Well done Y11!

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We are delighted to celebrate the GCSE and BTEC results achieved by our Y11 students today. After an anxious wait, the students were keen to open their envelopes and celebrate with their friends.

There are many individual success stories and we are delighted to share in these.

 

 

The following students have achieved excellent results with a number of A* and A grades:

Emily Porter 7 A*, 4 AIMG_0302

Chloe Norton – 2 A*, 6 A, 2 B

Daniel Rose – 2 A*, 6 A, 2 B

James Barratt – 2 A*, 5 A, 2 B

Joy Harker – 1 A*, 7 A, 1 B

 

The following students have passed all their GCSE exams at grades A*-B:IMG_0306

William Deeks – 7 A and 2 B

Leah Hanlon – 2 A and 6 B

Sunny Sunwar – 1 A*, 5 A and 1 B

Francesca Whitehall – 1 A*, 4 A, 3 B

We are pleased with these results which reflect the hard work that our students, along with their teachers, have put in to their studies. In the national context of GCSE exams becoming ever harder our students have continued to demonstrate the progress they have made with 56% of them achieving A*-C in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths, 3% higher than last year’s results. Once again, we are delighted at the number of our students who have made better than expected progress, particularly in English; at 85% this is significantly higher than progress made in English nationally last year (73%).

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Liz Cook, Headteacher, has said ‘I would like to congratulate all of those students who have worked hard to achieve these results. They are a reflection of their commitment, as well as the dedication of the staff at the school, who have worked with them. These results will stand them in excellent stead when they start the next phase of their education and I look forward to welcoming many students back to join EPCS6 in September.’

Congratulations to our A level students!

IMG_0255We were delighted to share the excitement of results today with our Y13 students who after an anxious summer received their grades. A number of them have already started advanced apprenticeships whilst others found out today that they had achieved the grades that they needed to start their university degree courses.

 

Some of our individual success stories of our students are:

IMG_0250Sam Hollands (Head Boy) – A* in English Literature; A in English Language; B in History. Sam will be reading English Literature at Cardiff University.

Harry Joyce – A* in Fine Art; A in English Literature; B in English Language. Harry will be taking an Art Foundation course.

 

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James Dower – Distinction* in Music; B in English Language; B in Maths; B in Fine Art. James starts his music degree at Oxford Brookes in September.

 

 

 

Abigail Steer- A in English Language, B in English Literature, B in Media Studies. Abi will be studying English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

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Summer Hedley-Stevens – A in Media Studies; B in Film Studies; C in English Language. Summer will be studying Television and broadcasting at Portsmouth University.

There were some department success stories too with 100% of students studying English Literature achieving grades A*-C and 93% achieving this in English Language. 100% of students studying Further Maths achieved grades A*-C; and 89% of students studying Media Studies achieved grades A*-C. Students in Music Performance achieved 100% Distinction* pass rate.

Mr Stephenson, Head of Sixth Form:

I have very much enjoyed working with this small cohort of students and am pleased to be able to share their success with them. All of the students have a career plan as a result of studying here and are prepared for the next step whether it be apprenticeships, university or the world of work. We already have students who have started their apprenticeships with companies such as Google and Panasonic with a number of other students in the middle of selection processes with IT, Law and Multimedia Firms. I wish them all the best for their future.

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We are pleased with these results which reflect the hard work that the students have put into their studies. We wish all our students well as they make their next steps into the world, whether at university or starting their career. I would also like to thank the teachers who have worked with the students to enable them to achieve these grades, as well as the parents who have supported their children through their exams.

Liz Cook, Headteacher.

Examination results

AS/A2- Thursday 18th August.
GCSE- Thursday 25th August. 
  • Results can be collected from the Downshire Theatre from 10.00am onwards.
  • NO RESULTS WILL BE GIVEN OUT OVER THE TELEPHONE.
  • Year 11 students joining EPCS6 need to ensure they have completed the transition work set by departments for the first day of term, Monday 5th September. These can be found under the Sixth Form banner on the school website.
  • All Year 12 students should meet in the Sixth Form Common Room at 08.40 on Monday 5th September.

Graduate placements

We are pleased to offer graduates, who are interested in teaching, the opportunity to come and spend some time with us. Our programme allocates you to one or more subject departments and you will have the opportunity to shadow a range of experienced teachers. You will be able to observe lessons across the school and see the different experiences our students from Y7 to Y12 have.

We have hosted a number of graduates who have already visited us and gone on to complete their PGCE or start School Direct training. In September, we will be welcoming graduates in PE, drama and humanities.

If you are interested in visiting us, please contact Rhona Franco on rhona.franco@epschool.org

Sports Day 2016

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Didn’t we have a great Sports Day yesterday?! The weather was perfect – not too hot but lovely and sunny.

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A huge number of our students participated throughout the day in individual sports like the javelin and discus, as well as team games including football and Ultimate Frisbee.

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The day culminated in the finals of the track events and we were thrilled to be joined by a number of parents, carers, grandparents and younger siblings.

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We took lots of photos and we’ll find a way of sharing more with you in September but for now here are a selection.

And if you’re interested in the results, the House competition after Sports Day looks like this:

Overall House Winners for Sports Day 2016

1st Place – Englemere (red) – 903

2nd Place – Caesar(blue) – 848

3rd Place – Wildmoor (green) – 840

4th Place – Swinley (yellow)– 575

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Summer reading lists

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The summer reading list for both KS3 and KS4 students is available on the school’s website and SLG.
You will find the reading list in the following locations:
Students from all key stages will be expected to read at least two texts and provide a summary of the text upon their return in September. Students will not need to purchase the books – titles are available on Amazon Kindle and in local libraries.
In light of the changing nature of the exams and the new challenges they present, reading at home is more important than ever. It will increase your child’s chances of achieving the best grade possible.
Any questions please contact Miss Pettipas or Mr Ayliffe. ​​​​

Come and support our Sports Day

IMG_0242Our annual Sports Day is to be held tomorrow, Thursday 21st July. We have a number of events for students to get involved in (weather permitting!) and look forward to having all students out on the field from 2:00pm. If you are a parent or carer, you can come along to support students in their races and as we collate the scores, find out who will be the winning House! IMG_0244

Please use the additional parking signposted from our roundabout and join us on the fields at the front of the school.

If you are collecting your child, they are required to stay until they have signed out with their tutor at the end of the day at 3:10pm.

Please make sure that your child comes fully prepared in PE kit, with a water bottle, sunscreen and hat. If the weather is too hot, we will make a decision about whether it is appropriate to run the day.

HAS attend “TechWeek” event at Hewlett Packard

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Last week a group of High Achieving students (HAS) had great fun exploring the latest technology and talking to expert IT graduates at a national “TechWeek” event hosted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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The interactive event included hands-on activities and demonstrations including Google Cardboard virtual reality, CodeWars, wi-fi boosters and the popular “Million Pound Drop” game.

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Graduate engineers also gave us a guided tour of HP’s labs – the size of the 24/7 servers was incredible!

 

 

Our students thoroughly enjoyed the digital experience and the morning was made even more special by the warm welcome we received from HR Director, Jane Keith, who is proud to be a former EPCS student.

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“I liked the free stuff and the giant servers were awesome” (Brett, year 7)

“The virtual reality was weird as it made me feel dizzy but I still want one. It was good to have the technology explained to me by experts” (Paige, year 7)

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