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  • End of Term Arrangements

    Published 12/12/18

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    It has been another busy and successful term at Sarah Bonnell with much to celebrate. This week all year groups will have achievement assemblies to celebrate these successes and recognise some individual achievements.

    Your daughter is invited to take part in Festive Jumper Day on Friday 14 December. This fund-raising event will require a £2 donation for the privilege of replacing normal school uniform with clothes of her own choice including a festive winter jumper. The money raised will go to United World Schools, the school charity, for whom we have committed to raise £5000 each year. The £2 donation will be collected on the morning of 14 December at the school gate and the money will be sent to UWS to support their on-going work with the school we sponsor in Cambodia.

    Friday 21st December will be the final day of term, your daughter should arrive at the usual time of 8.25am. She will follow her normal timetable until she is dismissed from school at 1:10pm. The Spring Term begins on Monday 7th January 2019 at the usual time for all students.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your on-going support of the school   and wish all those celebrating this Christian festival a very happy Christmas and everyone a peaceful and successful new year.

    Yours faithfully,

    Rae Potter


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  • Enhanced Learning Day

    Published 06/12/18

    Thursday 6 December 2018

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 30th November 2018

    Published 03/12/18

    Sarah Bonnell students at The AllBright Club

    On Thursday 29th November three of our Year 11 students, Melanie, Sephora and Sorrell, represented Sarah Bonnell at the Fitzrovia AllBright Club. The students were invited by Seyi Akiwowo, Executive Director of Glitch and former Sarah Bonnell Student, who was chair of the event.  Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene, authors of ‘Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible’ were keynote speakers at the event. The event focused on the issues pertinent to black girls and young women in society today with the authors of the book speaking about their motivation for writing the book and their own experiences growing up in London. The students were also interviewed about the issues black girls face online and the possible solutions to these issues. It was an inspiring evening and the students were eloquent, thoughtful ambassadors for Sarah Bonnell and for their generation. Huge thanks to Seyi for providing this opportunity – a great example of how Sarah Bonnell alumni can support our current students by giving them confident, successful, ambitious and powerful role models. Aim High

    December is ‘Be Nice’ month    

    This year we have matched on one of our five school values to every month on the school calendar. December is linked to ‘Be Nice ‘and the Year 8 team are leading the way with a ‘Happy Tree’ with different rewards available for students each day. Be Nice

    Year 11 find out about Sixth Form and prepare for GCSEs

    On Wednesday Sarah Bonnell welcomed over 20 different Sixth Form colleges to the Piazza for our annual Sixth Form Fair. It was great seeing so many of our former Year 11 students and hearing about their Key Stage 5 courses at places like Brampton, London Academy of Excellence, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form and more.

    Mr Archer, Ms Whitfield and Mr Hudson also gave advice about how to revise effectively and prepare for the GCSE exams. Year 11 Practice Exams take place in December and January.

    Tickets are selling fast for our brilliant school show ‘A Christmas Carol’

    If you haven’t got your tickets yet, there is still time! The shows are on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December at 7pm in the Assembly hall. Tickets are £2 for students and £4 for adults and can be purchased from student services.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

    Rae Potter - Headteacher

    Sarah Bonnell School

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 23rd November 2018

    Published 26/11/18

    Sarah Bonnell students start Girls Network

    Year 10 went to Pinsent Mason on Monday 19 November to meet the professionals who have volunteered to mentor and coach students from Sarah Bonnell as part of The Girls Network. After a successful matching event on the 5 November 2018 the students began their mentoring sessions to support their Year 11 preparation for exam and post 16 options. This coaching and mentoring helps develop leadership qualities and make them resilient young women.  Be Proud Year 10 Parents Evening Sarah Bonnell has a great tradition of working together with parents and carers to ensure students get the support they need to achieve their full potential. So it was a real pleasure to see so many families at our Year 10 Parents Evening on Wednesday. There were plenty of meaningful conversations between teachers and parents /carers about learning and Mr Begley, Assistant Headteacher, Ms Costas, Year Leader and Mr Keenan, Progress Leader were really proud to share how well the year group have settled in to their GCSE courses.

    Our next parent event is for Year 11 on Wednesday 28th November 2018 – there will be information about Sixth Form and Post 16 options as well as information about GCSE exam preparation. Don’t forget you can get in touch with your daughter’s Year Leader or Progress Leader at any time during the year. Work Hard Sarah Bonnell’s Sustainability Presentation On Thursday 22nd November Year 8 students presented their sustainability presentations suggesting ways the school can become more environmentally friendly. The students involved spent 6 weeks working with The London Stadium Learning centre based in the Olympic Park learning about sustainability. The project included a visit to The Siemans Crystal where they found inspiration for their own ideas for the Sarah Bonnell community. The suggestions included innovative ways to recycle and reduce single use plastic. Be Nice

    Newham Community Schools Trust – working together on Challenge and Well-being

    On 23 November staff from our three schools – Rokeby, Lister and Sarah Bonnell worked together on curriculum planning with a focus on Well-being and Challenge. Our guest speaker was Dave Keeling from Laughology. Dave made us laugh and shared the importance of feelings. Staff were re-energised and galvanized to continue creating environments where students can feel confident, happy and inspired to learn. Aim High and No Excuses Sarah Bonnell wish those celebrating Guru Nanak’s Birthday an enjoyable time with family and the wider Sikh community.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 16th November 2018

    Published 16/11/18

    Sarah Bonnell’s curriculum is broad, balanced and brilliant!

    This week the Sarah Bonnell Leadership Team have been reflecting on Ofsted’s renewed focus on the curriculum regarding the three ‘I’s’ of the curriculum – Intent, Implementation and Impact. I know the SB curriculum ticks the guidance. It is broad enough for all students to learn a range of different subjects, balanced enough to ensure students have the right access to pathways that secure the appropriate next steps in further education, training or work and brilliant because it is engaging, enriching and effective. If you would like to find out more about one aspect of our curriculum called the KS4 Pathways Curriculum please follow the link to watch the latest film.

    Our curriculum is so much more than just the subjects taught on the time-table. As John Dunford said it is ‘the whole experience of school’ including clubs, educational visits, professional relationships between students and staff and the development of character through form time, school council and other leadership roles. November has been jam-packed with examples of this ‘broad, balanced and brilliant’ curriculum. Sarah Bonnell students have shown their curiosity, creativity and commitment in and out of lessons – read more below Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell students get ‘STEAMed’ up

    On Thursday 8 November the Science, Technology, Computing and Business, Art and Maths teams came together to deliver a whole day of activities to inspire learning about these curriculum areas. Ms Adel, Associate Senior Leader, did a great job of coordinating the day which included workshops led by Maverick Medics and a visit to an inflatable planetarium. During lunch-time the Maths hall was buzzing with activities led by students and staff including opportunities to build mathematical models, make lava lamps, solve problems, code computer micro-bits and more. Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell students unite in support of national Anti-bullying week

    As part of our on-going work to promote positive relationships in school, Deputy Headgirl Melanie Corbin worked with other members of the Student Leadership Team including Taylor, Mathu, Merle to strengthen commitment to one of the key Sarah Bonnell values ‘Be Nice’. There were assemblies about Anti-bullying Week and the student leaders created a great interactive display of the pledges supporting this message.  Be Nice 

    Sarah Bonnell students shine at Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018

    Students from Years 8-10 performed in two plays at this prestigious national event hosted locally by Stratford Circus. The performances got great feedback from the audience and Director of the Festival. Special thanks must go to Ms Griffiths, Ms Jim and Mr Bentley for their excellent productions and giving the girls this great opportunity.

    Girls Network are off to a flying start

    Students in Year 10 went to Pinsent Mason on Monday 5 November with Ms Sangster and Mr Rudland to meet the professional women who have volunteered to give some time out of their working week to mentor and coach students from Sarah Bonnell as part of The Girls Network. This opportunity gives students access to meaningful coaching and mentoring from women who have ‘been there and done it’ –role models to inspire our girls to go on to even greater success.

    Sarah Bonnell Silver Arts Award

    On Wednesday 7 November the Art Curriculum Area hosted an event to show-case the creative leadership skills of students following the Silver Arts Award in partnership with Bow Arts. The after-school events gave parents, visitors and students the chance to try different creative techniques and appreciate the art work on display.

    GCSE Awards Evening 

    On Wednesday 15 November we welcomed back our Year of 2018 to present their official GCSE certificates and present some special awards for achievement and contribution to the school. Head Girl 2017-2018, Hannah Dale, gave a nice speech reminding the year group to cherish the memories they have and continue to follow their dreams. Ms Brown, Ms Ihsan and Mr Rudland gave speeches too, thanking the students for their contribution to school life and reminding them to keep in touch

    ‘Once a Sarah Bonnell girl. Always a Sarah Bonnell girl’.

    Guest speaker Alex O’Brien, a Science Writer, talked about the importance of hard work and determination before announcing Zaynah Ali as the winner of the O’Brien Family Scholarship 2018. This generous scholarship, funded by the O’Brien family, provides financial support of up to £24 000 to one Sarah Bonnell student over the fiveyear period of Key Stage 5 and University. The scholarship is awarded after a rigorous and fair selection process and is intended to support with funding educational resources and experiences. Last year’s winner, Binta Bah, came back to give some words of advice on coping with the first year of A ‘Level and also explained how she has benefited from the scholarship by using it to pay for BMAT exams, the Gap Medics programme and essential books and resources.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • School Letter: 9th November

    Published 09/11/18

    Dear Parent(s) / Person(s) with Parental Responsibility,      

    I am writing to update you regarding the issue of False Widow Spiders that has been affecting Newham recently and let you know more about how this has affected Sarah Bonnell School and how we have responded.

    The safety and well-being of students, staff and visitors to the school is of the highest importance and throughout this period I have taken every precaution to respond quickly to any issues or concerns that have been reported to me.

    Students and staff are doing a great job of keeping both vigilant and calm about this issue. When individual issues have been reported, or there have been worries or concerns shared about the presence or effect of spiders, these have been taken seriously and followed-up using the guidance from Public Health England and the London Borough of Newham.

    In addition, Sarah Bonnell commissioned site surveys by the authorised Pest Control team and their expert advice has been followed throughout every stage of treatment of the school site. This involved spraying and fogging the exterior and interior areas of the school with an approved pesticide. School buildings and outdoor areas have been safe to use within four hours of any of these pesticide treatments. The contract we now have with the Pest Control team includes regular monitoring of the school site to check for presence of these spiders or their nests.

    Sarah Bonnell School does not have a False Widow Spider infestation, unlike other local schools that were forced to close, but I will continue to monitor the situation and act in the best interests of the school community should this situation change.

    I hope this letter reassures you that any evidence of False Widow Spiders has been treated seriously.

    Don’t forget you can keep up to date with everything that is going on at school through the Sarah Bonnell website

    Yours faithfully,

    Rae Potter


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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 2nd November 2018

    Published 02/11/18

    Black History Month Guest Speaker says ‘there’s a great feeling of sisterhood here’

    On Tuesday 30 October Sarah Bonnell students staged their first Black History Month Celebration Evening for parents, friends and foundation governors of the school. There were exhibitions of art work exploring ideas linked to culture, colonialism and racism and performances from Lola, SB Poet Laureate, the talented Sarah Bonnell choir and Jade Anthony. The guest speaker was Seyi Akiwowo one of the Sarah Bonnell Alumni and founder of Glitch. Seyi inspired everyone by sharing her path to success from Sarah Bonnell to politics to founding Glitch – a platform to end on-line abuse. Seyi congratulated the students for staging the event and commented that they should be proud of the atmosphere of sisterhood that has been created at the school.  The evening was rounded off with a dance performance from Year 10 students who got the audience joining in with a finale performance of Candy. Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell students are inspired by ‘The Wolves’. Two groups of students had the opportunity to attend a performance at the Theatre Royal Stratford East called ‘The Wolves’. The performance got the girls thinking about the experiences of young women growing up in society today.

    Sarah Bonnell students get debating with Debate Mate Launch

    As part of our work on improving literacy and developing speaking and listening skills, Mr Begley and Ms Sahebdhin took a group of students to take part in the launch of this years Debate Mate competition. Students gained some training and advice on debating and practiced their public speaking skills on a range of topics.  Aim High

    Respecting Cultural Diversity

    Sarah Bonnell  places great importance on recognising and celebrating the cultural diversity of our school and our wider community. Throughout the year we give students the opportunity to enjoy learning about the values, beliefs and traditions that sit behind some of the most important local, national or global events, festival and ceremonies. This week Mr Munoz, Deputy Curriculum Leader for World Languages and Ms Biltcliffe, Curriculum Leader for PSHCE, delivered assemblies and craft activities on the Mexican Day of the Dead.

    Next week Sarah Bonnell will be marking the religious festival of Diwali – Festival of Lights and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all staff and students celebrating this festival a very happy Diwali. Be Proud

    Dates for your diary ……..

    Next week Sarah Bonnell will be performing at the Stratford Circus as part of the Shakespeare Schools festival. Please come along and support the students – tickets are available from the Box Office and are selling fast! The quality of the acting is always superb.

    On Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December the Sarah Bonnell School Production is a contemporary version of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Tickets will be going on sale soon.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 19th October 2018

    Published 24/10/18

    Year 7 Celebration of Learning

    On Wednesday Sarah Bonnell held its annual Celebration of Learning Evening. Year 7 students were proud to be able to show off their work and parents even got to see the drama performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of our Transition Project in partnership with The Globe Theatre. All the work on display demonstrated what a great first half-term Year 7 have had at Sarah Bonnell .  Be Proud

    Headteacher’s Student of the Week

    Todat I met two girls in Year 10 who had been nominated for the Headteacher’s Student of the Week Award by Mr Walsh, Progress Leader and Teacher of English. Maariyah and Naz had written a rap to the theme tune of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ all about Victorian England and the plight of the working class. This was all part of their background research on Victorian England to help them understand the context of the novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ written by Charles Dickens.  Well done to Maariyah and Naz! Work Hard

    Sarah Bonnell Foundation Governors

    The Sarah Bonnell Foundation Governors met on Wednesday and were pleased to hear about the impact the foundation has on students’ achievement and well-being. One Governor praised the students at Sarah Bonnell for making such a positive difference to their local community.

    Janet Williams, and representatives from our Student Senior Leadership Team paid respects to Sarah Bonnell’s memorial stone in St Mary’s church, Walthamstow.  2019 is the 250 Birthday of Sarah Bonnell School and I am looking forward to planning events to celebrate.

    Half-term holiday

    Just a reminder that school is closed from Monday 22 – Friday 26 October. I look forward to the start of another successful half-term on Monday 29 October.

    Rae Potter, Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 12th October 2018

    Published 12/10/18

    Parents say Sarah Bonnell is ‘impressive’

    On Wednesday Sarah Bonnell held its annual Open Evening for admission to the school in September 2019. It was very successful, with hundreds of visitors keen to find out what makes us a great girls school. Students and staff were proud to be able to show  our excellent facilities, take the Year 6 and their families on tours of the school and help them experience activities linked to all the different subjects we offer here. One parent told me he thought the school was ‘impressive and that staff and students were great ambassadors for the school’ and another said ‘I really want my daughter to come here’. It was really nice seeing our current students helping Year 6 get involved in different activities in Science, Computer Science, Geography and Maths and hearing their feedback about the drama performance and exhibition of trampolining skills. Aliyah , Headgirl, gave a welcome speech that told Year 6 about the way she has been supported and encouraged to develop her confidence and the different experiences she has benefited from during her time here and three Year 7 students gave great advice to Year 6 about the clubs we have on offer, the interesting lessons and how easy it has been for them to make friends. I am always impressed with the students at Sarah Bonnell and I am pleased that Open Evening gave them a chance to show how proud they are of their school and their own achievements. Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell are in the ‘top ten’ at the Borough Cross Country competition .

    PE students accompanied Ms Emmerson and Ms Barnard to Wanstead Flats to compete in the borough Cross Country competition. Well done to all the girls for completing the distance and representing Sarah Bonnell well at this annual event and special congratulations to those who came in the top ten in the borough! Be Proud

    Students inspired by author at Stratford Library 

    On Wednesday students visited Stratford Library with Ms Whitehouse and Ms Sangster to hear a talk from Catherine Johnson as part of our celebration of Black History Month. Catherine is an author of several fiction and non-fiction books that promote Black History and the girls gained a lot from hearing her speak about the topics she writes about and how.  Aim High

    International Day of the Girl – 11 October 

    Sarah Bonnell has been celebrating the International Day of the Girl this week because as we place great importance on encouraging all our students to be ambitious and to understand the issues around equality of opportunity. The United Nations International Day of the Girl reminds us of the many challenges faced by girls across the globe. 600 million teenage girls will enter the workforce in the next decade and more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in low or no pay jobs where abuse and exploitation are common. The United Nations Secretary General , Antonio Guterres , said "On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential’

    This lines-up with our school values of ‘Aim High , Be Proud and No Excuses’ and our focus on providing opportunities for our girls to develop attitudes and skills that will help them have the courage and confidence to break through barriers they may face in the world of work, in the family and in society. No Excuses

    Healthy Schools – eat well, think well, feel well and get active

    We continue to focus on Healthy Schools status in order to encourage the Sarah Bonnell community to be healthy in mind and body. Please remember to ensure your daughter brings only healthy snacks in to school. Crisps, Fizzy drinks, sweets and other foods high in sugar and salt are not permitted.  Be Nice

    Rae Potter - Headteacher

    Sarah Bonnell School

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 5th October 2018

    Published 05/10/18

    Black History Month 2018

    Our annual celebration of Black History Month got off to a great start this week with an inspiring display in the Piazza on the theme of Colonialism. The display is generating discussion and there are follow-up activities in Form Time to provide opportunities to celebrate and recognise the diversity of our school community and learn how history has shaped the world we live in today.

    In addition, students and staff are busy planning an evening of celebration on Tuesday 30 October which will include guest speakers, musical performances, poetry readings and more. Look out for more details in the coming weeks. Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell girls inspire the next generation of Drama teachers

    University College London Institute of Education visited Sarah Bonnell Drama Department on Tuesday to deliver a Shakespeare workshop with Year 9 Drama students. Drama trainee teachers came along to work with Year 9 students on the theme of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Jane Coles said @The Year 9 pupils were a real credit to their teachers and to the school. This year we were all most impressed by the girls’ existing knowledge of Shakespeare and the serious, committed way in which they approached the activities. Overall the morning was a very positive experience for the student teachers who are just about to begin their first placement schools.  At the end of the workshop, we invited your girls to offer some advice to our students as they enter the profession – an opportunity which they accepted with mature consideration.’

    The trainee teachers gave great feedback on the workshop and our students enjoyed taking part. Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell Digital Leaders share top tips with parents

    On Wednesday evening our Digital Leaders shared an important presentation on ‘On-line Safety’ to a group of interested parents who attending the first of a series of Parent Workshops this year. The feedback from parents was very positive and all left with tips about how to promote safety online.Be Nice

    The chicks have hatched

    As part of our work towards Healthy Schools status and our drive to teach students about sustainability we have been working with an organisation that provides an incubator with some hen eggs so that students can see them hatch and learn from this process. There has been a lot of interest from students (and staff) and the chicks have now hatched! 

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • ​​​​​​​Headteacher's Weekly Message: 28th September 2018

    Published 02/10/18

    Business Links provide great opportunities 

    As part of our Futures Curriculum we have been fortunate enough to get some great links with The FCA. The FCA is the UK financial regulator, their job is to protect consumers and ensure the financial markets work fairly. As part of their work in the Newham community they want to help young people find pathways into work, higher education and self-employment and have teamed up with Sarah Bonnell and Rokeby to deliver a programme called Inspiring Futures. Their aim is to get young people thinking about their future and reaching their potential. At the end of the programme our students and their parents/carers will be invited to celebrate their achievements at a graduation event held at the head office. The programme  kicked off with a fantastic launch event at the newly built offices in the Stratford Olympic Park on Tuesday 25th September. Two students from Sarah Bonnell and Rokeby School unveiled the plaque with Andrew Bailey, CFO of the FCA. Staff from the FCA said ‘ Our last building was opened by the Queen, we thought it would be nice to invite some other VIPs to open our new building in the Stratford Olympic Park’ . Be Proud

    Headgirl – Aliyah Irabor-York abseils the Orbit

    On Friday 28th September Aliyah Irabor-York took part in a fundraising event for the charity TeachFirst.  Aliyah completed an 80m abseil down the Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Aliyah did a fantastic job and was praised by everyone who attended the event. Aim High

    Jack Petchey Award Winners 2018

    On Monday 24th September the following students attended the Newham Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony. Students had received their awards during 2017-2019 for making a difference to their school and their community. Some students had helped out during the winter months at the Salvation Army shelter, while others lead and delivered social media training for students. Well done to Diana Hysenaj, Faythe Desousa, Elisabeth woods, Munibah Kousar, Niamh Raggett, Nusrat Rashid, Hizela Trindade de Lucas, Shukri Yusuf and Mathumithaa Yoganathan. Be Nice. Aim High.

    Extended Learning Day

    Students were involved in a wide range of different activities on the first Extended Learning Day of the school year. Mr Archer, Assistant Headteacher put together a brilliant programme with the help and support of our talented Sarah Bonnell staff. Trips, activities and guest speakers inspired girls in different year groups to get thinking about health, wellbeing and diversity. Thank you to all staff who planned and delivered special events for the girls including a very successful trip to France, an inspiring talk from Olympic athlete and 100m hurdler and great Sports Competition for Year 11  . Aim High. Work Hard

    Open Evening 2018

    Next Wednesday is Open Evening for entry in September 2019. This will be a great opportunity for families with a child in Year 6 to visit the school and find out what makes our school such a great place to learn  and develop. Headteacher and Headgirl talks will be at 5.15pm and 6.00pm. See you then !

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 21st September 2018

    Published 24/09/18

    London Design Week 2018

    As part of our school focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) our creative Art, Design and Technology Curriculum Area got students taking part in a range of events to celebrate London Design Week. There were presentations in Form Time and an inspiring display in the Piazza. The culmination of events took place on Thursday with a range of different activities to get students thinking about the links between recycling and design. Students made rugs with recycled materials including recycled plastic bags and made pledges to change their behaviour to reduce the use of single use plastics and respect the environment. Be Nice

    Run the River – Headgirl completes the 5km run in 38minutes after giving a speech 

    On Tuesday 18 September Aliyah Irabor-York took part in a high-profile fundraising event ‘Run the River’ for the charity TeachFirst.  The event is sponsored by Citi Bank and hundreds of Citi staff supported the charity run. Aliyah was invited to speak at the beginning of the event in order to motivate the runners – she did a fantastic job and was praised by bosses at the event. During her speech she thanked Mr Walsh, Progress Leader for Year 7 and English teacher, for his inspirational support and great teaching.   Be Proud

    Come and see us in action – Open Mornings

    Sarah Bonnell is busy recruiting for September 2019. The next Open Morning is on Thursday 27 September 2018 – you can visit lessons and see the school in action! See the website for more details and take a look at our short-film showing highlights from our 2017 Open Evening.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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