Previous News and Events
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
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
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
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
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
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
Updates - June 2019
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
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
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
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
Warwickshire Schools Library Service W9BA2018 Competition 3 - Jan 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
EmployAbility welcomes GEFCO UK - May 2018
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
“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.