Headteacher's Blog

Monday 17th July

Random Act of Kindness

Thank you to the local resident who contacted the school’s music department and said, “I would be grateful if you would accept my donation of a keyboard. I would like to do this because the children of Brimsham Green have been walking past my house for years on the way to school and they have always been incredibly respectful.”

Thank you, the music department is really grateful.

 

Friday 14th July

12:15 p.m. - the wait was finally over, and the House Champions were announced:

 HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO LADENBROOK!!!

I hope you all enjoyed your bouncy castle and ice cream rewards!

Well done for persevering right to the end, with just 5 points between you and 2nd placed Deerleap it couldn’t have been closer!

 

Thursday 13th July

Rotary Young Chef Competition

Our Young Chefs impressed the judges this week with their restaurant-quality food, all served up within an 1hour and 30 minutes. They deserve to look proud with their certificates!

Judge Ann Murray (Cooking4 Cookery School) said, “They were a credit to the school and to the food industry in years to come.”

Jonathan Jones (Chef at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club) reflected that the standard was the same as his chefs at the Golf Club!

The Cookery School Manager at Hobbs House, Jane Grafton, commented, “It is the first time I have judged a competition where someone has made a dish that I have not made before. And I am going to try making it this weekend!”

Well done to overall champion Will Sell, Year 9, with his award-winning menu of ‘Salmon with Couscous and Deconstructed Cheesecake with pink peppercorn crumb’.

What’s more, Megan Walker, Year 10, was in the semi-finals of the South West Chef Competition again this year, representing not only Brimsham Green School but the whole of South Gloucestershire! She has been a credit to the school and the Food Department.

  

Wednesday 12th July

Deerleap’s House Celebration Evening

Following in Acton’s footsteps, Deerleap House gathered last night to recognise the achievements of their students in Years 7-10. Rachel Proud opened the celebration with a selection of piano music, and later in the evening we were treated to Grave Morris’ rendition of ‘Killer Instinct’, first showcased last Friday at Brimsham’s Got talent!

Awards were given for Achievement and Approach to Learning, as well as House Colours. The ‘big reveal’ of the Student of the Year culminated with Laura Tomasin accepting her trophy – well done, Laura – you are the first ever Deerleap Student of the Year!

Deerleap House Captains led the Review of the year; Sophie King, Zara Poole and Sophie Berkley demonstrated just why they have been such successful House Captains this year. Thank you, girls.

  

Tuesday 11th July

House Celebration Evenings

This week we are holding our House Celebration evenings. Last night Acton House gathered to recognise the achievements of Years 7-10. We were treated to music by Josh Goodchild and Nicole Hughes, and a great Review of the Year led by a diverse team of Actonites.

In addition to the subject awards, we were able to award House Colours to those students whose contributions have significantly shaped Acton House this year. Huge congratulations to George Pugh who was named as Acton’s ‘Student of the Year’.

Tonight we have Deerleap’s Celebration Evening, followed by Hawkesbury’s on Wednesday and Ladenbrook’s on Thursday.

I do hope you have received an invitation to celebrate your child’s award, and I look forward to seeing you there, 6pm in the Drama Hall.

Here are just a few comments shared with us by Acton student parents:

“What a fantastic evening last night was, celebrating the achievements of some of the superb students we have at Brimsham Green School. How brilliant it was to sit in anticipation to see who had won what; to hear the gasps of joy from students and parents when names were read out; and to be one of those proud parents myself!”

“Nothing quite prepares you to hear a member of staff talk so highly about a student in their House, only to find out that the student they are praising is in fact your own child! So many proud and happy parents last night, and so many more to come over the next three evenings.”

“Thank you for instilling such important values into our students on a daily basis. Thank you for giving them opportunities to show and develop their own individual talents and skills.” 

 

Monday 3rd July

CEIAG At Brimsham Green School

Thank you in advance to the following employers who are supporting our Industry Day event, involving all our Year 10 students – your generosity is very much appreciated: Keepmoat, Airbus, Babcock, City of Bristol College  Animal Care, City of Bristol College  Forensics, Mitie, Mouchel, Onsite, SGS College Media, and Marshfield Bakery.

      

 

Friday 30th June

Sodbury Players Youth Section’s performance of Beauty and The Beast is just 21 days away!

The following students are rehearsing hard and will undoubtedly be brilliant. Please show your support for:

Abi Hurford as Belle; Kirk Clifford as The Beast; Louis Cowell as Cogsworth; Lauren Soper as Mrs Potts; George Pugh as Chip; Immie Hutchings as Lefou; Kieran Cambridge as Gaston; Ryan Carroll as The Prince; Sam Frankcom as D’Arque; Olivia Press, Hattie Powell and Aaliyah Wilmott as The Silly Girls; Josh Wrighton as The Baker/ Chorus Dan Gregor as The Book Keeper / Chorus; Gemma Wrighton - Chorus; Louise Gregor - Chorus.

      

 

Thursday 29th June

I am delighted to share Ben Townsend’s fantastic news with you: he has been awarded Apprentice of the Year by the British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association.

Ben, who completed his A Levels in DT, Art & Design, Business & Economics and English Literature at Brimsham last year, is working for Advanced Insulation, and studying alongside as part of his apprenticeship. Ben has already achieved his Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology, and is currently sitting exams for his level 3 VRQ.  This may not be the end of Ben’s success, since he has also been nominated for two other awards, including the Regional Apprenticeship award.

Throughout his sixth form studies Ben showed significant resilience and the aspiration necessary to become a hugely successful design engineer. I am sure that Ben’s career will go from strength to strength.

 

Monday 12th June

Mr Mills' Masterclass Sessions

Interested in honing your chef skills?  In Year 8, 9, 10 or a member of staff? Thinking about studying GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition? 

Then this could be for you!

 

Thursday 8th June

Brimsham students excercised their democratic right to vote in the school's election today, and here are the results: 

 

Thursday 11th May

GCSE Drama Exam

Yesterday the Year 11 Drama students completed their GCSE Drama performance, examined by an external examiner. The performances were of such a professional quality and standard. We are waiting on their results, but are feeling VERY optimistic about their results! Well done to: Cerys Phillips, Joshua Wrighton, Ryan Carroll, Jessica Summers, Alice Bradley, Joseph Sheppard, Adam Lewis, Bethenie Carriaga, William Bolan, Joshua Morris, Kai Hailstone, Jade Eaves, Chloe Ford, Stephanie Pick, William Lymn, Shay Summerville, Aimee Calvert-Cooper.

 

Thursday 4th May

100% Distinction*

Well done to Jess Jones, Lily Griffiths, Shauna Piekielniak, Jasmine Luff and Elle Shephard – every single student gained the top grade of a Distinction* in their Level 3 BTEC Dance qualification. A really impressive achievement, girls, well done. Thank you to the Dance staff for their skilful support and encouragement.

 

Friday 28th April

Distinction*Distinction*!!

Well done to Sophie Jerome who has returned to Brimsham this year to study for a Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care. We have just had Sophie’s results and she has gained Distinction*Distinction* in her Subsidiary Diploma. This is a huge achievement and enables Sophie to go on to begin her degree course in nursing, based at Southmead Hospital.

 

Monday 6th February

Brimsham’s Digital Leaders

I am so proud of Brimsham’s founding ‘Digital Leaders’: Ben Lakeman, Lucy Tanner, Ben Moore, Alice Casey and Jack Barry. These Year 9 students have created a short film about body image and social media that is going to be used during Children’s Mental Health Week. They are presenting their work at the South Glos conference. Well done.

Interested in joining the Digital Leaders project? Talk to Mr Bogle, or one of the students.

 

Friday 3rd February

Owen’s (Year 8) poem restores our faith in humanity…

You’re All Welcome Here

 The boats come crashing in

Thousands of people

African, Asian, Mexican

You’re all welcome here!

 

The red and blue flashing lights

The big cars, pepper spray and batons

Crying babies, devastated families, scared

Where are we welcome?

 

Detained, taken away. Separated

from your families. Taken to somewhere else

Where is all the help and safe places promised?

Are we not welcome here?

 

Teresa May, large meeting halls

Lots of rich people all discussing

We can’t have more, we can have more

Should they even be here?

 

Protests, kind-hearted people

Large shouting crowds. Angry!

Angry at a defying Parliament

Shouting `They are welcome here!’

 

A safe place, a warm home

Food, drink, warmth

This is what we should provide!

You’re all welcome here!

 Owen Walker-Cox (L-AHU)

 

Thursday 2nd February

Hosanna 2018

Congratulations to the following students selected to participate in the 2018 visit to our link school, Hosanna, in Uganda. This will be a life-changing experience. Competition was fierce, and unfortunately with over 40 applications there were going to be disappointed applicants. Well done for putting yourself forward.

 

Sumiya Milton

Gabby Tanner

Neave Jones

Thomas Groves

Poppy Wilson

Abbie Walker

Lewis Mitchell

Dan Gregor

Sophie Berkley

Daisy Pugh

Sophie Merriman

Jasmine Jade Todd

Matt Large

Ella Bryant

  

Tuesday 31st January

Amazing batik artwork, 8X1 – Mrs Cotterell is very proud of you!

 

Friday 20th January

I am really proud that Molly and Joe are sharing their life-changing experiences of Uganda in their local community. We started recruitment for the next trip (July 2018) this week, and had more than 40 students expressing an interest. Selecting the fortunate students who will gain a place is going to be tough!

Tuesday 6th December

Well done to Jess, Jess and Beth – your performance on stage at the Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day on Saturday was excellent (I know I am biased, but that’s according to the person who organises the Victorian Day!)

 

Huge congratulations to Axel – he won his first three fights on Saturday at the British Judo (50kg) Championships, before losing the next on a very debatable shido (penalty) against a GB player who is ranked 2nd (and who eventually took the gold medal). Axel got caught on his bronze medal fight, so took 5th place overall. An amazing achievement, well done. 

   

 

Well done, Aquila - a great start to your trading figures at St Nicholas' Market this weekend. This is what Caroline Tarbuck, Young Enterprise West of England Manager, had to say: 

"Good to see you on Saturday, how lucky we are, my fourth consecutive dry, if cold, winter Trade Fair!! Just wanted to let you know that you were very close in the running for 2 of the awards on Saturday, judges were very impressed.  As we don’t have a first, second and third for either of the Trade Fairs, I just wanted to let you know this, so that you could pass it on to the whole team – all looking great going forward!"

      

 

Monday 5th December

Well done Team Uganda, 2016 – your presentation to Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, who generously supported your trip, was really well received:

“…an excellent and motivating presentation…I was particularly impressed by their confidence and clarity in expressing the interrelationship with the Hosanna children and what they had learnt from the experience as individuals. Feedback from the audience has been similarly positive and enthusiastic, so please pass our thanks to the students.” John Berridge, CS Rotarian.

 

Thursday 1st December

Inspired by a talk from the Teenage Cancer Trust last week, the 6th form have decided to fundraise for the charity, starting with a ‘Sparkle-off’! They are going to decorate the sixth form common room with all things sparkly, and then upload a photo to the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Facebook page, earning the charity a donation.

Let’s get glittery!

 

 

Wednesday 30th November

We are the only school in South Gloucestershire with a Young Enterprise team – and they are terrific! Please support them this Saturday at St Nicholas’ Market in Bristol.

I can personally verify that the cookies won’t disappoint.

  

 

Tuesday 29th November

 

Monday 28th November

Thank you to Mr Bogle’s tutor group for making this video. Acton House are deciding on their House motto, and A-LBO tutor group have come up with some excellent ideas to get the ball rolling.

Term 2 House Points are being awarded by staff to students for exceptional contributions to Brimsham. Well done to Rowan B (Year 8), Maddy H (Year 10) and Henrietta H (Year 10) who have recently earned their second House Point – great role models to us all.

House Points are supposed to be awarded to students, but I am awarding one to Mr Morgan for his assembly today; he spoke with honesty, empathy and passion about bullying and the impact it has on children. He was truly inspiring. Thank you, Mr Morgan.

Last but not least, congratulations to Olivia Pagett (Sixth Form Leadership Team) and Ewen Keates (Head Boy) – these two Year 13 students have both been offered unconditional places next year to study at Russell Group universities, such was the quality of their applications. A huge achievement, and we are so proud of you.

 

Monday 21st November

Brilliant photos, Michael – I’m glad you are enjoying A Level Photography so much.

   

                                                                                                                                                   Michael Holden, A-Level Photography

 

Friday 18th November

Good luck to all Year 11s as their mock examinations continue into next week. If your achievements match Adnan's Art mock work then you will all do really well!

 

                                                                               Adnan Alloush, Yr 11 Art

 

Friday 11th November

At 10:58 today the whole community at Brimsham Green School stood still and silent, and remembered.

     

I would like to thank the Student Council, Mrs Crocker, Mr Powell and Mr Morgan for helping to create our field of poppies. The sound of the Last Post being played was really evocative – thank you, Mrs Whittock, Connor and Nathan.

 

Wednesday 5th October

Congratulations to Jaye Hurcombe for being successfully accepted onto the Access to Bristol course for Economics, Finance and Management. This means that Jaye will have the much sought after opportunity to experience life at the University of Bristol. Interested? It could be you in the future! Follow this link for more information.

We are delighted Jaye decided to return to Brimsham and re-join Cotswold Edge sixth form after a less than satisfying year trying to study successfully elsewhere. Making the right decision about where to study post 16 courses is a crucial one to get right – as important as which secondary school to go to in Year 7. If you’re a prospective Year 7 student, why not book a place on one of our Brimsham Live! tours. If you’re a prospective post 16 student, come along to the Cotswold Edge Open Evening on Thursday, 13th October.

 

Tuesday 4th October

Student Leadership

I felt really proud to read this great feedback on our sixth form students who went to Hosanna Primary School in Uganda, and how they have shared their experiences with St Paul’s (whose children raised funds to support the children of Hosanna).

“I want to say how much we were impressed by your students. They were a real credit to your school. They were very mature and spoke confidently, articulately and with  huge enthusiasm. There is no doubt that the trip had a big impact on them, as well as being a real success and making a difference to the lives of the African children. 

They were very honest and open with their personal journeys, which made it very engaging and interesting for all of us. We had the full range of ages within our assembly - right  from our YR children up to the adult members of staff. We were all equally "spellbound" hearing about it and seeing the photos and video. It was particularly nice for the children to see the pictures from the safari. 

The talk was an ideal way to round off our small involvement with the charity. Please pass on our appreciation and praise to the students involved.” 

 

Monday 3rd October

CONGRATULATIONS!

Our first ever Hawkesbury House Captains have been elected, and I am delighted to announce that Connor and Jess have been appointed.

  

Connor and Jess, both in Year 11, will be ably supported by their elected team of House Council representatives:

  • Year 10 – Harvey Rice and Jess Hatherell
  • Year 9 – Jack Barry and Amber Maddox
  • Year 8 – Cam Ward and Abi Williams
  • Year 7 – Jack Reid and Megan Michael

 

Friday 30th September

Our Yr7-13 students were amazing ambassadors at Open Evening last night. You did us proud, thank you!

Josh’s composition for Open Evening was so apt, too – and brilliantly sung by Josh, George, Olivia and Charlotte.

 

Boules – who will win? Acton, Deerleap, Hawkesbury or Ladenbrook?

Thank you, Languages Department, for the loan of the equipment – we continue to celebrate European ‘day’ of Languages in style.

 

Tuesday 26th September

Brimsham is celebrating European Day of Languages with a whole WEEK of events, including opportunities to watch European Cinema. Click here for more information.

Madame Gastigard, Frau Britton, Madame Spacey  and Monsieur Norris celebrated in style yesterday by wearing continental costumes.

Bien joué tout le monde - ihr saht toll aus!

 

Monday 26th September

Amazing Art Work: I wanted to share with you all Kristina's amazing sculptural art work, inspired by Carl Warner - what a great start to GCSE Art, Kristina.

 

Friday 2nd September

Students looked really smart today for the first day of school – well done everyone. Tutor time was buzzing, too – a great start to our Houses. Thank you to all students who were ambassadors for our Year 7s – you did a terrific job, and I’m proud of you!

Don’t forget, new term - new you! The PE department is raring to go – come along and get involved:

http://www.brimsham.com/Portal/PS-Physical-Education/CLUBS_LIST_Autumn_-_2016.pdf

 

Thursday 1st September

Welcome back to Brimsham, everyone. I hope you’ve enjoyed a great summer break and are totally set to start Term 1.

Staff have worked hard on INSET day today, putting the final touches on our plans for this academic year. We’ve celebrated students’ exam results, and been proud to share your successes.

Of course we’ve also been talking about our brand new Houses – here are the final versions of the logos you designed and voted on. I think you’ve done a pretty good job!

    

 

Thursday 25th August

AB FAB! Our A Level and GCSE results have truly been ‘AB’ Fab – we have so many students who exclusively secured A and B grades! In fact, that’s selling them short – many got A*s!!!

The honour roll is as follows:

At GCSE this year’s top attainer was Madeline Prottey, with 11A*s, closely followed by Beth McFarlane (9A*s),  Abbie Walker (7A*s, 3As and 1B) and Daisy Pugh (9A*s/As). Not to be outdone, our boys did well, too! George Birnie was our top male performer with 9A*s/As, and 2Bs. Well done to Ollie Johnson, Ravi Mistry and Finlay Barringer who between them were awarded 21A*s/As.

 

 

At A Level the honour roll is as follows:

Amber Castle (AAB) who is taking up her place at Giacomini to study Business and Finance; Ella Danter (A*BB), who will be studying to become a primary school teacher after her gap year; Gemma Hutchinson (AAAB) who will be pursuing a career in medicine in 2017; Matt Milton (AAB) who is starting his degree in Business and Economics at Liverpool; and Martin Kujawa Pickett (AAAB) who will be embarking upon his fast-track Civil Service career with the Ministry of Defence.

     

 

Year 12 students built on their fantastic GCSE success last summer and have excelled in their AS examinations. In subjects including Biology, Maths and Religious Studies more than half of the students gained A or B grades. The following students gained A or B grades in ALL of their qualifications and so have done particularly well! Many congratulations to: Charlotte Appleyard, Sam Burney, Abigail Burrows-Kenway, Calum MacFarlane, George Packer, Cameron Tomasin and Ewen Keates (who is pictured below).

 

 

Congratulations to all students – 57% achieved 5A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE; at A Level 70% achieved A*-C, with more than 30% achieving A*-B grades; at AS the average grade is one whole grade higher than last year – way to go Year 12!

 

Thursday 21st July

I wanted to share with everybody these photos taken in Hosanna School by our students. Thank you again to everyone who has made this trip possible, and especially for all of the experiences and resources with which our students will be able to enrich the lives of other students. Go Team Hosanna 2016!

        

Tuesday 19th July

Great to see students spotting references to Brimsham Values out there in the community! Challenge: who else can spot our Values in print /in action?

 

Monday 18th July

Who wouldn’t want to get involved in Duke of Edinburgh at Brimsham?! Thank you, girls, a great video. Just click the link to see  for yourself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=471KIeU502c&feature=youtu.be

 

Monday 18th July

Our Year 12 & 13 Uganda Team set off for Kampala yesterday, and are just at the beginning of their life-changing experience. We would like to thank all of the very generous supporters who have made the trip to Hosanna School possible. This includes St Paul’s Catholic Primary who raised £250, a magnificent total. In particular I’d like to thank the very generous boy in KS1 who raised £9.65 by selling his toys to his sister! She paid mainly in 1p and 2p coins – the evidence is below! The money from St Paul’s will enable our Uganda Team to take an extra two students from Hosanna Primary School on safari with them. This really will be life-changing for those two children who ordinarily live in a slum. Thank you, St Paul’s.

 

Friday 15th July

Congratulations to all of the Award Winners from Year 7 & 8 who received book prizes at least night’s celebration event. Maria and Nathan provided excellent musical entertainment, and the recital of Rudyard Kipling’s If, by Toby, Rowan, Alicia and Georgia was really moving.

We will share pictures of the event and Emily Cobb’s speech with you shortly. Emily, a former Brimsham Head Girl, spoke about ‘failure’ and it was truly inspirational. Thank you, Emily.

Some responses we have had from parents so far:

“Firstly, can I say what a fantastic night it was tonight, for not only me but all of the other parents.”

“Just to say thank you for another award evening. My child was given the English Attainment award. This is fantastic in itself, and is a testament to school life at BGS.”

“I am hugely proud that my daughter was chosen for an award for progress, as I think back to year 5 and 6 when she caused me such a lot of worry!”

 

Tuesday 12th July

Good luck to all Brimsham and Cotswold Edge students involved in Fame, the Musical. The production takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July. Best of luck also to our very own Mr Brown, who is directing the production. Students involved are:

  • From Year 13: Ollie Walker, Chelsea Bird, Amber Godwin and Amber Langley
  • From Year 11: Olivia Press, Abi Hurford, Kirk Clifford and Lauren Soper
  • From Year 10: Dan Gregor and Josh Wrighton  
  • From Year 9: Harriet Powell

And not forgetting ex Brimsham students Emily Perry, Maria Hill and Rhys Jenkins.

 

Monday 11th July

End of term celebration event: will you be there? Have you met the criteria? You will if you have:

  • 96%+ attendance
  • 100% punctuality
  • 0 negative referrals

The list of invitees will be circulated by Friday 15th July…Good luck!

 

Thursday 7th July

Our brilliant Brimsham Bakers have produced and served their first pudding for Chipping Sodbury Luncheon Club. Apparently the crumbles were a “great success”. Well done Mr Mills and Brimsham Bakers!

 

Wednesday 6th July

Brimsham’s first ever Rotary Young Chef Competition took place today. Well done to the top four winners (1. Emily 2. Laura 3. Mia and 4. Joe) and to everyone for taking part.

Thank you to the judges for their time and expertise; we were lucky enough to have Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery and Ann Murray from Cooking4. They commented on how impressed they were with the standard and quality of our students’ practical dishes.   Tom and Ann are “pleased with the local talent and looking forward to next year’s event.” As always, a huge thank you to the Rotary for organising and sponsoring this event.

The full list of menus is below:

  • Laura Tomasin: Fish pie; Eaton Mess
  • Georgie Allan: Chicken Gyulai Sausage; Cheesecake
  • Emily Bogie: Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza; Apple Rose
  • Mia Thorpe: Caribbean Chicken Curry; Chocolate Orange Mousse
  • Joe Turner: Cod with Pea Puree, Chips & Tartar Sauce; Raspberry Jelly
  • Megan Walker: Sweet & Sour Meatballs with Rice; Chocolate Fondant
  • Jas Edwards: Chicken Kebabs with Rice; Chocolate Lava Cakes
  • Owen Batchen: Pepperoni, Sweetcorn, Onion & Cheese Pizza; Strawberry Cheesecake 

    

 

Tuesday 5th July

Just one week to go until Mr Mills calls, “Ready, steady, bake!”

Yes, the fiendishly difficult ‘Technical Bake’ comes to Brimsham after school on Tuesday 12th July. Staff will be paying for the privilege of stressing over the stove and panicking over their pans to raise money for Brimsham Bakers.

Good luck everyone!

 

Monday 4th July

Fantastic Primary Sport Festival event last week at Brimsham, well done to all of our Sports Leaders and Miss May for co-ordinating the leadership, you did a brilliant job. Just look what feedback we received:

“I just wanted to say a big thank you from the children at Woodlands. It was extremely well organised and your students were brilliant. You should and must be so proud! The sessions were really well planned and delivered. The children were buzzing when they came back.”

 

Friday 1st July

Thank you to all of the Year 11s and Year 13s for making their Proms such fantastic events. Staff really enjoyed your company, and you all looked terrific. Enjoy your summer holidays!

                 

 

Thursday 30th June

Congratulations to Georgia in Year 13 whose band ‘Girl next door’ has just had its first video released on Vevo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKwngX1dADw

The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice Ellie, our Head Girl, who has a cameo appearance!

 

 Friday 24th June

New Year 7 Induction 

It was great to round off two successful days with our prospective Year 7s by meeting all of their parents last night at our Induction event. This morning I was delighted to read this feedback from a parent: 

“Thank you for this evening. I got a real sense of moving off on a new journey this, both as parents and Brimsham as a school. I felt that there was a high level of enthusiasm and positivity from both the staff and the pupils. The pupil involvement was really lovely to see. They are great ambassadors for you and should be congratulated. It was great to be able to have time to meet members of staff and they gave parents the sense of valuing the chance to listen to them. The importance of the school values came across strongly as did the pastoral care for the pupils. As a parent I felt excited to be off on this journey with you!”

  

Thursday 24th June

Good luck to the following Year 10 students who left today to embark upon their Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Brecon Beacons:

Tom Groves, Matt Pittaway, Nathan Hardwick, Zara Poole, Scarlet Boulton, Ellie Davies, Hannah Blakeley, Jess Pugh, Louis Harvey, Jack Murawa, Meghan Sell

Jess Sheppard, Beth Box, Ella Bryant, Beth Carriaga, Taylor Maddox, T’Yanna Wigginton, Oliver McPherson, Will Bolan, Tierney Tudor, Charlie King, Tilly Wyatt

Molly MacFarlane, Jess Summers, Ella Maggs, Connor Boulton, Frankie Brannon, Kai Hailstone and Jacques Flanders (year 11).

Please return Mr Powell, Mr Marsh, Mr Salt and Mr Rundle to us safely!

 

Tuesday 21st June

Thank you and well done to the Student Council and Mrs Crocker for the huge amount of work they have done to establish our House System - we are all now proud members of a House.

Let the competition commence!

                     

 

Monday 6th June

School Production cast list announced - well done to everybody who secured a part. Roald Dahl fans are in for a treat: The Witches and Revolting Rhymes will be performed in October 2016 at Brimsham Green School.

Good luck to our Assistant Directors, all of whom are students.

 

 

Monday 23rd May

Well done to Blake, who came FIRST in the Junior Autograss race (12-16 year old category) this weekend which took place near Yeovil. Not bad considering he’s only been racing for just over a year and he was competing against a National finalist!

 

 

Tuesday 3rd May

Hurrah! Well done Mr Mills for securing the school our Health in Schools BRONZE certificate. Silver is within our reach, I hear…

 

Thursday 28th April

Lovely feedback from a visitor to school today: “I wanted to email you to thank you for your hospitality today. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you, your staff and your students. There is such a positive feel in the school and the students are very clearly proud of their school.”

 

Friday 22nd April

No wonder that Brimsham have got through to the National Boccia Finals in Sheffield later in May – click the link to see one of our Boccia stars and their coach (a.k.a. Mike) in action on t.v.

http://www.madeinbristol.tv/player/?playercat=80195&vid=q7222814

 

Thursday 21st April

Aren't Year 7 African Masks brilliant?!

In other brilliant news, we have just heard that Ella Bryant, Year 10, has been accepted for a place in the National Youth Theatre.  This is seriously impressive. Mrs Hitchcock, our Head of Drama said, “In my 12 years of teaching Drama Ella is only the second ever student I know of to be accepted.  She worked so hard on her audition and I’m very proud of her!” 

  

Wednesday 20th April

The School Council organised 'Clean for the Queen' along Broad Lane. Mrs Crocker and Ms Hewitt were part of the Dream Clean Team, too! We were glad to be able to help improve our local community.

 

Wednesday 16th December

I am so sorry to have missed 9R and 9H’s ‘Santa Run’ today, they were raising money for Cancer Research and Hosanna School. The photos show the fun they had!

Their sponsorship money is still coming in, but Mrs Brompton has told me that they have already raised £150. Well done 9R and 9H, and thank you to Mrs Brompton and Mrs Cotterell for their support.

   

   

Today was also Christmas Lunch day! I am biased, of course, but I think Team Ms Garland, Mr Whittock and Mr Allen definitely beat Team Professionals and Mr Powell in the serving stakes. Mr Powell didn’t even have a Christmas hat! Thank you, to our Professional Catering Team for putting up with Mr Powell J We hope everyone enjoyed their lunch!

 

Friday 20th November

Good luck to all Year 11 students who are sitting their mock exams over the next 15 days. Revise, revise, revise!

 

Wednesday 11th November

Staff and students remember those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world. Thank you to Mrs Whittock for playing the Last Post, and to our Prefects and Student Council members for planting students’ poppies.

  

 

Monday 9th November

Our Staff and Sixth Form Book Group launches today – thank you to Year 13s Ben Townsend and Alex Tarbox for coming up with the idea and setting up the Book Group. We will let you know what we are reading as soon as we can agree on this!

 

Friday 6th November

A few tickets for Oliver left, do not miss it - it is AMAZING!

 

Wednesday 4th November

The performance is here!!!

 

Monday 2nd November

Only 2 days until…

Have you got your tickets yet? The show is going to be fantastic!

 

Wednesday 21st October

Term 1 has raced by! Thank you to all students and staff who made our Brimsham Live! and Open Evening visitors so welcome.

A busy Cotswold Edge Open Evening took place yesterday; Year 11, have you got your application form completed? Deadline for return is Wednesday, 11th November. If you’re not sure about which courses might suit you best, why not talk to some current Year 12s? Or your class teachers? Ms Filer is always happy to advise, too.

Congratulations to Nikolai Stoykovic, Year 12. Not only has Nikolai gained a coveted place on the Access to Bristol University Higher Education programme, but we just heard that he’s also been selected for ‘On Track to Bath University’. Nikolai will now be involved in a sustained programme of activities with other A Level students across the region, designed to support entry to the University of Bath or the other participating universities (Cardiff, Oxford, Reading and Southampton).

A big thank you to the whole of Year 9 who represented Brimsham Green at the Ambitions event at UWE. Mr Allen told me how proud he was of you for being so well behaved and engaged in the careers event. I hope the day was useful in helping you think about your KS4 curriculum choices you will be making over the next two terms.

 

Monday 19th October

Thank you for the recipe, Mr Mills – the puff pastry savouries were delicious! Your Year 9 students were right, I could follow the instructions they gave me!  

        

 

 Friday 4th September

Term has started exceptionally well, and on the back of our best ever set of GCSE results! 61% of students attained 5A*-C including English and mathematics, and this is very likely to be significantly above not just the Local Authority but also the National Average. Well done to students and thank you to staff – onwards and upwards!

Year 7 students arrived on Wednesday looking incredibly smart. The thing that has struck me the most is how polite they all are, and how happy they have been - it’s lovely to see smiling faces, albeit looking VERY tired at the end of their first week.

Cotswold Edge, our Sixth Form provision, has also launched this September. Over 200 students have enrolled and are commencing their studies in A Level Film, A Level Further Maths, BTEC Music, A Level Physics, A Level Drama – the list goes on! I am looking forward to seeing Year 12 in lessons.

Ms Garland

                                  

 

Thursday, 13th August 

The waiting is finally over! A Level results out today. WELL DONE to students: 100% pass rate, and 41% of students gained A*-C grades! This enables students to pursue their ambitions, and here’s just a flavour of their destinations and courses: Mercedes apprenticeship;  Medicine degree, Exeter; John Lewis Partnership apprenticeship; Archaeology degree at Winchester; RBS apprenticeship; Astrophysics degree, Liverpool; MOD apprenticeship with the Ministry of Defence; Architecture degree at Cambridge; Primary Teaching degree, Gloucester; Neuroscience degree at Nottingham; Drama degree, Gloucester; Masters’ degree in Engineering at Swansea; Environmental Sciences degree, Plymouth;  Economics degree at the University of Greenwich; Iain Williams apprenticeship; Network Rail apprenticeship; Maths degree, Sheffield Hallam AND THE LIST GOES ON…. Keep in touch, we would love to know how you all get on. Thank you to all staff who have supported our students – the difference you make is critical.

 

Friday, 24th July

Band Tour have returned from their European Tour of the Costa Brava! Thank you to Ms Devonald for organising such an amazing trip. The trip couldn’t have happened without the support of Mr Balcombe, Mrs Whittock and Mr Chapman, and also Mrs Wilkins in the office, processing all of the logistics and monies ‘behind the scenes’… I was delighted to receive a letter from the Tour Operator telling me what a great time our students had, and how they were a credit to the school. Here’s an excerpt from the letter – you can see why I would feel so proud of Brimsham students and staff.

"The Students were a real credit to the school, impeccably well behaved, tremendously patient on a very long journey and always on time and well presented for their concerts. They did your school proud and certainly fulfilled your school mission in terms of being inspiring and also excelling whilst they were on tour and representing the school."

You must see the photos and the video footage of our School Band in action – if they don’t make you want to learn a musical instrument, I don’t know what will!

 

 

Friday, 17th July 

The school term has finished for students! Have a lovely holiday, everyone. Thank you to all support staff who will be continuing to work through the holidays to make sure we are ready to open again in September.

Sadly we have said goodbye to some long-serving members of staff today, and I would like to wish them well, and thank them for all of their hard work, commitment and contributions to the school:

Ms Halden, who is moving to a school in Wiltshire; Ms Yates, who is moving to the Isle of Wight; Ms Hillier, who is taking up a promoted position in Bath and North East Somerset; Mrs Ford, who is starting up her own jewellery making business; and Mrs Tiernan, who is developing her work with non-governmental and aid organisations. Special mentions are due for Mrs Kuusik, who is leaving us after 22 years of teaching; Mrs Liew, who is leaving us after 24 years, and taking up an exciting promotion at a school in Bristol; and last but definitely not least, Mrs Wolstenholme, who after 27 years is moving to take up a well-deserved promoted position in South Gloucestershire. Good luck and best wishes to them all.

Don’t forget, everyone: term starts on Wednesday, 2nd September (8:45 a.m. for Years 7, 12 and 13; 11:20 a.m. for Years 8-11). Until then, enjoy your holidays!

 

 

Monday, 13th July 

Prefect Team, 2015/16: Many congratulations to the following students who have successfully applied and been selected as Brimsham Green Prefects for 2015/16:

Jeanny Alavanza, Finlay Barringer, Dylan Bennett, Sam Bidder, Chloe Bliss, George Birnie, Max Calderan, Maisha Choudhury, Kirk Clifford;Ellis Conway, Charlie Cook, Ben Ellis, Freya Fairbanks, Chloe Harmsworth, Mike Holden, Jess Hull, Oliver Johnson, Chelsea MacIver, Tom Meaden, Ravi Mistry, Olivia Press, Sophie Press, Daisy Pugh, Courtney Reeves, Lauren Soper, Ebony Sprague, Emily Summerill, Jasmine-Jade Todd, Abbie Walker, Aaliyah Wilmott and Jake Wootten.         

Well done, and the staff are really looking forward to working with you as student-leaders within the school.

 

Friday, 3rd July 

This week saw us complete most of our Year 6 parent & student welcome meetings. It has been lovely to meet our new Year 7. Thank you to our Primary Partner schools – you’ve been really accommodating, and it’s much appreciated.  

Now time to take a deep breath and say ‘thank you’ to: Airbus;  the Army;  Aquiris Plumbing;  Babcock; City of Bristol College (Animal Care/Car Panel Beating/Electrical Engineering); Keepmoat; Marshfield Bakery; Mouchel; the NHS; S&B Automotive Academy; South Gloucestershire Early Years Team; SGS Filton (Hair & Beauty/Media); and last but not least Mitie. All of these organisations gave their time very generously on Thursday to support our Industry Day for Year 10 students. Mrs Johnson and Mrs Filer – you did a great job of organising the day!  

Highlights had to be getting to hold a python (and no, Zico, they don’t eat Headteachers!!!) and getting to wear an ‘ageing’ suit, designed to replicate what it would be like to suffer from arthritis and have really impaired mobility. The students enjoyed opportunities as diverse as dressing up in battle fatigues, painting each other’s nails, and engineering challenges. See the  'latest news' for more information. 

This week also saw success for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students at the Rotarian’s Young Innovator Awards. Superb products, ranging from stylish lamps; to designer chairs; to raised camp beds were exhibited. Words won’t adequately convey the students’ achievements, but you’ll be really staggered by what you see. 

And finally…if you’re a Year 12 student, visit https://www.ted.com/talks - Mrs Hitchcock has a great idea about using these in Tutor time next year. 

 

Thursday, 25th June

My goodness! What a busy 48 hours: Year 6 Induction, new Manga delivery, Year 11 Prom, Year 10 Art Trip to London…

If there was a collective noun for our incoming Year 6 students it would be BRILLIANT! If you were one of those students then you were confident, polite, interested and engaged - we are really looking forward to you joining us in September. Your Tutors were especially impressed; I received comments like: “My whole group were great, they threw themselves into everything!” and “It was such a lovely day with them! I am really excited about joining the school in September and being their Tutor – a really friendly bunch of pupils.” 

Thank you to our partner primary schools for allowing your students to join us for our Induction Days – I’m sure they’ll tell you all about their visit on Friday! 

 ps Thank you to Mrs Gale – as ever, a wonderful job of organising transition, and a huge ‘well done’ to our Year 7/11 student helpers – you were real Brimsham Stars!

The excitement in the Study Centre on Wednesday was something to behold – students clambering to get the first sight of the new Manga delivery. Wow! If you haven’t yet read The One Piece series, you’d better get in line, the students are ferocious fans!

 

Year 10 Artists missed the excitement, I am afraid, although they did have the excuse of being in London. A great day, I hear – thank you, Art Department and Ms Marquis. 

And then there was the Year 11 Prom last night at The Grange. I can honestly say it is the best Prom I have ever had the pleasure of attending (apart from the Cha Cha Slide – sorry for not being very good, Chloe!) Every single member of staff said the same thing: they are such a lovely year group! Now your Head of Year and Tutors are bound to be biased, but…THEY ARE RIGHT! You looked amazing and I hope you all had a wonderful time. See you in August for Results Day!

 

 

 

To finish, I can share exciting news! Mrs Davis has been eagle-eyed and discovered that we have Bee Orchids on site – beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 21st June

This message that I received today from a student really sums up why all staff at Brimsham choose to do the jobs they do: what other job could give you the privilege of working with young adults like this? 

Dear Ms Garland

Over the past 5 years at Brimsham I have truly had a wonderful time and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers and staff who have helped me through the journey. I know full well that they have prepared me for any future challenges I may face and any successes that may come will be due to their hard work. I am sad that I have to leave but I would love to have the opportunity to one day return as a guest speaker or do something for the school as a token of my gratitude. 

 

Wednesday, 17th June

A huge well done to all year 11s – your GCSEs are over!!! So many staff have told me how impressed they have been with your preparation and mature approach to your GCSEs – I expected nothing less! Enjoy your summer break and return to us safely on GCSE results day (20th August) – 64 days and counting! I am looking forward to welcoming you back to Cotswold Edge Sixth Form in September. 

Brimsham ‘Live’…today we have held the first of our Brimsham ‘Live’ events, where we throw open our classroom doors to parents and students in Years 4 & 5. There’s one more tomorrow, and then a whole series of them in September and October. If today was anything to go by, then please book a place for next Term. Thank you to students and staff – I have been repeatedly told how welcoming and engaging you were. Again, I expect nothing less!  

I have been so impressed with 8R this week, organising their charity activities for Hosanna Primary School. Today was Mufti, tomorrow is rowing the length of Lake Victoria – doesn’t Mrs Brompton expect a lot from you?!  

And finally…a MASSIVE congratulations to Josh Snook who has been selected to participate in the English School Games being held in Gateshead in July. We are delighted to be able to support you in attending. I bet you can beat your Personal Best, Josh – aim for a sub 49 seconds time…

 

 

Monday 18th May

 

Brimsham’s
Britain’s Got Talent!!! 

Saturday nights just got more exciting: Eloise is taking part in BGT as a member of ‘Groove Thing’.

We all wish you the very best of luck, Eloise!




 

Monday 18th May

 

What an amazing opportunity!

Students interested in science / technology / engineering / maths have the chance to visit the team developing Bloodhound, the vehicle being designed to beat the Land Speed record.

The only hitch?
You need to be in Year 8 or 9 - sorry Year 7s and 10s!

To be able to be part of an international project is so exciting.

Thank you, Mrs Davis!

 

So, Year 8s and 9s:
get applying!



Friday, 15 May  

Well done to Head Girl, Emily Sinha-Royle, for organising our mufti day and Sixth Form cake sale: £1022 raised for Nepal.

A very small selection of Mrs Howarth's and Year 7's cushions. Very fruity!

 

 

 Wednesday, 6th May

Success in Sheffield: Brimsham came third in the National Schools’ Boccia Finals (missing out on second place by ONE POINT!) The school is very proud of you.

 

Wednesday, 29th April

 Mrs Howarth’s 7y/Dt3 Textiles group have produced the most brilliant cushions I think I have ever seen from a Year 7 group. I am looking forward to sharing the photographs with you shortly. Well done everybody! 

 GCSE Artists have done really well today; their final pieces are impressive. Keep going tomorrow – 5 hours to produce the best work ever… 

 Looking ahead to tomorrow, best of luck to all students involved in the Cricket Day at Frenchay Cricket Club: Sian Williams, Lauren Brickwood, JD Lee, Matthew Page, James Harris, Ryan Fenton, Cerys Holmes, Isaac Walker-Cox, Kane Trott, Sinead Todd and Isobel King. Having such a balance of boys and girls participating is great. I hope you win!

 

Thursday, 23 April 

Best of luck to Michael Holden, Kane Trott and Matthew Page who are all going to Sheffield tomorrow to take part in the National Schools Boccia Finals. I’m wondering if the trophy they will surely bring back will be as heavy as the Regional Table Top Cricket Trophy I had the pleasure of presenting on Tuesday to Lauren Brickwood and Isaac Walker-Cox – it weighed a tonne!


Wednesday, 22 April

Election fever has hit Brimsham! Today I’ve had two really challenging conversations with a Year 11 and a Year 13 student, both of whom know exactly who they would vote for, if that was their right. They were strident in their views on the necessity of Trident, how the Ministry of Defence must be properly funded, how welfare should not be available to people who are capable of working but refuse…I’ve been told their views on the previous Secretary of State for Education, what they think of academisation…The list goes on! I sincerely hope these conversations are happening at home, too, and my advice if this is the case: be prepared! Your son or daughter may well give you a grilling!

 

Monday, 20 April

Very soon these seats in our Outdoor Classroom will be filled with students (but thank you to Ms Lambert and Mrs Hamil for their help in 'staging' the scene)...Our Outdoor Literacy project launches this week - I'm excited to see the classroom in action, Mr Fox!

 

 Friday, 17th April - How the first week back has flown by!

Uganda Team 2016 Update: fundraising is already underway, despite the students being on the cusp of their GCSEs and AS level examinations. Meeting with the team on Tuesday it is clear that they are wasting no time in championing the cause of Hosanna Primary School, in Kampala. I wish them the best of luck: trying to raise £25,000 is no mean feat. 

Well, it really was as good as Wednesday night's audience said: yesterday's Dance Show was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I really hope you were able to join us for one of the performances. Nearly one fifth of the school took part, from Years 7-11, and Ms Hayward's, Ms Hillier's and Ms May's choreography was really impressive. Even better still, though, was the choreography of the Year 11 BTEC students - what a talented group of individuals! If you didn't get a chance to see the Show, don't worry - undoubtedly next year's show will be just as good: the KS3 students' performances were really polished, and there are many rising stars... 

Britain's Got Talent! I am sworn to secrecy and cannot say anymore, but suffice to say that I am going to be supporting our very talented Year 7 student over the next few Saturday's...

 

 

17th March 2015:

“Bon Voyage” and “Gute Reise” to our Year 8 students, who set off to Paris and Kӧln today. We are looking forward to seeing your photos! 

 

 Another group of students have set off on a journey to Exeter today, to take part in the Regional Boccia Finals – Best of luck, Team Brimsham!

 

Exeter is proving popular destination for Brimsham students: Ms Davis is soon to be taking our STEM Club there to participate in the Big Bang, having won their regional final on 10th March, presenting their Eco-Leisure projects. Well done, and good luck to: Isaac, Adelaide, Cameron, Gabrielle, Kevin and Macy.

 


8th March 2015:
 
Have you supported our Young Enterprise team yet? They still have 'Cookies in a jar' for sell, and I can confirm, having tasted just a smidgen from the right hand corner, that the final product is delicious! Perfect as a Mother's Day present, or an alternative Easter gift. Available from Main Reception, while stocks last....

 

 
5th March 2015:

I cannot believe it is only Thursday!

Monday: We had the best Full Governing Body meeting ever! Four fabulous Student Council Representatives gave a presentation to the Governors about the School Council, how it was formed, what improvements they are leading and what impact they hope to have. Ashwini, Ellie, Jack and Toby were amazing! 

Tuesday: Ms Hayward told me that the seven KS3 girls who entered a national competition have won a prize for the school because their new rounders bat design was so good! Thank you to Danielle, Gemma, Helena, Jas, Abbie, Amy and Zara.

Wednesday: Only half way through National Careers’ Week and Brimsham is on the front page http://www.nationalcareersweek.com/whats-on/ – well done Mrs Filer! The opportunities for students in school are really varied. 

 Thursday: Bags!

The elephants have gone from Reception and have been replaced by some outstanding Year Ten Textiles work. You may want to place an order! 

And that’s not to mention Multi-Faith Day, World Book Day, the Resource Base Coffee Morning, the Ambitions event and Maths Challenge… 

Come on, Friday – what can you offer?!

 

 

12th February 2015:


Break-time treat:

On a cold day, as it was yesterday, my outside Break Duty was significantly improved by Axel in Year 8 coming to show me his Bronze Medal awarded in a recent Judo competition! 

Axel competed in the BRITISH SCHOOLS 2015 QUALIFIER and because he did so well he is now on his way to the National Finals! Well done, Axel, and Good Luck!

 

 

23rd January 2015:

Highlights of my week:

Sixth Form: Students presented to an assembled group of prospective business leaders, promoting the advantages of the Young Enterprise Scheme. Outcome: two of our students were offered apprenticeships on the spot!!! 

Key Stage 4: Students in Mrs Liew’s Year 10 science group achieving above target on their Controlled Assessment – so many commendations, so much hand-shaking  

Key Stage 3: 9E’s fantastic 3D plasticine models – made in just one lesson. Thank you for sharing, Mrs Cotterell!

 

 

19th January 2015:

Our Youth have spoken!

In this week that we mark Democracy Day, I am delighted to congratulate everyone who participated in Youth Speaks, the Rotary Club's public speaking competition, the finale of which took place last week. The judging criteria are incredibly precise and challenging, so everyone who took part had their contributions carefully scrutinised. Well done to the overall winning team, who spoke on the subject of Obesity. Team members were: Zoe L, Laura T and Jaia M. We wish them luck for the next stage of the competition, the District Final. 

If you have been eagerly awaiting our guest speaker's transcript from December's KS4/5 Celebration Evening it is now available here. Jon, an ex-Brimsham student who is now a lecturer and journalist, talks really frankly about making mistakes, learning from them, having contingency plans and being REALLY determined. He reminds us that we need ambition and to be prepared to work hard if we are going to excel and 'stand out from the crowd'. Well said, Jon!

So, to all of the prospective candidates for the 2016 trip to Uganda who are soon to be competing for places, bear this message in mind...

Ms Garland

 

 

5th January 2015:

Happy New Year to all students, staff, parents and governors!

Just before we consign Term 2 to 2014, with a 'been there, done that' attitude, I have to say how enjoyable the Christmas Concerts were. Thank you for supporting the students through your attendance, their fund-raising for this year's 'Barcelona Band Tour' continues in earnest! Ms Devonald did a fantastic job, ably supported by Mr Balcombe and our peripatetic teachers. Students performed brilliantly, with some amazing solo and small group performances; having the confidence to perform is an impressive attribute. All of that said, I have a sneaking suspicion that the shows were stolen by Mr 'Bing' Williams with his White Christmas show-stopper! Talk about hidden talent!

I also have to mention Jon May (Brimsham Student, 2001 - 2008) who kindly returned to us on 15th Dec to present KS4 and KS5 subject awards, along with a host of other shields and trophies. Jon's talk, which we will make available as soon as possible, really highlighted how career paths and intentions can change, and that having an 'open' mind about the future is a real strength. Jon is now lecturing, alongside his journalism commitments, and clearly enjoying every minute of both careers!

One final reflection on 2014, and that is our Global Partnership Link with Hosanna School in Uganda. Ms Hewitt received a progress report from our colleagues and friends in Uganda, setting out how the G.P. Link has benefitted Hosanna in 2014. Here is an excerpt: "We are grateful for the amazing team from Brimsham Green school!  Out of the 120 students from all over the UK who have worked with us in 2014, the 9 team members from Brimsham were the best! The project this year with the Brimsham team involved taking 60 primary children from Hosanna School to experience wild life in one of the major Ugandan parks. Can you imagine that people from afar come and enjoy wild life and yet many of the Ugandan children have never had such an experience! Brimsham have changed that!"

And on that really uplifting note, I am looking forward to what we as a school community will achieve in 2015!

 

 

1st December 2014: 

What sustains staff-commitment is two things: the support of our parents (thank you, your responses to Parent View in the last week of Term 1 were much appreciated, and Ofsted were impressed with how engaged you all are), and secondly, most importantly in fact, the aspirations of our students.  

As such, the highlights of my week have been 1) discussing Year 10 target grades with students in 1:1 meetings, and being so impressed with their determination to succeed. 2)  seeing some fantastic work from students. It’s hard to capture all of this work to share with you, but here’s a real treasure from Friday: Jake, Year 12 photography student, and his favourite images he has taken so far. Enjoy!

   

   

 

20th October 2014:

Last week’s Cotswold Edge Open Evening was hugely successful, and it’s really exciting to be recruiting our first set of students! In total, 380 students attended the evening, exploring their Level 2 and Level 3 curriculum choices. I’m proud that we are offering a really extensive suite of qualifications, from academic A Levels to vocational BTEC courses,  with an exciting ‘transition’ programme which incorporates work experience. Application Forms have already been submitted. Now that is motivated!

Year 11 students returned to us last week after their Work Experience placements. Given that we have just been awarded the Employability Chartermark, it is not surprising that students benefitted from really well-structured placements in a wide range of exciting and challenging workplaces. A huge thank you to all of the employers who supported our students. It’s been a real pleasure to talk with students and hear what they have learned, about their chosen careers and professions, and also about themselves. A number of students have impressed their employers so much that they have been offered part-time jobs and highly sought-after apprenticeships. Well done!

The impact of our growing student leadership is becoming more and more tangible. Not only are our newly elected Student Council representatives now in post, but there are a number of individual groups of students who are forging ahead and making positive change. In Year 10 we have Tyler and Charlie who have taken it upon themselves to start fundraising for new PE kit and have been persuading local businesses to get on board. In Year 9 we have Lauren and Taya (9H) who are spear-heading their tutor group’s amazing campaign to raise money to educate Ugandan students at Hosanna School. I have genuinely never seen entrepreneurial skills like it! They have inspired tutor group 8R to join in and there has been a frenzy of cake-baking!

If you are interested in supporting us to support Hosanna School, then keep a look out for Mr Pickles’ ‘Pigs Project’details to follow soon, but my (novice) contribution is below. Intrigued? Good!

Ms Garland

 

 

6th October 2014:

Seeing students proudly taking prospective parents and students around their school on Thursday evening’s ‘Open Evening’ was a real pleasure. Thank you to everyone who made the evening such a success, from staff, to students, to parents.

I was , of course, proven right about the two ‘Head Teacher Talks’: our Head Girls and Year 7 speakers stole the show! They spoke so articulately, and with real confidence. If you missed our talks, you can read the speeches the students wrote, plus see the presentations and some photos of the evenings on our news section.

 

1st October 2014:

It’s been lovely showing prospective parents and students around the school in the last few weeks – our students are a credit to us, and I feel really proud going into classrooms and seeing them working really well independently, something which has been a real focus for us. 

Staff and students are excited about Open Evening, too – Thursday is going to be a really busy evening, I know, but it will be a joy to see our student guides and sixth form ambassadors in action – they are great leaders! 

I’ve most impressed by those students who have asked, in their droves, if they can help at Open Evening – their pride in their school is really important to all staff here. To be able to talk about such a significant increase in results, particularly English and Mathematics, will be a real joy for me on Open Evening, but the best talks will be given by our students, I’m sure! Come along, tell them how impressed you are by them!

 

19th August 2014:

 Breaking with tradition!

We just couldn’t separate the performances of Leanne Hagger and Emily Sinha-Royle, who both applied to be Brimsham’s next Head Girl from 1st September. So, Mrs Lamb and I decided to break with tradition and appoint them both!

They will be ably assisted by Alex Summers, Head Boy, and Kyle Bolen, Deputy Head Boy. Mrs Lamb, Head of Sixth Form, and myself are looking forward to working with them all. Good luck Alex, Kyle, Leanne and Emily – not long now until you take up post!

 

15th August 2014:

A Level Update!

In total 98% of students who applied to university have got a place and are set to follow a degree level course - a HUGE well done!

90% of students have secured their first or second choice university, and we have had students 'trading up' their university destination because they got even better grades than anticipated! 

Have a look at the huge range of courses being studied, and students' destinations. Don't they make you want to go off and study?! It's such an exciting and busy time, I imagine parents are packing up food parcels as we speak!!!

I am really looking forward to hearing students' university experiences in December when they return for Celebration Evening. 

Degree Course

Location

Fashion and Textiles

Bath Spa

Economics

De Montfort, Leicester

Education

Gloucester

Business ICT

UWE

Creative Writing

Bath Spa

Ancient History and Archaeology

Leicester

Sport Science

Cardiff Metropolitan

Music and Media Management

Gloucester

Criminology and Forensics

Portsmouth

Maritime Science

Plymouth

Computing

UWE

Physiological Science

UWE

Engineering

Oxford

Engineering

Bath

Law

University of Law, Bristol

Film Production

Staffordshire

Business and Marketing

Bath Spa

History and Politics

Kent

Fashion Design

Falmouth

Games Technology

UWE

Film and TV production

Greenwich

Education

Gloucester

Geography

UWE

Theatre and Contemporary Performance

SGSC

Psychology

Bangor

Music production

Bath Spa

Biomedical Science

Plymouth

Life Sciences

Oxford Brookes

Social Work

Plymouth

Physics

Swansea

Music

Bath Spa

Medicine

Leeds

English Lit and History

Gloucester

Music Production

BIMM

Professional Musicianship

BIMM

Creative Media

Bath Spa

Nursing

UWE

History

Plymouth

Sport Science

Gloucester

Ancient History

Reading

Biological Science

Exeter

Product Design

Cardiff Metropolitan

Physiotherapy

Huddersfield

Computing

Oxford Brookes

 

16th July 2014:

Well done to the two Year 10 students who solved the challenge I set in my last blog! There is still one more positive referral on offer, the third student who correctly  calculates the number of blogs that appear on the internet every day…

Students’ achievements are coming thick and fast – my challenge today was to get around every tutor base and hand out the 70 Headteacher Commendations I needed to award. Phew! These were earned for all sorts of great work and behaviour, including: 

This came on the back of all of the ‘colours’ and trophies awarded in Sports’ Assemblies yesterday – what a lot of silverware! Well done to the PE department for such great teaching and coaching!

And on that note, a huge ‘congratulations’ to Tyler in Year 9: now placed 5th in England for throwing the hammer 42.12 meters. Wow! 

Uganda update: students and staff arrived safely and have been ‘overwhelmed’ by their reception; Hosanna School is loving having them there, teaching the primary children and preparing for a mammoth sports day event…we will share the photos with you in September. The students have been able to take lots of teaching resources with them, which they will leave in Hosanna, because of students’ generosity in fund-raising. It was lovely to be able to recognise some of these students at our KS3 Awards Evening last week.

 

30th June 2014:

Welcome to Brimsham’s first ever Headteacher’s blog! The launch of our new website enables me now to regularly share with you our news and highlights from school, giving you an insight into what our students and staff are achieving, and what our latest developments and evolutions are here at Brimsham.

Last week saw us welcome not just our new intake of Year 7 students, but also our new intake of Year 12 students. Both cohorts had the opportunity to experience taster lessons, meaning that students arrive in September well-informed about their curriculum and the support they will receive from their Tutor. It was good to see so many parents, too, at the information evenings. Whether aged 11 or 16, students still massively benefit from the support, challenge and interest that parents can provide. I know that Tutors appreciate the opportunity to meet parents so that communication feels more personal.

Along with our new website, we have reviewed our school Vision and Aims. Our Vision statement should guide everything we seek to achieve at Brimsham and I am delighted that our Vision for staff and students is now encapsulated as follows:

Brimsham Green School nurtures the limitless potential of all learners, inspiring students and staff to excel.

I believe passionately that any one of us can achieve more than we think possible, through a combination of the right support, the drive and ambition, by working hard and being resilient when success doesn’t come immediately; as is often quoted: “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

 I will make sure that on a daily basis we work tenaciously to achieve this vision by focusing on 7 key aims.

And finally, but very importantly, by working with YOU…

I’m going to draw my first blog to a close, by leaving you with this fact:

Did you know? Apparently there are already over 152 million blogs on the internet, with more added every single day. In fact, a new blog is apparently created somewhere in the world every half a second. Wow! I wonder, is there a student out there who can use this data to calculate the number of blogs added to the internet every day? The first three students to come and tell me will earn themselves a positive referral (which needs to be shared with any mums or dads who rise to the challenge!)