Work Experience

Students at Court Fields have just completed their week of work experience.  It has been another fantastic opportunity for our young people to enjoy the work place at first hand.  This year has been particularly diverse both in businesses and geographical location, with some placements taking place out of Somerset. work exp em meg and es - wellesley park

The majority of Year 10 were out on placement from Monday the 11th of July until Friday the 15th of July.  Some students have been out at different times due to them going on various overseas school trips e.g. Madagascar and a choir trip to Italy. IMG_0851

 Students on work experience have seen at first hand, all aspects of employment and business operations, how the work place is run and experienced a different structure to their working day to the one that they are familiar with at school. 

 Students were visited by staff to ensure all was running smoothly from a student and employer perspective and both groups have said that it was a valuable experience.  Students have felt inspired and have grown in confidence, as well as it helping them decide on future career paths and further education routes.  There have been many offers of apprenticeships, further voluntary work/work experience and part time employment.  Next year’s Launch Evening for work experience will be 7pm on Wednesday the 23rd of November.

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Student work at local gallery

Court Fields year 10 GCSE Art students Charly Cottrell and Lauren Scofield are honoured to have been chosen by the Polka Dot Gallery of River Place Taunton to exhibit their work as part of Taunton Live, the performing and creative arts festival. The week is running between Monday 18th and Saturday 23rdJuly, and is showcasing  work by local artists and performers.

Polka Dot Gallery were very impressed with the quality of the work and felt that both students should strongly consider career within art. It has been quite an achievement as their work has been included amongst degree students work as well as professional artists.

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Enterprise Project 2016

At Court Fields School Year 9 students have been developing their Design Technology enterprise projects. This year they had a ‘Euro 16’ theme, the different teams developed food products, promotional products and display stands to represent the different countries. I think it is safe to say that their success was marginally better than England in the football! With the support of Mrs Osborne, Mr Brooks, Miss Coggins, Mr Walton and Mrs Frayling students set up their Trade Fair stalls for the end of the year 6 induction days.

The year 6’s were given 5 Court Fields pounds and had to use their shrewd purchasing skills to sample the products.
The project was a great success with students embracing their team skills and showing off the DT projects to the up and coming students.

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5-a-side Football

girls footballOn Wednesday 22nd June the Year 9 Girls 5-a-side football team took on local opposition in the “Womens World Cup” hosted by Richard Huish College. The girls played nine games in total against local rivals Heathfield, Bishop Foxes  and Kingsmead as well as less familiar opposition from Stanchester, Wessex and Kings College. Their opening game saw them face Kingsmead and Court Fields were quick to open the account and went 1-0 up within a few minutes. Kingsmead then fought back and managed to grab a goal at the end to make it 1-1. 

The next match was a 0-0 thriller against a strong side from Kings College which was as good as a win and the girls were looking forward to the rest of the games. A fair mix of wins, draws and losses were to pan out and the girls gave an incredible account of themselves against many older players and were able to give many County players something to think about. Ebony Sellick was solid and fearless between the posts with Anita Seaborne and Molly Pepper being 2 rocks at the back. Grace Casson battled hard in midfield with Amy Rodger and Kelly Poole also winning many crucial battles. Amelia Bowler was an absolute terrier throughout and never gave up on anything. Starr Penfold showed great individual skill beating many top level players 1 on 1. Maddie Davey was a force to be reckoned and constantly denied the opposition their time and space. We look forward to them playing in the fuller version of the game in September. 

Prince’s Trust awards

Congratulations to the Year 9 Prince’s Trust students at Court Fields School.  The  have worked hard and achieved the Level 1 Award in Personal Development and Employability Skills or their Level two Teamwork Certificate.

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Pictured Harvey Pierce, Jess Verrier, Tyler Bennett, Mr Appleby,  Mollie Pepper and Josh Cozens. ( Not pictured Tyrone Billenger,  who has also received his Level 1 Award in Personal development and Employability Skills)

Maths Challenge winners

Congratulations to the Year 7 team who won the local maths challenge competition held at Taunton School.  Mr Kilshaw was delighted by the performance of the team and the hopes that they can retain their title next year.

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DofE assessment

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On Saturday 11th June 24 Year 9’s and 10’s were up and about early, in school by 7.30 pm, for the start of their Bronze DofE Assessment Expedition. We set off in two minibuses to Simonsbath on Exmoor and met our assessor who weighed our bags to check they weren’t too heavy! Despite them feeling very loaded, they were all about a quarter body weight or less, which is a DofE requirement. Then we set off in four teams, going in different directions. The assessor checked on us (and our navigation skills) at the source of the River Exe and then we were off again. It was one of those annoying weather days when every few minutes it would rain briefly and then get too hot again for waterproofs, but the scenery was great, with some very steep hills – at least the worst one was downhill! From about 4 pm on wards groups started arriving at the camp in Malmsmead, and once again the assessor was there checking on our camp craft skills and watching us cook up tea (pasta and boil in the bag rations being the preferred options). It was a nice night and we had a campfire and chatted until about 11 pm, when everyone suddenly realised there was a  6 am start the next day and went to bed quickly.

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Sunday started with a bit of a downpour, wetting the tents nicely, but we had breakfast and had all the tents down and were off again before 8 am. Once again we had different routes, with two groups following parts of the coastal path and others the Lyn Rivers. Eventually we arrived at the final destination – Lynmouth. There we had a debrief with the assessor who picked out strengths and weaknesses in our teams – thankfully more strengths. We all passed our expedition.

Softball winners

On Wednesday 8th June the Upper school softball team made the long away trip to West Somerset College. Electing to field first and being kept bust by some good home hitting and a lightning quick outfield they eventually got 3 outs for 6 runs. Court Fields, now batting, found the gaps and went into the 2nd innings leading by 1 run. Some more thought was applied to the fielding with the deeper fielders going really deep. This stemmed the flow of home runs by West Somerset and a double play saw off the top of the 2nd with West Somerset now on 8 runs.

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The West Somerset pitchers struggled with form which allowed Court Fields to get runners on plates. Bottom of the 2nd finished with Court Fields now leading by 5 runs.  Court Fields looked ever more settled with their experience showing on a variety of tag-outs, force outs and aggressive running between bases. The top of the 5th saw the score at 21- 8 to Court Fields. A late surge by West Somerset, who continued to improve as the game progressed, was not quite enough and saw Court Fields emerge as 21-15 winners with an innings to spare.

 

Court Fields School celebrates students’ achievements.

On Wednesday 8th June, 21 students from Court Fields School received their Achievement Prizes, awarded to them by local Councillor, William Brown.

The 2016 Learning Support Faculty Awards was held in the newly refurbished Conference Suite at Court Fields School.

This annual event recognises, celebrates, and rewards the achievements of those students at Court Fields School who are supported in their learning in a variety of subject areas, according to personal needs.

This year, the Faculty were delighted to welcome local councillor and former pupil, William Brown, to present the awards and address the students.

Mr Brown, (who went onto read History at the University of Aberystwyth)  gave an inspirational talk,  explaining to the students that nothing in life should be a barrier to  them achieving their goals.

Successful students were presented with achievement medals, and certificates detailing their particular success or achievement.