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Lenny's Home Learning Project on World War 2 - April 2020

Lenny has produced the following writing in connection with his World War 2 home learning. Fantastic work Lenny!

Wartime air raid shelter
My feelings
When the sirens went off, I was a little bit scared. When I got into the air raid shelter, I felt shivery and nervous. I could imagine everyone could have felt very scared especially little children. I would have been very worried if that happened to me knowing that bombs were dropping over us.

When listening to Winston Churchill giving his speech it reminded me of Boris Johnson and her majesty the Queen talking about the Covid 19 virus and I felt a bit emotional but reassured upon hearing this.’

Year 11 PGL GCSE Revision Weekend at Boreatton Park, Shrewsbury - March 2020

​Year 11 GCSE pupils travelled to PGL Boreatton Park in Shrewsbury where they combined quad biking, problem solving, fencing and other adventure activities with revision sessions for English, Maths and Science GCSEs.

It was a great weekend, enjoyed by staff and pupils alike, combining hard work, fun and team building.

Exhall Grange celebrates World Book Day - March 2020

Staff and pupils alike celebrated World Book day in style by dressing up as their favourite book character.

There were book quizzes in the library, competitions and some wonderful book reviews! A Dalek also made appearance for the second year running!

Year 9, 10 and 11 visit The Globe Theatre in London - March 2020

Years 9, 10 and 11 travelled by coach to London to see their set GCSE text Macbeth performed at The Globe Theatre. After lunch at Pizza Express, at The Royal Festival Hall, we walked down the Thames and arrived at The Globe.

It was wonderful for pupils to experience the performance as the Elizabethans would.  The performance was fast moving and intense and the pupils were gripped throughout.

Year 8 visit the Belgrade Theatre to see a performance of A Monster Calls - March 2020

Year 8 pupils travelled to The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry to see their set novel ‘A Monster Calls’ performed.

‘A Monster Calls’ tells the story of thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum. Together, they’ve managed perfectly since his dad moved away. But now his mum is sick and not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and he can’t seem to fit in at school. Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. When it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

Staff and pupils alike were amazed by the stage adaptation of the story. The stage was completely transformed into a world made from simple props and actors’ bodies to depict the tree and Conor’s state of mind.

Year 10 and 11 Visit Derby Theatre to see Macbeth - March 2020

Year 10 and 11 GCSE Literature pupils were treated to a performance of their set GCSE Literature text Macbeth.

Derby Theatre‘s co-production with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in London was excellent. Shakespeare’s tale of political turmoil, murderous ambition and madness born of guilt gripped the audience and everyone agreed the stage combat between Macbeth and Macduff at the end of the play was superb.

Le Café Français - February 2020

On Valentine’s Day, Madame Samra’s Year 8 class turned Cafe Grange into ‘Le Café Français’ to give out delicious French food as well as hot and cold drinks to anyone who asked ‘en français’! The Year 8 students did a wonderful job running the cafe and communicating in French. They served ‘croissants’, ‘brioches’ and ‘baguettes au fromage’ to each other and to other visitors.  ‘Le chocolat chaud’ was particularly popular!

Well done to the students in Orange Class who all spoke in French to order something from the cafe. A huge ‘merci’ to Ms Jones who helped organise the event. ‘C’était fantastique!’

Year 11, 12 and 13 'Talk the Talk' Day - February 2020

In readiness for their GCSE Spoken Language Examination, Year 11, 12 and 13 GCSE English Language pupils, attended a workshop run by ‘Talk the Talk’ to bolster their confidence in public speaking. Pupils were encouraged to speak on a variety of topics and to practise and experiment with confident communication skills.

Congratulations to Xena Schoon and Cameron Maisey who were voted ‘Oracy Champions’ based on their speeches – we are very proud of you!

 

W9BA 2019 Competition 3 Winners - January 2020

We are delighted to announce that Callum and Toby have won Warwickshire Schools Library Service Competition 3.

Toby championed the novel in his video book review on The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton and Callum championed the novel in his video book review Killer T by Robert Muchamore.

Congratulations Callum and Toby – we are very proud of you!

Year 11 GCSE English Literature Pupils Visit GCSE Poetry Live - January 2020

Year 11 GCSE English Literature pupils travelled to Nottingham to hear Simon Armitage read his collection of poems from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster which the pupils are studying. Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker and John Agard all gave the pupils valuable insights into the GCSE poems the pupils will be examined on in May this year when they sit their GCSE Literature examination. Poets responded to pupils’ questions and discussed how their poems connected to other poems in the Power and Conflict cluster. Well done to Thomas who asked Carol Ann Duffy an excellent question on ‘War Photographer’.

Peter Buckroyd, chief examiner for GCSE Literature spoke about the two skills vital for success in the GCSE Examinations. The first session looked at how pupils might deal with unseen poems in the exam, both how to think about them and how to write for the best possible results. The second session looked at comparing poems and how to write effectively about them in the exam. All pupils commented on how valuable they had found the day to their revision of the poems.

Year 10 Crystal Growing - December 2019

As part of their entry level science qualification the year 10 students have been growing a giant copper sulphate crystal.

Here is the crystal they grew at the end of the term. Each week it needed “feeding” with more copper sulphate solution which had to be made carefully to make sure that the crystal didn’t dissolve!

Blue Class visit Belgrade Theatre, sponsored by the Unicorn Social Club in Holbrooks - December 2019

Blue Class had a brilliant time on this trip and gained so much from going. It was a ‘first’ on so many levels for pupils and we are so proud of them – they were fantastic ambassadors for the school!

The pantomime was superb and the children sat entranced for 2 hours and 50 minutes. A roll of toilet paper was thrown at Jago and Mrs Bridges and Mrs De Sousa both admit they will never forget him throwing it back and it hitting one of the musicians in the orchestra pit!

Jago wrote the thank you letter shown.

“We had a purr-fect time at the theatre.  My best bit was … the battle between Puss in Boots and The Ogre.  We booed Victor Grabbit and cheered Simon and Matilda on.  Simon was still in bed when the others Face-Timed him! On the way to the show he got a Mcdonalds! What a lucky Simon!

PS: oh I nearly forgot.  Mrs De Soussa got covered in toilet roll too!”

Year 8 and 9 CPR training - December 2019

On Monday 9th December pupils from Year 8 and Year 9 took part in a CPR and AED training session ran by the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of their PSHE curriculum.

Pupils enjoyed learning key skills such as how to perform CPR, how to use an AED and how to put someone in the recovery position.

The pupils were able to practice the skills they were taught and it was a really enjoyable and interactive session.

AFEGS Christmas Carol Concert 2019 - December 2019

The annual ‘A Friends of Exhall Grange School’ Christmas Carol concert took place on Monday 2nd December 2019 and we had a great turnout this year.

Our school Music Makers choir performed along with the Warwickshire Band, St Giles Church choir and even Mrs Melville!

We hosted a raffle on the night alongside another raffle, with donations by local businesses, that ran all week.

Our current total is £646.55 and we are very grateful to everybody that made the night a success.

Blue Class visit Hereward College for an Infant Agility Activity Session - December 2019

On Thursday 28th November, Blue Class took part in an Infant Agility Activity Session at Hereward College.  The children were an absolute credit to the school and were great ambassadors for us all.

To see the enjoyment and achievement that the pupils gained from this experience, you only had to look at their faces.  Everyone had a go at everything and all improved at least one skill during the morning.

 

W9BA 2019 Competition 2 Winner from Exhall Grange - November 2019

We are delighted to announce that Nathan has won the Warwickshire Schools Library Service Competition 2.

Nathan’s winning diary entry was based on the novel ‘Killer T’ by Robert Muchamore.

Congratulations Nathan, we are very proud of you!

You can read Nathan’s winning entry here

Exhall Grange visit the Rep Theatre, Birmingham to see J.B Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ - November 2019

On Friday 15th November, Year 10 and 11 GCSE Literature pupils stayed at school and enjoyed pizza before boarding a coach to see their GCSE text come to life on stage.

Stephen Daldry’s expressionistic staging of this moral thriller was spellbinding as it repeated its plea for a fairer and more compassionate world. Seeing the performance; pupils were able to make links between the play and its social and historical context. The pupils enjoyed the performance and found the stage craft and characterisation fascinating and interesting. A massive thank you to parents/carers for supporting this trip!

Children in Need 2019 - November 2019

The school council organised a non-uniform day, a cake sale and competition to raise money for Children in Need. Members of the school council ran the cake sale, which was very popular! The cake competition was for the best Pudsey-themed cake. Shannon, won the Secondary prize and Josiah won the Primary prize. Well done! A big thank you to Post 16 and Year 11 Living Skills groups who baked and assisted with running the cake sale.

We also had a surprise visit from Pudsey himself. Primary students loved having photos with Pudsey and a lot of Secondary students got their high fives in as they were going home!

A huge thank you to everyone for the support. We raised £320.28!

Year 8 watch Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the Belgrade Theatre - October 2019

As part of Year 8’s study of Gothic Horror, they visited The Belgrade Theatre to see a production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on Wednesday 14th October 2019.

Rona Munro’s brilliant adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece had the pupils on the edge of their seats as Frankenstein’s creature struggled for acceptance in a society, which rejected him.

The pupils have been studying Mary Shelley and it was interesting for them to see an actress playing Mary Shelley on stage agonising over writing the story and being able to appreciate the social and historical context in which she was writing.

Media Students visit The Guardian Education Centre, London - October 2019

On Wednesday 9th October, Year 11, 12 and 13 GCSE Media Studies pupils travelled down to London to The Guardian Newspaper Education Centre. Pupils took on the roles of both reporters and editors and chose, researched and wrote news stories using the day’s breaking news feed.

As the day progressed they sub-edited the stories, wrote headlines, chose photographs and produced their page. They learned how stories are structured, how editorial decisions are reached and how news is reported on and produced. It was an incredibly interesting and educationally enriching day for the pupils and staff.

Dance Festival - October 2019

On Thursday 3rd October, 8 students from Key Stage 3 took part in a dance festival as the opening ceremony. It was the first of many events which our students will have the opportunity of taking part in this year.

They learnt a dance motif and then had the opportunity to perform in front of the other schools represented. All our students took part throughout the whole morning and were a credit to the school!

Year 7 visit the RSC to see a performance of The Merchant of Venice - October 2019

As part of their study of Shakespeare, Year 7 visited The Swan Theatre to see William Shakespeare’s “A Merchant of Venice” performed.

The pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

Well done to Ellis, who was invited to play a part with the actors, which he did with enthusiasm.

The day concluded with a walk to Shakespeare’s birthplace and a chance to see a scene of Romeo and Juliet performed in the gardens.

Year 8 visit Bosworth Fields - September 2019

On 26th September Year 8 began their topic on the Tudors by visiting the site of their decisive victory over Richard III at Bosworth Battlefield.

The students had a talk from an archer who demonstrated the speed with which arrows could be delivered. Then the sergeant at arms explained the various weapons and armour and had the students drilling with pikes.

After a look round the exhibition, various students tried out the stocks, though all managed to make it safely back to school. Well done Year 8, an excellent day.

Year 7 trip to Lunt Fort - September 2019

On 23rd September Year 7 began their topic on the Romans by visiting Lunt Fort in Coventry.

They were shown around the fort and then the soldiers talked to them about the various drills, armour and weapons.

After a look round the exhibition some students got to practise their defensive skills with shields.

An excellent first visit from Exhall for Year 7, well done.

Post 16 Agillidogz Day - July 2019

On 5th July the post 16 students visited a local dog agility show as part of enrichment and preparing for work programme. There were around 300 dogs competing on that day in 2 agility rings.

Our students were able to support judges in each ring by performing useful roles such as pole picking, height setting, moving equipment and Toby even took over the microphone and made a memorable contribution announcing the winners in real style.

As the day progressed the students integrated well with the Agillidogz staff and several were offered the opportunity to run their dogs in competition. As you can see, Alex practised the course and tried the jumps! Callum had great fun running Ms Martin’s dog Darwin; Oliver ran her dog Neipher and all of the students and staff had fun cheering on all of the competitors – especially Ms Martin’s young dog Sirius.

We had a wonderful day and the students contributed so much to the show that we have been invited to all their future shows by the Agillidogz team.

Year 8 visit Harry Potter Studio’s - July 2019

On Thursday 11th July, Year 8 visited The Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio tour. The pupils had a wonderful time learning about how the Harry Potter films were made, the special effects, the props and prosthetic make-up.

Pupils loved Gringott’s Wizarding Bank, The Forbidden Forest and Hogwart’s Express as well as sampling the Butter Beer which many of the pupils enjoyed at lunchtime.

Year 12 Work Experience Week - July 2019

In July our Year 12s completed their work experience placements.

Over half of students were offsite with organisations such as Cadent Gas, Gefco, Exactaform, Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Costa and Myton Hospice. Some chose to work in Café Grange at school.

All of our students have gained new skills and strengths such as improving their communication and ability to work under pressure, all of which will set them in good stead for the world of work. Congratulations and well done Year 12, we are extremely proud of you all!

Primary Bikeability Success - July 2019

8 pupils from Years 5 and 6 have passed their Level 1 Bikeability course.

They successfully carried out bike safety checks, were able to stop and start safely, indicate for left and right turns, and could check over their right shoulders (practising looking for cars).

We are so pleased for them!

 

Year 11 Science Day - June 2019

 

On Wednesday 19th June, Year 11 pupils were involved in a full day of “fun science”. Their challenge was to design and make kites in small teams, and they came up with some very imaginative designs.

When it came to testing their creations in the afternoon, a severe lack of wind did not work in their favour, but they were determined not to be beaten, and took it upon themselves to run at full pelt across the school field! Some of the kites even managed to fly… for a few seconds at least!

 

Year 8 Visit the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry to see an Odd Socks Performance of William Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”! - June 2019

 

On Wednesday 19th June, Year 8 were treated to a performance by Odd Socks of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The pupils and staff all agreed it was a fantastic interpretation of the play and extremely funny.

Updates - June 2019

School Uniform

Our new school logo will be available to purchase as part of the school uniform from 1st July 2019 from our school uniform suppliers, Toye, Kenning & Spencer Ltd.

School Term Dates
The school term dates for September 19 – July 20 have been finalised. You can find them here.
UPDATE: Pupils now return to school on Wednesday 4th September 2019. Friday 3rd July 2020 is now a normal teaching day.

Parents Evening Summer 2019

  • Primary – 4th July 2019 4-6pm
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 – 4th July 2019 6-8pm
  • Year 10 – 26th June 2019 6-8pm
  • Year 11 (New Year 12) – 26th June 2019 5.30-6pm
  • Year 12 – 26th June 2019 6-8pm

Toby and The Green Generation – Searivers Leisure Caravan Park
Please see a write up regarding one of our students, Toby. You can find the article here.

Year 8 visit YHA Blaxhall - June 2019

From 12th to 14th June, Year 8 went on a residential trip to Suffolk to the Blaxhall Youth Hostel. They did many activities, including visiting the Felixstore museum at Landguard Fort; visiting Dunwich to see where the town has fallen in to the sea; Framlingham Castle where Nian claimed the castle for the French; and a tour of Ipswich’s gruesome sights – places of execution and graves of men eaten by cannibals!

Everywhere we went they were commended on their manners and courtesy and how well behaved they were. A real joy to take. Well done, Year 8!

Year 14 Internship - May 2019

Exhall Grange students in Year 14 have appeared in an article on the ‘Warwickshire Means Business’ page about their Internships placements at Ansty Hall. You can read all about it here.
We are so pleased with how our pupils have grown and matured during their placements and how much the hotel has benefitted from the Internships.

Oral Health - May 2019

According to Public Health England almost a quarter of 5 year olds have tooth decay with an average 3 or 4 teeth being affected. Prevention is always better than cure, therefore please encourage and supervise your child/ren to clean their teeth twice a day and ensure they visit the dentist for a check-up every 6 months even if there are no problems with their teeth.

NHS dental care for children under 18 is free.

Children should also limit sugary food intake as we know that sugar harms teeth. You can speak to your Dentist if you have any concerns about your child’s oral health. The opportunity to discuss any health issues relating to your child is always available and the School Health and Wellbeing Service can be contacted on 03300 245 204 or confidentially text ChatHealth Parentline on 07520 619 376.

Year 9 see a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in London - April 2019

On Thursday April 4th, 2019 Year 9 visited London to see a performance of The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon which they have been studying in class.

After a visit to Planet Hollywood for a delicious lunch the pupils walked to the theatre and watched the performance. All the pupils and staff agreed it was a fantastic production.

Year 7 visit Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards and George Williams wins Competition 3! - April 2019

On Thursday April 4th, Year 7 visited the Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards 2019. Pupils heard presentations by all six authors about what had inspired them to write their books, the editing process and why they love writing.

Stags by M.A. Bennett received the most pupil votes and was declared winner of the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award.

George Williams won Competition 3 for his blog which championed the novel Rook by Anthony McGowan. Well done George; we are very proud of you!

Warwickshire County Councillors come to Exhall Grange - April 2019

On Tuesday 2nd April, Councillor Mayfield came to school with a number of other delegates from Warwickshire County Council to see our newly refurbished Canterbury building.

This was a prime opportunity for our Sixth Form students to hone their hospitality skills in Café Grange.

They served the councillors tea, coffee and other refreshments and our visitors were very pleased. We are really looking forward to moving in to our new sixth form building when it has been furnished.

World Book Day Celebrations - March 2019

On March 7th 2019 staff and pupils alike celebrated World Book day in style by dressing up as their favourite book character.

There were book quizzes in the library, competitions and some wonderful book reviews! A Dalek also made appearance!

Year 10 GCSE Media Studies visit GCSE Media Live in Disneyland Paris - March 2019


Year 10 GCSE Media Studies pupils travelled to Disneyland Paris for GCSE Media Studies Live where they heard presentations from Cally Beaton, VP Viacom International Media Networks, Lucy Brett from The British Board of Film Classification and Andrew Davies, Media Speaker, Consultant and trainer. Well done to Caine Harrison for asking the panel a question.

This conference was a great opportunity for the pupils to see the practical applications of Media Studies as well as enjoy all that Disneyland has to offer.

Year 11 visit Stratford –upon-Avon and attend a Macbeth Workshop at The RSC Rehearsal Rooms - Mar 2019

In preparation for Year 11’s GCSE English Literature examination in May; Year 11 visited the RSC rehearsal rooms and worked on key extracts from play. The focus of the day was looking at the character of Macbeth and analysing his key speeches. The pupils all commented on how useful they found the workshop in deepening their understanding of the play. The day was rounded off at Pizza Express where pupils enjoyed pizza and gelato.

Year 11 Food preparation and nutrition students coursework - March 2019

Our Year 11 GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition students have now completed their practical cooking assessment where they showcased a range of skills. The task was to create three dishes from the Asian culture with consideration given to presentation.

They have researched Asian foods and completed a number of trial practical’s leading to their final three courses. Our students were creative and showed a wide range of practical skills and they should be very proud of their achievements.

George Allen – Autism Film Writer - March 2019

On Friday March 8th George Allen was a speaker on a panel at the National Autistic Society Professionals conference at the ICC in Birmingham.

A year ago, he created a film with a group of autistic students to explain the experience of autism to teachers, in particular. The film has won an award at a New York film festival and is being shown in schools and workshops nationally. The auditorium was massive but George did a great job of answering the questions put to him.

Well done George! We are very proud of you!

Comic Relief - March 2019

Rainbow Class and Orange Class walked, wheeled and ran a mile for Comic Relief. They raised a lot of money! Mrs Marshall joined in the fun too!

Calvert Trust - Jan 2019

On the 11th February, thirteen Year 9 students and four staff went on our annual visit to the Calvert Trust in the Lake District. On the Monday, after our ‘epic’ four hour journey up the M6 and a different country roads, we arrived, raring to go. Over the subsequent four days, our students took part in a wide range of activities, ranging from bush-craft, canoeing and swimming, high ropes and climbing. All our students showed a great enthusiasm and desire when undertaking different challenges and over-came their fears and anxieties.

Our students were an absolute credit to the school throughout the week, and received lots of positive comments from the different staff members. Also, I would like to give a massive thank you to Mrs Saunders, Miss Pinfield and Mrs Smith for their help and support throughout the week.

Year 11, 12 and 13 Pupils attended a Talk The Talk Workshop - Jan 2019

In readiness for their GCSE Spoken Language Examination Year 11, 12 and 13 GCSE English Language pupils attended a Talk the Talk workshop to bolster their confidence in public speaking. Pupils were encouraged to speak on a variety of topics and to practise confident communication skills with one another.

Congratulations to Alex Carvell and Lucie Shaw for achieving ‘Best Speaker of the Day’ and to Olivia Cockayne and Joe Rice for achieving ‘Most Improved Speaker of the day’. Well done! We are very proud of you! Good Luck to all pupils in their GCSE Spoken Language Examination!

Year 11 Visit Birmingham Symphony Hall for GCSE Poetry Live - Jan 2019

Year 11 GCSE English Literature pupils travelled to Birmingham to hear Simon Armitage, Oxford Professor of Poetry, read his collection of poems and poems from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster of poems which the pupils are studying. Gillian Clarke and Daljit Nagra were inspiring and read from their collection of poems. Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker and John Agard all gave the pupils valuable insights into the GCSE poems the pupils will be examined on in May, this year, when they sit their GCSE Literature examination. Poets responded to pupils’ questions and discussed how their poems connected to other poems in the Power and Conflict cluster.

Peter Buckroyd, chief examiner for GCSE Literature spoke about the two skills vital for success in the GCSE Examinations. The first session looked at how pupils might deal with unseen poems in the exam, both how to think about them and how to write for the best possible results. The second session looked at comparing poems and how to write effectively about them in the exam. All pupils commented on how valuable they had found the day to their revision of the poems.

NATIONAL AWARD WINNER – Tyler Inman - Jan 2019

We are very proud of Tyler Inman Year 7 who won a national award for being an inspiring young person. He collected his award at a huge awards event in London in January. Well done Tyler.

Warwickshire Schools Library Service W9BA2018 Competition 3 - Jan 2019

Congratulations to George Logan and Xavier Stott in Year 9 for winning Warwickshire Schools Library Service W9BA2018 Competition 3!

George and Xavier produced a video which championed the novel ‘Shell’ by Paula Rawsthorne. Well done boys! We are very proud of you!

Year 10 and 11 GCSE Literature pupils visit the New Theatre Oxford to see the National Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth - Jan 2019

On January 10th, 2019 Year 10 and 11 GCSE Literature pupils visited the New Theatre in Oxford to see their GCSE Literature set text Macbeth performed. This powerful performance of Macbeth from the National Theatre, under its director Rufus Norris, was gripping throughout. The play was set in a post-apocalyptic world; Michael Nardone was a powerful and convincing Macbeth as was his wife, played by Kirsty Besterman.

The pupils all enjoyed the performance and many commented on how seeing a live performance enhanced their appreciation of the stagecraft and deepened their understanding of the play.

W9BA 2018 COMPETITION 2 WINNER – Connor Langhorn - Dec 2018

We are delighted to announce that Connor Langhorn has won Warwickshire Schools Library Service Competition 2. Connor’s winning Diary Entry was based on the novel Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw.

Congratulations Connor – we are very proud of you!

Diary Entry- Outwalkers – Exhall Grange School: Connor Langhorn - Dec 2018

Thursday 19th June 2034

I have just seen Jet leave with Poacher yet I still wonder where he is, where he’s going or where he’s already been. Swift was hanging around Cass, which seems odd, because usually Cass is quite independent, but today, she’s been looking rather off. For one thing, she collapsed earlier due to exhaustion mostly, but other than that she seemed to stick fairly close to the convoy for comfort. I reckon she needs the support as well. Earlier I was having the most wonderful dream, it was all about way back when I had both Mum and Dad by my side. My slumber was callously interrupted. I was awoken by the night duty and all my hopes of seeing them again were shattered. Exactly like my hopes of ever seeing that blissful dream again and being reunited with my wonderful parents; if only for a few minutes or seconds. But it was a very rude awakening in which I was poked with a stick and then, cautiously, I opened my eyes.It was Poacher growling into my ear,

“It’s your turn now!” To which I groggily, replied. “Not now, not yet” I didn’t want to lose that dream.

The cold morning air bit my skin as I wandered out to stretch my legs. The dew moistened my trainers so that I would have to have walked today with freezing cold feet that would probably go numb at some point. The long grass licked at my hips as I scrambled to find a flat bit of ground that wasn’t pocked with mole hills or rabbit holes where I would twist my ankles. The faint voices of Poacher behind me and Swift ahead was good enough reassurance that today was going to be a good day for making progress for the convoy of a dozen or more children all on their long voyage to Scotland. Jet had recently arrived back with yet another rabbit in his jaws and his tail was wagging madly with excitement to see me again. This was going to be an interesting day; I feel full of hope and less of apprehension. I shall see you again tomorrow, same time same place. Between these pages hold my secrets and life story.

GCSE Literature pupils in Year 10 and 11 Visit Birmingham to attend GCSE Lectures on Shakespeare’s Macbeth - Nov 2018

On Thursday November 29th, 2018 GCSE Literature pupils in Year 10 and 11 travelled to Birmingham to attend lectures on their set GCSE Literature text, Macbeth. Pupils listened attentively to four lectures which covered the themes of fate, suffering and death in the play as well as the presentation of the supernatural and ambition. Pupils were encouraged to look closely at the language and dramatic structure of the play and were given tips on how to write analytically in the GCSE examination.

Good luck to Year 11 this week who are sitting their mock examinations!

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.