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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 6th September 2019

    Published 06/09/19




    Every Headteacher loves the start of a new school year and I am no exception. It has a great buzz about it: freshly polished floors, new exercise books and displays, new students and teachers and lots of excitement and ambition for the year ahead. What makes Sarah Bonnell special is that it has the same levels of energy throughout the year. I feel confident that the students, families, governors and staff of Sarah Bonnell will do everything they can to make 2019-20 another happy and successful year.

    On Monday, the year got off to a flying start with a training day for all staff, which revisited the school vision and values and went over some important information on Safeguarding in the Newham context. Staff also had an inspiring session from the Lead Practitioners on how to use the new ‘Brain Boxes ’, which are packed full of resources for staff to use in lessons. New students in Year 7 have told me they have had a ‘brilliant week’ and older students say that it is good to be back and they are looking forward to the new school year. New staff have also given great feedback on their first week at Sarah Bonnell saying things like ‘ I feel so welcomed and supported’ and ‘There is a great feeling that staff are a team working together to get the best for the students’ Welcome back everyone.

    School uniform – school scarf back in stock

    Thank you to all parents who have supported the school by making sure students are in their full and correct school uniform. Ian Howard, our Uniform Supplier, have confirmed that the school headscarf is now back in stock.

    Next week – events and dates to remember

    Tuesday 10 September 2019 – School Photographs

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  • ​​​​​​​GCSE Results rise again at Sarah Bonnell School

    Published 22/08/19

    Students and staff at Sarah Bonnell are celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results. 

    69% gained the standard pass Grade 4 and above in English and Maths (up 4% from 2018) and 49% gained the strong pass Grade 5 and above in English and Maths (up 2% from 2018). Attainment 8 has increased to 53.4 

    Headteacher, Rae Potter said:

    Congratulations to all our Year 11 students on their impressive achievements.  Sarah Bonnell students are known for being ambitious, hardworking and resilient and these results show that to be true. Staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure students have the very best qualifications and I am very proud of the fact that our GCSE success goes hand-in-hand with providing a wide range of opportunities and experiences that help our students develop as well-rounded and confident young people.

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 14th July 2019

    Published 17/07/19

    Be Proud – Be Proud Week

    This week there has been a great focus on Be Proud. A variety of activities in the Piazza to get students and staff thinking about what makes them proud. On Wednesday Sarah Bonnell School held a Cultural Dress day to raise money for our school charity United World Schools. Be Proud was a great success with thanks to the hard work of Mr Begley and all the Form Tutors who supported their Form Groups with their social-entrepreneurial skills. Sarah Bonnell raised over £1500 for our school in Cambodia this week. Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell Mentoring Scheme with Pinsent Masons 2018-2019

    This year Pinsent Masons delivered a highly successful programme with all girls giving high praise to their mentors, they all felt that they had grown in confidence and had a far clearer idea when it came to planning their future. On Wednesday 10th July the students attended a celebration event at Pinsent Masons office. It was a great opportunity for the girls to meet with their mentors, discuss their progress and have a tour of the Pinsent Masons office. Aim High

    Science Scholarship Session - Floating Garden Challenge

    On Monday 8 July students explored the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, as the land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis. The challenge was for students to design and build a model structure for a floating garden to tackle the problem of flooding. The students were resourceful as they used plastic bottles to help structure their design, and thought carefully about how to ensure the garden would float. Work Hard

    No Excuses – Be here to learn every day.

    At Sarah Bonnell we take great pride in the excellent attendance record of our school which is well above national averages for girls. I would like to thank parents and carers for the support they give their daughter with minimising absence and ask you to ensure that your daughter continues to be in school every day until the last day of this important term on Friday 19 July 2019 and is ready to return to school on Tuesday 3 September 2019. No Excuses

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 5th July 2019

    Published 08/07/19

    Sports Day

    On Tuesday 2 July Sarah Bonnell demonstrated their brilliant attitudes to physical health and activity by taking part in our annual sports day. This year, students in Year 7, 8 and 9 showcasing their talent and determination. The day was very well planned and organised by Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher and our amazing PE team: Curriculum Leader, Ms Norley-Beck, Ms Nicholson, Ms Barnard and Ms Sawyer who were helped by staff from across the school taking on lots of important duties during the day – scorers, place judges, time keepers, track officials, first aiders or generally supervising the students who were participating or in the crowd. Mr Bentley did a great job as compere for the day on the PA system. Be Proud.

    The girls also did themselves proud competing in traditional events like javelin, 4 x 100m relay, high jump and 100m as well as some fun events like tug -of-war, ‘over and under’ and the egg and spoon race. 

    Year 11 Prom

    On Friday 28 June we welcomed back Year 11 in their finest clothes for their Year 11 Prom – this special event gave the girls a chance to celebrate their time at Sarah Bonnell and say goodbye. Staff and Year 10 Prefects worked hard to transform the Piazza and Assembly Hall. There was a DJ, Photo booth, balloons and lots of smiles. The girls all looked happy as they walked up the red carpet and I know they enjoyed a lovely celebration of their time here. I would like to say a big thank you to Ms Whitfield, Ms Whitehouse and Mr Archer for all their hard work preparing for this special event and to the Year 10 prefect team and staff who helped on the night. Be Nice

    Year 6 Induction Day

    On Thursday 27 June our new cohort of Year 7 students visited Sarah Bonnell for the day. The students took part in a range of different activities to help them build friendships, meet staff and learn their way around the school site. The feedback from students was very positive – one student said she felt ‘really excited’ about coming to Sarah Bonnell and another said she had ‘a brilliant day’. Welcome to the Sarah Bonnell family !

    Greenhouse Tennis Programme

    Sarah Bonnell is getting in to the spirit of Wimbledon by making plans for the launch of our Greenhouse Tennis Programme in September 2019. This programme involves having a resident professional tennis coach on site to develop the sport both in PE lessons and during after-school and holiday activities. We are currently recruiting for a coach – if you know anyone who is interested, get in touch with the school.

    Our collaboration with Newham Community Schools Trust goes from strength to strength as we have just appointed staff to take a lead on collaboration projects across our three schools.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 21st June 2019

    Published 24/06/19

    GCSE Exams 2019  - Be Proud

    Year 11 students sat their final exam on Monday 17 June and this week have finally been able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing they have given 100% effort. I am immensely proud of the way the girls have conducted themselves over this intense period of exams and look forward to celebrating with them on GCSE Results day on 22 August 2019.

    Students and staff celebrate Refugee Week – Be Nice

    The Sarah Bonnell curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop their understanding of the world and this week, as part of wider national events, we have been thinking about the experience of refugees, past and present. Amongst other activities, the Piazza display has prompted students to think about the shared heritage of migration, the value of living in diverse communities and our global responsibility to provide a safe haven for people whose human rights are being violated. 

    On Thursday lunch-time staff from across the school got together for a fund-raising event in order to support Refugee Week. Staff donated dishes they had bought, baked and prepared in order to have a healthy and sociable lunch. All the donations go to our school charity, United World Schools.

    Sarah Bonnell students get in to engineering with Siemans and Green Power – Aim High

    Students at Sarah Bonnell have had the opportunity to build an electric car. Our students are passionate engineers who are excited about this build and design process.

    Ms Adel has been leading the project and has supported the students who have been meeting up regularly during the lunch break to build this amazing car. Students have worked really well as a team ensuring everyone is involved in the process.

    The students are planning to race this car in July and hope to get through to the finals in October 2019! Watch this space for the next F24 SB racers!

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Summer 2019 Updates

    Published 20/05/19

    Dear Parent(s) / Person(s) with Parental Responsibility, 

    I am writing to remind you about some important dates for the Summer Term and thank you for your continued support of the school.

    GCSE Examinations

    GCSE examinations are taking place throughout May and June. Y11 students, parents and carers have received a separate letter outlining this year’s examination arrangements. Good luck to all of our Y11 students.

    Term dates

    Please make a note of the school term dates and holiday dates for the remainder of this school year.

    Summer half-term holiday - Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019

    Summer holiday – Monday 22 July – Monday 3 September 2019

    Start of autumn term – Tuesday 3 September 2019

    On Friday 19 July 2019 students will be dismissed at 1.10pm to begin the summer holiday.

    Our term dates for 2019-2020 are on the school website >HERE< and the school app.


    The holy month of Ramadan has begun for Muslim students and members of staff. Ramadan is a period of prayer, increased religious devotion, self-reflection, self-control, charity-giving and expressing good will to others. It is a time of fasting and control over the need to eat and drink during daylight hours. As always, it will be a decision for families, parents and individual students whether they are of an age to fast, for how long they will fast and if they are legitimately exempt from fasting.

    Fasting can have an impact on the performance of students, especially during the long summer days. Please ensure your daughter is well prepared, ready and understands the likely effects on her body during fasting and that she manages these challenges well, by:

    • eating well, with a balanced meal (containing all food groups) when breaking the fast at the evening meal (iftar) and during the pre-dawn meal (suhur) and drinking plenty of re-hydrating fluids between iftar and suhur;
    • managing her sleep effectively;
    • planning ahead by organising herself and equipment needed for school to fit around prayers and other Ramadan specific practices.

    Eid is predicted to fall on Wednesday 5 June 2019 –school closure for this day will be confirmed via the school website once we know when Eid is being celebrated. The school will remain open for those students who are sitting an exam on that day.


    Please make sure your daughter attends school every-day during term-time to maximise her achievement.

    We have previously written to you to share the fact that on average students with high attendance achieve the highest results. The graph below shows that students who are at school between 97 and 100% of the time achieve on average a grade 7 for all of their exams. This figure reduces significantly as the attendance drops:


    The school cannot authorise any requests for holidays or trips abroad during term-time. Learning and teaching remains a priority at Sarah Bonnell throughout the summer term and it remains important that your daughter does not miss any of her lessons for unauthorised absences.


    Thank you to all parents and carers for encouraging their daughters to come to school wearing the correct uniform. It is fantastic to see students wearing the uniform with pride. As the warmer weather approaches this is to remind you that the school blazer remains a compulsory item of uniform throughout the year. A full list of our school uniform can be found on the website and can be purchased from our school uniform supplier:

    Ian Howard, 409 Barking Road, East Ham, London E6 2JT.  Tel. 020 8472 1729

    Please remember that you can keep up to date with everything that is going on at school through the Sarah Bonnell website.

    Yours sincerely,

    Rae Potter


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  • Sarah Bonnell School Wins National Award

    Published 02/04/19

    Sarah Bonnell School has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2018 based on data from theDepartment for Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network. Sarah Bonnell School was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving three awards for being in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and progress, and for achieving high levels of performance from pupils eligible for the pupil premium.

    The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England and the highest performing schools for a range of key measures are awarded SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards. Sarah Bonnell School will be presented with their award during the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region. Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:

    “I am delighted that Sarah Bonnell School has won three Educational Outcomes Awards. This recognises one important aspect of the school’s work but at SSAT we believe an outstanding school has deep social justice at the heart of its plan; it subjects that plan to constant challenge and innovation; and it liberates teachers to perform brilliantly in the classroom. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to students, parents, staff and governors.”

    Headteacher, Rae Potter, said ‘ I am always proud of the success of students and staff at Sarah Bonnell School and am pleased that we have been recognised by the SSAT for our excellent GCSE results’’

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 29th March 2019

    Published 02/04/19

    Headgirl gets the school saying thank you

    Aliyah Irabor-York, Headgirl, is working hard for her GCSE exams but this didn’t stop her from taking time to organise ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’ Aliyah showed great leadership skills to create a wonderful display to celebrate and recognise the great work staff at Sarah Bonnell do to support students and help them achieve. Aliyah also made sure that every member of staff was given a post-card with a message of thanks. Be Nice

    Year 11 students are working hard and aiming high

    Year 11 students are making us all proud with their excellent attitude to their final preparations for the GCSE exams. Students completed practice examinations and ‘walking/talking mocks’ in Maths last week and continue to be supported by staff in all the different curriculum areas. This week the real Drama GCSE examinations took place: the girls were buzzing after their performances and Ms Griffiths, Mr Bentley and Ms Jim were really pleased with the quality of their work.  Aim High

    Year 9 show their resilience and team work in Wales

    110 Year 9 students and 12 staff spent a brilliant week in the beautiful countryside in Aberdovey, Wales. This residential educational visit is planned in partnership with The Outward Bound Trust and gives young people the opportunity to hike, raft and canoe in a part of the country that many of them will have never seen before. Mr Begley, Assistant Headteacher, said the students gained a lot form the experience learning how to be resilient even when the going gets tough and learning how to work together as a team. Great skills for success at school and in the future. Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell Prefects get leadership advice from Citi Bank professionals

    58 of our newly selected Year 10 Prefects visited Citi Bank on Wednesday 27 March to hear from leading professionals in the world of banking how to be an outstanding leader. The students were a real credit to the school and themselves and Senior Partner, Anthony Cockett, said he was impressed with the quality of the questions the girls asked him and his colleagues about leadership. Students learnt that leadership is about doing the right thing and doing it for the right reasons. I am confident that this group of prefects are going to maintain the high standards set by our current Prefect Team and will make a positive difference to our school community. No Excuses

    Sarah Bonnell get an insight into the STEM behind Thorpe Park

    Ms Sahebdin, Scholarship Coordinator, took a group of students to Thorpe Park to take part in workshops showing the science, technology, engineering and maths behind the pleasure park rides. I think we would all like to know whether this helped them enjoy the rides even more! Work Hard  

    Reading all about Feminism

    The Learning Hub now has a dedicated area for books about feminism, women’s history and women’s studies. As a girls school this provides students with a real opportunity to learn about issues linked to the social, political, cultural and economic advancement of women in Britain and across the world. The school is using money donated by the Sarah Bonnell Foundation to purchase a wide range of books to inspire students and develop their literacy skills and knowledge of the world.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 15th March 2019

    Published 18/03/19

    Sarah Bonnell was full STEAM ahead this week 

    Following on from the work we did last week to promote #BalanceforBetter as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, this week we celebrated STEAM weak. Ms Adel, Curriculum Leader Business and Computing and Associate Senior Leader, coordinated a great programme of events to ensure Sarah Bonnell students were inspired to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  On Tuesday Sarah Bonnell students competed against students from Lister in the Faraday Challenge Day.  On Friday Ms Davies, Curriculum Leader for Art, Design and Technology, showcased the links between science and art by creating a giant model of a Camera Obscura to explain the science behind the first cameras. 

     We also celebrated Pi Day on Thursday ( 3rd month, 14th Day being the first digits in Pi 3.14…) with some students and staff challenging themselves to recite up to 100 digits after the decimal point of this irrational number without looking! Students also made Pi bracelets using beads with numbers of them and took part in other activities linked to Pi. Huge thanks to the Maths team, led by Ms Boughton, for generating such a buzz in the Maths hall and for Mr Rahman for putting Pi on the floor of the Piazza. Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell Governors Conference

    On Saturday 9 March – governors came together to plan for next year. Sarah Bonnell is lucky to have a skilful, knowledgeable and supportive governing body who are willing to share both their expertise and time to support what we are doing to make Sarah Bonnell an ‘Outstanding’ school. Work Hard

    Sarah Bonnell Students Receive Silver Arts Award Accreditation

    After a lot of hard work and dedication, the following girls have successfully achieved their Silver Arts Award accreditation: Fahmida Akter Rahman, Yasmena Begum, Zehna Bodhee, Sharmin Chowdhury, Nehla Gazeeb, Jasrah Hannan, Rumaysaa Mannan, Gabija Narbutyte, Jemma Nguyen and Mariam Sharaf. The external moderator who the students met was very impressed with their sculptures and sketchbooks. The students work is now proudly displayed in the Art area. Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell go to the famous Globe Theatre

    On Tuesday Ms Griffiths, Curriculum Leader for Drama, provided a great opportunity for students to attend a theatre production at The Globe. The visit gave the students a real insight into the theatre and its history as well as giving them a great chance to see the Southbank of the Thames in some very windy conditions.

    Sarah Bonnell Staff show their commitment

    I am always blown away by the commitment of staff at Sarah Bonnell – each week my message is packed with details of extra-curricular opportunities that provide students here with a diverse range of experiences that help them develop their understanding of the world and the confidence to make a meaningful contribution to it. Well done Team SBS!  Be Proud

    Rae Potter - Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 8th March 2019

    Published 09/03/19

    Sarah Bonnell celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

    Sarah Bonnell students were inspired by politicians, dancers, engineers, rocket cars, rugby players, activists, entrepreneurs, spoken word poets, public speaking experts, lawyers, accountants, actors and jazz musicians in a wonderful day of celebration. Huge thanks to Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher for driving the whole event and championing the theme of # BalanceforBetter and all staff and volunteers who made today really special.

    In recent years’ greater parity between men and women has been achieved but there are still barriers to overcome at home, at work and in politics. International Women’s Day was a great opportunity for us all to pledge to continue to work for a better world for all where people can achieve without discrimination. Be Proud and No Excuses

    The Great Gatsby comes to Sarah Bonnell on World Book Day 2019

    Students and staff got in to the spirit of World Book Day by dressing up as characters from their favourite book. Ms Kaur and Nyene transformed the Learning Hub with displays, activities and performances to create the atmosphere of 1920’s USA – the setting for Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel The Great Gatsby. The atmosphere in the Learning Hub was brilliant and I know students enjoyed finding out about the Wall Street Crash, Bloomingdales and the extravagant lifestyle of some of the key characters in the book. Special thanks to Ms Kaur for creating another successful World Book Day extravaganza and for inspiring the students to read.

    Next week is STEAM week – all students are invited to get involved

    At Sarah Bonnell our curriculum is so much more than lessons alone and next week there are more opportunities for learning with a range of great workshops, lectures and events at lunch-time to further inspire students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 1st March 2019

    Published 01/03/19

    Every Pathway Leads to Success – Aim High Year 9

    On Wednesday we held the Year 9 Pathways Evening to share information with students and parents about the GCSE Curriculum Pathways on offer at Sarah Bonnell. Each Curriculum Pathway is named after a famous woman and provides a range of different subjects and qualifications for students to study.

    There was a great atmosphere in the Piazza, Assembly Hall and Learning Hub and parents said the conversations they had with staff were helpful and informative.   Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell take to the ski slopes of Austria

    Our first ever ski trip was a huge success with students making great progress with their ski skills and enjoying the beautiful Austrian slopes. Aliyah Irabor-York, Headgirl, tweeted ‘Thank you for the best experience ever………. this truly was an incredible trip- unforgettable. An even bigger thank you to Mr Archer and Ms Clark for absolutely everything, you both have been amazing!’

    But I think the pictures speak for themselves.








    Sarah Bonnell will start planning ‘Ski 2020’ soon – speak to Mr Archer, Assistant Headteacher to find out more.  No Excuses    

    International Women’s Day – Friday 8 March 2019


    Once again Sarah Bonnell will be putting on an evening of celebration for International Women’s Day. Put the date in your diary and get tickets for you and your daughter to celebrate with us on Friday 8 March 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • International Women's Day

    Published 27/02/19


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