The Cruelty Class Review

We were very privileged to be invited to review an unpublished book last December, and even more excited to let you know that our class review of ‘The Cruelty’ will be appearing in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) on Friday 17th February.

Four students, Jessica Baillie, Amber Heckstall-Smith, Harriet Priest and Olivia Shackley, were chosen to read a pre-published debut Youth Adult novel by American novelist, Scott Bergstrom, and then each produce a review highlighting their own personal opinions.

The novel is a twist on the film ‘Taken’ and tackles some mature themes and is not advisable for younger students, however the students enjoyed the development of the protagonist Gwendolyn Bloom.

The opportunity to complete the review was well received by the girls who were enthusiastic about the project.  Adi Bloom, a TES reporter, commented that the girls had ‘clear-eyed criticism and the ability to express so clearly what they thought did and did not work about the novel.’

Should you wish to read the reviews please click HERE:



Lymm Year 9 Football Team take on Great Sankey!

The Year 9 Boys football team successfully won the Great Sankey High School 5a side competition. We won six games, keeping six clean sheets and scored a massive twenty-three goals. We dominated every game and the boys are very proud to have represented Lymm High and won the trophy through hard work and team work. Special mention to Ewan Robertson for not conceding any goals which is unheard of in 5 a side, especially six games.


PiXL Student Conference

Sixty Year 10 students enjoyed an informative morning at Old Trafford Cricket Ground gaining an important insight into university admissions. The main aim of the conference was to improve students’ aspirations and understanding of what attending university can offer.

The conference was split into three parts. After an introductory talk outlining what our students needed to know about the process of university application and course selection and about what universities look for in candidates, a talk from Manchester University gave us a beneficial insight into life and courses at Manchester – introducing the history of the Red Brick University, student life, modern advantages and the numerous alumni of the city.

The day concluded with a question and answer session to ease any concerns or queries students may have in relation to the university application process.The students were impressed with the informative content and the conference proved to be a really useful experience for all who attended. Students even had the opportunity to meet with chair of the PiXL Club, Sir John Rowling.

In all, the group of us left feeling that applications to top universities were not such far-fetched dreams and feeling inspired to make the most of all our future opportunities.


Scholars Rise to Writing Challenge

In November, Year 11 Scholars were given the opportunity to enter an academic writing competition on “who is your favourite literary character?”  Students were asked to consider the impact that the character has on their life and how they related to them.

We had some fantastic entries that were judged by a panel of Senior Leaders and Governors.

We had a wide range of characters, ranging from Edmund in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, Katniss in ‘The Hunger Games’ through to Lady Macbeth.

The governors and senior leaders were very impressed with the mature and sophisticated level of writing and the individuality that all the entries had.  However, after a close battle the overall winner was Brooke Shay.

Brooke focused on Elizabeth Bennet from ‘Pride and Prejudice.’  She wrote with care about the principles of equality and strength of character that Elizabeth promoted in a time when gender roles were restricted and how the message retains its importance even today.

Brooke recognised the flaws in Elizabeth’s character but also commented on how this further added to her appeal.

Well done to all the scholars who rose to the challenge!


Tassomai Science Revision Programme

Parents have been notified if their child has unfortunately fallen behind with their Tassomai Science revision programme (or in some cases not started).

To be successful with it and their GCSE Science exams, students need to ensure all units remain ‘On Track’ or ‘Ahead’. All targets have been reset over half-term to motivate students and get them back on track. However, students should be completing 15 mins a day, every day, and should be aiming to have completed 80-100% of the Tassomai programme by the time they sit their first exam.