Billy Elliot

On Thursday 18th of November Jez and Becky took a group up to London to see

the fabulous performance of Billy Elliot.

The stage production is so much better than the film version we all felt.

The singing, dancing and choreography of thirty or more people dance

fighting across stage has to be seen to be believed!

At points in the show it’s very hard not to cry..especially when Billy’s

mum’s ghost comes back to sing to him about how proud she is to have known


At least two of the group cried at four separate parts in the play. Luckily

there are lots of very funny moments to lighten the atmosphere.

To cap it all Covent Garden had their Christmas decorations up and a very

very yummy open air food market. We just had to sample their wares.

A brilliant day. We recommend it.

November 29th, 2010 by Becki in Links for students

Have Bikes, will travel.

After a truly succesful morning repairing and maintaining bikes, we took a cycle trip with Michael Phil and Mick, 2.5 hours, stopped at church in North Cadbury for a look around, and lunch in Compton Pauncefoot. We found a pencil on the floor at Compton church and both Michael and myself said “there’s a geocache around here somewhere” when I later checked on google earth, there is indeed a geocache at that church.

9 Miles in all, on a clear but cold November friday.

November 26th, 2010 by PhilS in Links for students

KS4 Art

KS4 students have been looking at Natural Forms and investigating the works of Andy Goldsworthy amongst others. Their objective was to to work together to create a 2D and a 3D sculpture, using the circle as their starting point.

Well done to all the students who took part. The sculptures looked amazing!!

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November 23rd, 2010 by Ian in Links for students

XL Winners!

Vicky, Jemma, Julia, Ian, Patrick, Joe and Leah all went to Bristol’s Old Vic theatre last week to see Kenny be awarded the Educational Achiever of the Year award in the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success (South West) ceremony. It was a big event and we are all very proud of Kenny’s achievement which was completely deserved (even though as it came as quite a surprise to him). Vicky also earned a much deserved certificate as Kenny’s ‘Champion’.

Kenny now goes on to the National Awards in London next year.

November 23rd, 2010 by Ian in Links for students, News


It’s been so busy here we completely forget to tell you about our Ofsted inspection! How could we? We were quite nervous going in because although we know that we’ve improved in every way in the time since our previous inspection, in the words of Ofsted itself, “the goal posts have been moved’. We’re judged using the same criteria as mainstream schools and this makes it very tough. All the advice we had been getting was telling us that the most we could hope for was a judgement that we were ‘satisfactory’. So you can imagine how please we were to be graded as…






Ofsted described as a caring centre, which is what we always strive to be. We were rated as outstanding for the effectiveness of our care, guidance and support; for safeguarding; for the effectiveness of our partnership work; and for the effectiveness of our engagement with parents and carers.

We’d like you to read the whole report as it says lots of nice things about us. It’s available as a pdf file here.

November 23rd, 2010 by Ian in News

Rememberance Poster

Sue created this fantastic war memorial poster for Private Peaceful in Gimp Today

Well done Sue!

November 9th, 2010 by PhilS in Links for students

Cycling Stur to Shill Trailway

The Cycling group were out and about again on Friday, trying out the Sturminster Newton Trailway. Another disused railway line cutting through some of Dorsets beautiful countryside. We chose the railway station renovation project in Shillingstone as the perfect spot for lunch and had a quick chat with the volunteers committed to getting the station back to it’s original beauty.

We also picked up another geocache to add to our collection at Fiddleford Bridge. A rather tricky cache that involved scrabbling around under a bridge to find a very well hidden magnetic tub.

Lots of fun and the bikes are holding out really well. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, and if anyone else has bikes, parts or tools they want to donate, please get in touch.

November 6th, 2010 by PhilS in Links for students

Callista 2010

Leah was a bit surprised to find we were going afloat on a boat!  She survived.

This is us being shown what lives on the bottom of Southampton Water and has been dredged up with a trawl net.

Fish – plaice and wrasse; spider, green, hermit & velvet crabs; green seaweed that is used to make toothpaste; sponges & sea squirts that made us wet, for starters.

We got to handle them.  We also measured the water temperature, salinity and the depth the light goes into the water with a thermometer probe and a sechi disc.  They dug up really rank mud from the oil refinery side, and animal rich mud from the wooded side of the Water.  Finally we used a big sieve to get the plankton, we saw these on screens linked to microscopes in the on board lab … all in 3 hours.

October 19th, 2010 by Fran in Links for students

Glastonbury Cycle Ride

Fridays cycle ride took us around the Somerset levels near Glastonbury. After a little bit of road work we soon found our way onto the old railway line, now a Sustrans cycle path, and into the Ham Wall Nature reserve. A stop off at ‘Noahs Hide’ for lunch and some bird spotting. Loads of wetland birds and a river full of fish. Apparently at the moment they have approx 50,000 starlings that come home to roost at dusk.

October 17th, 2010 by PhilS in Links for students

Product Design

Another fabulous piece of 3D modelling work from Becky today. The brief was to create a product design image for a small torch to appeal to young people. Becky designed an LED bullet shaped torch which looked like a rocket ship and the Rocket Torch was born. After exporting the final image she used her photo manipultion skills to add text and finish off an advertising brochure image. Multiple lights, reflective surfaces, shadows and transparent objects all combine to make a really effective scene.

October 14th, 2010 by PhilS in Links for students