SEND Newsletter – November 2019

Welcome to the latest SEND newsletter. There is lots of information in regard to external support for both young people and parents/carers. Please take time to read the information within this newsletter as we would encourage you to attend the various events.

If there is any information you would like to see in future newsletters please let us know. All suggestions welcome. If you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact the inclusion team.


Potentially Dangerous App – Unico

West Midlands Police has been made aware of an App called “UNICO LIVE”.  The app is publicised as age-restricted 12+ and designed for young people to upload videos of them performing, singing and dancing etc. It has come to our attention that there is inappropriate content on the platform involving young people which is being investigated.

The content does not appear to be monitored and we urge you to raise awareness widely to increase vigilance and reduce the likelihood of any child being sexually exploited.

Please discuss at the earliest opportunity with your family.


Science Equipment Experiments

In Science lessons, we aim to engage pupils actively with applications of the curriculum in the wider world. However, pupils rarely get to use some common equipment including an infra-red spectrometer or NMR machine in lessons due to the expense (above £50,000). However we were lucky enough for Dr Peter Hoare from the University of Newcastle to visit Dame Elizabeth Cadbury with this equipment and pupils in Y10 (30 pupils), Y11 (20 pupils), Y12 and Y13 (Chemistry A-level pupils) had the opportunity to use it.

Pupils got:

  • a chance to engage with fundamental techniques of analytical chemistry
  • hands-on demonstration of UV-visible, infrared and NMR spectroscopy
  • insights into research and industrial applications of these techniques
  • opportunities to hear about further study in chemistry-related career options

Dr Peter Hoare began by introducing your students to the principles of spectroscopy. They then moved from theory to practice by revealing fascinating, real-life applications – giving students a go at using IR and UV/vis instruments and (in some regions) NMR devices for themselves.

The interactive style of the workshop helped many students imagine what a career in chemistry might actually look like for them. We used this opportunity to encourage further study by showing them the range of important, inspiring and unusual occupational options a qualification in chemistry could lead to.

“It was fascinating to see and use the IR-spec. I hope I can use one when I attend Uni” A. Alammar Y12 A-level Chemistry pupil.


SEND Newsletter – October 2019

We are happy to launch our very first SEND Newsletter in what has been a very busy, yet constructive, start to the new term.

We are very pleased to welcome Ms Field, who has already made a positive impression, to the Inclusion Team following the retirement of Mrs Loudon at the end of the Summer Term.

Please take time to read through our SEND Newsletter below and check back soon for our next edition.


Ofsted ‘Good’!

We wrote to you recently to outline the process and anticipated feedback from our recent Ofsted inspection.

We are pleased to share with you the final Ofsted report that confirms that we continue to be a good school.

We hope that you will recognise the many positive observations, conclusions and strengths that inspectors have commented on. We value the recommendations that have been made, most of which are in-line with the school improvement plan for this year.

You can read our parental letter below.

You can read the full report below.


Oscars 2019

We are looking forward to hosting this year’s annual Dame Elizabeth Oscars! This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements and progress of our students.

Hosted at the beautiful Botanical Gardens on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 (7-9pm). Guests should arrive at 6:30pm for a 7pm start.

This event is invite-only. Each invited pupil can bring up to 2 guests. Parking is available but limited.

UK Disability History Month 2020

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First student council meeting of the term focusing on the following themes #SafetyinSchool #rewards


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