Bracknell Forest Council’s day of work

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Two of our Year 10 students took part in Bracknell Forest Council’s ‘Day of Work’ last Friday 20th November. Libby and George shadowed for the day, in various roles, to get a sense of what it would be like to work for the Council.
The ‘take over challenge’ enabled students to literally run all operations and shape council services. They both really enjoyed the day and are writing their articles for Bracknell Forest Council as we speak; we will share their work in due course!

Thames Valley Police Notice

Thames Valley Police have asked us to share the following update

‘Schools were advised two weeks ago of a number of incidents involving a white van acting suspiciously in the area of local schools.

Unfortunately, since that time there have been a number of further reports in relation to a male driving a white van.  Incidents have occurred in Priestwood, Hanworth, and Harmans Water. However, there appears to be a particular focus on the Easthampstead area of Bracknell. Reports in relation to this matter appear to have occurred during school drop off and pick up times. The driver of the van has attempted on each occasion to slow or stop the van near and engage in conversation with pupils.

The driver is described as a white male aged approximately 50 years old.

Police are keen to speak to anyone that may have seen anything suspicious and if so to make contact via the Non-Emergency 101 number.

‘Lit Quiz’


On Tuesday 17th November, our students took part in the Regional Lit Quiz. We entered two teams of students who had been avidly reading for months in preparation! The Lit Quiz is a really tricky quiz as every single question is on a different book – and there were over 80 questions! The quiz was really good fun and even some of the staff were quizzed in the audience! Many thanks to our two teams for bravely entering and for all their hard work. One of our students, Naomi wanted to add… ‘I really enjoyed the lit quiz. We had a lot of fun and I met some new people, teammates and competitors. I hope that we get to do it again next year and I will learn even more new facts about different books (maybe even get some ideas for books to read in the future). I hope all future EP contestants enjoy it as much as I did!’

Mrs Fox, Librarian.


Our representatives on the Bracknell Forest Youth Council

image (1) IMG_0314 IMG_0313We are very fortunate to have such keen students in our school. After a rigorous election process, these students have worked their way on to the Student Council, Student Parliament and now finally they have been elected onto the Bracknell Forest Youth Council to have a voice not only for the students in our school, but to represent the voices of young people across Bracknell!

Usually only two representatives are required per school, however, we had a tie and fortunately our Adviser was happy to take all three ‘great students’. We agree and think they’ll be absolutely wonderful in their new roles, making changes across the Borough.

The psychology of effective revision


On Wednesday 11th November, Mr Stephenson hosted a talk on “The Psychology of Effective Revision” for students in Year 11, 12 and 13 and their parents. He was joined by Mr Richard Ebbage, Head of Psychology at Shiplake College and Mr James Patterson, Head of Psychology at LVS Ascot. Richard specialised in Research methods and taught us the theory behind effective revision, whilst James helped us use the theory in real life through techniques similar to a mind place, seen in BBC Sherlock. He also impressed the audience through memorising a pack of randomly shuffled cards. Mr Stephenson discussed how to deal with exam stress, through classical conditioning.

Throughout the evening we were presented with numerous techniques to try and adapt to help our revision techniques, the idea being that we need to find what works for us, but also do a variety of activities during our revision to help consolidate our knowledge.

“It give me insight into why they tell us to do mind maps and exam practice and as a psychology student, I enjoyed hearing how the memory techniques work.” – Megan Gericke Year 13

“I loved it. I didn’t think the techniques were going to work, but they were in fact really helpful.” – Lucy Taylor Year 13

Please click here to access the PowerPoint used by Mr Stephenson at the students and parent workshop on 11th November.

Megan Asplin

EPCS6 Head Team

Criss-cross day Friday 13th November


On Friday, all year groups took part in different challenges and activities as part of their first ‘Criss Cross’ day of the year! Y7 were involved in raising money for Daisy’s Dream through cycling with Sustrans who also provided three workshops on cycle maintenance and repair, crafts and route planning. Hopefully all of our Y7 can now support our ‘Sustainable Transport to school’ initiative and cycle safely to and from school in a bid to reduce carbon!


Y8 worked with Young Engineers and the Maths team to develop their understanding of STEM, finishing in a showcase that linked their learning to a range of careers. Y9 did some fantastic research into British Values, some visiting the London Dungeons and taking a Jack the Ripper walk, whilst others created posters for a smart display on what British Values are.


Y10 students all learned how to provide emergency assistance and give CPR. Healthtec, Road Safety Bracknell and Thames Valley Police all came in to run superb sessions that gave students real life scenarios they could prevent or assist with. And finally, our EPCS6 students directed and produced a Christmas Pantomime, which will continue to be rehearsed, ready for showcase on the last day of term!

We are very proud of our students for the way they rose to the challenges presented to them, and have received many wonderful messages from both the external agencies who supported our event: ‘students were wonderfully attentive and engaged’ and from the community who witnessed the cycle event!

File_000 (1)   File_000 (2)Our students have said: ‘the day was challenging but really worthwhile. I enjoyed learning about Daisy’s Dream and where our money raised will go. It’s a really fantastic charity I’m glad to have supported.’ Skyla Y7. ‘Doing activities like this is great because we mix with everyone in the year and make new friends.’ Georgina Y8. ‘My tutor group really seemed to enjoy the day and it sounds like they learnt a lot.’ Miss Hayward.

Thank you so much to everyone involved; we look forward to welcoming many of our new educational links back for the next Criss Cross day on January 27th.

Mrs Thornton, Assistant Head teacher (Aspirations)

Scheduled maintenance for SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG)

The company who operate SLG have informed us that they are performing scheduled maintenance between 5pm on 20th November and 5am on 21st November. SLG will therefore be unavailable during these times. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

National Anti–Bullying Week is here again and once again we are participating in a range of activities to promote the message that bullying in any form is unacceptable. There will be assemblies and tutor activities, and our Peer Mentors will be surfing the playground areas to offer any additional support to  students who may need their assistance or a friendly ear. They will be easily identified by their customised high-vis jackets. They will also be visiting Year 7 tutor groups to introduce themselves, answer any questions and hand out Anti-Bullying Word Searches and other activities.

This year, we have once again entered the Bracknell Forest Anti-Bullying Competition and the following students have won prizes; we offer them our congratulations.

  • Kaylee Norton (First prize in Creative Writing – Key Stage 4)
  • Libby Delahunty (First prize in Art – Key Stage 4)
  • Constantin Calestrov, Leon Wise, Jodie Stokes, Rutendo Chingosh, Travis Girling, Levente Ludaics and Jade Peters (First prize in multi media – Key Stage 4)

We are delighted to have been asked to host the annual Bracknell Forest Anti Bullying Award Ceremony on Friday 20 November 2015 where winners of Bracknell Forest Anti –Bullying Competition, in the categories of Multi- Media, Art and Creative writing, will be invited to attend a prize giving event  between 2.30 and 4.30pm.

Mr Martin, Behaviour Support and Prevention Manager