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Prospective Parents/Carers:   Following our Open Evenings,  “Frequently Asked Questions”  have been posted and can be accessed here or from the ‘Transition Team’ link on the navigation bar above.   Please contact the school if you have any questions or queries.  Our Transition Team will be visiting parents’ evenings for Years 5,6,7 and 8 throughout this academic year.

Headteacher’s Blog: 15th December 2015

Although we will be continuing to work up to 3.40pm on Thursday 18th December, the week ahead has a strong Christmas theme!

Sixth form students will be enjoying their own traditional Christmas lunch on Monday followed by the Christmas Mystery Movie on Wednesday. Our younger students will begin the week locked in literary battle as Book Mastermind 2014 draws to a dramatic conclusion.  Fourteen Year 9s will be taking their place in the black chair for a specialist round on their chosen book followed by general knowledge questions.   It promises to be an exciting afternoon and we will announce the winner in the final newsletter of the term.

This week, members of the Christian Union will be leading assemblies encouraging us to reflect on what Christmas means to us, whilst reminding us all of the Christian message.   Many thanks to Mrs Salisbury for supporting students in preparing for this assembly and for her work with the Christian Union throughout the year. The Christmas theme continues as our musicians take centre stage on Monday singing at the United Reform Church in the afternoon and then returning to school for the Christmas Concert in the evening.   There will be the opportunity for everyone to celebrate together on Thursday lunchtime when Christmas lunch will be followed by the annual “Carols in the Concourse”, beginning at 1.20pm.   Carol sheets have already been printed and all year groups are welcome.

In between the Christmas festivities, preparations continue for the New Year and the launch of the building project to accommodate an additional 360 students joining us in September 2015 as Years 7 and 8.   The building contract has been awarded to Barnes Construction and our first site meeting takes place before the end of term.  Along with the new two-storey build adjacent to the Sports Hall, there will be an additional science laboratory, a second music room and a refurbished area next to Geography.  Across the school, roofing repairs will be completed and many ceilings replaced.   All work will be carefully scheduled around examination times – the students’ needs remain paramount.

The Spring Term will begin for all students on Tuesday 6th January and, in the meantime, very best wishes for a happy and restful Christmas break!


Term Dates

Please note that our last day of term is Thursday 18th December 2014  and school will end at 3.40pm.  The school will then be closed for the Christmas Holiday.

Students are back in school on Tuesday 6th January 2015.

Open Evenings

Year 8 (transferring into Year 9 in 2015) Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Year 7 (transferring into Year 8 in 2015) Wednesday 24th September 2014
Year 6 (transferring into Year 7 in 2015) Thursday 25th September 2014

The evening will begin for everyone at 6.00pm and general presentations will take place in the Drama Studio at the following times:

  • 6.15 pm Parents/Students from Bacton & Stowmarket Middle Schools
  • 7.00 pm Parents/Students from Combs & Needham Market Middle Schools, and any other school