Ms Vicki Jackson
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Because of daily commitments, we cannot promise to see parents/carers who arrive at school unexpectedly without an appointment.
If you have any concerns about how a matter has been dealt with please do contact Ms Jackson, Mrs Atkinson or Mr Hammond directly and they will make every effort to address your concerns.
|Deputy Headteacher (Teaching, Learning and Assessment)||Mrs C Atkinson|
|Deputy Headteacher (Student and Staff Development and Guidance)||Mr P Hammond|
|Assistant Headteacher (Development and Guidance)||Mr P Greenwood|
|Assistant Headteacher (Post 16)||Mr A James|
|Assistant Headteacher (Achievement)||Miss Y Nordon|
|Associate Assistant Headteacher (Maths Hub)||Mr M Moody|
|Associate Assistant Headteacher||Mr C Clarke|
|Head of Year 7||Mrs C McGuiness|
|Head of Year 8||Miss J Atkinson|
|Head of Year 9||Mrs J McBride|
|Head of Year 10||Mr C Clarke|
|Head of Year 11||Ms E Brownlee|
|Assistant Head of 6th Form - Year 12||Mrs C Hill |
|Assistant Head of 6th Form - Year 13||Mrs J Tate|
|Intervention Co-ordinator/Designated Safeguarding Lead||Miss H Howson|
|Head of Department||Mrs J Rhodes|
|Miss A Hine|
|Head of Department||Miss C McVey|
|Design & Technology|
|Head of Department||Miss A Stringer|
|Second in Department||Mrs S Stevenson|
|Mr P Greenwood|
|Mr P Hammond|
|Miss K Jacques|
|Subject Co-ordinator||Mrs H Openshaw|
|Miss M Howie|
|Head of Department||Miss V Archer|
|Assistant Head of Department||Mrs D Hodgkison|
|Miss K Armstrong|
|Mrs R Bainbridge|
|Mr R Clay|
|Miss J Hayton (currently on maternity leave)|
|Mrs F James|
|Mrs C McGuiness|
|Subject Team Leader||Mr S Atkinson|
|Miss H Capstick|
|Mr R Foster|
|Mrs E Vaudrey (currently on maternity leave)|
|Health & Social Care|
|Head of Department||Mrs J Tate|
|Mrs C Wallace|
|Head of Department||Mr J Rhodes|
|Mr A James|
|Mr J Johnston|
|Mrs M Macfarland|
|Mrs J McBride|
|Head of Department||Mr S Beedie|
|Mr M Huntbatch|
|Mr A Runciman|
|Mrs G Wragg|
|Head of Department||Mr M Moody|
|Second in Department||Mr P Sharpe|
|Mrs H Cresswell|
|Mrs C Dawson|
|Miss S Howbridge|
|Mrs A Bradshaw (nee Jones)|
|Mr O Price-Jones|
|Mr P Thomas|
|Mr D Tucker|
|Higher Level Teaching Assistant||Mrs A Todhunter|
|Modern Foreign Languages|
|Head of Department||Mr M Machard|
|Mrs L Gimenez|
|Ms E Lioult|
|Mrs J Riddick|
|Performing Arts / Music|
|Head of Department||Mrs S Cooper|
|Ms E Brownlee|
|Miss M Howie|
|Mrs H Openshaw|
|Head of Department||Mr M Butler|
|Miss J Atkinson|
|Mr J Bulman|
|Mr O Burns|
|Mrs J Etheridge|
|Miss H Howson|
|Mrs A Nicholson |
|Mr P Rodgers|
|Head of Department||Mr B McArdle|
|Mr P Brown|
|Mrs C Dawson|
|Mr S Glover|
|Mrs C Hill|
|Mr B Irving|
|Ms V Jackson|
|Mr R Looker|
|Mrs F Moir|
|Dr D Roberts|
|Mrs S Robinson|
|Mr P Senior|
|Higher Level Teaching Assistant||Mr R Park|
|SENCo||Miss H Howson|
|Skills for Life/Spiritual and Moral Development|
|Head of Department||Miss H Cook|
|Mr C Clarke|
|Mrs R Coates|
|Miss E Morrison|
|Mr N Thompson|
|Senior Teaching Assistant||Mrs L Benson|
|Senior Teaching Assistant||Mrs M Kirkpatrick|
|Senior Teaching Assistant||Mrs S Taylor|
|Senior Teaching Assistant||Mrs B Theakston|
|Senior Teaching Assistant||Mrs J Thomlinson|
|Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Autism||Mrs K Wallace|
|Business Manager||Mr D Foulkes|
|Headteacher's PA||Miss H Vasilic|
|Library/Learning Resources Manager||Mrs R Bell|
|Enterprise and Marketing Manager||Miss C Eastburn|
|Senior Site Manager||Mr P Harrison|
|Catering Manager||Mrs B Mason|
|Education Attendance Officer||Mrs T Richardson|
|Exams Officer||Ms L MacColl|
|SEN Administrator||Mrs S Smith|
Monday 5th March
On Tuesday 6th March we have a professional theatre company coming into school to perform 'D.N.A' by Dennis Kelly at 4.30pm in the Drama Hall.
Three of our A level students (Ella Bryant, Ryan Carroll and Dan Gregor) have been recruited by the theatre company and have been performing this nationwide – and now they get their home-coming!
All are welcome to attend – the performance is free but donations are appreciated. The money raised will go towards making next year’s whole school performance happen. ‘Yes!’ I hear you cry: there is already a planned follow-up to Les Miserables. But I am sworn to secrecy…
Friday 2nd March
Acton House continue their mascot fund-raising. Well done Mr Pickles’ Tutor Group for getting in on the fund-raising activities.
Thursday 1st March
Who wouldn’t want to make a fire snake?! Just one example of the kind of activity you could be involved in at Science Club. In Year 7 or 8? Then come along and join in.
Tuesday 26th February
Youth Speaks Final – February 2018
Well done to the following students who competed in the recent ‘Youth Speaks’ final. This Public Speaking and Debating competition is run with the support of Chipping Sodbury Rotary, to whom we are really grateful. The standard of public speaking was high, and the confident, assured performances from students in Year 8 made me so hopeful about what these students will go on to achieve in the future.
- Joshua Milton L-ESL Aimee Soper A-TDO
- Hannah Holman D-GWE Megan Michael H-APA
- Louise Gregor D-KMA Beatrice Norris D-WXM
- Taylor Warwick White D-PNO Scarlett Morris L-BXK
- Ethan Brown D-KMA Nathaniel Lewis L-RDA
- Sophie Archer D-WKE Cameron Stillie H-JML
Friday 23rd February
Sutton Trust US programme 2018: Congratulations to Beth Carriaga on being shortlisted from 1000 applicants and invited to interview in April. We really hope Beth is successful. If she is, she will be given the amazing opportunity to study at a US university, free of charge, this coming summer.
Tuesday 9th January
Well done to the Brimsham Bulldogs for gaining silver medals in the Boccia local area finals last week. We didn’t make it to the Regional Finals, but are not deterred from competing fiercely next year!
Wednesday 6th December
Good luck to all students playing against Cheltenham Bourneside school in the Year 9 National Football Cup game on Thursday:
Cameron Ward, Will Shipp, Alfie Boulton, Ben Dennington, Jack Cook, Ben Drinkwater, Liam Jones, Liam Taylor, Josh Jenkins, Leon Westcott, Dylan Venn, Callum Harris and Rudy Harvey (who is in Year 8!)
Wednesday 29th November
Creative WritingClub, launching on Wednesday 29th November in M6. 3pm – 4pm. Open to all year groups, Year 7-13.
Calling all great writers / aspiring great writers! This new after school club could be for you if you are interested in entering a creative writing competition, or even getting your writing published. Do you want to win a prize for your story telling? Well come along to a Creative Writing Club this Wednesday with Mr Brown and Miss Bray. The competition involves writing a short 100 word story and you could win one of many prizes, as shown below:
1st Prize - £250
2nd Prize - £100
3rd Prize - £50
One highly commended writer will win a selection of books! Plus a bookmark for every entrant!
Wednesday 22nd November
Fundraising for Uganda is in full swing – hot on the heels of the Christmas Fayre, we now have the Year 7 & 8 disco to look forward to!
Thursday 2nd November
Thank you to all those staff and students who took part in the pumpkin competition. Well done to Rachel Sallis for 2nd place (Ladenbrook), Naomi Townsend-Brown for 3rd place (Deerleap) and Caroline Cotterell for 1st place (Ladenbrook)!
Tuesday 31st October
Wednesday 18th October
Bristol University’s Pathways to Law
Congratulations to Sophie Berkley, Beth Carriaga and Jess Summers, all of whom have been accepted onto this programme. I have every faith that these three girls will become superb lawyers in the future.
Tuesday 17th October
We are delighted to welcome to school our German Exchange students and teachers from Bad Salzdetfurth. Mr Norris persuaded me to dust off my German A Level and greet our guests with a welcome message in German today! I did my very best to pronounce the following accurately…
Guten Morgen, liebe Austauschgruppe! Ich heisse Frau Garland und bin Schulleiterin hier in Brimsham Green School.
Ich freue mich, dass ihr alle hier seid und möchte euch hier in unserer Schule begrüßen.
Ich hoffe, dass alles in Ordnung mit eueren Gastfamilien ist und, dass ihr gut geschlafen habt! Ich bin sicher, dass es Spaß gemacht hat, euch wieder mit euren Austauschpartnern zu treffen.
Als ich in euerem Alter war, hatte ich eine deutsche Brieffreundin, Magda, und ich blieb in Kontakt mit ihr, bis ich mit 18 die Schule verließ. Ich frage mich oft, wie es ihr geht, was sie tut, wo sie wohnt.
Leider sind wir nicht mehr in Kontakt, und das finde ich eine Schade. Ich hoffe, dass zumindest einige von euch in 20 Jahren immer noch in Kontakt seid.
Warum ist ein Austausch wichtig?
Erstens ist es immer gut, neue Leute kennenzulernen
Zweitens bietet es auch eine großartige Möglichkeit, eine Fremdsprache zu lernen und zu üben. Vielleicht, wenn ich immer noch in Kontakt mit Magda wäre, wäre mein Deutsch besser.
Drittens hilft ein Besuch in einem anderen Land, Menschen besser zu verstehen und verschiedene Kulturen zu schätzen.
Ich wünsche euch eine tolle Woche hier bei uns. Ich hoffe, dass:
Euere Freundschaften fester werden
Euer Englisch besser wird
Und, dass unser Deutsch besser wird
Danke für eueren Geduld mit meinem Deutsch!
Viel Spaß diese Woche!
(There is a House Point available to any student who can translate my welcome speech into English – come and tell me what I said!)
Thursday 12th October
Extended Project Qualification
Good luck to the 21 Year 12 and Year 13 students we have who are embarking on their Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ). They are exploring a diverse range of projects, and I am looking forward to reading and seeing the final presentations towards the end of this year. Here is a selection of their projects:
To what extent has the feminist movement over the past 100 years affected gender equality and human rights in African countries?
To what extent did the introduction of the FA Premier League have an effect on football as a business
Will the development of new therapies improve the health and well-being of people with type 1 diabetes?
Issues and Negative Influences of Social Media
How did Hitler’s beliefs and his earlier life amend his own thoughts into reality?
Is there a religious ideology that can radicalise violent extremists?
To what extent are the Gospels from the New Testament considered reliable? / Feminism?
To what extent did OJ Simpson’s celebrity status influence the final verdict in his murder trial?
Why was Hatshepsut’s name removed from society and title defaced beyond 1457 following her 22 year succession as a pharaoh?
Does Cannabis relieve the effects of MS?
To What Extent Can Cleopatra and Boudicca be Considered as Positive Role Models for Women in Both the Ancient World and Today?
The Influence of Advertising: Why do we buy certain brands?
Why does the case of JonBenet Ramsey remain unsolved?
Does the election of Jeremy Corbyn prove that there is an end of political consensus?
Do mental illnesses cause people to commit crimes?
To what extent could Moors Murderer Ian Brady have committed incitement against Myra Hindley?
Did the protective services fail for the victims of the Rochdale Scandal
Do the media portray the military strength of North Korea accurately, and to what extent do the media instil fear about North Korea in the global community?
Wednesday 11th October
Tuesday 10th October
Monday 9th October
Great news: we have received the Silver Health in School Award by demonstrating the positive impact our health promotion work has had on developing healthier behaviour. In particular, we have increased the uptake of school meals. This has resulted from the changes made to the school canteen as a result of our School Council’s suggestions. We now have a hot food takeaway at lunchtime, extra tills to address the time taken to purchase food and the separate serving point within the Youth Wing to buy food and drinks. All of this has only been possible because of the Brimsham’s amazing canteen staff who have support these changes for better service within Brimsham Green School.
Thank you everyone.
Thursday 5th October
Somerset U15 Rugby Trials Success for Lara!
Many congratulations to Lara Woodhouse – now officially part of the Somerset County U15 Rugby squad. Lara was up against 70 other young people at trials, her resilience and aspiration clearly paid off.
Wednesday 4th October
‘Access to Bristol’ Success!
Many congratulations to the following students who have been accepted onto Bristol University’s ‘Access to Bristol’ scheme. The student’s degree choices are many and varied as you can see below.
Social Policy and Criminology
Classics and Ancient History
Classics and Ancient History
Pathways to Health Sciences
Archaeology and Anthropology
Archaeology and Anthropology
Monday 18th September
As a school community we are glad to be able to support the fundraising for Macmillan Nurses, and the family of Kieron Hackers, a former student at Brimsham Green. Kieron, and his family, especially Callum and Finley, are in our thoughts - please support this event.
Friday 15th September
Les Miserables is coming to Brimsham this February!
Our amazing cast has just been announced. Well done to the following students for auditioning, and in some cases, persevering through call-backs. You have hours of rehearsals ahead of you, but it will develop your resilience.
Jean Valjean – Louis Cowell
Javert – Ryan Carroll
Fantine – Ella Bryant
Eponine – Beth Carriaga
Marius – Lewis Taylor
Cosette – Jess Sheppard
Enjolras – Lauren Soper
Young Cosette – Martha Bryant
Madame Thenardier - Olivia Press
Thernardier –Jack Barry
Young Eponine –Katesley Arriola
Gavroche – TBC
Foreman – Josh Kay
Chain Gang – Male principal chorus
Constables – Sam Turner, Kirk Clifford
Bishop of Digne – Poppy Maby
Factory girls – Grace Morris, Kyra Tymon, Ria Gibson, Immie Hutchens, Poppy Maby
Lovely Ladies – Hattie Powell, Abi Hurford, Jess Summers, Katie Nash, Storme Slater-Jones, Kiera Rossiter
Sailors – Josh Wrighton, Mike Holden, Kirk Clifford
Bamatabois – Dan Gregor
Old Woman – Maria Kellengray
Pimp – Sam Frankcom
Fauchelevant – Ben Hodge
Judge – Marcus Jeffries
Thernadier’s gang: Mike Holden, Will Lymn, Jamie Toogood, Marcus Jeffries, Josh Wrighton
Members of the ABC Society (with Marius and Enjolras) – Josh Kay, Ben Lakeman, Sam Frankcom, Sam Turner, Dan Gregor, Kirk Clifford, Ben Hodge,
Gavroche’s gang - Becky Kirkham, Hannah Lynham, Lucy Faulkner, Ruby Schollick, Poppy Simmonds, Ruby Fuller,
Principal male senior chorus
Josh Kay, Ben Lakeman, Jack Barry, Sam Frankcom, Sam Turner, Marcus Jeffries, Jamie Toogood, Mike Holden, Will Lymn, Dan Gregor, Josh Wrighton, Kirk Clifford, Ben Hodge,
Principal female senior chorus
Immie Hutchens , Caitlin Tainton, Iona Jardine, Eleanor Lord, Izabel MacIver, Lauren Soper, Abi Hurford, Neave Jones, Ella Bryant, Jess Sheppard, Katie Nash, Kyra Tymon, Beth Carriaga, Jess Summers, Sophie Merriman, Olivia Press, Hattie Powell, Jess Hatherall, Tia Newman, Emily Barry, Evie Albury, Emma Chandler, Sophie Cook, Grace Morris, Storme Slater-Jones, Maria Kellengray, Kelsey Tudor, Poppy Maybe, Aaliyah Wilmott, Kiera Rossiter, Geraldine Green, Naomi Townsend-Brown, Ria Gibson, Ruby Gibson,
George Pugh, Charlotte Poole, Josh Goodchild, Becky Kirkham, Hannah Lynham, Lucy Faulkner, Sophie Archer, Louise Gregor, Freya Grimstead, Gemma Wrighton, Hollie Hulme, Ellie Williamson, Saffie Williams, Lydia Tickner, Lea Quemard, Jess Taylor, Ellie Ridler, Abi Swain-Forgen, Martha Bryant, Katesley Arriola, Hattie Andrews, Ruby Schollick, Poppy Simmonds, Nicole Hughes, Maddie Williams, Charlotte Hutchinson, Phoebe Ashley, Caitlin Lord, Beatrice Norris, Owen Walker-Cox
Thursday 14th September
Many congratulations to our first ever cohort of fully trained Digital Leaders. Well done Mr Bogle, and:
- Jack Barry (Hawkesbury)
- Ben Moore (Ladenbrook)
- Harry White (Ladenbrook)
- Francis Sparey (Ladenbrook)
- Henrik Hegedus (Ladenbrook)
- Josh Williams (Deerleap)
- Harriet Butler (Deerleap)
- Rebecca Williams (Deerleap)
Hopefully we will have some Acton Digital Leaders in the near future.
Not sure what a Digital Leader is? Follow this link.
Friday 1st September
Academic Summer Success
Well done to all Year 11 and Year 13 students on their fantastic, record-breaking examination successes this summer. If you missed our press release on our GCSE results click here to view it in full. If you’d like to share in the excitement of Year 13’s successes, clickhere.
Following the release of A Level results we recently heard brilliant news: Lucy Conibear has accepted a place at Nottingham to study medicine. As Lucy’s mum reflected, “It was incredibly hard for Lucy to secure her place and she has a very long road in front of her!” What a fantastic achievement, Lucy, and I’m sure you’ll keep in touch with us. Emily Sinha-Royle is now in her second year at Exeter studying medicine, and when Emily popped into school at the end of term it was great to catch up and hear about her studies.
If you would like to share news on any Brimsham alumni please do get in touch – we love to share your stories to inspire current students.
Summer Sporting Triumph!
If you thought Brimsham students were idling away their summer holidays, think again! Toby Conibear is now the Avon schools’ champion, the South West schools’ champion, the Midland Counties and South West inter-counties champion, an English schools’ silver medallist, and currently 3rd in the U.K rankings in the under 15 boys’ Hammer Throw. To top it all off, Toby threw a personal best of over 52m this weekend, winning Bronze at the national age group championships. What an impressive set of achievements, we are very proud, Toby.
If you would like to share news on any Brimsham student’s achievement outside of school please do get in touch – we love to share your stories to inspire current students, and staff.
Monday 17th July
Random Act of Kindness
Thank you to the local resident who contacted the school’s music department and said, “I would be grateful if you would accept my donation of a keyboard. I would like to do this because the children of Brimsham Green have been walking past my house for years on the way to school and they have always been incredibly respectful.”
Thank you, the music department is really grateful.
Friday 14th July
12:15 p.m. - the wait was finally over, and the House Champions were announced:
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO LADENBROOK!!!
I hope you all enjoyed your bouncy castle and ice cream rewards!
Well done for persevering right to the end, with just 5 points between you and 2nd placed Deerleap it couldn’t have been closer!
Thursday 13th July
Rotary Young Chef Competition
Our Young Chefs impressed the judges this week with their restaurant-quality food, all served up within an 1hour and 30 minutes. They deserve to look proud with their certificates!
Judge Ann Murray (Cooking4 Cookery School) said, “They were a credit to the school and to the food industry in years to come.”
Jonathan Jones (Chef at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club) reflected that the standard was the same as his chefs at the Golf Club!
The Cookery School Manager at Hobbs House, Jane Grafton, commented, “It is the first time I have judged a competition where someone has made a dish that I have not made before. And I am going to try making it this weekend!”
Well done to overall champion Will Sell, Year 9, with his award-winning menu of ‘Salmon with Couscous and Deconstructed Cheesecake with pink peppercorn crumb’.
What’s more, Megan Walker, Year 10, was in the semi-finals of the South West Chef Competition again this year, representing not only Brimsham Green School but the whole of South Gloucestershire! She has been a credit to the school and the Food Department.
Wednesday 12th July
Deerleap’s House Celebration Evening
Following in Acton’s footsteps, Deerleap House gathered last night to recognise the achievements of their students in Years 7-10. Rachel Proud opened the celebration with a selection of piano music, and later in the evening we were treated to Grave Morris’ rendition of ‘Killer Instinct’, first showcased last Friday at Brimsham’s Got talent!
Awards were given for Achievement and Approach to Learning, as well as House Colours. The ‘big reveal’ of the Student of the Year culminated with Laura Tomasin accepting her trophy – well done, Laura – you are the first ever Deerleap Student of the Year!
Deerleap House Captains led the Review of the year; Sophie King, Zara Poole and Sophie Berkley demonstrated just why they have been such successful House Captains this year. Thank you, girls.
Tuesday 11th July
House Celebration Evenings
This week we are holding our House Celebration evenings. Last night Acton House gathered to recognise the achievements of Years 7-10. We were treated to music by Josh Goodchild and Nicole Hughes, and a great Review of the Year led by a diverse team of Actonites.
In addition to the subject awards, we were able to award House Colours to those students whose contributions have significantly shaped Acton House this year. Huge congratulations to George Pugh who was named as Acton’s ‘Student of the Year’.
Tonight we have Deerleap’s Celebration Evening, followed by Hawkesbury’s on Wednesday and Ladenbrook’s on Thursday.
I do hope you have received an invitation to celebrate your child’s award, and I look forward to seeing you there, 6pm in the Drama Hall.
Here are just a few comments shared with us by Acton student parents:
“What a fantastic evening last night was, celebrating the achievements of some of the superb students we have at Brimsham Green School. How brilliant it was to sit in anticipation to see who had won what; to hear the gasps of joy from students and parents when names were read out; and to be one of those proud parents myself!”
“Nothing quite prepares you to hear a member of staff talk so highly about a student in their House, only to find out that the student they are praising is in fact your own child! So many proud and happy parents last night, and so many more to come over the next three evenings.”
“Thank you for instilling such important values into our students on a daily basis. Thank you for giving them opportunities to show and develop their own individual talents and skills.”
Monday 3rd July
CEIAG At Brimsham Green School
Thank you in advance to the following employers who are supporting our Industry Day event, involving all our Year 10 students – your generosity is very much appreciated: Keepmoat, Airbus, Babcock, City of Bristol College Animal Care, City of Bristol College Forensics, Mitie, Mouchel, Onsite, SGS College Media, and Marshfield Bakery.
Friday 30th June
Sodbury Players Youth Section’s performance of Beauty and The Beast is just 21 days away!
The following students are rehearsing hard and will undoubtedly be brilliant. Please show your support for:
Abi Hurford as Belle; Kirk Clifford as The Beast; Louis Cowell as Cogsworth; Lauren Soper as Mrs Potts; George Pugh as Chip; Immie Hutchings as Lefou; Kieran Cambridge as Gaston; Ryan Carroll as The Prince; Sam Frankcom as D’Arque; Olivia Press, Hattie Powell and Aaliyah Wilmott as The Silly Girls; Josh Wrighton as The Baker/ Chorus Dan Gregor as The Book Keeper / Chorus; Gemma Wrighton - Chorus; Louise Gregor - Chorus.
Thursday 29th June
I am delighted to share Ben Townsend’s fantastic news with you: he has been awarded Apprentice of the Year by the British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association.
Ben, who completed his A Levels in DT, Art & Design, Business & Economics and English Literature at Brimsham last year, is working for Advanced Insulation, and studying alongside as part of his apprenticeship. Ben has already achieved his Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology, and is currently sitting exams for his level 3 VRQ. This may not be the end of Ben’s success, since he has also been nominated for two other awards, including the Regional Apprenticeship award.
Throughout his sixth form studies Ben showed significant resilience and the aspiration necessary to become a hugely successful design engineer. I am sure that Ben’s career will go from strength to strength.
Monday 12th June
Mr Mills' Masterclass Sessions
Interested in honing your chef skills? In Year 8, 9, 10 or a member of staff? Thinking about studying GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition?
Then this could be for you!
Thursday 8th June
Brimsham students excercised their democratic right to vote in the school's election today, and here are the results:
Thursday 11th May
GCSE Drama Exam
Yesterday the Year 11 Drama students completed their GCSE Drama performance, examined by an external examiner. The performances were of such a professional quality and standard. We are waiting on their results, but are feeling VERY optimistic about their results! Well done to: Cerys Phillips, Joshua Wrighton, Ryan Carroll, Jessica Summers, Alice Bradley, Joseph Sheppard, Adam Lewis, Bethenie Carriaga, William Bolan, Joshua Morris, Kai Hailstone, Jade Eaves, Chloe Ford, Stephanie Pick, William Lymn, Shay Summerville, Aimee Calvert-Cooper.
Thursday 4th May
Well done to Jess Jones, Lily Griffiths, Shauna Piekielniak, Jasmine Luff and Elle Shephard – every single student gained the top grade of a Distinction* in their Level 3 BTEC Dance qualification. A really impressive achievement, girls, well done. Thank you to the Dance staff for their skilful support and encouragement.
Friday 28th April
Well done to Sophie Jerome who has returned to Brimsham this year to study for a Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care. We have just had Sophie’s results and she has gained Distinction*Distinction* in her Subsidiary Diploma. This is a huge achievement and enables Sophie to go on to begin her degree course in nursing, based at Southmead Hospital.
Monday 6th February
Brimsham’s Digital Leaders
I am so proud of Brimsham’s founding ‘Digital Leaders’: Ben Lakeman, Lucy Tanner, Ben Moore, Alice Casey and Jack Barry. These Year 9 students have created a short film about body image and social media that is going to be used during Children’s Mental Health Week. They are presenting their work at the South Glos conference. Well done.
Interested in joining the Digital Leaders project? Talk to Mr Bogle, or one of the students.
Friday 3rd February
Owen’s (Year 8) poem restores our faith in humanity…
You’re All Welcome Here
The boats come crashing in
Thousands of people
African, Asian, Mexican
You’re all welcome here!
The red and blue flashing lights
The big cars, pepper spray and batons
Crying babies, devastated families, scared
Where are we welcome?
Detained, taken away. Separated
from your families. Taken to somewhere else
Where is all the help and safe places promised?
Are we not welcome here?
Teresa May, large meeting halls
Lots of rich people all discussing
We can’t have more, we can have more
Should they even be here?
Protests, kind-hearted people
Large shouting crowds. Angry!
Angry at a defying Parliament
Shouting `They are welcome here!’
A safe place, a warm home
Food, drink, warmth
This is what we should provide!
You’re all welcome here!
Owen Walker-Cox (L-AHU)
Thursday 2nd February
Congratulations to the following students selected to participate in the 2018 visit to our link school, Hosanna, in Uganda. This will be a life-changing experience. Competition was fierce, and unfortunately with over 40 applications there were going to be disappointed applicants. Well done for putting yourself forward.
Jasmine Jade Todd
Tuesday 31st January
Amazing batik artwork, 8X1 – Mrs Cotterell is very proud of you!
Friday 20th January
I am really proud that Molly and Joe are sharing their life-changing experiences of Uganda in their local community. We started recruitment for the next trip (July 2018) this week, and had more than 40 students expressing an interest. Selecting the fortunate students who will gain a place is going to be tough!
Tuesday 6th December
Well done to Jess, Jess and Beth– your performance on stage at the Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day on Saturday was excellent (I know I am biased, but that’s according to the person who organises the Victorian Day!)
Huge congratulations to Axel– he won his first three fights on Saturday at the British Judo (50kg) Championships, before losing the next on a very debatable shido (penalty) against a GB player who is ranked 2nd (and who eventually took the gold medal). Axel got caught on his bronze medal fight, so took 5th place overall. An amazing achievement, well done.
Well done, Aquila- a great start to your trading figures at St Nicholas' Market this weekend. This is what Caroline Tarbuck, Young Enterprise West of England Manager, had to say:
"Good to see you on Saturday, how lucky we are, my fourth consecutive dry, if cold, winter Trade Fair!! Just wanted to let you know that you were very close in the running for 2 of the awards on Saturday, judges were very impressed. As we don’t have a first, second and third for either of the Trade Fairs, I just wanted to let you know this, so that you could pass it on to the whole team – all looking great going forward!"
Monday 5th December
Well done Team Uganda, 2016 – your presentation to Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, who generously supported your trip, was really well received:
“…an excellent and motivating presentation…I was particularly impressed by their confidence and clarity in expressing the interrelationship with the Hosanna children and what they had learnt from the experience as individuals. Feedback from the audience has been similarly positive and enthusiastic, so please pass our thanks to the students.” John Berridge, CS Rotarian.
Thursday 1st December
Inspired by a talk from the Teenage Cancer Trust last week, the 6th form have decided to fundraise for the charity, starting with a ‘Sparkle-off’! They are going to decorate the sixth form common room with all things sparkly, and then upload a photo to the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Facebook page, earning the charity a donation.
Let’s get glittery!
Wednesday 30th November
We are the only school in South Gloucestershire with a Young Enterprise team – and they are terrific! Please support them this Saturday at St Nicholas’ Market in Bristol.
I can personally verify that the cookies won’t disappoint.
Tuesday 29th November
Monday 28th November
Thank you to Mr Bogle’s tutor group for making this video. Acton House are deciding on their House motto, and A-LBO tutor group have come up with some excellent ideas to get the ball rolling.
Term 2 House Points are being awarded by staff to students for exceptional contributions to Brimsham. Well done to Rowan B (Year 8), Maddy H (Year 10) and Henrietta H (Year 10) who have recently earned their second House Point – great role models to us all.
House Points are supposed to be awarded to students, but I am awarding one to Mr Morgan for his assembly today; he spoke with honesty, empathy and passion about bullying and the impact it has on children. He was truly inspiring. Thank you, Mr Morgan.
Last but not least, congratulations to Olivia Pagett (Sixth Form Leadership Team) and Ewen Keates (Head Boy) – these two Year 13 students have both been offered unconditional places next year to study at Russell Group universities, such was the quality of their applications. A huge achievement, and we are so proud of you.
Monday 21st November
Brilliant photos, Michael – I’m glad you are enjoying A Level Photography so much.
Michael Holden, A-Level Photography
Friday 18th November
Good luck to all Year 11s as their mock examinations continue into next week. If your achievements match Adnan's Art mock work then you will all do really well!
Adnan Alloush, Yr 11 Art
Friday 11th November
At 10:58 today the whole community at Brimsham Green School stood still and silent, and remembered.
I would like to thank the Student Council, Mrs Crocker, Mr Powell and Mr Morgan for helping to create our field of poppies. The sound of the Last Post being played was really evocative – thank you, Mrs Whittock, Connor and Nathan.
Wednesday 5th October
Congratulations to Jaye Hurcombe for being successfully accepted onto the Access to Bristol course for Economics, Finance and Management. This means that Jaye will have the much sought after opportunity to experience life at the University of Bristol. Interested? It could be you in the future! Follow this link for more information.
We are delighted Jaye decided to return to Brimsham and re-join Cotswold Edge sixth form after a less than satisfying year trying to study successfully elsewhere. Making the right decision about where to study post 16 courses is a crucial one to get right – as important as which secondary school to go to in Year 7. If you’re a prospective Year 7 student, why not book a place on one of our Brimsham Live! tours. If you’re a prospective post 16 student, come along to the Cotswold Edge Open Evening on Thursday, 13th October.
Tuesday 4th October
I felt really proud to read this great feedback on our sixth form students who went to Hosanna Primary School in Uganda, and how they have shared their experiences with St Paul’s (whose children raised funds to support the children of Hosanna).
“I want to say how much we were impressed by your students. They were a real credit to your school. They were very mature and spoke confidently, articulately and with huge enthusiasm. There is no doubt that the trip had a big impact on them, as well as being a real success and making a difference to the lives of the African children.
They were very honest and open with their personal journeys, which made it very engaging and interesting for all of us. We had the full range of ages within our assembly - right from our YR children up to the adult members of staff. We were all equally "spellbound" hearing about it and seeing the photos and video. It was particularly nice for the children to see the pictures from the safari.
The talk was an ideal way to round off our small involvement with the charity. Please pass on our appreciation and praise to the students involved.”
Monday 3rd October
Our first ever Hawkesbury House Captains have been elected, and I am delighted to announce that Connor and Jess have been appointed.
Connor and Jess, both in Year 11, will be ably supported by their elected team of House Council representatives:
- Year 10 – Harvey Rice and Jess Hatherell
- Year 9 – Jack Barry and Amber Maddox
- Year 8 – Cam Ward and Abi Williams
- Year 7 – Jack Reid and Megan Michael
Friday 30th September
Our Yr7-13 students were amazing ambassadors at Open Evening last night. You did us proud, thank you!
Josh’s composition for Open Evening was so apt, too – and brilliantly sung by Josh, George, Olivia and Charlotte.
Boules – who will win? Acton, Deerleap, Hawkesbury or Ladenbrook?
Thank you, Languages Department, for the loan of the equipment – we continue to celebrate European ‘day’ of Languages in style.
Tuesday 26th September
Brimsham is celebrating European Day of Languages with a whole WEEK of events, including opportunities to watch European Cinema. Click here for more information.
Madame Gastigard, Frau Britton, Madame Spacey and Monsieur Norris celebrated in style yesterday by wearing continental costumes.
Bien joué tout le monde - ihr saht toll aus!
Monday 26th September
Amazing Art Work: I wanted to share with you all Kristina's amazing sculptural art work, inspired by Carl Warner - what a great start to GCSE Art, Kristina.
Friday 2nd September
Students looked really smart today for the first day of school – well done everyone. Tutor time was buzzing, too – a great start to our Houses. Thank you to all students who were ambassadors for our Year 7s – you did a terrific job, and I’m proud of you!
Don’t forget, new term - new you! The PE department is raring to go – come along and get involved:
Thursday 1st September
Welcome back to Brimsham, everyone. I hope you’ve enjoyed a great summer break and are totally set to start Term 1.
Staff have worked hard on INSET day today, putting the final touches on our plans for this academic year. We’ve celebrated students’ exam results, and been proud to share your successes.
Of course we’ve also been talking about our brand new Houses – here are the final versions of the logos you designed and voted on. I think you’ve done a pretty good job!
Thursday 25th August
AB FAB! Our A Level and GCSE results have truly been ‘AB’ Fab – we have so many students who exclusively secured A and B grades! In fact, that’s selling them short – many got A*s!!!
The honour roll is as follows:
At GCSE this year’s top attainer was Madeline Prottey, with 11A*s, closely followed by Beth McFarlane (9A*s), Abbie Walker (7A*s, 3As and 1B) and Daisy Pugh (9A*s/As). Not to be outdone, our boys did well, too! George Birnie was our top male performer with 9A*s/As, and 2Bs. Well done to Ollie Johnson, Ravi Mistry and Finlay Barringer who between them were awarded 21A*s/As.
At A Level the honour roll is as follows:
Amber Castle (AAB) who is taking up her place at Giacomini to study Business and Finance; Ella Danter (A*BB), who will be studying to become a primary school teacher after her gap year; Gemma Hutchinson (AAAB) who will be pursuing a career in medicine in 2017; Matt Milton (AAB) who is starting his degree in Business and Economics at Liverpool; and Martin Kujawa Pickett (AAAB) who will be embarking upon his fast-track Civil Service career with the Ministry of Defence.
Year 12 students built on their fantastic GCSE success last summer and have excelled in their AS examinations. In subjects including Biology, Maths and Religious Studies more than half of the students gained A or B grades. The following students gained A or B grades in ALL of their qualifications and so have done particularly well! Many congratulations to: Charlotte Appleyard, Sam Burney, Abigail Burrows-Kenway, Calum MacFarlane, George Packer, Cameron Tomasin and Ewen Keates (who is pictured below).
Congratulations to all students – 57% achieved 5A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE; at A Level 70% achieved A*-C, with more than 30% achieving A*-B grades; at AS the average grade is one whole grade higher than last year – way to go Year 12!
Thursday 21st July
I wanted to share with everybody these photos taken in Hosanna School by our students. Thank you again to everyone who has made this trip possible, and especially for all of the experiences and resources with which our students will be able to enrich the lives of other students. Go Team Hosanna 2016!
Tuesday 19th July
Great to see students spotting references to Brimsham Values out there in the community! Challenge: who else can spot our Values in print /in action?
Monday 18th July
Who wouldn’t want to get involved in Duke of Edinburgh at Brimsham?! Thank you, girls, a great video. Just click the link to see for yourself.
Monday 18th July
Our Year 12 & 13 Uganda Team set off for Kampala yesterday, and are just at the beginning of their life-changing experience. We would like to thank all of the very generous supporters who have made the trip to Hosanna School possible. This includes St Paul’s Catholic Primary who raised £250, a magnificent total. In particular I’d like to thank the very generous boy in KS1 who raised £9.65 by selling his toys to his sister! She paid mainly in 1p and 2p coins – the evidence is below! The money from St Paul’s will enable our Uganda Team to take an extra two students from Hosanna Primary School on safari with them. This really will be life-changing for those two children who ordinarily live in a slum. Thank you, St Paul’s.
Friday 15th July
Congratulations to all of the Award Winners from Year 7 & 8 who received book prizes at least night’s celebration event. Maria and Nathan provided excellent musical entertainment, and the recital of Rudyard Kipling’s If, by Toby, Rowan, Alicia and Georgia was really moving.
We will share pictures of the event and Emily Cobb’s speech with you shortly. Emily, a former Brimsham Head Girl, spoke about ‘failure’ and it was truly inspirational. Thank you, Emily.
Some responses we have had from parents so far:
“Firstly, can I say what a fantastic night it was tonight, for not only me but all of the other parents.”
“Just to say thank you for another award evening. My child was given the English Attainment award. This is fantastic in itself, and is a testament to school life at BGS.”
“I am hugely proud that my daughter was chosen for an award for progress, as I think back to year 5 and 6 when she caused me such a lot of worry!”
Tuesday 12th July
Good luck to all Brimsham and Cotswold Edge students involved in Fame, the Musical. The production takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July. Best of luck also to our very own Mr Brown, who is directing the production. Students involved are:
- From Year 13: Ollie Walker, Chelsea Bird, Amber Godwin and Amber Langley
- From Year 11: Olivia Press, Abi Hurford, Kirk Clifford and Lauren Soper
- From Year 10: Dan Gregor and Josh Wrighton
- From Year 9: Harriet Powell
And not forgetting ex Brimsham students Emily Perry, Maria Hill and Rhys Jenkins.
Monday 11th July
End of term celebration event: will you be there? Have you met the criteria? You will if you have:
- 96%+ attendance
- 100% punctuality
- 0 negative referrals
The list of invitees will be circulated by Friday 15th July…Good luck!
Thursday 7th July
Our brilliant Brimsham Bakers have produced and served their first pudding for Chipping Sodbury Luncheon Club. Apparently the crumbles were a “great success”. Well done Mr Mills and Brimsham Bakers!
Wednesday 6th July
Brimsham’s first ever Rotary Young Chef Competition took place today. Well done to the top four winners (1. Emily 2. Laura 3. Mia and 4. Joe) and to everyone for taking part.
Thank you to the judges for their time and expertise; we were lucky enough to have Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery and Ann Murray from Cooking4. They commented on how impressed they were with the standard and quality of our students’ practical dishes. Tom and Ann are “pleased with the local talent and looking forward to next year’s event.” As always, a huge thank you to the Rotary for organising and sponsoring this event.
The full list of menus is below:
- Laura Tomasin: Fish pie; Eaton Mess
- Georgie Allan: Chicken Gyulai Sausage; Cheesecake
- Emily Bogie: Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza; Apple Rose
- Mia Thorpe: Caribbean Chicken Curry; Chocolate Orange Mousse
- Joe Turner: Cod with Pea Puree, Chips & Tartar Sauce; Raspberry Jelly
- Megan Walker: Sweet & Sour Meatballs with Rice; Chocolate Fondant
- Jas Edwards: Chicken Kebabs with Rice; Chocolate Lava Cakes
- Owen Batchen: Pepperoni, Sweetcorn, Onion & Cheese Pizza; Strawberry Cheesecake
Tuesday 5th July
Just one week to go until Mr Mills calls, “Ready, steady, bake!”
Yes, the fiendishly difficult ‘Technical Bake’ comes to Brimsham after school on Tuesday 12th July. Staff will be paying for the privilege of stressing over the stove and panicking over their pans to raise money for Brimsham Bakers.
Good luck everyone!
Monday 4th July
Fantastic Primary Sport Festival event last week at Brimsham, well done to all of our Sports Leaders and Miss May for co-ordinating the leadership, you did a brilliant job. Just look what feedback we received:
“I just wanted to say a big thank you from the children at Woodlands. It was extremely well organised and your students were brilliant. You should and must be so proud! The sessions were really well planned and delivered. The children were buzzing when they came back.”
Friday 1st July
Thank you to all of the Year 11s and Year 13s for making their Proms such fantastic events. Staff really enjoyed your company, and you all looked terrific. Enjoy your summer holidays!
Thursday 30th June
Congratulations to Georgia in Year 13 whose band ‘Girl next door’ has just had its first video released on Vevo:
The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice Ellie, our Head Girl, who has a cameo appearance!
Friday 24th June
New Year 7 Induction
It was great to round off two successful days with our prospective Year 7s by meeting all of their parents last night at our Induction event. This morning I was delighted to read this feedback from a parent:
“Thank you for this evening. I got a real sense of moving off on a new journey this, both as parents and Brimsham as a school. I felt that there was a high level of enthusiasm and positivity from both the staff and the pupils. The pupil involvement was really lovely to see. They are great ambassadors for you and should be congratulated. It was great to be able to have time to meet members of staff and they gave parents the sense of valuing the chance to listen to them. The importance of the school values came across strongly as did the pastoral care for the pupils. As a parent I felt excited to be off on this journey with you!”
Thursday 24th June
Good luck to the following Year 10 students who left today to embark upon their Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Brecon Beacons:
Tom Groves, Matt Pittaway, Nathan Hardwick, Zara Poole, Scarlet Boulton, Ellie Davies, Hannah Blakeley, Jess Pugh, Louis Harvey, Jack Murawa, Meghan Sell
Jess Sheppard, Beth Box, Ella Bryant, Beth Carriaga, Taylor Maddox, T’Yanna Wigginton, Oliver McPherson, Will Bolan, Tierney Tudor, Charlie King, Tilly Wyatt
Molly MacFarlane, Jess Summers, Ella Maggs, Connor Boulton, Frankie Brannon, Kai Hailstone and Jacques Flanders (year 11).
Please return Mr Powell, Mr Marsh, Mr Salt and Mr Rundle to us safely!
Tuesday 21st June
Thank you and well done to the Student Council and Mrs Crocker for the huge amount of work they have done to establish our House System - we are all now proud members of a House.
Let the competition commence!
Monday 6th June
School Production cast list announced - well done to everybody who secured a part. Roald Dahl fans are in for a treat: The Witches and Revolting Rhymes will be performed in October 2016 at Brimsham Green School.
Good luck to our Assistant Directors, all of whom are students.
Monday 23rd May
Well done to Blake, who came FIRST in the Junior Autograss race (12-16 year old category) this weekend which took place near Yeovil. Not bad considering he’s only been racing for just over a year and he was competing against a National finalist!
Tuesday 3rd May
Hurrah! Well done Mr Mills for securing the school our Health in Schools BRONZE certificate. Silver is within our reach, I hear…
Thursday 28th April
Lovely feedback from a visitor to school today: “I wanted to email you to thank you for your hospitality today. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you, your staff and your students. There is such a positive feel in the school and the students are very clearly proud of their school.”
Friday 22nd April
No wonder that Brimsham have got through to the National Boccia Finals in Sheffield later in May – click the link to see one of our Boccia stars and their coach (a.k.a. Mike) in action on t.v.
Thursday 21st April
Aren't Year 7 African Masks brilliant?!
In other brilliant news, we have just heard that Ella Bryant, Year 10, has been accepted for a place in the National Youth Theatre. This is seriously impressive. Mrs Hitchcock, our Head of Drama said, “In my 12 years of teaching Drama Ella is only the second ever student I know of to be accepted. She worked so hard on her audition and I’m very proud of her!”
Wednesday 20th April
The School Council organised 'Clean for the Queen' along Broad Lane. Mrs Crocker and Ms Hewitt were part of the Dream Clean Team, too! We were glad to be able to help improve our local community.
Wednesday 16th December
I am so sorry to have missed 9R and 9H’s ‘Santa Run’ today, they were raising money for Cancer Research and Hosanna School. The photos show the fun they had!
Their sponsorship money is still coming in, but Mrs Brompton has told me that they have already raised £150. Well done 9R and 9H, and thank you to Mrs Brompton and Mrs Cotterell for their support.
Today was also Christmas Lunch day! I am biased, of course, but I think Team Ms Garland, Mr Whittock and Mr Allen definitely beat Team Professionals and Mr Powell in the serving stakes. Mr Powell didn’t even have a Christmas hat! Thank you, to our Professional Catering Team for putting up with Mr Powell J We hope everyone enjoyed their lunch!
Friday 20th November
Good luck to all Year 11 students who are sitting their mock exams over the next 15 days. Revise, revise, revise!
Wednesday 11th November
Staff and students remember those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world. Thank you to Mrs Whittock for playing the Last Post, and to our Prefects and Student Council members for planting students’ poppies.
Monday 9th November
Our Staff and Sixth Form Book Group launches today – thank you to Year 13s Ben Townsend and Alex Tarbox for coming up with the idea and setting up the Book Group. We will let you know what we are reading as soon as we can agree on this!
Friday 6th November
A few tickets for Oliver left, do not miss it - it is AMAZING!
Wednesday 4th November
The performance is here!!!
Monday 2nd November
Only 2 days until…
Have you got your tickets yet? The show is going to be fantastic!
Wednesday 21st October
Term 1 has raced by! Thank you to all students and staff who made our Brimsham Live! and Open Evening visitors so welcome.
A busy Cotswold Edge Open Evening took place yesterday; Year 11, have you got your application form completed? Deadline for return is Wednesday, 11th November. If you’re not sure about which courses might suit you best, why not talk to some current Year 12s? Or your class teachers? Ms Filer is always happy to advise, too.
Congratulations to Nikolai Stoykovic, Year 12. Not only has Nikolai gained a coveted place on the Access to Bristol University Higher Education programme, but we just heard that he’s also been selected for ‘On Track to Bath University’. Nikolai will now be involved in a sustained programme of activities with other A Level students across the region, designed to support entry to the University of Bath or the other participating universities (Cardiff, Oxford, Reading and Southampton).
A big thank you to the whole of Year 9 who represented Brimsham Green at the Ambitions event at UWE. Mr Allen told me how proud he was of you for being so well behaved and engaged in the careers event. I hope the day was useful in helping you think about your KS4 curriculum choices you will be making over the next two terms.
Monday 19th October
Thank you for the recipe, Mr Mills – the puff pastry savouries were delicious! Your Year 9 students were right, I could follow the instructions they gave me!
Friday 4th September
Term has started exceptionally well, and on the back of our best ever set of GCSE results! 61% of students attained 5A*-C including English and mathematics, and this is very likely to be significantly above not just the Local Authority but also the National Average. Well done to students and thank you to staff – onwards and upwards!
Year 7 students arrived on Wednesday looking incredibly smart. The thing that has struck me the most is how polite they all are, and how happy they have been - it’s lovely to see smiling faces, albeit looking VERY tired at the end of their first week.
Cotswold Edge, our Sixth Form provision, has also launched this September. Over 200 students have enrolled and are commencing their studies in A Level Film, A Level Further Maths, BTEC Music, A Level Physics, A Level Drama – the list goes on! I am looking forward to seeing Year 12 in lessons.