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LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month! We want to use this month as an opportunity to celebrate the strength and spirit of the LGBT community. Over the coming weeks, we will be posting a variety of LGBT icons, animals and historic events over on our Twitter account as well as updating this page with our posts.

This week’s posts

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CCF – Flying High!

The RAF Combined Cadet Force at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury is a fantastic addition to our wider curriculum.

Our new Cadets have this week piloted their first aeroplane, taking to the skies one by one at RAF Cosford.

Monday 20th January we left school at 07:15 with ten excited cadets on route to RAF Cosford for the school’s and the CCF’s First Flying experience.

On arriving at RAF Cosford we were taken to the briefing room where the cadets received a safety brief, watched a safety video and practised putting on the parachute.

We dressed to impress – flying suits, helmets, gloves and their aviator sunglasses. After waiting for the temperature to get above zero, the first two were Airborne into the beautiful blue skies.

Everyone had a fantastic time and could not stop talking about this fantastic experience and they are looking forward to the next flying day.

If you have any questions about joining CCF please speak to Miss Faulkner or Mr Norton.

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Pupil Pledge

At Dame Elizabeth Cadbury we understand the importance of ensuring that our students leave us as well-rounded young people with the qualifications, skills, knowledge and aspirations to go on to succeed in the pathway they choose in their life after school. Through the Pupil Pledge, we make a firm commitment to provide opportunities for our students to be exposed to a holistic educational experience during their time with us.

The Pupil Pledge is an exciting new concept which will complement our existing innovative and challenging curriculum. It will provide pupils with a ‘bucket list’ of activities to complete before they leave our school. The activities and experiences have been carefully selected in consultation with pupils, parents and staff, and we believe they will equip pupils with the softer life skills in preparation for adulthood.

How does it work?

Every pupil has a different menu of Pledge items to complete, appropriate to their age and year group. Throughout the school year, your child will work to complete each item until they have completed every item on their Pledge. For each completed item your child shows their Pledge Passport with a note of confirmation from a responsible adult (i.e. a club leader or any adult involved in the completion of the item) and a photo of themselves completing the Pledge item. For students who complete a minimum of 90% of their Pledge items there will be a graduation ceremony and celebration event at the end of the year, but the real reward, of course, will be that students have taken part in many enriching events, gained in confidence and ability and will become involved in supportive communities in the process. 

Launch Week

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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.

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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.

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2019 Open Days

We are excited to open our doors in September for prospective pupils and parents. This is a great opportunity to visit us and get a feel for our school values and how we work.

Open Evening Thursday 12th September 2019 (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

Open Day – Saturday 14th September 2019 (10:00am – 12:00pm)

Open Mornings –

Thursday 19th September – Open Morning (9am – 11am)

Friday 20th September – Open Morning (9am – 11am)


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National School Sports Week

Day 1 of NSSW 2019 – Over 40 participants and sports leaders made our basketball tournament a fantastic success!


Day 2 of National School Sports Week at DEC. Exceptional performances in our tennis and football tournaments. Dance warm-ups in Year 7 core PE were a huge success. Leading the way on wellbeing #NSSW

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Contact Number: 0121 464 4040

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