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|UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL TRIP       Home - Top||
Four students from Yr13 Applied Science Level 3 BTEC went on a visit to the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol on Monday 8th September with Mr. Motson from the Sciences Faculty. The aim of the trip was to allow students to familiarise themselves with laboratory procedures and practices at one of the biggest and most successful scientific research facilities in the world. To give an idea of the size and importance of the facility, The School of Chemistry has 260 Ph.D. students, 100 post-doctoral chemistry researchers and 62 professors working on treatments for cancer, the design of new materials and drugs and advanced analytical techniques to name a few.
The four students (Lora Jones, Hollie Powell, Megan McGonagle and Ellie Dunn) observed first-hand how safety, efficiency and effectiveness is an integral part of laboratory design. Students saw a wide range of advanced chemical apparatus including mass spectrometers, the ultrafast laser laboratory and cutting edge nanotechnology equipment. The range and size of the laboratories was inspiring. For example the School of Chemistry has 126 fume cupboards! In contrast, Wyedean School has four.
Students successfully used the information to bolster and augment their BTEC Assignments on Working in the Scientific Workplace. Part of our Science vision at Wyedean is to try and take Science out of the classroom where possible and allow students to experience it for real. We have worked closely with Dr. Tim Harrision from the University of Bristol who has delivered inspiring demonstrations to the current Year 8 and 9 year groups. We look forward to working more closely with the School of Chemistry to further improve of AS and A2 Chemistry outcomes and inspire more young scientists of tomorrow.
Our thanks to Dr. Tim Harrison University of Bristol, School of Chemistry (above).
|EARLY FINISH THURSDAY 2nd OCTOBER       Home - Top||Due to the Year 6 Open Evening on Thursday 2nd October, lessons will finish at lunchtime to allow students to depart at 1.20pm. The canteen will not be providing lunch, but will be open as normal at break time. The school buses will leave at 1.30pm instead of 3.30pm.
|BIG THANKS!!!       Home - Top||
Wyedean school and Sixth form would like to thank Chepstow garden Centre for supplying plants and shrubs and supporting the year six parents evening.
|THE WORLD'S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING       Home - Top||The staff have been busy doing their own homework this week; baking!
It's all for a good cause to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer as part of The World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Wyedean staff have been supporting this worthy cause for several years now and have raised hundreds of pounds with their sponges. This week is no different with a sumptuous display of home baking to tempt the tastebuds and bring in the donations for this very worthy cause. The event is taking place over two days to maximise the pleasure of the culinary delights.
|WYEDEAN SCHOOL IS OPEN...       Home - Top||
|YEAR 8 MATHS EXAM       Home - Top||Revision lists are being given to students by their class teachers, but they are now also available on moodle. If you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
|YEAR 8-9 INFORMATION EVENING       Home - Top||Click the following link to download the Year 8-9 Information evening handout for September 2014. Download
|YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING       Home - Top||
|ADULT COMMUNITY LEARNING       Home - Top||Adult Community Learning classes start next week - don't miss out. Download the Autumn brochure or ring 01291 625340 for further information. Enrol now!
|FUN RUN REMINDER       Home - Top||Thanks to all those who have already paid in the sponsorship money. Please do help us to make sure every bit of sponsorship money is paid to help the wide range of worthy causes to which we are attached. We would be grateful if you were able to ensure all outstanding money is paid in by September 26th. Money can be paid in to the cash office or through the online payment system, which can be accessed via our website. Thank you for your continued support.
|YEAR 7 MATHS       Home - Top||The maths department will not initially set year 7 students. We do not want to put any additional pressure on the students by assessing them whilst they settle into secondary school life. The students will be in teaching groups according to the data we have received from their primary schools for the first six weeks. Just before the half-term break they will have an assessment and then after the half-term they will be set. The assessments are not the only factor we use when setting students, we also take into account their attitude and effort in class.
We require all year 7 students to bring the appropriate equipment to maths lessons which includes a pen, pencil, ruler, protractor and calculator. If you require any of the equipment it can be purchased through the cash office.
|BEST EVER GCSE RESULTS AT WYEDEAN       Home - Top||Students at Wyedean have achieved the school's best ever set of GCSE results. Nearly 70% of Year 11 students achieved at least five A* - C grades, including English and Maths, an increase of over 15% on last year's figures. There were many outstanding individual achievements, as Wyedean students racked up a record number of 374 A* and A grades.
Headteacher Clive Pemberton said "I am absolutely delighted for our students, who have worked so hard to get these outstanding results. I am also delighted for the teaching staff at Wyedean; the school has been under a lot of pressure in the last twelve months, and every member of staff at Wyedean has shown fantastic commitment to ensure that our students fulfil their potential. Today's results are richly deserved, and show that once again Wyedean is delivering top quality education for all our students".
Huw Gilchrist; Will Maule; Owen Napper; Sam Calway; George Conridge.
George Conridge with a very proud father.
Rosie Maggs; Emma Paterson; Eleanor Johnson; Sophie Drinkwater; Bethan Phillips.
Lily Wingrove; Hannah Hobbs; Bethan Evans; Isabel Peart.
|EXCELLENT A LEVEL RESULTS AT WYEDEAN       Home - Top||A level students at Wyedean School's Sixth Form Centre have achieved another excellent set of results in this summer's exams.
Almost half of the grades achieved were A*, A or B, and there was an overall pass rate of 99%. The percentage of students achieving the highest A* grades doubled last year's figures, and the improved results mean that almost all students will move on to their first choice university or college, or to their chosen employment.
Headteacher Clive Pemberton said, "I am delighted with the performance of our students in this summer's exams. There have been some excellent achievements by students at all levels of ability, and the school this morning is full of happy, celebrating young people all looking forward to their future".
All had excellent results.
(L to R) Evie Walton, Leiran Powell.
(L to R) Holly Riordan, Paige Williams.
|SIXTH FORM SLEEP OUT       Home - Top||Wyedean School takes on 24-hour fundraising challenge Sleep Out, braving a thunder and lightning storm.
Sixth-form students at Wyedean School and Sixth Form in Sedbury, Gloucestershire, took part in an exciting 24-hour challenge. They spent the day undergoing challenging team building exercises which enabled them to build on their skills for success. The students worked together exploring the values of teamwork, leadership, resilience and empathy. Later, the students slept rough on the school grounds, reflecting on the skills they had learnt throughout the day.
Isla Arendell, Sixth Form Learning Mentor spoke to the students of her experiences working in the field of youth homelessness and once she had made clear the reality of how easy it is for seemingly "secure" young people to find themselves suddenly homeless, the students were determined to make the experience as realistic as possible.
The brave students and staff didn't let the thunder and lightning put them off and they made it through the night to raise sponsorship money for Shelter.
Mr Rhys Thomas, Head of Year 13 commented that "The event has tested the students to the limit, putting into practice the skills they learnt throughout the day and left them with a memorable experience. Despite only being able to re-create in a small way what it is like to be a rough sleeper, this event helped to give the students and their teachers an insight into what some people endure daily. It also provided an opportunity to consider other forms of homelessness and reflect on their skills needed for success".
|AS AND A LEVEL RESULTS DAY       Home - Top||AS and A level results day is Thursday 14th of August. Students can collect their results from main reception from 9.00am to 12.00 noon. People collecting results on behalf of students must bring ID and a letter of consent from the student concerned. Good luck everyone!
|MATHEMATICIANS RETURN TO WYEDEAN       Home - Top||This week, Wyedean saw the return of a former Maths teacher and a group of ex Wyedean Mathematicians.
Wyedean Maths Learning Area hosted a one day workshop attended by year 10 students from Wyedean, Ribston Hall, Cirencester Kingshill and Forest E-Act Academy. The day was run by Innovators in Mathematics Education and the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) educator, Kevin Lord. Mr Lord was, until three years ago, a teacher of Mathematics at Wyedean School before taking up the post with the FMSP which promotes and supports Mathematics and access to Further Mathematics for all students and teachers. Six ex-students of the school also attended the workshop to talk to the year 10s about their experiences in Maths, Physics, Computer Science degree courses and working at GCHQ since leaving Wyedean four years ago. Following the presentations, attendees took part in Maths challenge competitions and had the opportunity to interact with other schools to form high-performing teams. In the afternoon each ex-pupil held small group workshops with the Wyedean students and were able to teach in a fun and informal atmosphere. Teachers from each school attended with their students and were able to take part in the event which Lee Durbin, Head of Mathematics, hailed as a great success.
Group photo of former pupils Hannah, James, Andy, Martin, Owen and Will with Kevin Lord.
Lee Durbin Head of Maths at Wyedean marking challenges (left).
Students undertaking challenges.
|YEAR 9 FLD CHOICES (do not be left out)!       Home - Top||Please complete this form (found on the Wyedean Moodle Arts Award page) by midnight Wednesday to have the greatest chance in getting the choice you want for FLD
|FROM THE GAFF's GARY SUTTON       Home - Top||16 - 17, want to do something different? Action packed summer, includes a 2 week residential. Phone 01452 501008
|OFSTED REPORT 2014       Home - Top||Please click HERE to go to the Wyedean Ofsted page and download the latest Ofsted report.
|WYEDEAN NEWSLETTER       Home - Top||Issue 29 is now available. Please click HERE to download.
|WYEDEAN WORK EXPERIENCE       Home - Top||Students are currently out and about gaining valuable skills and experience on their work placements. The feedback that has been received so far is excellent and placements are being called and visited right through till Friday this week. Thanks very much for all of your support. Please pass on a huge well done to all of your sons and daughters for their hard work this week. If you wish to participate in the work experience evaluation survey, the link is as follows, please click:
|HEALTHY LIFESTYLE DAY       Home - Top||Monday 21st July.
• To promote/encourage our students to lead a healthy lifestyle.
• To get every pupil participating in some form of physical activity on Monday 21st July.
Students in years 8-11 will take part in a range of sporting/lifestyle activities from periods 1-5. Students need to be in Wyedean School PE kit for the whole day and please can you make sure they have sun cream and enough water for the day!
|ART COMPETITION       Home - Top||Friends of Wyedean School Parent's Association recently held a Primary School art competition with the theme of "Brazil". Children from various local Primary Schools submitted A3 artwork for judging in two categories; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The standard was very high and has created a great art display in G15. The judging took place on 30th June and Owen Burgess was announced as first prize winner in the KS2 category with his picture of a jaguar. The prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category were art materials. We are most grateful to DJB supplies for sponsoring this competition and supplying the prizes.
|SKI TRIP TO FRANCE, 2016       Home - Top||Please download the letter by clicking HERE
|HMI MONITORING 24th and 25th JUNE 2014       Home - Top||We have our second HMI monitoring visit today and tomorrow (Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th June). Three inspectors will be in school for the two days. If you have any comments you would like to make, please use Ofsted's Parent View website http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk .
|KS3 SCIENCE CLUB       Home - Top||Meets every Tuesday Lunchtime in S6.
This week Science Club dissect a sheep and look at the heart, lungs, liver and voice box:
Science Club meets every Tuesday lunchtime in room S6. Check out our trailer below:
|KS3 SCIENCE CLUB       Home - Top||Year 8 students use a telescope to look for sunspots on the surface of the sun and make their own planispheres in the first meeting of the KS3 Science Club.
|CONGRATULATIONS!       Home - Top||Congratulations to Jess Mizen for winning The Wyedean Festival Poster Competition. She wins £25 for her hard work and creativity. The Festival is on June 28th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm and entry is free. Please come along and enjoy The Chepstow Community Big Band, inflatables, BBQ and other stalls and attractions.
|STUDENTS WELCOMED AT BATH UNIVERSITY       Home - Top||A big well done to the 30 students from Years 8 - 11 who attended the trip to Bath University last Friday (June 6th). The students had a chance to learn about university life by working closely with students, currently at Bath, on a range of activities. They were given tours of the university, interviewed current undergraduates about their experiences and worked on activities designed to help them think about their futures regarding higher education and careers. Our students performed superbly throughout the day and were very positive about the learning experiences offered by the trip.
|THE GAFF       Home - Top||Please click on the link below to find out more about what's going on at our local youth centre. The centre was re-opened two years ago and some amazing things are happening to help to engage our local youngsters.