Sixth Form News

Tennis Team Take on National Finals - July 2015

Writhlington Sixth Form tennis team travelled to Queenswood School in Hertfordshire to take part in the Aegon School’s Team Tennis Finals. After a successful season of tennis, beating some of the toughest teams in the district, Writhlington made their way to Hertfordshire where teams travelled from across the UK to compete in the finals. Writhlington started well taking on Sevenoaks School, after the singles matched Writhlington found themselves pulling ahead 3-1, with some excellent wins from Matthew Alexander & Alex Day and a final win from the doubles securing them to the next round. The quarterfinals saw the team up against the 2014 World Champions, whose rating are only slightly lower than that of Andy Murrays professional sitting. In the first round of singles, Hamish O’Mahony and Tom Hunt found themselves against some heavy opposition. This didn’t shake them however and with some great tennis being played, along side an ace on the first point from Tom Hunt the team lost overall. Alex Day had the hardest challenge of the day, playing against a 1.2-rated player, tipped to be the next rising star of English tennis, but despite some unbelievable tennis being played and Alex pulling out some huge first serves, ... [Read More]

Studio School Opening Confirms Extra Places at Writhlington - July 2015

The opening of the Mendip Studio School in September and its recent successful pre-opening Ofsted inspection mean substantial new capacity for Writhlington School. Executive Headteacher, Mark Everett, pointed out the close collaboration between the two schools and said: “I am delighted with our preparations for September. The launch of the new Dragonfly Education Trust and the opening of the Studio School on our campus enables us to provide a new Science and Technology specialist pathway. Many students have also chosen to study a Modern Foreign Language and will be taking the EBacc qualification. The increase in capacity across both schools allows us to admit additional students in all years and we are now in a strong position to respond to demand and offer places to a significantly higher number of families from the Midsomer Norton and Frome areas.” Earlier this month Ofsted inspected the Mendip Studio School’s preparations for opening and it was judged on 105 different education standards, including leadership and management, safeguarding, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, welfare, health and safety of pupils, staffing levels, buildings and the quality of information provided for parents. The school was delighted to receive official Ofsted approval on every ... [Read More]

Best professional display at International Show. - June 2015

Green fingered pupils at Writhlington School are celebrating after winning the top prizes at the Malvern International Orchid Show. The Malvern international show is the biggest annual UK orchid event and attracts trade and display teams from right across Europe. This year Writhlington entered some of their best specimens and walked away with two prizes including Best Professional Display and Best Professional Species. Teacher Simon Pugh-Jones commented, “I am delighted that our students have gained the recognition that they deserve. The display is the culmination of a year’s hard work for all of the team.” Year 10 student, Lexie Johnson, who was responsible for the nurturing of prize winning plant said “The plant is called Aerides odorata which is native to the Himalayas. We have had it growing at Writhlington for 23 years and it is now over 2m high and has more than 2000 fragrant pink flowers.” Writhlington’s Summer Orchid Festival is from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 27th June and this year the public will be able to meet the orchid growers and see their prize plants as well as enjoy displays from across the South West. They can buy plants from both school pupils and a leading orchid nursery from ... [Read More]

Writhlington Host Primary Tournament - June 2015

Writhlington hosted the primary schools mini-tennis competition with fifteen teams taking part in the Midsomer Norton Competition from eleven schools, involving sixty pupils aged 7–9 years. This event, organised by the Writhlington Coaching Team, supported by Wesport and the LTA, forms the initial stage of the competition pathway leading from local competitions through to a Wesport County Final. The 2015 County Final will be held on Wednesday, 8th July, at Bath University and the winners of the Midsomer Norton Competition, Shoscombe, will go to the County Final. Beth Jones, from Schools Partnership, said: “This is an excellent way for children to experience competitive tennis in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, with their friends from school. A huge vote of thanks must go to the team of Coaches, young leaders and volunteers who helped to ensure the tournament ran smoothly. We hope these young people are now encouraged to play more tennis at the numerous clubs and centres in the B&NES area.” Mandy Stonier, Head of Tennis at Writhlington Tennis Centre, said: “I thoroughly enjoy watching and overseeing this tournament, as it is the culmination of years of hard work by my coaching team and other Coaches in the area, who are ensuring ... [Read More]

Dance School Success - June 2015

For most students your last year of Sixth Form is full of the stress and woes of exams and coursework but what happens when you throw in dance classes and a performance with one of the worlds leading Dance Choreographers? Year 13 student, Matthew Bell, has had an extraordinary year. After performing with The Matthew Bourne Company in the new adaptation of ‘Lord Of The Flies’ Matthew continued his training in preparation for Dance School auditions. Matthew said: ‘I have always had a passion for dance; I began classes when I was three, first attending mother and toddler groups and then eventually joining real lessons. Neither of my parents dance or do anything theatrical, so I am not really sure where my love for it has stemmed from but they have been incredibly supportive of my dance and I couldn’t be more grateful.’ Matthew, who trains 3 times a week with companies across the Southwest and Wales, recently auditioned and gained one of only thirty places at the country’s leading dance school, The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, beating hundreds of applicants. Matthew Commented: ‘It was a really tough audition, we had to attend a two hour intense Ballet class while ... [Read More]

Student Accepted to prestigious Performing Arts School - June 2015

Writhlington students have had a very successful year of performance, whether taking part in the school musical, the Winter, Spring and Summer Concerts or A-level and GCSE performances, this year’s students have certainly excelled themselves. Year 13 student, Dixie Newman, has had a particularly busy year auditioning for some of the country’s most prestigious Performing Arts establishments Dixie, who played the coveted part Fantine in Writhlington’s production of Les Miserables has been busy applying to Drama Schools to study Acting and Musical Theatre. Dixie said: ‘It is quite a tough process; I have had exams, final year performances and training outside of school to keep up with. It is really hard to tell how an audition has gone and I have been nervously waiting at the edge of my seat for weeks.’ Dixie has been accepted to study at RADA, ALRA, Central and Italia Conti which is a fantastic achievement and she is now facing the tough decision of which one to choose! Head of Drama, James Moore said: ‘We have some exceptionally talented students at Writhlington, we are so fortunate to have outstanding facilities which really gives students the opportunity to work in a professional environment. Dixie’s performance in Les ... [Read More]

Writhlington students design interactive App for Bristol Zoo display - May 2015

Students from Writhlington School have won a contract to design an interactive App for the Bristol Zoo exhibit at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show. Writhlington students have always been successful with creative and innovative projects, whether it is designing climate replicating control systems or growing orchids close to extinction They take an enthusiastic approach and create opportunities and experiences for specialists, learners and educators; redefining the power and innovative nature of the young mind. Teacher Simon Pugh-Jones explained, “We have been working with Bristol Zoo for many years and this new initiative draws on our experience of designing interactive displays for national events and particularly the creative design of James Stewart.” Year 10 student, James Stewart, who has designed award-winning apps for Writhlington displays, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity. I will be working with Zoo staff to gather images, information and audio and then developing an iPad app that will engage with the public and add an extra dimension to the Zoo display.” A team of Writhlington students will be supporting James’s work alongside Zoo researchers to ensure that the content is both up to date, valid and engaging. Students will follow the success of the app, analysing download rates and engagement ... [Read More]

Students shuffle ball change their way to the stage - May 2015

Tapping their way to the top Writhlington Sixth form Drama students love nothing more than a challenge and this term they have certainly embarked on a toe tappingly difficult one! Eleven students are spending their evenings learning to tap dance from scratch in preparation for their final BTEC show ‘Stepping out’. Stepping out is a rollicking comedy about the attempts of some working class, middle-aged amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a dance studio in North London. Mavis, a former professional chorus girl tries her hardest to teach the bumbling amateurs some terpsichorean skills for an upcoming recital. But before the dancing begins Mavis must mediate the dramas that erupt among this motley but loveable crew on their way to triumph at their recital. Head Of Drama James Moore said: ‘This is such a funny and heartwarming play, you can’t help but grow attached to every lovable character and find yourself really invested in their final dance recital. We have some exceptionally talented Drama students with offers from top Drama schools and we can’t wait to showcase their work.’ Thursday 21st May, and Friday 22nd May. Performances start at 7:30 Tickets £5. Buy tickets online at: For more information, please email ... [Read More]

Writhlington Host Elections - May 2015

Year 12 Politics students at Writhlington School hosted a mock election on Thursday following a successful few weeks of campaigning. The students were nominated to represent the parties and researched and created manifestos based on current political party agendas and created campaigns aimed at getting students interested and understanding politics ahead of the general Election. Students from across all year groups were invited to place their vote at the Writhlington Polling station where they were able to vote for the party that best represented their thoughts, opinions and ideals. Head Teacher Mark Everett said: ‘It is a fantastic opportunity to get young people involved and understanding politics from an early age. This year’s UK turn out barely cut 66.1%, which is really quite disappointing compared to the 89.4%, turn out in 1950. We hope that by making politics accessible to all of our students that we will provide students with the understanding of the importance of voting for their future.’ With Various trips, exams and clubs taking place, turn out for students reached 52.6%. Results came in: Greens - 256 Conservative - 178 Labour - 152 UKIP - 134 Lib Dem – 55 Sixth form students stayed up throughout the night for elections results setting up camp ... [Read More]

Writhlington Students to design new exhibit for Bristol Aquarium - April 2015

An exciting new permanent exhibit at the Bristol Aquarium will be designed by students at Writhlington School and The Mendip Studio School to highlight conservation efforts in tropical forests. Students met Aquarium staff this week to plan the first phase of the display and are now identifying key plant species to include in a living display that will represent the diversity of the world’s tropical forests, highlighting both the threats to these habitats and the sustainable solutions being developed by Writhlington pupils and their tropical partner organisations. Teacher, Simon Pugh-Jones, described the project as “an exciting new initiative allowing students to develop scientific, educational and business skills to deliver a world class experience for the public.” Pupils have formed teams to deliver different aspects of the exhibit. James Stewart is leading the technology team; “Our target is to develop exciting Apps for the public to help them explore the exhibit and learn about tropical forests.” Jacob Coles is leading on the plant display, he explained, “Our biggest challenge is to deliver year round interest in a living display. We are matching species to the environment in the Aquarium and looking for ways to tell stories through the plants of lifecycles, human use of ... [Read More]

Writhlington Welcome LTA President - April 2015

Writhlington School and Tennis Centre welcomed the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) President, Cathie Sabin, to their courts to showcase the fantastic activities and opportunities taking place in the school, Sixth Form Tennis Academy and the community. Writhlington has a long history of success and excellence through sport and excel with their community and school outreach programmes. Students have achieved UKCC LTA qualifications & awards and Scholarships to attend top universities in both England and America, as well as travelling to New Zealand to coach. Amanda Stonier Head of Tennis said: ‘Not only are we proud to offer great courses and coaching opportunities, but it is a real testament to what we do that a lot of our young enthusiasts come back and help coach the next generation of sports stars.’ Mrs Sabin, who became President of the LTA in 2013, took the tennis world by storm becoming the first female to represent the LTA, following a successful career as Assistant Head of Idsall School - a Specialist Sports College, working with students from all backgrounds including Famous football stars Michael Owen, Andy Cole and Jamie Carragher. Students welcomed Mrs Sabin to the Tennis Centre where she presented Year 10 students with their Sports ... [Read More]

Students Heading to the States for University - April 2015

Writhlington students, Dejanelle Broadway and Laura Heal have made it into the final 150 students to participate in the Sutton Trust Programme 2015, from over 3,700 original applicants from all over the country. ] The Sutton Trust Foundation was set up in 1997 dedicated to improving social mobility through education. The programme offers students in Year 12 the chance to get a taste of student life at a research-led university. The programme balances busy academic days with social activities and has been successful in encouraging bright state school students to study at the most selective universities in Britain and America. After attending the Finalist Residential in London, the two Writhlington students were selected to be part of the top 150 students who will attend a week-long trip to America in the summer holidays. The aim of the Sutton Trust - Fulbright Programme is to support and guide those interested in studying in America and the Trust will fully fund all 150 students for this unique opportunity. Laura will be staying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which specialises in science and engineering. While Dejanelle will be staying at Yale University, a private Ivy ... [Read More]

Writhlington Welcome the Spring in style - April 2015

Following a successful Charity Concert with Downside School, staff and students at Writhlington are putting the finishing touches to the Spring Concert, ready for curtain up on Friday 1 May. Over one hundred staff and students are set to perform at this year’s Spring Concert including Writhlington’s saxophone, string and clarinet groups. Junior Band will be performing a number of songs from the very popular hit musical Mary Poppins. A-Level and GCSE students will be presenting their exam pieces with some beautiful solos before all coming together to perform a show stopping finale. Head of Music Fiona Langley said: “This is a really busy time of year for all involved. Students have exams fast approaching, revision classes after school and extra revision at home. Both staff and students have shown dedication and perseverance for this show and it’s going to be a spectacular show.” Tickets are £6.00 [£3.00 OAP/children] which includes refreshments and are available from Mrs Tout on 01761 433581 ext 2315 or ... [Read More]

Writhlington Triumphant in Somerset County Schools U19 Semi-Final - March 2015

Writhlington U19 football team finished triumphantly in the semi final of the Somerset County Cup against Millfield School. A thrilling match saw Writhlington concede a goal within the first 10 minutes, setting pressure on the team to regain control. Rallying themselves, Jacob evened out the match with a equaliser after picking up the ball from just inside the centre line. Galvanised, Jacob continued to demonstrate his excellent ball handling skills and scored his second goal again running nearly half the length of the pitch. Writhlington secured a strong first half with a last minute goal from Alex who scored a header from the edge of the box. During an excellent second half, Millfield ramped up the pressure and clawed back a goal setting the match at 3-2 with all to play for. Writhlington continued to show great resilience as Millfield maintained their pressure on defence and goal, forcing Owen to make a couple of brave saves. With Millfield hitting the bar and centre posts in the dying moments of the match it was a tense finish to a well fought game. Writhlington are now through to the finals where they will play Clevedon or Gordano for the winning title. ... [Read More]

The Adventure Begins Here - March 2015

What better way to start your day than a 3am wake up call ready for a day on Dartmoor. Eighteen brave students and six excited teachers set off on an exhilarating 19 hour adventure. Students were greeted at Okehampton Camp by clear skies and light (for Dartmoor) winds, perfect conditions for a 30km walk across some of the toughest terrain in England. Three teams set off down the East side of the National Park navigating independently between tors. They visited 8 checkpoints and 5 Tors including: Oke, Cosdon, Watern, Sittaford and Higher White and climbed almost 1000m throughout the day. Ten Tors training volunteer Roxy Thomas said: ‘In my 3 years of training we have only ever had one other day of sunshine so it was really lovely for the students to actually see Dartmoor. This is a really tough challenge and I admire students who take it on. I don’t think I could do it!’ With no injuries or drop outs and almost no grumbling or complaining, this was one of the most successful training sessions and puts Writhlington into a very strong position with two teams competing at the event in May. Last year Writhlington saw two teams complete the ... [Read More]

Paralympic star Visits Writhlington Students - March 2015

Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey visited Writhlington last week as part of the Sky Sports ‘ Living for Sport’ programme. Starting with an inspirational talk to Year 9 students, Kate spoke about her journey and the importance of will power, strength and determination before sharing a video of her fellow athletes, who have defied all odds to become world renowned inspirations for the sporting world. Kate represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and went on to win a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Individual Medley at the World Championships in 2009. Unfortunately, due to illness Kate missed out on qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. However she still has the hunger to achieve her dream of winning a Paralympic medal and hopes to compete at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. Year 7, 9, 12 and 13 students were given the opportunity to take part in practical team building sessions where they learnt the importance of team work, communication and enthusiasm Second in PE, Ali Weeks said: “We are very lucky to welcome so many professional athletes to our school. Nothing is more inspirational than hearing directly from these accomplished sports people and learning about their ... [Read More]

World Book Day Success - March 2015

A myriad of book characters were brought to life before our eyes at Writhlington School on Thursday when staff and students celebrated a very special day across the globe: World Book Day! Raising money for Book Aid International, students and staff whole-heartedly embraced the invitation to dress up or dress down. Among the student costumes were JK Rowling’s Dumbledore, Alice in Wonderland, a trio of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins with Legolas, The Mad Hatter and the Tiger Who Came to Tea! Teachers also rose to the challenge of topping their efforts in 2014 by creating some fantastic outfits from Paddington Bear to Where’s Wally, The Cat in the Hat to The Illustrated Mum. In fact, Geography teacher Miss Youde’s recreation of Jacqueline Wilson’s tattoo-covered character garnered lots of attention on the library’s Twitter page and even received a tweet from Dame Jacqueline herself who called the outfit “perfect”! Group ensembles were very popular too, with the entire English department teaming up to bring the characters from Harry Potter to life, while the eight members of the Games department transformed themselves perfectly into Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Photos of all the teachers were widely acknowledged across the nation throughout the day ... [Read More]

Writhlignton Pupils Go For Big Bang Glory At National Science And Engineering Competition Finals - March 2015

Talented pupils from Writhlington School in Somerset are one step closer to science and engineering victory after winning places in the finals of the UK’s prestigious National Science + Engineering Competition. James Stewart excelled in the heats of the Competition with a project to improve the product ‘CoderKits’ in a bid to to help people learn coding more rapidly and intuitively, whilst Jacob Coles’ project analyses his trip to Rwanda to help set up its first plant propagation facility. Their peers, Emily Thearle, Chloe McGiveron and Rosie Vallis also shone in the qualifying rounds with a project in which they attempted to isolate their own mycorrhiza from the roots of Dactylorhiza fuchsii (Common Spotted Orchid) in a bid to improve its conservation. The pupils will now go head-to-head with students from across the country in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most sought-after science honours for young people. James, Jacob, Emily, Chloe and Rosie will now represent the South West as a region of rising young talent at the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition held at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham in March 2015 – the ... [Read More]

Writhlington Students Join the Queen - March 2015

Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi to join HM The Queen for Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey On Monday 9 March, students from Writhlington School in Radstock were among nearly 1,000 young people from all corners of the UK in attendance at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Observance, Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering. The celebration was attended by Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge. This year’s Observance celebrated the 2015 Commonwealth theme ‘A Young Commonwealth’. Speakers included international child rights’ activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi; Queen’s Young Leader and community mobiliser, PJ Cole; and Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, the first female Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh. The multi award-winning South African a cappella group, The Soil performed and Indian poet, Sharanya Manivannan read a new poem, commissioned for Commonwealth Day. The children present in the Abbey – including those presenting posies to The Queen and The Duchesses – were from schools currently involved in Commonwealth projects. Sixth Form student and Youth MP Edward Joseph said: \'It is such an honour ... [Read More]

Writhlington Readers Win Rare Book Prize - February 2015

Ten very lucky students at Writhlington School were recently rewarded for sharing their love of books with exclusive proof copies of forthcoming novels from Bloomsbury Publishing. The competition was the idea of Writhlington’s Patron of Reading, Huw Powell, whose books are published by Bloomsbury- the publisher that also brought us Harry Potter. Competition rules required students to condense their love of books to just 140 characters, Twitter-style, and share with Huw why they believe- like him- that books are so blooming brilliant! Author of space-pirate adventure series Spacejackers, Huw then had the very tough job of deciding on his top ten entries, before crowning an overall winner. Huw told students in his monthly Huw’s News blog: “Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. You have risen to the challenge and have done your school proud! There were so many great ideas; it was difficult to pick the winner.” After much deliberation, Huw declared this response from Lauren Carver, Year 9, his absolute favourite: “I love books because they inspire people to feel confident and give company when people are lonely, also they open up a new world for us.” Huw said of Lauren’s entry: “Lauren recognised that books inspire ... [Read More]

Youth Parliament joins with MPs and Lords to celebrate 750 years of Parliament - January 2015

BANES member of Youth Parliament, Ed Joseph joins with MPs and Lords to celebrate 750 years of Parliament. On 22 January, The UK Parliament hosted a special event to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the parliament, called first by Simon De Montfort, in January 1265. Forty members from the Houses of Parliament including Writhlington student and member of Youth Parliament, Ed Joseph, gathered together to celebrate this momentous occasion. The 1265 Montfort Parliament was called together for first time with representatives from both towns and shires to discuss matters of national concern. This gathering of all towns became the major stepping stone to forming the House of Commons. Buckingham MP John Bercow said: “Over the past eight centuries, the public and their Parliament have shaped society and changed the way we live our lives. The Montfort and Magna Carta anniversaries which we commemorate in 2015, provide the perfect opportunity to remember the beginning of the UK’s journey to the rights and representation we enjoy today. This ‘re-summoning’ reminds us how far we have come, and that we need to continue to work together to shape our society for future generations.” The Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza, said: “This symbolic ‘re-summoning’ of the shires ... [Read More]

Les Misérables Review - November 2014

I have only ever heard dreadful karaoke version of songs from Les Misérables which put me off ever going to watch the show, yet alone an amateur version. So I went along with some trepidation to Writhlington School’s version on Thursday 6 November. My goodness was I converted! As soon as the opening bars of the prologue started, I knew we were in safe hands; this was going to be a good production. However I was not quite prepared for how stunning it would be. The overall design of the production was well executed as we were transported to 19th century France with an effective set designed by Becca Long, excellent period costumes designed by Carol Lewis and her army of makers and beautiful atmospheric lighting designed by Ed Hill. Attention to detail was evident throughout from director James Moore whose vision and dedication to his production was obvious as he led his team and cast to produce one of the best non-professional productions I have ever seen. The cast worked very well as an ensemble telling the story of Victor Hugo’s classic tale. Never was any student out of character. The set pieces were delightful and well-staged. There were some ... [Read More]

Digital Classroom is Future of Learning - November 2014

ARadstock teacher is heading for Toronto to help explain how technology is making learning fun as well as allowing schools to evolve teaching methods. Writhlington School science teacher Simon Pugh Jones has been invited to present the keynote address at the fifth annual Technology Education Strategies conference. He will make the presentation alongside Mendip Studio School partner David Crellin, of ScienceScope, in February. The presentation, entitled Case Study: Writhlington School, UK: Internet of Things, will examine the future digitisation of education to advance learning. The talk will explore how the internet will affect future school curriculums, how different devices will change education, including their impact on learning, teaching and the traditional classroom setting. It will also explore the benefits of linking to a large inter-connected network through a variety devices from phones, tablets, computers and other smart technology. The invitation to the education conference stems from the partnership that has developed between the school and ScienceScope Ltd, which is based at Writhlington, and project Distance. Project Distance was funded by a grant of £800,000 from the Technology Strategy Board and was led by ScienceScope Ltd and partners, Intel, Xively, Explorer HQ, Stakeholder Design, University of Birmingham\'s Urban Climate Laboratory, UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and The ... [Read More]

Make Your Mark - October 2014

Writhlington student and Member of Youth Parliament for Bath and North East Somerset, Ed Joseph, is promoting in B&NES the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country. In a ballot beginning 12th August and running \'till 10th October, young people across the country will be asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) in the House of Commons on 14th November. Voting takes place both online and through ballot papers issued to schools and youth centres. Ten topics will be available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics, decided on by young people, being discussed by MYPs in their November debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament. Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed the opinions of over 478,000 young people, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK. This year, MYPs have set themselves a target of getting 1,000,000 young people’s votes. Ed has set B&NES a target of 6,000 votes ... [Read More]

Combined Cadet Force Come Out Top - September 2014

Writhlington’s Combined Cadet Force attended 43 Wessex Brigade, South West Division ,Cadet Skill at Arms (CADSAAM) shooting competition this weekend. Writhlington took two teams of cadets to Yoxter Cadet Training Camp on Friday night. Cadets competed in this annual competition to test the shooting skills of cadets across the region. With teams entered from across the area, individuals were judged on their ability with points awarded to each group, in hope of winning the 43 Wessex Brigade CCF cup for 2014. The two cadet teams represented the school with honour and took the cup for the winning. Individual team members also entered fine skilled competitions, taking home some well deserved awards. Corporal Chris Sinanan won gold and was placed within the top three best shots in the South West. Sergeant Jessica White won bronze and was placed within the top twelve shots in the South West and also won the pool bull competition, meaning she hit the dead centre of the bullseye of the targe from a distance of 300 yards. Second Lieutenant Marshall said: ‘This was our first shooting competition and we are very proud of our cadets. We hope to build even further on their shooting skills and begin to ... [Read More]

Young Gardener of the year leads team to gold. - September 2014

The Writhlington School orchid growers are celebrating winning two major awards this summer. Fifteen year old, Jacob Coles, won the Royal Horticultural Society Young Gardener of the Year prize for his age group and then worked with a team of fellow pupils to win a Gold Medal at the Hampton Court Flower Show. Asked about his achievements Jacob put his success down to a passionate interest in plants, hard work and the support of other students in the Writhlington Orchid Project. Jacob received his award from the headquarters of Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley, where the Judges commented on his outstanding knowledge as well as the efforts he makes to share his love of plants with the community through talks, shows and advice. Jacob hopes to put his passion to good use and plans to follow a career as a botanist. Hampton Court Flower show is the UK’s most visited flower show and this year was the second time that Writhlington had displayed in the Floral Marquee. Writhlington’s display linked the orchid species grown by pupils at the school to their native habitats and hence good growing in the UK. Two island displays featured plants from hot tropical lowlands and cool tropical mountain forests. The judges ... [Read More]

Records hit new heights at Writhlington - August 2014

Sixth Form students at Writhlington are celebrating a record-breaking year of A Level results. Over a third of the grades achieved were at the very highest level (A* or A) with a number of students producing some phenomenal performances. Over 150 students successfully completed their A Level studies this year, with average grades of AAB. This sets a new record for the school and also marks the highest number of students progressing to higher academic studies. There were outstanding results in subjects favoured by the top universities, including some remarkable individual achievements. Two sets of twins in Year 13 achieved exceptional results. Amy and Jess Dowler achieved six A* and A grades in Sciences and Mathematics. Amy has been accepted to study Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University next term and Jess will be at Exeter University studying Animal Behaviour. Anthony and Elise Mckeever achieved 6 top A grades with Anthony off to Liverpool University to study Medicine and Elise pursuing her degree studies at Queen Mary\'s College London. Other individual success stories include Megan MacPherson also obtained 3 top A grades and will be studying Civil Engineering at University College London, while Lauren Sly is off to Cardiff University to study ... [Read More]

Tanzania Update Wednesday 25 July - July 2014

News is through that the group are all safely down Mount Meru. Mr Moore reports it was hard work and everyone is tired but well. The group is due to return on Wednesday 30 July. ... [Read More]

Tanzania Update – Monday 21 July - July 2014

The latest news from Tanzania is that everyone is well. Alison Blofeld reports that they have just finished the construction project and the classroom is now built. They have been camping with 22 primary school children for a week and said sad farewells yesterday (Sunday). Today they are in Moshi preparing for climbing Mount Meru tomorrow. All the students are having a huge experience and are learning about African culture and history. Now comes the physical and mental challenge of the mountain! ... [Read More]

Outstanding art at The National Students Art Exhibition 2014 - July 2014

Seven pieces of art from Writhlington students were selected from thousands across the country to be exhibited at the Mall Galleries London. Emily Farebrother’s “My Beautiful Dream” was selected for scholar status. Here are the other six fantastic pieces. From left to right: Holly Powney, Year 13 (“Nelson Mandela”, oil on canvass); Madelene Robertson, Year 12 (“Mum”, oil on canvass); Alicia Chambi-Trowell, Year 12 (“Fantasy Landscape”, mixed media collage on canvass); Rosanna Mohn, Year 13 (“Sylvia”, oil on canvass); Alicia Chambi-Trowell, Year 12 (“Tribal Influence”, mixed media and oils on canvass) and Emily Savage, Year 12 (“Monochromatic Woods”, watercolour on canvass). ... [Read More]

Emily Farebrother awarded RBA Art scholarship - July 2014

The National Students’ Art Exhibition 2014 has been held at the Mall Galleries, London. This is the twelfth year of the exhibition held under the patronage of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). It features work from the best young artists in the country aged 11 to 18 years of age from Schools, Colleges and Academies. Many thousands of artworks are submitted to the gallery and only around 350 from across the country are selected to exhibit. As in previous years, the very high standards and outstanding talent of Writhlington art students resulted in a number of pieces being selected for this year’s exhibition: Emily Farebrother, Year 13 (“My Beautiful Dream”, oil on canvass); Holly Powney, Year 13 (“Nelson Mandela”, oil on canvass); Rosanna Mohn, Year 13 (“Sylvia”, oil on canvass); Madelene Robertson, Year 12 (“Mum”, oil on canvass); Emily Savage, Year 12 (“Monochromatic Woods”, watercolour on canvass) and Alicia Chambi-Trowell, Year 12 (“Fantasy Landscape”, mixed media collage on canvass and “Tribal Influence”, mixed media and oils on canvass). The six students travelled to London accompanied by Head of Art, Caroline Slater, to see their art on show in the prestigious gallery. To have six ... [Read More]

Writhlingtons Youth MP campaign success - June 2014

Thanks to the campaigns by Youth Parliament representatives, children and young people across Bath and North East Somerset will now be able to travel on the bus with up to a 50% discount. Writhlington Sixth Form student and Elected MYP for B&NES Ed Joseph, has won his campaign to lower the price of travel for young people across his constituency. Representing over 14,000 young people, Ed has successfully secured a reduction of 50% for people aged 5-15 and 30%for those aged 16-21. Young people will be required to purchase a First ID Card in order to receive the discount, costing just £10. There will be no cost for young people still in full-time education. The news comes as part of the results of the regional wide consultation by First Group carried out earlier this year, where they asked local people for their views on service fares. Ed commented: \\\"This is fantastic news for children and young people. For so many years the price of public transport has prevented us from travelling across the area and spending time with friends outside school hours. It has also meant that people with part time jobs often arrive at work after spending well over an hours ... [Read More]

Students Soar To Greats Heights - June 2014

Sixth Form students Hannah Bennett and Helena Midgley took part in a 10,000ft tandem parachute jump in Swindon last term in hope of raising money for their two charities, Great Western Air Ambulance and Action for Children. Action for Children supports more than 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers through 650 projects across the UK. The charity helps young people to realise their unique potential and offers support and opportunities needed for them to reach it. The girls also chose local charity, The Great Western Air Ambulance who provide critical services to over nine counties including Bath and North East Somerset. The service is called to emergency cases often involving children or young people under that age of 16 on average, four times a day. Although the service is run mostly by volunteers, it still costs 1.7 million pounds a year to provide. Fundraising Manager for Great Western Air Ambulance, Emma Carter said: ‘It’s fantastic to see young people get involved and take on such impressive challenges to help fund raise. Every donation is vital and so we really appreciate the lengths the girls have gone to to support us.‘ Setting off with promising weather, the girls made their way to ... [Read More]

Writhlington Students Attend British Basketball League Playoff Final At Wembley Arena - May 2014

Writhlington sports department took seventy pupils this week to watch the British Basketball League play-off final at Wembley Arena. It was a great spectacle for all and students were able to enjoy a close game against Newcastle Eagles and underdogs Worcester Wolves which saw Worcester take the win in the BBL Play-off final. Wolves, appearing in the final for the first time, settled into their rhythm quickly and began to pull away in an intense opening period. Eagles centre Defoe, influential at both ends, helped to drag his side back to within one in the second period with some fine under-pressure shooting to take him to 16 first-half points. However Taylor hit a brilliant three-point buzzer-beater to take the Wolves into half-time six points ahead. A stunning scoring run, including three straight fast-play baskets saw Wolves finish the quarter with a 72-52 lead. Two straight three-pointers from Eagles captain Charles Smith brought his side to within nine points in the final period and set up what proved to be a tense final period. Students were in awe watching incredible basketball skills during a slam dunk competition featuring club mascots, BBL players and a stunt group previously seen on Britain\'s Got Talent. ... [Read More]

Writhlington Charity wins UNICEF bid of £120,000 - May 2014

Writhlington School charity the ‘Burundi Education Foundation’ which runs within Writhlington School has been given a grant of £120,000 by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The charity was created in hope of building a primary school Rusaga, which is the poorest village of one of the poorest countries in the world, Burundi. The new primary school would follow an English Curriculum guided by Writhlington School. After spending a year planning, selling blends of Burundian tea and coffee and various other fund-raising activities, the first of the BEF’s goals has been achieved. The charity was founded by Joseph Katihabwa, former Dean of the University of Burundi who lived and grew up in the village of Rusaga. His daughter, Chantal Ndikumana, a trustee of the charity and teacher at Writhlington School, took the charity to new levels with the support of fellow colleague and Charity Director, Chris Donovan. Chantal commented; “When Burundi became a member of the East African communities, it became clear that all the other member countries spoke English except Burundi. We wanted the poor children of Burundi to have access to an English education as currently only children from rich families do. By providing this opportunity we are supporting them ... [Read More]

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow - May 2014

Not many young girls reaching the end of their GCSEs and fast approaching prom would consider shaving all their hair off. Inspiring and courageous Year Eleven student Victoria Horroll has decided to do just that in front of an audience. Every day in the UK around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer. Many charities are set up to support sufferers and their families in a bid to unite and support those affected everywhere. Fifteen year old Victoria chose a charity close to her heart and began making plans to take a ‘bald’ step forward in the face of cancer. Victoria said: ‘When I was younger I was told that my cousin had leukemia. It was a really challenging time for my family. We are all very close and so we faced the hardship together. CLIC Sargent, a charity that supports cancer sufferers and their families really helped us, from the very beginning until he had the all clear. This is my way of making a bold statement and really saying thank you for everything they did.’ Not only will Victoria be raising money for CLIC Sargent but her long hair (currently measuring 24 inches) will be donated to ... [Read More]

Somerset Junior Champion - May 2014

Writhlington Sixth Form student Ben Josham has won the 2014 Somerset Junior Championship at Clevedon. The six handicapper from Midsomer Norton beat a strong field of under 18 boys to capture his first major golf trophy. Seventeen year old Ben struggled to a 79 in his first round in the 36 hole championship after missing several fairways in the morning. However a fine spell of putting left him 3 under par gross after 13 holes in the afternoon round. The difficult closing holes at Clevedon pulled Ben back slightly with four dropped shots in the last 5 holes but his gross 73 for a total of 152 was good enough for a 1 shot victory over Kieron Babbage of Saltford Golf Club. Ben was delighted with his win and said: ‘I’ve been playing quite well over the last couple of weeks and I just went out without too many expectations. After struggling in the morning, I played really well in the afternoon and holed some very good putts at crucial times. The hard work I’ve done with the professionals at Farrington Park through the Writhlington academy golf programme has really paid off and I’m obviously delighted with the ... [Read More]

Two Teams and Ten Tors - April 2014

Ten Tors is a long-standing tradition for schools, scout groups, and cadet forces across the southwest. When first started in 1960, just two hundred and three young people took part, walking distances of up to 60 miles. Today Dartmoor sees over two and half thousand young people complete challenging 35, 45 and 55-mile routes. However, the Ten Tors is about more than just distance. To be successful, competitors must overcome everything this diverse and unpredictable landscape can throw at them. The 368 square miles that make up Dartmoor National Park contain steep valleys, rivers prone to swelling, bogs and magnificent granite topped peaks called ‘tors’. All of these pose problems for the competitors, but are also the reasons behind the event’s huge popularity. The event is organised by the army’s 43 (Wessex) Brigade. It is assisted by the Royal Navy, who primarily provide manpower and helicopters; the Royal Air Force and the Dartmoor Rescue Group. These services ensure the safety of participants while they are on Dartmoor. Following a challenging year before where severe weather conditions meant an unusually high number of teams were unable to complete their routes, Writhlington prepare for this years event where three teams will get the chance ... [Read More]

Spring Concert - April 2014

Following a successful Charity concert with Downside, staff and students at Writhlington are putting the finishing touches on their Spring Concert ready for curtains up on Friday 2 May. Over one hundred staff and students are set to perform at this years Spring Concert including Writhlington’s very own Man Choir who will perform the popular classic ‘Lean On Me’ and new groups including Clarinet choir, String group, Guitar group and Saxophone group. A popular event pencilled in by music lovers everywhere, promises to be an exciting evening featuring music from the School Wind Bands, Choirs, solo and Ensemble performances including recital pieces from our Advanced Level musicians. Head of Music Fiona Langley said: This is a really busy time of year for all involved. Students have exams fast approaching, revision classes after school and extra revision at home. Both staff and students have shown dedication and perseverance for this show and it’s on route to be one of the most spectacular ever.’ Tickets are £6.00 [£3.00 OAP/children] which includes refreshments and are available from Mrs Tout on 01761 433581 ext 2315 or ... [Read More]

Tea Fit For A Queen - March 2014

Sixth Form and Year Eleven students at Writhlington welcomed members of the community to school for a guided tour and afternoon tea. Over 20 members of the local community, including long standing governor Phyllis Gay, were welcomed to Writhlington and given a guided tour of the school. Guests were given the opportunity to talk to students and many were able to reflect of their time or their children’s time at the school before the investment and rebuild took place. Sixth Form support and guidance officer Alison Blofield said: It was so lovely to see the students and the guests sharing stories and experiences. When we spoke about how to approach this topic in their studies, they all thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to get to know the community and the people who walked in their footsteps years ago. Once their tours were complete, Year 11 students welcomed guests into their boutique cafe, transforming the cafeteria into a lovely traditional tearoom. Students had spent the morning baking everyones favorite cakes, waited on the guests and provided them with tea coffee and treats, including carrot cake, Victoria sponge and fruit scones. Guests then invited the students to join them and tell them more about ... [Read More]

Award Winning Show to perform at Writhlington - March 2014

Prospect Theatre welcome award-winning director for a special one off performance. Writhlington welcome back Exit Stage Left for a last chance performance of their award winning show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst, chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championships of a lifetime. The shows Tony Award winning creative team have created the most unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes……a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is where they can stand out and fit in all at the same time. Before every performance, four audience members are recruited to participate on stage guaranteeing a new set of hilarious twists and turns around every corner – meaning every show is as unique as the one before. Theatre manager Edward Hill said: We are really excited to be hosting this fantastic show. The attention to detail is what sets a James Moore production apart from the rest. Coupled with the incredible talents of Musical Director Harry Burt and outstanding performances by some of Bath’s most seasoned professionals, I have no doubt it will sell out very fast.’ The show was performed to sell-out audiences at the ... [Read More]

Students win first prize at National Science Competition - March 2014

Five of Writhlington’s A Level scientists are celebrating winning the National Science Competition after two days of judging and presenting their work at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The competition is held annually to find the best of the UK’s young scientists and Engineers and four hundred school pupils from thousands make it through to the finals. Matt Bell, Zoe Barnes, Heather Limond, Devin Read and Ike Shackleton entered their research of orchid microhabitats carried out during the school expedition to Sikkim in the Himalayas in April 2013 and carried off the top prize in the Science and Maths Competition. Devin explained, “We each studied the habitat of a charismatic Himalayan orchids species and used the data we collected to make recommendations about growing the plants successfully in cultivation”. The students have had their research published in specialist journals and have used it to help design a new orchid exhibit at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens which represents the diverse forest habitats of Sikkim. Heather added, “The judges were particularly impressed with the different ways we had presented our data. It is available in poster format on the University of Cambridge website as well as in the published articles. We hope that our work ... [Read More]

Top Prize for Students - March 2014

Year 13 student Zoe Parfitt and Year 10 Ashley Teall are celebrating this week after winning the top prizes at last weekend’s Gloucester Orchid Show. Zoe was presented with the prize for Best Species for her Arpophyllum spicatum, a species from Guatemala. Best Hybrid was awarded to Ashley for his plant Dendrobium Delicatum. Ashley explained his success: “The Dendrobium has been growing at Writhlington since 1992 and is now so large that it is difficult to get it out of the greenhouse doors or fit it into a transit van. The judges were impressed by the 900 flowers on the plant and the exceptional culture. It is a really fragrant plant and its perfume filled the whole of the show hall.” Zoe, who has been going to shows organised by the Cheltenham Orchid Society since 2010, also gave a lecture about Writhlington’s conservation work in Rwanda and said: “We had a great day. It is really nice to meet up with so many orchid growers who follow our progress and enjoy seeing our plants and displays.” Chelenham Orchid Society will be joining other gardening groups sponsoring Zoe’s trip to South Africa next year where she will be lecturing at the World Orchid ... [Read More]

World Book Day Triumph - March 2014

Writhlington’s staff and students celebrated World Book Day in style this year as colorful, creative and wacky costumes came pouring into the library. Staff and students donated £1 to either dress up or dress down for the annual event that supports Book Aid International. Every year the Charity sends half a million books to community, public, school and academic libraries in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, to increase access to the best quality books in some of the poorest areas of the world. For the “big celebration of reading”, costumes ranged from Tintin to Tigger, Sherlock to Skulduggery Pleasant, Head teacher Mark Everett even donned mortarboard and cape to preside over Bash Street School for the day. Headteacher Mark Everett said: ‘It was so great to see students and teachers dressed up as inspiring book characters. When asked about their book, they were excited and passionate about the stories. We encourage the students to read more by displaying what we are currently reading outside our rooms. I think I have a few more books to add to my list!’ Students proudly shared stories of spending many hours creating papier-mâché accessories and fashioning crossbows from branches, while teachers raided ... [Read More]

A Challenge And A Half - March 2014

Despite the cold and drizzly weather, over twelve thousand runners pounded the streets of Bath for the 33rd annual Bath Half event held on Sundays 2nd March. Four students and 3 staff members took part this year raising money for the charity ‘Moving Mountains’. Thousands of competitors ran for a multitude of different reasons, from those striving to achieve a personal best or taking part in a charity challenge, to elite athletes aiming for a new course record and world record attempts. Over thirty thousand people turned out in support of the event and watched as the competitors completed the two lap course that runs along both sides of the river Avon, avoiding the hills surrounding the city. Students and staff all completed the course with very respectable times, raising a significant amount of money towards their charity. Sixth For Support and Guidance Tutor Alison Blofeld said: ‘I am very proud of everyone who took part. it takes a lot of time and commitment to train for the event and even more determination and resilience to complete it. Everyone completed with really good times and they were so supportive of each other,’ Money raised went towards their fundraising target of £12,000 pledged to the Charity Moving ... [Read More]

Students prepare for the finals of the National Science and Engineering competition. - February 2014

This month is competition time as two teams of Writhlington students prepare to compete at the NEC Birmingham in the finals of the National Science and Engineering competition. Year 12 students Heather Limond, Zoe Barnes, Matthew Bell, Devin Read and Ike Shackleton got through to the finals by combining their research in the jungles of India with design work for a new orchid display at the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens which opened to the public last week. Heather and her team recently travelled to Cambridge where they ran a series of successful workshops specialising in in orchid science and propagation for Botanic Gardens’ staff and pupils and teachers from Cambridgeshire schools. Heather said: “A really exciting time. We have been able to see the finished displays that we helped to design and share our knowledge and experience of orchids in the wild and in the laboratory with lots of people.” The orchid display consists of two trees planted with orchids supplied by Writhlington School Orchid Project. The trees represent the hot tropical valleys and cool sub-temperate forests of Sikkim where the young scientists spent last Easter researching the habitat niches in which these threatened orchids grow. Devin explained, “It has been amazing ... [Read More]

Gale force winds, Flood water and hailstones. - February 2014

While most of us have taken to extended hibernation, a few brave souls have been battling against intense weather conditions to prepare for the Bath Half Marathon. Twenty three sixth form students will be traveling to Tanzania in Africa this summer to carry out extensive charity work with the organisation Moving Mountains. Having paid for their own flights and accommodation, students have been working hard to raise money for the charity hosting events throughout the year including a talent show, Mufti day, Jumble sale and Quiz nights. It hasn’t just been the students working hard to raise money for the Charity. As some of the students announced their intention to run the Bath Half to raise sponsorship members of staff stepped forward to help too. Both Staff and students have been training hard for the event that takes place on the second of March training in the most adverse weather conditions, demonstrating the greatest level of resilience and will power. Head of Geography Karis Higgins said: ‘It’s really inspiring to see so many students willing to give up their own time to raise money for a great charity. A few members of my tutor group are amongst those running and so I decided to show ... [Read More]

Twitter Sensation - February 2014

Sixth Form student Holly Powney has created quite the stir in the twitter world after tweeting her hand painted portrait of Nelson Mandela. Holly, who is studying A Level art, created the exceptional 5ft portrait of Nelson as a home project to practice her fine art skills. Having chosen three images of inspirational people, Holly painted the portrait on cardboard and shared it with the twitter world, including Nelsons ex-wife Winnie Mandela, who re-tweeted the image. The beautiful image was re-tweeted by many of Nelson Mandela’s followers and comments congratulating her on her remarkable talents and for capturing the kind-hearted nature of Nelson so beautifully came flowing in. Head Teacher Mark Everett said: ‘ We have some exceptionally talented students in our Art Department. This is a clear example of some exemplary work being produced. We are very lucky to have the original painting being displayed at the front of the school as Holly was offered the opportunity to sell it to a number of bidders from South Africa’ ... [Read More]

Election Success Third Year Running - February 2014

Year Twelve student Edward Joseph has been elected to represent thousands of young people across Bath and North East Somerset. After weeks of campaigning, poster covered hallways and heated debates, Edward Joseph has finally gained a place in local government. Elections were held across Bath and North East Somerset where over five thousand young people aged between thirteen and nineteen, turned out to cast their votes for one of the six candidates. Edward soared past the other six candidates representing their schools, including Bath College, Royal High, Norton Hill and Ralph Allen. He received 1360 votes beating the lowest vote count by 1052 votes. Edward Joseph MYP said: ‘ I am really excited to be elected by my peers, It is very humbling to know that over a thousand people believe in me and what I stand for. I already have lots of exciting plans to get the ball rolling but I am most looking forward to attending my first official parliamentary meeting!’ Members of the Youth Parliament will work together on projects which affect Bath and North East Somerset and will also represent the authority at national and regional events. Ed Joseph will be following his Writhlington predecessors Jamie Smaje and William Bridges ... [Read More]

Christine Sprowell visits Writhlington School - February 2014

This term Writhlington students welcomed Christine Sprowell, The Tennis Foundation\'s Further Education Manager, to meet with Steve Cantrell, Head of Sixth form and Mandy Stonier Head of Tennis, to discuss the on going development of the Sixth form workforce development programme. Christine Sprowell said: \"Writhlington is a great example of a school using tennis to engage learners across the curriculum. The staff from the school and Writhlington Sports and Leisure Centre have developed a comprehensive programme which allows young people across the school to both enjoy tennis and to learn through the sport. I would certainly encourage other schools and colleges to look at their successful model. I am particularly impressed with the post-16 offer and how they are utilising members of the sixth form to broaden their skills by taking on the role of Tennis Ambassadors to promote and drive tennis participation with their peers aged 16-18 years. Marianne Veater and Tom Hunt are the nominated ambassadors and are real assets to the tennis programme at Writhlington and will be such good roles models across the school.” Currently there are twenty to twenty-five Sixth formers playing tennis in a lunchtime club plus some cardio and formal coaching ... [Read More]

Charity Showcase Concert 2014 - February 2014

Writhlington and Downside Schools have a long held tradition of hosting charity showcases celebrating the wealth of talent in their music departments. This year the schools will be performing a concert of well loved musical numbers played by their student bands. From hit songs such as Nina Simone\\\'s Feeling good to beautiful orchestral pieces like the Pirates of Penzance overture, audiences will be provided with an evening of memorable performances. The schools have chosen to support H.A.R.T [Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust] which works with villages across the world to help provide resources to rebuild communities post war and the local charity \\\'Children’s Hospice South West\\\' working with children and adults to build a brighter future. Head of Music at Writhlington Fiona Langley said: “This is a concert not to be missed, including performances from Downside School’s Orchestra, Wind Band, Barbershop, Ceilidh Band and Pipes and also from Writhlington School’s Junior and Senior Wind Bands, Stage Band and Choir with a joint finale at the end! It\\\'s a really great opportunity to celebrate the talents of so many young people and raise money for some really worthwhile causes.\\\' Entry is free but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance – book yours ... [Read More]

Writhlington pupils team up with scientists from Kent University to launch major national exhibit. - February 2014

Writhlington pupils team up with scientists from Kent University to launch major national exhibit. Pupils at Writhlington School are working with academics from Kent University’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology to develop a dramatic new exhibit about conservation which will tour the UK during 2014. The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) is Britain’s leading research and postgraduate training centre dedicated to conserving biodiversity and the ecological processes which support ecosystems and people. It has teamed up with Writhlington to highlight the international impact of Writhlington’s global Orchid Project and to draw on the expertise of Writhlington pupils. Fourteen year old pupil Aaron Rabbits explained; “We spent a whole day with Dr David Roberts and Amy Hinsley from DICE during which they shared their knowledge of conservation and the Convention on Biological Diversity. We were able to share our experiences of working with orchids and helping in tropical countries.” The joint project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and will culminate in a conservation exhibit at London’s International Orchid Show in April. Thirteen year old Emily Thearle describes planning the exhibit as “the most exciting thing I have ever done. Our unique exhibit will include our best orchids ... [Read More]

Extreme Reading Taken To New Heights - January 2014

In a world of technology and gadgets, it is becoming increasingly hard to get young people to engage with reading - but a new initiative at Writhlington has managed to do just that. Extreme reading was introduced to students across all year groups and a competition launched to encourage students to pick up a book and get excited about reading. The challenge was to take a picture of yourself or a friend reading in unusual places. Entries from across the school came flooding in with students performing stunts on bikes and horses and scaling buildings to reach obscure locations. But it wasn’t just students who were getting excited about reading - entries began appearing from as far as the army camps in Afghanistan! Matthew Graham Heavy vehicle mechanical engineer – Afghanistan said: A friend of mine told me about the competition and I thought it was a really great idea. There is a lot of off-duty time in Afghanistan so we are always reading something. It really is a great way of escaping where you are and using your time profitably. We decided to have a go and send some pictures to encourage the students. Writhlington School Library donated ... [Read More]

Vote Ed Joseph for MYP 2014 - January 2014

The UK Youth Parliament was first established in 1998 when a group of young people aged between eleven and eighteen decided that it was time they had a parliamentary voice which would be valued and listened to by local, regional and national government. The idea was backed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and campaigns launched to begin an important movement by young people across the United Kingdom. This year Writhlington Sixth form student Edward Joseph is running for the B&NES Youth Parliament position and is campaigning for farer and consistent public transport prices, advanced technical intervention for rural communities and the re-introduction of work experience placement schemes for students at school. Edward took a few minutes of time away from his busy campaign schedule to answer some of our questions. How did you first hear about UKYP I first heard of UKYP when my friend William Bridges was elected as the MYP for North East Somerset. He was a really inspiring candidate who captured the thoughts and views of his peers and really strived for success. His dedication to the cause inspired me to take an interest. I am very excited that it’s now ... [Read More]

Students Building A Sustainable Future - January 2014

While most of us are busy planning our Summer holidays, twenty two members of our Sixth Form are planning fundraising events to raise money towards a trip of a lifetime. Students will be traveling to Tanzania in Africa to work along side the charity Moving Mountains. The charity was first established in 1991 to provide aid for the relief of hardship and inequality for children and adults through education and vocational training, medical treatment, sport and employment. While out there students will take part in the renovation and building of new classrooms, work with children from orphanages, community centres and on an environmental project. Charlotte Webb said: ‘Its not about quick fixes. The charity provides sustainable resources for families and towns. They monitor the positive socio-economic impact of our work and helps to support bordering villages – it’s going to be such a rewarding experience and I can’t wait to go. I will be skydiving in the Spring to raise funds for our charity donation.’ After the hugely successful ‘Taste of Africa Evening’ students have arranged a series of events to take them through to the summer. This term Year 12 and 13 students will be hosting a ‘Quiz Night’, an evening of ... [Read More]

GB judo star Tom Reed visits budding athletes - January 2014

Writhlington school welcomed British Judo Champion Tom Reed to their Sports Centre this week to inspire some of its budding athletes. Last year, students from across all year groups were nominated for upholding the British Olympic values within the school sporting community. Writhlington’s sports department take great pride in nurturing every student no matter what level of skill and fostering a passion for sports and creativity. Tom Reed has long been one of Britain\\\\\\\'s most exciting judo performers, possessing an explosive arsenal of throws that make him a crowd favourite. After claiming silver in the British Championships, Tom joined the ‘Living For Sports’ Sky Sports initiative aimed at engaging secondary students in sports and school community. Students took part in workshops, learning the six key skills to creating success: mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success. These attributes help young people develop valuable life skills that will aid them in and outside of school, now and into the future. While Tom demonstrated different judo techniques, students had the opportunity not only to try these out on each other but also on Tom himself. Year 8 student and fellow GB Athlete ... [Read More]

Writhlington Science Pupils design new exhibit for Cambridge University - January 2014

Members of the Writhlington Orchid Club spent their Christmas holidays designing a new exhibit to be displayed at Cambridge University. The unique design inspired by the research carried out in the Himalayas will showcase in the university’s Botanic gardens the students’ most profound work to date. In March 2013 Cambridge asked advice from Writhlington’s most seasoned orchid growers about ideas for a new scientific orchid display at the University. A team of six students took on the challenge of researching and designing a unique environment which could exhibit orchids grown in some of the World’s most diverse forests in as natural a way as possible. The first step was to travel five thousand miles to the Himalayan Indian state of Sikkim, where students explored remote forests to record the epiphytic micro-habitats where key orchid species grow in the wild. A Level Biology student Heather Limond explained, “ Books about plants will tell you where a plant grows in the wild but with very little detail. Our aim was to identify the altitude, the type of forest, the part of the canopy, even the amount of moss present around the roots. We then collated this data and combined it with what we ... [Read More]

A-level students take on Degree level Sport Science - December 2013

On Friday 6 December, seventeen A Level PE students visited Bath University to see what courses were available to them and what they entailed once they had completed their A Levels. The day started full of energy with students completing field tests, which included the yo-yo test, 5 by 5 test, jump test and speed tests. This certainly brought out the competitive nature in the students, with some exceptional performances, particularly by Matt Caddywould and Mr. Bailey! They collected data on their progress and took to the labs to analyse and find a greater understanding about the biological effect exercise has on the body. Luke Targett became the subject for the VO2 Max test (a test that forces you to run on a treadmill until you are no longer able to.) Luke had his blood lactate tested as well as his oxygen consumption. He was pleased to learn that his results were comparable to that of a professional footballer. Holly Francis also took the leap and participated in the Wingate test, which is a maximal power test on a bike. Although Chris Hoys scores were about fifteen times that of Hollys, she enabled the group to draw some interesting ... [Read More]

Mo-bros Movember Moments - November 2013

Every November across the world, thousands of brave individuals take on the challenge of growing a moustache for thirty days. Disowned by partners and loved ones for an entire month, men gather together in hope of changing the face of men’s health While the teachers band together to create their Mo-teams, students decided it was time they did something to join in the fun. As most students are unable to grow their own successful moustaches, they decided they could raise awareness in other ways. The Learning to lead fundraising team organised a Movember Fun Run. Inspired by their very successful Race for Life event in the summer, the team invited all boys to run, jog and walk the five-kilometre challenge-gaining sponsors from friends and family. Assistant Head Mark Bridges said: ‘ It was a great turn out. There were freezing conditions outside but the boys still came in shorts, t-shirts and high spirits’ The boys not only wanted to raise money and awareness but had another goal set in mind too. Year Eight student Lewis Bond-Kendall said: ‘ My friend Chloe Derrick came first in the girls’ Race for Life in the summer so I really wanted to beat her time. Unfortunately she beat me by just over a ... [Read More]

Future Tennis Star Heads To The States - November 2013

Sixth form student Francesca Beg, is off to the United States this January to begin her career in University tennis. Francesca, who joined Writhlington last september gaining a place on the tennis training programmes usually reserved for year twelve students, has been offered a place at one of the leading universities for sporting excellence in America. Francesca took some time out of her busy training schedule to answer a few of our questions! How long have you been playing tennis for? I have played and enjoyed tennis all my life. My dad loved tennis and would spend hours with me in our back garden, dropping a tennis ball in front of me and telling me when to swing so that I could develop good timing and hand eye coordination. When did you realise that you really loved the game? My love for the game started with my dad in my back garden. I quickly joined two group squads for children my age at Bath University and then at our local club, near where I live in Leighton, Westbury. It just blossomed from there. When did you realise you have real flair and talent for the game? From the very beginning I was far more advanced than children my ... [Read More]

Students Help film Professional Music Video - November 2013

Writhlington’s very own producer Daniel Harper who has been nominated three years in a row for the Songlines World Music Awards 2012 has created professional opportunities for students at Writhlington. Daniel’s critically acclaimed album Tiga Tej Tiba has already created a buzz nationally and a Swiss music channel requested a music video which will be aired through music outlets across the world. Daniel Harper said: ‘This video request was a really great opportunity to share my achievements with students. I had to work from the very bottom to get where I am today. It’s a really tough industry to crack so I know how important these opportunities can be’ Media Students Mitch Williams and Harry Henderson both want to work in the film industry. They took to Frome’s hidden tunnels under the town bridge to begin filming under the expert guidance of both Dan Harper and Director Ryan Coyle. Sixth Form student Mitch Summers said: ‘We were really honored to be given the opportunity. Not only did we gain practical skills, but also acquired important media knowledge from seasoned professionals in the field.’ ... [Read More]

Kicking off to a good start for sixth formers - Novembr 2013

Five Writhlington Sixth Form students were chosen to play for Bath City First Team against Larkhall Athletic in the Somerset Premier cup. Writhlington students Ryan Mitchell, Jordan Ricketts, Nathan Legge, Elliott Gibbons and Jake Miller, played in the teeth-gritting game where a goal in the final minute of extra time saw City overcome Larkhall Athletic. It was an even match against the high-flying Western League side after Larks keeper spilled the ball only for Jake Miller to fire wide of the unguarded goal. The visitors began to look more threatening as the second half progressed and when Lyons headed home a 75th minute corner it looked as if they were on course to win the first competitive meeting between the Bath clubs. However, six minutes later a stunning 25-yard shot by Aaron Brown levelled the scores. Just when the game looked destined for penalties, City broke forward and James Fisher slotted the rebound home to secure City a quarter-final place. Head of Sixth Form Steve Cantrell said, “We love hearing about the success of our students outside of school. It sounded like a thrilling match. The boys should be very proud of themselves; they are an asset to ... [Read More]

Coaching Masterclass From Spanish Professional - September 2013

Current and ex Writhlington pupils Jack Sparks and Jack Greenwood enjoyed a fantastic morning of high quality tennis coaching in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, on Monday 23rd of September. They attended the bi-annual coaching tour of the highly respected Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy which visits England for approximately 8-10 days each year. Casal (pictured) reached No.3 in world doubles rankings, whilst Sanchez made it all the way to No.1 (both also rose to top 30 in world singles rankings around twenty years ago). Sparks, having trained with Sergio Casal on the same programme in 2012, returned as one of seven juniors who benefited from a three hour coaching masterclass from the Spanish ex-pros. Jack Sparks clearly benefited from the day, and continues to be one of the leading young players at Writhlington. Greenwood completed the four hour course in a coaching capacity, learning invaluable tips and on court tennis drills from the six coaches present on the day. It was a day full of learning for two eager young players who were pleased to hear that the Academy would welcome the chance to factor in Writhlington's own indoor courts in their visits to England in the upcoming years. Perhaps a connection can be ... [Read More]

Celebrating Success - September 2013

As our former sixth form students begin packing for university, there is one student who is still celebrating. Charlotte-May Messer who gained a place at Royal Holloway University London to read Music after receiving two A* and an A, recently discovered she also received a grade eight Distinction in singing. Having dedicated her academic career at Writhlington to the Arts; in particular Music, Charlotte could not be more thrilled. Head of Music Fiona Langley said: 'Charlotte has shown such dedication to her music at Writhlington, she was a member of choir, senior wind band and directed a fantastic concert. To achieve top grades and a distinction at grade eight on top of everything else is truly formidable' As a farewell gift to Writhlington, Charlotte organized an end of year concert for all her fellow students. Charlotte said: ' Writhlington is full of talent and I wanted to showcase that before I left, I wanted everyone to see what I see at Writhlington, it's a hub of creativity and there are so many inspiring teachers to guide you' The show was a roaring success, and a truly memorable exit for Charlotte. ... [Read More]

Student Awarded Bursary For Outstanding Achievements - September 2013

Writhlington A Level student Jayde Dix, who has gained a place at one of England’s most prestigious universities after receiving three A* at A level, has received a Provost’s Excellence Scholarship for the University of College London. Head Teachers Mark Everett said: ‘It has been a real privilege to have Jayde in our sixth form, not only has she achieved remarkable results, but she has been a real asset to the school and a fantastic role model for the younger students’ Jayde who studied Biology, English literature and Psychology was accepted to University College London to read Psychology after gaining exceptional grades in her studies. The Scholarship is offered to those who have not only demonstrated academic excellence but also of those who push themselves the extra mile and achieve above and beyond that required for entry. Jayde said: ‘I’m so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life, university is going to be hard work but an amazing experience’ ... [Read More]

Sixth form exam success - August 2013

For another successive year, students from Writhlington Sixth Form are celebrating an excellent set of A Level results. More than a third of the grades achieved were at the very highest level (A* or A) with a number of students producing some phenomenal performances. There were outstanding results in traditional subjects favoured by the top universities for: George Beechener (Geography A, History A*, Maths A) studying Geography at Oxford; Jessica Bray (Geography A, History A, Maths B), studying Environmental GeoScience at Birmingham; Sofia Chambi-Trowell (Biology A, Chemistry A, Maths A*, Extended Project A*), deferring entry to university until 2014; Katy Elsam (Biology A, Geography A, Maths B), studying Geography at University College London and Callum Jennings (Biology A*, Chemistry A, Maths A*, Further Maths A, Physics A) studying Medicine at Cardiff. There were also top A Level grades in a range of subjects for: Jako Barker, Jayde Dix, Siddhartha Lethbridge, Bethan Lewis, Charlottte-May Messer, Alex Perry, Jake Smaje, Ryan Strother, Carys Baker, Michaela Chivers, Grayson Ford, Maisie Hillier, Victoria Isaac, Eliot Jones-Eliot, Calum Masterton, Jenn Morgan, Thomas Newton, Sam Philips, Joshua Rivers, Eirinn Rusbridge-Jones, Laurence Selwyn, Amy Stewart, and Kain Van Den Elsen. A number of the students will be continuing ... [Read More]

Students visit Wimbledon - July 2013

At the start of July, Mr. Naunton and Mrs. Earle rewarded some of Writhlington’s most helpful and talented 6th form students with a trip to the All England Tennis Club to watch the Wimbledon Championships. They left Writhlington at 7.30am and headed to London with Court 2 tickets in hand. On arrival, the students were treated to the sight of Andy Murray warming up on the training courts, which proved to be just one of many highlights from the day. The first match they watched was fourth seed David Ferrer play Ivan Dodig in a tight match that finished 6-7, 7-6, 6-1, 6-1. This was followed by Agnieszka Radwanska, also fourth seed versus Tsvetana Pironkova, which finished 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Following some good fortune the students were able to finish the day on Centre Court watching the World number 1 and Wimbledon finalist Novak Djokovic beat Tommy Hass. ‘ We all had an amazing day. Trips like this are valuable to the our students as it shows them what it takes to perform at a professional level’ said Mr. Naunton. ... [Read More]

A Creative Celebration of Art - July 2013

The art students at Writhlington School are again celebrating outstanding student progress and achievement this year. The annual final year art exhibition was recently held at the school to showcase the exceptional talent of Fine Art and Textiles students. The students used an exciting range of media within a diverse selection of themes. A remarkable example was Holly Powney’s interpretation of realism (pictured) using oil painting on card. The piece demonstrated incredible painting technique and sensitivity towards the subject and feelings portrayed. Fashion Textiles has proved popular this year and is now preparing for a large intake in September. Catwalk bags, Indian henna tattoos and Samurai warrior costumes were just a few of the fantastic pieces produced this year. The Head Of Art, Caroline Slater has described this year’s work as: “...Exceptional and of a degree standard. They are a hugely talented group of students who have been an absolute joy to teach. I am very sure that some of them will go on to be amazing within the creative industry”. Once again some artists will also be exhibiting at the highly prestigious National students’ Art Exhibition at The Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Gallery, London. Please visit ... [Read More]

Mock car crash will save lives - May 2013

Writhlington joined forces with local emergency services to deliver a ‘ better/safer-driving day’ for its Sixth Form students. The aim of the day was to encourage sensible driving among Sixth Form students, as this age group is statistically most likely to be involved in a traffic collision. As part of the day, sixth formers were invited to watch and participate in a controlled car crash scenario, which was set up in conjunction with the fire brigade and ambulance service. The whole of Sixth Form also heard the tragic warning message of Justin, a young man who had lost his girlfriend in a car crash the previous year. Mike Burr, Head of Sixth form commented ‘The organisation and coordination of the various services and volunteers was outstanding. Students were able to witness teamwork, skill and the high level of commitment that the emergency services have to undertake’. ‘Having spoken to a number of students and staff it is clear the message has got through and this day will have saved lives. Students and sixth form tutors have said it was the best personal, social and Health Education day they have had in their time at this school ... [Read More]

BTEC Business studies teamwork day - May 2013

Year 10 BTEC Business students completed an activity day to develop team working and leadership skills. Over 70 students from BTEC Business participated in specially programmed activities and team building exercises. The students completed a range of activities, that challenged both physical and mental abilities. The day was aimed at developing the essential skills and personal attributes required to work in the business sector. The activities encouraged the use of teamwork and problem solving, as well as helping students to identify their own leadership qualities and use them in the most effective way. Mr Mann, BTEC teacher commented ‘The students demonstrated outstanding behavior throughout the day and although some found the tasks challenging, they are were still able to develop their communication, team work and leadership skills’. Pictured: One group completing a challenge, which involved removing ping pong balls from a bucket only using ropes. ... [Read More]

Drama students join with Writhlington Alumni to perform 'Little Women' - April 2013

Writhlington is always proud to welcome past alumni back to the School, and this year’s production of the Broadway Musical, ‘Little Women’ will be the opportunity to do exactly that. After the hugely successful production of My Fair Lady, Director James Moore returns to Writhlington to lead a talented group of Sixth Form students in their final unit of study. James has gathered a team of Writhlington leavers and Alumni professionals to work closely with the students, helping them create what is shaping up to be a very memorable performance. This beautiful musical, charts the trials and tribulations of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England. The book is an inspiring tale of loss, true love and is a family drama that validates virtue over wealth. This beautiful musical allows the stories of each of the four girls to unfold, masterfully weaving relationships and romance into their simple lives. Director James Moore commented, “It’s rare to find a musical based on a piece of literature that conveys the true emotion found in the pages of its physical counterpart, but in Little Women, the expert ... [Read More]

Lawn Tennis Association invites Writhlington students to regional forum - April 2013

On Easter Saturday, Marianne Veater (y11), Tom Hunt (y11), Kira Harding (y12) and George Beechener (y13), who are all longstanding members of Writhlington Tennis club, were invited to attend a 'regional young volunteers forum' at Bath University. The course, which was provided by the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association - the Governing body for UK tennis), aimed to promote the potential career paths available in the sport. Andy Trott, one of the LTA's Tennis Development Officers, emphasised that ‘sports coaching is not the only option open for young people’. There are many ways to pursue a career in tennis, - or any sport for that matter. Pathways now include marketing, running your own club, working for the LTA or even developing new tennis 'products' that aim to increase participation in the sport. The regional forum offered students a chance to get involved in a range of activities and group sessions. Some of these varied activities included, running a 'mini tennis' tournament, and designing a viable and profitable tennis club, which culminated in a Dragons’ Den style presentation to the group. As part of their A level choices, two of the students will also be starting Withington’s new Sixth Form Tennis Pathway which is set ... [Read More]

7JW win tutor sports competition - February 2013

Congratulations to 7JW who won the first Year 7 tutor group sports competition organised by our new Sixth Form Sports Management Team. This term the event was indoor athletics, tutors sent 6 representatives from their tutor group to take part in the following events: Shot Putt, Standing Long Jump, Standing Triple Jump, Vertical Jump, Speed Bounce and 6 lap relay. Points were awarded to the tutor groups whose competitors came first, second and third in their events. 7JW scored 25, followed closely by 7JCO with 24, 7PJM came in third place with 19, 7HEA achieved fourth with 15, 7FCS/7SMC/7AWE all scored 10 points and 7PAH/7MJW came in joint ninth place with 7 points. Well done to all Year 7’s who took part and to the Sports Management Team who organised it. We are hoping to organise another event soon so look out for details. If there are any other sixth formers who would like to get involved with our Sports Management Team then please contact Mrs Wilson – ... [Read More]

New Zealand gap year tennis coach reports back - February 2013

Former sixth form student, Alexandra Hull, has reported back from New Zealand where she and compatriot Jack Greenwood, are working as tennis coaches during a gap year. Alex tells us what it is like coaching on the other side of the world and how Writhlington's Tennis Centre helped both of them gain vital experience in the sport they love. She says “Both Jack and I have been playing tennis from a young age and we were given the opportunity to achieve coaching qualifications at Writhlington's Tennis Centre. Our coaching was sponsored by Malcolm Eglin until we were 16 years old. As well as this we took part in the Tennis Leaders’ course, run by Mandy Stonier, which gave us an insight into the world of tennis coaching. We both had a great time on the course and we quickly clocked up our volunteer hours. We later completed our LTA Levels 1 and 2 coaching qualifications, which gave us the knowledge and skills required to be better coaches as well as opening the door for future opportunities - and getting paid for it was a bonus! Having the Tennis Centre at Writhlington has made a real difference to us. We ... [Read More]

Sixth formers in maths competition at UWE - November 2012

Four sixth formers entered the regional final of the Senior Maths Team Challenge held at Frenchay Campus, UWE. It is the second time Writhlington students have entered this competition which is open to all schools in the Bristol and surrounding areas. The team held its own and improved on last year’s result, finishing amongst the top state schools. Several local schools were in a close battle until the end with Writhlington prevailing against Norton Hill and Chew Valley Schools. The students really enjoyed the evening, especially the challenge and the opportunity to show their extended knowledge outside of the A Level syllabus. ... [Read More]

“A night with the stars” plays to a sell-out audience - October 2012

Writhlington students showcased their talents both in performance and organisation when they staged ‘A night with the stars’ at Writhlington’s Prospect Theatre. This was the first concert at the school to be organised entirely by Sixth Form students. The organising team, led by Maisie Hillier in Year 13, was George Beechener, Jenn Morgan, Lucy Tout, Charlotte-May Messer and Emily Seal. The one-night-only show sold out the 400-seat Prospect Theatre, leaving standing room only. Ticket holders were treated to a spectacular array of musical talent including solo musicians, bands, choir and dancers. The evening’s entertainment followed a creative and carefully constructed programme, with imaginative stage design and technical lighting organised by students from the Stage Crew. £1,800 raised from the show will be put towards the Music Department’s 2013 trip to Lake Garda, Italy. The tour gives students the opportunity to perform in some of the most stunning concert venues, as well as giving them the chance to visit cultural cities, including Verona and Venice. The evening was a great success and commendations should be made to all acts and student committee members, as they all showed remarkable commitment and dedication to learn the music and organise the ... [Read More]

Entrepreneurial ex-students wash away recession blues - September 2012

Two ex Writhlington students are fighting youth unemployment in a truly entrepreneurial way. The pair decided that university was not for them, particularly as they were concerned about student debt, so they decided to start their own business in the local area. School friends, Jack Nix and Ashley Swain set up South West Bin Cleaning earlier this year and have already started to turn a profit. The firm cleans, disinfects and deodorises residential and commercial wheelie bins – eliminating bacteria, odours and vermin. It covers an area around Bath stretching to Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Frome, Glastonbury and Wells. The business is doing exceptionally well and the two proprietors have been nominated for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Bath Business Awards, held later this month. The enterprise is being supported by the Bath office of accountants Bishop Fleming. Its director of business service Debbie Boulton said: “This is a perfect example of how young entrepreneurs can create and build a business. Mike Burr, Director of Post 16 said “During their time at Writhlington, Jack and Ashley developed exactly the right sort of problem solving ability, people skills and most importantly the confidence to take on this type ... [Read More]


For the fourth year running, students from Writhlington School are celebrating their school’s best ever results at Post 16. A remarkable 47% of all grades achieved were at grade A* and A, whilst well over half of all grades awarded were at A*, A, and B. Twenty five students achieved 3 or more A/A* grades, with some outstanding results including the following students: James Forsey (Maths A*, Further Maths A, Physics A) has successfully obtained a place to study Civil Engineering at UCL; Sam Hopkins (ICT A*, Maths A, Further Maths A, Physics B) will be studying Computing at York University; Jake Edgell (Further Maths A*, Physics A*, Maths A*, Chemistry A), will be studying Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham University; Ben Pearson (ICT A*, English A, Geography A and Business Studies A) is going to Exeter University to study Geography. Students have also successfully obtained places at other prestigious universities including LSE, Durham, Bath, Manchester, Warwick, Sheffield, Leeds and Cardiff. In addition to achieving outstanding A Level results, Tom Benney received an A* for his Extended Project and will go on to take part in the Deloitte Scholar Scheme where he will travel and gain ... [Read More]

Young minds demonstrate a strong political attitude - July 2012

Small groups of students from 8 different local schools and youth groups took part in a political challenge based at Writhlington School last week. The competition was organised by a group of Post 16 Writhlington students studying Government and Politics and its purpose was to recognise young talent and develop political skills focused around the theme of anti-bullying. Eight schools took part; including Writhlington, Chew Valley, Culverhay, Norton Hill, St Gregorys, Haysfield, Ralph Allen and Radstock Youth Group, all took part in the event. Each group provided unique ideas on how to combat bullying and presented their pitch in the Prospect Theatre to the other teams. Violence, racism and Internet bullying, were common themes explored by the competitors. These themes provided the basis for the group’s prevention ideas which included ‘safe zones’, extra curricular activities to keep school children occupied and inspirational mottos such as ‘see it-challenge it-report it’. With a majority vote, Writhlington School managed to win the overall competition and was therefore able to gain stronger backing in making their ideas an achievable goal within Youth Parliament. ‘It was great to see so many young people interested in the Youth Parliament. There were some extremely well thought out solutions and ... [Read More]