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Snowdonia Residential 2016

On Thursday 13th October 20 Court Fields students from Years 7, 8 and 9 went to Snowdonia for the school’s annual residential trip.

On Friday 14th the group took on the challenge of scrambling up the North Ridge of Tryfan.  For many students this was the first time that they had visited North Wales and also the first time they had climbed a mountain.  The group were accompanied by 3 experienced members of staff who were all very impressed by the team work and resilience shown by the students.

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At the top of Tryfan we stopped for a summit photo at two large rocks named Adam & Eve and Mr Jenkins entertained the group with some mountain poetry before we headed down the south ridge and back to the Ogwen valley.  On the walk back to the minibus the group found a sheep with its head caught in a wire fence but Mr Greenfield came to the rescue and managed to free the animal.  Back at the centre we were provided with hot chocolate and Mrs Robertson’s cake and later on an evening meal before an early night to rest our tired legs.

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We were up early the next day to explore the Rhiw Back slate mines and find out more about the history of mining in North Wales.  We discovered that North Wales slate was once exported around the world as a roofing material but these days’ slate has some more unusual uses such as bulking powder in makeup and toothpaste!

Our underground trip started with a paddle through a flooded cavern on an inflatable boat. Next we went on a zip wire across another pool which was great fun. Wherever we walked there was water and the adults in the group had to duck their heads to avoid some of the low roofs. After the zip wire we abseiled into another chamber and stopped to eat our lunch.  We then climbed up another level and found out more about the dangers of being a miner and what it was like having to work by candlelight without the benefit of any of the modern safety equipment.

Whilst we were underground we watched a film that was projected on to the side of the chamber about the work of some Welsh miners this was one of the earliest Welsh language films ever made.

Our final challenge was to exit the mine by climbing metal steps up a waterfall which was very exciting.  We were lucky because during our time in Wales there was no rain and it was sunny so there wasn’t as much water running down as usual so we didn’t get as wet!

After saying goodbye to our instructors we headed back to the centre to wash the slate off our faces, pack the buses and start the long drive back to Somerset.

Many thanks to Mr Jenkins, Mr Dickson, Mr Greenfield and Mrs Robertson for organising the trip and looking after us while we were away.

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Year 7 Rugby turn out in force for their first rugby games in Court Fields Colours.


Through their commitment in training the Year 7 Rugby Squad were able to field 2 full teams of 12 in a recent Central Ventue Event at Bishop Fox’s.

The teams played against the other schools in the area and showed bags of enthusiasum and commitment. Both teams should be proud of what they have achieved. For many of the students this was their first experience of playing competivtive rugby.  Definitely some boys to watch out for in the future.


Court Fields Storm Through To Next Round

In their first match of the academic year, Court Fields School under 16’s came away with an emphatic 52-0 victory over Preston School (Yeovil). Noticeable performances from Finley Pocock with 5 tries and Jai-Leigh Sears who was outstanding in defence.


Left to Right (Back): Ryan Henwood, Jackson Wilkinson, Will Hodgeson, Cristian Satu, Finley Pocock, Rowan Blazeby, James Blackmore, Rohan Poulsom, Harry Roberts, Josh Thorne.

(Front):- Jai-Leigh Sears, Jayden Bowerman-King, Corey Perry-Jones, Freddie Coles, Harry Hanaford (captian) Ethan Osbon, Travis Baker-Way, Jack Payne

Congratulations to our Class of 2016

Court Fields Year 11 students have excelled in their GCSE exams achieving the best results in the school’s history.2016 results Neve 67% achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths with one in five students getting the top grades of A*/A in 3 or more subjects. Congratulations to all of our students in the Class of 2016 – we wish you every success at College and in your future careers. Thank you to all staff at Court Fields who have worked tirelessly to ensure our students achieved great results and to all of our parents who most probably have had a turbulent year with their teenagers who can now relax and enjoy the next phase in their development! Well done – a great team effort.

Rachael Bennett

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Madagascar Expedition members open new school building

On Saturday 16th July the Court Fields School Madagascar Expedition  members were present at the inauguration of the new primary school at Ambohimahitsy.  The school has been financed by Court Fields School fundraising activities over the last three years.

Also present at the opening of the school  were the Secretary General of the Analamanga Region, the Regional Governor, the Deputy District Head, resplendent in his dark blue uniform with gold embroidery,  two Mayors, the local representative of the Ministry of Education (Chef CISCO) and the Village Head.


The school expedition group were accompanied to Abohimahitsy by journalists and cameramen from TVM, the Malagasy state broadcaster,  and MaTV,  one of the most popular private television stations – both of which carried lengthy reports a few days later on their main evening television news bulletins.

Our route to the marquee, was lined with local children and villagers who gave us a very warm welcome.  During the speeches, the Village Head expressed her appreciation to the students and staff of Court Fields for raising funds to build this “beautiful new school”. Small children she said had previously had to make a long and tiring journey to the nearest school.  The opening of the new school would improve children’s lives and be a great relief to their parents. She ended her speech by announcing she had gifts for Court Fields – which turned out to be two live ducks in a basket, one of which proved to be alarmingly vocal !

The Chef CISCO said how grateful she was to Court Fields for their support for development in the Analamanga Region.  The authorities  did not have sufficient funds to be able to build schools like this.  She felt honoured to participate in the inauguration of Ambohimahitsy Primary School,  and thanked everyone at Court Fields for their generosity. Madagascar2

Expedition leader David gave a speech which summarised the work of the Madagascar Development Fund and the partnership between MDF and Court Fields,  and explained, to applause,  that apart from Ambohimahitsy school Court Fields had already, generously and imaginatively, raised funds for three safe, clean water systems elsewhere in Madagascar.

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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.


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.