Headteacher’s Blog 01/02/2019

Important Dates

7th and 8th February – Drama Performance



Duke of Edinburgh Award

Currently 99 students are signed up from year 9 and 10 to complete the DofE Bronze Award – these numbers are fantastic. Pupils are completing different volunteering, skills, and physical activities at school and within local communities. Many pupils are already showing greater confidence and organisation as they complete these. On the 9th February Bronze DofE pupils will be completing their training day at Bexwell for their expeditions. 30 Year 11s are finishing off their silver activities and after they’ve finished their GCSEs they will be going on their qualifying expedition. Finally we are currently launching Gold DofE with our Year 12s and are looking forward to having a strong cohort pursuing this most prestigious of Awards!


Year 11 Revision Skills

We are looking forward to working with Year 11 students on a “Revision Skills” day next Tuesday.  All students in Year 11 will be off timetable for the day and then take part in a carousel of five activities that will provide them with lots of ideas on how to revise effectively.  There will be a parent version of this day on Tuesday 12 February from 5pm until 6:40 – please book seats using the online system: www.parents-booking.co.uk/downhammarket


Rome Trip

24 of our sixth form students have had an early start this morning, leaving for an exciting 4 day trip to Rome. The itinerary covers some the most famous sights including the Vatican City, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and the Spanish steps to name but a few.  We wish them and the staff accompanying them a safe journey and look forward to hearing all about the wonderful time that have.  



The deadline for university applications to be submitted on the UCAS website was Tuesday 15th January and we are really pleased to announce that 45 students from Downham Market Sixth Form have applied to universities all over the country to study a wide range of courses. Some have already received offers from their chosen universities and are considering the next stage of the process.



Homework booklets have been given to all students for this half term outlining week-by-week what will be set in each of their subjects. They have also been uploaded onto the school’s website. In order to help support students who may have difficulty in completing homework at home, there is help available at the homework club which runs Monday to Thursday after school in the SEN room.



Between one and five points are awarded by teachers when students go above and beyond either in lessons or around school. Receiving a total of 10 points earns a student Level 1. The following seven students have received over 30 points and made it to Level 2. We will be announcing shortly what their reward will be and hope to see many more students achieving this milestone in the near future.


Chloe Woodgate

Kallum Peach

Ellie-Marie Sandercock

Evey Cornelius

Sophie Fulljames

Rosie Futter

Emilu Shambrook-Hay



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