Calling all parents!

Could you help us to provide some of our Year 12 students with a work experience placement? As part of our careers programme, we want all of our Year 12 students to find a week long placement from Monday 27th June – Friday 1st July. We would like to offer students a variety of interesting placements, offering them the experience of working in a sector they want to know more about, as they begin to make their career choices. If you think your workplace could support our programme, please do get in touch with Mrs Thornton ( or Mr Stephenson ( so we can sign up a student! Thank you!

Mixed results for a developing Y7 team

Over the last few weeks the Y7’s have had their first few fixtures of the football season in the East Berkshire leagues. It is early days in terms of the development of this team but there is some outstanding talent and even better work ethic within the team.

Their first fixture of the season, and year, against Brakenhale was approached with caution as there was no gauge as to how good other schools were. The boys did fantastically and earned a 5-2 win with some exceptional performances from boys playing out of position.

The second fixture represented a greater challenge in Garth Hill. The team was high in confidence and the work ethic was second to none with Taylor Collins and Arthur Glenister outstanding in that regard. Although we conceded two early goals the boys kept at them and were in control for a large part of the game but were unable to score and conceded late in what ended up as a frustrating game losing 3-0. However, the boys did fantastically well and there are many positives to take away going into the next couple of games in our league against LVS and Charters.

Celebrating success!

The Class of 2016 were able to celebrate outstanding GCSE English Language results last week. 97% of the student entries achieved an A*-C grade and  74% of the cohort have already secured the golden A*-C in English Language.
The results were only achieved through hard work, determination and the students taking pride in their work. 62% of the students entered achieved 4 levels of progress and 95% achieved 3 levels of progress; both of these figures are again, like last year, significantly above national expectation.
As a school we believe in the value of split entry as it allows students to see success and recognise the importance of hard work. We also recognise that achieving success is an excellent motivation tool and to see the students smile and the sense of relief when they received results was a delight to be a part of. They now need to take this taste of success and use it to motivate them to strive for success in the remainder of their GCSEs so that the celebrations in  August can be even bigger!
We do believe that students understand the importance of the next five months and we are confident that they are able to take responsibility for their learning. We, as a school, value them as individuals and also understand the importance of supporting students at such a stressful and important time.  There are lots of targeted revision sessions in place, resources being shared with students, intervention days, parents’ evening, motivation assemblies and so much more. Working together we can ensure that our students achieve qualifications that will open up many future pathways. So please support us in ensuring that students attend sessions, are well prepared and motivated to achieve.

Pen2Page 2016

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BBA Pen 2 Page event

Our students took part in this event and we were delighted to receive positive feedback from one of the organisers

“I chaired a discussion group that included Jess, Janelle and Fincy from EPCS along with other pupils from LVS and Piggott School. The three girls were very engaged with the discussions around the shortlisted titles and spoke with a great deal of enthusiasm and confidence around their reading choices. They were also extremely respectful listening carefully to the views of other students. It was a pleasure to meet such enthusiastic young people who are a credit to the school.” Ann D Service Development Librarian

Well done students and thank you to Mrs Fox for organising the trip

Mrs Cook


School building works

Please be advised, that we will have external contractors, who will be working on behalf of the Local Authority, to replace the Humanities block roof in school for a period of 14 weeks. The work is due to commence the week beginning 8th February.  It is expected that all works will be complete before the main external examination session.

Scaffolding will be erected around the building to provide a safe working environment for the contractor teams. All waste from the project will be removed from the back of the block to avoid any students coming into contact with the materials. A compound for the workers to use for their welfare needs and work store will be placed either side of the kitchen access. This will remain out of bounds to students. Deliveries to the site should avoid main congestion periods for the school at opening and closing time. Work will take place on Saturdays and throughout half term to minimise the inconvenience to the operations of the school.

Liz Cook

Sky Sports Living for Sport – Mentor Visit 22nd January 2016

IMG_3168I, along with a number of students, were very lucky to be chosen to participate in the Sky Sports Living for Sports programme, where we got the chance to meet Lesley Owusu, a GB International 400m sprinter. Lesley introduced to us six keys to success and talked about her journey and how the six keys could help us in and outside the school, now and into the future.

The six keys to success are-

  • Mental toughness – the ability to have a positive mind set.
  • Hunger to achieve – the determination to succeed despite the odds and challenges you might face.
  • People skills – working collaboratively with all people to achieve a common goal.
  • Sports and life knowledge – understanding the rules and consequences of your actions.
  • Breaking barriers – being the first to achieve something new and ground breaking.
  • Planning or success – the skill to prepare, manage and organise your academic and social and personal life to successfully achieve future ambitions.

It was clear that everyone had the most fun when we were placed in teams and given different challenges to do. From weird relays to designing our own sports activities we needed to collaborate quickly and under pressure, all the while demonstrating the six keys to success.

Most importantly Lesley left us with an important message “always believe that you can achieve and be the best that you can be.” Despite all her trials and difficulties she is an amazing athlete and has left many people inspired in her footsteps. The PE ambassadors have high hopes for the future and we are all very thankful for the amazing experience that we had.

Sasha Tatum 10D4

Criss-Cross challenges!

WFile_001e held our second criss-cross day of the year last week, as well as raising money for the Nyumbani Hotcourses Foundation through wearing civvies. Over £650 was raised for charity – a great start to the day!

Y7 continued the theme of charity and worked on community pledges – they created a ‘pledge tree’ with the support of the Art Department and Mr Proctor,
who ran sessions in crafting leaves for the pledge to be written on, experimenting with different File_000types of art and even creating pretty origami butterflies for further decoration.

Y8 completed a range of tasks – some went on a trip to Oxford Castle Unlocked and completed workshops in crime and punishment, some went out to The Lookout orienteering and learning about the Duke of Edinburgh Award and some stayed in school to create e-safety campaigns to share with all pupils.

Our Y9 worked withFile_006 (1) the Science department as Ms Barringer ran a number of STEM related activities, including building robots, devising mazes for robots, tracking GPS satellites and looking at drone technology.

Finally Y10 had a day in enterprise; run by Miss Davis and Mr Powers, the students were split into teams and had to establish a business idea, create their idea out of salt dough, advertise and sell their idea and File_004finally calculate their profits. Students put lots of effort into the competition and many fabulous market stalls were up and running for Period 5 where students had to sell, sell, sell! Another fabulous day for students!


EPCS First XI Football

Thursday 28th February saw EPCS First XI gain an excellent 3-0 win against Wellington College. EPCS took the lead in the first half when Elliot Harney’s excellent cross was met by a rare George Lock header. Both teams played very good football throughout the match however the pace of Charlie King was too much in the second half as he scored a brace to seal the win.

MOM- Callum Allen and Charlie King.

Students in Year 7 who formed our Bike It Crew back in September have finally seen the reward of all their hard work, as the school achieved its Sustrans Bronze Award! In typical fashion, they want to continue working hard to gain the Silver Award, and this week are running a succession of assemblies on sustainable methods of travel to school, before running a bike lock sale on Friday and gaining momentum for The Big Pedal competition they’ve signed the school up for in April.

IMG_0875Having recently conducted a survey on travel, the Crew hope to see a rise in numbers of people walking, cycling and scooting to school by May. Small prizes will be given out to students who regularly cycle or scoot!

“Business Lunch Fridays” for High Achieving Students (HAS)

This week sees the launch of our “Business Lunch” initiative for High Achieving Students.

Every Friday we will be welcoming into school a STEM Ambassador from local industry to meet for a business-style lunch in our conference room with a select group of HAS to discuss career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Guests include those with backgrounds in electrical engineering, broadcasting, defence, marketing, computing and physics from a range of companies including CISCO and IBM.

The aim of the session is to give students the opportunity to meet with an experienced professional from their chosen career and ask questions about daily working life and possible career pathways.

We look forward to their feed-back!