News and Student Success
Up for The Challenge – RE Work – June 2017
Scarlett Parker – Year 7. A drawing on canvas of Martin Luther King
Megan Gillet Year 9– An extensive handmade book on articles to do with her RE GCSE. There is much more than just the few pictures I have added and has taken her ages.
Lola Munn – Hand drawn picture of Malala Yousafzai
Lola Bruce Year 7– Picture and writing about religion. Very philosophical for a year 7 and well thought out. A great read.
Chris Archer – Year 8 A piece of writing and artwork on the theme of secularisation.
Mia Wagner – Year 8 – Artwork of Jesus.
Year 7 Girls Football Team
We would like to introduce the inspirational girls of the Year 7 football team who in their first season won 3 games, drew 1 game and lost 1 game🏅🏆 What an excellent start for a team that is showing excellent promise for the future.
At the end of January, a number of Year 7 and 8 students attended Master Classes in English and Digital Media at Canterbury Christ Church University. Students received a 90 minute lecture in either War Poetry from the Dean of the English facility or the development of modern media in interpreting robotic and cyborg technologies from the Lead Lecturer in Digital Media Communications. Students also received a tour of the campus from existing students, enjoyed lunch in the canteen and also received a talk on University life, accommodation and finances.
UCA Art Workshops- January 2017
In January, as part of their professional development in Art, our year 10 artists took part in a workshop at UCA. The workshop was based on 3D thinking and making skills with the last part focused on designing and making a drawing extension for the body. The students had a great time and the staff at the university were highly impressed with our students technical and creative skills.
Careers Fair 2017
This term we hosted our first ‘in school’ Careers Fair. We had representatives from a wide range of career pathways including the financial sector, the army, colleges and universities, the police, the NHS and of course many more. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the event, asking questions and exploring the pathways they are interested in for the future. The session continued after the school day to enable parents to visit and walk around with their children. The representatives of industry were also impressed and made the following comments about our students:
“Very thoughtful, focused, interested and polite. Receptive and smart”.
“Polite and interested”. “Inquisitive and willing to ask questions”.
“Interesting and attentive”. “Friendly. Polite and engaged”.
“Good! Fantastic and engaged”. “Polite and inquisitive”.
“Very engaged. Excellent, very well mannered, a good impression gained of the school”.
“Students were relaxed which helped the representatives”.
Hindu Mandir Temple Visit
As part of their RE and SMSC studies, our Year 7 Students visited the Hindu Mandir Temple, Neasdon on the 6/2/2017 and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. As with previous years the behaviour and respectful nature of our students was praised by the temple leaders.
George Matthews in Year 7 For his Outstanding History Homework
Kyle Jenner for obtaining star if the week in PE, He has really demonstrated a positive attitude toward PE and Sport. Kyle is taking the extra curricular opportunities including Saracens Rugby and Gymnastics club. The PE Department felt this was very well deserved. Well done Kyle keep up the great work.
Charlie Nightingale for his excellent piece of creative writing “ The Forbidden Flower” and his hard work in improving his written work in English.
All of the GCSE and A level students who attended the week long half term revision sessions for their hard work, dedication and for taking the opportunities provided to them to improve their GCSE grades.
Barclay’s Life Skills – 30/1/2017
Sessions have been taken place throughout the day for all Year 9 students who will be taking part in a 2 hour session run by Barclays. These interactive sessions, run by industry professionals have focused on CV writing, interview practise, bank accounts, and communications skills. Every year 9 student will be part of this free scheme and we hope these will be successful in preparing students for the future. Sessions will also be running for Year 10 on Tuesday 21st February, Year 11 on Monday 20th February and Post 16 students on 28th March.
Below are some quotes from our students:
“I found the Barclays workshop interesting. I learnt that how to spend money wisely and how to save it. David, Jackie and Stephen were very helpful and taught us a lot about money.”
“Barclays taught me about how to save money and how to know which type of bank account and bank card to have. I learnt how to stick to a budget and how to pay for things when it looks like I might not be able to. I also learnt how to fill in a young person’s back application form and the questions they might ask. The most interesting aspect that I took away was about interest rates and how there would affect me and my bank account. “
“In the Barclays event today, I learnt that there are different bank accounts and cards. They taught us to save money and be aware of what you spend. They showed us how to fill out a bank application form and the benefits of having a bank account. They also explained that having a bank account can keep your money safe and if you leave money in there, you can earn interest.”
“Barclays today was really useful because it helped me understand that once I leave school and start a job or university I will need to be organising my finances. They helped me understand that setting up my accounts and standing orders is very important. They also helped me to understand that one tiny mistake will cause me serious problems in life when I’m trying to get a mortgage or a loan.
Thank you Barclays!”
Art, Design and Technology Visit to Ravensbourne Art College – 15/12/2016.
Our students had a fantastic day exploring the incredible Ravensbourne College in Greenwich. They also had an opportunity to get expert advice on their own portfolios.
Wind in the Willows ( 14/12/2016) – A message from Miss Strachan:
From the beginning of September the Performing Arts Department have been working towards our Christmas Production. This year we chose to recreate the story of ‘Wind in the Willows’ which is a production unlike one we have done in recent years and it isn’t a play that many other schools do. Putting on a production at this scale is very tiring and takes a lot of dedication from the students as we have very high expectations for our students within the department.
For the performances on the 13th and 14th of December the cast and crew did an extremely professional job. They were very dedicated to the show from the beginning and I couldn’t be prouder of the work that they produced as an end product. We performed to Borough Green Primary school for a matinee performance on the 14th of December. Borough Green only had great things to say about the performance and some of the students said that they want to do the productions when they come to Wrotham School.
It is not only the performers who put in the hard work. There are other students who help behind the scenes with outstanding dedication to ensure the show runs smoothly and to assist the staff. I am very proud as the head of department for performing arts to be able to showcase and share the talent of the students that I am lucky enough to see every day in lessons.
We would like to congratulate and thank the cast and crew of the production for being professional and hardworking this year. The commitment from the cast this year has been overwhelming for us and it has been a pleasure working with such a talented group of students; their skill, effort and enthusiasm has made this a brilliant production to work on. This is one of the most professional casts we have worked with and we would like to thank all of you who supported us and came to see the production.
Food Technology 12/12/2016
Our year 7 students thoroughly enjoyed attending Christmas cookery club. They had great fun making and decorating their chocolate yule logs. They were very helpful and a lovely group to work with.
I have attached a picture of them with their final dish that they made yesterday.
On Friday the 9th December we took a small number of students from a range of year groups to the Chimera rock climbing centre in Tunbridge Wells. The trip was a reward for students who, at the start of the year, were identified as not being fully engaged in school life and their academic studies. Since students have been on the scheme staff have noticed a hugely improved attitude towards their studies, extra-curricular activities around school and their effort and attainment in class. The trip was a huge success with some excellent examples of teamwork and support for each other, as well as demonstrating the ability to overcome fears and adversity with all students attempting a variety of challenges and, importantly, not being afraid to fail; we hope this transfers into all aspects of their life as part of our focus of challenging and offering opportunity to all students.
Saturday 10th December saw 33 Wrotham students attend the Allianz rugby stadium to watch current holders Saracens play Sale Sharks in the European cup competition. For what was a very wet afternoon, the rugby on display was of the highest class with lots of running rugby with lots of try’s scored. The students got to rub shoulders with the players as they passed them in the tunnel after completing some pre game entertainment where students were given the opportunity to take to the pitch with a 20ft Saracens shirt to perform some spins and tricks. The students had a great time and the energy that returned to school was amazing to see. The trip was all part of the building rugby academy through the school and was one of many rugby trips to come.
If the rugby trip or even reading about it has inspired you to give it a try, rugby club will be starting again with the Saracens coach the first Wednesday back after Christmas, 3.05 until 4.30 on the middle field.
Remembrance Coffee Morning.
Below are the pictures from our remembrance lunch for our local community. This event was completely organised by our sixth form students (with absolutely no assistance) as part of their IB Service Learning Pilot. Residents of local elderly people’s homes and their carers’ were invited for an afternoon of food, refreshments and entertainment with a remembrance theme. We had excellent feedback from our visitors and the afternoon was enjoyed by all.
The following article was written by Shaun Fishenden, one of our 6th formers for the Kent Messenger see the pictures below with credited photos from year 12 photographer Thomas Gadd.
‘Hard-working, kind and caring’ are not words commonly associated with the youth of today but year 12 students at Wrotham School proved they are exactly that when they invited residents from two local care homes in for an afternoon tea in recognition of Remembrance Day. On Thursday 10 November residents from the Harpwood and Westbank care homes descended on the school to find freshly baked cakes and sandwiches along with drinks, all of which had been organised and made by the year twelve students at the school.
The guests were entertained by live music put on by students; Katherine Stevens, 16 and Leanne Dibble, 17, with local magician Patrick Sweeney also volunteering to come in and do card tricks for the guests. Students not helping with the catering chose to mix with the elderly residents with the topic of conservations ranging from old memories to the recent victory for Donald Trump.
Harpwood’s activities co-ordinator Jean Miller said “the five residents that came really enjoyed the outing and commented on how hard the sixth formers must have worked in order for everyone to have a lovely afternoon”. After being impressed by the teenagers both of the homes have said they would be happy to have students there for work experience with three students looking to do this.
Head of Sixth Form, Angeline Hollinshead said “I am really proud of the effort the students put into organising the tea; its success was all down to them. I also really enjoyed seeing the students talking with the residents with many of the students coming to me afterwards to tell me about the conversations they had”. The only complaint received from one of the guests was that none of the male students offered to dance with her!
It has been a another fantastic year of trials and tribulations for our outstanding motor cycling star Callum Whybrow. As you will know Callum is a highly proficient and competitive motorbike rider who has seen a huge amount of success in competitive racing.
We are proud to announce that Callum has finished 9th in Britain in the MiniGP 70 category. Callum has not found this category easy and he was competing against some of the best riders in the country.
Callum has also made his TV debut and his parents, friends and family continue to be proud of his outstanding achievements.
Next year Callum has been invited to race in Spain and will be competing his last year with the British youth squad. He will then be moving up into British Superbikes and be competing at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Mallory Park.
Callum truly knows what it means to work hard, be resilient and pick himself up when things don’t go as planned. He is truly an ambassador for the sport, his family and the school and we eagerly watchband celebrate his success as he continues on his incredible journey.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
At Wrotham School we currently run Bronze, Silver and Gold level Duke Of Edinburgh’s award for students of all age groups.
Check in here to find regular updates of the students achievements and information on the award.
If you would like more information about the award or about taking part, please contact our course leader Miss Flannery on
Young Consumer 2016
After winning the Kent and South East Regional Final earlier this year, Wrotham’s team of four sixth form students headed to London for the National Final of the Young Consumer of the Year competition. The Young Consumers of the Year is a unique competition, involving hundreds of schools and pupils across the country, who want to be part of the challenge to become the nation’s top Young Consumers of the Year 2016. This competition is run by the Trading Standards Advise and Education Centre and is open to students who are under 18 years of age. It covers a wide range of consumer related topics such as Consumer legislation; Europe and Travel; Personal Finance and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities.
In advance of the National Final the team of Jordan Austin, Jack Codling, Bryony Mott and Megan Storey have spent many lunchtimes and also three days of intensive days of study to research and prepare for the competition.
The Wrotham team had a very successful first day in the three team challenges, gaining full marks for team work and initiative. On the second day of competition, which focused upon a University Challenge style quiz, the team from Scotland were clear winners, but the team from Wrotham competed strongly to gain 2nd place overall in the competition.
Through their 2nd place overall in this prestigious National Final, Jordan, Jack, Bryony and Megan should be very proud to have represented Wrotham School at the highest level. In addition they have gained a massive amount of knowledge surrounding their rights and responsibilities as well as an experience which they will be able to use in their future University and employment applications.
UPDATE – 03/10/2016
More students completing their D of E Bronze award this weekend with flying colours!
All groups this year have been very impressive but the two groups out this weekend had particularly tough conditions with the continual rain/storms on Friday and Saturday.
Their assessor was very impressed with their navigational and teamwork skills (as this meant they weren’t back after dark and that they mastered Bedgebury forest). She also said they are a lovely group that we should be proud of.
We would like to congratulate the following students on passing their DofE Bronze expedition this weekend. We say it every year but the groups worked really hard and the assessor was very impressed with them.
Thank you as well to Mrs Flannery for her hard work over the weekend, supervising the group.
After school training sessions will be on Thursdays this term, not Wednesdays, because of athletics fixtures. Same timings, 3:15-4:30/5pm.
Another good weekend out on DofE expeditions at Bedgebury Forest for our 2 main groups of students.
Thank you to Mr Pickles and Miss McBride for coming down to say hi and helping out. The group said that seeing members of staff really cheered them up.
Written by Shaun Fishenden
A Level Results 2016
Wrotham School ‘A’ level results 2016
Wrotham School are pleased to congratulate our 6th form students on achieving the school’s best results ever. Our students have worked exceedingly hard this year to rise to the challenge of completing their academic and vocational A levels at increasingly higher standards. At Wrotham School we have taken significant steps in the last year to improve the provision that our students receive and this year we can see the strong impact this has had.
We proudly congratulate all of our students and staff on making these rapid gains in attainment and we will enjoy celebrating with our students as they continue their success at university, in apprenticeships and in the workplace.
Picture: Jonathon Farmer A/ A/C
Some of the highlights are as follows:
In year 13 at A2 level, we have achieved our best ever results with 83% of students achieving A*-C and 65% of these achieving A*-B. 99% of all students achieved an A-E grade in all subjects.
At A2, our Art, Business, History, ICT, Media, Performing Arts, Applied Science, Photography and sport departments all achieved 100% A-C success rate.
In year 12 at AS level 76% of students achieved A*-C grades at AS level; 53% of these were A*-B grades.
65% of our academic A level students achieved A*-C with 100% of BTEC students achieving the same benchmark standard.
This year saw the majority of our Year 13 students receive offers from universities around the country in a variety of subject areas. Amongst the many students who will be celebrating are: Henry Brown who is going to read Games Programming at Bournemouth; Joshua Bye who is going to read History at Bournemouth; Alys Horsfall who will be reading Interactive Media Design at Hertfordshire; Kala Lewis who will be reading Sociology at Nottingham Trent; Lauren Sparshott who will read Computer and Cyber Forensics at Gloucestershire; Megan Storey who will read English Literature and Social History at Brighton; and William Wall who will be reading Software Engineering at Greenwich.
As a particularly special achievement, Nisha Wiseman in year 10 sat her AS level Maths early and achieved an A* scoring incredibly high marks in her final paper. This is an exceptional achievement from Nisha who once again shows that there is no limit on how well the young people at Wrotham School can achieve at all stages.
Mrs K James
Director of 6th form
Mr M. Cater
Mr M Wright
Iceland – February 2016
We would like to share some breath taking photos from our recent Geography Field trip to Iceland. This trip took place in February Half Term for KS4 students and was led by . The trip was a fantastic success, thoroughly enjoyed by all that took part. The photos speak for themselves but the team were doubly pleased to return home to an email from the travel guide who praised our students behavior throughout the trip and thanked everyone involved for such a fantastic week.
Here is a brief itinerary from Mrs Peck
Sunday 14th Feb– Departed for Iceland which for many was the first time on a plane! Then visited the Blue Lagoon, a page volcanic lake located in a volcanoes crater and heated by the Earth’s core. Students could use the natural mud from the area and the salt from the natural water as face masks and mud packs too.
Monday 15th Feb- A visit to the Skogafoss waterfall, Black sand beaches with iconic coastal scenery, the tongue of the retreating Mydralsjokull Glacier and the seljalandsfoss waterfall. Although we were not allowed to climb the glacier and walk on its surface due to the danger, the walk to and from each waterfall was almost as dangerous as the ice and snow in the car parks might as well have been a glaciers surface! The evening then continued with the fabulous Iceland Quiz and the winning team receiving the local Icelandic delicacy of dried, smoked fish!
Tuesday 16th Feb- A visit to the Hellisheidi Power Station to experience how Iceland uses the Power of the earth to heat its homes. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge which our guide called a “geological no-mansland” as it is the gap in between the North American Plate and the Eurasian plate. The Great Geyser which is one of the largest and most active in the world which at one point erupted, covering us all in egg scented water. Finally the Kerid volcano where we walked above the ice covered crater which last erupted 3000 years ago! Finally students had an evening of bowling at the largest bowling centre in Reykjavik.
Wednesday 17th Feb- We visited the sulphuric lake and hot springs area, followed by the volcanic cone, eroded by the sea. We then ventured on our 3 hour Whale watching tour, where some spotted Puffins and Dolphins. But most students were enjoying the choppy Atlantic tides by decorating the side of the whale watching boat! This included staff members too!
Thursday 18th Feb- This was the final day with an early departure from Iceland but with an excellent opportunity to spot the Northern Lights before we got home.
Sporting Success- Update
We have seen an increase in a number of sporting successes this year within PE and these include:
- Oliver Hussey (Year 11) won the Kent schools shot put with an outdoor Personal Best of 13.97m at the Julie Rose stadium last week. Oliver has also been chosen for the Kent County Athletics team this year.
- James Hussey (Year 9) has been chosen for the Kent County Athletics team this year. James has also been offered trials for the Kent County football team.
- Lara Ainley (Year 8) has won at local level and has made it through to the U14 County tennis finals to be held mid-July. She played really well at the weekend winning all her matches but this is a huge step. Should she win through this stage, the National Finals are played at Wimbledon!
- Ruby Barnes (Year 8) and Yasmin Love (Year 8) have both been chosen to represent for Rugby for their age group.
- Archie Bye (Year 10) and Reece Milton (Year 9) are Kent, Sussex and Surrey Champions and Southern Counties finalists. They are ranked number 1 in Kent and are both currently ranked 6th in England.
- Ernie Lake (Year 8) is currently representing for Kent in Athletics and is ranked 1st for both the 100m and 200m events.
- New student George Amos (Year 9) is currently ranked number 1 in New Zealand. He holds the Nashlan Titles and is currently ranked 44th in the World.
- Callum Whybrow (Year 7) is currently 5th in Britain for Motor Bike racing and currently races 140cc bikes that are capable of reaching speeds of 100mph.
- Lily Buckle (Year 9) and Gina Padgett (Year 9) are currently representing the Pony Club at Kent level for horse riding.
From the Physical Education department we would like to say well done to all of these Wrotham students for representing their sport at a high level.
A Level Results 2015
Wrotham School are celebrating alongside the year 13 students and their families today following success in their A level and level 3 courses.
We have seen record results and record university places being gained by our students, all of the applicants to university have successfully gained a place and have had them confirmed. A small selection of students we are particularly pleased for include: Holly Florence, with a place at Bournemouth to read Psychology; Russell Brown with a place at the University of Kent to read Architecture; Anton Plumley with a place at the University of Greenwich to read Business Management and Jamie Whatman with a place at Canterbury Christchurch to read Law.
Many students have gained top grades and with the A*- B figure at 47%; this really is a record year for us and reflects the dedication of the students as well as the expertise of the staff at the school.
The A*-C figure is 76% – it is fantastic that over 3/4 of all of the level 3 qualifications we have offered have been so successful for our students and given them the best chance for a bright future. Particular subjects who have returned excellent results include Product Design, Business Studies and ICT, demonstrating a wide and balanced curriculum success.
This upward trend of results is excellent for the students and AS results are also showing great promise for next year’s conversion to A2. Congratulations to all of our students and we look forward to hearing about your on-going achievements.
Young Consumer National Final
After winning the Kent and South East Regional Final earlier this year, Wrotham’s team of four sixth form students headed to London for the National Final of the Young Consumer of the Year competition. The Young Consumers of the Year is a unique competition, involving hundreds of schools and pupils across the country, who want to be part of the challenge to become the nation’s top Young Consumers of the Year 2015. This competition is run by the Trading Standards Advise and Education Centre and is open to students who are under 18 years of age. It covers a wide range of consumer related topics.
In advance of the National Final the team of Lewis Dunkley, Daniel King, Megan Murrell and Robert Young have spent many lunchtimes and also three days of intensive days of study to research and prepare for the competition.
As Regional final winners, the Wrotham team were one of eight finalists from State and Fee-paying schools across the UK. After arriving at the Business Innovation and Skills Centre in Westminster and receiving an initial introduction and lunch, the teams competed in four intensive team based activities. These involved students applying their knowledge and skills across the disciplines of: Consumer legislation; Europe and Travel; Personal Finance and Complaint handling. The fifth and final activity of the day saw students provided with a map of Westminster and series of location questions. They needed to use a combination of thinking (literally) on the run, map reading, problem solving and research to solve the 15 geographical based questions.
After a night in King College Student accommodation, and an evening exploring the sights and sounds of the South Bank (although without joining Mr Williams’ for a 6am Thames bankside run) the teams arrived at The House of Parliament at 8for a brief tour of the building and a continental breakfast. At this point the four finalists were announced and Wrotham’s team were disappointed to hear that they were only 1 point from making the final four teams who completed in the final quiz element of the competition. However all involved admitted after the event that they would have struggled to beat a very dominant team from Wales who won overall.
Through their 5th place overall in this prestigious National Final, Lewis, Megan Rob and Dan should be very proud to have represented Wrotham School at the highest level. In addition they have gained a massive amount of knowledge surrounding their rights and responsibilities as well as an experience which they will be able to use in their future University and employment applications.
Assistant Head Teacher
A level Art Exhibition 2015
The A level Art and Photography Exhibition was on Thursday 9th July from 5-7 o’clock, and all were welcome. It was wonderful to see so many people celebrating the incredible work of our 6th formers and experiencing their final creative work before leaving to start university. Here is just a sample of the work that was on display. Check our tweets on @WrothamSixth for more photographs.