Knit & Stitch Show

On Friday 17th November, a large group of GCSE and BTEC fashion and textiles students spent the day exploring the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate.

The Knitting and Stitching show is one of the leading textile exhibitions in the UK. The show offers plenty of inspiration, workshops and even shopping opportunities.

Students had the opportunity to view a wide range of work by practising textile artists and graduates from various universities across the country. Students challenged themselves, interviewing as many exhibitors as they could to find out more about their work, inspirations and their journey into textiles.

The trip was a great chance for students to gather primary research for their coursework projects, and showcases the wide range of different pathways available within Fashion and Textiles.

Parliament Trip

Miss Dixon and Mrs Jennings took a group of Sixth Form students to Parliament for a tour of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Not only were students able to take part in a mock debate, they also met our local MP Andy Carter!

The students thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about Parliament and Government.

This is a trip we will repeat in the future!

IT controlled assessment

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to inform you that the Y11 IT students have successfully completed the IT controlled assessment within the allotted time. Our dedicated teachers meticulously planned the timeframe and supervised the students to ensure they had the full duration stipulated by the exam board to complete all assigned tasks.

In the upcoming two weeks, students will have dedicated lesson time to receive feedback on their work and make any necessary amendments for their second submission. As per the exam board’s guidelines, individual feedback won’t be provided, but our teachers have assessed the work and will offer feedback covering areas for improvement.

The deadline for submitting all work for marking is Friday, November 17th. Due to the moderation process and work submission requirements, this deadline cannot be extended. If your child has missed any controlled assessments in the past few weeks or is expected to miss an IT lesson between now and November 17th, it’s crucial that they schedule a meeting with their IT teacher, either Mrs. Worrall or Mrs. Binks, to make arrangements for catching up. Failing to do so could impact their final grade.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Worrall ( or Mrs Binks (

Mrs Worrall                                                               Mrs Binks

Teacher of Business and Computing                    Head of Computing

Ski trip – kit list

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for supporting the Chill Factore trips at such short notice. The students had a great time, even if some spent a little more time on the floor than on their skis!

I will be in touch after the half-term with a date for when we can meet to discuss the finer details of the Ski trip. I am still waiting on flight times but these will not be released until after the final payment. As a reminder, your final payment date is 10/11/2023. 

Please find some guidance on passports below and a kit list attached (sent directly from the ski tour coordinator):

Please note, UK passport validity:

  • Everyone’s passport should be valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
  • If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count.

Please check current information on the government website here:

Kind regards,

Miss Crowder

Sixth Form Open Evening, 5-8pm Thursday 16th November

We are very much looking forward to welcoming students and their parent / carer to our Open Evening for the opportunity to learn more about the courses we offer, view our facilities and to get a real insight into our wonderful Sixth Form community. It is essential that your child reserves a place to attend, by clicking on the booking link below. We will communicate more information in due course to those registered to attend. On the evening, we would kindly request that students bring only one parent or carer wherever possible. Please note, this evening is for Yr11 students only.
If you have any questions or queries, please call and speak to Mrs Hughes or email
We look forward to seeing you.

The Sixth Form Team

Ski lessons

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you have all enjoyed a well-rested summer.

As part of the original Ski package, students have the opportunity to participate in 2 x 2-hour ski lessons at the Chill Factore in Manchester.

To avoid paying winter prices, I have secured both sessions for this September. I appreciate this is early and you may have preferred later sessions closer to the ski trip, but I was keen to avoid additional costs and the prices increase significantly from October onwards.

The first session is booked for Wednesday 20th September at 5:45 – 7:45pm and the second session is booked for Wednesday 27th September 5:45 – 7:45pm. Students will need to arrive at 5:00pm to have their equipment fitted.

Students will need to be dropped off and picked up by a parent/guardian. I will be there for both sessions and I will remain with the students.  

Students will be provided with boots, ski equipment and a helmet. However, if students have their own helmets, they are allowed to bring them. Clothing is not included, so please make sure they wrap up in warm clothing, waterproof jackets, sensible footwear (walking boots), thick socks (above the calf) and gloves– these are mandatory, and students will be refused entry without them. 

Miss Helen Crowder