Year 8 Options Success

Last week the Year 8 students took a big step in their education when they made their GCSE option choices. They had spent a lot of time thinking about what they would like to be in the future and which GCSE subjects they would need to reach their goals.

On Thursday we held the options evening to allow students to find out about the subjects they are thinking about studying. It was a fantastic evening with students really giving the teachers a grilling about subjects in order for them to make the best decisions. It was brilliant to see so many families at school and there was a real buzz of excitement amongst the students. They can now look forward to getting started on their courses in June and we wish them all the best.

Superior Students of the Week

Congratulations to the new ‘Superior Students of the Week’ in English!
Read more

Science Week 2018

Embrace your inner geek, it’s Science Week!

Monday 12th March – Friday 16th March 2018.

Events going on around school:

What are the chances of you? Form Time.

Break 1 – Pressure, Pipes and Diamonds – Mrs Burgin – S1

Break 2 – Thunderous Thermite – Mr Goorwitch – S4

Click here for more information

Apprenticeships: Be Inspired 2018 Event

On Wednesday 7th March, some of our year 11 students had the opportunity to attend the ‘Apprenticeships: Be inspired’ 2018 event at the Cutlers Hall in Sheffield. This was the perfect opportunity for some of our students to meet employers, understand more about vacancies and industry sector, make connections, distribute their tailored CVs and learn how to apply for the roles.

The feedback from employers was that the preparedness and interaction from the students was brilliant and they felt that the students really had more of an idea than previous years about what an apprenticeship is and why they wanted certain roles.

Year 7 Girls Netball

Miss Boyle and Miss Hughes took the Y7 girls to Wath to play in their first tournament last night.
Although they did not qualify for the semi-finals they did play brilliantly throughout the 5 games, their confidenceteamwork work skills are improving every week. All girls are a pleasure to coach and I couldn’t be happier with their effort and sportsmanship tonight- they carried on with high spirits and no moaning with some tough games in the cold.
If you see the girls around please give them some praise and congratulations.
Ellie Kent
Billie-jo Baggley
Keisha Kerr
Bridie Lee-Ellis
Elisa Balagova
Shnyar Mohammed
Lacey Richards
Darcie johnson

Planning For The Future – Careers Day 2018

Our Year 10 students have a busy but informative afternoon coming up on March 15th. We have our annual Careers Day taking place throughout school.

The students will have the opportunity to find out more about Apprenticeships, A level and Vocational study as well as life at University.

The Post 16 providers attending are:

Wickersley School and Sports College
Rotherham College and Dearne Valley College
Sheffield College
University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
Fortum – Construction Apprenticeships
Morthyng – Training Provider
CTS – Training Provider
LifeSkills – Training provider & Traineeships
RU Community Sports Trust – Sport course L1,2&3 plus Apprenticeships
Oracle – Hair Academy
The Source Skills Academy, Meadowhall – Traineeships & Apprenticeships,l
Police Cadets
Rotherham United – NCS (National Citizen Service)

Year 11 Futsal Tournament

Last night Mr Fisher took the Y11 boys to a Futsal (5 a-side) competition at Dinnington.

We finished 3rd overall (tied on points with 2nd place) in Rotherham and were one result away from making the national finals.

We lost our first game 3-1 against the eventual winner Wingfield. We genuinely felt if we had met them when we had hit our stride, the result could have been different. Josh was our scorer. We drew our next game 2-2 with Wales. We were the better side in this game and conceded late. Our scorers were Louis and Jack. We found another gear in game 3, comfortably dispatching the hosts Dinnington 4-1. Josh scored all 4 with some excellent finishes.

We pressed on and beat Aston 3-0 in our next game. Josh once more scored all of our goals, two of which were brilliantly created by Jack. Our last game saw us lock horns with Wickersley. We were again the better team and Josh scored his 9th and 10th goals of the evening to give us a 2-1 victory. Rio kept goal well throughout and the defensive pair of Skipper Brendan and Jack helped to keep us tight at the back. Jose in midfield showed his range of passing while Louis worked tirelessly to create chances in every game. Josh led the line brilliantly.

We were really disappointed that we dropped the points in the opening match which ultimately made the difference but the lads were a credit to themselves and our school. The most pleasing aspect was the quality of the Football that we played. This was commented upon by staff from several other schools.


Superior Students of the Week

Congratulations to the new ‘Superior Students of the Week’ in English!
Read more

World Book Day Celebrations

Last week we celebrated National World Book Day in style.  Our festivities included a Reading Relay of classics, such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Anne Frank’s Diary; competitions such as a literary treasure hunt and review writing; showings of films and an opportunity for students to see staff metamorphose into their favourite book characters.  The corridors of Clifton were filled with Maleficent, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Queen of Hearts, The Wicked Witch of the West and a plethora of colourful characters. Students loved asking questions about the stories and spotting their favourite protagonists.

In addition, Curriculum Support transformed their classrooms into Wonderland and they held a Mad Hatter’s tea party to raise money for charity.  Teachers had tirelessly decorated their doors so they looked like book covers, with a splendid effort from Mr Fisher who showed his artistic skills in recreating the cover of Peter Benchley’s ‘Jaws’.

Throughout the week in English lessons student have been completing reading tasks linked to the topics they have studied, for example activities around the lyrics of Liverpool songs to complement their study of Willy Russell’s play ‘Our Day Out’.  They have also had additional opportunities to visit the library and see how they can use this excellent facility in their learning.

All of these activities have been geared towards raising the profile of reading in school and highlighting to students the school vision:  Read to succeed. Read for purpose. Read for pleasure. Read for power.