Parent News

Summer Term 2019
Friday 3rd May 2019

A Spring Weekend in Madrid

Our fifth annual ‘Learn on Location’ long-weekend trip to Madrid, was again a fantastic experience for the students and an outstanding success.
A Spring Weekend in Madrid
At the end of last term, thirty-four Year 9 students and staff enjoyed a long weekend filled with great experiences in the Spanish capital. The hot and sunny weather was a great backdrop to exploring many of Madrid’s key sites including the Royal Palace, Retiro Park, the Plaza Mayor and Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium. A few lucky students were treated to the experience of a lifetime, watching Real Madrid play against Spanish side Sociedad Deportiva Huesca, at the Bernabeu with Mr Whitley.
A Spring Weekend in Madrid
Students put their Spanish skills to good use whenever possible; while purchasing souvenirs, ordering lunch whilst enjoying typical cuisine in the restaurants. On the Sunday morning, the group visited a famous flea market, El Rastro, with an opportunity to barter for their purchases in Spanish. They also visited a traditional Churrería, to try out ‘Churros con chocolate’. The trip was a huge linguistic and cultural experience for the students, with some unforgettable memories created that will last a lifetime. A big thank you to Mrs Rubio-Weston for again organising such a wonderful trip, as well as, Mr Whitley, Mrs Chapman and Miss McConville for their assistance and giving up their weekend.

Codebreaking at Bletchley Park

Sixty budding Year 8 engineers spent the day at Bletchley Park last week, once the top-secret home of the World War II Codebreakers.
Codebreaking at Bletchley Park
They spent the day learning about how intelligence was gathered during the war and how the messages and plans of the German army were deciphered - all of which helped develop some of the earliest computers.
Codebreaking at Bletchley Park
The group were lucky enough to have a guided tour and a workshop where they attempted to carry out their own code-breaking and even type on a real Enigma Machine from WWII. The students were incredibly well behaved and an absolute credit to the school.
Codebreaking at Bletchley Park