The summer sports day was a very close run affair with all four houses competing closely in the track and field events during the last week of the summer term. The eventual winners were Emerald, with Sapphire coming a close second. The trophy was awarded by Ms Bennett and Mr Nicholls during a whole school assembly at the start of the new academic year.
It was delightful to see students looking incredibly smart, purposeful, a lot taller and ready to learn. A very warm welcome to our new Year 7 students – our class of 2019! I know lots of parents had their cameras out on Tuesday to capture this milestone. New students had a wonderful day. In assembly they described their first day to me as awesome, exciting, tiring, outstanding, brilliant and fun. Many parents, visitors and members of our community have commented how fabulous our students look and what a smart uniform we chose. We were pleased to see so many Year 11 students enjoy the new shirt and tie. We are very proud of our students and I know they are very proud of their school. We are continuing to build on our current success to ensure that every child achieves well, belongs and participates in the full life of our school.
Talented young Wellington climbers Katie Acton and Joe Walmsley competed in the UK’s first ever Deep Water Solo climbing contest, held at the Quay in Exeter during the last weekend of August. Competitors travelled from all over the country to climb on a specially constructed 7m high overhanging wall with the cold water of the Exeter Canal acting as a safety net.
The photo shows both Katie (left) and Joe (right) attempting their second and third routes respectively before a crowd of nearly 1,000 spectators.
Court Fields students celebrate outstanding success and achievement once again with an 8% rise in their GCSE 5 x A*-C including English and Maths. Students achieved an impressive 65%. Record numbers of students achieved A*/A grades with some students awarded 100% in specific exam papers. You can’t get better than that! Congratulations Year 11, we are very proud of you.
During the week of 28th July – 1st August, 20 new Year 7 students signed up for the re-launched Court Fields Summer School led in partnership by the school and A*Education. The week long course consisted of a range of team building, confidence building and resilience training with PE, Science, Technology, Literacy and Numeracy lessons being delivered by a number of the school’s staff. The highlight of the week was the Monument Challenge in which all the students and staff completed a walk to the Wellington Monument & back to the school inside a timescale of 5 hours that included a 45 minute picnic upon reaching the monument.
School Organiser, Ricky Selway, said “It is a great relief to of completed a successful re-launch of the Court Fields Summer School. The students clearly benefitted from attending the course and their self-esteem developed enormously in the Study Support Centre and on activities around the school. I hope we can sustain our Summer School in years to come as parents and students value this opportunity to familiarise themselves to the new educational surroundings.”
During the evening a variety of fun awards were presented by Mrs Lilywhite and Mr Selway. These included;
- Best Transport – Amber Forward for arriving in a stock car
- Most quirky transport (female) – Chloe Mace and Helen Hayes for arriving in a working ice cream van.
- Most quirky transport (Male) – Brendan Lanigan for arriving in the “Only Fools and Horses” Robin Reliant.
- Best Hair (female) – Laura Gatling & Georgia Dodden
- Best Hair (Male) – Robert Powell and Tom Kelvey
- Best Dress – Courtney Sellick and Chloe Mace
- Best Suit – Tom Kelvey and Robert Powell
- Best Shoes – Georgia Manning and Dominik Chmielewski
- Most transformed student – Jesse Pincombe and Hannah Waygood
- Prom King and Queen – Benedict Monterio and Georgia Channon
Key Stage Three Drama students have dedicated their extra-curricular time since Easter on rehearsals for ‘Alice’, a new adaption of Lewis Carroll’s classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story.
Court Fields climber Joe Walmsley competed in the British Youth Climbing Championship Final in Edinburgh over the weekend.
Joe achieved 16th place in his category and was the highest placed 13 year old in the competition. Joe competed against regional finalists from all over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The South West Team came 5th overall.
Well done Joe!
Court Fields School held the inaugural inter-house team maths challenge on Friday 27th June. There were four rounds in the competition culminating in the relay round. This was a speed competition with teams working in pairs to answer alternate questions and running to return correct answers and provide the next questions for their team mates.
Each team was made up of one student from each year group and 48 students took part.
Organiser Mr Kilshaw, said “he was delighted with the success of the event and that it would definitely become an annual fixture in the Court Fields calendar”
Court Fields Duke of Edinburgh teams were out on Exmoor for their bronze expedition at the weekend. It was really hot when we set off and stayed that way all weekend, although the temperatures did drop a little over night.