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Heads Up! Five shortlisted Headteacher candidates have been invited for interview on Wednesday February 19th, with successful candidates going on to a second day on the 20th. With panel interviews, lesson observations, presentations to staff and a ‘Students’ Speed Panel’, governors hope to be able to appoint the right candidate to take the school successfully to the next stage of its development.

Together Building a Safer Internet This week we took part in Safer Internet Day – we hope you managed to take a look at the website where they have some really good suggestions about how to manage your child’s safety online – especially with regard to social media sites. We take seriously our responsibility for keeping students ‘esavvy’ and safe in school, and know you will work with us by taking up that responsibility at home. Some of our Key Stage 3 students put together some great video spots with their online safety tips. If you have any safety concerns regarding your son’s or daughter’s online activity then please contact Mr Calvert on 01943 608424 or email Click on the videos below to have a quick look at two of the videos that have been made after Key Stage 3 students were challenged to produce some video spots – it’s great to see that they care about their own eSafety.

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Break a Leg…it’s Showtime!

Good luck to all our thespians, musicians, backstagers and dancers. Next week is Showtime – have you got your ticket for the ‘Seven Ages of Man’ yet? Head to Reception to get yours before they sell out - £5 and £3 concessions. Curtain up is 7pm on Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February.

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Options Timings

Wednesday 5

March Applied Learning Parents’ Evening



Year 9 Parents' Option Evening



Distribution of Options Forms

Wednesday 19

Careers Fair: Years 10 and 11 1-3pm, Other Years 3pm


Deadline for the return of Options Forms


Any of this yours? Lost property will be cleared out on Wednesday 19th February. If your son or daughter has lost anything, please encourage them to pop down to the Key Stage 3 Hub and have a rummage. How can they not miss their blazer or a PE kit? There are also trainers, designer label hoodies, umberellas and coats. If they do not claim their items they will be destroyed at half term. Smaller items can be reclaimed from either Mrs Harrison (Library) or Mrs Hey (Key Stage 3 Administrator).

Readathon 2014 Year 7 parents (hopefully) now know we are running Readathon from 7th February to 7th March this year. This is a national sponsored event in aid of children’s charities. Even more importantly, it is about getting children to read – and read anything they enjoy: fiction, non-fiction, magazines, even computer manuals, whatever they like. They can read as many or as few books/magazines as they feel able to, there is no test at the end – the main aim is to have fun reading. There is an IGS suggested reading list which may help them to choose an appropriate title. 75 new books have been purchased especially for Readathon – it would be great to see them all taken out at least once! Please support this event and encourage your son/daughter (or both!) to read as much as they can, and as much as they want, and to enjoy themselves doing so. Click here for the suggested reading list. Page 3 Email:


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Ilkley Grammar School PTA News Look out for the Auction of Promises Booklet that will contain all the items you have so kindly donated; the booklet will also include bidding instructions. We welcome all new members to our PTA – so join up and join in! The remainder of the meetings are due to be held on: Wednesday 12th March, Tuesday 29th April and Wednesday 11th June. Meetings start at 7pm and are held in the Lower Library in school. If you can’t make our meetings but would like to be included then email Watch out, too, for our 2014 Car Boot Sales: provisional dates are Sundays 6th April; 18th May; 22nd June and 20th July. You can follow the PTA on twitter @IGSPTA

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Sharing Success Congratulations to Emma Powell (8JP) who competed in the 2014 World Youth Ice Climbing Championships, Champagny-enVanoise, France at the weekend 7/8th February. Climbers from ten member federations participated in the event. Emma was there representing the GB team, and came 3rd; this means Emma is now ranked 3rd in the world in the Youth Ice World Cup in the under 16s category. Well done to our U14A netball team who beat Skipton emphatically 18-8 on Tuesday. Player of the Match honours went to Eleanor Pilling (9JLF) U14 captain leading by example! The Year 7 team also played but weren’t as successful; player of the match went to both Emily Dover (7HED/KE) and Caitlin Ives (7DSF) (U12).

Congratulations to our Year 7 and the Year 8 girls who won the Sports Hall Athletics Bradford Final on Tuesday afternoon! They all enjoyed the competition and were very pleased to be rewarded for their hard work. Well done to all the girls; they will go to the West Yorkshire Finals next month. Good luck! Well done to our Year 8 rugby team (which included 3 Year 7s) who played Rodillian Academy on Wednesday night, in the horrendous wind and rain!

Top row L-R: Lana Melechi (7MPC), Ella Shouler-Harris (7SL), Emma Barwick (8HM), Amy Cogan (8GPS), Holly Park (8HM), Jessica Bretherick (8JP) and Sassy Ricci (8KPC)

They braved the conditions and played some great rugby, narrowly losing 20-17. Great effort boys!

Bottom row L-R: Rachel Scott (7PDH), Emily Field (7LAM), Rebecca Burnett (8JRW), Bethan Morley (7PDH), Charlotte Gibbs (7MPC) and Lauren Jackson (7PB) Email:

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Headline 14 February 2013 Well done to Sam McKinnon-Evans (8ADM) Robbie Matthews (7PB) and Bethan Morley (7PDH) who represented West Yorkshire at the Regional Sports Hall Athletics Final’s in Hull on Sunday. Both the boys’ and girls’ team (under 13) won and now go through to the UK finals in Manchester on April 6th. Good luck!

Sam McKinnon-Evans

Robbie Matthews

Bethan Morley

Congratulations to our selected team of cross country runners who ran at Aireville Park, Skipton on Monday afternoon in the annual invitational race held by Ermysted's Grammar School. Boys and girls ran together in a Year 7 race, a Year 8/9 race and a Year 10/11 race. Our teams ran very well against the other schools including: Bradford Grammar, St. Aidans and Skipton Girls. Year 7 race results (2400m): 1st Dominic Coy 4th Bethan Morley 7th Robbie Matthews 16th Aaron Burnett 22nd Ethan Whiteside 25th Emily Field 33rd Elise Crabtree A fantastic effort from the Year 7's on the course and they won the overall team event! Year 8/9 race results (3200m): 4th Ben Thompson 10th Jacob Hellewell 11th Cameron Reilly 15th George Dey 17th Henry Ackroyd 20th Joe Haigh th 27 Jacob Cooke 36th Harry Watson 37th Harry Barker (Team scores to be confirmed) Year 10/11 race results (4000m): 7th Lucy Haines 11th Lucy Jacques

13th Jemima Elgood

14th George Hardesty 23rd Oscar Stapleton

17th Abi White

It was a gruelling race against some very strong Year 11 boys but our Year 10 girls were complimented by other schools on giving the lads a very tough race! Well done.

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Headline 14 February 2013 Well done to Danny Leach (7HED/KE), Jonathon Kelly (7PB), Matthew Elston (7MPC) and Alfie White (7LG) also known as the ‘Cryptanalysers’ who have won a prize in the nationwide Alan Turing Cryptography Competition. Many teams of students from across Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are currently taking part in the nationwide Alan Turing Cryptography Competition run by the University of Manchester. The competition comprises of trying to crack a different cypher which is released each week for 6 weeks. Congratulations are in order to team Cryptanalysers; these four Year 7 mathematicians won a spot prize of a £10 Amazon voucher each for their solution! We wish all the rest of the competing teams well for the remaining three cyphers.

The Cryptanalysers

Alfie White

Jonathan Kelly

Matthew Elston

Danny Leach

The Readathon Reading Tree is bursting into leaf! Well done to all the Year 7s who have been reading and writing reviews for Readathon! There have been some really good comments – the aim is to have a full tree.

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AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS AND FIXTURES Y11 BASKETBALL Club (SP) 12.05-12.55pm SpHall (*week A only)


STREET DANCE -All ages (JW) Gym 3.15-4.15pm Y8/Y11/1st XV Boys’ RUGBY Training(ACF/VP/JP/SB) IRUFC 3.30-5pm Y7 FOOTBALL Club (PLB) School Fields 3.30-4.30pm U12A & U13A Netball v Bingley (A) (SHR)


Cycling Club week 2 (SP) Ilkley Moor 3-5pm Y7 Boys’ RUGBY Training @ IRUFC (BC/GR) 3.30-5pm Sports’ Leader Training: Basketball + Netball (PLB) 3-5pm Y7/8 NETBALL Club (SHR) SpHall/Cts 3-4.30pm Y7 Basketball Cup @ Bradford College (ACF) U13B Netball Emerging League @ UAK (SHR)


Y7 + Y9 Boys’ Rugby v Brighouse (H) (VP/JP/MWC/GR) Girls’ Synchro (Mrs Gooch) Pool 3-4.30pm Y9/10 Boys’ RUGBY Training (SB/GR) IRUFC 3.30-5pm Y9/10/11 AMERICAN FOOTBALL Club (ACF) BR Astro 3.30-5pm Y7 DODGEBALL + Y8 CRICKET (PLB) Gym 3-4pm Y7 Boys’ Basketball Finals Night @ *tbc (ACF) U12 Netball v Parkside (SHR)


Y7/8/9 Girls’ FOOTBALL Club SpHall 12.10-12.55pm (*week A only) Y9 NETBALL Club (SHR) SpHall/Cts 3.15-4.30pm Y7/8 HOCKEY Club (AJK) BR Astro 3.15-4.30pm Y9/10/11 BADMINTON Club (AJH/KPC) SpHall 3-4.30pm Sports’ Leader Training: Basketball + Netball (PLB) 3-5pm Y10 Boys’ RUGBY Training @ IRUFC (SB/BC) 3.30-5pm

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Our Munich visit alongside our Year 9 Artists and Emma Powell’s climbing all make the papers this week!

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Neck and Nominate or NekNomination You may have heard or read about this latest social media craze which has been circulating globally since its origins in Australia, but has now resulted in two deaths. ‘Neck and Nominate’ involves a person being nominated by a ‘friend’ to drink an alcoholic cocktail which contains various ingredients, and they produce a video which is posted online. This then earns the candidate the ‘right to nominate’ the next person who should try to improve upon the previous attempt, which means that the cocktails and scenarios become increasingly more complex, and potentially more dangerous. Word of this craze has now reached Ilkley and I am concerned that there may be students who find themselves nominated and therefore, as a consequence, may feel they have to complete this challenge. My ultimate concern is that nominated individuals may be under a huge amount of pressure from their peers to complete the task. Students in Years 10-11 are particularly of an age whereby they feel compelled to follow through as they do not want to lose face with their peers, and therefore may subsequently nominate others from within their peer group to take the next challenge. Following the death of a 19 year old in Ireland, Joe Byrne, an SDLP Assembly member for West Tyrone, said: ’This is not a game. It is destroying lives. I would call on people to take these concerns seriously and look after their health and wellbeing by not participating, and to protect their friends from the serious risks associated with it by not nominating them.’ There was further recent media coverage of a man from Plymouth who chose to refuse to take part when he was nominated. In his video post, he said: ‘Cheers for the nomination. To be honest, I’ve seen it all now on the internet.’ He added: ‘I am not one for not getting involved, but it’s now getting a bit out of hand and for me to be able to do anything that’s going to create lots of likes, I’ll have to do something that’s probably going to hurt me.’ This response has earned the man a great deal of praise from followers online and is an approach that we need to promote as being a positive response to the challenge – something that may be easier for a Post-16 student or an adult than for a younger person. We appreciate your support in talking to your child regarding the dangers of this game.

Parent Governor Election The ballot for the two parent Governor vacancies is underway with a cut off point for votes of 12 noon on Monday 17th February 2014. Voting is on the basis of one ballot form per parent/carer; you may vote for two nominees, as there are two vacancies. Each parent/carer can return only one completed ballot form, irrespective of the number of his or her children attending the school. All completed ballot papers should be returned to Reception. Please place your completed ballot paper in an unmarked envelope and then place this unmarked envelope into a second envelope. Please mark this envelope with Parent Election and include your name. This double envelope process will ensure your vote is confidential and only one vote per parent/carer is received. Any returns received after 12 noon on Monday 17th February 2014 will not be counted.

iPad Repair Update

We have updated our website to include more details on the iPad scheme and the related repair procedure. The website now contains: the insurance form; the repair process; guidelines to screen time management and frequently asked questions. In September of each year, every student will start with a clean slate and any breakages that year will be covered by the scheme. If you are in a position now where your son or daughter has damaged their iPad, and would like to take advantage of a heavy duty case (to prevent further damage), this can be arranged at an iPad drop in on Tuesdays and Thursdays in K3 at lunchtime.

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Year 9 Art Work A group of Year 9 students have recently enjoyed the thrill of seeing their artwork displayed within school. The group of artists who started their work in Year 8, used their iPads to capture images, simplify them, and then turn them into large vibrant artworks, a great marriage of technology meets artistry, The pictures are high impact and are currently on display in an area where Key Stage 3 students can view and enjoy them at break and lunchtime.

L-R Katherine Elston (9LO), Harriet Day (9SCB), Annie Edwards (9SCB), Victoria Hepworth (9SCB), Emily Robson ((SCB)

L-R Hannah Richards (9JI), Sophie Ollerenshaw (9JLF), Alice Kirkup (9DMM), Alice Wriglesworth (9DMM), Jessica Hirst ((9JI), Leona McClouglin (9JI), Elizabeth McKeefry (9JLF), Hayley Brooks (9JI) and Ella Madden (9DMM).

World Book Day: Stop Everything and Read! World Book Day is a celebration of books and reading. Designated by UNESCO, reading is being marked by over 100 countries all over the world and we at IGS are doing our bit! Every student gets a £1.00 book token which they can take to participating book shops to exchange for one of two free books. There is a World Book Day website with a range of games and online resources and all our Year 7 students are taking part in the Readathon. We would like the impact of the day to be felt in our classrooms too so we are holding our first ‘Stop Everything and Read’ event during period 3 on the 6th March. We are asking that Curriculum Areas see this as an opportunity to promote ‘wider reading’ in their subject areas and choose some interesting and relevant material to act as a stimulus for discussion: it could be a newspaper or magazine article, a poem, an extract from a novel, an academic article…..whatever fits in and would add even more interest to your current studies. Page 12 Email:


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Kate Tempest Performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse All students attending must upload their payment onto Parent Pay by next Tuesday (18th February). The payment is for ÂŁ15. Remember we are meeting at the theatre Thursday 27th February at 7.15pm (this is the Thursday in half-term).

Half Term Already? Kings Camps are offering sports activities sessions for the half term break based at IGS. Activities range from multi sports, sports leadership and football. Take a look at their website for details. ooking/ilkley-grammar-school

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Expedition India In the weeks after the summer exams I know many of Year 13 will be heading off on holidays to celebrate the end of school. For me this will involve spending 5 weeks in Ladakh, in Northern India. Ladakh lies between some of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges, the Indian Himalayas and the Karakorum. The expedition is organised by the British Exploring Society and will involve living and trekking through a remote mountain environment, as well as participating in a number of research projects. These projects will focus on collecting and processing data to help increasing our understanding of the geology, meteorology and ecology of the Ladakh region. I will be gathering data from the world’s 3rd highest weather station and investigating the area’s glacial and geomorphological history. Over the last few months I have been busy working and trying to raise money to fund this expedition. Last November I completed a 51 mile sponsored walk along the Lancashire Witches Way, which runs from Barrowford near Colne to Lancaster. This is a long distance path set up to mark the 400 th anniversary of the trial and execution of the Lancashire Witches. My most recent project has been designing and making a series of cards to sell. I finally got these printed last week and now they are ready for sale. So if anyone is interested in supporting me by buying some cards please let me know. I can be contacted by email on . For more information about the cards, expedition or updates on my fundraising progress visit my website at Kim Stephens (13 DGW)

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LS29 Support Group for Children with Special Needs

57 Days to Go! Our very own marathon man, Tim Milburn, is concentrating his efforts for his upcoming entry in the London Marathon. Tim is more familiar with running the school council and running after his Year 8 students, not sure just how that will help when it comes to pounding the streets on London on April 13 th? Tim is raising money for ‘Get Kids Going’ a National charity which gives disabled children and young people, up to the age of 26, the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many other sports. To help him raise the £2500 he needs some of our student basketballers are challenging Tim and a team of teachers to a match (it won’t be pretty!) there will be plenty of other fundraising opportunities to look out for. If you feel you can donate please visit his just giving page or watch his training progress by following him on twitter @GetTimGoing. Page 15 Email:


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GCSE Overview

Career of the Week: Chef The Work: chefs prepare food using a variety of cooking methods. In large kitchens they work as part of a team and look after one food area like bread and pastries or vegetables. The head chef runs the entire kitchen. Your main tasks would include:  Preparing, cooking and presenting food in line with required standards  Keeping preparation at the right level  Making sure that food is served promptly  Monitoring food production, ensuring consistent quality and portion size  Stock control  Following relevant hygiene, health and safety guidelines Entry Requirements: you would usually start as a kitchen assistant or trainee chef (also known as commis chef). At this level you would spend time in each area of the kitchen, learning a range of skills and how to look after kitchen equipment. You may not need any academic qualifications to work as a trainee chef, some employers will prefer you to have a good general education including GCSEs in Maths and English. You could prepare for working in this industry by taking a part time or full time course at college. Apprenticeships are also widely available as a way in. Training and Development: college courses at Level 2 will take 1 year and Apprenticeships are usually for about 2-3 years. Once working you will receive induction training and work under the supervision of experienced staff. Your employer may encourage you to take further qualifications such as: Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Professional Cookery, Level 3 Award in supervising food safety in catering etc. See UCAS Progress website below. Pay: trainee (commis) chefs may start on a salary of around £13,000 per annum. Section chefs (chef de partie) can earn up to £16,000 a year, second chefs (sous chef) can earn up to £22,000 and head chefs (chefs de cuisine) can earn up to £30,000 a year. An executive chef in a top hotel can earn between £40,000 to £50,000 and more per year. Further Information: Hospitality Guild, Apprenticeships, National Careers Service UCAS Progress

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New York & Washington DC February 2015: Any student who studies a Humanities subject and is interested in going on the next New York trip, there will be an information meeting in N9 on Thursday 20 th February at 12.30. Patient Reference Groups: Ilkley and Wharfedale and the Moors Medical Practices, Springs Lane, are both looking for students who would be interested in joining their Patients groups and would be willing to give their views and opinions. Meetings are held every couple of months. For more information, students can speak to Sam Kirkman in 12LNA during registration in S1. A valuable addition to CVs for those who wish to join medical professions. Corpus Christi College Cambridge: A series of free subject Masterclasses from 17th – 20th March designed to stimulate the imagination, including advice on how to prepare a competitive application to Cambridge. Open Days also available in April. Find out more at Workshop Conferences: These popular conferences are held at University of Nottingham in April and July in the following: Forensics, Exploring Journalism, Law, Exploring Psychology, Exploring Physics, Medisix, Nursing, Medsim and Vetsim. More information on these can be found at and or email Culinary Awareness Open Night: Learn more about how you can become a Chef with an internationally recognised brand. Leeds Marriott Hotel, Monday 3rd March 4.30-7.00pm. Further information please ring HR Team on 01132 366393

Food Science Summer School: 2 nights residential 1st-3rd July for Year 12 students. Aimed at giving young scientists a glimpse into the ever changing multidisciplinary science subject which affects everyone on a daily basis. Find out more at Apply at The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd May 2014. Apprenticeships: For information on apprenticeships the link below will take you to the national database for apprenticeship vacancies, across all the levels. Once registered, those apprenticeships in which the career area you are interested in are emailed to fortnightly. Page 18 Email:


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Vacancies We currently have following vacancies:

Two English Teachers: closing date Monday 3rd March 12 noon We are seeking to appoint, from September 2014, 2 well-qualified, innovative and inspirational teachers of English to contribute to the culture of high achievement and attainment at our successful and oversubscribed Converter Academy. You will have:  a passion for the teaching of English  a commitment to providing high quality lessons to engage, challenge and inspire our students  the potential to teach across the full age and ability range, including Post 16  a strong commitment to extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities

Maths Teacher: closing date Monday 3rd March 12 noon We are seeking to appoint, from September 2014, a well-qualified, innovative and inspirational teacher of Mathematics to contribute to the culture of high achievement and attainment at our successful and oversubscribed Converter Academy. You will have:  a passion for the teaching of Mathematics  a commitment to providing high quality lessons to engage, challenge and inspire our students the potential to teach across the full age and ability range a strong commitment to extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities We offer:  the opportunity to make a real difference  students with ‘highly positive attitudes to learning’  a very calm and orderly school with high expectations and an ethos of trust and care  a dedicated and established staff  very supportive parents and Governors  a location on the edge of Ilkley Moor in beautiful Wharfedale with good transport links to Leeds and Bradford Completed application documents should be returned to Lisa Pawson Ilkley Grammar School is committed to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people in our recruitment procedures and in all our work across and beyond school. The school adheres to statutory guidelines in respect to safe recruitment. All persons employed by the school, in any capacity, will undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and confirmation of employment is subject to a successful outcome. All teaching staff members recruited by the school have their eligibility to teach checked with the DfE.

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Dates for the Diary

Remaining 2013-14 Term Dates


February Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

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Year 11 GCSE French Orals week School Production 7pm School Production 7pm School Production 7pm Take-a-break 10am Spanish Exchange departs (Madrid)

24-28th February Half Term Barcelona visit USA Ski visit Spanish Exchange


Half term holiday: Monday 24 February – Monday 3rd March Monday 3 March Training Day th




11 April

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Monday Wednesday

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Thursday Friday Wednesday Friday

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Re-open Close

Easter holiday: Monday 14th April – Friday 25th April


March Monday Tuesday

21 February Close

Training Day School opens Ilkley Pancake Race: The Grove Year 11 GCSE Spanish Orals Year 11 to 12 interviews Year 9 Parents’ Meeting (Options) 7pm PTA Meeting: Lower Library Year 11 to 12 interviews Year 11 to 12 interviews Learning Community Day Madrid Visitors arrive 10am Take-a-Break


28 April





23 May

May Day (School closed) Close


Half term holiday: Monday 26th May – Friday 30th May Monday 2 June Re-open Thursday

24 July

Close (1.15pm)

Summer holiday: Friday 25th July Get in touch and stay in touch! We would be interested in any feedback on these bulletins. Also, if you would like further information on anything within them or, wish to request other information items, please get in touch! It is really important we can stay in touch with you; if you need to change your contact details please email or contact the school office.



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