Personal Development Day

Last week, saw the third of four PD days delivered at school, across the academic year.

Activities for all pupils:

  • Year 7 spent the day exploring careers, apprenticeships and further education options.
  • Year 8 spent time working with Heart Shield to learn first aid. They received training on the importance of maintaining a healthy life and how to react in an emergency. The sessions were delivered by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. Pupils were trained on how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Pupils also received sessions from the Samaritans and Streetwise365 came in to deliver workshops on personal safety.
  • Year 9 pupils attended sessions from Warwickshire Police on road safety and the influence of media.
  • Year 10 took part in the ‘Passion 4 Fashion’ project. This involved them creating a company: designing, selling and marketing clothing as well performing in a fashion show at the end of the day.
  • Year 11 were involved in small workshop revision sessions, supported by Jim Roberson, a teacher, coach and motivational speaker who was raised in the Bronx, NYC. Jim drew on his experience as a professional sportsman and NFL coach and his many years’ experience working both in school and outside with some of the country’s most vulnerable and demanding young people, reminding our pupils:

…it’s not what others do for you, it’s what you do for yourself…

Year 10 to the theatre

This Thursday, 40 Year 10 GCSE History pupils made the short trip to the Palace Theatre, Redditch to attend the production of ‘The Inquisition of Queen Elizabeth’.

The play was divided into four part, each part lead to a workshop session that looked at how the events of the play relate to the GCSE course, offering advice about ways of improving their examination performance. The workshop presenters asked pupils to mark answers to a set of questions covering each of the assessment objectives, as if they were examiners in a moderation meeting. Pupils found their exam marking experience very beneficial, exploring how markers apply the mark scheme to work. Even more impressive, when it was our schools’ turn to feedback we managed to get the exact mark! A good sign for Year 10 heading towards their summer mocks.

The play is framed as a thought experiment in which students are asked to imagine that Queen Elizabeth has been captured by Catholic invaders and put on trial by a newly created English Inquisition. Leading the Inquisition is Cardinal William Allen, leader of English Catholics in exile, whose mission is the re-conversion of England to the Catholic faith. His aim is to destroy the personal, political and religious credibility of the deposed Queen. The witnesses that he summons provide damning testimony concerning all aspects of her reign. To save her own life, Elizabeth must provide a credible defence against their evidence.

Our pupils concluded the Elizabeth should be cleared of the charges against her. Whilst we won’t share the exact ending (as we don’t want to spoil it for other years), it certainly finished with a bang!!

Mock trial for Year 8

This weekend, we took 12 Year 8 pupils to spend their Saturday at Worcester Magistrates Court.

They took part in the Citizenship Foundation’s mock trial competition.

The event is designed to help improve young people’s life skills, their understanding of the justice system and the legal system.

Whilst the team didn’t make it through to the next round, they put up a great fight with only one of nine teams on the day getting through to the national heat. All pupils contributed outstanding effort and have been preparing since October, for this exciting opportunity.

Thanks to the excellent teamwork of the group, our defendant Freddie Hunter won the ‘Pupil of the day’ trophy. Out of approximately 120 pupils present, this is a wonderful achievement for Freddie, the team, and the school!

Read the article in the press:

British Science Week Competition!

Did you know that it’s British Science Week, 8th-17th March?

We are having a House Competition as part of the celebrations!
All entries to S2 by Wednesday 20th March
This years theme is ‘journeys’ – students need to design a ‘rover’. The best examples will have explanations of materials and justifications for choices made. A poster explaining more will be in form trays tomorrow.

There will be house points for every entry and a chocolate prize for the top house entry, along with grand prize for the overall winner!

  • Year 7 will be have a special British Science week themed lesson at the end of the week.
  • Year 8 will be finding out more about STEM opportunities at the Big Bang.
  • Open for both Year 7 and Year 8 will be a ripple roaring ‘Rockets’ session on Thursday 14th March

Warwickshire College SEN Post 16 Roadshow

On Tuesday 12th March the WCG will be in school from 5.00 – 6.00 pm to present their SEN Post 16 Roadshow. This is an opportunity to find out what support is available as part of the local offer across South Warwickshire and Worcestershire colleges. All welcome.

Zoo Lab in school

As a reward to Year 7, for having minimal debits, (less than 6), we invited Zoo Lab in for 3 sessions. Dominique from Zoo Lab, focused on ‘Adaptation’.

Pupils were able to hold or look at: corn snakes, a bearded dragon, giant cockroaches, rats, tarantula and snails.

This was an interactive session with pupils asking and answering many questions.



Stay Safe – Have Fun – Repeat

Parents, carers and pupils: This information below, provides some really great advice and information about viral challenges and Momo in this months edition of the e-safety newsletter:

University Birmingham – Big Maths Quiz

Last month, Year 10 pupils represented Studley High School in the University of Birmingham Big Maths Quiz.

Schools from across Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire and Worcestershire were represented.

The event consisted of a number of rounds played against more than 40 other teams. There were some excellent problem solving questions including one round which was in the form of “move two matchsticks in this shape to leave two equilateral triangles” and another require excellent estimating abilities to answer questions like “how many metal discs are there on the Bull at the Bull Ring”. After a close fought contest 3 teams were tied in first place at the end of the rounds and had to answer a tie breaker question – “how many audience seats are there at the Birmingham Symphony Hall”.

During the lunch break students were able to explore the University of Birmingham and have lunch with the undergraduate students.

Although Studley High School were not placed in the top 3, an enjoyable and interesting day was had by our pupils who were wonderful representatives of Studley High School.

SHINE Art Session

Last week’s SHINE session focused on the work of one of Britains best-loved illustrators – Quentin Blake.

He famously brought to life the characters featured in the books of Roald Dahl.

This Art SHINE workshop explored the illustrator’s style of drawing and his ability to capture such memorable personalities as Matilda and Willy Wonka in a minimal and seemingly spontaneous way.
Whilst they worked, pupils could see a video clip of Quentin Blake himself at work. Some students created life-sized figures based on school students, whilst others created illustrations for the different subject departments in the school. They came up with some charming and humourous results:

Iceland Trip

The Geography department have recently returned from a 4 day field trip to Iceland. We had a fantastic time and were really proud of our students. Their maturity and behaviour on the long journey each way was outstanding and each and every one of them was a pleasure to be with.

We were extremely lucky with the weather in Iceland as it was warmer than anticipated and we saw some sunshine. The more mountainous areas were still covered with snow making them stunningly beautiful. On the first full day there, we managed to visit the very snowy Gullfoss waterfall, walk between the tectonic plates at Thingvellir national park, swim outside in the very warm geothermally-heated pool and watch the boiling streams flow past. Our students learnt a lot about the ways that the Icelandic people have managed to harness this energy to improve their lives. We saw several eruptions of Strokkur geyser and some managed to capture impressive slow-motion video of the event.

On Monday we travelled along the southern shore of Iceland and were treated to spectacular views of Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull volcanoes. Students thoroughly enjoyed climbing up onto Sólheimajökull glacier. We learnt a lot about the impact of climate change and enjoyed the challenge of climbing the steep ice in crampons with an ice-axe for assistance. The waves pounding against the black sandy shore at Reynisfjara were breathtaking and we were able to see the hexagonal basalt columns and sea stacks close to the beach. The return journey allowed us to visit two spectacular waterfall; Seljalandsfoss where we scrambled through the spray to walk behind the waterfall and Skógafoss where most climbed nearly 400 steps to reach the top.

All-in-all, a fantastic trip -we are now turning our attention to planning our next trip to Iceland in October 2019 with our year 9 pupils.

Included on the tour:

Thingvellier National Park
Sevret Lagoon, Fludir
Gullfoss Waterfall
Kerid Crater
Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village
Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk
Viking village of Vik
Reynisfjara and Basaltic Columns
Selialsndsfloss Waterfall
Skogar Waterfall
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant

Iceland Gallery: