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2 May


Inspire students have been thinking about the hard work, drive and motivation needed for success prior to our visiting Paralympic athlete visit this month. As part of this work we considered what ambition students had when they were younger, perhaps at Primary school. For most of them this was crystal  clear and highly memorable. For many, they had either lost the desire to pursue this ambition or no longer thought it was possible. 

Students spent some time considering where they would like to be if they could see 10 years into the future. What job they would like to have and what else they would like to have achieved. 

We split up the goals and ambitions into:

I will: (writing down and committing to an achievable but challenging goal that requires dedication and hard work – e.g. pass three A Levels, attend University, become a professional writer)

I hope to: (writing down a dream, a ‘make your life’ goal – e.g. find the cure for a terminal illness, be the next world champion)

I might also: (things that may also happen as part of this plan – e.g. travel extensively, make a difference to others).

These ambitions were sealed in envelopes to be opened during the GCSE preparation as a reminder for why we work so hard in school and what it is all for.

So impressed with the bravery and honesty shown in this week’s session. Especially (but not exclusively) from the Year Nines. Wow. You guys are really growing up – and into really nice people!



3 Feb

This image was taken by a Year Nine student as part of the current unit examining photography of objects. In this session, we looked at how the angle of the shot can alter the perception of the image and how to alter focus to add depth

Graffiti unit Autumn 2012

3 Feb






Here is a selection of the graffiti artwork produced by Year 9 last term. The images were either hand drawn or adapted from existing images in photoshop to create a black and white simple image. This was printed onto card and used as a stencil where the black was cut out and the white remained as the solid part of the stencil. Using craft knives, students cut the shape of the stencil into acetate to produce a long lasting stencil which could be reused without the paint making it soggy.
Finally, the paint was sprayed over the image to complete the picture. Some spraying was also done freehand as you can see.
Students were, rightly, incredibly proud of their work and exhibited a large selection of images to staff, students, family and friends in an evening exhibition fully planned and run by the students, right down to music played and food and drink served. Students wore smart clothes and beamed as their work was praised by all. A great night.