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GCSEs This year has seen a quantum leap in our GCSE pass rate with over 75% of our students gaining five or more GCSE passes at A* - C. The average points score was 462. This is a remarkable achievement based on a lot of hard work by students and staff with the support of parents. The tables below illustrate the level of improvement so far and will spur us on to achieve even more in the future. 2010 2009 2008 2007 5+ A* – C grades 75% 61% 53% 53% 5+ A* – C grades inc. Eng & Maths 53% 47% 43% 42.5% 5+ A* – G grades 96% 94% 94% 94% 1 A* – G grade 99.7% 98% 98% 97% Average points score 462 381 321 357.3

ISSUE 14 SEPTEMBER 2010 Miss Rachael Oakley with two of our Y11 students.

A levels Once again the school had an overall pass rate which is above the national average at over 99%. There were 17 of the new A* grades, 42, As and 110 B grades with an average UCAS points score of 82 per entry. Whilst there were many individual successes we were very concerned that several students were not able to secure a university place. Everyone is aware of the shortage of university places in 2010 but it is extremely disappointing for students who have done well in their A Level examinations but now have nowhere to go. Opportunities for employment are also very limited at present which is even more demoralising for our students. Ave. Points Score for students taking 2 or more A Levels 2010 2009 2008 2007 643 673 678 685 APS per exam entry 208 207 222 206 Overall pass rate 99% 98.1% 98.8% 97%

Tupton students receive their results

Exam Results 2010 INSIDE: Art Exhibition • Trash to Fash • Dig Deep • Duke of Edinburgh Awards

During the last three days of the summer term ten students successfully completed Silver expeditions in the Peak District. Year 10 students Jade Thirkell, Elizabeth Passey-Heaton, Chloe Britland, Luke Cooper and Michael Jerman completed their Practice, while ex-Year 11students Matt Fox, Liam Taylor, Sally Jones, Fiona Whittingham and Catherine Lovell completed their Qualifying. They walked long routes and suffered bad weather on day 2, but kept up their spirits and worked really well as teams. The terrain was also challenging, especially on the final day when they ascended Mam Tor in the Dark Peak. A few weeks earlier over twenty members of the current Year 9 group completed their first expedition: a Bronze Practice. For this two-day expedition they walked from school to a campsite near Wirksworth on day 1 then, on day 2, they did a complicated circular route that required careful navigation. Earlier, in May, we had 29 Year 10 & 11students successfully complete Silver Practice and Bronze Qualifying expeditions in the Peak District. There was also a daywalk in the Cromford area for Year 9 participants in June. The D of E season runs from March through to October each year, so we will soon be finishing off the season with two qualifying expeditions: Silver (8th - 10th) starting in the Goyt Valley area of the Peak District and Bronze (22nd - 23rd) starting at Baslow in the White Peak. The D of E could not run so successfully without a lot of staff help. I am very grateful for all the time and effort of the following: Rebecca Avery, Paul Curtis, Chris Dodd, Martin Ebbage, Sophie Evitt and Paul Goodliffe. I'm also very grateful for others who have recently offered their help in the future. Ian Parfitt

Year 9 Boys July 2010

Year 10 Silvers' lunch break

Year 10 girls Elizabeth and Chloe at the campsite

Year 10 Silvers ascending Mam Tor ridge

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Our A-level Art exhibition was held on the 8th July and was well attended by parents, students, staff and teachers from other schools. Yet again, the artwork produced by our students was outstanding and we received many positive comments about the exemplary quality of the work and the creativity of our students. We had an abundance of impressive large scale work and found it difficult to find enough space in the art department to display it all. Two of our students at A2 Level, Amy Goulding and Vicky Hall, and one student at AS level, Emma Booker, achieved 100% in both the coursework and exam components, an exceptional and rare accomplishment in Art at this level.




Foreign Languages Leaders Award 2010 Y10s shine in Feeder Primary Schools! This year our FLLA students have been planning, preparing, producing, practising and performing their own MFL work to be coached to Y5s in the following KS2 Schools: • Deer Park (for our French Leaders) • Grassmoor (for our German Leaders) • Sharley Park (for our Spanish Leaders) The students have worked in small groups to deliver a carousel of activities which have been performed with enthusiasm and real care.

The feedback has been so gratifying: “It was brilliant. Thank you.” - Sharley Park “My children really enjoyed it too. They want me to teach some German I will be emailing for advice! Thanks again for a great afternoon.” - Grassmoor “Thanks for another successful visit. I know that Matt (the Y5 teacher) appreciated it and the children had a great time.” - Deer Park Many thanks to all who were involved and here’s looking forward to our next visit early in the Autumn term, when the focus will be on learning about culture through games! Mr. Ford (Head of MFL)

Ashover School Spanish Day

In June Ashover Primary School invited the MFL Department to participate in a Spanish Day which they were holding. A group of Year 9 students from Tupton spent the afternoon there teaching taster lessons to Year 4 and 5 pupils on animals, colours, sports and numbers. The students volunteered to participate in the project and gave up several lunchtimes to plan their lessons and prepare their resources. The end result was a fantastic afternoon at Ashover for everyone involved! The Year 4 and 5 pupils completed a carousel of activities created and taught by the Year 9s. The session lasted for about two hours and we stayed to watch a flamenco display afterwards. The Year 9s enjoyed the experience and also realised that teaching can be quite hard work! Staff and pupils at Ashover Primary were very positive and complimentary about our students and the hard work and effort they had put in to make the afternoon a resounding success! Well done! Participating students: Zaylie Crowe, Lauren Parmley, Misha Armstrong, Sophie Holt, Eleanor King, Shelby White, Sophie Goodwin, Abigail Strong, Daniel Sutcliffe, John McConnachie, Joshua Eansworth, Jonathan Hawkins, Jenny Kyurkchieva

Tupton Hall School gains the International Schools Award Regular readers of the Aspire magazine will be aware that we have many international links with schools around the world. You may not be aware of the international themes in our curriculum which are evident in most subjects that a student can take at Tupton Hall School. These include; studying Foods of the World in the Design & Technology Faculty, drama, music and art from other cultures in the Expressive Arts Faculty, poetry from other cultures in English and foreign exchanges and visits in the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty. These are just some examples of how we try to develop the global dimension of our students’ experience. The International Schools Award is prestigious and awarded for a three year period. It will spur us on to provide further opportunities for our students to link with students in other countries and experience a diverse range of cultures. P. Cook Headteacher & J. Ford International Co-ordinator

International School Award

Tupton Hall Science goes national Tupton Hall School Science staff and pupils have been an integral part in shaping the new Who am I? gallery at London’s Science Museum. Schools and members of the public form all around the country will visit the gallery. A year of liaison with the Science museum to develop content for the gallery, online resources, a drama performance for school groups and teacher training sessions has finally paid off with the opening of the new Who am I? gallery in July 2010. The gallery focuses on genetics and brain science. It highlights exactly what gives us our identity. To mark the

Year 7s fly high and dig deep Year 7 Gifted and talented students who have met their targets for the year went out to the Avenue project in Wingerworth as a reward for their continued hard work on Friday 9th July. Students pulled on their wellies and prepared to get muddy. They took part in a plethora of activities including sampling the meandering stream to calculate flow rate whilst employing their mathematical skills, using state of the art biological equipment to measure pH, Light intensity and temperature and also sampling techniques to collect organisms from the stream. Amongst the catch where large bull heads, mayfly nymph and much more. In the afternoon pupils were lucky enough to be the first to use the brand new microscope room at the Avenue where they were able to magnify their organisms and demonstrate their excellent drawing ability producing some fantastic pieces which have gone into a display at the Avenue. The day ended with pupils carrying out conservation work. A good day was had by all and the Derbyshire Wildlife trust staff commented on the display of excellent behaviour from our students. Well done to those pupils who have shown an incredible commitment to their studies during year 7. Mrs Phipps and Mr Bell

event a group of year 9 students went along to celebrate the opening of the gallery. Students received VIP treatment for the day and were able to browse the new gallery, watch various shows including ‘it takes guts’ where we watched poo being made in front of our own eyes! Pupils left with presents from the museum and a new enthusiasm for Science. We even managed to dance the Cha Cha slide in the new Who am I? gallery as part of Tupton Hall school’s National sports week record attempt which attracted quite large crowd.

Tupton Hall pupils aim high University of Sheffield Student associate scheme students spent 3 weeks at Tupton Hall helping pupils in lessons, running small group sessions and finally finishing with an event to give an insight into university and options beyond school. The event took place on Friday 2nd July where pupils from Year 9, 10 and 12 had the rare opportunity to gain valuable advice and insight into university and future careers routes into further and higher education and finance. Specific sessions were run for Modern Foreign Languages where pupils got the chance to learn about courses available, the importance of languages, years abroad and jobs including with the intelligence service. The Science session encompassed the expertise of a stem cell researcher and engineering and architecture student. We were also lucky enough to have Aimee Bartram come along, a former Tupton Hall School pupil who is now a Doctor to talk about life as a medic and routes into medicine. Students have commented on how the event has made them think about the future and ‘ it was awesome to talk to a real stem cell researcher’. A special thanks to Sarah Hough and Gena Anson for organising the MFL talk, the University of Sheffield and Aimee Bartram for giving their time to help our pupils prepare for the future.

Tupton Hall Pink Ladies

Staff and students from Tupton Hall School took part in the Race For Life in Chesterfield on the 11th July. The staff: Miss Wyatt, Mrs Alan, Miss Cooper and Miss Evans alongside Sixth Form students: Amy Gaunt, Jenna Hardy, Lydia Walder, Alice Corker and Emma Knowles managed to complete the course in an excellent time - even running most of the way and raised a lot of money for Cancer Research.

Expressive Arts Awards 2010 ART Year 7 Gold Silver Bronze Effort Year 8 Gold Silver Bronze Effort Year 9 Gold Silver Bronze Effort Year 10 Gold Silver Bronze Effort Year 11 Gold Silver Bronze Effort Year 12 Gold Silver Year 13 Gold Gold

Chloe Riggott Emily Wilde Harry Smith Shaun Hardwick Lois Salway Ryan Caeser Elise Rouse Victoria Aldgate Isabel Hampson Kimberley Cartwright Harriet Card Scott Penney Jess Hadfield Tess Golding Chelsea Hardy David Wilkinson Lily Hammond Meghan Lilleyman Gemma Page Jema Grafton Emma Booker Alex Bramley Amy Goulding Victoria Hall



Year 7 Gold James Brown Silver Heather Lynch Bronze Robert Woodbine Barker Effort James Redgewell Year 8 Gold Matt Parker Silver Scott Cartwright Bronze Chloe Pugh Effort Abigail Barnes Year 9 Gold Sophie Corker Silver Isabel Hampson Bronze Sarah Riggott Effort Laura Bladon Year 10 Gold Cara Ainger Silver Chelsea Hardy Bronze Abigail Hutton Effort Jermaine Cope Year 11 Gold Adam Edwards Silver Elme Persen Bronze Luke Baxter Effort Lee Walton Year 12 Effort Jess Law Attainment Laura Ogden Year 13 Rachael Finney

Year 7 Gold Tom Lawrence Silver Emily Caldwell Bronze Lois Woodward Effort Bradley Roberts Year 8 Gold Luke Downing Silver Emma Metcalfe Bronze Caitlin Russell Effort Katie Wareham Year 9 Gold Charlotte Hall Silver Harry Willis Bronze Zaylie Crowe Effort Sorcha Ward Year 10 Gold Sophie Morrison Silver Nathaniel Marsh Bronze Laura Mahadevan Effort Demi Brookes Year 11 Gold Jennie Schofield Silver Adam Edwards Bronze James Carter Effort Rebecca Lewins Year 12 Achievement Ryan Jones Achievement Adam Smart Year 13 Effort Matt Owen Achievement Sarah Bell

Tupton Hall Students Rocked the Catwalk!! A group of Art & DT students, ranging from years 8 to 12 worked extremely hard for 3 months creating innovative and creative fashion garments for a Derbyshire Schools competition. They were asked to design & create outfits which were inspired by The Derbyshire landscape & made from recycled materials. This brief made students aware of environmental issues and how recycling can be used in a range of ways. The Trash 2 Fash event was held at Newbold School & the Tupton Hall students certainly rocked that catwalk! The judges found it extremely hard to choose a winner from our collection as they were all fantastic but the final decision saw The Brampton Mile dress created by a group of year 8 girls awarded the 1st prize! Well done to all students involved Miss Cope & Miss Huckle

Digital Trickery A group of year 10 & year 12 Art students had a very exciting enrichment day, when they visited The Public Gallery in West Bromwich. They took part in a Digital Trickery workshop, experimenting with photography and light drawing. The images are amazing and keep a look out for a lunchtime club which these students are going to run!! Miss Cope

Derby University Sports science/ football coaching More than a University taster day, this event was for Y12 boys only and aimed at recruiting more boys into Higher Education. The Tupton lads joined a group of 50 other students who sampled Sports Science and Sports Coaching activities run by Derby academics and students. They took part in fitness tests and also received football coaching from Derby County FC Academy, finishing off with a game of football. Jon Leach, Deputy Head of Sixty Form

Enriching fun at PGL On the last week of the Summer Term, sixteen students from Year 7 to 11 took part in a three-night residential to PGL in Shrewsbury. The fact that twelve of the sixteen students had been before speaks volumes – each year it gets better and better!

The activity holiday allows students to try a number of activities such as abseiling, climbing, quad biking and raft building. This thoroughly enriching experience enables students to conquer fears, develop team-building skills, gain confidence and become more independent; it gives students a sense of achievement through adventure. The trip was a fantastic experience for all who took part. Staff at the centre praised our students’ positive attitudes, enthusiasm and sense of fun. This is the fifth consecutive year that we have run trips to PGL; we hope to offer this enriching experience once again next year.

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