Term and Holiday Dates

Academic Year 2018 / 2019 (Including Training days)

Friday 20th July 2018 – Summer Term Ends

Summer Holidays

Mon 3rd Sept 2018 – Teacher Training Day
Tues 4th Sept 2018 – Autumn Term Begins
Fri 26th Oct 2018 – Teacher Training/School Ends

Autumn Half Term Holiday

Monday 5th Nov 2018 – School Returns
Friday 21st Dec 2018 – Autumn Term Ends

Christmas Holiday

Mon 7th Jan 2019 – Teacher Training Day
Tues 8th Jan 2019 – Spring Term Begins
Fri 15th Feb 2019 – School Ends

Spring Half Term

Mon 25th Feb 2019 – School Returns
Wed 27th Mar 2019 – Teacher Training
Fri 12th April 2019 – Spring Term Ends

Easter Holiday

Mon 29th April 2019 – Summer Term Begins
Mon 6th May 2019 – May Bank Holiday School Closed
Fri 24th May 2019 – School Ends

Summer Half Term Holiday

Mon 3rd June 2019 – School Returns
Mon 22nd July 2019 – Teacher Training Day / Summer Term Ends

Previous News and Events

Cadbury’s World Trip - Nov 2018

On 27th November year 8 went to Cadbury’s world. This tied in with their history topic. It allowed them to learn about the growth of the chocolate industry from its beginnings in the Tudor times and the effect of Tudor exploration on the Aztecs. They were also to consider careers in chocolate making and have a go at creating with chocolate themselves. The students enjoyed their day and managed to avoid eating too much chocolate!

Exhall Grange Commemorated the 100 Year Anniversary of the Armistice - Nov 2018

On Tuesday 13th November Exhall Grange commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the armistice with a whole school history day. Mr Allton–a re-enactor and expert on the first world war –gave talks to all the year groups on being a soldier in the first world war. This allowed students to look at the weapons and uniforms the soldiers used and to try them out –the uniforms, obviously, not the weapons! Throughout the rest of the day students were able to be creative making flapjacks, memorial plaques, art work and poetry themed on the war. Many of the students had researched relations or soldiers with their surname they could put on the memorial plaques and the stories discovered were, in many cases, very moving. Students also learnt about the first planes and had a go at creating their own paper planes, investigating what improved their flight.

Mr Robinson created an altar on site with poppies created in art lessons and the day finished with a remembrance assembly with readings of poetry and remembrances from the war. The students showed great respect, enthusiasm and empathy during the day and, hopefully, gained a deeper appreciation of why remembering the war and the sacrifices made is so important.

Year 10 GCSE Media Studies pupils visit BBC Mailbox, Birmingham - Nov 2018

On Tuesday November 13th, 2018 GCSE Media Studies pupils travelled to Birmingham to visit the BBC Mailbox. Pupils visited the BBC Midlands Today studio where Nick Owen popped in to meet the pupils. Pupils visited the BBC Radio Asian Network Studio where they learnt about the equipment a Radio Presenter might use and the pupils had the opportunity to create their own radio drama. The pupils will now be studying their first close study television media product; Doctor Who – An Unearthly Child.

School cafe is open for business – and to boost students’ job prospects - Sept 2018

Students at a Exhall Grange Specialist School in Coventry have opened a new café to help improve their job prospects. Café Grange is now open for business and it is hoped that the new enterprise will offer life-changing career opportunities for students interested in catering and hospitality.

The café is based in an old school kitchen that has been completely transformed thanks to a £40,000 Skills for Employment grant from Warwickshire County Council. More than 40 people attended the official launch of Café Grange. Caroline Parkhouse, assistant head teacher (Post 16) at the school in Easter Way, Ash Green, said: “We are open during school hours and we are looking at opportunities to supply lunches for nearby businesses at Prologis Park.

Year 13 student Heidi Davis said this is the start of a new and fun time for the whole school and surrounding businesses. She said: “The food we serve is really tasty and all homemade. As I am currently heading towards a career in catering, being in the café has helped me to learn new skills and develop the ones that I already have.

Yr 7 Visit the RSC Stratford-upon Avon - Nov 2018

In preparation for the Year 7’s study of Shakespeare; they visited Stratford-upon Avon for the day. They were treated to a performance of ‘A Comedy of Errors’ and visited the exhibition entitled ‘The Play’s The Thing’ at the top of the Swan Theatre. After eating lunch in the grounds of the theatre they then walked to Shakespeare’s birthplace where many of them discovered hidden acting talents!

It was a wonderful day and the pupils learnt a huge amount about Shakespeare’s life and works.

Year 11 GCSE Literature Students Visit the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham to see: An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - Oct 2018

On Thursday October 11th, Year 11 GCSE Literature students were treated to Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls, which the pupils are studying as part of their GCSE Literature course. 

On their return to school, the pupils enthused about the performance and they all commented how useful they found it to their interpretation of the play.

Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards 2018 – Shortlist Announced! - Sept 2018

This award is aimed specifically at Year 8 pupils who moved into Year 9 in September 2018. The team at WSLS carefully selected a long-list of 9 books which includes 9 of the most exciting books published in the past year with the hope that they will inspire, challenge and leave a lasting impression on the readers. Following successful speed dating events in schools this term the pupils have decided on the shortlist for this year!  The four shortlisted books are:

  • Stranger by Keren David
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  • Shell by Paula Rawsthorne
  • Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw

Here is a wonderful picture of some of the students at Exhall Grange School in Warwickshire taking part in their long list speed dating event. Pupils will now have 2 months to read the shortlisted books and share their views/thoughts with fellow students, librarians, and teachers. They will then vote for their favourite book and the winner will be announced online in Dec 2018!

Year 8 trip to Bosworth Battlefield - Sept 2018

On 25th September year 8 went to Bosworth to begin their history topic on Tudors. After a look at the memorial and site of the battle the students were introduced to the Master at Arms who drilled them in their bill use whilst avoiding cannonballs, arrows and the enemy. After a look round the exhibition and chance to dress in various pieces of armour, the students also got a talk on archery and the damage various arrows could do to soldiers. Students are now experts in decapitating the enemy with farm implements and first aid on arrow injuries!

The weather was glorious, the students beautifully behaved and a credit to the school. Well done, year 8.

Years 9/10 Trip to the RSC in Stratford - July 2018

In preparation for the pupils’ GCSE English Literature examination; Year 9 and Year 10 were treated to a spell binding performance of Macbeth. Christopher Eccleston’s performance as Macbeth was captivating as the audience shared in his demise from a highly regarded patriotic subject to murderer and tyrant.

Niamh Cussack was brilliant in her portrayal of the manipulative and calculating Lady Macbeth. All the pupils agreed what a gripping and exciting performance it was. – Mrs Stephens – English Curriculum Lead.

Stem Day - July 2018

On Tuesday the 3rd of July, years 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 had a visit from Wonderstruck who explained all about rockets and explosions – in the playground then we didn’t set all the fire alarms off inside! Then students spent the morning building their own rockets in groups before firing them across the field.

In the afternoon the students built fan powered cars and adapted them to make them go as fast as possible. After various heats in the classrooms, the best 8 cars competed in the hall. Congratulations to George Allen, Callum Inglis and Austin Barnacle who made the fastest car. All students really engaged with the day, worked well with a mix of peers from different year groups and – hopefully – now have a better understanding of the opportunities and excitements that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths can offer.

BBC2’s 500 Words - June 2018

On Friday 8th June, Mrs Melville went along to the final of the BBC2 500 words competition broadcast as part of the Chris Evans Breakfast Show. Over the past 2 years Mrs Melville has been helping to judge the competition and this year was one of those invited along to the presentations.

This meant Mrs Melville had to be at Hampton Court Palace at 5:30am on Friday morning to have ID and handbags checked before being allowed in. Once in, the show went ahead, with music from John Newman, Bastille and Alexandra Burke and presentations and readings from a host of celebrities including David Walliams and the Duchess of Cornwall. Chris Evans was absolutely brilliant and a real champion of the stories and the value of children reading and writing. Maybe next year someone from Exhall could write a story that impresses the judges and gets them an invite to get up very, very early one Friday!

Swimming Gala - June 2018

Our Primary swimming gala was held on Monday 11th June. All Primary took part in races organised by Miss Bridges and compered by Mr Brookes.

Everyone received a participation certificate and we all enjoyed cheering each other on.

EmployAbility welcomes GEFCO UK - May 2018

Exhall Grange and the Cadent EmployAbility team had been in talks with Sandra Trainor, HR Business Partner of GEFCO UK, to consider hosting a 10 week trail placement based in the Warehouse at their Head Office at Pro-Logis Park. Following a site visit and an introduction day at GEFCO, Liam was offered his 3rd placement based at GEFCO UK.

Liam began his placement on 16th April and after an intensive induction day, Liam was introduced to the Warehouse Team and has hit the ground running in the Decanting Dept. Liam is supported by Ian Jones, Site Manager and Mentored by Darren Lavill, Operations Manager.

Jordan and Charlotte’s stories - May 2018

Jordan and Charlotte started on a work experience programme at Dunlop Systems and Components whilst students at Exhall Grange School.  Both students made excellent progress whilst on placement. So much so that they were both offered apprenticeships with the company once they had completed their Year 13 education.

“Dunlop Systems & Components Ltd (DSC) have a close link with Exhall Grange Specialist School due to their close proximity to the factory.  Jordan and Charlotte initially joined DSC for a period of work experience in which they were able to show us their abilities and this led to DSC offering an apprenticeship to them. This has been very successful, and I cannot express enough how beneficial to the business Charlotte and Jordan have been. They have both grown into the role of fully fledged valuable employees”.

Pupils visit RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon - May 2018

In readiness for their imminent GCSE English Literature examination; Year 11 Literature pupils were treated to a contemporary performance of their set GCSE Shakespeare text Romeo and Juliet.

The pupils enjoyed the performance and found it very useful for their revision of Shakespeare’s language and the themes contained within the play.

Suffolk Residential Year 8 and 9 - May 2018

Pupils embarked on a historical and geographical tour of Suffolk. Blessed with sunshine, they spent their first day exploring the exhibits at the Felixstowe museum, experiencing the prisons at the Languard Fort and enjoying a sunny afternoon on the picturesque beach at Languard Point.

They then headed back to the YHA at Blaxhall for a fantastic dinner and an evening in the garden.

Calendar of Events

September 2018


Class: Year 8
Date: 25/09/18
Time: 09.00am – 15.30pm
Event Details: Bosworth Trip


Class: Year 7
Date: 26/09/18
Time: 09.00am – 13.00pm
Event Details: Lunt Fort Trip


Class:
Date: 28/09/18
Time: 09.00am – 11.00pm
Event Details: Prospective Pupil Morning

October 2018


Class: Years 7 -13
Date: 10/10/18
Time: 13.50pm – 15.30pm
Event Details: Cross Country


Class: Year 11
Date: 11/10/18
Time: All Day
Event Details: An Inspector Calls


Class: Years 7 – 13
Date: 11/10/18
Time: 09.00am – 12.00pm
Event Details: Inter Schools Cross Country


Class:
Date: 18/10/18
Time: 16.15pm – 18.00pm
Event Details: Full Governing Body Meeting


Class: Year 7
Date: 19/10/18
Time: Morning
Event Details: Comedy of Errors


Class: All
Date: 26/10/18
Time: All day
Event Details: Training Day


Class: All
Date: 27/10/18
Time:
Event Details: Half Term

November 2018


Class: Year 12/13
Date: 05/11/18
Time: 09.15am – 11.30am
Event Details: GCSE English Language Examination


Class: Year 12/13
Date: 06/11/18
Time: 09.15am – 11.10am
Event Details: GCSE Mathematics Examination


Class: Year 12/13
Date: 07/11/18
Time: 09.15am – 11.30am
Event Details: GCSE English Language Examination


Class: Year 12/13
Date: 08/11/18
Time: 09.15am – 11.10am
Event Details: GCSE Mathematics Examination


Class: Year 12
Date: 09/11/18
Time: 09.00am – 12.00pm
Event Details: Theatre Company


Class: Year 12/13
Date: 12/11/18
Time: 09.15am – 11.10am
Event Details: GCSE Mathematics Examination


Class: Years 10/11/12 and 13
Date: 14/11/18
Time: 18.00pm – 20.00pm
Event Details: Parents Evening


Class: Primary
Date: 22/11/18
Time: 16.00pm – 18.00pm
Event Details: Parents Evening


Class: Years 7/8 and 9
Date: 22/11/18
Time: 18.30pm – 20.30pm
Event Details: Parents Evening


Class: Year 8
Date: 27/11/18
Time: 09.00am – 15.30pm
Event Details: Cadburys World Trip

December 2018


Class: Year 11 and 13
Date: 03/12/18
Time: All Week
Event Details: Mock Exams


Class:
Date: 07/12/18
Time: 09.30am – 11.00am
Event Details: Prospective Pupil Morning


Class: Year 11 and 13
Date: 10/12/18
Time: All Week
Event Details: Mock Exams


Class: All
Date: 21/12/18
Time: 15.30pm
Event Details: End of Term

January 2019


Class: All
Date: 7/1/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Teacher Training Day


Class: Year 10 and 11
Date: 10/01/19
Time: All day
Event Details: Macbeth Trip


Class: Year 11
Date: 22/01/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Poetry Live


Class: Years 10 – 13
Date: 29/01/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Talk the Talk

February 2019


Class:
Date: 8/2/19
Time: 09.30am – 11.30am
Event Details: Prospective Pupil Morning


Class: Year 9
Date: 11/02/19
Time: All Week
Event Details: Calvert Trust


Class: Year 9
Date: 25/02/19
Time: 09.30am – 12.30pm
Event Details: DTP Vaccinations


Class: Year 9
Date: 27/02/19
Time: 18.00pm – 19.00pm
Event Details: Options Evening

March 2019


Class: Whole School
Date: 7/3/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: World Book Day


Class: Year 9
Date: 13/03/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Big Bang Fair


Class:
Date: 14/03/19
Time: 16.15am – 18.00pm
Event Details: Full Governing Body Meeting


Class: All
Date: 27/03/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Teacher Training Day


Class: Years 7 – 9
Date: 28/03/19
Time: 13.50pm – 15.30pm
Event Details: Swimming Gala


Class: Year 11
Date: 28/03/19
Time: 18.00pm – 19.00pm
Event Details: Parents Evening

April 2019


Class: Years 7 and 8
Date: 3/4/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Book Awards


Class: Year 10
Date: 5/4/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Conference


Class:
Date: 5/4/19
Time: 09.30am – 11.00am
Event Details: Prospective Pupil Morning


Class: All
Date: 12/4/19
Time: 15.30pm
Event Details: End of Term


Class: Year 11
Date: 30/4/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: An Inspector Calls Revision

May 2019


Class: All
Date: 6/5/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Bank Holiday


Class:
Date: 9/5/19
Time: 16.15pm – 18.00pm
Event Details: Full Governing Body Meeting


Class: KS2
Date: 13/5/19
Time: All Week
Event Details: SATS

June 2019


Class: Year 8
Date: 12/6/19
Time:
Event Details: Suffolk Residential


Class: Year 8
Date: 13/6/19
Time:
Event Details: Suffolk Residential


Class: Year 8
Date: 14/6/19
Time:
Event Details: Suffolk Residential


Class:
Date: 14/6/19
Time: 09.30am – 11.00am
Event Details: Prospective Pupil Morning


Class: New Year 12
Date: 26/6/19
Time: 17.30pm – 18.00pm
Event Details: Parents Evening


Class: Year 10 and 12
Date: 26/6/19
Time: 18.00am – 20.00pm
Event Details: Parents Evening


Class: Secondary
Date: 27/6/19
Time: 13.50pm – 15.30pm
Event Details: Sports Day


Class: Year 11
Date: 28/6/19
Time: 09.30am – 10.30am
Event Details: Leavers Assembly


Class: Year 13
Date: 28/6/19
Time: 14.00pm – 15.00pm
Event Details: Leavers Assembly

July 2019


Class: KS1 and Year 10
Date: 1/7/19
Time: All Week
Event Details: Assessments and Exams


Class: Post 16
Date: 1/7/19
Time: All Week
Event Details: Work Experience


Class: Primary, 6 into 7
Date: 4/7/19
Time: All Day
Event Details: Induction/Transition Day


Class: Primary
Date: 4/7/19
Time: 16.00pm – 18.00pm
Event Details: Parents Evening


Class: Years 7, 8 and 9
Date: 4/7/19
Time: 18.30pm – 20.30pm
Event Details: Parents Evening


Class: KS3 and Year 10
Date: 8/7/19
Time: All Week
Event Details: Assessments and Exams


Class: 
Date: 9/7/19
Time: 09.30am – 12.30pm
Event Details: Catch Up Vaccinations


Class: 
Date: 11/7/19
Time: 16.15pm – 18.00pm
Event Details: Full Governing Body Meeting