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Dear Parents / Carers It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of the first GREAT cycle of this year. It only seems like a couple of days ago that the new exercise books and new pencil cases got their first outing. This year we have renewed our efforts to ensure that all students hit or exceed their targets in their GREAT assessments in all subjects. We know that students who work consistently and learn consistently always do well when they reach their examinations. Last year, at this time, we launched our Individual Study Plans (ISPs) with the Sixth Form – they contributed to a significant increase to our A Level grades last summer. Over the next term we will be trialling ISPs with some students lower down the school to see if they have the same impact there – watch this space! Over the last fortnight we have been hugely busy with our Open Evening and Open Day Tours for prospective students and their parents. Their positive comments and the talk around town has been very favourable and very nice to hear. Have a great half term break. Jon Davis

Able, Gifted and Talented Students At Weavers, we know that we have many able, gifted and talented students who excel academically. Monal Patel who started at Imperial College, London studying Engineering after gaining 2 A*s and 2 As in Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry is a perfect example of such a student. Usha Patel who accumulated an impressive 440 UCAS points in Citizenship and an Extended Diploma Level 3 ICT (equivalent to 3 A Levels) to secure herself a place at Brunel University to study Business Computing is another. Our creative record is equally strong, with Nathan King leaving us in the summer to start a Music Degree at Coventry University. At sport, obviously our Basketball prowess must deserve a mention after the team’s successes last year and David Bell, a former pupil and professional footballer, is currently providing football master-classes to our most gifted footballers. It is vital that the provision for these students isn’t all just ‘bolt-on’, out of lesson, big headline activities; although our ‘Weavers Excellence’ programme does provide these opportunities. It is just as important though that stretch and challenge for our more able is embedded in lessons and learning ensuring that each student reaches their true potential, just like Monal. For more details of our AGT provision please contact Mrs Boddy. Some recent events offered through the ‘Weavers Excellence Programme’

Basketball Academy New for September 2012 is our elite Basketball Academy run in conjunction with Northampton Nets Basketball Team. The Academy has allowed our most talented basketball players from Weavers, Wellingborough and East Northants to continue with their academic study (to A Level) whilst developing their basketball talent with over 10 hours of professional coaching a week. David and Amelia are members of our Excellence Programme. Here they describe their ‘Excellent’ work in science. “In Year 7 we started carrying out some extra projects in science. The first project we did was a research assignment to find out about gravity. Mr Lad set us the challenge of producing a presentation on gravity. We used a Horizon episode on gravity and additional resources from our Learning Centre and the internet. We enjoyed watching the video and learning new theories on gravity. It was a difficult topic and we had to work hard to understand the concept and then make it understandable. When we finished, we got to show our presentation to Mr Lad and our Infant School teachers at Redwell. In our second project we had to work out which stomach ache pill worked best using our maths and science knowledge. We then had to write up our findings clearly and plan a practical experiment for our class to carry out to see if they could find the same results. They did! We enjoyed the challenge of learning a new way of writing up findings. Doing this work has definitely made us more interested in science and keen to learn more. We are waiting for our next challenge!” David Piggott and Amelia Litchfield

raising aspirations...raising achievements

Best Ever Open Evening A big thank you goes out to all those students who helped out at this year’s ‘Open Evening’, which has been widely touted as the Best Yet. The success of the Open Evening has been proven by the need for the School to put on more than a full week of Open Day tours. Comments from prospective parents who came along to the Open Morning Tours have been extremely positive.

Website of the Month Visit Jacqueline Wilson’s new website and vote for which stage of the site you would like to be built next. Find out about her latest book Emerald Star, the third book in the Hetty Feather series.

“Just a note to say thank you for the very informative tour of your school this morning. We have had a discussion at home and have chosen Weavers as our first choice and only choice. The Sixth Form Head Boy was very polite and very informative. He was a credit to you and your school. The school showed us so many excellent points.” The Open Evening is not just a one-off but reflects the hard work, passion and love for the school from not only the staff but the students too. Well done everybody.

Read Jacqueline’s diary, biography, fan letters and event information. Enter the competition to design a book cover, first prize wins a Kindle!

NEW Raspberry Pi! While the world watches the American elections, Weavers School watches the Student Council elections.

Term Dates 2012 Autumn Half Term Close at 3.10 pm Re-open

Fri 26 Oct Mon 5 Nov

Taking place in November for every year group, this could be your opportunity to be part of the decisions which will improve our school.

Wed 19 Dec

Have a voice, have a say, join the Student Council.

Thurs 3 Jan Fri 4 Jan Mon 7 Jan

Further details will be available after half term.

Christmas 2012 Close at 3.10 pm 2013 Teacher Day Teacher Day Re-open to students Spring Half Term Close at 3.10 pm Re-open

Wed 27 Mar Thurs 28 Mar Fri 29 Mar Mon 1 Apr Mon 15 Apr

May Day Close at 3.10 pm Re-open

Fri 3 May Tues 7 May

Summer Half Term Close at 3.10 pm Re-open

Years 9 - 13 Every Wednesday 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm Please book in at the Student Office

Shoebox Appeal – Can you help?

Fri 8 Feb Mon 18 Feb

Weavers School is collecting items for a Shoe Box Appeal. We are looking for items that will fit in a shoebox – new toys, toiletries, books, stationery etc (Primary School age).

Easter Close to students Teacher Day Good Friday Easter Monday Re-open

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer board that plugs into a TV and a keyboard. It’s a miniature PC which can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays High-Definition video. Build and program your own computer

We will use these items to fill shoeboxes which will be sent to Primary Schools in Tonga, which is in association with the Northampton Saints player Soane Tonga’uiha’s Testimonial year. More information can be found at

Fri 24 May Mon 3 June

If you have anything you would like to donate please hand it in to the Student Office.

Tues 23 Jul

Thank you.

Summer 2013 Close at 3.10 pm

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Weavers Update October 2012  

Weavers Update October 2012