TLC day, Saturday 17th March 9-12

With just over a week to go, we are really looking forward to next Saturday 17th March, when parents, teachers and students including EPCS6 are coming together to improve the school environment for our community. We have a range of jobs planned from gardening to painting to cleaning the table tennis and football tables!

We meet at 9.00 for pastries coffee/tea/Hot choc and a chat, and then set off to work with the radio playing. There will be a break and a constant supply of hot drinks! Relatives and children are warmly welcome and the little ones can take part in baking cookies for the hard workers.

Please email Mr Lake if you wish to come down and be part of the fun.


Over the past few weeks, Soulscape have come to our school to work with all of our Year 9 and Year 12 students, teaching them ways to de-stress, manage and open up about their feelings. Through the use of personal stories, opinions research, questions and answer sessions and informal discussion, students have taken time out to think about how they cope with anxiety and stress, particularly as they all work towards their formal examinations next year.

After the initial workshop, Soulscape kindly came back for a further two sessions for each year group to work with a London based artist, using art as a way to elaborate on their emotions. The work produced so far is fantastic and will be going on to be displayed at the Soulscape exhibition at the end of March. Students have sculpted, painted, designed and drawn out their feelings in what was a very cathartic session. We very much appreciate the work they do and the fact that they keep coming back to offer our students new ways to think about their goals and ambitions.

Year 11 Motivational Assembly

On Tuesday morning we held the Year 11 Motivational Assembly, entitled ‘This Is It’ as a poignant reminder to students of the journey they have been on with us. With most of our students having started in Year 7, we had a wonderful collection of embarrassing, funny and emotional pictures to share with them, as well as some wonderful speeches from some key people who have made a difference in their lives.

The Year 7 students had written wonderful letters of support and encouragement to the Year 11s, and as the students entered the theatre, they were all hung across the rafters, ready for them to pick down and read. As they did so, Year 7 then came through into the theatre as a surprise, clapping and cheering the Year 11. Malika, Ryan and Molly from Year 7 read their letters aloud, before we had a very moving and personal speech from Mrs Fear – clearly a very proud Head of Year 11.

Miss Pettipas and Mrs Stevenson actually started working at EPCS at the same time as our Year 11s started and they too had some wonderful anecdotes to share. Mr Blay, an ex-student of EPCS, shared his story and gave a very inspiring message about how it’s never too late to make a difference. Mr Cook and Mr Brown also gave speeches as Year 11 tutors and we heard from 3 of our Year 12 students, sharing their words of wisdom about this stressful time too. Sasha, Harvie and Tim were relatable and genuine.

It was clear to see that our Year 11s are very loved. And to top off the assembly, the finale saw students opening letters from their parents. There were lots of happy tears and lots of hugging – I hope our Year 11 now realise, if they didn’t before, that they are totally capable of completing their exams and smashing their target grades. We’ve got your back Year 11!

A huge thank you to all the staff and students involved directly in the assembly, to the parents who sent in their letters and to the admin team for all of their support in collecting the letters to ensure that no student was left out.

A-Level Geography Field Trip to Snowdonia

The sixth form geographers have been working extremely hard over the last few days in collaboration with Sandhurst School, in North Wales. They have been experiencing glacial environments as well as visitingLlandudno to look at urban change. They have had lots of opportunity to experience geography first hand and collect data towards their coursework. The final stop was a photo opportunity of Snowdonia where they also met the Welsh Guards – see photos below!

Miss S Buchanan


National Apprenticeship Week

Yesterday, EPCS6 hosted Pathway CTM as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Here they were given invaluable advice about the different pathways post Sixth Form and the best way to secure apprenticeships.
As part of our partnership with Pathway, all EPCS6 students have the option to sign up for an apprenticeship mentor which is an e-mentoring program where they will be assigned a Pathway adviser who can answer any questions they might have about where to look, what sort of apprenticeship to go for and provide help with applications. All students have been sent the link to sign up and we look forward to reporting on the success stories which come from this.

Rescheduled Year 8 Parents Evening

Due to the snow, Year 8 Parents evening has been rearranged for Monday 12 March, 2018. Year 8 parents will shortly receive an email containing further details. The revised deadline for return of the completed GCSE Options Pathway Forms is Wednesday 14 March 2018. Many thanks for your support.

Welcome new students and parents!

We are very excited to announce that our community school is set to grow significantly again in September. Please join me in welcoming our new students and parents to the school. If you know of a parent who has a child set to start with us in September, please help them to connect with us and follow our school website and Facebook page: ‘Easthampstead Park Community School’. We very much look forward to the coming months, with lots of introduction activities to look forward to!

Mrs Cook

Dear Parents,

We have recently received the following information from the Met office:

Further snow showers or perhaps longer spells of snow are likely at times through Friday. There is an increasing chance that a further spell of more persistent snow may move north into parts of southern England, Wales and central England during the day.

In light of this information and the current yellow weather warning, we have taken the decision to close the school to students tomorrow, Friday 2nd March. This is regrettable and not a decision we have taken lightly. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. Teachers will be asked to provide work for students to complete via Google Classroom – please support your child by ensuring they complete any work set.

We will continue to monitor the weather forecast closely, but anticipate school reopening at normal time on Monday 5th March.

Many thanks for your support.

Matthew Hall

Deputy Headteacher

School Closed Thursday

Due to further snow on Wednesday evening and icy conditions and a continued high risk of heavy snow today we have decided to err on the side of safety and close the school. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause but with the unpredictability of how poor the weather may be, the safety of students and staff both at school and to and from school is the key priority. Many staff travel some distance and many have reported difficulties this morning. Staff will try and set work through Google classroom for students. Staff are expected to use the time to support PPA if they are able.

A decision about Friday will be made this afternoon after we have had the chance to see how the weather works out. We will endeavour to keep the school closed for as short a period as possible. Thank you for your support Liz Cook