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  • Open Evening 10 October 2018

    Published 14/09/18

    Open Morning 27 September, 12 October.

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 21st September 2018

    Published 24/09/18

    London Design Week 2018

    As part of our school focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) our creative Art, Design and Technology Curriculum Area got students taking part in a range of events to celebrate London Design Week. There were presentations in Form Time and an inspiring display in the Piazza. The culmination of events took place on Thursday with a range of different activities to get students thinking about the links between recycling and design. Students made rugs with recycled materials including recycled plastic bags and made pledges to change their behaviour to reduce the use of single use plastics and respect the environment. Be Nice

    Run the River – Headgirl completes the 5km run in 38minutes after giving a speech 

    On Tuesday 18 September Aliyah Irabor-York took part in a high-profile fundraising event ‘Run the River’ for the charity TeachFirst.  The event is sponsored by Citi Bank and hundreds of Citi staff supported the charity run. Aliyah was invited to speak at the beginning of the event in order to motivate the runners – she did a fantastic job and was praised by bosses at the event. During her speech she thanked Mr Walsh, Progress Leader for Year 7 and English teacher, for his inspirational support and great teaching.   Be Proud

    Come and see us in action – Open Mornings

    Sarah Bonnell is busy recruiting for September 2019. The next Open Morning is on Thursday 27 September 2018 – you can visit lessons and see the school in action! See the website for more details and take a look at our short-film showing highlights from our 2017 Open Evening.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 14th September 2018

    Published 14/09/18

    One Vision-One Team-One Voice

    Form Time and Motivate Me Monthly

    Aliyah Irabor-York, Headgirl for 2018-2019, has been getting the year off to a great start by talking in assembly about her idea to introduce a ‘Motivate Me Monthly’ which will include activities, speakers, books and events suggested by students across the school to keep them inspired, motivated and thinking. This fits in well with our focus this year on making Form Time a great start to each day and Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher, and Ms Biltcliffe, Curriculum Leader for PSHCE, shared the benefits of this in assembly this week

    Run the River – Headgirl racing ahead with the support of her teacher, Mr Walsh

    On Tuesday 18 September Aliyah will be running in a high-profile fundraising event ‘Run the River’ for the charity TeachFirst. Aliyah supports the charity TeachFirst and was recently interviewed about this. She said ‘When a charity wants to help children, not just through donating money but by training teachers, I think it’s fantastic, and that’s what I love most about TeachFirst.’ Good Luck Aliyah and Mr Walsh, Progress Leader for Year 7 and Teach First alumni, who will be running alongside Aliyah.  Be Proud

    Come and see us in action – Open Mornings

    Sarah Bonnell is busy recruiting for September 2019. On Tuesday 18 September it is our first Open Morning for those interested in getting a secondary school place for their daughter in Year 7 in September 2019. The Open Mornings are a chance to tour the school, visit lessons and see a normal school day and start at 9.00am.  There are other opportunities for prospective parents and children to visit the school – see the website for more details and also take a look at our short-film showing highlights from our 2017 Open Evening.

    Rae Potter

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 7th September 2018

    Published 09/09/18
    Another great year ahead
    The new school year has got off to a great start. Students and staff are ready for another busy and rewarding year ahead and there has been a really positive atmosphere around school. Aim High
    One Vision-One Team-One Voice 
    On Monday we welcomed back all staff with a training day with a focus on ‘One Vision – One Team-One Voice’: We celebrated the success of the GCSE Exam Results, shared ideas about how to make teaching ‘irresistible’ and had annual training on Keeping Children Safe in Education. Work Hard
    Ready to learn 
    On Tuesday Sarah Bonnell welcomed our new, larger, cohort of Year 7 students who have joined us from different primary schools in Newham and surrounding boroughs. Once again the school is over-subscribed with record numbers of parents putting Sarah Bonnell as first choice school for their daughter’s education. We also welcomed back students in Years 8-11. All students have impressed me with their attitude to learning and the way they have quickly settled-in to the new term. Be Proud
    Healthy Schools
    Thank you for supporting the school with our continued focus on Healthy Schools and making sure students bring healthy snacks and packed lunches. Our ‘Sustainability Garden’ has thrived over the summer holiday with tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins ready to harvest Be Nice
    Great KS5 places for Sarah Bonnell students
    GCSE success has ensured that Sarah Bonnell students have gone on to start great Key Stage 5 courses. I am delighted that so many of our students have gone on to study at local colleges like Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, NewVic, London Academy of Excellence and other school Sixth Form Colleges. I am confident our girls will make a valuable contribution to these colleges and look forward to hearing more about their success in the months to come. Five of our top achievers at GCSE are eligible to apply for the O’Brien Family Scholarship, worth up to £25000, which is awarded to one Sarah Bonnell student each year who has demonstrated a commitment to the Sarah Bonnell Way. I look forward to announcing the winner of the scholarship in November. Two of our students have secured a Beale Bursary to fund a full boarding place at Cheltenham Ladies College. Manisha Teji and Abida Hayat will attend the prestigious independent girls’ school to complete their A’level courses. Be Proud
    Road Safety
    Please remember that if you drive your daughter to and from school that you cannot stop or park on the yellow zig-zag lines or double yellow lines on Water Lane. Parking illegally puts girls in danger when crossing the road as it reduces their ability to see the traffic. There are safe drop-off and collection points in Deanery Road and other local side roads – please use these instead. Be Nice
    Rae Potter – Headteacher  


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  • Another Year of Great GCSE results at Sarah Bonnell School

    Published 23/08/18

    I would like to congratulate everyone on another year of great GCSE results.  Staff have done a great job of securing great progress and making sure students met the challenge of the new and legacy GCSEs and I am really pleased with their results. This year students were faced with more difficult content, more examinations and a tightly packed schedule of examinations during some of the hottest days of the summer when many were also fasting. I am very proud of their achievements.

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  • End of Summer Term Letter

    Published 18/07/18

    Dear Parent/Carer,    

    I am writing to remind you about some important dates and share some news about Healthy Eating and Well-being.

    Term dates

    Please make a note of the school term dates and holiday dates for the end of this school year and the start of the next.

    • Thursday 19 July 2018 students will be dismissed at 1.10pm to begin the summer holiday.
    • Summer holiday is from Friday 20 July – Monday 3 September 2018 for students
    • GCSE Exam Results Day for Year 11 – Thursday 23 August 2018 at 9.30 – 11.30am
    • Year 10 GCSE Further Maths Results – Thursday 23 August 2018 at 11.00 – 11.30am
    • Autumn term begins for students– Tuesday 4 September 2018 at 8.30am for the new Year 7 and at 10.50am for Year 8-11

    The full term dates for 2018-2019 can be found on the school website.

    Health and Well-being

    From September 2018, as part of our on-going commitment to students’ health and well-being, we will be actively pursuing Healthy Schools status. This is a formal accreditation, endorsed by the Mayor of London and developed in consultation with Ofsted, awarded to schools who promote healthy eating, physical activity, mental well-being and support sustainability.

    As part of this work there are three key points to share:

    Healthy Eating

    The Home School Agreement and The Sarah Bonnell Way already reflect our expectation that students will make healthy choices in the food they bring to school. Students are not permitted to bring to school, or consume on site, foods that are high in sugar, sugar substitutes and/ or have a high fat content. Please support this by talking to your daughter and reminding her that the following types of foods are not permitted on school premises:

    • Sweets (boiled, lollipops, fizzy laces, chewing gum etc)
    • Cakes (doughnuts, muffins, cookies, biscuits etc.)
    • Fizzy drinks or energy drinks of any kind
    • Crisps
    • Chocolate bars

    Instead we encourage students to replace these items with:

    • Fresh fruit and /or vegetables
    • Water
    • Wholegrain snacks

    Developing the cafeteria and school meals

    We are working with Chartwells, our catering contractors, to support out Healthy Schools application by further reducing the sugar content of foods sold in the cafeteria and promote healthy eating.  The school meals menu is being reviewed to reflect this and Chartwells are consulting students through the School Council on the changes they would like to see.

    Single-use plastic

    We have already worked with students to hear their ideas on the school environment. They are passionate about recycling, reducing single-use plastic and improving our sustainability.

    Single-use plastic is one of the biggest environmental pollutants of the modern day; there are an estimated 2 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean alone.  In order to reduce our impact on the environment Sarah Bonnell is phasing out single-use plastics across the school including disposable plastic cups. Please make sure your daughter brings a reusable water bottle to school every day (all Year 7 students will be given a reusable water bottle free of charge as part of their welcome to the school). Students can use the water fountains to refill these bottles before school, at break and lunch time.

    I am sure you will be supportive of these changes to the way we approach health and well-being. Please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions.


    Please make sure your daughter attends school every-day during term-time to maximise her achievement. The school cannot authorise any requests for holidays or trips abroad during term-time.


    I expect to see all girls wearing the full and correct uniform with pride. A full list of our uniform can be found on the website and can be purchased from our uniform supplier:

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

    Sarah Bonnell News

    This terms edition of Sarah Bonnell News is packed full of stories of the lessons, trips, visits and opportunities the girls have had to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence. I hope you enjoy reading it and would like to remind you that you can keep up to date with everything that is going on at school through the Sarah Bonnell website

    Finally I would like to thank you for your continued support of the school – we have achieved a lot this year including our best ever GCSE results, great opportunities for students in and out of lessons, conversion to an academy and a great Ofsted report. I look forward to another busy and rewarding year in 2018-2019 and wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer holiday.

    Yours sincerely,



    Rae Potter


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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 13th July 2018

    Published 17/07/18

    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.

    Work Hard- Year 10 Careers Insight Visit & Mock Interviews This week Year 10 have been involved with career insight visits and mock interviews to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world of work and develop their employability skills, communication and collaboration. Thank you to all the businesses and companies that have allowed Sarah Bonnell students to take part in this fantastic opportunity and well done to Year 10. Thank you to Ms Aylott, Ms Whitfield, Ms Whitehouse and Mr Archer for the important role they play in making these types of opportunities happen for all students.

    Wimbledon 2018 On Tuesday 10th July Sarah Bonnell students went to Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The day was very well planned and organised by Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher and Ms Nicholson. The girls all had a fantastic day!                                                         

    100 Years - RAF Showcase and Flypast On Monday 9th July Ms Adel, Ms Bhudia, Ms Isla accompanied a group of students who were invited to celebrate the RAF100 at the Horse Guards parade on Monday 9th July. Students were shown all the different types of aircrafts used by the British Army. Our students were amazed with the engineering aspect of all the planes and how technical they all were. SB students then visited them STEM tent to play around with some VR equipment. Overall a fantastic STEM day for our students. Alongside this on Tuesday 10th July students were invited out to our Muga area to watch the RAF Flypast where they spotted the Spitfire, the Hurricane and the famous Red Arrows!

    Aim High - Year 8  Borough Rounders League Well done to our Year 8’s who won the Borough Rounders league and finished 2nd overall in the Borough tournament. The P.E department have said ‘it’s been an absolute joy and a privilege to train and spend time with the team this year and they thoroughly deserve to be Newham champions!’

    Borough Champions 2018

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 6th July 2018

    Published 09/07/18

    Be Proud – Sarah Bonnell is an Academy

    Sarah Bonnell School converted successfully into the Newham Community Schools Trust on 1 July 2018. Rokeby and Lister are due to convert in the very near future. This is exciting news and the opportunities we can offer through working together will make our schools even better places to learn and work.

    A great example of the strong partnership the three schools already have was the brilliant performance of the Community Opera ‘Full Circle’ on Thursday 5 July at Lister Community School. The foyer at Lister was transformed into a stage for a real celebration of musical talent from Sarah Bonnell, Lister, Rokeby and Newham primary schools. The choir performing the opera was made up of students from all three schools and the songs they had written and composed together were moving and professionally performed. Congratulations to all the students and staff involved in this ambitious project. 

    Work Hard – Number Week

    This week there has been a great focus on numeracy. The maths department created an interactive display in the Piazza to get students and staff thinking about numbers which included challenges to complete. All staff were given a badge to wear with a number that was an answer to a mathematical problem and lessons across the school in all subjects had a numeracy focus.  Number Week was a great success thanks to the hard-work and creativity of the Maths team lead by Ms Boughton, Ms McDonnell, Ms Khan and Mr Rahman.

    Work Hard- Year 10 Work Experience

    This week Year 10 have been on Work Experience to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world of work and develop their employability skills, communication and collaboration. Thank you to all the businesses, schools and companies that have hosted Sarah Bonnell students and well done to Year 10. We look forward to hearing about your achievements next week. Thank you to Ms Aylott, Ms Whitfield, Ms Whitehouse and Mr Archer for the important role they play in making work experience happen for all students.

    Aim High – Sports Day

    On Friday 6 July Sarah Bonnell show cased their brilliant attitudes to physical health and activity by taking part in our annual sports day. This year, Sports Day was in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park with 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, Deputy Curriculum Leader Ms May, Ms Nicholson, Ms Barnard, Ms Emmerson 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 using the stadium 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. Aim High

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 



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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 29th June 2018

    Published 02/07/18

    Be Proud – Year 11 Prom 2018

    On Tuesday 26 June the Piazza and Assembly Hall were transformed to celebrate the graduation of Year 11 as they leave Sarah Bonnell and move on to Key Stage 5 and the next stage of their learning. Students were dressed to impress as they walked up the red carpet into the Piazza. Thank you to all the staff and Year 10 prefects who worked hard to make this a very successful event with especial thanks to Ms Brown, Year Leader who coordinated the event. Be Proud

    Work Hard- Vitality Day

    One Wednesday 27 June Ms Nicholson and the PE team coordinated a brilliant day of activities to inspire students to get active and promote vitality. There were bungee runs, ballet dancers, rowing challenges, basketball sessions, mindfulness and meditation to name a few of the activities. Students and staff also wrote pledges to commit to doing something different to improve their vitality.

    Be Nice – Year 6 Transition Day

    On Thursday 28 June we welcomed 261 of our new Year 7 cohort. The Globe Theatre and North Face provided some great workshops to get the students to make friends and work together as a team. Year 7 had the opportunity to put up a tent on the green and participate in a performance of a Midsummer’s Night Dream. The students also got to know their Tutor and their way around the school as well as become familiar with routines like break=time, assembly and lunch. . Well done to the Year 7 team and Big Sisters for supporting the students and giving them a great first day at Sarah Bonnell. Be Nice

    Aim High – Science and the real world

    Students took part in an investigation to solve a fictitious crime that had taken place at SB; to do this they were presented with evidence collected from the crime scene, including hair samples, cloth fibres and a handwritten note. Students compared this evidence with samples collected from 5 suspects and used forensic analysis techniques such as chromatography, light microscopes and fingerprinting to successfully deduce who the culprit was by working collaboratively and sharing their findings. Aim High

     No Excuses – Year 7 take action on Sustainability

    A group of 12 Year 7 students are currently working on a sustainability project organised by Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher in collaboration with London Stadium Learning. This is an exciting project that is fully funded by Newham Positive Action and will enable students to explore important issues that relate to the environment and how we can take better care of it to preserve it for future generations. As part of the project the students visited The Siemens Chrystal to research ways to make the school more sustainable. The students involved have decided they will:

    • Recycle single use plastic bottles to create a greenhouse for the school garden.
    • Educate the school community on the perils of using single use plastic and impact on oceans
    • Lead a recycling programme within the school to ensure we dispose of all waste in a more environmentally friendly way.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 22nd June 2018

    Published 22/06/18

    Be Proud – GCSE Exams come to an end this week  

    Year 11 students sat their final exam on Friday 22 June and are finally able to breathe a sigh of relief. 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 in August.

    This week our Year 11 leavers collected their Leavers Hoodies as a final reminder of their time at Sarah Bonnell and waved goodbye to school. Many of them keep coming back ….. they miss it already!

    Work Hard- Staff learn how to ‘Google’

    Sarah Bonnell has invested in sets of Google Chromebooks for every classroom in the school for September 2018. On Wednesday, during our staff twilight session, staff were trained on the use of Google Drive and Google Classroom to improve teaching and leadership across the school. Staff learned how to share documents and make edits to them ‘real-time’ which will help them collaborate quickly and effectively on school documents such as lesson resources and school policies. Staff also learned how to create PowerPoint slides that use the Google ‘Explore’ button to help speed up the process of creating engaging and interesting slides. The sessions went really well and will enable all staff to make the best use of the class sets of Google Chromebooks with students.

    Be Nice – Staff ‘Come Dine with Me’

    On Friday lunch-time staff from across the school got together for a fund-raising event ‘Come Dine with Me’. Staff donated dishes they had bought, baked and prepared in order to have a healthy and sociable lunch. The £5 donation goes to United World Schools with all the money raised going to our partner school in Cambodia. Mr Begley’s dal, Ms Nahaboo’s aubergine and potato bhaji and Ms Servini’s spinach quiche were amongst the tasty dishes on offer.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 15th June 2018

    Published 15/06/18

    Be Proud and No Excuses – Borough Athletics Event  

    Students from Sarah Bonnell represented the school in the Borough Inclusive Athletics Event on Thursday 7 June 2018. The Year TG girls competed well and really enjoyed the day. Be Proud

    Aim High - GCSE Exams

    The Year 11 students continue to show great resilience to the rigours of the national GCSE timetable. This week there 8 examinations with some students taking exams in both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Next week the schedule begins to tail off with the final examination on Friday 22 June – if you see Year 11 please keep congratulating and encouraging them. They have done us and themselves proud.

    Work Hard- Sarah Bonnell students collaborate, evaluate and achieve

    On Monday 11 June I visited some lessons as part of the normal school day and was really impressed with the way students were learning together. In English, Year 7 were constructing their own interpretation of a poem by Simon Armitage called Harmonium. In PE Year 10 GCSE students were using ipads to review video footage of their sprinting techniques in order to identify how they could improve. In Drama, Year 10 GCSE students were devising their own drama pieces in preparation for their assessed component. In Business Studies students were writing a practice exam question about whether a Bicycle Factory should remain in China or be located to the UK. In all of these lessons the girls were working together in a really effective way by discussing the work and evaluating strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to the task. There was lots of independent learning taking place and I appreciate the hard work done by students and staff to create such a great classroom atmosphere.

    Be Nice – Lunch-time for learning, for sport and for friends

    Lunch-time on Monday was a great time to see Sarah Bonnell students working together and showing that all important quality of Be Nice. The sun was shining and lots of different groups of girls were making great use of our outdoor space – one large group of Year 8 were with Ms Emmerson playing rounder’s on the Muga ( I saw two great catches),  another group were sitting in a circle of friends on the playground celebrating a birthday, three Year 7’s were working together on an English presentation about the War Poets from World War 1 and lots were reading on the green. In addition to this every lunch-time Sarah Bonnell Film Club shows a topical film over the week with an opportunity for a group discussion and critique on the Friday of each week. Last week students watched ‘Suffragette’. Huge thanks to Mr Begley, Assistant Headteacher for setting up this club and for all staff who are running clubs and activities at lunch-time.

    Be Nice – Jack Petchey Award winner Faythe shares her passion for drama   

    On Tuesday Lunch-time, Andrew Roberts-Mudie shared his skills as a professional actor with a select group of Year 10 Drama students. Faythe Desousa had used her £250 Jack Petchey Award to organise this Drama Workshop and the feedback from the students was really positive.

     Eid Mubarak – to all those in the school community celebrating Eid

    The devotion and faith of the Muslim community has been shown through these long summer days of fasting and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone celebrating Eid this week ‘Eid Mubarak’. 

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Summer Term Dates

    Published 11/06/18

    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 2018

    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 28 May to Friday 1 June 2018

    Summer holiday – Friday 20 July – Monday 3 September 2018

    Start of autumn term – Tuesday 4 September 2018

    On Thursday 19 July 2018 students will be dismissed at 1.10pm to begin the summer holiday.

    Our term dates for 2018-2019 can be found on the website on the following link:


    Please make sure your daughter attends school every-day during term-time to maximise her achievement. The school cannot authorise any requests for holidays or trips abroad during term-time.


    Thank you to all parents and carers for encouraging their daughters to come to school wearing the correct uniform. It is fantastic to see girls 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 directly purchased from our school uniform supplier:

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

    Keeping in touch

    If you have moved home or changed your phone/mobile number it is vital that you let the school know your new telephone number and full address. This is very important in the event of an emergency and helps us keep in touch.

    Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr

    The holy month of Ramadan is due to commence for our Muslim students. Ramadan is a period of prayer, increased religious devotion, self-control, charity-giving and goodwill to others. Ramadan is a time of fasting and control over the need to eat and drink during daylight hours.  Families will decide for themselves, in line with their mosque, how they and their children will observe Ramadan and it is certainly not the school's responsibility to interfere with those decisions.  However fasting can have profound impact on the performance of students especially during the long summer days. If your daughter is fasting please  ensure she is well prepared and understands the likely effects on her body during fasting and that she manages these challenges by:

    • eating well, with a balanced meal when breaking the fast and drinking plenty of re-hydrating fluids
    • managing her sleep effectively;
    • planning ahead by organising herself and equipment needed for school to fit around prayers and other Ramadan specific practices.

    On Friday 15 June 2018 the school will be closed for Eid Al-Fitr for most of school community. School will remain open for the Year 11 GCSE Science Examinations only on this date.

    Year 10 Work Experience

    Year 10 students will be off-site on work experience from Monday 2 – 6 July 2018.

    Sports Day 6 July 2018

    This annual event takes place on Friday 6 July for all students in Year 7, 8 and 9. More details will be sent out nearer the time.

    Please remember that you can keep up to date with everything that is going on at school through the Sarah Bonnell website ( and ‘app’ (

    Yours sincerely,

    Rae Potter

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