Red Nose Day 28th March 2017 

The school went Red Nose crazy to raise money for Comic Relief. As well as raising money through the non-uniform day there were stalls in the hall during lunch. Most popular was the soak a teacher stall, where Mr Davis, Headteacher , Mr Sweetenham, IT and Mr Coultas-Pitman, Head of Geography, were all subjected to wet sponges and freezing cold water. Students raised money through being joined together for the day, sponsored silences and other funny activities. We hope to reach our target of £1000, as in previous years.

  SNHS Netball Tour 2017 26th March 2017 

Well Done! SNHS Netball Tour 2017.

A great performance by the girls meant victories over St Telios, Belfairs and Oldfield and a very close Semi-Final!

  Quiz Night 6th March 2017  

Sturminster Newton High School held its annual quiz night this term, with all profits going to the Sixth Form Study Centre. They are raising funds for outside furniture, which will enhance their study area and sixth form experience. A big ‘thank you’ to Olives Et Al who supplied the olives and spicy snacks and also to Thomas J. Fudge’s for all the cheese straws. Their continued patronage has made it possible for us to carry on holding this event and we look forward to next year’s quiz. Thank you for your support.

  Cross Country Relay Races 3th March 2017  

On 2nd March four teams from SNHS travelled to Bryanston to take part in the annual cross country relay races. There are separate races for boys and girls, split into three age groups; juniors, intermediates and seniors. All races are over the same one and a half mile course with each team member completing one lap. Our teams competed in the junior boys (finishing 19 out of 21 teams), junior girls (14/22), intermediate boys (10/12) and intermediate girls (13/14). All of our runners completed the course to the best of their ability and hopefully they will be keen to run again next year. SNHS runners: Jake, Sonny, Rosie, Kitty, Katie, Bailey, Joel, Darren, Zahra, Emma, Carla and Abbie .

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  Bowling Achievements 22nd February 2017  

Congratulations to Alex, a Year 11 student, who has been selected to represent the South of England in the St George's Cup at the end of February, which raises money for The Great Ormond Street Hospital. This is the bowls equivalent of golf’s Ryder Cup, an annual competition between the top 32 players from the North and the top 32 players from the South.

  Sixth form Update 1st February 2017  

Our Sixth Form students moved in to the new 6th Form Centre on 2nd January. The facilities are excellent and include; a student study room, with study corals, top of the range PCs with the latest software, a University Reference Library, a new A level teaching room, Sports Hall, 6th Form office, and Café. The Café has yet to open but will be run by the Catering Academy and it will be open to students throughout the working day. In the summer the café facilities will extend outside onto a patio area. Students settled in quickly and are very much enjoying their new centre. This is the first part of the long term development of education in Sturminster and a real boost to us all!

  English 24th January 2017  

Last term, all students in Year 7 took part in a competition to write a Christmas story suitable for younger children, with a target audience age range of approximately 4 - 6 years. Having studied existing stories and working out why the best ones are so popular, the English Department was inundated with fantastic stories about penguins, elves and even talking vegetables!

Each tutor group chose two favourite tales and the winners read their stories out to Reception and Year 1 students at nine of our local primary schools. Many thanks to all the Year 7 students for such creative, imaginative work and to all the primary schools who were kind enough to host our students. The pictures show Year 7 students reading at St Nicholas Primary School in Child Okeford.

  Samba Band 6th December 2016  

The SNHS Samba band and Choir getting Sturminster Newton into the festive spirit!

  Shoe Box Appeal 15th November 2016  

Thank you to all those who kindly donated to our 2016 Shoe Box Appeal ... we made 155 boxes that will be greatly appreciated by those less fortunate than ourselves.

  Remembrance Assemblies 11th November 2016  

Drummer Hodge by Thomas Hardy They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest Uncoffined — just as found: His landmark is a kopje-crest That breaks the veldt around: And foreign constellations west Each night above his mound. Young Hodge the drummer never knew — Fresh from his Wessex home — The meaning of the broad Karoo, The Bush, the dusty loam, And why uprose to nightly view Strange stars amid the gloam. Yet portion of that unknown plain Will Hodge for ever be; His homely Northern breast and brain Grow up some Southern tree, And strange-eyed constellations reign His stars eternally.

  Fund Raising 9th October 2016  

Students from Sturminster Newton High School, as part of their fund raising for the Prom 2016 also took on the challenge to raise funds for ‘Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’. Recently £3000 was handed over to the charity which was raised from various events including cake sales, bacon sandwich stall held during a local marathon event, a jumble sale and also a sponsored bike ride to Sturminster Newton’s twinning town Monteburg, in France, to name a few. The charity requires funds of over £2 million per year to continue its vital services.

  Sturminster Newton High School receives technology award for third time 13th September 2016  

Pupils at Sturminster Newton High School are at the forefront of using technology to enhance their work, and that's official! Following an extensive external assessment Sturminster Newton High School has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark for the third time.

  Sturminster Newton teachers' coast to coast bike ride 9th September 2016  

Andy Clarke (Music Teacher) and David Henley (ex media teacher) completed a 150-mile coast to coast bike ride during the summer holidays to raise funds for a school trip to the USA. they rode from Whitehaven in Cumbria, across the Lake District, through the north Penines before finishing at Tynemouth almost 150 miles away.

  GCSE Results 25th August 2016  

Sturminster Newton High School is very pleased again with the results achieved by students in Year 11, with over 59% attaining 5 or more GCSEs grade A*-C.

Over a sixth of the grades achieved were at the top A*/A grades and all subjects achieved grades at these highest levels. Every student achieved at least 5+ A*-G grades and all are able to move to their next stage of education or employment. Many subjects achieved results much higher than the National averages including Art, Child Development, Computing, Religious Studies and Science.

It is always very difficult to single out the particular achievements of individuals but some examples of those achieving the highest grades are:

Jess Green 7 A*, 2 A and 1 B

Hari Teversham 4 A*, 7 A

Kate Fox 5 A*, 5 A, 1 B

Annie Talbot 5 A*, 5 A, 1 B

Charlie Wilkins 4 A*, 6 A, 1 B

Rebecca Barrett 3 A*, 8 A

Headteacher Jason Davis said: “This very pleasing performance is the result of the combined efforts of parents, staff and the students themselves. The hard work and dedication of the whole school community in ensuring students achieve their maximum potential has been visible from the moment I arrived at the school. As a school we wish them every success and happiness as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey whether it is with us in the Sixth Form or at College.”

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GCSE Result Pictures

  A Level Results 18th August 2016  

Students and staff at Sturminster Newton High School are delighted with the 100% pass rate and the grades achieved in A level results this year. Almost all students achieved grades above or at their personal target level and 35% of grades were at A*/B.

Of particular note were results in Photography 100% A*-C in which as part of our Shaftesbury/Sturminster Newton joint sixth form partnership Jennifer Forward-Hayter, Shaftesbury student, achieved A* grade. All students in Psychology and Art & Design (Photography) achieved the top A*-C grades.

Students who achieved particularly well were: Harriet Case with 2A’s in Biology and Chemistry and B in Maths, she will read Biochemistry at Surrey, Lucien Rhys achieved A*,A and B English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics and Drama is planning to read Philosophy and Theology at Durham. We are very pleased that all students have achieved the grades needed to go to their chosen university.

Year 12 results at AS were extremely good with a number of students, in the much larger cohort, securing A grades across all subjects. In total 26% of results were at the highest grade and 60% were achieved in the top A-C range. This bodes very well for the 2017 A level results.

As a school we are very proud of the achievements of all of our students and we wish them every happiness and success as they embark on the next stage of their education and career.

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A Level Result Pictures

  6th Form Ball 11th July 2016  

Having a ball with the SNHS Sixth Formers at Kingston Maurward to celebrate the end of term.

  Yr 10 mixed rounder's win the league 7th July 2016  

Congratulations to the Yr 10 mixed rounder’s team who won the Dorset League.

They played the final last night (6th July) and won 13 ½ -11 ½ .

We played the other league winners which were St.Edwards.

  Prom 2016 1st July 2016  

On Thursday 30th June Year 11 students from Sturminster Newton High School celebrated the end of their GCSE exams at their Prom, hosted at Kingston Mauward House. This was a real milestone for the students, who all looked amazing, girls in stunning dresses with perfect make-up and hair and boys equalling them in smartness with their suits.

It was an extremely elegant event, set in amazing surroundings. Students arrived in a number of fabulous vehicles stretched limo, Rolls Royce, V8 truck, sports cars, the list goes on. The rest of the night was spent dancing as the DJ took over the proceedings.

  Tentors 2016 20th May 2016  

The largest youth challenge in the UK took place on Dartmoor during the weekend 7-8 May when 2,400 teenagers embarked on the Ten Tors Challenge to walk routes of 35, 45 and 55 miles.

18 students represented Sturminster Newton High School in this immense challenge within all three routes. The students experienced a wet start, a very warm day, a foggy night and then warm, windy conditions all with full kit on their backs including everything they needed to eat, drink and camp at night. Many parents and friends were there to welcome the three teams in and celebrate their success as they received their medals. This was extra special as all three teams were presented with their medals at the same time.

  Year 11 Cycle Ride 16th May 2016  

A massive well done to the ten cyclists who gathered at Sturminster Newton High School last month to begin the 'Twin Town Challenge' to cycle to Montebourg in Northern France and back to Sturminster, in less than 48 hours!

Eight students including Sam Williams, Jack Riglar, Jack Atkins, Tom Roy, Joe Northover, Joe Leonard, George Coleman and Sean Goodman, Mr Miller and Mr Williams (parent) followed a route which kept off the main roads, sticking to back lanes, tracks and trailways eventually arriving at Poole at 7am. The ferry crossing was generously sponsored by Brittany Ferries and was a welcome relief before the climb out of Cherbourg and a steady ride on to Montebourg.

The following morning was a fast paced sprint back to the ferry allowing for some fun at the downhill park in Cherbourg before the journey back to Poole and a final push through the night back to Sturminster, arriving at 1am to a welcome of smiles, photos, cake and hot chocolate.

Personal sponsorship is still rolling in and the total raised is expected to be close to £3,000. This will be split between the Year 11 Prom and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Massive thank you to everyone who sponsored us and a big well done to the team!

  Art Department News! 10th May 2016  

The recent weeks have been very productive and busy in the Art department. Yr 10 went on a trip to London to visit the Tate Modern and Portrait galleries. The students unanimously favoured the portrait gallery and could identify with the works of well known British artists such Peter Blake and Francis Bacon.

Yr 12 BTEC Photography students enjoyed a late afternoon trip to Bournemouth for some location photography. Outdoor locations included the beach and pier areas whilst an amusement arcade became the subject of indoor location work.

The department has also been busy with examinations. Yr 11 GCSE students have produced some amazing work, notably Alfie's fantastic spiral animation; Robyn's great Rauschenberg style collage and Channon's beautiful paper dress sculptures. All students have worked so hard and taken their work very seriously over the past 2 years. Well done to all!

Yr12 and 13 Art and Photography students are producing some exciting work too. Anna, a boarding student from Germany is working on a project based on Time. She is currently learning how to create time lapse photography with use of an intervalometer. Chantal is exploring dramatic photographic imagery. Her photographic shoots include underwater imagery and spontaneous combustion. In Art, yr 13 student Kerry is exploring the idea of Identity through portraits of faces encased in meat!

We wish all students well in their exams and look forward to fantastic results in August 2016!

  Sturminster Newton High School awarded Bronze Music certificate 22nd April 2016  

Sturminster Newton High School has been awarded the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Bronze certificate in GCSE music. This means that more than 10% of all its GCSE students achieved an A*- C in music GCSE in 2016, putting the school in the top 649 schools nationally.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said: ‘Music is a hugely important subject in itself, for future professional careers and for wider learning in a school; it adds huge benefits to the wider curriculum, school and community life and educational opportunity. As the professional body for musicians, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.’

The certificate is supported by the ISM Trust ( the charitable arm of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. The Trust was created in 2015 to promote and support music education and music itself.

  New Additions to the school... 22nd March 2016  

Last year a group of Year 9 boys started work on the school garden, which was a great success. Now in Year 10, they are expanding their horizons and adding chickens to their repertoire.

Having successfully made a bid to the Cheese Festival for funding, and with the help of their Teaching Assistant, Site staff and the Headmaster, they acquired a chicken house. The students painted the house ready for the new arrivals and also helped with the assembling of a run built by Mr Galia.

An outing to Dorset Hens last month saw the boys checking out the breeds of chicken available, asking questions and getting lots of helpful advice. So, Stur’s Chick Inn will soon have its first inhabitants!

  Annual Quiz Night at SNHS 14th March 2016  

The quiz night was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this annual event. Many thanks to Mr Dodman, a brilliant quiz master. Special thanks to our sponsors Olives Et Al, who supplied the Olives and Thomas .J. Fudge’s for the mouthwatering savoury biscuits. The evening raised £450. Money raised from the evening is going to the English department to purchase additional equipment. A great night; good fun was had by all..

  In The Ring... 11th March 2016  

Tommy, a Year 10 student, has retained his Western Counties Junior Champion Title for the third year running; he will now compete in the National Quarter Finals which are being held later this month at Swindon. Western counties winners have been drawn against home counties and Tommy faces a formidable opponent from the Ring Club in Sussex. Tommy is back in action later this month in Cheltenham against a game lad from Shropshire in a warm up bout to the championships, where he hopes to add to his winning spree making it three wins out of four this season.

Also in action from the club in the Championships is Jay, a Year 11 student, who made it through to the Western Counties Junior Finals which were held at the Lighthouse in Poole. Jay was up against a much more experienced boy from Bristol and although he competed well, he narrowly lost out on a points decision.

Aside of the Championships, Naomi, a Year 7 student, competed in the Clubs home show held in Stalbridge in February and claimed her first competitive victory with an impressive display and a third round stoppage against a boxer from the Dorchester Club. All three local boxers will be in action at the Club’s home show on 30th April 2016, held at the exchange in Sturminster Newton..

  Dorset Youth Parliament Election update 10th March 2016  

Sophie got an amazing 1833 votes and coming from the smallest school in Dorset, she did incredibly well, coming 7th overall.

  Alfred Tennyson's poem 9th March 2016  

Alfred Tennyson's poem transformed into a one-man play by fomer student Tabitha Hayward. Tabitha is currently studying at Oxford university. Read the review below.

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  Annual House Quiz 4th March 2016  

On Friday 4th March during period 5, 100 students from all year groups were involved in the annual House Quiz. Each team had a member from Yr 7 to Yr 11 and Sixth Formers helped Mr Harris deliver the quiz by marking and collecting the answers. There were 4 rounds including Music, Picture, General Knowledge and the News this week. Overall winners were Barnes House with a total of 116, followed by Hardy (108.5), Raleigh (105.5) and lastly Thornhill (96.5). The team with the highest score of 31 out of 40 were Hardy Rovers consisting of Megan Philips, Jake Simkins, Sophie Revell, Ike Williams and Sophie James. Well done to all who took part.

  Indoor Bowls 8th February 2016  

Alex, a Year 10 student, competed in the English Masters on 7th February and, with the World Number One leading his group, Alex managed to come second which put him in the main competition. He was knocked out in the next round by a member of the main England team. Making it this far meant Alex has gained 186 places to be ranked world number 196. He also jumped 145 places in the Order of Merit to number 81.

This is a great achievement considering it is Alex's first year in the Players’ Tour and he has only competed in 3 of the 5 competitions. He has been asked to play in the Norwegian Open towards the end of the year and then the Swedish Masters at the beginning of 2017. One more event to go this season during the Easter Holiday - The World Masters in Belfast; we look forward to hearing how he has progressed

  Dorset Youth Parliament Elections... 5th February 2016  

Sophie, a Year 9 student, stood as one of the candidates for the Dorset Youth Parliament Elections and took her campaigning around to the other schools in the area.

On Election Day the school’s Conference Room was reorganised to look like a real polling station, complete with voting booths and sealed ballot boxes, giving students a real life experience of how the process works. Sixth Form students helped out as the Election clerks, ticking off the names of the students and handing out ballot papers in a very efficient manner. Four hundred and thirty nine students voted in the election, representing a turn-out of around 89%, much higher than the real general election; maybe this is a sign of things to come. Good luck to Sophie for results day.

  Congratulations ... 1st February 2016  

Massive congratulations to Ben, a Year 10 student who, at the age of 14, has made history in becoming the youngest player ever to win the Dorset Short Mat Bowls Singles title. The daylong competition included thirty two of Dorset’s top players of all ages and was played early in January at the Dorset Bowls Resort, Bere Regis. Ben was unbeaten with the exception of one game when he lost with a shot difference of 2 to Brian Baker, Dorset County manager. He then went on to gain a resounding victory against Brian in the final! Ben won the Dorset Members Competition and has thus qualified in top position for the National Singles Competition to be held in Derbyshire in April.

  WW1 Commemorative Mural... 29th January 2016  

The students at the High School, from across all year groups, have been working together on the mural after school at Art club since October 2014. The Mural was created under the watchful eyes of Art Teachers Mrs Marshall and Mrs Watkins. On Friday 29th January 2016, the WW1 Commemorative Mural finally went on display in the centre of Sturminster Newton, at the Railway Gardens. Student representatives, staff and the wider community were delighted to see both panels erected together after many months of hard work. The unveiling was performed by Town Mayor, Joe Rose and Headteacher, Jason Davis. The Headteacher was very proud of the work the students produced. Well done to all students involved for persevering with the project.

  Sturminster Newton High School hosted the Annual Christmas Concert 15th December 2015  

Sturminster Newton High School hosted the Annual Christmas Concert. Over two hundred pupils from Yewstock, William Barnes, Shillingstone, Hazlebury Bryan, Stalbridge, Okeford Fitzpaine and Sturminster Newton High sang a variety of songs, as well as several pieces performed as a whole pyramid choir. There were also readings by students and Mr Carr, School Chaplain. £220.38 was collected as the evening concluded in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. A fantastic evening was had by all.

  Year 7 students have been busy creating Christmas stories for pupils at the primary schools 13th December 2015  

Year 7 students from Sturminster Newton High School have been busy creating Christmas stories for pupils at the primary schools. Certain students then went out and read their stories to Reception and Year 1 pupils. The stories were beautifully and imaginatively written and everybody enjoyed taking part in this event.

  Creative Writing Competition 2015 11th December 2015  

This term the LRC, in conjunction with the English Department, held a creative writing competition. Click on the link below to view the winning entries.

Creative Writing Competition 2015

  Children In Need Total Raised 9th December 2015  

Well done to everyone involved in Children in Need this year. Grand total raised is £1164.45 (more than last year!!) A BIG Thankyou to those students who did Sponsored Events: Billy B, April W, Millie R, Matthew H, Amelia B, Max G, Abi M, Billy R, Katie, Molly M.

  PIXL Award 24th November 2015  

Mr Hoggins presents new Headteacher of Sturminster Newton High School, Mr Davis, the PIXL award for Outstanding 2015 GCSE results for the South West Region. Sturminster Newton High School have been presented with a national award given by the PiXL group. After receiving a very positive Ofsted report in the summer, the school was presented the PIXL award for Outstanding 2015 GCSE results for the South West region by their PiXL associate Mr Hoggins, a former Headteacher. The percentage of students achieving 5+ A*-C including English and Maths had risen by over 16% in the last year and reflected the hard work by students, staff and parents. Mr Hoggins said “this is a tremendous achievement and a credit to the efforts of students and staff.”

  Trinity Music Exams 1st October 2015  

Congratulations to William J, Megan B, Alex P, Ewan B, (guitar, Initial Grade); Chloe B (keyboard, Grade 1); Isabelle T, Ellie-Louise B, Ayelen N, Sian T, (singing Grade 2); Rebecca B, Hannah P, Olivia S and Sophie R (singing Grade 3). All were presented with their Music Exam certificates by the Headteacher.

  SNHS Open Doors... 24th September 2015  

On 24th September we were very proud to show off our students and school to parents and students of Years 5 and 6. It was a truly memorable evening with record numbers of visitors, some superb displays from the staff and our best ambassadors, the students.

Many thanks to all who attended and the students and staff who worked so hard to make the evening such a success. Some particular highlights were the thrilling science experiments, the story building and the delicious cooking in Food Technology.

A special mention goes to Jess, who held students and parents spellbound with her demonstrations of the STEM club robots.

We always welcome visits from parents; if you would like to come during the school day please contact the school office and we will be happy to organise a tour. I would also like to remind parents that we have vacancies for Parent Governors and to contact Jill Rawson via the school office if you are interested.

  Home Grown Vegetables. 18th September 2015  

A group of Year 10 boys have started growing vegetables in the school garden. For beginners they have done very well.

However, to understand when it is best to pick things and to try out their produce, they had a tasting session which included a cake made from their courgettes that was given a thumbs up by them all.

  Praise for pair who rushed to the rescue after trailway crash. 11th September 2015  

Two teenagers came to the rescue last week after coming across a crash between a cyclist and a dog walker on the North Dorset Trailway at Sturminster Newton.

Fifteen year olds Tom Lipop and Alex Linck were cycling along the trailway towards Shillingstone when they came across 84 year old Jean Spalding lying on the ground. While another cyclist called the emergency services, the two Sturminster High School students went into action.

The boys immediately checked on Jean, whose head was bleeding. Tom knew she should be kept warm and put a jacket around her as well as instructing other bystanders not to give her water in case she was concussed. The boys also comforted the cyclist who was in a lot of pain with a suspected broken collar bone and Tom even took the bicycle back to his own home for safekeeping before racing back to the scene to provide his contact details.

The boys rescue mission didn’t stop there and Tom took Jean’s elderly dog Hendrix home before returning a third time where they found Jean being treated by paramedics and the cyclist taken to hospital.

The following day Tom went to check how Jean was recovering at her home in Barnes Close. Jean praised the two lads and said how they had stayed calm and kept her talking until the ambulance arrived. She said: “What an absolute credit these lads are – young people don’t always get the recognition they deserve when they do something nice.”

Tom and Alex also received praise from the cyclist, believed to be form Blandford, who thanked the boys for their help and intervention and said they were an absolute credit to their school and families saying the way they handled the whole situation and kept it all together was outstanding.

Written by Jackie Spiteri from the Blackmore Vale Magazine

  Sturminster Newton - GCSE Results. 20th August 2015  

The 2015 GCSE cohort at Sturminster Newton High School achieved a very good set of results with over 70% 5A*-C grades and 61% achieving the ‘gold standard’ of 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths. Especially pleasing is the fact that so many of the results were at or above the very aspirational targets – well done.

It is always very difficult to single out the particular achievements of individuals but Laura Cairns must be congratulated on achieving an exceptional 11 A* grades in all 11 subjects. Several students achieved in excess of 10 A*/A grades. Over a fifth of grades achieved were at the top A*/A grades and all subjects achieved grades at these highest levels. Every student achieved at least 5+A*-G grades and all have progression routes firmly in place.

Such a performance is the result of a combined effort on behalf of parents, the school and obviously the students themselves. The class of 2015 have proved their worth and we wish them every success and happiness as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey or career.

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  Sturminster Newton Sixth Form - A level news. 13th August 2015  

Almost all students achieved grades above or at their personal target level and overall 16% of grades were at A*/A and over 99% pass rate (A*-E)

Of particular note were results in Drama (67% at A*/A and 100%A*-C), Photography (30% at A*-A, 100% A*-C) in which as part of our Shaftesbury/Sturminster Newton joint sixth form partnership Poppy and Rachel – Shaftesbury students both achieved A* grades. All students in Biology, Health and Social Care and RE achieved the top A*-C grades.

Students who achieved particularly well were: Sophie Bell with 2A*s in English Lit’ and RE and B in Media Film and TV Studies, Sasha Loveridge will be studying Law at the University of Exeter in the autumn following her three grade As in Health and Social Care, Law and RE, Cyrus Nezami and Mollie Joyce both achieved grades at A,A,B and will be moving to study Bio Medine at Kings in London and Bio-Medical Science at Surrey respectively. Gemma Curtis achieved A*, A, B in Fine Art, Psychology and English Literature. Gemma is planning to read Psychology at Plymouth.

As a school we are very proud of the achievements of all of our students and we wish them every happiness and success as they embark on the next stage of their education and career.

Click here to view pictures from A level result day