Year 9 GCSE Aspirations Evening – Aiming high!

Yesterday evening, Year 9 parents and students attended our GCSE Aspirations evening. Mr Puttick talked about the importance of students being resilient in their learning, having a growth mindset and not giving up when the going gets tough. Miss Pettipas, Mrs Devine and Mr Brown then talked specifically about GCSE English, Maths and Science, what students need to do to succeed in each subject, and how their parents can help to support their studies. A big theme throughout the presentations was the importance of students being independent, and taking responsibility for their learning. If parents have any questions about GCSEs, we ask that you contact either your child’s tutor, or subject teacher in the first instance. We wish all of Year 9s every success as they embark on their GCSE journey at EPCS!

Students make a flying start to ‘Matilda’ rehearsals!

Yesterday saw our ‘Matilda’ cast get stuck into their first rehearsals with Miss Murphy. We saw some excellent character portrayals with the cast participating in some character development workshops. See if you can spot our Miss Trunchball, Freya Smith!

Tickets will be going on sale next month for our performance on Weds 6th December in the Downshire Theatre, EPCS 6-8pm.




Year 7 ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening

A reminder to all Year 7 parents that ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening is taking place this evening at 6pm.
Parents should go to their child’s tutor base and the session will last until around 6.30.
In addition to the main event, we are also running a session for new Year 7 parents on using IT at EPCS. This is taking place in the theatre, starting at 5.15.
Please can parents park in the KS3 playground rather than entering the school through our main reception, which will be locked.
We look forward to seeing you this evening!

New Y7s make a great start to learning at EPCS!

The new Year 7s have made a fantastic start to academic life at EPCS. Find below a few photos of what the students have been up to in lessons during their first two weeks!

Click here to view a short video of some of the Year 7s learning the alphabet in German!

Andy Cope visit a great success!

Students at EPCS were wowed today by sessions with writer and life coach Andy Cope. Andy’s talks drew attention to the importance of self belief – of taking life by the horns, and making the most of the 4000 weeks that most of us spend on this planet! He encouraged staff and students to wear their positive pants, to adopt ‘Bob the Builder’ approaches to problems and challenges, and to give up moaning and just get over it! His sessions were highly entertaining and very thought provoking. Many students bought books, or had their existing copies signed. Our Y7s will continue studying Andy’s book ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’ in PREP time this half term. We’ve got every confidence they will be all the more engaged and inspired now they have met the author in the flesh!

Matilda Auditions

Well done to everyone who auditioned for Matilda the Musical today. Over 70 students attended! The cast list will be on the notice board outside the PA office by Friday break time. If you have any questions about the part you have been given please see a member of the PA department.
Good Luck!
Mrs Stevenson

We are fully aware that one of our students was involved in an incident after school near this location. We have been in touch with the student’s parents and have held assemblies with upper year groups in school where I gave students a brief update on his condition. Our thoughts are with his family and each year group took a minute to reflect and send positive thoughts for his recovery. Please, can I ask in order to support the family, that posting on social media is withheld out of respect. The Police have also made their expectations clear to students with respect to the posting of content relating to the incident. Students who witnessed the incident and are upset are being supported by trained staff today and we have spoken to parents of a number of children.  If they have the information they wish to share or need support they have been asked to see their Head of Year via Raising Standards.

Thank you all, Mrs Cook