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Celebrating GCSE success Tupton Hall held the annual GCSE Presentation evening on Thursday 18th November and it was attended by over 300 students, parents, staff and governors. 2010 was a record year for GCSE successes with 77% of the students achieving five or more GCSE passes. 59% of the students achieved this standard including English and Maths. All of the students who attended were presented with their GCSE certificates and the Governors presented a series of special prizes for achievement and progress in particular subjects. Of particular note were the awards for overall achievement presented to Matthew Fox and Fiona Whittingham as they achieved the highest average points score in their year group. Poppy Marriott was given the award for service to the school and she is now a Gold Sports Ambassador for North East Derbyshire.

The Ryan Walker Memorial Award for success on a vocational course was presented to Danny Locker. The Anna Richards Memorial Award for overcoming adversity was presented to Jess Cocker who collected it on behalf of Nathan Edge. The guest speaker was Mr. Mathew Davis a former professional footballer who had to re-shape his ambitions after injury prevented him playing at the top level. He found a new vocation in teaching and is currently Head of Year 10 at Tupton Hall School. This was a joyful and inspirational occasion and it was great to see the students having moved on successfully to the next phase in their young lives. I am very proud of them all. Special thanks go to Mrs Alyson Webb and Miss R. Oakley for organising the evening. Patrick Cook Headteacher

YES! Project On 13th July five Tupton Hall Students completed the YES! (Youth Engagement Scheme) Project with the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. These were Ross Francis, Charlie Turner, Joel Bird, Merryn Walker and Jordan Turner. The scheme gives young people the opportunity to learn a number of fire fighting skills as well as things such as first aid, team work and shelter building. The project was a fantastic opportunity for the students and they all fully embraced it, winning a number of awards between them including the top award. Each week the instructors awarded gold stars for outstanding effort and achievement and though the other four were high on the star chart it was Merryn who won the award at the passing out parade for gaining the most gold stars throughout the course. By winning this award Merryn made it two top awards in a row for Tupton Hall students after Brandon Greenfield also won the award during the last YES! Project earlier in the year. The next group of four students to participate in the Yes Project have just had their induction session and we are hoping that they will repeat the success of the previous Tupton Hall students. Mr Hendley, Aspire Centre

INSIDE: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award • Trip to Italy • Lets get Cooking • River Study

Sixth Form Prizegiving The Guest Speaker was Mrs. Carol Hull, former Assistant Head, who has a long association with the VI Form. Local MP Ms. Natascha Engel was our special guest. Students received their A Level certificates and special prizes were awarded by Miss Charlotte Evans, Head of VI Form: Old Students’ Prize – Achievement and Service – Robert Clay and Jessica Wragg Les Spriggs Memorial Prize – Adam Baxter Both sponsored by The Rotary Club of Clay Cross. Ian Forsyth Prize – Daniel Fox St. Lawrence Prize – Lauren Atack Sponsored by St. Lawrence Church Jonathan Rhodes Memorial Prize – Daniel Ashmore Malcolm Smith Prize – Lucie Hartland Miss Downie Prize – Laura Hopkinson Governors’ Award – Adam Hadfield

A Level subject prizes: Science Faculty – Hamblin Memorial Prize – Laurence Caines Physics – Nikki Atter Kim Trickett Memorial Prize Kiranjit Virk Biology – Callum Taylor Human Biology – Alexandra Skinner Peter Brabbing Prize – Sarah Wilson Chemistry – John Whittle English Faculty Written English – Aimee Spacie Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Clay Cross Spoken English – Emily Cooper Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Clay Cross English Language – Rachael Finney English Literature – Frances Telford Media Studies – Alex Neath Sport/PE Faculty - Mr B F Rice Memorial Prize – Michael Edwards Sport/PE – Paul Mildenhall Eric Flint Prize - Helen Solly Expressive Arts Faculty – Art – Victoria Hall and Amy Goulding Music – Sarah Bell Drama – Rachael Finney Social Science Faculty – Law – Donna Sansom Politics – Lucie Hartland Business – Elliot Turner Economics – Adam Baxter

Sociology – Cerys Bingham Psychology – Richard Pickering ICT Faculty – Simon Clark Design and Technology Faculty – Design – Scott Woodhouse Health and Social Care – Rebecca Briddon Mathematics Faculty – Further Maths – Daniel Fox Maths - Tom Freeman Humanities Faculty – Religious Studies – Lucy Barrett Geography – Tom Ullathorne Travel and Tourism – Sally Taylor History – James King Languages Faculty – German – Natalie Kearney French – Matthew Charlesworth Spanish – Becky Buxton

Mrs Hull congratulated the students on their achievements and advised them to disregard press comments that A levels were getting easier. Mr Cook drew a contrast between access to higher education in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 only 65% of the students gained university places. Many students are re-applying this year including Adam Baxter (3 A*s, 1 A and 1 B), who now holds an unconditional offer from Oxford University. Mr Cook drew a contrast between access to higher education in 2009 and 2010, the A Level results in each year were comparable but 85% of the 2009 students had their places confirmed within two hours. The story was very different in 2010 with only 65% of the students gaining university places and it took nine days to secure all of these places. Many students with good and even excellent results missed out on places and are re-applying this year. This includes Adam Baxter who gained 3 A*s, 1 A and 1 B. We are please to report that he now holds an unconditional offer from Oxford University to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In closing he drew attention to a recent article in the Daily Telegraph which stated that 1 in 3 applicants were likely to miss out on a university place this year. Ms Engel said how much she had enjoyed her contact with the students through school visits including a Question time style debate. She then recounted her own experience of coming out of university at the height of the recession in the early 1990s. She advised students to be positive about the future saying that with a determined approach they could go into successful careers. Patrick Cook, Headteacher

Bienvenus à Tupton Hall! Hi! I found your school different from ours. School is very big. It's great. I liked practising your different sports. You are very bright in arts, it is wonderful what you do. I would like to go back! Bye! Created By Lucie Cherrier Hello, I found your school very big, beautiful and more modern than my school. I liked practised your differents sports.:-) How do you imagine French school is? Bye bye :-D Created By Ornella Degouy Thank-you for coming to our school, we hope you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again soon! :) Created By Beth-Laura Hardwick These are examples of some of the comments posted on the French Exchange Forum on the THS website after a 2 day visit from 44 students from the Marie-Curie Collège in Troyes, Chesterfield’s twin town in France. A two day visit was planned which engaged the French students in a variety of sporting activities and gave them the opportunity to experience every day life in an English school. The visit was an overwhelming success. Many thanks to all the staff especially the PE staff who clearly were instrumental in making the visit a success. We are now planning an exchange visit to the Marie-Curie School in April 2011. Students who study French in Y9 and 10 will have the chance to experience life in a French school and get a taste of French culture at first hand, as they will be staying with a host family. They will also have the opportunity to practise and improve their French, of course! To see more about the school, including photos of their visit, go to this website: Merci beaucoup et au revoir!

English Faculty Theatre Trip

Year 10 students visited the Pomegranate theatre to see Romeo and Juliet The performance was a humorous, witty and intelligent production that really did allow the students to see the words come alive on stage. This was followed by an exclusive Q and A session with the actors in which the Tupton girls were given the chance to swoon over Mercutio. Mr Frost

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award The Autumn term of 2010 was a busy time for our D of E participants with close to 50 students walking and camping in the Peak District during October. From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th, twenty-two Year 11 students completed their three-day Silver expedition. Day one began near Errwood Reservoir in the Goyt Valley and ended at a camp site near Gradbach. It was a tough day of mists, moorland and challenging navigation. Day two ended at a camp site near Crowdecote and the final day saw them arrive at Parsley Hay Visitor Centre via Hartington. Congratulations to the following four groups: • Will Nutting, Adam Bargh, Liam Curry, James Day & Josh Mellor. • Ellice Holmes, Daniella Jowle, Emily Weston, Tess Goulding, Lauren Smith & Hannah Lloyd. • Callum Howie, Jack Nemeth, Luke Cooper, Laura Bassett, Jade Thirkell & Hayley Watts • Michael Jerman, Charlie Box, Dom Clapham, Chloe Britland & Elizabeth Passey-Heaton Later that month, on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd twenty-one Year 10 students successfully completed their two-day Bronze expedition. Beginning in Baslow, they walked through Chatsworth Park and woods to their camp site near Lathkill Dale. Their second day took them via Youlgreave to the finish at Winster. Congratulations to the following four groups: • David Lovell, Sam Wilby, Sian Griffiths & Natasha Shipman. • Guy Lawrence, Jack Laird, David Wilkinson, Eleanor King, Hayley Cheung, Chloe Pickering & Lucy Harris. • Tom Smith, Luke Almond, Ben Mitchell, Robert Arnold, Bethany Willis & Katie Bonsor. • Jack Bingham, Jess Bown, Harry Cornish & Harry Jackson. The post-expedition presentation evening where groups talk about their expedition aim and experiences to invited guests, parents and staff should have been on Tuesday 7th December in the Richard Smith Hall, but the snowy conditions forced a postponement. Hopefully, by the time you read this, it will have taken place successfully on Thursday 20th January. Currently members of Year 9 are being introduced to the D of E and it seems likely that up to 30 may wish to enrol in the coming weeks. This will mean that close to 90 students could be involved in the D of E. Planning for events in 2011 is now under way and will include Practice and Qualifying expeditions for all three levels: Bronze, Silver & Gold. Bronze and Silver expeditions will take place in various parts of the Peak District. Two areas being considered for Gold are Snowdonia and The Isle of Arran. Members of Year 9 are being introduced to the D of E. Close to 90 students could be involved in the D of E in 2011. Practice and qualifying expeditions for all three levels: Bronze, Silver & Gold will take place Finally, I’d like to thank the following members of staff for all their help and support: Rebecca Avery, Paul Curtis, Martin Ebbage, Paul Goodliffe, Lauren Hutton, Rachael Laughton, Amanda Neville, Rachael Parkinson, Michelle Smith and Debs Stimpson. Ian Parfitt , D of E Co-ordinator

A group of Year 8 Gifted and talented students spent the day with professional writer Wes Magee in October. Students were given the opportunity to see performances of Wes Magee’s poetry and play scripts. They then worked with Wes throughout the day to create their own poetry, an opening chapter to a novel and a play script. “I really liked the workshop and it was great meeting Wes” Adam Wilbourne 8TX “I really enjoyed it; I learnt a lot, I’m glad I was picked!” Heather Lynch 8HA “It gave me a chance to use my imagination” Danny Stevens 8T1 “I thought the students were most willing, hard-working, responsive and talented” Wes Magee Mr D Frost, Acting Head of English

Poet visits Tupton Hall

Enterprise Days !


Tupton Hall held two Y11 Enterprise Days recently, which were a great success! All year 11 students took part in activities that encouraged them to work as part of a team, take risks, make decisions as well as trying to develop their financial capabilities. These are key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. The events were run by 'Bright Futures' who received rave reviews from the students. The main focus of their enjoyment was the afternoon session where they looked at the design of the makarapa hat that was created for the World Cup in South Africa and applied ! the same principles of design to creating a similar hat for the London 2012 Olympics. Year 10 students had their opportunity to become more enterprising. ‘Bright Futures’ introduced a range of topics from famous entrepreneurs and the skills they need to be successful to less well known individuals who were making their own small mark on the business world. One such inspiration was a young man who loves snowboarding and developed his own business.


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Y11 Students Display Handball Excellence Y11 students held an Intra-Languages Handball tournament as part of a joint Modern Foreign Languages and PE project. Students spent Thursday lunchtimes practising handball and their skill levels were evident in the final tournament. The tri-nations final involved all three languages. Students had to be studying the language of the country they represented. The French ran out victors over the Spanish 6 goals to 2. The fired-up French team squeezed the German team out 6-4, but both teams made the final, as the Spanish team were defeated 6-2 by the Germans. The French won the closely fought final 8-6. Top goal scorers were Jack Brown and Jordan Spolding, but special mention also to excellent goalkeeping by the German keeper, Vikram Virk. Many thanks to the PE and MFL staff who turned out to help in practice and in the final matches, and to the dedicated Y11s.


Let’s Get Cooking Club Gains Accreditation! Lets Get Cooking Club has met the Let's Get Cooking activity requirements for our first year and followed the Let's Get Cooking guidelines for running a healthy cooking club. The club ran by Miss Pearson and Mrs Cheetham in Design and Technology, to date has helped 148 club members learn new cooking skills! It has also held 13 club sessions and 5 community sessions, involving 73 parents, family members and people from the local community. We are keen to increase this, so anyone who would be interested in helping or has any interesting ideas for sessions please get in touch! The club proving very popular with the current year 7’s and 8’s and is going from strength to strength. We recently held a ‘Squash Discovery Session’ with help from Mrs Stew, where club members were shown how to make butternut squash soup, and oven baked crisps and chips to taste. They also got to take home a butternut squash and a recipe to cook at home with parents and develop new skills. Year 8 Peak Challenge Group also has been involved with Let’s Get Cooking, raising money for Children In Need. The small group of 10 students rolled and cut out over 100 Pudsey bear shaped Gingerbread men, then decorated and sold them to staff and students. The groups raised £58.75 in less than half an hour! Thank you to all the staff and students who put their hands in their pockets to raise money for this worthwhile cause.

Magic Room Re-Vamp During the summer break we have had the opportunity to refurbish our Positive Support Room, fondly known as” The Magic Room”. The room has been transformed by specialist optical lighting, exciting new furnishings and resources creating a multi-sensory experience for students referred for Positive Play support.

Poppy Marriott and Beth Clarke who are 6th Form students have completed close to 600 voluntary school and community based hours with the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Sports Leadership Academy. They were awarded an 'outstanding services to school' award by the PE department.

In the community, Beth and Poppy have set up a High 5 Netball session at Ashover Primary School and taken part in community placements with local sports clubs: Beth with Clay Cross Cricket Club and Poppy with Chesterfield Athletics Club. Beth has been nominated for an award at the National OSCAs (Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards) at Lord's Cricket Ground as well as recently volunteering at an international womens' Cricket match. Poppy was selected as one of only 50 leaders in the UK to attend a Young Leaders’ Camp organised by UK Athletics. She was also awarded the 'Most Outstanding Young Athletics Leader 2010.’ As well as contributing to school and community life, they are developing many skills and are building on an already attractive CV! Chris Turner Coaching and Leadership Officer

On Course with our River Study At the end of September the Year 11 Geographers took part in a Rivers Study at Burbage Brook in the Peak District. As well as getting out in the fresh air, and getting our feet wet, the trip helped students’ understanding of river landscapes and processes. We had a go at fieldwork techniques such as field-sketching, measuring the river’s velocity, width and depth, and comparing the upper and middle course of the river. The fieldtrip introduced key concepts and built students’ confidence. Now they are even more prepared to tackle the examination, especially interpreting questions about the physical environment. Geography... brought to life! Mrs A. Brown Acting Head of Geography At the end of October a group of Year 13 students took part in the Geography field trip to Sorrento in Italy. The aim of the trip was to study the cause, effects and management of tectonic landscapes. Students stayed at a hotel in the beautiful town of Sorrento on the Amalfi coast. The trip involved visits to the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were engulfed by volcanic ash the last time Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, and the island of Capri. Highlights of the trip included climbing the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, observing the steaming, bubbling sulphuric pools at Solfatara’s volcanic fields, playing football in the piazza in Naples and sampling the fantastic Italian ice cream! The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part and will no doubt enrich the understanding of students in preparation for the A2 Unit 4 examination in June. Mrs. A. Brown Acting Head of Geography

Year 13 Italian Job

Kick Start to Year 11 3000 learners, 14 Schools, 2 Days, 1 Team, 1 Message NO MORE EXCUSES! MAKE IT HAPPEN! Over the 20th and 21st of September 2010, the FIXUP TEAM from FIXUP SEMINARS based in London in association with the Chesterfield & Bolsover & Staveley Learning Community* delivered inspirational sessions to 3000 year 11 students within this part of Derbyshire. The “Kick Start to Year 11” marked the beginning of a very successful year for these year 11 students. They were involved in assemblies and workshops that aimed to challenge them to be individuals, identify what their goals are in life and understand that what they do now will impact on what they do in the future. The assemblies and workshops were full of energy, fun and interactive and delivered in way to inspire the students to make the most of this coming year and beyond.

FIXUP TEAM (Focus Into extraordinary Untapped Potential) is a motivational company dedicated to the educational and personal growth of young people within the UK and beyond. They stem from a diverse range of working backgrounds to provide flavour and authenticity to their message. For further information please contact; Jacqui Kinch – Learning Community Manager on 07810 506975 Or email CBS Learning Community is group of 15 schools in this area, including North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield College and a group of training providers and Connexions who all work together to develop a curriculum that is engaging to all learners from 14 to19 years.

ICT Update

December 2011

Online Reporting Day to Day reporting of student attendance, Behaviour and progress is done through the eportal parent view. This can be accessed via the school website by clicking on the eportal icon at the top of the screen. All parents should by now have received a username and password to access the system if you have not then you can request log in credentials using the details below. A.Adams (Network Manager) N.Melton (Assistant Head teacher ICT Systems and Reporting)

The Big Event On Wednesday 8th December we took all of our Year 9 students to the Swanwick Hayes Conference Centre for their day at The Big Event. The aim of the day was to give the Parental Engagement. students, who are Following on from the year 7 Parental about to make option engagement sessions we will be running choices, the sessions for parents of Year 8 and Year opportunity to meet a 9 students. These sessions aim to give host of training advice on e-safety and the use of the providers and e-portal system and will also explain employers in the ‘Market some of the data found within the eportal system that shows how students place’. There was also a are progressing. theatre in education performance focusing on Sessions will be arranged for the New Year and details will be available on the choices available to students in home page nearer the time. Key Stage 4 and beyond. For many students the highlight of the day was listening to the motivational speaker Action Jackson whose aim is to inspire student to achieve their full potential. The student evaluations of the day were overwhelmingly positive and the organisers and providers were very complimentary about our students’ behaviour and engagement with the activities. The Big Event is organised by the Chesterfield and Bolsover Staveley Learning Communities for all Y9 students in North East Derbyshire. Patrick Cook Headteacher

Careers in Sport • Careers in Sport Former international boxer inspires students to choose a career in Sport Former international heavyweight boxer Dermot Gascoyne, was one of two special guests to attend the Careers in Sport evening held at Tupton Hall School in November. This is the first event of its kind that the Specialist Sports College in North East Derbyshire has held with over 100 students and parents attending. Darren Norwood, Community Sports Development Manager at the school said “The aim of this is evening was to show our students that there are many different jobs available within the Sports Industry and that it’s not just about being a PE teacher.” The students were joined by a number of people who currently work within the world of Sport. The evening was brought to a close by the former boxer, now a Sky Sports Living for Sport ambassador. He shared some of his stories about his professional boxing career with Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis and the values that sport has taught him. Dermot finished with the phrase “A little hard work now means an easier life in the future, an easy life now means a harder life in the future” and he urged the students to start thinking about their future and asked the question “Who do you want to be?”

Shooting STARS meet JESSICA ENNIS at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield Over 40 students from across North East Derbyshire attended the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield in November as part of the Shooting STARS programme. The programme supports Gifted and Talented children within Physical Education and Sport; this includes physical workshops, nutrition, psychology and visits to high performance centres. This year’s group is made up of students from Year 5 to Year 7 who were selected from over 300 students identified by their school as being Gifted and Talented. Throughout the day the students took part in a range of activities, including ice skating, basketball and athletics. The students also got the chance to have a behind the scenes tour of the EIS and were able to see the places where Olympians past, present and future train, including going into the Great Britain Boxing Centre and being able to step in the Olympic ring. The highlight of the day came, when the group met current World and European Heptathlon Champion, Jessica Ennis who was preparing for a training session. The next workshop is in January 2011. Mr D. Norwood – Community Development Officer

Multi Skills Festival The autumn term has seen Tupton Hall put on numerous sporting events and competitions for the local primary schools. The events as normal have been well attended and enjoyed by all involved. The Year 1&2 multi skills festival, held on 23rd September attracted nearly 100 students and was organised and run by Tupton’s Yr12 CSL Students. The Year 1&2 Key Step gymnastics event, held on 14th October saw 4 teams compete and showed the excellent gymnastics work that has been going on in the primary schools.

The Year 3&4 Key step gymnastics event, held on 4th November, saw 7 teams compete in a new style of event where primary schools displayed their gymnastics talent. This was the best supported primary gymnastics event we have held at Tupton and the parents who came all said that their children really enjoyed the occasion. 8 teams competed at the annual Yr5 & 6 Tag Rugby Festival on Thursday 21st October – where Deer Park and Holgate kept up their tradition in the event and qualified for the district competition where Deer Park emerged as winners and now progress to the county championships. A massive thank you goes to Bob Curry

from Tupton Rugby Club for running the event and further demonstrating their commitment to the development of rugby at primary school level. Thursday 25th November saw an end to the family festivals this term with Tupton hosting the notorious Yr5&6 sportshall athletics. The highly competitive event will see 2 of our schools go through to the district finals. Tupton Hall would like to thank all of the Students who have volunteered to run or participated in these successful events for all ages. Nick Rosling, School Sports Co-ordinator

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