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07/08/18

Retweeted From Hewitts of Croydon

Will you be attending this September? If you haven't bought your uniform at our school visit in July, online or in store already; make sure you come to store ASAP to guarantee all you need for a September start... don't get caught out! https://t.co/yZH1yRJY60

20/07/18

Congratulations to our newly appointed senior prefect team. https://t.co/R3Ubin6wrH

19/07/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

People of caterham and beyond we are almost there! The building works are on schedule for the grand new works to the centre. will be the great new addition to the site, with a range of snacks soon to be available! ☕️☕️

19/07/18

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We are delighted to announce that ⁦⁩ has been awarded a 3rd consecutive Silver Games Mark! We are very proud of our students for their dedication to all aspects of school sport including volunteers & leaders! Thanks to ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/jrARfApvWT

18/07/18

Congratulations to a select group of students for receiving recognition from Mr Garner this morning for accumulating so many achievement points this year. https://t.co/2PFu93IyzT

17/07/18

Thank to our Y8 Parents/Carers who attended this morning's Celebration Assembly. Tomorrow, it is the turn of Y10; we look forward to seeing you then.

17/07/18

Congratulations to SAM group 8ZKE who have also been awarded a Mufti Day tomorrow for the amount of achievement points received! https://t.co/4zPakMQc9N

17/07/18

Well done to students in SAM 7RBR who have been awarded a Mufti Day tomorrow for the best attendance record in Year 7 this year. https://t.co/6P3SWzVnMA

16/07/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

The new entrance lobby at is starting to take shape. Great work in this hot weather. https://t.co/t6JXpTb2uq

16/07/18

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y7 Celebration Assembly this morning, thank you for your support. We look forward to the Y8 event tomorrow morning. Please do join us, if you can.

15/07/18

Retweeted From Glyn School P.E.

Well done to Mr Tanner and Miss Owen for delivering their Masters research at the St Mary's University Research Conference yesterday. Another two members of staff completing their MA. Well done to staff from and also, great achievement! https://t.co/9pSGdhjqP2

13/07/18

students have landed at Heathrow. What a difference to see only grey clouds! 😩

13/07/18

Retweeted From Rachel Picken

held the GLF Year 9 GCSEs skills Bootcamp today for & students. The students' descriptive writing& literary analysis was inspirational. Thanks to & Mr Matthews for his lecture on the Victorians https://t.co/DHouJDVrOp

13/07/18

Fantastic work from the Interact Club, helping to clear the local community of litter. https://t.co/osLkhFCeNb

13/07/18

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Year 9 English conference is well underway. Session 3 (The Victorians) is in full swing. With https://t.co/wnWUg8Nl7i

13/07/18

Well done to our fantastic team of volunteers from the Interact Club who are heading out to clear the ‘100 Steps’ footpath of litter this afternoon https://t.co/qlqpE3dOcs

13/07/18

Another early start, ready for La Reigna Sofía museum. Some tired smiles (again!). https://t.co/k3xflLAQdc

12/07/18

Having a lovely afternoon at Parque Warner. The students have made some new llama friends. https://t.co/EDtv4jITaB

12/07/18

Even the teachers had a great time at Bernabeu Stadium. Kids loving Madrid! https://t.co/lXEZQPoaQJ

12/07/18

Messing about on the river! https://t.co/UGsDE4TsOc

Posted on: 30/01/2018

Year 10s get inspired at Oxford University

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Year 10 More Able – Visit to Oxford University

 

I had the privilege of taking some of our More Able year 10 students on a visit to St Hilda's College at Oxford University on Friday 26th January. With the stunning backdrop of the Oxfordshire countryside and the river Isis just outside, our morning started with a preconceptions-busting talk from Hannah Rolley, the University's Outreach officer. This enabled the students to discuss their ideas about who a typical student at Oxford might be compared to the modern, actual reality. They now know that 60% of Oxford's intake comes from state school students - just like them! Although standards are undoubtedly high, they are achievable, and there is also plenty of financial help available for those who need it. The students were told about the broad depth of studies available to undergraduates as well as the world-renown quality of their lecturers and individual tutor system.


Next, our students were introduced to two current undergraduates based at St Hilda's who honestly, and humorously, answered all their eager questions about the reality of life at one of the world's most admired universities. The undergraduates told them all about the social and fun side to their life at St Hilda's as well as the academic side. Their enthusiasm was catching! The advocates then lead our students on an eye-opening tour of the campus including student accommodation and the well-equipped library. We ended up surrounded by many more of the current undergraduates as we enjoyed a very generous free lunch in their very elegant canteen. Great cheesecake!


The afternoon continued to inspire with a stroll through the heart of Oxford city centre incorporating all of the iconic and world famous colleges in their glorious settings, but avoiding the multiple bicycle- riding academics intent on pursuing their degrees! Just being in the same environment gave our students a real taste of the fun that studying in these surroundings could bring as well as the prestige!


Our walk culminated in a visit to see some of the priceless treasures housed in Oxford's Ashmolean museum to make our students realise that Oxford's scholars are encouraged to use the whole city as a resource to make learning come alive! Here our students undertook a structured creative writing session, using some of the museum's classical collections as inspiration. Our students responded with the ease of imagination that the young and gifted possess and produced some worthy writing indeed which they were happy to share. I felt very proud!


Finally, a quick pit-stop at an eye-catching old-style sweet shop, with its multiple magical jars full of every delight imaginable, finished off a truly inspirational and horizon-broadening day. I hope our visit has now encouraged our students to aim high and believe that they too would be warmly welcomed at Oxford and could thrive, and succeed, at the very top!


Mrs Cassie
More Able Coordinator