Spring Concert 2017

On Tuesday 28th March, Lymm High School held their annual Spring Concert— a celebration of the wide range of musical talent we have within our school.

The evening was kicked off by the Big Band, with guest singer Suzie Underwood. It was evident the band have made real progress and sounded fantastic. Suzie featured on the night with an arrangement of Halo, and it was a treat to hear some good jazz in the form of  improvised solos in a piece called The Chicken.

Lymm Flutes, thanks to Mrs Dawn Savell, provided a small ensemble contrast. They are growing in confidence and in style, and the contributions from the junior strings and brass featuring our primary players showed us the superstars of the future.

Wonderful performances from the Senior Strings and Senior Brass completed the second half and demonstrated the high end level of talent that we have here at Lymm.

The performers reacted to the large audience well, and we recognise the efforts of Mr David Nicholson in promoting the event.

A huge thank you goes to our directors Mr Ray Kelly, Mrs Jacqui Leighton-Jones and Mr Tom Wyss who made an amazing team!


Snow Dragons at the Lowry

Following their spectacular performance of Lizzie Nunnery’s play ‘The Snow Dragons’ last month, our Drama department were thrilled to be given the opportunity to perform it again, taking the show to The Lowry as part of The National Theatre Connections Festival on Saturday 1st April.

The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year they commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together writers and theatre-makers of tomorrow.  Students once again performed spectacularly and were thrilled to be able to perform on a professional stage.

‘The Snow Dragons’ tells the story of Raggi and her friends, who spend their free time in the woods and mountains around their sleepy fjord town playing games of Vikings, dragons and war. When soldiers occupy the town, they watch from their hut in the mountains: their friends and families beaten, silenced, abducted… Let down by the adult world they form The Snow Dragons, ‘the last line of resistance’ carrying out sabotage missions.

The Lymm High School students began the day with a technical rehearsal in the professional theatre before watching two high quality performances by other groups. As the evening approached, families turned up in support and the audience grew ready for the curtains to rise at 9pm.

Throughout the day they were joined by two National Theatre representatives, Louie and Adele who gave feedback throughout the day having been very impressed to Lymm’s approach to the process.

Quite the accolade – they described the cast as ‘A theatre company in residence’ and a pleasure to work with stating that past student James Allen’s experience, going from performer in the cast to now current director and composer exemplified what the Connections project is all about.


North Wales Geography Trip

Last Friday Year 8 students with an interest in history and geography took a trip to North Wales. Although a very wet day, the weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm. Students headed on a quarry tour to learn about sedimentary rock formation and had the opportunity to search for treasure…well in the shape of fool’s gold, granite and slate.

Our group turned out to be budding geologists asking the ex-slate miners many questions about rock formations such as why there are very few fossils in slate and why there was so much piled high around the mine.

Students then went back in time, imagining the mines during the Industrial Revolution where Welsh miners would walk to work and use hand tools to quarry slate. They got the chance to use hand drills and climb the chains and listened to three personal stories of the Welsh miners.

Our cohort were also taught the two main rules of mining ‘no women in the mines’ and ‘no whistling’ as both were considered bad luck likely to bring the devil.

Later on Thursday the group travelled to Padarn National Park and travelled on the LLanberis steam railway before heading to our accommodation at Tyn-Y-Felin. Students enjoyed a pyjama party and film night watching ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’.

On Friday the group headed to Beaumaris to visit the Medieval Castle. Students learnt about concentric stone castles and the purpose of them before then working as a team to build a replica castle out of foam blocks.

Finally students scaled the upper turrets of the castle and had a beautiful if not windy view over the pier and sea.

Year 8 were not the only students to visit North Wales however, Year 12 students also recently undertook their A level geography field trip to assist in their studies.

Year 12 went to five different locations during their visit including Criccieth and Aberffraw on Anglesey. The students are now ready to plan their own investigation in year 13 which will count for 20% of their final mark.



Government Response to Petition on School Funding Formula

I know that many of you have already signed the petition urging the government to reconsider their proposals for a national funding formula (if you haven’t, then please do spare a minute to do so by clicking here). If so, then like me you will have a received an email in response from the government.
Click HERE to read our latest update on school funding with details about the email I received. I have also provided a response of my own in red text. This is a complicated issue and is only really beginning to be understood by most people – partly because schools have worked so hard to maintain the quality of their provision in the face of cuts to funding, but also because the government has done a good job of suggesting the cuts are somehow not real, or are not significant. I hope my responses at least help to provide some clarity.

Four fashion students receive offers from the prestigious London College of Fashion

Four Lymm High School Sixth Form students have secured offers from the prestigious London College of Fashion.

The successful applicants are Ellie Turner, Hattie Lofthouse and Alfie Chambers who applied to study Fashion Design Development, with Izzy Barnes being offered a place on the Fashion Contour degree course.

Currently ranked as the second best fashion university in the world, it is an amazing achievement for the school to have so many students securing offers after their interviews.

The four aspiring fashion designers are making history, being the first from the school to be offered places at the esteemed university after staying on to study the BTEC Level 3 Fashion and Clothing course. The course was added to the post-16 curriculum offer in 2014 after noticing a lack of provision for the subject within the North West.

Applicants were initially requested to upload digital portfolios to showcase their design ideas. This led to the four being shortlisted to attend a formal interview for which they had to provide a second, more extensive portfolio of their work.

Throughout the application process students were supported by the school’s Art staff, acting as referees and mentors with specific support provided by Miss Doherty, Head of the Technology & Art Faculty.

Mrs Doherty said: “I am immensely proud of them all. They have shown an exceptional commitment to their studies and we are so proud to see them being rewarded for their hard work and preparation. In the fashion industry, most aspire to gain a place at the UAL and to have four applicants receiving offers underlines the quality of our programme of support.”

The four are now focusing their attention on their final projects, creating a 10 piece fashion collection for the school’s upcoming fashion show which takes place Wednesday 3rd May.

Student Alfie Chambers, who has an interest in designing sportswear said: “I’m completely overwhelmed with excitement at the thought of receiving an offer.”

“It has been such an intense process and now all of the hard work has paid off.”

“I cannot thank the staff at Lymm enough for encouraging and supporting me throughout the application process.”

Mum of student Ellie Turner said: “As a mother of Ellie I’m thrilled that she has been accepted to such a prestigious institution as the London College of Fashion. I’m so very proud of her achievements and eternally grateful for the support her teachers, especially Mrs Doherty, have given her”

Headteacher, Mr Williams, added:

“Huge credit must go to the students involved, as well as to their teachers; this is an extraordinary achievement and we are delighted for everybody involved.”



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!