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A reminder to parents and carers that the booking deadline for all year group trips is this Friday 27 April. Letters are available to download from the school website:-


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and are being represented in the London Marathon today! Best of luck Miss Flynn and Miss Greenland 🏃🏽‍♀️👟


Congratulations go to de Stafford student Max Callender on his winning entry in the Caterham Rotary Clubs annual essay writing competition, 'Prix de la Paix'. Thanks to Mr Geraint Jenkins of Caterham Rotary Club who presented Max with his certificate (pictured)


Looking forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow! Don’t forget we return to a Week 1 timetable.


To discover some of what we've been up to this half term, you can view our latest newsletter online now:- We'd like to wish all our followers a very Happy Easter!


We are looking forward to seeing our Year 10 parents and carers from 4:30pm today!


Congratulations to SAM group 8KBa who earned the most achievement points this term. You too have been rewarded with a mufti-day tomorrow (Weds).


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Please join us on Wednesday 4-5.30pm for coffee and hot cross buns in aid of Autism Awareness week. This community event is for parents and families of children with ASD. This will be an opportunity to meet other families, share stories and look at study skills for students.


SAM Group 7RLR will have a Mufti Day on Wednesday (28th) for earning the most achievement points. Well done 7RLR!


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Great to lead a workshop with some fantastic students at today! We discussed and Franz Liszt, and went from monophony to polyphony via melody and accompaniment.... Thank you for having me!


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Thanks to for hosting the year 9B ⚽️ tournament. Well done to who finished 2nd!! Special mention to Zach Jennings for an absolute screamer against and well done to POMs Reece Weekes and Jack Perkins. A great team effort!


The Year 11 Easter revision timetable is now available to view and download on our website:-


A reminder that Year 9s only are invited to participate in a Mufti Day tomorrow(Friday) in exchange for a £1 donation to St Catherine's Hospice. The theme is 'Orange'.


We look forward to seeing our Year 7 parents/carers from 4:30pm today


It's the International Day of Happiness, a day to focus on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.#InternationalDayofHappiness2018


We are able to open as normal today. However, the car park and loop road have not been treated so please avoid driving on to the school site, if possible. Students should attend in normal school uniform but they may wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions.


Clubs will hopefully continue as normal but we will assess conditions during the day and make a decision by lunchtime.


Light snow is forecast to fall for the rest of the evening in Caterham. We plan to open as normal in the morning but will update the website by 7am if a late start is necessary.


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Staff vs Students Dodgeball! Another fantastic fundraising effort from our Business Studies students for St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project


Staff vs Students Dodgeball! Another fantastic fundraising effort from our Business Studies students for St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project

Posted on: 30/01/2018

Year 10s get inspired at Oxford University

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Year 10 More Able – Visit to Oxford University


I had the privilege of taking some of our More Able year 10 students on a visit to St Hilda's College at Oxford University on Friday 26th January. With the stunning backdrop of the Oxfordshire countryside and the river Isis just outside, our morning started with a preconceptions-busting talk from Hannah Rolley, the University's Outreach officer. This enabled the students to discuss their ideas about who a typical student at Oxford might be compared to the modern, actual reality. They now know that 60% of Oxford's intake comes from state school students - just like them! Although standards are undoubtedly high, they are achievable, and there is also plenty of financial help available for those who need it. The students were told about the broad depth of studies available to undergraduates as well as the world-renown quality of their lecturers and individual tutor system.

Next, our students were introduced to two current undergraduates based at St Hilda's who honestly, and humorously, answered all their eager questions about the reality of life at one of the world's most admired universities. The undergraduates told them all about the social and fun side to their life at St Hilda's as well as the academic side. Their enthusiasm was catching! The advocates then lead our students on an eye-opening tour of the campus including student accommodation and the well-equipped library. We ended up surrounded by many more of the current undergraduates as we enjoyed a very generous free lunch in their very elegant canteen. Great cheesecake!

The afternoon continued to inspire with a stroll through the heart of Oxford city centre incorporating all of the iconic and world famous colleges in their glorious settings, but avoiding the multiple bicycle- riding academics intent on pursuing their degrees! Just being in the same environment gave our students a real taste of the fun that studying in these surroundings could bring as well as the prestige!

Our walk culminated in a visit to see some of the priceless treasures housed in Oxford's Ashmolean museum to make our students realise that Oxford's scholars are encouraged to use the whole city as a resource to make learning come alive! Here our students undertook a structured creative writing session, using some of the museum's classical collections as inspiration. Our students responded with the ease of imagination that the young and gifted possess and produced some worthy writing indeed which they were happy to share. I felt very proud!

Finally, a quick pit-stop at an eye-catching old-style sweet shop, with its multiple magical jars full of every delight imaginable, finished off a truly inspirational and horizon-broadening day. I hope our visit has now encouraged our students to aim high and believe that they too would be warmly welcomed at Oxford and could thrive, and succeed, at the very top!

Mrs Cassie
More Able Coordinator