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Winton Community Academy


Welcome This year has been a year packed with amazing opportunities and success for our inspirational young people. There have been so many amazing achievements this year like the brilliant 24 hour radio sessions and debating competition wins, the headteacher's challenges and phenomenal fundraising for cancer research, our theatre seating and many other charities. In total this year we have raised over £60,000 for good causes. A word of particular thanks to the ‘Making A Difference’ charity and Colin Murray who has once again sponsored numerous individuals and groups to raise aspirations and improve the outcomes for our students. In January Ofsted came for their next full Section 5 inspection and we were over the moon to get a ‘good’ judgement in all areas. This was all down to the hard work and commitment of the staff, pupils, parents and governors and was a very proud day. The Performing Arts department have had another fantastic year with ‘Winton’s Got Talent' in November, the Carol Service at Christmas and ‘Ali Baba’, dance showcases and the stunning performance of ‘Mary Poppins’. This year we had ‘Motion and Commotion 3’ which was a great success with students completing stunning art work as well as being involved in off-site activities locally and further afield. Our second 'Community Day' was a great success with students working with charities, dementia care homes and in primary schools, learning about altruism and empathy. I was so proud of the way all students performed on these potentially challenging days. The PE department have also had an excellent year with success in rugby, netball and athletics, the weekly 5k run and a stunning sports day in which Darwin were the winners for the second year running. Next year will be the first sports day with our four new houses, Rowling, Hawking, Farah and Malala. Winton is an incredible school because of the people in it. The staff are creative, hardworking and completely committed to the students. The students are a credit to Winton, their families and themselves and we are all immensely proud of every one of them. Thank you for all you have done as parents to support us on our journey, thank you to all the staff for your continued commitment and energy and thank you to every individual student for being part of our fabulous school. Nathan Thomas - Headteacher



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On Saturday 7th October dance students visited The Lights Theatre in Andover to watch The Sandman by Chantry Dance Company.


The Sandman is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘Ole Lukoje’. The piece followed the story of a woman who is desperate to give good dreams to her

ill husband, so desperate that she is willing to follow the Sandman into the world of dreams to try and steal the dream umbrellas. There she meets many bizarre and entertaining characters including the timid Monster-underthe-bed, the puppet seeking freedom from his strings, the Unformed Dreams and of course the Sandman himself.

On 2nd February, 57 students attended a trip to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden to watch Giselle accompanied by a live orchestra. Before the performance the students had lunch and had the opportunity to have a talk by a dancer who showed them the evolution of ballet and pointe shoes. Giselle is a classical ballet that was first choreographed in 1841 and tells the story of a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is engaged to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave and take revenge. Angel Jones said “The facial expressions of the dancers told the story really well, it was amazing how quickly they could turn. I thought the trip was amazing”. Lara Workman a Year 9 BTEC dance student said “The theatre was grand and beautiful and the dancers were equally amazing!”.


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Year 10 and 11 students visited The Lights Theartre in Andover for a staged interpretation of Jekyll & Hyde. Students were able to considerfor themselves, contextual links to the novel as they were transported back to the Ninteenth Century London - a time of great change and enlightenment. Whilst a variety of schools attended the show, it became evident from the outset that Winton students, once again shone and staff recieved several compliments regarding attitude and appearance.

Another successful and enjoyable trip. Our second Welsh National Opera experience was at the Mayflower Theatre on 17th October when 50 of our students experienced a tour of film and opera music whilst learning about the instruments of the orchestra and the different voices in opera. Highlights from the concert were the musical extracts from Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ and Bizet’s ‘Carmen’. To round it all off was the amazing, resonant sounds of John Williams’ Theme from ‘Jurrasic Park’.

"One of the best dance shows I've ever seen, the dancing was amazing and so energetic" Emma James - Year 8

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Working in partnership with The Welsh National Opera and The Grange Opera, students kick-started the term with a visit to see a new opera called Mansfield Park based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. The opera house is unusual in itself simply because it is located in a once derelict stately home. Parts of the house have been partially restored but left in their derelict state which creates a real sense of atmosphere.



Students thoroughly enjoyed the show and as a first experience of opera the students were very positive, none more so than Luis Wyatt who stepped forward in the interval to give an interview for Grange Opera.

After celebrating Roald Dahl Day in lessons across the academy, a group of students took the fantastic opportunity to whizz… well, crawl up to London to watch MATILDA come to life on stage. Mesmerised by the children’s performances and totally hating Miss Trunchbull, they returned with yet another magical outof-class experience to aid their learning, both academic and cultural.

On Wednesday 11th October 30 dance students went to The Mayflower Theatre to watch Rambert's Ghost Dances and other works. Rambert are a world renowned contemporary dance company and their performance of Ghost Dances had not been performed for 13 years. The Christopher Bruce masterpiece is an evocative tribute to the victims of political oppression in South America. It tells stories of love and compassion, as death – in the form of the iconic “ghost dancers” – interrupts the daily lives of a series of ordinary people. Students also got to see two other works. Their favourite piece was A Linha Curva which was a riotous explosion of colourful sambafuelled dance. The work features 28 performers and 4 percussionist positioned above stage.

“The dancing was of high quality with an intriguing story line that was very emotive”. Freya McEvoy, Year 9


WINTON'S Got Talent The Talent Show 2017 was the first opportunity for Winton students to showcase their amazing talent in the refurbished theatre. There was a wide range of talent on show from our very own home-grown band 'The Colbys' to Mark Matthews who was the latest comedian to tread the boards. There were dance acts and singers, including Kieran Pangbourne who was beat-boxing, a talent which is incredibal to see and hear. Ultimately, someone has to win and Katy Smith was a deserving runner up to the amazing Fin Gallimore with his redition of 'One Song, Glory' from the amazing musical 'Rent'.


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On Friday 10th November the Mayor of Test Valley attended Winton Community Academy’s Talent Show which was the first official event in the newly refurbished John Morgan Studio Theatre.

The academy staff, parents and students worked hard to raise the funds needed to install the seating so that the venue can attract visiting companies as well as becoming a space for the whole community. Recognising this, Test Valley council awarded the academy a grant of £19597.50, representing fifty percent of the total cost, from the Test Valley Asset Fund. Sean Flavell, Assistant Head teacher and Director of Visual and Performing Arts said, “We are extremely grateful to the councillors who supported our bid and to Test Valley Borough Council for the grant awarded. The academy has a very busy performance schedule with lots for everyone to see. The new

seating means that audiences will be able to watch the shows in comfort and the rake will allow them all to see the action.” As well as the benefits to the students, the academy is also launching an arts hub, delivering a programme of arts development for primary teachers, lots of outreach projects and a musical theatre club for young people from Andover who would not necessarily be able to afford the fees of the usual performing arts schools in the area. The theatre will also host a programme of visiting performance companies ensuring a varied programme of events designed to compliment the existing offer in the town.

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“Another fantastic show put on by very talented children at winton ”


Ali Baba an This year Winton’s annual pantomime was a riot of colour, laughter, thrills and spills. There was adventure, mayhem and magic aplenty in Winton's annual family pantomime ‘Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves’. Emre Gozlogul set the acting standard very high with his interpretation of the wicked Mustafa Leikh, ably assisted by his hilarious sidekicks Yessah and Nossah played by Luis Wyatt and Owen Carpenter. Ali Baba was played by J-Jay Jones in his first school production and overcame his stage fright to

entertain us. Mum Baba was played brilliantly by Roman Pitman who is fast gaining a reputation for being an amazing panto dame. The cast of 30 included a large number of students stepping out for the very first time and they were incredible. Ali Baba had it all – dancing, singing, brilliant set and lighting, colourful costumes, a camel, silly slapstick, lots of laughter and most importantly plenty of audience participation.

Emma James - Year 8

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“Enjoyed every minute of it... everyone was amazing”


d the Forty Thieves “I absolutely loved it. You were all brilliant. I haven’t laughed so much in ages.”


“Simply Brilliant” The end of year in Performing Arts saw our largest cast to date performing the wonderful Mary Poppins. Students have spent months rehearsing to bring their own take on the musical to the Winton stage. Students worked really hard meshing together the complicated and demanding singing, acting and dancing to ensure the show was performed at the highest standard we have come to expect from the students at Winton. This cast was also one of the youngest with more than half of the cast drawn from Year 7 and Year 8. Also, some of the cast were finding their feet in their very first school production, including Mary Poppins herself played by the very talented Pinar Okur. There were also notable performances from Katy Smith, who is fast gaining a reputation for the quality she brings to her roles, and of course Roman Pitman who brought his own quirky style to the character of George. Of course, it goes without saying that every single student in the cast, the backstage crew and the technical crew all worked together to work their magic once again. Well done to them all for delivering such a fantastic show once again, I cannot wait to see what they do next year under the direction of Miss Franklin as she takes over the lead for visual and performing arts.

“What an amazing cast”

Emma James - Year 8

“Fabulous production, thoroughly enjoyed it”

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Dance Showcase


On the 14th November Winton Community Academy students performed in our Autumn Dance Showcase.

This was the biggest dance showcase we have ever held, with over 70 students from all year groups taking part. The work on display was a celebration of work completed during Key Stage 3 compulsory dance lessons and Key Stage 4 lessons, as well as extra-curricular clubs. These dances drew on many different styles such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. A parent in the audience stated “Absolutely amazing! The pupils these are so talented and are so lucky to have such

fabulous staff to help them put on another great show”.

Performing Arts at Winton are an important part of the school and so to is the curriculum available to the students. “The students worked extremely hard over the past few weeks to ensure the show was a success, the show formed part of our celebration of our recently refurbished theatre. We have many other performances and productions of some excellent work, details of which can be found on our social media pages and website. Well done to all of the students involved!” Miss Franklin Teacher of Dance.

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"Absolutely amazing, the pupils are so talented and are so lucky to have such fabulous staff to help them put on another great show".

"Another fabulous peformance. Winton students never fail to amaze".


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On Tuesday 17th April Year 11 BTEC dance students held their own dance showcase which they independently choreographed and ran. The show was part of their final dance assessment and students were tasked with creating solos to fit the theme of 'Youth Issues’ or ‘Contradiction’. The themes included: body image, mental health, abuse and homelessness. The students were responsible for choreographing their solos, picking their lighting, music, costume and props. After the showcase a parent said she was very impressed with the creative dance pieces and it was great to see how far the students have come.

“The students have worked very hard over the past few months to independently create these pieces, putting hours into rehearsals both during lessons and after school. I am very proud of how far they have come over the past two years” Miss Franklin, Dance teacher

“The pieces drew on important issues and the piece that explored body image was stunning”. Mr Thomas

On Tuesday 22nd May Year 8, 9 and 10 GCSE dance students had the opportunity to work with 5 professional dancers. The workshop was led by Lynne Paige. Lynne Paige is a choreographer who works in film, television, music, musicals, plays and opera. In 2010 she was nominated for a Tony award, a Drama Desk award and an Olivier award for her work on the West End and Broadway's 'La Cage Aux Folles'. In film she has worked for Warner Brothers and Working Title as a movement director and choreographer. On stage, credits include extensive work for Londons West End, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Broadway. She also works commercially with The Pet Shop Boys, Ellie Goulding,

Burberry and Stormzy. Students took part in a warm up led by Julie who has danced with James Cousins Company and much more. The warm up put students through their paces testing their floor and contact work. After this students were split into two groups; half went with Mary and Tom who have recently finished a Tour dancing for The Pet Shop Boys travelling all over the world and now are currently working on an opera called Saul. The students learnt some of the repertoire from the production which was a physical embodiment of the voices of the singers. It requires the students to growl and shout at each other. The students then had to choreograph their own section inspired by the repertoire as if they were in battle with each other.

d In the other workshop the students worked with Julie and Robin. Tom performed with Rambert Dance Company for 12 years and then Joined Matthew Bourne’s dance company New Adventures where he performed in the production Swan Lake. Robin taught the students the repertoire from Mathew Bournes’s production of Swan Lake. The students found the choreography interesting but very challenging as it was classical ballet. After this the students created their own duets or trios in the same style showing the graceful movement of a swan. Later on students were

taught some of the choreography Lynne created for the tour of The Pet Shop Boys. This was a fun routine they all enjoyed. At the end of the day parents, staff and students were invited to an open rehearsal of the students’ work. Miss Franklin said “it was great to see all of the students having a go at something that was different and out of their comfort zone. They were very professional throughout the day, enjoyed it very much and they were very proud of themselves after their performance”.


On Friday 23rd February the Year 10 BTEC students attended a careers trip at The Point in Eastleigh. Throughout the day they had the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops which included: contemporary dance & audition technique, acting for stage, vocal skills, lighting for performance and physical theatre. The workshops aimed to give the students an understanding of different career pathways after secondary school and were all lead by subject specialists. The students especially enjoyed the contemporary dance and audition technique taught by Tory East. Tianey West said ‘I enjoyed trying a more advanced contemporary dance style because it gave me the opportunity to learn more movements which I could include in any future dance pieces I could potentially do in my time at Winton’. The day was a big success and we will be running the trip again next year for the current Year 9 students.

DANCE@THEGRANGE performances, especially for the festival. The pieces were performed by Company Wayne McGregor, dancers from The Royal Ballet and guest artists including Alessandra Ferri and Marianela Nunez, with music performance by pianist Joanna MacGregor. Maritoni Stockwell said “Every piece was my favourite, they were all spontaneous and well created. The dancers were able to do the movements so On Sunday 10 June 4 students were invited

beautifully. I was also fascinated by the male

to a performance at The Grange. The

dancers who proved that females are not the

performance included contemporary and

only ones who can be graceful".

ballet works that were uniquely made

Miss Franklin - Dance Teacher



Year 10 Dance Workshop with Andover College On Monday 30th April the Year 10 BTEC students took part in a workshop with Andover College. The students from Andover College ran two workshops. The first workshop that the students took part in was urban dance which is a topic the Year 10 students do not cover in lessons. The students found this hard but really fun. The second workshop was a contemporary workshop where students were taught a challenging phrase. The students enjoyed the workshop as it was fun, challenging and different. Harrison Flavell said “It was a really enjoyable day and it was great to learn new dance techniques”

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After going to watch Rambert Dance Company perform twice this year we decided to bring them to us and run a workshop on the performances we had watched. On Monday 4th June 2018 Year 10 BTEC Dance students took part in a workshop with Tory East who represented Rambert where they learnt the professional repertoire from the production of Ghost Dances originally choreographed by Christopher Bruce. Ghost Dances is a ‘tribute to the victims of political oppression in South America. It tells stories of love and compassion, as death – in the form of the iconic “ghost dancers” – interrupts the daily

lives of a series of ordinary people. Visually referencing celebrations of the Day of the Dead, and driven by the bewitching rhythms of traditional Latin American songs, it’s a moving, intensely human work’. The students started the day participating in a technical warm up which included lots of stretching, push-ups and floor work. After this, they worked in trios to learn the opening section which is performed by the Ghosts. Throughout the day the students picked up a lot of the repertoire and worked really hard even though the movement was very challenging.

On Wednesday 20th June the Year 9 and

the students were extremely professional

Year 10 Dance students took part in the

even when the music did not work during

yearly Andover Dance Festival. This was

the tech run. One of the audience members

the Year 9 students first performance

said 'the dances were very creative and the

outside of school. They performed

students performed so well!". Miss Franklin

their contemporary dance piece 'Power'

said "the students had worked very hard

which explored how people can be

leading up to the dance festival and during

controlled by others and the effect this has

the final rehearsal were very nervous.

on them. The Year 10 students also

However, they worked extremely hard

performed a contemporary dance piece

during the day and did themselves and

called 'Strangers' which showed how every

Winton proud".

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This year saw the second Winton

seeing things from other people's point

Community Academy Community Day

of view and making a difference to

involving all 405 students in Years 7 –

people and places in our wider

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community. We certainly achieve this

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in residential care homes, primary schools, painting fences, picking up

Winton is a Community School and

litter and much much more. This year we worked with a number of additional organisations including the Andover Foodbank and Forces Re-engineered. The aim of the day is to be altruistic,

being at the heart of our community is really important. We are incredibly grateful to all of our sponsors and to all of the groups and organisations who worked with us on this fabulous day.

The end of term brought us to our Motion and Commotion week once again and there was certainly a great deal of both! The fun started on Tuesday afternoon as a group of students departed for Prague. Then, on Wednesday the fun started proper as the headteacher boarded a coach with staff and 50 Year 7 students bound for PGL adventure in Shropshire for 3 days.

Motion & Commotion gives students the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities that they might not otherwise try as well as developing a sense of adventure and resilience. Students took part in activities such as paintball, karting at Thruxton, inflatable madness, cake baking, upcycling, art, photography trips to London and Bournemouth, ten pin bowling and much, much more. Some of the students even created a short version of Oliver the musical and performed it to an invited audience!

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ART IN THE COMMUNITY Winton Art students have been involved with an exciting project to bring a splash of colour to the new community centre in Augusta Park. Working with Miranda Bryan from the Happy Art Company, students from Years 7-10 had the opportunity to design and paint large circular pieces which will be part of a larger mural at the community centre. The finished work will be unveiled in April.

Year 10 Art students were treated to a workshop by Textile artist Grace Mortlock. They learnt how to stitch on a hoop and produced a range of experimental designs to fit in with their current project on Identity. Grace brought along examples of her own work which gave the students a glimpse into the world of a professional artist. Year 10 did so well they have been invited to exhibit their work at UCA Farnham in September. This is a fantastic opportunity and will boost the students’ GCSE coursework.

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Winton hosted the Solomon Theatre group as part of their careers programme.

learning styles and pathways forward into the next steps of education.

Year 10 were the audience for a thought provoking production about

performance, laughing in all the right places!

Mrs Aylmer and the English Department treated Year 10 to an outstanding, travelling modern interpretation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' during the first week of term. The newly refurbished JMST was the perfect location to hold Luis Wyatt and Lauren Coverdale both commented that: "The modern performance really made us understand and the music made everything exciting". This is the second year the theatre company has been welcomed to Winton and with such an amazing response it looks to become a set fixture in the school

Students engaged in a lively and questioning fashion and enjoyed the accomplished

Theatre Group “Thanks for having us @WintonAcademy It was great to meet your Year 10 students and perform in your lovely theatre, we had a great afternoon!” Solomon Theatre Group

such an intense performance which included dramatic music, dance and set change. The show was followed by a workshop; introducing the students to the art of stage battle and line rehearsal.

“The modern twist appealed to the teenage audience and the great use of text mixed with modern language made it accessible to all. It was a fantastic production and excellent adaption of the play”. Mrs Aylmer


@wca It was a great pleasure to welcome children from over 15 local primary schools who visited us for a taste of life in Secondary School. With lessons including everything from blowing things up in science to writing poetry in English it was a truly exciting day for all. The Winton staff loved it and it again reminded us of how lucky we are to work in such an exciting and ever-changing job. Our prefects were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the young people. The day was beautifully summed up by those parents collecting children who all were greeted in one shape or other by the response 'learning was really fun'. You are all welcome to visit us at

any time and any parent or child who didn't make it can contact Mrs Lusk on to arrange an appointment to come and see us. Our thanks to everyone involved and especially to our primary colleagues for letting us borrow your children for the day!

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Year 2 Visual & Performing Arts Day On Tuesday 26th June Winton held its first ever Visual and Performing Arts day with over 300 children from the local primary schools. Students had the opportunity to learn some of the choreography from the Mary Poppins production, play some drama games, take photos of each other using props, take part in a singing workshop and a painting session which involved making life-size versions of the children filled with a pattern that represents who they are. Students had a great day saying 'it was the best day ever' and 'I can't wait to come to school here'.


The 18th and 19th of June this year saw record numbers of Year 5 pupils arriving for the annual STEM days at Winton Community Academy. It was a mark of the academy’s on-going success that 357 pupils attended from all eight feeder schools. On Monday we were joined by Pilgrim’s Cross, Endeavour, Knight’s Enham and Roman Way and on Tuesday we welcomed Smannell, Anton, Vigo and Andover C of E. Pupils were treated to a variety of exciting activities and got to experience life at Winton by working with the equipment in the science, technology and catering labs. They were set a series of tasks and

challenges around the school, all following the main theme for the day of heating and cooling. Activities included wax painting, hot air balloon making, chocolate sculpture, hot and cold science reactions and a particularly fiendish maths whodunnit puzzle. Some of the pupils made burgers and others bread rolls and these were eagerly devoured on the BBQ at lunchtime. The afternoon saw the launch of the balloons and although the weather wasn’t particularly conducive to high flying we all very much enjoyed the one that burst into a fireball! All Year 5 pupils were returned safely to schools and our student helpers on the day were magnificent, as always!

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Winton's Year 6 family day was amazing this year with 153 students and 140 parents enjoying a beautiful day in the sunshine.

The Year 6 students were an absolute joy to work with and are going to be an amazing year group. They engaged in rocket firing, dancing, acting, rounders and making multicoloured slime in science. It was a brilliant day and I can’t wait to welcome the new students in September. Mr Thomas - Headteacher


PRIMARY FESTIVAL On Wednesday 30th January, Winton Community Academy hosted the Year 3 and 4 Junior Schools’ Gymnastics competition. Anton, Shipton Bellinger, Vigo and Endeavour attended. The competition was organised by Holly Shirley the competitions manager from Mountbatten School Romsey. On the day, the year 10 BTEC students were put through their paces and led the competition. Students took part in 4 different

gymnastics events and were scored on their individual talent. Winton students were responsible for warming the children up, demonstrating individual gymnastic moves, scoring the students’ movements and calculating all the results. This was the first time they have acted in leadership roles and they rose to the occasion. Mrs Chewins was very proud of their performance on this day. There are more Primary events planned in the near future including athletics and tennis tournaments. This will allow Year 10 to continue to develop their individual leadership skills.


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YEAR 5 SPORTS DAY Winton welcomed over 300 Year 5 students to their annual sports day with students from; Anton, Knights Enham, Endeavour, Andover C of E, Vigo, Pilgrims Cross and Smannell and Enham. Students took part in a range of sports including athletics, orienteering, basketball, football, netball and stoolball. The events were led by the PE staff and year 10 students who officiated all of the different sports. We also had over 60 helpers from year 7, 8 and 9 who ensured the students were well looked after throughout the day. They acted as team managers and motivated individuals to achieve their best. We were blessed with a beautiful dry afternoon and you could feel the fantastic atmosphere that was created by the children from all schools. There was lots of cheering and the children showed great respect to one and other regardless of who was winning and who was losing.

A Smannell teacher commented how much fun her children had and thanked Winton for another well organised event. One of the parents said ‘Brilliant afternoon! All of the children did brilliantly and we have really enjoyed having an opportunity to watch them compete against the other schools’. This year we decided to award first, second and third place for each individual sport. Each school was successful in at least one sport. Mrs Chewins had the pleasure of organising this year's event and would like to take this opportunity to thank all her amazing staff and students who helped make this afternoon so successful. Well done to all.


Last year Winton Community Academy carried out their first community day and this year they want to build on that so that their inspiring students can work alongside the community to make a difference. The Making A Difference Management Board is made up of members of the community and meet 3 times a year to discuss and

Carol Service Christmas is a wonderful time for coming together and supporting each other as a community. At the end of a very long term the academy’s final event of the year was the annual carol service at St. Mary’s.

The service is always a time to reflect and our students always enjoy taking part. There were forty Year 7 students taking part this year and they supported our soloist Katy Smith who opened the proceedings with the first verse sang from the balcony at the back of the church. This year for the first time there was a short drama

sketch performed by Year 8 students. A Christmas Chaos was a short ten minute version of Dicken’s Christmas Carol but with a chaotic twist which was very funny.

Christmas is about spending time with loved ones but also about thinking of others who are less fortunate than us. For most, Christmas is a time of love and happiness, for some it can be a very challenging time and it is always important to reach out during this period and support those who most need it with a kind word or altruistic act.

implement projects working with and making a differe nce to the wider community. The first of these initiatives suggested by Cllr Iris Anderson was for the students to collect donations of food and essential items for The Bridge Cafe in Andover in support of the homeless people that use the charity

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Christmas Fayre Our Christmas Farye on Friday 1st December was a huge success raising £1000 for the school. Throughout the evening there were performances from Jake Ward, ex-winton student, Caitlin Hannah and the Colbies as well as many stalls from mentor groups and outside companies selling great products, games and the switch on of our Christmas display.

Winton’s Christmas display first appeared in 2000. Originally planned for one night for the Christmas Fayre it proved to be so popular with the staff, students and visitors that it stayed up until the end of the term. Since then the display has got bigger and better each year. The display is the proud work of Mr Rob Elsey the school ICT Manager and all of the display belongs to him personally.

Every year the staff and students enjoy searching for the new additions to the display and the many visitors to our site for evening and weekend clubs are enthralled by the sights and sounds of the Christmas season captured in the Winton Community Academy Display.

“The display really gives Christmas a magical ambience. The display is enchanting and fills me with Christmas spirit when I study the elaborate models and machines. It’s like Winton has its own Winter Wonderland!” Roman Pitman Year 10 student

This year marks the 17th time the academy has done the display. A few years ago (2010) we built a whole new base construction and this year we have built new highlevel bases, there are 5 new houses, 4 new animated items and new trains!


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Friday 1st December


Awards Evening


This year has seen students achieve things across all areas of academy life. The culmination of this work was celebrated at the fourth annual awards evening where students were recognised for their outstanding achievements. Following a glorious banquet the ceremony began with a welcome from Head Boy Roman Pitman and Head Girl Ellie Harris. This well crafted speech opened what was a tremendous event. Almost 100 students received awards from

the 13 areas showing excellence built on the high expectations of the academy. Guests were treated to Winton at its best through performances from Katy Smith, Jess Main, Emma James and Sian Meconi, were outstanding. Mr Thomas finished with a speech which paid tribute to the prize winners, parents and staff for their effort in moving the academy forward.

The PE Department are very proud to celebrate the commitment from our students towards our extra curricular teams this year. We have seen a massive increase in

netball, basketball, badminton and

the the number of students taking part

cross country teams. We are very

and, as a result, the number of fixtures

proud of them all and wish them every

being played. To recognise this

success in future fixtures.

achievement, every student who has consistently attended extra curricular clubs and represented the Academy have been awarded a sports badge. In total 124 badges were awarded to members of the academy’s football,



A massive well done to all who received their badge and I hope they inspire other students to join our teams during the remainder of the year and represent the Academy, the PE department and themselves in sport.



In School Javelin. We had a couple of second places with Oliver Coward jumping over 10metres in the Year 10 boys Triple Jump and Owen Carpenter who cleared 1.5 m in the Year 10 boys high jump, not bad considering we don’t have any high jump facilities at school! Other quality results included Gerson Aristoteles who won his 100m Year 10 boys heat and came 4 overall in his final. Chloe Lee finished 4 in the Year 9 girls long jump, Emre Gozlugol 4 in the Year 10 boys triple jump leaping 9.65m , Lucas Hosking and Jimmy Rolfe who finished 6 7 respectively out of 16 athletics in the Year 10 boys discus. th






This year’s district Athletics event was blessed with beautiful sunshine and Winton Community Academy took a small team to participate for the day. We came back with a couple of wins including Damian Dixon in the Year 10 boys 100m and Shannon Lee in the Year 9 girls


I am really proud of all our students that competed today and for the support they showed to one and other whilst they were watching and observing the different events.

This year Winton Community Academy celebrates with one of our staff, Mr Michael Bull for 35 years of service to the school. Dedication and resilience are Michael's middle names. His values and principles have guided him through 35 years of excellent service at Winton Community Academy. Michael joined the school when it was a split and are still in use due to his expertise. male and female campus joined by a bridge over London Road, the good old days when you Alongside being the senior technician, Michael could start the day with a dip in the outside pool. has taken care of the school grounds including the planting of the millennium wood. Over the years Michael has seen many changes, at least five head teachers, two school As a symbol of his dedication to his service, the fires and numerous newly qualified teachers school arranged to plant a tree to commemorate joining the department for him to pass on his this milestone, but in true Michael fashion, when wisdom. Through innovation and technical he saw two students struggling to dig the hole ability Michael has been able to service and he helped them out unknowingly planting his maintain lots of vital equipment over the years, own dedication tree a day early! lots of items have also stood the test of time


Prefects 2018/19 Winton Community Academy’s new prefect team was introduced to a group of proud parents. The event which took place on Tuesday 12th June, was to issue students with their new blazers and ties and to reveal the much-anticipated news of the names of the head boy and head girl. Now in its 4th year, the quality of applications and interviews was truly inspiring. In an outstanding field of young people there were two students who epitomised what Winton Community Academy is all about. Roman Pitman our new head boy and Ellie Harris our new head girl are hardworking, committed, intelligent and passionate young people.

“I am delighted with all the new prefect team and look forward to seeing them in our weekly meeting to discuss ways in which we can continue to improve the Academy for the young people we serve. Both parent voice and student voice are really important at Winton and regular meetings with the prefects is one way we can ensure the voice of the students is heard and acted upon.” Nathan Thomas Headteacher.

“I feel so proud and elated to be given this role which has such potential to have a positive influence over the school, which has matured and developed me for four years. All the prefects are going to strive to improve and give back to Winton and the surrounding community… we cannot wait to get started” Roman Pitman, Head Boy

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Three students from Winton Community Academy entered the 2017 Rotary Youth Speaks Competition. Our debate team, Roman Pitman, Luis Wyatt, Tom Yates, Year 10 students supported by Miss Evans, English teacher. Thousands of youngsters take part every year in the youth competitions which in most cases take the form of regional heats followed by a national final. The majority are categorised into junior,

intermediate and advanced age groups. Students succeeded in bringing the Rotary Youth Speaks heat one trophy back to Winton for the first time since 1991. Speaking on the subject of how terrorism affects us, the team beat other local schools to secure the best team award, with Roman Pitman also picking up the trophy for the best individual speaker.

International Excellence in Safeguarding Award.

Last term the English Department spent a number of lessons working with students developing their creative writing skills. Students were then given the opportunity to enter Andover Rotary Club's Young Writer's Competition. Congratulations to Leighton Chambers in Year 7. He wrote one of the winning entries and was invited to the Prize Giving on Wednesday 21st March at the Guildhall. The prize-giving was attended by the Mayoress Maria Neale and members of the Rotary Club, extracts from the winning entries were shared and the winners received helpful advice about how to keep improving their writing. Leighton was presented with a certificate for his entry which was Highly Commended.

Winton Community Academy is the first school in the country to be awarded the Platinum level for the Incyte International Excellence in Safeguarding Award. To gain The Platinum Award, the academy gained Grade 1 in each of the twenty three categories of the award and demonstrated innovative practice that goes above and beyond that which is found normally. They demonstrated that this work makes a positive difference to the people in their care.


On Wednesday 13th September, staff and students celebrated the works of one of Britain’s greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl. With guest appearances from the wonderful Mr & Mrs Twit, a Little Red Riding Hood accompanied by a not so big bad wolf, and the giraffe from The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me, students were treated to a whole array of activities inspired by the imaginative creations of this much loved writer. In Art students copied the incredible illustrations of Quentin Blake, in Science students created their own potions, inspired by George’s Marvellous Medicine, and in English

lessons students were asked to enter their own world of “Pure Imagination” and devise a sweet that would make Willy Wonka jealous, but not before they had been asked to sample the delights of some rather unusually flavoured jelly beans. Even Modern Foreign Languages found a way to include the characters and works of Dahl in their lessons. Students practised a range of skills, but more importantly enjoyed the experiences of the day. We are looking forward to making next year’s celebrations even bigger and better.

In School

No Pens Day Wednesday developed by the Communications Trust encourages schools and settings to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities. For children and young people, good communication skills are essential for learning and making friends, impacting widely across their development. This is the seventh No Pens Day Wednesday and last year over 5,700 schools took part in the event. Good communication is at the core of what we do at home, in school and in work. This day was designed to make students and staff think about the importance of good communication to support good learning. It was a fantastic day with lots of engaging and interesting learning taking place across the curriculum.

After weeks of preparation and the drama of 'snow days’, Winton Community Academy finally managed to hold their World Book Day extravaganza on Friday 9 March and unveiled the exciting new library space. Mad Hatters, Elves, Wally and Alice in Wonderland mixed with Dr Frankenstein, Game of Throne's characters and a few 'naughty pirates' who spent the day playing tricks on unsuspecting victims.

book review and design your own book cover (lucky winner to have their story written by an English teacher of their choosing). The winners were named at the grand library opening and prizes flowed freely. Students then raced around the school trying to complete the literary treasure hunt and book based house competition before returning to base to guess the teacher's bookshelf and look around the bright, new reading space.

Leading up to the 'big day', Ms Aylmer (Head of English) planned a series of competitions for students including: design a book token, create a

All in all an excellent day, enjoyed by everybody. Let's just hope Mr Thomas found his chair and those pesky pirates were punished!


4,489,502 Steps for A C H I E V E M E N T

Winton to London Cross Country Challenge 2.8 million steps fitter and further Inspired by the popularity of Mr Parson's Friday night 3km school run and the first school trip all students experience at Winton, all Year 8 students and the top set Yr7 PE class were set a challenge. In their PE lessons, could they run the distance from Winton to London’s Natural History Museum, a whopping 102km?. Some students thought brilliant, some thought it could never be done, others thought as it seemed such a long way on the bus, running it would be impossible, while a few thought we actually meant run it, literally! However once the idea was presented and explained, all students were on board, the challenge was accepted and the race was on.

Each week the distances were calculated and the map updated, some students earning extra kms by joining in the school run and some running with army backpacks and boots! Each Monday the team flags were moved along the map as teams edged closer to the finishing line. For some it was also a Geography lesson and students could be heard stating ‘we’re at Dummer now’ or ‘we’ve made it to Hartley Witney’. In the last week it came down to the wire and there were several teams in contention to win the challenge. For the Year 8 race in particular it came down to the last Friday night school run. Four teams were in the running to win but it would depend how many runners braved the coldest, wettest run of the term and banked those crucial kilometres. Those that turned out took their team or personal totals into winning positions. On Friday 23rd March the results were announced as part of the Sports Relief events at school. A great afternoon celebrating the fantastic successes of students who collectively

ran 2137.4km and recorded 2.803.150 steps. A fantastic effort from all involved. Year 7 winner Yoda Fans, Year 8x Bread, Year 8Y Tomic/SDS But we couldn’t leave it there. As part of Sport Relief’s aim to get the nation to complete the 1 Billion Steps challenge, all students in Years 7-10 and staff were set the task of completing 3 laps of the school run course in 30 minutes. As with all Friday challenges, there was the added bonus of competing for the pride of your house. Seeing so many students actively taking part in the event was amazing. Each house played their part with Brunel completing 397 laps, Darwin 430 laps and Newton 458 laps. This meant that Winton Community Academy had completed an astonishing 1285 laps. In total, we have completed 3422km and 4,489,502 steps! This is the same as travelling from Andover to Antalya in Turkey. A huge well done to all students and staff who did so well for such a worthy charity and raised £319.00 in the process.


In School

SAFETY ON THE ROADS This term 12 students have been involved in completing the 'Bikeability' scheme which ensure students are able to ride safely on the roads and gives them basic understanding in bike maintenance. The students are the first group to go through the scheme which will be compulsory for all students who wish to ride their bikes to school. The scheme was set up in response to some work from our parent voice group who wanted students to be safe when travelling to and from the Academy on their bikes.

“I am delighted to have got the scheme running, anything that supports safety on the busy roads around the Academy has got to be a good thing. The scheme has been offered completely free to our students and is a really positive outcome for our parent voice who have worked hard to get this initiative off the ground." Nathan Thomas Head teacher

“Bikeability has been really enjoyable. It has helped us to recognise the correct precautions to take when riding and to stay safe on our journey to and from school” Josh Silcock Year 10 student

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Students from Winton Community Academy with the support of Yellow Brick Road Projects have decorated 23 flags for the Great Big Bunting Off.

Each flag is unique with young people celebrating their identity by sharing talents, hobbies, song lyrics and quotes which inspire them.

A total of 139 metres towards a record breaking attempt to create an 11 mile length of bunting in celebration of 70th anniversary of the NHS.

A big thank you to Year 10 student Ellen Campbell who gave up her breaks and lunchtimes to support others to get involved.


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On Friday 17th November, a 24-hour radio show in aid of Children in Need was a very enjoyable and at times a tiring experience for a small group of students at Winton Community Academy. The show featured games, quizzes, song requests from the general public and hourly news bulletins. The team were even surprised to pick up a song request from someone at 1am. One of the presenting team, Chloe Howard in Year 10 said “I loved how devoted we all were and the support we had before and during the radio show was amazing.” The day wasn’t just hectic for the presenting team there were two producers who kept the show running on time, Megan Wilcock in Year 10 one of the producers said “It was a very busy but successful 24 hours. I welcomed important guests to our green room, kept the show on timetable and picked up many phone

"I loved how devoted we all were and the support we had before and during the radio show was amazing" Chloe Howard, Year 10 student

calls asking for song request etc. I was shocked at how the public had reacted to what we all thought was more of a small-scale fundraiser.” Luis Wyatt who fronted the show managed to gain a live interview with Julian Clegg from BBC Radio Solent. Julian stated live “Luis had been mainly presenting since 4pm on Thursday, that’s extraordinary!” and added “BBC Radio Solent production team are saying that you can have a job here”. To conclude a very awesome experience which will be remembered by the students for a very long time and already the team are thinking of loads of ideas for next year’s fundraiser! The radio show alone raised £430.22 whilst students across the academy raised another £340.55 by holding a non-uniform day.

Cup cakes for Dementia day was a great success, we had students baking for hours making some fabulous creations including a Nutella cheesecake from one of our year nine students that sold out in the first few minutes. We raised £70 which will help those suffering with dementia and their families. Dementia devastates lives. In the

UK, someone develops dementia every three minutes, and there is currently no cure. £50 raised would pay for a communication tool that uses symbols rather than words to help people with advanced dementia communicate. Thank you to all students, parents and staff for supporting such a great cause.

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In School Winton Community Academy took part in the annual fundraising event ‘Jeans for Genes Day” on Friday 22nd September 2017. The yearly event raises awareness of Genetic Disorders and the money raised funds for a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life for children affected by genetic disorders. The charity says it is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder and therefore 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year. Students and staff dressed in denim for the day and raised a grand total of £448.00 to donate to the charity.

MacMillan Coffee morning at Winton Community Academy was really taken to heart last week as one of the academy’s Year 7 students Ryan Hoar was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma over the summer. Organised by Sally Chivers and the pastoral team, students and staff at the academy extended the coffee morning to two days and set a series of student challenges for the remainder of the week to raise as much money for the charity as possible. The ‘Chiver’s Challenge’ target was to raise £1000.


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Students and staff really worked hard all week raising as much cash as possible by taking part in the very difficult and enviable task of eating as much cake as possible, of which there was a great deal to be consumed! Theo Dominy (pictured) helped his mentor group raise a mind-blowing sum of £350 by having his head shaved by Assistant Headteacher Mr Flavell who said, “Theo was incredibly brave and keen to raise a

significant sum for the charity by allowing me to shave his hair, he is representative of the amazing young people who attend the school.” Around the academy people were being encouraged to guess how many sweets were in the jar, had their legs waxed, collect coins in a tube, purchase sweets from a stall and buy friendship bracelets made by our students. Although not at school at the moment Ryan came in with his mum for the morning to add his £21.65 to the fund by having his own cake sale and to accept the cheque on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Support. The last word goes to Mrs Chivers, Head of Pastoral Care, “This shows how the children at Winton are so supportive of each other, they couldn’t wait to get the fund raising started to show their support for Ryan and others in his position. We smashed our target and raised a staggering £1115.47".

S P O R T S D A Y 2018

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A Massive congratulations to Darwin House winning their second consecutive Sports Day. They led right from the start and continued in this way through the two days!’ The structure of sports day has developed over the last couple of years and this year, the PE department set up and led two separate days of sport for all the students at Winton. Both days were sunny, hot and competitive and it was clear to see real support and commitment from all those that took part. Day one was all about athletics. In the morning, students were able to take part in a throwing event or a jumping event. This included javelin, shot, long jump or triple jump. We started this last year so students were striving to beat any of last year’s distances to get themselves on to Winton’s sports day record’s board.

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Today, was all about the ‘taking part’. All the points and scores from all games are added together to reach an overall winner in each sport. Students had the opportunity to take part in: Handball, Badminton, Tennis, Skill tests, Netball, Rounders, Basketball and Stool Ball. The staff had a busy day, scoring, time keeping, counting and observing the excellent standard of play that was been displayed in each sports area. They were then asked to accumulate all scores in the different year groups to award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

The day ended with: Darwin in 1st place with 200m Newton in second place 150 points Brunel in 3rd place with 100m.

Day 2: Monday 10th July Today, was all about the ‘taking part’. All the points and scores from all games are added together to reach an overall winner in each sport. Students had the opportunity to take part in: Handball, Badminton, Tennis, Skill tests, Netball, Rounders, Basketball and Stool Ball. The staff had a busy day, scoring, time keeping, counting and observing the excellent standard of play that was been displayed in each sports area. They were then asked to accumulate all scores in the different year groups to award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


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Yr7 afternoon was all about running. Students were able to The Yr8 Yr9 part in either a middle distance 800m to earn points take Yr10 for their house or compete in the 100m heats. The results of the 100m used for theStoolball forthcoming relay and Netballwere to be Handball Basketball final events on Monday. These events would then be run in Yr7 front Yr8 of the whole school. Yr9 Yr10 All the points were added together from all sports and the results for each year group are below.

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Brunel Darwin 918 1000 1368 1258 4543

Newton 1418 1460 1180 1333 5390

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Performing Arts students were recently invited to spend time at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, exploring a range of career possibilities in the world of theatre.

Fifteen students joined a range of workshops throughout the morning. The first workshop was led by Michela Brennan, company stage manager for Les Miserable, London, discussing the role of stage manager and assistant stage manager. Following this first workshop students joined the Mayflower Marketing Manager, Sarah Lomas, for an interactive session on planning a marketing campaign. Students were given a fictional budget to plan a campaign for the forthcoming show ‘Titanic’. The final workshop was led by Geraint Pughe, Head of Production Arts at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. This final session had Ollie Coward dressing up in safety gear as students discussed the different roles in technical theatre.

School trips On Friday 9th March, Fifteen Year 11 students and 2 staff travelled to London to carry out an urban study. We travelled via coach and made our way through Shepherds Bush and onto Notting Hill. The purpose of the trip was to compare the quality of life between two areas within these wards. Students used a number of methods to judge the two areas from sound surveys to speaking to local residents about their experiences of living within central London. Students were able to see for themselves the huge contrasts that exist within the UK’s urban areas and the data collected will be exceptionally useful for their forthcoming exams in June. We were able to also tour Westfield’s shopping centre and Shepherd’s Bush market which provided further contrasts within the retail industry. As usual the students were a credit to the academy. Students and staff alike found the day fun and informative and I hope that the knowledge gained on the day will lead to some great exam results in the summer. Mr George



A crazy day saw students from media and business visit Cadbury World to look at how the business has developed and found its place within the market. They looked at everything from the development of advertising campaigns to how 1.5 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are made every day. The learning sessions were followed by a look at the factory and origins of Cocoa. Students made their own chocolate and created exciting new products for themselves. As you can see they managed to bring some of the products home with them too!


Good Friday was an early start for nine Winton students! They were all packed and ready for a 24-hour drive to Austria. The students were very excited and we had a very smooth journey arriving at 8am on Saturday morning. As we were not skiing until the Sunday this gave us plenty of time to get everything ready. Everyone had to wait their turn to go to ski-fit to get their skis, boots and helmets. Mr George thought it would be nice to get everyone together for some food so we all pottered into the Village Gaschurn and found an Italian Pizzeria. Between us, we ordered pizzas, pastas and salads. Harvey in the attempt to be healthy asked for a tomato salad thinking it would come with lettuce and cucumber but it literally was just tomatoes on a plate. His face was a picture and we all had a good giggle, luckily, the pizzas were so large there was plenty to go around. Eight of the students were beginners so the only time they had ever worn a pair of ski boots and skis was at the dry slope practice sessions in Calshot. Scarlett Donovan was very anxious about ski lifts and so the first fear she needed to conquer was to get up to the top of the nursery slopes using the lift. Scarlett was lucky to be put in Evias group, as she was a very patient instructor. By day 3 Scarlett was going to the top of the slopes and skiing down by herself. At the top of the mountain Mr George and Theo were already exploring and discovering beautiful Austria skiing down blue runs, red runs and black runs right from the start. Theo was skiing like a professional and his ski instructor Manuel had him performing off-piste jumps on day one! We stayed for a week and each day each member of our team made significant progress. Louise, John and Chelsea were enjoying the

jumps and were performing with control, Noah took everything in his stride and his confidence grew every day. By the end of the week, he was skiing from the top of the mountain using parallel turns, moving with speed and control. Georgie, Tyler and Harvey were all beginners but within two days had made enough progress to get on the gondolier up into the mountains and ski with their instructor David through villages and amazing landscape accompanied with beautiful sunshine. Mr George and Mrs Chewins took it in turns to accompany each of the groups. Mr George is an experienced skier so really enjoyed the days when he got the chance to ski the more challenging red/black runs with the boys however, he had a long walk back one day when his power and speed led to a collision on the piste and a broken ski! Back to ski fit for Mr George to collect some new skis. Mrs Chewins enjoyed skiing at a much steadier pace this was until she had the opportunity to take Louise down a mountain. Miss speedy Louise took the lead and Mrs Chewins had to up her pace just to keep Louise in sight. Again, this showed how much progress Louise had made since day one. Après ski time was also a big part of our trip; to begin with, all of us would return for showers and rest before a scrummy dinner and then some entertainment. Often it was back on the coach for an hour’s drive across Austria to get to each of the locations. Our coach drivers, Pete and Neil made the journeys fun by inventing quizzes and playing a variety of music. Interesting, Theo and Tyler knew all the words to the Disney tracks of Frozen, The Lion King and Tangled.

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Winton Back On The Slopes On the Tuesday evening we went to play Austrian Skittles, this was a variation of bowling. We used the blackboard and recorded all our scores. We then had a competitive competition with our companion school Leytonstone. It was very close but Winton was pipped to the post and had to settle with second place. Another evening we went Laser questing on our own, this was so much fun, there was lots of giggling, running into walls and a little bit of screaming from Louise, Scarlett and Mrs Chewins! This is something we all wanted to go and do again in the future. Noah was our winning man that night due to his accurate shooting skills. Late on in the week we visited the supermarket to allow the students a chance to buy some essentials for their journey home. Harvey again took this opportunity to be healthy and bought a large watermelon for himself. He carried it back to the hotel and again our helpful coach driver Neil cut it up for him in the dining room after dinner. Harvey enjoyed the majority of it over the next few days.

had a large TV area and were happy to play the game. This was our evening to have a rest so after a quiz and some board games we all watched a chunk of the match together. John particularly enjoyed the opportunity to watch the football and I think this was a change for him as he normally watches the rugby.

Interestingly many staff who came on our trip were Liverpool supporters and as Liverpool had a Championship league match that week against Manchester City, we wanted to try to see some of the game. Luckily, the hotel

Overall, we had a fantastic trip and both Mr George and Mrs Chewins would like to do more skiing trips in the future.

For our last evening out a representative from PGL arranged for us to go ice-skating. This turned out to be not as successful, poor Tyler fell and broke his wrist. Mr George had to whisk him off to a nearby hospital for treatment. No more skiing for Tyler. He took it in good spirits and enjoyed his last day taking in the extraordinary views at the top of the Mountain. The trip ended with another 24-hour journey all the way back to Andover. The behaviour of all students was amazing they took this journey in their stride and slept for large parts on the way home.


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Photography Trip to London The Year 9 trip to London was to put into practice the skills that they had been learning in the classroom in a vibrant, exciting environment. 22 Pupils met at Andover train station for a cold but great day in London taking photographs of all the sights. Our first stop was the London Eye and along the embankment. For some this was their first trip to our nations capital, for others they had been several times, but with our task of photographic rules of composition, the pupils saw London in a new light. Our next place to visit was the Tate Modern Gallery. This was to see their public viewing gallery on the 10th floor. Did you know that

there are 465 steps leading up to the viewing gallery? We know this as myself and 3 students walked it, meaning 930 steps (give or take a few for catching one’s breath) were taken in this little stop. The view is amazing from here and the students managed to get some great images for their work. The Millennium Bridge and St Pauls were next on our list of places to visit. With some great shots of St Pauls from a different viewpoint. Lunch was next, with some time being spent around Leicester Square and then on to Trafalgar Square for some street photography and people watching. Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden were next on our list of places to visit. The lights were now on and darkness was setting in and it showed London in a new light for the pupils. One where the magic of Christmas came alive.

School trips

The Wider World of Photography



On Tuesday 20th March we had the opportunity to take some of the photography students to The Photography show at the NEC, Birmingham so they could experience the wider world of possibilities within photography. Students had a great time walking round all of the stands and seeing the cameras, equipment and getting hands on with it all. They found the drones particularly interesting especially with the VR headset to see where they were flying.

Photographer, who gave a particularly good talk on creativity within a 365 project and coping with loss and how photographers use their emotions within their work. Students came away from the show with a multitude of freebies and other items that they had purchased on the day. A sense of purpose and clearer ideas on what they can achieve within their work. A great and positive day for all involved.

There were several talks on different stages by a number of photographers and professionals. One of which was Rosie Hardy - Worldwide

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Another year and another fantastic opportunity for Winton students. In February Winton took 20 students to New York for an opportunity to see and experience one of the most vibrant cities in the world. This is the 10th year Winton has run this trip, giving students the experiences that they might not otherwise get. The students were impeccable and we had several that had not been out of the country or had flown before. The first night after arrival we took the students to see Times Square at around midnight. The place was extremely busy and the students started to realise why it is called the city that never sleeps. After only a few hours sleep we were up ready for a day full of adventure, on the cards for the Saturday was shopping at Macy’s and the Top of the Rock observatory level followed by food in Times Square. Students and staff were very tired after the previous day of travelling and retired early to recover. Sunday was a washout, with torrential rain and we opted for a cinema trip and some free time, followed by one of the main highlights, an ice hockey game in Brooklyn, watching the New

“The sights and sounds were amazing; it was an exciting experience which I will never forget” Harrison Flavell, Year 10 student.

York Islanders vs the Calgary Flames. The experience of the subway to Brooklyn and the atmosphere in the arena were amazing. Monday was one of our longer days, with the subway to Battery park, the Liberty Island Ferry and then to Ellis Island, before walking to Ground Zero, Wall Street and then over the Brooklyn Bridge. Once in Brooklyn we stopped for photographs and made our way back to Times Square for food before heading up the Empire State Building for the majestic views of Manhattan at night. Something that really does take your breath away.

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School trips On Tuesday the group was split with some opting for a drama orientated morning and some for a photography based one. The drama students spent the morning visiting the Julliard School, The Fame School of Performing Arts and the Lincoln Centre, whilst there they took a sneaky peak at the Gershwin Exhibition in the New York library of Performing Arts.

“It is giving the students opportunities like this that really makes teaching worthwhile, whether it is taking students to London or New York, getting them to experience things for the first time and seeing how they adapt is marvellous. It broadens their horizons and makes them see that the world is a big place, full of opportunities for them.”

The photography group took the Staten Island ferry over to Staten Island for new views of Manhattan, something we have never done before. The ferry is free and you get to pass close to the Statue of Liberty again for more photo opportunities. We all met up in the afternoon for some culture in the M.E.T. Museum before heading for food. later, we were off to see Wicked at a Broadway Theatre, a show that doesn’t disappoint and was “wicked”. Wednesday started early as usual

and we were straight off to Grand Central Station for the architecture and the whispering galleries, something that fascinated the students, whispering across the galleries to each other. From here we went ice skating in Central Park. We then proceeded to the High line in Midtown Manhattan which is a refurbished overground subway line, converted into parks and walkways. It runs from Midtown down to the Meat Packing District of Lower Manhattan. From here we made our way to World Trade One, and the experience of going up the tallest building in the Western hemisphere. The experience right from the elevator going up captivates you. The view leaves you breathless!.

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On Friday 17 November an intrepid group of Year 8 students took over Stonehenge! Students arrived at the Education Centre on Friday morning for the detailed briefing on the day ahead. Some took charge of the new Exhibition Centre whilst others ran the extensive souvenir shop. Alex Morey and Theo Dominiy took up residence in the Neolithic huts and Mollie Winslade and Jemima Fulwood greeted visitors at the Membership Office. Finally, a small group of students took over the organisation of Stonehenge’s social media. It was a great opportunity to see history in

action and to appreciate how these ancients monuments continue to influence our lives. Students interacted with visitors from all over the world, many of whom were making their once in a life time trip to this amazing place. After lunch all students took the short bus trip to the monument itself where they acted as tour guides for the many tourists at the site on Friday. In total almost 2000 people visited Stonehenge on Friday, in the summer this can top 10,000 in one day. Stonehenge staff made us all feel welcome and fully involved in this unique event. We look forward to returning in March for an event involving moving the ancient stones.

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Moving and raising a stone On Tuesday 13th March Year 7 students enjoyed a unique day at our local English Heritage Site. Students visited Stonehenge and were given a unique insight into this ancient world. With the guidance of colleagues from Southampton University we assisted in the moving and raising of a stone. It was a mark of our extraordinary team work that we were one of the few groups who succeeded in achieving this during the week long project at the site. Through this ' hands on ' learning, students quickly began to appreciate the engineering genius of past civilisations.

Other activities included a visit to the monument itself and a tour of the reconstructed Neolithic houses. We could warm our chilly hands on the fires in the chimney less houses! How could this work? As we left students commented, ' It feels like we have only been here for a split second, it's gone too fast.' Another promised to bring their parents back soon, ' I never realised it would be so amazing. '


Y On Thursday 14th September Year 8 students started the year in a magical way with a trip to Harry Potter Studios. Students who had studied the second book in the series ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ as part of their Year 8 curriculum were blown away by the incredible sets and mysterious artefacts. Starting the journey by moving through the cinema screen through the front door of Hogwarts into the great hall, then travelling through the forbidden

“It was an amazing and inspiring trip. I loved the Hogwarts Express but was not quite keen on the spiders!” - Katy Smith Year 8 Student

forest with giant spiders swinging from the ceiling and concluding with a trip down Diagon Alley to buy some chocolate frogs. The students were an absolute delight even after one too many butter beers in ‘TheThree Broomsticks’. The staff and other guests in the studio complimented the students on their politeness and enthusiasm for learning.

School trips

Year 7 students take a trip to London For the third year running Winton Community Academy took all of Year 7 to London for the day as an early opportunity for the group to start learning outside the classroom. The entire year group go on the trip which is funded by the academy as part of our enrichment programme. The students travel by underground to the Natural History Museum where they use the museum app on their iPads to explore the different halls. We all saw the new exhibit of the blue whale skeleton in the foyer which we decided was not as impressive as its predecessor the skeleton of the diplodocus. We then set off to Harrods and Green Park followed by Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street photographing everything along the way on our iPads for their school project. This is the third year of the iPad scheme which ensures all students are provided with technology to support their learning and means no stunts miss out, on

days like this they are a really useful piece of kit. After a brief stop in Trafalgar Square we went on to Covent Garden to enjoy the street performers and a little shopping. It was a fabulous day, full or learning and exploring and the new year group were an absolute pleasure to be with. "It has been amazing to see this trip grow over the last three years, we started it as some students had never been to the capital or taken a tube. Seeing the awe and wonder on students faces as they see the sights and enjoying the projects they create after the experience is a real inspiration" Nathan Thomas Headteacher.

On Wednesday the 21st of March 44 students and 3 accompanying staff travelled to the Natural History and the Victoria and Albert Museums in London. The reason behind the trip was to further explore some of the topics the students had been studying in both history and geography. We visited the Natural History Museum first to see ‘Rock the House’ which is a fantastic interactive show which explores the rock cycle. Students have been studying our ‘Restless Earth’ unit in geography this term and the show visually explored how tectonic plate interactions shape landscapes, generate earthquakes and form volcanoes. A number of students got to actively take part in some of the demonstrations. There were a number of highlights during these demonstrations. Rachael Erison got to see how magma can act as both a solid and a liquid under different circumstances. Fortunately for Rachael custard powder and water were used instead of the real thing. Jack Sharpe and Oliver Bullis got to battle it out to see who could create the largest earthquake. Jack was victorious much to the disappointment of Oliver. The whole class

"The highlight of the day was the warm and friendly response we received from the public as we swarmed through the streets, including many 'high fives' from the armed police at the entrance to Downing Street!" Zoe Crockford, Art Teacher

eventually got in on the act and the resulting earthquake caused significant structural damage to the museum, whoops! In the afternoon all students explored the earthquakes and volcanoes exhibit in the Natural History museum to help extend their understanding of the themes covered in the earlier show. Students also visited the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here, they were able to enjoy the delights of The Great Exhibition of 1851. Following in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, we were captivated by the beauty of the sculptures and art work. Golden statues and sparkling jewels reminded us of the power and wealth our country once wielded during the Industrial Revolution. A wonderful eye opener to our country’s past and a symbol of our nation’s continued pride. As usual the students were a credit to the academy. Students and staff alike found the day fun and informative.


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Year 10 catering pupils were invited by the manager, Victoria Thorpe, to visit the kitchen and sample foods at the Queen Charlotte Pub.

dish, cost it, and design the presentation, On a follow up visit the pupils cooked their dishes to hopefully win the opportunity to have their design feature on the menu of the pub!

The chef laid on a huge variety of different foods from their menu, from baked Camembert to bacon ketchup!

“All of the year 10 catering pupils were a credit to the school and took immense pride in their designs. They cooked with confidence and impressed both myself and Victoria”.

The pupils had fun sampling foods and looking at presentation of the dishes. They were then challenged by Victoria to design a

" it was fantastic to see the students getting enthusiastic about food and enjoying creating their dishes. It was so difficult to pick a winner, I decided to pick three dishes to showcase on our specials board for the weekend” Victoria Thorpe - Manager

“It was a new experience that as a catering GCSE student I will not forget. This made me think more practically about what I am going to do in my future lessons” Harrison Escudier Year 10 student

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On March 15th 2018, Sixteen year 8 students went to Marwell Zoo to see what maths in the real world looks like. The weather wasn’t looking very good on the journey but thankfully the sun that was ordered arrived in time for the visit. The first task, even before we entered the zoo, was to calculate which was the cheapest price for 3 adults, 3 children and a senior citizen to visit the zoo. Whilst at the penguins, the first attempt of the obligatory group photo was done. Students enjoyed watching them swim but by the time they went to see them from a different angle the penguins had left the water.

On entering the giraffe house, students commented on the smell but this was soon forgotten when they saw the giraffes. Samantha, Layton and Keith were mesmerised by the giraffes whilst they were eating their breakfasts and Oliver was asking a worker plenty of questions. The leopards were the next stop where an explanation as to why the male and female leopards were not in the same enclosure was given in response to why are they separate and then onto Wild Africa. It didn’t take long for students to find the truck and play ‘let’s see how many people can fit in the front cab’ game but this did give another opportunity to get a group photo. On leaving Wild Africa students had a chance to be monkeys themselves in the small park before heading to the meerkats.

At the meerkats, students collected data of the different behaviours they displayed and recorded these in a tally chart A discussion about the data was had before stopping for lunch. After lunch we went on a tiger hunt but only saw one, which was laying down with its back to us.

Unfortunately, we didn’t see the macaques because they have found a new home in another collection but we did manage to see the new oriental short-clawed otters. One of them was very entertaining, playing with a frog that it had found but lost it when it went into the water.

We went into the bird aviary where Oliver continued to ask another member of staff lots of questions. Students watched the Weaver birds make their spherical nests.

We finally made it to the Snow Leopards, after many requests to see them, only to find them lazing about and not being very entertaining so we headed to the gift shop before going back to school.


On Monday 6th December 13 students from Year 11 travelled to The Royal Holloway University, London. The main purpose of the trip was for students to experience first hand what a university lecture is like and how it differs from a secondary school lesson. I also wanted to see what a top university campus looks like and again see the contrast between life as a university student and life as a Winton student. On arrival we made our way into one of the main lecture theartres were Professor Simon

Blockey talked to us about climate change and the likely impact on our planet in the future. The lecture was very interesting and covered lots of the concepts that the sudents have studied in year 10. After the lecture we had a quick tour of the campus nd managed to sneak into the founders building for a wander around the historic building. A good time was had by all and hopefully a numner of the group will find themselves studying at the university or similar establishments in the not too distant future. Mr P George - Geography

A taste of student life at Winchester University Year 8 students were guests of Winchester University today as part of a taster day designed to give a sample of student life. We started off the day with a goodie bag and an introduction to the university. Then student ambassadors led us to a drama workshop where we learnt about Brecht, followed by a taste of criminology where we learned how easy it is to get someone to tell you their computer passwords! After a tour of the campus all students were ready for lunch and a sit down, Winchester Uni' has a lot of steps. In the afternoon we took part in a creative writing workshop where 3rd year students showed us how to write modern poetry by collaging. By popular request this will be appearing in the Art room as part of a calligraphy lesson.

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Students from Year 10 and 11 attended the Dominion Theatre, London for an exciting opportunity to hear some of the world's leading poets recite and discuss their work. Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker read aloud from their collections and assisted students in analysing some of the deeper metaphorical meanings ahead of their GCSE Literature examinations. Students were also offered two study sessions with a lead examiner and considered the practicalities of responding to unseen poetry under timed conditions.

Winton students took full advantage of an inspirational event at The Lights on International Women's Day. Year 9 enjoyed a range of activities and presentations under the theme of Women into Digital Industries and had the opportunity to speak to a wide variety of education and training

The star of the show however, was none other than the lovable poet John Agard. As well as 'Checking Out Me History' he performed several of his classics and heartily discussed the meaning of life, love and poetry with his captivated audience. Once again Winton students were highlighted for their courteous, polite and responsible attitudes and theatre staff praised the fact that we were the only school to place our litter in the bin. A great day out!

providers and employers, all of whom are keen to recruit more women into industry. Although the focus was on women, the boys were welcomed too and threw themselves into the hands on workshops. With digital industry as one of the UK's fastest growing sectors there is a real need for technologically minded young people and creativity is at the centre of all new technologies. Even more reason to grab a free pen and get designing!


Year 9 GCSE Art students are involved with an exciting new project which partners Winton with the New Art Centre, Andover College and the Test Students initially spent the day at the New Art Centre, gathering ideas and inspiration with Beth Bidiss and Emma Kerr who provided a workshop to help focus ideas for making their own sculptures. Working back in the classroom the group will be making a series of designs ready for transforming into final pieces at Andover College which will then be displayed in their new exhibition space, The Garage during December. Winton are the first school to take part in this new incentive which is a challenging opportunity that is set to yield ambitious results.

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Year 10 GCSE Art students took full advantage of a fantastic opportunity offered by Hampshire Cultural Trust. Winchester Discovery Centre is currently hosting an exhibition of Turner paintings curated with the theme of the sun. Students were able to study the paintings at close quarters before taking part in a watercolour workshop run by artist Isabel Hurley. Whilst their paintings were drying, the group walked into the city centre to draw the same buildings Turner drew over 200 years ago. Shoppers and tourists were intrigued to see the young artists happily sketching the Buttercross and cathedral. As the only secondary school in Hampshire to take part in this new venture run by Exhibitions Officer Tara McKinney, Winton is looking forward to future joint projects.

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Year 9 Art students took part in the second stage of the Casting Connections project today at Andover College. Having designed their pieces for casting following their visit to Roche Court, students brought their ideas to life today with the help of lecturers in the Art Department. A challenging morning building moulds with card which were then cast into with plaster and concrete was rewarded by a delicious lunch

in the college canteen. The afternoon was spent exploring dry point etching which enabled students to use the specialist equipment in the department. All work created will form an exhibition at the college which opens on December 4th and runs for ten days. Yet again Winton students have dazzled with their engagement, positivity, embracing attitude and supportive work ethic.

Year 9 Art students celebrated the completion of a term long project and collaboration with Andover College and the New Art Centre An exhibition of their work charts the process of researching, designing, casting in plaster and etching. The exhibition runs from 4 - 14 December and is open to the public during college hours. The project was a challenging opportunity which was funded by Test Valley Arts and gave an enriching start to the GCSE course. The Art department is looking forward to future collaborative projects which will continue to give students a broad creative experience at Winton Community Academy.

Andover College Visit Winton Winton Year 8 students had a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet a range of visitors from the world of work and education. As part of their options process, all students took part in a carousel of presentations. Andover College wowed us with a fantastic range of work presented by ex Winton students showing how creative and talented they all are. Creative Industry is the fastest growing business sector in the U.K. and staff and students at the college are keen to show how important it is to be a part of that.

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Email: Headteacher: Mr N Thomas

Highlights 2017/18  
Highlights 2017/18