Music Tour Sets Off

Our musicians have set off for their tour of Barcelona and Costa Brava - three concerts and a whole new culture to explore!


Heads of School Announced

At the final assembly of the school year today, the Principal announced the Heads of House and Heads of School for the Secondary Phase for the 2019-20 academic year.

Congratulations to the new Heads of House:

 Brook’s  Matthew B
 Butler’s  Eve W
 Howard’s  Louise O
 Howson’s   Ashima V
 School  Arel A
 Selwyn’s  Molly R

and the Heads of School:

 Head Boy  Chinedum A
 Head Girl   Olivia P

The names of four new PPC Centurions will be added to the honours board for the 2018-19 academic year:

• Mikayla D-C
• Neve W
• Scarlett T
• Laurence P W

These pupils have received over 100 PPC points in the year – a PPC point is awarded by a member of staff when a pupil has been reflective, ambitious, curious, innovative, focussed or resilient in a lesson. 


Mood Boosting Books

In September, we will be launching our Student Well-being Library. Inspired by the 'Books on Prescription' scheme running in local libraries around the country, we have successfully bid for a community grant from Tesco to create our own Well-being Libraries in school for staff and students. The libraries house books around mental health and well-being in order to guide and inform, in addition to works of fiction identified as 'mood lifting books'.

We hope that by creating a library for both staff and students we can foster a culture of openness and therefore help to reduce the stigma around mental health. Books will be available to all secondary phase pupils in the school library from September.

Mrs N Styles (Inclusion Mentor)


Imagineering Ideas into Successful Solutions

This has been momentous and successful term under the Imagineering roof.

Two Year 9 teams entered the Unilever Bright Futures Competition and their brief was to design and develop a product which focuses on reducing single use plastics. Over the last few weeks this has been particularly poignant as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has investigated the use and disposal of plastic in a BBC series entitled ‘War on Plastic’.

The ‘Glow-up’ team developed a plastic free hair care product and the ‘Hygienegg’ team developed an all-in-one body wash and hair product with no plastic packaging. Having won the competition, ‘Glow-up’ were invited by Unilever to spend two days with their experts, developing their products with their formulation and packaging experts.

As a result of their products, both teams were entered into the Big Bang North West regional final in the Liverpool Exhibition Centre this week. Success again! This time ‘Hygienegg’ who had listened to the advice from Unilever, and modified their design and packaging and came back with real grit and resilience were selected as 1 of 10 teams who will represent the North West in the national Big Bang Scientists and Engineering Fair in March.

Huge congratulations to both teams whose hard work and effort over 6 months paid off to enable them to win the two competitions.

The Arkwright National Engineering Scholarship is a prestigious award given to a limited number of GCSE students who have demonstrated their intellectual ability and problem solving skills through an application, an examination, group tests and interviews with academics and industrialists. Congratulations to Ruari W who has been awarded an Arkwright Scholarship for 2019. He will be sponsored by a company which will enable him to gain invaluable work experience in the field, attend courses across the country and spend his prize money!
This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the successes of our budding engineers as they have worked with the Design Technology Department and supported by the Wilton Scholars Trust.

Glow-up team: Agsith R, Amelia Y, Amelia R, Emily C and Seif Y.
Hygieneggg team: Emily T, Lucy C and Ethan F.

Mr P Cartwright


Secret Garden Mural

The final touches to the Secret Garden project were completed this week, with the installation of the art work for the wall of the garden by Year 11 pupil Sean W:

Having just completed a 60ft mural opposite Edge Lane shopping centre (as featured in the Liverpool Echo on Wednesday), I came into school to work on a mural behind the Biology building in the Secret Garden. I used 15 different colours to piece together a pair of butterfly wings that everyone can enjoy and take their pictures by. I incorporated links to school subjects such as a football, paint palette, globe etc, and finished it off with a couple of illustrated characters. It was a really fun project to work on!

Sean W (Y11)


Chaplaincy News

In September, a new meeting and prayer space will be made available for the work of our Chaplaincy. The Tinling Room will serve as a place for prayer and quiet reflection for pupils and staff.

Mr Hammersley (Chaplain) will also be introducing The Maynard Society which will give interested pupils an opportunity to pray for others, talk about the Christian Faith and to ask deep questions about God and the Christian Good news.

The Tinling Room and Maynard Society are named after two Old Lerpoolians (OLs) who quite without knowing it were instrumental in beginning a Student Christian organisation which spread around the world and has impacted many thousands, if not millions of people.

In his first year at school in the 1850s, Alfred Martin Maynard made a close friend in James Tinling. They both shared a sincere and deeply held Christian faith.

One day, JS Howson, the Principal at the time, found the two boys in a shady corner of the school Hall. He demanded to know what they were doing. They explained that they had met to pray for their friends. Howson’s response was ‘go there as often as you will for that purpose’. One of their friends appreciated their efforts in prayer, and recalled years later, ‘how much we owed in the way of good example to these two’.

Both Alfred and James went up to Cambridge University, where they sought permission for a daily prayer meeting to which any member of the university would be welcome. On 24 November 1862 Alfred Maynard led the first daily prayer meeting at the university and the practice was continued by successive generations of Cambridge students. In 1876 the group became the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. Over the following decades this model was replicated in Universities across the country (UCCF – Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship), and eventually the world becoming the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in 1947. Both these organisations are still active today and many Christians, under God, owe their conversion and maturation of their faith to the work of these fellowships.

Both Tinling and Maynard went on to ordination as ministers in the church. Alfred Maynard became vicar of Wembley, and later vicar of Totland Bay in the Isle of Wight. He retired to the Isle of White where in 1918 he died. James Tinling was ordained into the congregational ministry in 1875; he worked in Finchley and then the City Road until his retirement in 1898, when he moved to Ealing. There he lived until 1933 when he died at the age of 91.

Mr P Hammersley


Y6 Book Illustration Arts Workshop

Our Arts ambassadors were active again, sharing their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm with our younger pupils.

Sean W (Y11), having recently completed his GCSEs, returned to school to conduct an art and illustration workshop with our Year 6 pupils. He gave a presentation on his own practice; including work from recent commissions, his series of illustrated published books and private commissions. His art company is quite an impressive achievement and this provided both inspiration and aspiration. His love and passion for Art was evident throughout the morning.

Pupils began by exploring the work of illustrators they may recognise, from the popular Gruffalo and numerous characters brought to life by Axel Scheffler for Julia Donaldson through to the expressive drawings of Quentin Blake for Roald Dahl. Pupils discussed how illustrators could literally bring books to life through their magical expressive powers. Pupils then set to work on a group illustration inspired by the jungle animal theme of Scheffler and the logo sloth design produced by Sean for his illustration company. This culminated in a lively jungle composition entitled ‘The Jungle Sloth’ which will be exhibited in school from next week.

Mrs S Hardisty