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SwaleFest Student Leadership Conference

27/06/17

Community College Whitstable - Friday 23 June 2017

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Sixth Form Leavers' Barbecue

23/06/17

Farewell Year 13

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Year 11 Leavers' Assembly

23/06/17

Congratulations to our students

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June 2017 Newsletter

14/06/17

The North School's June 2017 Newsletter

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Student Leadership RESULTS

09/06/17

We are excited to announce...

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SwaleFest Student Leadership Conference

27/06/17

Proud of our Oracy Stars who spoke at SwaleFest Student Leadership Conference on Friday.

Thank you Community College Whitstable for hosting.

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English: Young Writers Welcome to Wonderland Competition

26/06/17

‘Young Writers Welcome to Wonderland Competition’  The following students have been published in the collection: Elouise Noah Year 7, Cerys Prue Year 8, Harry Galton Year 9 and Emily Wilson Year 13. #superstars

 

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Maths: National Mathematics Award presented to North School student

26/06/17

Ralph Battle joined The North School in September 2016 when it became apparent that he was very good at Mathematics.  In so far that Mr Munday, Ralph’s Year 11 Mathematics teacher, entered Ralph into the Intermediate Maths Challenge, a National competition in February 2017 and Ralph achieved a Gold award.  Furthermore, Ralph qualified to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad – only the top 500 students in that age group in the country are selected.  This was a 3.5 hour challenge involving 6 problem solving questions – Ralph achieved a perfect score in 4 of them.  This placed Ralph just outside the top 50 (by 1 mark) – so he receives a medal for his efforts!

PHOTO:         The Lord Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Winston Michael presenting Ralph Battle with his certificate and medal.

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Modern Foreign Languages: French Breakfast

26/06/17

Bonjour, In preparation for the French GCSE examination this morning we all had breakfast together.

We had croissants, pains au chocolat, chocolat chaud, juice and tea.

Good luck to all our students taking examinations this summer.

Bonne chance!

Mme Wyllie

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Science: Exciting Events In Science

26/06/17

On the 17th January 2017 The North School teamed up with Canterbury Christ Church University PCGE students for an exciting day filled with experiments and learning.

Student teachers on the PGCE 11 -18 programme at Canterbury Christ Church University have been working as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassadors in a joint venture with Kent and Medway Stem. As part of their development, senior lecturers from the University have been supporting the post-graduate student teachers as they take their programme of workshops across the country. The North School were lucky enough to be chosen.

Eighteen PCGE students delivered some fantastic engaging activities that they had developed to engage and enhance the learning and social skills of Year 7 students.

The morning began with the PCGE students setting up activities - these included dressing for the occasion, wearing costumes related to different lessons. Cat Woman, astronauts and even Harry Potter was in the equation!

During the sessions, six classrooms offered a variety of tasks ranging from Mathematical quests, problem solving, treasure hunts, checking pulse rate, stamina test ‘Who likes to be cold?’, lung capacity, building spaceships and making potions that Harry Potter could use. 

Throughout the each session the pupils were fully engaged and each room you visited was buzzing with enthusiasm from the students. The atmosphere was wonderful; other year groups that were not involved were keen to investigate what was going on and wanted to take part. The students were amazing and their positive engagement was noted by the PGCE students who had organised the activities for the day.

Feedback from students:

“I liked the way they mixed up Science and Maths with the theme”

 “Fun, really enjoyable, amazing actors. Harry Potter gave me the feeling that a colossal troll was stomping through Hogwarts. I felt like I was transported to Hogwarts”

 “…would have loved it to be the whole day…”

 “…I learnt a lot from them and I really enjoyed it…”

 

By Miss Charlotte Connell KS3 Science Coordinator

 

 

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Business and Finance: Premier Foods Link

26/06/17

Our links with Premier Foods have enabled us to enrich the curriculum of our Business Studies students.  This project was the culmination of a long term assignment which allowed our students to apply classroom theory to a genuine task set and delivered by Premier Foods.  The task gave students the opportunity to move away from the classroom and experience the work undertaken by a variety of different departments within a large local organisation.   It has allowed our students to demonstrate their ability in a unique way, taking them out of their comfort zone whilst preparing them for a career beyond school.

Kentish Express Article - Apprentice-style students given taste of big business

Premier Food Links with the North School

Developing Employability Skills

 

 

School partnership with Premier Foods and IGD

09/12/16

 

Students from The North School recently displayed their impressive business and design skills in front of a high-powered panel of judges from a local company.

The BTEC Level 3 Business Studies students found themselves presenting their ideas for a new product to a panel of experts from Premier Foods in the latest stage of our successful ‘Adopt a School’ project.

The project is a unique partnership between the school, Kennington-based Premier Foods and research and training charity IGD - the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

After a first session in which a team from Premier Foods’ human resources department visited the school to work on CV writing and interview techniques with a group of Year 10s, the company’s Innovations Team took up the challenge of working with the Year 13 business studies group.

After outlining how the company – which makes Batchelors Cup A Soup - uses market research, innovation, product development and new lines to stay ahead of its competitors, the team set our teenagers a challenge.

The students were asked to come up with their own soup variety, carry out market testing, design the packaging and put forward marketing proposals for their product – a task they tackled brilliantly, supported by Vernice Lamberton, the school’s Careers Manager and Sixth Form Finance and Business Administration tutor.

At the follow up session our groups addressed a panel of Premier Foods experts with their plans for a range of products, from roast dinner flavoured soup to sweet soup flavours and chocolate on a stick.

IGD Engagement Manager Karine Barsam said IGD was keen to engage with young people who might be looking for a career in the industry, while Vernice said it had been “an amazing experience”. She thanked the Premier Foods team for “their inspirational work with a great set of pupils”.

18 year-old Lauren Best said presenting to the panel had initially been “terrifying”, but added that it had been a really great experience.

I loved the way we were able to take our learning outside the classroom and apply it to a real business model. I’ve learned a lot and I think this is a fantastic initiative,” she said.

The good news for Lauren and our other pupils is that the aim is for the partnership to continue, with more joint initiatives already being discussed.

 

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History: Year 7 Homework - Castle Challenge

26/06/17

Our year 7 students  undertook their history homework challenge with enthusiasm this term. The challenge required students to design and create their own medieval castle. The standard of the castles we received was exceptional and most students went above and beyond the requirements of the task. We had a range of styles, layouts and materials and our department is now beautifully decorated with their hard work.  Well done year 7. 

Here are some pictures of their creations:

 

                

 

                        

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History: Auschwitz Trip

26/06/17

Lessons from Auschwitz is a programme established by the Holocaust Educational Trust, where it gives the opportunity to two students from each school participating to be a part of the programme. The programme consists of two seminars and the trip to Poland. The first seminar is where you meet your Educator and your group; it is where discussions are had and opinions and views voiced on the Holocaust. We were fortunate enough to also be able to meet and talk to a Holocaust survivor, Steve Frank.  It was very interesting to listen to him and learn what it was like for him as a ten year old to live in Auschwitz and be one of only seventy three children to survive. Steve Frank mentioned something that hit home with many of the students – “each day the amount of children were getting less and less until you could count them all on your hands.”

The visit to Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz-Birkenau gave all the students the opportunity to be present in the grounds where such tragic events occurred. This gave us a real life perspective on what the people went through. As we approached the end of Auschwitz-Birkenau the guides left us in a room where thousands of photographs hung on walls; these were photos which had been brought and hung by people as keep-sakes of themselves and their families. These photos were a way of showing the human side to the victims and stopped them being seen as just a number in a graph, on a map, in a textbook, on a shelf - left to gather dust.

Many years later, a poem was found within the soil of Auschwitz-Birkenau written by one of the Nazi Guard, it read “I only had one job, it had to be fulfilled.” Later on, investigators also discovered many other letters and poems that had been written and left by the Jews in the hope that they would be found and read one day. 

Any thoughts people have about what Auschwitz is like are completely different to the reality of it. When you first step into Auschwitz you know immediately that your expectations were wrong. No one can imagine what it was like and the just the scenery surrounding the camp helps to explain it all; it is eerie and uninhabited.

Being open minded helps when processing all of the information being communicated throughout the tour. We ourselves knew very little about the Holocaust and were therefore open to hearing as much as possible in the little time we were there, but it turned out that the words we heard were not what affected us the most, it was what we saw!  Any thoughts of what we imagined we would see were gone and we were left feeling shell shocked.

Rabbi Garson spoke to everyone at the end of the day and he couldn’t have been more inspirational. He spoke about three things - fear, hunger and evil.  Do we really understand what those words mean today, because for the Jews those words came to have a very different definition? What we feel as fear isn’t the same as the fear they felt - when we think we are starving, they were actually starving and how whatever we believe evil is, they saw true evil.  Realisation of these facts hit home to us at that point, not only where these people tortured and killed, but they were dehumanised as well.

The atmosphere travelling back was the complete reverse of the journey there. Small conversations were heard between new friends all processing the day and sharing their thoughts. The groups went from chatty and humorous to quiet and thoughtful; no one could immediately process what they had seen and to be honest nobody really wanted to believe it.

 

            

  

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Technology Subjects: Food technology muffin bake winners

26/06/17

Food technology students have been perfecting their muffin baking skills.  Year 9 were challenged to develop a unique muffin flavour and their own recipe.  They trialed and developed the recipes over 3 weeks, constantly improving and developing the flavour, presentation and quality of bake.  The final was judged by a professional chef.  The standard of entry was really high with outstanding products from the whole group.  The winners Logan, Tia and Danielle (from left to right) were rightly proud of their creations.  Well done.

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Creative Arts: ‘The Beatles Event’ at The Creative Collective, Ashford

26/06/17

The North School was honoured to be invited to exhibit students’ artwork for ‘The Beatles Event’ at The Creative Collective in Park Mall, Ashford during March 2016.

Two walls were dedicated to the School, which included forty three portraits from Year 7 and 8 students.  All pieces were judged and First, Second and Third prizes were awarded on the Opening Night by the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Geraldine Dyer.

The Creative Collective is an exciting initiative for Ashford and The North School are hoping to develop a long-standing and artistic relationship with the Collective.  We wish this venture every success for the future and highly recommend a visit.

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Maths: Maths Challenge

26/06/17

On Thursday 5th November a number of our Sixth Form students took part in the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge. This is an individual problem solving challenge targeting the top 30% of mathematics students nationwide. The top performing student for 2015 was our very own year 12 student Massimo Intini. Our congratulations go to Massimo  Well Done. Other certificates were earned by our year 13 students Chris McLennen, Matt Cox, Matt Boulding, Jake Allcock and Lewis Bradford.This represents the largest SMC certificate haul ever for The North School!

"The UK Maths Challenge is a great way to challenge your maths skills. I really enjoyed doing it and would love to do it again." - Matt Boulding.

"The maths challenge was enjoyable and I would recommend it for any aspiring mathematicians, especially those intending to do A level maths." - Matt Cox.

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English: Year 12 Literature Visit

26/06/17

Year 12 English Literature visited the University of Kent at Canterbury today for a Text and Language course.  Students visited a range of workshops and had a great day exploring the university. #englishliterature #ukc

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English: World Book Day 2017

26/06/17

Staff and students celebrated World Book Day on 2nd March. The staff from the English department took the opportunity to dress as their favourite book character, whilst year 7 were treated to a book reading by members of The North Shadows book group.

 

There were also a number of competitions, including the challenge to create a book cover for your favourite book. 

 

The winning entries were produced by Giselle Desseaux, Year 7 and Isobel Jeffrey Year 9.

  

 

The year 8 winner of the book cover competition is Sophia Scott Winham.

 

The staff from the English department took the opportunity to dress as their favourite book character.

 

 

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Sixth Form Leavers' Barbecue

23/06/17

A beautiful day to send our Year 13 students off into the world. 

Sixth Form team celebrated with their students and wished them all the very best with their careers.

We look forward to seeing the students back in school on Thursday 17th August 2017 for A Level results day.

 

 

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Year 11 Leavers' Assembly

23/06/17

We were proud to host the Year 11 Leavers' Assembly in school today and to celebrate the time these students have been part of our school community.

We wish all involved every success with the GCSE results on 24th August and for future careers and courses chosen.

We must also thank the teaching staff for their continued dedication and hard work to our students and to those staff who support these young people through the whole of their secondary education.

Good job everyone!  Enjoy the summer.

 

 

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June 2017 Newsletter

14/06/17

Click here to see The North School's latest edition (June 2017) newsletter.

 

 

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Student Leadership RESULTS

09/06/17

Students have voted and we are pleased to announce their results for Student Leadership roles:

Mabledon Community:

  • Layna - Principal
  • Lara - Vice Principal

Essella Community:

  • Ellie - Principal
  • Nathan - Vice Principal

Congratulations to everyone who stood for election. 

 

 

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School Leadership Elections

08/06/17

The students who have been shortlisted nominees for leadership roles are: 

Perfection Adigun, Ellie Easton, Nathan Bispham, Layna Gillot Edwards and Lara Stephens.

Good luck everyone!

 

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Year 7 Exhibition - Celebration of Work

08/06/17

On Friday 26th May 2017 an exhibition was held to celebrate the work that has been produced in English, Mathematics and Science by Year 7 students. There were some outstanding pieces of work created that demonstrated excellent effort, progress and attainment that students should be very proud of.

In order to award our winners we held a special rewards assembly on the last day of term which was attended by The Lord Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Winston Michael and Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Doreen Michael and school governors.  We were also delighted to welcome Claire Elliott from East Stour Primary School who came to see how their students had progressed into secondary education and was pleased to catch up with them.

The Mayor was very complimentary saying that the pupils had created some outstanding work and should be very proud of themselves.  He also stated that the school improvement journey had been impressive and he could see that the school would go from strength to strength.

All of our winners were treated to a special lunch in the Kent Hall where they could show off their work to our guests and celebrate the success that they have had in year 7 so far.

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National Mathematics Award presented to North School student

08/06/17

Ralph Battle joined The North School in September 2016 when it became apparent that he was very good at Mathematics.  In so far that Mr Munday, Ralph’s Year 11 Mathematics teacher, entered Ralph into the Intermediate Maths Challenge, a National competition in February 2017 and Ralph achieved a Gold award.  Furthermore, Ralph qualified to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad – only the top 500 students in that age group in the country are selected.  This was a 3.5 hour challenge involving 6 problem solving questions – Ralph achieved a perfect score in 4 of them.  This placed Ralph just outside the top 50 (by 1 mark) – so he receives a medal for his efforts!

PHOTO:         The Lord Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Winston Michael presenting Ralph Battle with his certificate and medal.

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General and Student Elections at The North School

06/06/17

The North School are excited to be holding their own elections in school on Thursday 8th June 2017.

On Wednesday 7th June all students will all be issued with a polling card.  They will need this card to get their ballot slip.

On Thursday 8th June, during the day, every student will go and vote. They will be given TWO ballot slips, one for the General Election and one for the Student Election. 

We will have a school Polling Station in L16 and students and staff will be around to help should there be any questions.   

 

 

 

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Gold Medallists Captains

06/06/17

The North School are proud to celebrate our basketball gold medallists Captains.

U14 girls won Gold against Folkestone Academy in the finals.

U14 boys won Gold against Folkestone Academy in the finals.

U16 girls won Gold against Folkestone Girls school in the finals.

 

 

Left to right is Becki Stagg, Diogo Araujo Simoes, Ashleigh Bampton, Conal Parnell and Phoebe Wood

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End of Year Assessments Year 7-10

06/06/17

To see the year 7 -10 end of year assessment's protocol, end of year assessment letters or end of year exams timetables in pdf format please click here.

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The North School Ski Trip

24/05/17

Twenty students from The North School and Community College Whitstable embarked on a joint School Ski Trip to Austria during the Easter holidays. It was a very picturesque resort with some stunning scenery. 

The students had five hours of ski lessons per day and we were lucky to get some fresh powder snow during the week. All of the children went on the funicular railway to the top of the mountain and in the evenings we went swimming, bowling and experienced a shopping trip to the beautiful city of Innsbruck. We had a brilliant time! 

We are now in the process of organising next year's trip ... so watch this space. 

Mrs Allon, Deputy Head

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SwaleFest 2017

24/05/17

The North School was proud to be part of this inaugural event organised by Swale Academies Trust with Year 10 students Nathan Bispham and Layna Gillott-Edwards speaking at the opening ceremony.

Top speakers including a former Government minister and leading education specialists from across the country set the scene for an inspirational conference attended by close to 600 secondary school teachers.  The teachers who packed the sports hall at Westlands School in Sittingbourne for SwaleFest 2017 came from schools that are part of, or supported by, Swale Academies Trust.  After hearing from renowned keynote speakers including former Minister of State Lord Jim Knight and leading educationalist Steve Munby, the delegates took part in a series of debates and workshops aimed at sharing best practice in schools and the teaching profession.

The conference, described as “a showcase of excellence”, was set up as a celebration of teaching and learning for schools that belong to the steadily expanding trust, together with a number of guests.

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The North School Spring Fair

24/05/17

On Saturday 22nd April, The North School Farm opened its doors to the community for its annual Spring Fair. Visitors had the opportunity to see a wide range of animals including lambs, calves and pigs. There were also games and stalls to keep visitors entertained.  Members of the school’s successful Young Farmers’ club were on hand to answer questions and show visitors around.

The High Sheriff of Kent, Mr Jessel attended the event and had a guided tour of the farm by the students. He spent time asking about the animals and chatting to members of the Young Farmers’ club.

It was a brilliant day and all funds raised from the event will go to the farm.

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The North School staff take on and survive Tough Mudder

17/05/17

On Saturday 6th May 2017 staff from The North School wanted to prove to their students that they too can put themselves out of their comfort zone, just as the exam season approaches, to show that with a little self belief they can also achieve to take part in the Tough Mudder event.

Tough Mudder is a hardcore 12 mile-long obstacle course designed by the Special Forces to test a person’s all round strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Participants fight their way through mud, fire, ice water and 10,000 volts of electricity.  With over 1,000,000 participants worldwide, Tough Mudder has become a global phenomenon and the ultimate adventure challenge series in the world.

In addition to surviving the course, the team raised £2,360 for local charities, which included The Stroke Association, in memory of our colleague Lynn Eales who sadly passed away last year.

 

 

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French Breakfast

17/05/17

Bonjour, In preparation for the French GCSE examination this morning we all had breakfast together.

We had croissants, pains au chocolat, chocolat chaud, juice and tea.

Good luck to all our students taking examinations this summer.

Bonne chance!

Mme Wyllie

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Ex-Student visits after 66 years

17/05/17

In an idea to develop links with ex-students in order to be able to share their experiences of university and career paths with our current students, Head of Sixth Form at The North School, Mrs Matthews made contact with some previous students.

One response came from a Dr Peter Frost (photo attached) who at the age of 81 is the oldest known ex-student to have visited the school some 66 years after completing his studies.

On a visit to the school yesterday, Dr Frost was shown around the site by Mrs Marples (Social Sciences & Law teacher) and Dr Frost could recall the school playing fields and the two original buildings, the Essella and Mabledon blocks with the same stained glass windows.

Mr Robbins (Sixth Form) then sat and listened to Dr Frost’s experience of school, what it was like to be at The North School during the war and learnt how Dr Frost had gone on to study Dentistry and ran his own practises. Dr Frost now delivers lectures and is very keen on tennis – still receiving coaching lessons at the age of 81. He has also had papers published in Dentistry in a number of journals and has informed the school that he would like to visit again to support any way possible and to see if there are any photos within the school archives during his years of study.

It was an absolute privilege to have Dr Frost at the school and we hopefully look forward to keeping him updated with our progress.

 

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BBC Story featuring The North School

08/05/17

Over the past five months, one Year 10 Mathematics class have been trialling a revolutionary new educational website called Century. The website uses artificial intelligence to enable students to make progress in Mathematics.

On Monday 13th March 2017, the BBC visited The North School to produce a documentary on Century showing the software and how it works.

Click on the link below to watch the story.

BBC Click Story

 

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The North School is on Twitter

19/04/17

Follow us at TheNorthSch

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SwaleFest - 28 April 2017

14/03/17

 

SwaleFest has arisen from collaborative projects and successful network meetings across Swale Academies Trust. Its vision, produced through exhilarating debates around teaching and learning, will celebrate the evolution of pedagogy in the form of a lively and stimulating education festival which will bring together professionals, educational leaders and teachers from across the Trust.

“This event is a celebration of exciting teaching and learning from around our Trust. It will be the first of many opportunities for our staff from across Kent and East Sussex to participate, share ideas and forge new partnerships.”  Derek Trimmer, Director of Secondary.

This one day event will take on the traditional features of an education conference with contributions from Keynote speakers such as Steve Munby CBE, CEO Education Development Trust, Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner- South East England and South London, Priya Lakhani, Founder of CENTURY-Tech, Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Adviser tes.com and David Crossley, Executive Director Whole Education. The festival with 600+ delegates will comprise of live debates, inspirational key note speakers and various teacher-led workshops.

 

 

“We see it as inventive professional development for staff to share best practice and network with their peers. Teaching can be isolated - we want to change this and expand opportunities for the hero in the classroom to shine. We have an impressive line-up of key speakers from the world of education as well as practical workshops run for teachers by teachers.” 

These workshops will challenge established norms, engage in lively, cutting edge critical debates to give teachers the freedom to question and intellectual space to define a new professionalism fit for the 21st century.

SwaleFest will be held at Westlands School, Sittingbourne, Kent - 28 April 2017.

SwaleFest is a showcase of excellence across the Trust and will be a scene-setter of what is going on in Teaching and Learning throughout the organisation.

Read more about Swale Academies Trust https://www.swaleacademiestrust.org.uk/index.php

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The North School Farm - Spring Fair 2017

06/03/17

The North School Farm's famous Spring fair is taking place on Saturday 22nd April 2017, 10am-4pm. 

Adult Entry: £2.00

Child Entry: £1.00

 

For more information or to see the flyer, click here

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World Book Day 2017

06/03/17

Staff and students celebrated World Book Day on 2nd March. The staff from the English department took the opportunity to dress as their favourite book character, whilst year 7 were treated to a book reading by members of The North Shadows book group.

 

There were also a number of competitions, including the challenge to create a book cover for your favourite book. 

 

The winning entries were produced by Giselle Desseaux, Year 7 and Isobel Jeffrey Year 9.

  

 

The year 8 winner of the book cover competition is Sophia Scott Winham.

 

The staff from the English department took the opportunity to dress as their favourite book character.

 

 

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Secondary Offer Day 2017

02/03/17

Following National Offer Day, we are pleased that your child has been offered The North School and we look forward to welcoming you to our school.

We now await your Pink Acceptance/Refusal form (deadline Thursday 16th March 2017) and request that you also provide the following supporting documentation as proof of address supplied in your application.

 

If you are accepting the offer please be aware the school may request 2 pieces of evidence that support the address supplied in your application for you AND your child. Examples of acceptable evidence include….

One of the following

Council Tax statement

Signed Tenancy Agreement or Exchange of Contracts/Completion document

And one of the below…

Child/Working Tax Credit / Child Benefit /JSA / Disability Benefit Letter or Statement

Driving Licence

Schedule of Motor Insurance

Utility bills such as Gas/Water/Electric/Sky/Virgin Media/BT/Broadband etc

Payslip

Hospital or Doctor appointment letter

Please Note - The Admissions Authority reserves the right to request further supporting documentation where it believes the evidence provided is insufficient to prove residence at the application address.

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Exciting Events In Science

22/02/17

On the 17th January 2017 The North School teamed up with Canterbury Christ Church University PCGE students for an exciting day filled with experiments and learning.

Student teachers on the PGCE 11 -18 programme at Canterbury Christ Church University have been working as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassadors in a joint venture with Kent and Medway Stem. As part of their development, senior lecturers from the University have been supporting the post-graduate student teachers as they take their programme of workshops across the country. The North School were lucky enough to be chosen.

Eighteen PCGE students delivered some fantastic engaging activities that they had developed to engage and enhance the learning and social skills of Year 7 students.

The morning began with the PCGE students setting up activities - these included dressing for the occasion, wearing costumes related to different lessons. Cat Woman, astronauts and even Harry Potter was in the equation!

During the sessions, six classrooms offered a variety of tasks ranging from Mathematical quests, problem solving, treasure hunts, checking pulse rate, stamina test ‘Who likes to be cold?’, lung capacity, building spaceships and making potions that Harry Potter could use. 

Throughout the each session the pupils were fully engaged and each room you visited was buzzing with enthusiasm from the students. The atmosphere was wonderful; other year groups that were not involved were keen to investigate what was going on and wanted to take part. The students were amazing and their positive engagement was noted by the PGCE students who had organised the activities for the day.

Feedback from students:

“I liked the way they mixed up Science and Maths with the theme”

 “Fun, really enjoyable, amazing actors. Harry Potter gave me the feeling that a colossal troll was stomping through Hogwarts. I felt like I was transported to Hogwarts”

 “…would have loved it to be the whole day…”

 “…I learnt a lot from them and I really enjoyed it…”

 

By Miss Charlotte Connell KS3 Science Coordinator

 

 

 

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Premier Foods Link

16/01/17

Our links with Premier Foods have enabled us to enrich the curriculum of our Business Studies students.  This project was the culmination of a long term assignment which allowed our students to apply classroom theory to a genuine task set and delivered by Premier Foods.  The task gave students the opportunity to move away from the classroom and experience the work undertaken by a variety of different departments within a large local organisation.   It has allowed our students to demonstrate their ability in a unique way, taking them out of their comfort zone whilst preparing them for a career beyond school.

Kentish Express Article - Apprentice-style students given taste of big business

Premier Food Links with the North School

Developing Employability Skills

 

 

School partnership with Premier Foods and IGD

09/12/16

 

Students from The North School recently displayed their impressive business and design skills in front of a high-powered panel of judges from a local company.

The BTEC Level 3 Business Studies students found themselves presenting their ideas for a new product to a panel of experts from Premier Foods in the latest stage of our successful ‘Adopt a School’ project.

The project is a unique partnership between the school, Kennington-based Premier Foods and research and training charity IGD - the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

After a first session in which a team from Premier Foods’ human resources department visited the school to work on CV writing and interview techniques with a group of Year 10s, the company’s Innovations Team took up the challenge of working with the Year 13 business studies group.

After outlining how the company – which makes Batchelors Cup A Soup - uses market research, innovation, product development and new lines to stay ahead of its competitors, the team set our teenagers a challenge.

The students were asked to come up with their own soup variety, carry out market testing, design the packaging and put forward marketing proposals for their product – a task they tackled brilliantly, supported by Vernice Lamberton, the school’s Careers Manager and Sixth Form Finance and Business Administration tutor.

At the follow up session our groups addressed a panel of Premier Foods experts with their plans for a range of products, from roast dinner flavoured soup to sweet soup flavours and chocolate on a stick.

IGD Engagement Manager Karine Barsam said IGD was keen to engage with young people who might be looking for a career in the industry, while Vernice said it had been “an amazing experience”. She thanked the Premier Foods team for “their inspirational work with a great set of pupils”.

18 year-old Lauren Best said presenting to the panel had initially been “terrifying”, but added that it had been a really great experience.

I loved the way we were able to take our learning outside the classroom and apply it to a real business model. I’ve learned a lot and I think this is a fantastic initiative,” she said.

The good news for Lauren and our other pupils is that the aim is for the partnership to continue, with more joint initiatives already being discussed.

 

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Year 7 Homework - Castle Challenge

12/01/17

Our year 7 students  undertook their history homework challenge with enthusiasm this term. The challenge required students to design and create their own medieval castle. The standard of the castles we received was exceptional and most students went above and beyond the requirements of the task. We had a range of styles, layouts and materials and our department is now beautifully decorated with their hard work.  Well done year 7. 

Here are some pictures of their creations:

 

                

 

                        

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Auschwitz Trip

12/01/17

Lessons from Auschwitz is a programme established by the Holocaust Educational Trust, where it gives the opportunity to two students from each school participating to be a part of the programme. The programme consists of two seminars and the trip to Poland. The first seminar is where you meet your Educator and your group; it is where discussions are had and opinions and views voiced on the Holocaust. We were fortunate enough to also be able to meet and talk to a Holocaust survivor, Steve Frank.  It was very interesting to listen to him and learn what it was like for him as a ten year old to live in Auschwitz and be one of only seventy three children to survive. Steve Frank mentioned something that hit home with many of the students – “each day the amount of children were getting less and less until you could count them all on your hands.”

The visit to Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz-Birkenau gave all the students the opportunity to be present in the grounds where such tragic events occurred. This gave us a real life perspective on what the people went through. As we approached the end of Auschwitz-Birkenau the guides left us in a room where thousands of photographs hung on walls; these were photos which had been brought and hung by people as keep-sakes of themselves and their families. These photos were a way of showing the human side to the victims and stopped them being seen as just a number in a graph, on a map, in a textbook, on a shelf - left to gather dust.

Many years later, a poem was found within the soil of Auschwitz-Birkenau written by one of the Nazi Guard, it read “I only had one job, it had to be fulfilled.” Later on, investigators also discovered many other letters and poems that had been written and left by the Jews in the hope that they would be found and read one day. 

Any thoughts people have about what Auschwitz is like are completely different to the reality of it. When you first step into Auschwitz you know immediately that your expectations were wrong. No one can imagine what it was like and the just the scenery surrounding the camp helps to explain it all; it is eerie and uninhabited.

Being open minded helps when processing all of the information being communicated throughout the tour. We ourselves knew very little about the Holocaust and were therefore open to hearing as much as possible in the little time we were there, but it turned out that the words we heard were not what affected us the most, it was what we saw!  Any thoughts of what we imagined we would see were gone and we were left feeling shell shocked.

Rabbi Garson spoke to everyone at the end of the day and he couldn’t have been more inspirational. He spoke about three things - fear, hunger and evil.  Do we really understand what those words mean today, because for the Jews those words came to have a very different definition? What we feel as fear isn’t the same as the fear they felt - when we think we are starving, they were actually starving and how whatever we believe evil is, they saw true evil.  Realisation of these facts hit home to us at that point, not only where these people tortured and killed, but they were dehumanised as well.

The atmosphere travelling back was the complete reverse of the journey there. Small conversations were heard between new friends all processing the day and sharing their thoughts. The groups went from chatty and humorous to quiet and thoughtful; no one could immediately process what they had seen and to be honest nobody really wanted to believe it.

 

            

  

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Sixth Form News - Volume 1, Issue 1

11/01/17

The first issue of the Sixth Form News is now available.

Sixth Form News - Volume 1, Issue 1

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Christmas Boxes for the Salvation Army

20/12/16

Today, we welcomed representatives from the Salvation Army into our school in order to receive the donations of food and gifts from students.  As part of our drive to become more aware of the community around us, we encouraged tutors groups to produce a Christmas box to be given to the less fortunate in our neighbourhood.  This campaign was twofold, gifts and food. This enabled our students to become self-aware as well as charitable during the Christmas period, when the more vulnerable in our society are suffering more than at other times throughout the year. 

Christmas boxes were donated from many different students. Some of these even donated large bags of food for families using their own pocket money.  Special acknowledgement and thanks should be given to these students along with all others that donated. 

 

 

 

 

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Adverse Weather Conditions

20/12/16

Click here to see the letter in full

 

Dear Parents/Carers


The winter season is upon us and so we would like to remind you of the procedures that will be followed in the event of adverse weather conditions.  It is highly unlikely that we would close the school but as always, our top priority is the safety of our students.  Below I have outlined the processes that are followed in the event of severe weather conditions.

 

HOW WE MAKE OUR DECISION

Please understand that we make the decision to close the school in bad weather based on a careful consideration of a number of factors, some of which include the local road conditions and public transport; how long the period of bad weather is likely to continue and the condition of the school grounds and buildings etc. 


HOW WILL YOU BE NOTIFIED 

Parents/Carers will be notified of a school closure through various channels, these include:

 


WILL WE CLOSE THE SCHOOL IF CONDITIONS WORSEN

It is highly unlikely that we will close the school after the start of the school day.  However, if conditions get worse during the day, we may need to have an early dismissal.  If this is the case we will attempt to contact and give adequate notice to all parents/carers first.  It is important during any period of adverse weather that parents/carers monitor the school website and schoolcomms for notifications and updates.

 

Although the staff and I do our absolute best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists.

 

We hope that this explanation helps everyone understand the process that we use during periods of severe weather to make the best possible decision for all the students in our care.

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

 

MRS N HODGES

Headteacher

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End of Term Arrangements - Tuesday 20th December 2016

09/12/16

Christmas Dinner will be served in the Canteen on Thursday 15th December.

Students should book their place with the Canteen.

Please note that no other food will be available that day.

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2016 Exam Certificates

29/11/16

2016 Exam Certificates are ready for collection from the Data Office in the Kent Building.

Mrs Haskell will be in school for the 6th Form parents evening on Thursday 1st December and certificates can be collected then too.

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The Adopt a School Pilot, the story so far

21/11/16

The Adopt a School Pilot, the story so far

  

  

 The North School was approached by the IGD a research and training charity back in the spring with the opportunity to get involved in the  Adopt a School Pilot, the aim being an opportunity for companies and schools to trial out different initiatives and build impactful relationships which help students develop employability skills.   The local company the school has been adopted by is Premier Food.  They have thirteen different sites one being based in Ashford where their factory produces a range of dry food products such as Batchelor’s Cup-a-Soups.

 

The initial session agreed upon was to work with a group of Year 10 students supporting them with the writing of their CV and interview techniques.  Premier Foods brought a team from their Human Resources Department to run a morning session, students were encouraged to engage in a number of activities getting them to think about themselves, their skills and abilities and how these impact on the interview process.

 

More recently the Innovations Team based at Ashford have started working with our year 13 Business Studies students, the team came into the school and gave a very detailed presentation on how the company reacts to competitors in terms of market research, innovation, product development and launch of new lines.  Students where then given a business challenge to work on based around how they would react in such a situation and the process they would undertake to launch their own new product.  The team return to the School along with representative from the IGD in December where the students will present their ideas, they will be judged on the marketing process they followed and the new product idea.

 

The feedback from all involved in these initial sessions has been extremely positive and we look forward to continuing its success in developing more opportunities.

 

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Business and Finance: Careers - RAF Roadshow

21/11/16

RAF Roadshow

On 7th November 2016 year 8 students were visited by the RAF and watched a presentation on 'Fun with Flight' a jet fuelled presentation exploring the physics of flying.  Students discovered how the physics they study in the classroom is an integral part of the work that engineers undertake in the RAF and other engineering organisations.

Using exciting demonstrations, students took part in some literally jaw dropping experiments. Drones, balloons and even jet engines were explored.

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Online Appointment Booking For Parents Evening

18/11/16

The school has introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system for parents’ evenings. This new system allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers online and you will then receive an email confirming your appointments.
We are confident this will be an improvement to the previous system and welcome any feedback.

To view the whole document click here

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Sixth Form Open Evening

14/11/16

Sixth Form Open Evening

Thursday 17th November 2016: 5.00pm to 8.00pm
A presentation will be held at 5:15pm & 7.15pm in the Kent Hall

 

  • 2016 saw the best vocational results the school has seen as well as maintaining our strong performance in academic courses.
  • Students in the sixth form learn well in all subjects….Teaching is effective and students make good progress.’ Ofsted 2015
  • Extensive & broad curriculum meeting the needs of the future workforce and higher education.
  • Exceptional facilities include: Basketball Academy, Farm & Sixth Form Centre.

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9E4's Sponsored Run

11/11/16

During the lunch period today, one form group from The North School braved the chilly temperatures in their trainers to run in aid of the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association. This was 9E4’s second fundraiser for the charity, which supports people living with PSP – a terminal neurological condition that can affect balance, vision and swallowing amongst other things. Last month’s bake sale raised an admirable £50 but this lunchtime saw the bar raised, with more than £500 worth of sponsorship collected so far. Members of both the school and local community have been generous of time and spirit to raise money for a cause close to their hearts; even form teacher Jessica Langston and Vice Principal Matthew Hake dug out their running shoes.

 

With a large part of the year left to go this form are ambitious to keep fundraising for a charity that supports more than 4000 people a year in the UK; there are already future events being discussed and a total target of £1000 has been set.

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9E4's Sponsored Run

11/11/16

At lunch time today (11/11/2016), a sponsored run organised by Miss Langston and her 9E4 students has been arranged.  Both Miss Langston and Mr Hake are joining in on the run on the all-weather pitch starting at 12:25pm. This is to raise awareness and money for the rare terminal brain disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, there is still time to sponsor, there will be collection buckets at the run if you wish to donate.  They have already raised well over £500 and their target is to get up to £600 if possible.

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Year 8 Parents Evening - 10-11-2016

01/11/16

Year 8 parents evening will be taking place Thursday 10th November 2016, 16:00-19:00

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Year 11 Saturday School

01/11/16

We are pleased to confirm the following subjects will be running on Saturday 5th November in the Ashford Block.  Students should register on arrival by 09.00hrs.

Attendance is important as Saturday Schools offer focused and targeted support with coursework and exam preparation.

  • BTEC IT in EF4 with Mr Willerton.
  • GCSE PE in Sports Hall and SP1 with Ms Kray and Ms Jupp.
  • English with Mrs Martin, Mrs Stevens and Ms Koselj in Ashford.
  • Science (Physics Core) with Mr Smith in Ashford.

 

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Start of Term 2

21/10/16

The start of term 2 is on Monday 31st October 2016

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October Half Term Revision Classes

14/10/16

Click here to see the full list of revision classes that are running over the October half term.

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Exam Date Information

19/09/16

Exam Information Oct/Nov 2016

 

English 0522 IGCSE Resit  Kent Hall

31st October 2016 0900

 

Maths J567 Resit Kent Hall

2nd November 2016 0900 Paper 1

4th November 2016 0900 Paper 2

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Modern Foreign Languages: North School Buddy Programme

08/09/16

This July The North School hosted a group of students from China. The Chinese students were buddied with a North School student and followed their timetable throughout the week. It was an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about different cultures, compare school in the UK and China and make new friends. Thanks to all students who took part and made this another successful buddy programme.

 

 

 

 

 

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Uniform

08/09/16

Just a reminder that all students are expected to be in full uniform including a blazer.  CMDL are expecting a delivery of boys blazers on Tuesday and currently have most girls sizes in stock.  Pages have all sizes available in both boys and girls.  Thank you for your support with this.

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Year 6 Open Evening and Morning Tours

06/09/16

We have pleasure to announce that our Open Evening will be held on Wednesday 5th October 2016 between 5.00pm to 8.00pm for students in Year 6 transferring into secondary education in September 2017.

We look forward to welcoming you to The North School where you may explore our classrooms and view subject displays and students’ work.  Families are invited to explore the school at their leisure or alternatively be shown around by one of our enthusiastic Year 7 student guides. 

During our Open Evening there will be two presentations by Mrs Hodges, Headteacher, at 5.30 and 6.30pm in the Kent Hall. 

In addition to the Open Evening, we also recommend that you come and look around during a normal school day with your child and tours will be held at 9.00am from Monday 10th October 2016 to Tuesday 18th October 2016 (inclusively).

Please contact our Main Reception (01233 614600 or email reception@north.kent.sch.uk) for further information or if you would like to book onto the Open Evening and/or Tour. 

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GCSE success

25/08/16

Ashford’s North School has praised the dedication of staff, the support of parents and the determination of its students after achieving its best ever set of GCSE results.

 

The North has seen what Headteacher Nicki Hodges described as “a huge improvement” in results across the board, with one vital indicator doubling over the past year.  She praised the “colossal” efforts of staff and “100 per cent buy in” from the current cohort of GCSE students, who more than doubled last year’s haul of A* to C grades in English and Mathematics by taking it to 54 per cent.  She believes one of the success factors is that this was the first group of students to benefit fully from a new approach to learning introduced after the established team at The North started working closely with the Swale Academies Trust.  “The Trust was brought in to help the school out of special measures, something that it achieved in record time. The current cohort benefited from a new approach, worked incredibly hard over the two years and took responsibility for working at home as well as at school.  There are six periods during the normal school day but we introduced ‘period seven’, optional after-school classes which most of the year elevens attended - and the results speak for themselves.  The pupils’ commitment reflects on the staff, as well, of course, as each of the extra sessions meant a teacher staying late. I am proud of the way the whole school has worked so hard to deliver such excellent results.”

 

The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including English and Mathematics also improved dramatically, rising to 46 per cent this year and making it far and away the best set of results The North School has seen.

 

Among the many pupils who did exceptionally well were Jasmine Baker (5As, 4Bs, 1C), Charlie Barden (4As, 5Bs, 1C), Rosie Driscoll (4As, 6Bs), Adam Frudenberg (3As, 6Bs, 2Cs) Sonam Gurung (2A*s, 1 Distinction*, 4 As, 4 Bs) Josh Dodd (3As, 7Bs), Kathryn Hobbs (4As, 5Bs, 1C), Haydyn Martin (2As, 7Bs, 1C) and Salina Rai (1A*, 4As, 4Bs).

 

Mrs Hodges said The North offered a range of Level Two Courses, A Levels and vocational subjects, as well as a high retake success rate that could make it a good choice for students looking to get back on track.  “The North also offers great careers advice, which combined with good vocational courses and impressive academic teaching, make it a good choice for young people post-16.”

 

See below our coverage from KMFM:

LIVE: GCSE results day in Kent 2016

Interview with North School students picking up their GCSE Results 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Students celebrate North School success

18/08/16

Students celebrate North School success

Sixth formers were smiling today as The North School recorded another year of sound post-16 examination results to build on the Ashford high school’s recent success.

The school prides itself on its high academic standards as well as its broad curriculum, and sixth form pupils have achieved considerable success in recent years.

This year saw notable improvements in the development of vocational qualifications in which the average result is a ‘merit +’ which is equivalent to a high C grade at A Level.

AS results at the North were also up significantly in all grades, with an impressive 15 per cent improvement in A to C grades. A2 also saw an improvement in overall pass rates. with Mathematics and Finance among the subjects where students did particularly well.

Headteacher Nicki Hodges said the results represented “a great deal of hard work and dedication by pupils, parents and our highly committed staff”.

She added: “We have a good reputation at The North for academic success in the sixth form, particularly in Mathematics, English, Law, Film Studies and Engineering, while offering a broad range of Level 3 vocational subjects as well.  Notable successes in this area included Applied Science, Sports, Health and Social Care, Business and Public Services.”

A record number of student from the North have received offers of university places based on their sixth form success.

Looking ahead to next Thursday’s GCSE results, Mrs Hodges added: “We also have a very high retake success rate and offer a range of Level 2 courses that can help get students back on track if they want to continue to do A Levels despite missing out next week.

“The North also offers great careers advice, which combines with good vocational courses and impressive academic teaching to make it a good choice for young people post-16.”

 

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Food technology muffin bake winners

01/06/16

Food technology students have been perfecting their muffin baking skills.  Year 9 were challenged to develop a unique muffin flavour and their own recipe.  They trialed and developed the recipes over 3 weeks, constantly improving and developing the flavour, presentation and quality of bake.  The final was judged by a professional chef.  The standard of entry was really high with outstanding products from the whole group.  The winners Logan, Tia and Danielle (from left to right) were rightly proud of their creations.  Well done.

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The Creative Collective

20/05/16

The North School are proud to be part of the ArtiGras Festival being held in Ashford's Park Mall on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May from 10am to 5pm.

We shall be exhibiting artwork and supporting this exciting, new artistic venture in Ashford.

Please come along and enjoy.

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Year 12, 13 & 14 Public Exams Procedure

11/05/16

This protocol has been written to guide teachers, students, parents and administrative staff in the procedures during the Public Examination period. Click here to read the full document.

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UK Junior Maths Challenge

28/04/16

The UK Junior Maths Challenge took place today (Thursday 28th April).

Thirty students from Years 7 and 8 took part in the Challenge.

The Challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in an hour.

The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and the highest scorers in the country could be invited to participate in a further competition.

Looking forward to receiving the results in three weeks – Good luck!

Miss Bailey

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The Carnegie Shadow Reading Group

27/04/16

If you are in Year 7 and interested in reading, you are invited to join Ms Burton’s Group.  Supported by Year 12 A Level Literature students, the Group meet in an informal atmosphere to read and discuss books on the short list for the 2016 Award, write reviews, blogs and explore the website.

We enjoy drinks and biscuits but most importantly we love to talk about books that we take pleasure in or inspire us.  We are all avid readings and many students are reading their second or third books after a month and relishing the experience. 

You can follow us via the website, follow the link and search for The North Shadows in the group section.  Please read along with us and let us know your favourite book. The winner will be announced on Monday 20th June 2016.

Short List:

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

There Will Be Lies by Nicki Lake

One by Sarah Crossan

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

 

http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowing.php

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‘The Beatles Event’ at The Creative Collective, Ashford

27/04/16

The North School was honoured to be invited to exhibit students’ artwork for ‘The Beatles Event’ at The Creative Collective in Park Mall, Ashford during March 2016.

Two walls were dedicated to the School, which included forty three portraits from Year 7 and 8 students.  All pieces were judged and First, Second and Third prizes were awarded on the Opening Night by the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Geraldine Dyer.

The Creative Collective is an exciting initiative for Ashford and The North School are hoping to develop a long-standing and artistic relationship with the Collective.  We wish this venture every success for the future and highly recommend a visit.

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Parent Governor Election

25/04/16

I am writing to invite you to consider standing for election as a parent governor for this school or to nominate another parent to do so.

As you may know, every Kent school has a governing body that includes a number of categories of governors including parent governors.  All schools have between one and seven parents (depending on their type and size) who are elected to serve for a four-year period, though they may resign at any time.  

To read more click here.

Nomination forms for parents.

 

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The North School Spring Fair

18/04/16

The annual Spring Fair was once again a huge success and was attended by hundreds of local people. Visitors had the opportunity to look around the farm at the calves, sheep, goats and small animals as well as taking part in games including a coconut shy. There was a BBQ and refreshments too. Money raised from this event will go back into the farm to allow us to continue the great work we do with our animals, students and local community.

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Amendment to Term Dates

15/04/16

 

THE NORTH SCHOOL

2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR

 

TERM 1  : 

 

 

First day of school:

 

Last day of school:

 

Staff Development Day:

 

Holiday:

 

 

Wednesday 31st August 2016

 

Tuesday 18th October 2016

 

Tuesday 30th August 2016 (No Students)

 

Weds 19th October to Fri 28th October 2016

 

TERM 2  : 

 

 

First day of school:

 

Last day of school:

 

Holiday:

 

Monday 31st October 2016

 

Tuesday 20th December 2016

 

Weds 21st December 2016 to Tues 3rd January 2017

 

 

TERM 3  : 

 

 

First day of school:

 

Last day of school:

 

Holiday:

 

 

Wednesday  4th January 2017

 

Friday 10th February 2017

 

Mon 13th February to Fri 17th February 2017

 

TERM 4  : 

 

 

First day of school:

 

Last day of school:

 

Bank Holidays:

 

Holiday:

 

Monday 20th February 2017

 

Friday 31st March 2017

 

Friday 14th & Monday 17th April 2017

 

Mon 3rd April to Mon 17th April 2017

 

 

TERM 5  : 

 

 

First day of school:

 

Last day of school:

 

Bank Holidays:

 

Holiday:

 

Tuesday 18th April 2017

 

Friday 26th May 2017

 

Monday 1st May & Monday 29th May 2017

 

Tues 30th May to Fri 2nd June 2017

 

 

TERM 6  : 

 

 

First day of school:

 

Last day of school:

 

Staff Development Days:

 

Holiday:

 

Monday 5th June 2017

 

Friday 21st July 2017

 

Monday 3rd  & Monday 24th July 2017 (No Students)

 

Tues 25th July 2017 - to be confirmed.

 

 

A further two Staff Development Days are yet to be confirmed.

 

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Parent Forum Meeting

11/04/16

The next Parent Forum meeting will be held at 6-7pm on Monday 18th April 2016.

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The North School Farm Spring Fair

01/04/16

Saturday 16th April 2016 10am to 4pm.

BBQ, Refreshments, Tombola, Raffle, Climbing Wall, Stalls & Games.

Cows & Calves, Ewes & Lambs, Goats, Small Animals.

Adults £2.00, Children £1.00.

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Term Date - Amendment

22/03/16

It has come to our attention that there was a typing error relating to the half term dates on the Newsletter that went home with your child last week and we apologise for this error.

 

Please kindly note the following dates:

Term 5 ends on Friday 27th May 2016

Term Break dates are from Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June 2016.

Term 6 Starts on Monday 6th June 2016

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END OF TERM – THURSDAY 24TH MARCH 2016

14/03/16

END OF TERM – THURSDAY 24TH MARCH 2016

 

Please note that school will finish at the normal time of 3.00pm on the last day of Term 4.

 

We shall return on Monday 11th April.

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Getting ready for 6th form

25/01/16

Sixth Form interviews are currently underway.  All of year 11 will be receiving an interview during term 3 or 4 with either Mrs Matthews, Head of Sixth Form to discuss courses and entry requirements for the Sixth Form or Mrs Lamberton to receive support and guidance on apprenticeships and college programmes.

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Farm News

05/01/16

The North School Young Farmers Club exhibited livestock at the Ashford Cattle Show on Monday 30th November.

We took three cattle and six lambs from the farm and came home with our best results to date. The lambs were shown in pairs and we achieved a first place and two second places in classes of up to ten exhibits. We also had some fantastic results in the lamb young handlers classes including a first place, two second places and a third place. Holly Fuller went on to win Champion Young Handler. Well done Holly.

Our students also did extremely well in the cattle classes, gaining a first, second and third prize. Grace Kent exhibited a calf in the Young Handlers class and achieved first place. Grace then went on to win Reserve Champion. Excellent work Grace.

All the students worked really hard and showed really good teamwork whilst at the show. Well done to everyone who contributed to this successful event.

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Maths Challenge

05/01/16

On Thursday 5th November a number of our Sixth Form students took part in the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge. This is an individual problem solving challenge targeting the top 30% of mathematics students nationwide. The top performing student for 2015 was our very own year 12 student Massimo Intini. Our congratulations go to Massimo  Well Done. Other certificates were earned by our year 13 students Chris McLennen, Matt Cox, Matt Boulding, Jake Allcock and Lewis Bradford.This represents the largest SMC certificate haul ever for The North School!

"The UK Maths Challenge is a great way to challenge your maths skills. I really enjoyed doing it and would love to do it again." - Matt Boulding.

"The maths challenge was enjoyable and I would recommend it for any aspiring mathematicians, especially those intending to do A level maths." - Matt Cox.

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December Newsletter

05/01/16

The December 2015 issue of the school newsletter is now available. In this issue, read about the Ashford Cattle Show, Young Farmers' Club Awards Night, the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challange, and much more! Please click for more.

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