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Congratulations to this lovely group of Year 9s who achieved excellent Attitude to Learning scores in their recent reports. Mr Place had the pleasure of meeting them this morning to praise their efforts and receive feedback on their school year to date.👏#growlearnbelieveachieve


CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY - MONDAY 14 DECEMBER 2020 All staff and students are invited to wear their Christmas jumper to school on Monday 14 December! Should you wish to support the valuable work of you can make a donation directly online:


Well done to Y8 students Rosie Skeet, Amelie Wells, Jessica Murtagh and Ciara Reed (pictured) plus Shannon Stockley and Max Sutton who were all invited to meet with Mr Place today in recognition of their recent excellent Attitude to Learning scores! 🏆


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We are expanding our team and are pleased to be recruiting a cover supervisor. Check out this link if you are interested in joining two forward thinking GLF schools


YEAR 11 PARENTS/CARERS: Please find a link to a letter regarding study leave for our Year 11 students (23 - 26 Nov inclusive) Students are expected in school for their mock exam sessions only during this period. Please see the letter for further info.


Please find a link to the weekly news bulletin which includes important updates from the Head of School as well as our Heads of Year: Stay safe and have a lovely weekend everyone!


It's wonderful to see our students being able to make such great use of our on-site pool facilities. Well done Year 9 and !


A final reminder that the school will be closed to all students tomorrow for a staff INSET Day. The school will reopen to students at the usual time on Monday 23 November on a Week 1 timetable. Thank you for your cooperation!


*PARENTS AND CARERS*- The Caterham Food Bank are offering FREE CHRISTMAS FOOD HAMPERS for local families and individuals in need🌲. Please email or call 01883 347818 today for further details.


Parents and Carers- a reminder that all related correspondence will be posted on our website here: as well as directly via . We thank you for your continued cooperation during these unprecedented times.


Congratulations and very well done to this fantastic group of Year 7 students, who were invited for hot chocolate and cake with Mr Place this morning in recognition of their excellent 'attitude to learning' scores!


Well done to our Year 11 cohort who made a fantastic start to their mock exams today! Remember your exam timetable and revision sources can be found here: and your teachers are here to support you every step of the way!


A reminder to parents and carers that the school will be closed to students this coming Friday, 20th November for an INSET Day.


Our weekly bulletin has just been sent to parents/carers via together with a letter from . Please click here to view a copy of this week's bulletin: We would like to wish all of our followers a happy and healthy weekend!


We're recruiting highly motivated individuals to join our fantastic Learning Support team. If you have excellent communication skills, a calm and patient personality and a caring approach to supporting young people, please click here for further info:


Well done Year 9 👏🏻 and a big thank you to all the staff who are making this valuable opportunity available to our students again this year!


🌹At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we will always remember 🌹


Thank you to Miss Hillsdon for her virtual assembly this morning. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the front of the school at 10:45am and we will be observing a 2 minute silence at 11am.


Don't forget! Homework club starts today for our Year 8 students and will run every Tuesday from 3:15 - 4:15pm in our well equipped Learning Resource Centre.


Parents/Carers - our school uniform supplier are currently offering a 10% discount on online orders between now and 2nd December!

Year 8 Information Evening (Options) - 4 Nov 2020

This is a landmark point in your child’s educational journey when they move from a directed curriculum, including all of the National Curriculum subjects, to a more personalised and individual selection – they have a level of control over what they study and a chance to tailor their learning to their personal interests and aspirations.  It is vital they think carefully about what they choose and hopefully the information we are sharing today will be the beginning of interesting and informative discussions about the best selections.

The video links below will explain the process in full and should be the start of your discussions with your child.  Our KS4 curriculum is tailored to the students’ choices – subjects in each block and group numbers are based around the choices the students make; it is a curriculum built around what this cohort want to study.  Whilst we try and limit the direction we give to students, at this point I would reiterate Mr Parry’s message from his video and encourage all students to consider including Spanish in their choices.  Various studies show the importance in having a second language and whilst it may not be the right choice for all it will give a real competitive edge to those who go on to acquire this qualification.

There are two videos to watch – an overview and reminder of the school’s pastoral systems with the key staff members and messages from Miss Robinson, Head of Year 8, and an explanation of the Options process from Mr Parry, Assistant Headteacher.  This video includes a full overview of the timelines involved as well a message for students about the key Dos and Don’ts in making their choices.  

These presentations are accompanied by the Options booklet which gives details for each of the available subjects (see pdf attachment at bottom of the page).

We are always here to support your children and you in making these important decisions – do contact us if you have any questions.

We hope you enjoy the videos and the subsequent discussions with your child.

Yours faithfully,

Jeff Place, Head of School




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Year 8 Options Booklet 04th Nov 2020 Download