Year 10 Progress Report 2

Year 10 Progress reports 2 will be available on SLG from 9:00 am on Friday 16 March.

Reports are also being sent to Parents/Carers with a registered email address.

If we do not have your current email address, please ensure we have this as soon as possible so that you are kept up to date with your child’s progress.

June Goodchild                                                                                                                            Examinations & Curriculum Manager

EPCS celebrates Pi Day!

Yesterday, on the 14th March, we celebrated international Pi Day. In the USA where the date is written differently to ours, Pi day falls on the third month and the 14th day ie 3.14.
3.14 are the first 3 digits of Pi, the constant used to calculate circumferences and areas of circles, so, not ones to miss out on an opportunity to celebrate Maths, Mr Jones and the Maths team led a whole school Pi celebration!

The Maths team all wore their P i Day T-shirts sparking lots of Maths conversation and Pi itself was written along the Maths department windows to about 28 decimal places! The Maths team also had activities in lessons involving circles. Years 7 and 8 discovered Pi by  measuring the circumferences and diameters of a range of circles and all years got to have a go at Pi Day dingbats.
At lunchtime the canteen served pie for everyone to enjoy and Mr Jones was quite loud in the morning wishing everyone he saw a “Happy Pi Day”.
Thank you to the Maths department for trying some exciting activities, and the canteen for supplying a lovely lunch.
Next up in May: Star Wars Numeracy Day. May the 4th be with you.

PA Showcase tonight!

Students have been rehearsing in the Performing Arts Department this week, completing their technical and dress runs ready for tonight’s PA Showcase at 6pm at The Downshire Theatre.

Tickets can be bought on the door, £3 adults, £2 concessions.

We hope to have a full house of supporters in the audience!


Science week at EPCS

This week, students at Easthampstead Park Community School have been celebrating Science week! This has involved a range of special demos and practicals in Science lessons, competitions and after school activities. Yesterday lunch time, students and staff alike we treated to a range of science displays in the quad. Mr Brown made exploding rockets, whilst Mr Gunnoo led a dissection. Meanwhile, Mr Allam gained a great audience for his ‘screaming jellybabies’ experiment.

Many thanks to the Science department for your hard work with bringing science to life for our students!

We are all in it together!

BBC Radio 5 ran a poll recently which revealed nearly a quarter (24%) of British parents said their own mental health had been affected by the pressure of their children’s exams while two in five parents (42%) said not knowing how to help their children with revision made them feel as if they were “not good enough as parents”.

Most interestingly, the poll also revealed that more than half (52%) would like more help and advice on how to support their children through their revision

We are providing lots of support and guidance to students so please check with your child on a regular basis to see what they are actually doing. The recent parents evening highlighted the resources and apps provided as support and I hope your children are making the most of them in preparation for the PPEs now underway.
I am aware that Mrs Fear is in contact with a number of families offering support and information. The Year 11s know she is in their corner and wants them all to thrive and succeed.  As a parent myself who has been through the GCSE process 3 times, I can safely say you will all survive but I do recognise the issues raised in the poll.
If your child benefits from active sessions and you don’t feel confident in working alongside them, this website was recently flagged on a number of forums and newspapers as being popular with parents. I am in no way endorsing it and you know your child best, but I thought I would share it with you all. Perhaps you want to post what your child is finding useful for revision at the moment so the wider group of parents may benefit
Best wishes Liz Cook

Y13 A-Level Mock Exams

All Year 13 students will be sitting pre-public exams week commencing 16th April, the first week back after the Easter holiday. Find the exam timetable below. These mocks will fully emulate the A-Level exams the students will sit in June.

This is an important step in the students exam preparation, and we expect all students to revise hard over Easter.

All exams will take place in the Sixth Form common room. Students are expected to turn up at least 10 mins prior to the published start time.

If any parents or students have any questions regarding the mock exams, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mr B Stephenson

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Open Morning Tours available to book!

From this Wednesday, 14th March, we are opening our doors to the prospective parents for tours and coffee with our senior leadership team. Each day we will be offering up to 8 places on a tour of the site, followed by a Q and A session. As always we have student ambassadors ready to support you on your visit and ensure you have full access to all the information you might need from both our staff and student body.

To book a tour, please contact our reception on 01344 304567 from 8:30-4:00pm, available every weekday. Alternatively, you can send us an email at to arrange a callback. Our tours can get very busy so please book early to avoid disappointment.

A reminder, secondary school choice forms are due back to the Local Authority by 15th March.

Maths Support – the final push for Year 11!

Today, parents of Year 11 should have received a letter from Mrs Devine, Head of Maths. The letter, also attached here, requires a reply by Thursday 15th March. Please read all the information thoroughly to assess how we can all support students in these final few weeks before the examination season is upon us.

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PA Showcase this Thursday 15th March


On Thursday 15th March the Performing Arts department are hosting The PA Showcase featuring students from every year group. The evening will be showcasing our amazingly talented students across Dance, Drama and Music including vocal performances from The Greatest Showman, street dances to Bruno Mars’ Finesse and acting performances from Annie and lots more!

Tickets can be bought in advance from the PA office or on the door priced £3 for adults and £2 for concessions.
The performance takes place 6-8pm at the Downshire Theatre, please contact Mrs Stevenson for further information at or on 01344 304567.

EPCS students are through to the regional finals!

For the past few weeks, Mr Blay has been working with students after school to develop their skills in logical reasoning, clear communication and teamwork in order to partake in the Magistrates Mock Trial Competition. The competition has students take on the various roles within a trial to try a case against other schools. On Saturday the hard work paid off and our students beat 8 other schools to finish 2nd! They must now continue to perfect their skills in order to prepare for the regional final in May.
At Reading Crown Court, Mr Blay watched with pride as students battled it out in a scene which resembled a John Grisham novel. Spectators, witnesses, lawyers and magistrates were fanning themselves furiously as the trial become more heated and students were put under more intense pressure. EPCS students kept their cool and showed real skill, knowledge, determination and calmness to take one of only two spots in the next round. The competition was stiff as they beat schools with strong reputations from across Berkshire.
The students, their families and teachers are extremely proud of this achievement and are looking forward to tackling a new case for the regional final in Reading on the 12th May. A lot of hard work has been put in over the last few weeks by both the students and of course, Mr Blay who led them, so this is richly deserved.
Students involved – Tom, Michelle, Dhevin, Maddie, Emma, Mohammed, Owen, Serina, Ryan, Chloe, Ellie, Kiran and Ethan.