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February 2014

New Head Student Team 2013-14

2014 National Deaf Football Championship Winners

~Congratulations to Our Woodlands Team~ Shabaaz Khan, Henry Bowe, Jamie Jones Husein Ahmetovic and Simeon Taylor


February 2014

Dear Parents/Carers, Governors and members of Staff,

Our Year 11 leavers before they left for a formal celebration at Woodlands Church

I am delighted to officially announce that a major re-building of the school will be starting in September this year. Allestree Woodlands School is part of the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) and we are being rebuilt as part of a ‘Derby Batch’ of schools that includes five Primary Schools. A contractor is likely to be appointed in March and then the detailed work with architects and builders will begin. We will retain the Sports Hall, Swimming Pool, Refectory and Theatre but every other part of the school will be rebuilt. The building work will be in four phases (see illustration on the adjacent page) and it is hoped that everything will be completed by the summer of 2016. This will be the year of the school’s 60th birthday – our Diamond Jubilee! The PSBP programme is a national programme led by the Department for Education. The new school will be built according to national guidelines. We will New Head Student Team not get everything we want in a new school but this significant capital investment 2013-14 will bring about a massive improvement in the environment in which will all learn and work. There will be many challenges ahead – not least building a new school whilst the existing school still operates. I can assure you that we will take every care to ensure that all the students continue to receive the best education we can give them. In due course we will share more details, but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me at school if you would like to discuss this further.

Alan Brady Headteacher


AWS MONTHLY MAGAZINE Spirited Arts 2014 1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Year 8 RE teaching groups worked collaboratively to create a group entry for this years’ national Spirited Arts Competition. Our Year 8 students have worked hard and achieved wonderful results. Due to the calibre of the work created, we have decided to enter all 7 creations! Staff who volunteered their time to critique the work enjoyed talking with students about their final piece and commented on the enthusiasm and obvious talent of each student. Winners of the school competition were teaching group 8L, closely followed by 8S, with 80 in third place. Well done to all Year 8 students and let's hope that Allestree Woodlands makes it to first place in the national competition this year!

AWS MONTHLY MAGAZINE 6th Form Fish ‘n Chips Charity Quiz The 6th form organized and lead another fantastic fundraising event to support their chosen charity for 2014. A full house turnout on February 13th (mobiles left at the door!) which raised ÂŁ477 for Cancer Research.

Head teacher’s Surgery: I am available to meet Parents/Carers each Wednesday from 5.15-6pm. If you are able, please make an appointment for this time by contacting my personal assistant at 551 921.


Year 10 and Year 11 March/April Internal Exams Exam timetables are included in this Newsletter and can also be found online on the school website under ‘’Students’’ tab, and by clicking ‘’student examinations’’. Year 11 exams commence on Monday, 17th March and finish Wednesday, 26th of March. Year 10 exams commence Monday, 31st of March and finish Tuesday, 8th of April.

Learning Gateway Allestree Woodlands School’s portal for parents and carers is called Learning Gateway. This will provide secure online access to the latest student information about your child including their school report. Information also available on the Learning Gateway includes Attendance, Behaviour and Achievement, Timetables, Lesson Times, Contact and Medical Details, School Announcements and Homework. Should you wish to access your child's details using the Learning Gateway please register and agree to the Learning Gateway Acceptable Use Policy. Please go to the school website ‘’Parents and Carers’’ tab and click ‘’Learning Gateway’’ for links to registration. If you experience any problems using Learning Gateway or have any questions please E-Mail:

‘Active Kids Vouchers for School’ When you are out shopping please collect ‘ Active Kids vouchers’ for the school. Active Kids vouchers are available to collect from all Sainsbury's stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online up until Tuesday 20 May. There is a collection box in the library.

WANTED! – SCHOOL UNIFORM and/or SCHOOL PE KIT If you have any unwanted school uniform or school PE kit then please donate it to the school. We can put it to very good use. Please bring it to reception.

Dates for your diary Dates for your diary Monday, 3rd March Tuesday, 4th March Wednesday, 5th March Thursday 6th March Friday, 7th March Weds-Thurs, 12-13th March Friday, 14th March Monday, 17th March

Wednesday, 19th March Thursday, 20th March Friday 21st March Thursday, 27th March Friday 28th March Monday, 31st March

Y12 Geography Field Trip Birmingham City Centre GCSE Science Live Trip Y13 Geography Field Trip Derby City Centre Year 10 Parents Evening YMCA ‘’Hungry’’ Presentation to Year 9 in Theatre WE Day UK Y10 Geography Field Trip Nottingham City Centre Y11 GCSE Practice Examinations begin Y10 Aim Higher trip Nottingham STEM Week begins PFTA Meeting 7-8pm IOP Lecture on Nanotechnology 3.45pm Y10 Product Design Trip Non-uniform day for Sport Relief German Exchange Return visit from Osnabruck begins Y10 Product Design Trip PFTA Quiz – 7pm in the Theatre Y10 Exams begin



On the 14th February, Year 10 and 11 students embarked on an overnight ‘’Art Trip’’ to London where they not only took in the wonderful city sights, but had a tour of the Warner Brothers’ Studio Harry Potter behind the scenes, a backstage tour of the famous ‘’Theatre Royal Drury Lane’’ and attended two West End shows—Matilda and Woman in Black.

Geography ’A’ Level students were invited to participate in a lecture hosted at St Mary's School Chesterfield, through the Royal Geographical Society. The lecture was delivered by Dr Jan Semmelroggen from Nottingham Trent University. It explored the many issues associated with migration, the geographical theories behind this dynamic and fluctuating aspect of geography, and current patterns of migration at the European and global scale. This was a marvellous opportunity for our geographers to engage in this most interesting contemporary topic, and all found the lecture to really bring their own studies to life, whilst also having the chance to pose their own questions to this world expert.


Year 7 Primary School Singing Project The Primary School Singing Project was city wide with the music partnership providing three lessons of singing tuition for 7d/7w. Rachel Wilkes of the Derbyshire Music Hub came in and taught the classes five songs over a three week period. She also went into our feeder primary schools, Lawn, Curzon and Portway to teach them the same songs. On the morning of Thurs 6th Feb the schools met in our theatre and had a short rehearsal, putting all the songs together before performing them to parents. The project was excellent and encouraged a love for singing amongst different age groups (from year 3 to our year 7). It was a pleasure to invite the primary schools to perform in our theatre and to work closely with the music partnership.


Press cuttings ….

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 Derby Telegraph

Y11 pupil Sam Herbert

Press cuttings ….

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 Derby Telegraph Our best results in the history of the school!!!

Former pupil Tom Butler


Derby City Tournament Winners! Year7 Basketball Results Woodlands V Noel Baker Won 6-2 Woodlands v Derby Moor Won 6-0 Woodlands v Derby Moor Lost 4-7 Woodlands v West Park Won 9-4 Woodlands v St Benedict Won 6-3

Front row: Luca Mourer-Purnell, Xavier Xiros No 12, Ben Outten No 8, Luke Tappin No 13, James Nyland No 6, Max Cleveley No 4, Lewis Taylor No 5, Khias Webb No 7, Christian Flanagan No 10, James Muslijaj No 11, Luke Topham


Oak House Awards

BRONZE AWARD WINNERS 7O1 Lew is Taylor Jonathan Varney Tom McGuiness Peter Mackervoy 7O2 Millie Cooke Tom Harper Tom McCormick Daniela Terkelov a Robertas Burskys Sammy Pooley


Laura Elliott

8O1 Lois Nelson Georgie Fisher-Jones 8O2 Matt Derbyshire Melody Potter April Bennett


11O1 Georgia Nelson

Tori Stewart James Attfield 11O2 Lachlan Charles-Clennell Tom Keane Ryan Reader James How e Lew is Blackwell Sam O’Gara Dom Whitehall

BRONZE AWARD WINNERS 9O1 Ryan Meades Harrison Ditheridge Emily O’Hare Louise Hallett Laurissa Crofts Dan Daley Owen Sims 9O2 Jordan Mullen Harry Pooley

SILVER AWARD WINNERS 10O1 Jamie Garner-Wood Dominic Henriques Joseph Miller Hannah Northedge 10O2 Finlay Beav on Daniel Rose Josh Halliday Matt Sulliv an Oliv ia Major Jacques Barker Safia Law rence

11O1 Elsie Granthier Alex Sterling

Maddie Green Sam Rayner

Josh Greasley

11O2 Sophie Colebourne Suraiya Shahid

Charlotte Howard Eve Jones

Abbie Pearce Lizzie Chandler


Joe Bedlow

Georgia Gray

8O2 Phoebe Alcock

Georgia Crawford Dav id Roberts

Rebecca Edwards Josh Sulliv an 9O2 Jordan Mullen


Matt Rayner

Charlotte Bryce John Sismey

Ryan George

Eva Ginova Rebekah Whaley 10O2 Libby Austin Kieran McCabe Elise Faulkner Zac Marshall Mitchell Winfield


Georgia Nelson

Flo Phillips

Elliot Blair

10O1 Jasmine Bolding


Anita Annie



Molly Enright

7O1 Lew is Taylor

Khiass Webb Cameron Perreau Jaw ena I drees Jack George 7O2 Ella Craw ford Luke Harrison Jack Miller Joe Garner-Wood Leon Sw ift Faith Ross


Nusrat Begum

Sarah Daley

Jorge Wyles

Shabaaz Khan


7O2 Rachel Leivers 9O2 Etienne Smith


PLATINUM AWARD WINNER 7O2 Stephanie Henderson

AWS MONTHLY MAGAZINE General School Information School uniform reminder – Thank you for your support with ensuring your children wear the required school uniform. Please note that only a ‘Plain black fine gauge ‘V’ necked waist length pullover or cardigan’ can be worn under the school blazer. Hoodies should not be worn and jewellery should only be one simple pair of ear studs, a simple necklace (worn under shirt) and a simple single ring. Failure to comply with our school uniform may result in a student being sent home to change. Website A reminder to regularly check the school website for news, reminders and copies of letters sent to parents/carers. Please note: we are in the process of revamping the Woodlands School website; therefore some issues may be encountered until it is complete. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience. Parent View – please sign into this via the school website to let us know what you think about the school. Annual Consent Forms It is a legal requirement that a completed annual consent form for your child is kept in our records. This form, once completed and returned, ensures that your child receives the very best care during various off-site school trips. The form can be found on the school website under FORM DOWNLOADS. If you have not already done so, please print out a copy of the form, complete, sign and return to the School Office. Please keep your contact details up to date Please can you ensure that the school office has up to date contact details for you, including email addresses and mobile phone numbers. Parental consent A reminder to all parents/carers that it will be assumed that you have no objections to your child's details or participation in any of the following: Copyright/photographs and names of student in the Newsletters, Education Extras and on the school website Internet access at school Sex education Data sharing with Connexions and other educational agencies Fingertip recognition for student meals If you do object then please put it in writing and send it to me. A copy of the school’s privacy notice can be found on our website Raising of the Participation Age As from September 2013 there is a change in the age at which students may leave full-time education. A document explaining the new rules can be found on the school website under LETTERS TO PARENTS/CARERS and WHOLE SCHOOL. Taking a student out of school during term time As from 1st September 2013, there is a change to our policy of taking holidays in term time. In accordance with The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, Allestree Woodlands will no longer authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents or carers who take their children on holiday without permission risk a fixed penalty notice of up to £120 per parent per child. Free School Meals It is really important for the school to know who all of the Free School Meal (FSM) students are. Whatever information we receive from parents or carers is confidential and students who take free school meals are not identified in any way as all meals are monitored using the ‘finger machine'. No cash is exchanged. If you think your child could be entitled to Free School Meals, please contact the school in any way that you feel is most comfortable for you. We are really keen that parents take up this entitlement so we would really appreciate a prompt response. Wise Pay – The school’s online payment system In the same way that we wish to move to paperless communications we are making similar moves to have a cashless environment in the school. We encourage all parents and carers to use our school on-line payment system called ‘Wise Pay’ for payment of trips and other school activities or equipment. Details of how to do this can be found on the school website on: or by contacting the school on 01332 551921 or by email: School website Please go to the school’s website at for information about the school, or you can follow us on Twitter (@woodlands_derby) for daily updates.





Parents, Friends, Teachers Association

You can reach the PFTA Chair Linda Woodward on email :

Our next fundraising event is the ‘’Quiz’’ which will be held here in the school Theatre at 7pm on Friday, 28th of March. Due to limited space and catering, we only have 100 ADVANCE tickets available, so please make sure you purchase yours soon! They are available from the school office. We’d like to thank those of you who already support the PFTA. We are always in need of more parental support, so please contact me if you are interested in joining in the fun ways of helping to enrich your child’s quality of life in school. This year through our various activities, we raised enough funds to be able to purchase these special items for your child’s use at Woodlands School: two ‘visualizers’ for use in Maths an all-weather table tennis table

an iPad Air for use in the Hub three new picnic tables

Dates for your diary Monday, 17th of March

PFTA Meeting, 7pm in the School conference room

Friday, 28th of March

QUIZ (Fundraiser) in the School theatre 7pm

Friday, 13th of June

Cantata Concert (Fundraiser) in the School Theatre

Friday, 28th of November

Christmas Murder Mystery (Fundraiser) in the School Theatre (TBC)

Saturday, 6th of December

Christmas Fayre in School




AWS Monthly Magazine February 2014  
AWS Monthly Magazine February 2014