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PRINCIPAL’S WORD M A York - Principal

Dear Parents


his half-term is the most important in terms of external examinations. Year 11 have recently converted to their revision timetable, only attending for targeted revision sessions and examinations. Year 13 will have their final leaving assembly on Friday 27th May and Year 12 are currently on a short period of study leave prior to their external examinations. We wish all of our students the very best in the important weeks ahead. I.B. students have already completed their examinations and will receive results next half term. Years 7-9 have also undergone important internal assessments and Year 10 have recently returned from a very successful week of Work Experience. There are some exciting events taking place next half-term: the academy production of Return to the Forbidden Planet, the Sign Language Concert, Theme Days for Year 7 and 8, E-Bacc and Citizenship work for Year 9, just to mention a few!! It is, of course, my last half-term at de Ferrers – doesn’t time fly! Enjoy your half-term break.






n May 4th, four Year 7 students competed against other schools around Staffordshire in the Times Spelling Bee Championships. This is the second year that de Ferrers has competed in the competition.


he annual exchange with the Schule am Luisenhof in northern Germany took place this April. It was the turn of de Ferrers to host the guests, who stayed for a week and visited London, Nottingham and Alton Towers, as well as spending three days attending the academy. It was another highly successful experience for all students involved. The visit of the German guests created quite a buzz on Trent Campus and it was great to see our students embrace this opportunity with a such a fantastic attitude. One such student, Shabina Aqil, has written about her experience. “At the start of April around twenty German visitors arrived at de Ferrers and made their way to the hall where they waited for their English penpals to arrive

from form. We spent 3 days with them. We took them to all of our lessons and spent all of our breaks and lunches with them. Many of the Germans couldn’t speak much English so we tried hard to practise our German. ‘Google Translate’ came in handy when we couldn’t think of the German. It was very interesting to learn about our penpals’ life and culture. At the end of the third day there was a farewell party. That was fun. The English and German penpals mixed well and we found lots of things to do. After a fun few hours with our friends we took our last few photos together and said goodbye. It was a very good way to end the week. Back on the coach we waved goodbye to the Germans as we left and returned to the academy late that night.” Shabina Aqil Year 10 Student


The competition took place at Cineworld in Burton. The nervous students competed in two rounds. The first round was a spell-off and Malik Zaheer, managed to stay in the longest out of the de Ferrers team and they amassed twelve points. In the second round, a quickfire round, the students managed to spell lots of words such as ‘algae’, ‘conceit’ and ‘epiphany’. The students gained seventeen points in a two minute period. Despite their continued efforts, they did not manage to win the event but they all throughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to a free trip to the cinema courtesy of the organisers. Written by Celina Lloyd, one of the competitors.






he start date for the examinations was Monday 16th May 2011 and these will be running right through until the end of June.

Students in Year 11 switched to their revision timetable on Thursday 19th May and students will only need to attend for an exam or a revision session. For a full list of the dates and times of the revision sessions, please visit the de Ferrers website. The Year 11 students will have the opportunity to purchase a number of items this year. These are as follows: Year 11 Leavers Book - £16 Year 11 Leavers Hoodie £16 (£19 if personalised) Year 11 Photograph - £17 Year 11 Leavers Prom ticket £20 These must be ordered as soon as possible. The KS4 inter-form competition is coming to a close where

points have been allocated to tutor groups for a variety of categories including best attendance of the week, ‘Talk to the Hand’ responses on the blog and inter-form competitions. Congratulations to 11.10 who have accumulated the most points in Year 11 and each student will receive a £5 cash voucher that can be deducted from any of the items listed above. The Year 10 form with the most points by Friday 27th May will all go to Alton Towers for free! There are currently five forms that are in the running for this great prize! Re-sit Fees – A reminder to students and parents that resit fees must be paid in full as soon as possible Attendance – A reminder that it is a legal requirement to bring a note for any absence! For a full list of the dates and times for the examinations, please visit the de Ferrers website.


9 and Y10 BTEC Art and Design Students visited the National Arboretum, Alrewas to take photographs in preparation for the Photography Competition to commemorate the 10th Anniversary based on the theme of “Lest we Forget”. Students took a variety of photographs ranging from

emotional responses to the dedications to using unusual angles to add drama and emphasis to the memorials.

The following books are available to borrow from the Learning Centres. Reviewers from explain why these sixbooks, written for teenagers, are nominated for this prestigious award. Theresa Breslin “Prisoner of the Inquisition” An intriguing and well-achieved novel of impressive scope which brilliantly captures the atmosphere of 15th century Spain. Geraldine McCaughrean “The Death-Defying Pepper Roux” A cleverly-constructed, tightly-plotted, picaresque novel that has something for everyone. Patrick Ness “Monsters of Men” An outstanding novel, involving huge ideas about life, death and love that really challenges the reader to think about big questions. Meg Rosoff “The Bride’s Farewell” A beautifully crafted novel with an exceptional heroine, whose strengths and weaknesses are very well captured. Marcus Sedgewick “White Crow” A dark and gruesome modern Gothic novel, with a compelling, and carefully crafted dual storyline that really builds the tension. Jason Wallace “Out of Shadows” An extremely powerful novel with a totally believable main character whose moral development and emotional state are compellingly portrayed.


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We have recently been advised by the Health Protection Agency that there is an increase in the number of cases of measles. This has been particularly noticeable in older children and young adults who have not been fully immunised with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. A significant number of these cases have recently travelled to Europe. Please note that school children, young people and adults who have not been fully immunised can be protected by receiving the MMR vaccine at any age. For further information, contact your GP or visit the HPA website:



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n March, in only our second year in the competition, the Debating Society won the final of the Burton Cup by three points (73-70). We were against a strong Abbot Beyne team (two-time winners: 2009 and 2010) and the team of Natalie Brown, Sian Siner and Daniel Jones (all Sixth Form) engaged in a gripping debate about the subject “This house believes local services should be funded by local taxes.” Both teams had some very strong arguments even though the opposition tended to go into talking about Japan and £1,000 flapjacks


Don’t forget to register for ‘Your Staffordshire Card’, which will allow students to travel on any bus route that starts or ends in Staffordshire for just £1! Application is open to 11-19 year olds and is FREE. For more details and an application form, go to www. or telehphone 0300 111 800.



One of our Year 11 students has been successful enough to have her own article published in the latest edition of National Trust Magazine. Emma Woodhall wrote in to the magazine with regard to a recent visit to Kedleston Hall which was accompanied by photos that she took on the day. We will upload her story to our website as soon as our Student Success pages are up and running. Well done Emma! when the subject was actually about local taxes. All of our team did extremely well, showing immense commitment and drive but special mention to Daniel Jones who picked up the best speaker award. We are looking for the next generation of public speakers so if you are in Year 10,11, 12 or 13 next year, please listen out for details in the daily notices next half term.


The term started with the Year 7 football team members playing their final league game and claiming a 2-1 win away at Robert Sutton to conclude a very successful first season together under Mr Boden. The Year 9 Football team saw Mr Woolley’s side up against Painsley School from Cheadle. Taking place at Northwood Stadium in Stoke, de Ferrers struck twice after some fantastic play to take a 2-0 lead at half time. In the second half, Painsley pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes remaining to set up a very tense finish for all spectators! Painsley pushed forwards and cruelly, with ninety seconds remaining, grabbed an equaliser to take the game to extra time. Sadly Painsley finished to win the County Cup 4-2. Our team members should be very proud of their achievement and put on a fantastic display in the final.

Nawazish Ali taking 3 wickets for 17 runs. Pingle fought back well but came up just short on 84-5 to give de Ferrers a 5 run victory. Year 9 have already played two games, beating Granville comfortably by 41 runs in their opening league game and Thomas Alleynes in the first round of the County Cup. Thomas Alleynes batted first making just 89-5 from their 20 overs including Lewis McQuillan taking a wicket with the first ball of the match. The run chase was comfortably completed as de Ferrers reached 92-2 in 14.5 overs to win by 8 wickets. Liam Goode was top scoring with 43 not out. The win sets up a repeat of last year’s final in the second round where the team travels to play independent school, Denstone.


Year 8 started their league campaign with a very close encounter against Oldfields. De Ferrers batted first making 82-4 with Charlie Bunting and Dastgeer Naukhez making vital contributions. Oldfields came up just short on 80-4 meaning de Ferrers won by just 2 runs!


Our Year 7 team put in a commanding performance to claim a win in their first game together and progress in the County Cup. Friary School batted first and made 61-7 from their reduced 14 overs. De Ferrers managed to bat sensibly in the rain and made 64-3 from 10 overs to win by 7 wickets and set up a second round clash against Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Our Year 9 Basketball team can look forward to a second County Cup Final of the year after beating St Joseph’s of Stoke 28-24 in the semi-final. Having already won the County League and represented Staffordshire in the West Midlands regional finals in March, the team goes into the final full of confidence and hopeful of completing the County Double! Year 10 started their league campaign with a very close victory over Pingle. Batting first de Ferrers made 89-7 thanks mainly to 30 not out from Zeeshan Taj and 19 from Captain Brad Elson. In reply, de Ferrers got on top early, thanks to



nce again there has been a very successful start to the athletics session for the Year 7 students. Now the lighter evenings are approaching, the athletics team has flourished, producing some excellent results to start the session. Competing against seven other schools, de Ferrers Year 7 boys and girls were on top form and won the whole competition by two hundred and fifty points. But winning was not enough for our students. The Year 7 girls produced what can only be described as some of the most outstanding results, with seven out of the eight top girls in the whole competition coming from de Ferrers . 1st: Megan Wildman, 2nd: Cara Adams, 3rd: Somer El Jishi, 4th: Lauren Swalwell, 5th: Freya Atton, 7th: Masie Ford, 8th: Leah Pye

Connor Howes was the first boy in the whole competition closely followed by Jonathon Anagbassis who was the third. This can only be described as a phenomenal effort from our Year 7 Students.

Tom Furzeman, Daniel Turner, Shaun Wilkins, Jonathon Anagabassis, George Loftus, Will Hulbert, Connor Howes, Callum Wildes, Ben Curl, Charles Hartsorn, Owen Harrison, Megan Wildman, Cara Adams, Lauren Swalwell, Chloe Johnson, Masie Ford, Leah Pye, Yasim Delanie, Freya Atton, Maya Venables, Somer El Guishi


ust before Easter the PSFA members were once again seen behind the bar, this time at the Spring Concert on 7th April. As ever, there were some excellent performances from some very talented students. Sorry to say that the Hollyoaks Charity Football Match in June will NOT be going ahead. Although we had been given a provisional date by a Hollyoaks representative, it was dependent upon their schedule of filming dates. It now appears that most of the cast will be unavailable to play during June and July and so we have had to cancel the date. Sorry


Our Athletics teams have also been training hard with the summer programme of competitions set to get underway soon. A full report on our successes in the next newsletter!

Principal: Mr M A York BA (Hons) BEd MBA

to disappoint you but we are looking to see if we can locate an alternative celebrity football team with a view to holding a match in the Autumn. We have no other events scheduled this term which is always a busy one with exams, end of year show, prom and Sixth Form Ball. We will however be publishing our events schedule for 2011/2012 shortly. Do you shop online? At Amazon, Next, Argos, Dell, ToysRUs, ebay, Debenhams… just to name a few? If so you can do your bit to help our fundraising effort, at no further cost to yourself. Just use the following link, register on your first visit and then follow the links to your usual shopping website: causes/deferrerspsfa Anita McLean - Chair - PSFA


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Communiqué 58