Sub-Lieutenants with considerable professional naval experience to help lead the group. The Senior Cadets are already off to visit a nuclear submarine in the coming days and many exciting opportunities are planned for the near future.

Very impressed by the dedication of our staff, both Jasmin and Simon have young families and sacrificed their week off to gain this qualification.  A very big ‘Thank you’ to you both.

This week we also saw x16 Year 10 students visiting HMS Raleigh in Cornwall where they were given the opportunity to see how the Royal Navy Logistics Corps operates and experience a ‘day in the life’ view of the unit.  Students were given taster activities in weapons handling, firefighting equipment & breathing apparatus, stewarding and decorating, baking & flambéing in the ships galley. The students really enjoyed the experiences as they were shown round the site and the Royal Navy gave a great insight into their day-to-day operations.

Love the outfit Jacob!

Halloween scary baking class!


Staff Corner 

Our amazing English teacher Sophie got married to Ben over half term, big congrats to them both they make a totally brilliant couple. Sophie below looking like a princess!


Why are we different?

Industry mentoring ‘Meet the mentors’ All our Year 10 and 12 students had an opportunity to meet their industry mentors this morning! Great job and big thanks to Peter Bragg, our head of sixth form and industry engagement lead, and Paul Youngman our RN liaison. Also a big ‘shout out to our partners Babcock, MOD and RN for allowing their staff to take part in this amazing opportunity for our students

Natasha Copp, one of our Year 12 Students had this to say about this morning’s session – “It was an amazing opportunity for us as Students.  It will help us learn more about Engineering outside of school.  It was brilliant and I look forward to continuing”.

Luke Maynard, a Year 10 Student said “I found it very good because we have been talking about future jobs and pathways and talking about Unifrog and how to build a CV.

Working lunch

Great to see our students back working at lunchtime. Our values underpin our whole ethos and research shows that homework and challenge can help students make accelerated progress. I loved this picture of our Year 10 students getting help at lunch time with their Science Teacher Leigh! #dedication


This morning myself and Tina Brinkworth met with Rear Admiral Will Warrender to discuss our Development Plan.  The meeting took place to share our development, actions and outcomes on Leadership strand of our plan.  Excellent meeting and great that our governors are so involved.  Thank you to FOST for hosting at Admiralty House.


Thanks for reading and have a great weekend