Autumn Newsletter, Week 2

Students are now getting into the swing of things and it has been brilliant to see so many trying new things and stepping out of their comfort zones. Many students have been focused on picking up key early skills in their new subjects and have had a chance to try their hand with our sector specialist kit.

Notes this week:

If you require a login for wisepay, please email student services and we will send it out via email. [email protected]

Students can load cash manually onto their Student Cards using the machines located in the refectories.

School age students no longer need to isolate if a close contact tests positive for Covid-19. If your teen is a close contact, they are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to check if they have the virus. You can order a PCR home test online or by calling 119, or going to a test site. Students are to continue attending school, unless they show symptoms or record a positive PCR test.

Masks are no longer compulsory, but students are advised to wear them if travelling to and from the CUC building using public transport.

Lockers are available to purchase for a £5 deposit. If you would like one, please visit student services at break or lunchtime.

We have online drop in surgeries next week with our Head of Sixth Form, Dr Moore for Year 12 on Tuesday and Year 13 on Wednesday. We also have an online drop in surgery for Year 10 on Wednesday. All surgeries take place on Zoom from 4-5pm. Links will be sent to you by email.

We have our first Pastoral Parents Evenings next week. This is a chance for you to meet individually with your child’s tutor to discuss their progress so far. Parents Evenings take place online. Year 9 meetings will take place on Tuesday, Year 11 will take place on Wednesday. Other Year groups will follow in the next few weeks.

Our first Principal’s Drop in Surgery will take place on the 21st September, details to follow.

Highlights this week:

Ignite: It has been a week of firsts for our youngest students. They have coped with all the new experiences really well. In maths, we have been working hard at angles and completing baseline assessments. In English, we have also been completing baseline assessments. In history, we looked at conditions in the Victorian workhouse. They have also taken part in their first Wellbeing lesson, with a chance to burn off some energy in our sports hall.

Year 10: In maths, we have been working on collecting and representing data. In English, we are getting stuck into our GCSE coursework. Historians have been considering the role of people in the history of medicine such as apothecaries and barber surgeons who would treat the sick in medieval times.

Year 11: Year 11 have taken part in a lung dissection as part of their new PBL project which will bring together skills from life science, healthcare and medical engineering. They were mature and respectful during the dissection and excited to learn more about how we breathe. In maths, we have been concentrating on sketching and straight line graphs. In English, we are working hard on GCSE coursework. Historians have taken an ally’s view of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.


Year 12 Games and Animation have been taking on a paper prototyping exercise where they concept, design, create a paper prototype of a board game based on an existing film or tv programme. Lab inductions are underway for year 12 students. This week we focused on gaining an appreciation of small volumes by pipetting onto parafilm. Scientists have now experienced our University style Acquire lessons in the Cinema that have lead to Q & A sessions on topics including peristalsis, and cellular molecular machinery .Year 13 Literature students have shown great initiative and started a study group during one of their independent sessions. This week they have debated the presentation of key characters in Othello, a wonderful display of collaborative learning and mastery.

Junior Leadership Team:

Year 13 JLT have taken on the task of supporting students to think critically and be curious. They have launched a programme of debates, encouraging students to consider and submit answers to topical questions. This week’s question ‘Is climate change the most important injustice that should be focused on?” We can’t wait to hear their thoughts. We have our first meeting for new members on Monday.

CCF Update:

Great to see such a strong turn out from Cadets this week. Students had the chance to hear about the expectations of being a cadet from SSI Chris Bate and from other cadets. We also had the chance to talk about future events. There is lots of exciting stuff in the pipeline.

New Art Club

Our amazing Creative team are launching a brand new Art Club for students. Workshops will be open to all students from the CUC Building.

Our first session will take place on the 7th October. Come along for some Halloween inspired Light Painting and Print Making.

On the 27th October we will be running a Follow the Gourd workshop with Studio partner FACT. More details coming soon. Look out for the posters around the CUC building for more details.

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