GCSE Results Day

Thursday 23rd August 2018:  Year 11 results will be available from 09:30—students need to confirm their sixth form study choices with a member of staff as soon as they receive their results.

If you are not available to collect your results, students need to contact the exams office for further information.

If you are not able to confirm your A Level choices in person please email Mr Coy

Year 10 results will be available from 10:30 but these will be given out in September if not collected – it is NOT compulsory for these to be collected on 23rd August.

KS5 Results 2018

A Level

We are delighted with the results gained today  – more than 80 students are heading off to their chosen university courses.









Members of staff from the sixth form will also be in school on Friday 17th August 2018 until 1pm.  If any students have any questions or concerns regarding University places, please contact Mr Taylor.



Thursday 23rd August 2018  Year 11 results will be available from 9.30am:—students need to confirm their sixth form study choices with a member of staff as soon as they receive their results.

If you are not available to collect your results, students need to contact the exams office for further information.

If you are not able to confirm your A Level choices in person please email Mr Coy

Talented Displays Team

The Y8 display team have successfully completed their first independent corridor display.
They worked co-operatively to produce a display to inform their audience about their recent success at the Challenge Water competition (where they came second).

Over the past year they have learnt about various aspects of putting a display together and have developed into a team who listen to one another’s ideas, use their initiative and seek to produce work of a high standard.

It has been a pleasure to see them blossom.

Library Hosts First General Knowledge Quiz

Many thanks to the 30 students who came along and took part in our first General Knowledge Quiz. Paul B was excellent as Quiz Master and our student teams were very enthusiastic.

Congratulations to the winning team: Charles W and Jack E from Y9. Runners up were Niina P and Anna H from Y8 and third position was George G from Y10. House Points, books and goodies are on their way to you all.

Special thanks to Mr Belsey for compiling the Quiz!

Y10 Maths Enrichment Day

Last Thursday fifteen Y10 students went to University of Hertfordshire for a Maths Enrichment day run by the Further Maths Support Group.

They worked in groups together with students from other schools and as well as taking part in a competition they made ‘Mathematical Braids’ and received a lecture on the mathematics and number patterns associated with juggling.

All students agreed it was a very interesting day and in addition have come back with increased calculator skills which they will be sharing with the rest of their class.

Hertfordshire Early Years Quality Standard

The team in Reception have been working hard all year towards an accreditation in Early Years. This week we completed our project and received the highest mark, a Gold standard!

Mrs Oakenfull, link Governor Emma Davies and I went to the Hertfordshire Education Centre, where we set up a stall to present the completed project and received a certificate and award.

To achieve the Gold standard I have led a project to develop writing opportunities that will engage all children and enhance their writing abilities. One of the ways we did this was through developing language skills and learning stories in a variety of ways, including the Talk for Writing approach. We also developed our Welly Walks, Tapestry Tasks and outdoor learning.

Wendy Lamb from Herts for Learning said in a congratulatory email “On behalf of the EYQS team and HfL EY team can we pass on our congratulations to you and all of the team involved. We recognise the contribution made by your team, to reflect on their practice, identify areas for development and celebrate successes.”


KS3 ‘Portrait Artist Of The Year’ Competition 2018

We received over 100 incredible entries from Y7-9 and designs made from a wide range of media including photography, textiles and home-made light boxes. These were narrowed down to a shortlist of work that was proudly exhibited at our end of year exhibition.

The Art Department had a tough decision to make and after much debate the runners up prizes were awarded to Francis Bregazzi (Y8) and Verity Graham (Y9) for their application of technical skill, composition and imagination. The winning entry was Y8 student Eleanor Jablonowska  – her combination of exciting imagery and fluent skill wowed the judges and everyone at the exhibition.

Congratulations to all those who entered and exhibited at this year’s event.

Dazzling Biscuits!

Y7 students welcomed group leaders from Y1 to their food lesson to learn how to make biscuits, using the “creaming method”. Y1 were eager to find out more as these turned out to be very special biscuits- biscuits that reminded them of the stained glass windows they had recently looked at when visiting All Saints Church. As part of their PRE lessons, Y1 have been learning all about the Bible and how in many churches, bible stories are retold in stained glass windows.

In order to create the illusion of stained glass, crushed boiled sweets are placed in a hole created by cutting the cookie dough. Once baked, the biscuits emerge resplendent in colour, providing a transparency.

The Y1 group leaders then a week later worked with the food technicians, their own teachers and myself to make their own biscuits, this time without Y7 support.  They really enjoyed the making and baking, quite tricky in this hot weather.

Even more they all loved eating their handiwork!

Simon Balle En Français!

Our Y8 French students have been busy this week creating models of the Simon Balle community, all accompanied with French leaflets or brochures.

Highlights included a replica of the three-storey building made entirely of chocolate sponge, a Simon Balle school prospectus completely in French and even the Simon Balle school website written entirely in French!

Take a look at our photos to see their astounding efforts. The quality of their French written work was highly impressive.

Bon effort! Bravo!

Art Exhibition 2018 Highlights

The end of year Art Exhibition was held in the Larch Centre recently, featuring incredible work from Reception right through to A Level.

Thank you to all those that attended in support of our students, it was a fantastic celebration of the creativity and hard work our students across the whole school put into exploring visual communication and creative media.

Classes across the school visited the gallery with the Art Department and were able to enjoy the inspiring work on show. KS3 and 4 students were able to identify the skills and ideas they are currently developing; an invaluable experience that enables them to see the similarities between their own work and those exhibited. As an all-through school we are so privileged that our A Level and GCSE students have the opportunity to inspire our reception and KS1 students who were amazed by the work on show.

The standard of work this year was outstanding and we wish all of our students leaving us this year the very best of luck, we are so proud of their achievements. Their work will go on to inspire students for many years to come.