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Eight Gold

Awards -

it’s a Record!!!

This year has seen an unprecedented

number of former and current students

receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh


A HUGE congratulations to former students Isaac

Herbert, Eleanor Freeman, Hannah Buchanan,

James Mason, Alexandra Collister and Samuel

Wysocki. We’re also delighted to announce that

Jago Hartland and Will McHattie in Year 13 have

completed their Awards. Will has worked hard

this year to finish his sections, which included

volunteering at an animal sanctuary while Jago has

been a fantastic advocate for the scheme, working

as a Leader running Gold training sessions for

Year 12 and assisting in the delivery of the Bronze

Award to Years 9-11. His expertise and enthusiasm

will be greatly missed and we wish both Jago and

Will good luck in their future adventures!

A message from Matthew Evans...

A Comprehensive Education - the

Comprehensive School System 50 years on.

A brief history and celebration by Mr Evans

It is 50 years this summer since Farmor’s School

became a comprehensive school. To mark this

occasion I would like to offer a little historical

background and explain why I passionately believe in a

comprehensive school system.

What is a comprehensive school?

Comprehensive schools are those which do not select pupils

on the basis of ability, aptitude or wealth. They are run on

the principle of accepting all-comers and doing their best by

each child, no matter what their talents, needs, background or

aspiration. Comprehensive schools reflect the social diversity of

their community.

The origins of comprehensive education in England.

After the Second World War, education was provided free for

all children up to the age of 14 for the first time. However, the

Education Act of 1944 did not specify how this education should

be provided. Many local education authorities implemented a

‘tripartite’ system or secondary modern, secondary technical

and grammar schools (although the technical stream did not

take off). Around 15-25% of secondary age pupils were selected

for grammar schools.

‘Experimental’ comprehensive schools were also set up in

some parts of the country but it was not until 1965 that

comprehensive education started to take off as local authorities

were instructed by the Labour government of the time to

prepare for conversion to a comprehensive system.

In 1970, a Conservative government removed the requirement

to convert. This change was initiated by the newly appointed

Education Secretary, Margaret Thatcher. However, most

local authorities completed the transition in full or, like

Gloucestershire, in part.

Today, around 90% of secondary age pupils attend a nonselective


Criticisms and attacks on comprehensive education.

Since its creation, the comprehensive education system

has come under attack. Critics have highlighted the spread

of ‘progressive’ teaching techniques (such as mixed ability

grouping), a ‘soft’ approach to discipline (comprehensive schools

were the first to ban corporal punishment) and failure to stretch

the most able students.

Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair famously talked of the ‘bog

standard comprehensive’ and launched a generation of ‘specialist

schools’ which would develop expertise in chosen academic

specialisms. Successive governments have reformed the

comprehensive system, liberating parents to choose the school

they wanted their child to attend, introducing competition

between schools to achieve better examination results and,

most recently, allowing schools to break free of local authority

control and convert to Academy status.

Although today’s system looks very different, it is fair to say that

comprehensive schools have not gone, but have merely evolved.

The founding principle of ‘open to all’ is still at the heart of the

ethos of the schools which seek to educate all the young people

of their community.

Why I have always worked in comprehensive schools.

I am a product of the comprehensive system, for better and for

worse. I attended Nork Park School in Surrey in the 1980s, at

the time a very ‘bog standard’ comprehensive as I recall. It was

not dissimilar to the ‘Grange Hill’ television programme of the

day, to the disgust of our strict Deputy Head who claimed it to

be ‘nothing like’ our school.

This was comprehensive education before the National

Curriculum, before GCSEs, before league tables. It was a system

which took all-comers but perhaps didn’t expect all of them to

achieve. The grammar school ethos was still evident in our smart

uniform and ‘O Level’ stream destined for university. Around

30% of 16 year olds achieved five or more O Levels back

then, the equivalent of today’s A*-C grades. Even fewer made

it through A Levels to university. In our last year, there was no

leavers’ Prom. Most of my fellow students had stopped coming

in to school, allowed to leave as soon as they had turned 16. By

the time of exams some even had full time jobs. On our ‘last

day’, my friend and I walked home along quiet streets, recalling

our fallen comrades.

Whilst the cane had gone, board rubbers were still thrown

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A Comprehensive Education - the Comprehensive School System 50 years on. Continued

towards the heads of children on the back row, occasionally

making contact. The ‘traditional’ teachers still lectured the O

Level groups, whilst the ‘progressive’ teachers who could ‘get on

with the students’ were left to struggle with the CSE (lower)

sets. I was fortunate to experience both worlds, chosen to join

the elite groups in English and mathematics whilst deemed to

be too weak in Physics and Geography. Inevitably, where I was

amongst the elite, I too succeeded. And in the other lessons,

well… I had a great time.

What I remember most vividly about my school are the other

children. There were the ‘boffs’ who the teachers loved. There

were those that you tried to avoid lest you get pushed against

a wall. There were all of those ‘normal kids’ who played sport,

went to parties, took part in the drama production, sometimes

got a detention, argued with their parents, drifted in then out of

your circle of mates. The people I saw in school were the people

I saw outside of school, in my area and, later on, at the pub. Some

are still there whilst others, often those who made it through to

higher education, have been scattered across the country, and

the world.

Wherever we have ended up, we were once together. For a few

years we co-existed. We shared the same experience. ‘We’ were

as diverse a group as you will ever find in one geographical place

and yet we learnt to spend almost every day together. We learnt

to live with these differences.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for my

‘comprehensive’ education.

old children in the surrounding area have been educated at

Farmor’s School. Some of those people now have children, or

grandchildren, at the school. Some work here!

Being a comprehensive school is core to the ethos of Farmor’s.

With such a diverse community we don’t offer a ‘one size fits

all’ education as critics of comprehensive education may suggest.

How can we expect each child to learn the same things, think

in the same way and have identical aspirations? We can’t dictate

that ‘all students will achieve A grades’ or that ‘everyone will

progress to university’. Our diversity is our strength as we have

to think about the individual. This isn’t an excuse for lower

standards: it is the aspiration of personal ambition and knowing

what success looks like for each child.

Being different also means learning to be tolerant of others.

The world has a comprehensive intake! Our students learn to

celebrate difference, not to be fearful of it.

When asked why people enjoy their jobs they often respond

by saying that every day is different. In our world, not only every

day is different but every child is too. Our teaching moves from

differential equations to simple fractions, our conversations

range from holiday experiences to philosophical debates, our

emotions veer from jubilation to commiseration. Every aspect of

life in a comprehensive school is diverse.

Respecting, enjoying and celebrating difference. Accepting,

welcoming and supporting all comers. Here’s to fifty years of a

comprehensive education at Farmor’s.

A comprehensive education at Farmor’s.

I should state for the record that nowhere am I claiming

that comprehensive education is superior to other forms of

schooling, so please stop yourself from writing that email about

how beneficial your private or grammar school experience

was. I am writing in celebration of comprehensive education,

not to denigrate other forms. You will note that I mention

only criticisms of comprehensive schools and am less than

complementary about my own schooling. However, now is the

time to celebrate all things ‘comprehensive’ so please allow me

that indulgence.

Farmor’s School was founded in 1738, accepted girls from 1852

(in a separate building), became truly co-educational in 1922,

moved to its present site in 1961 and became a comprehensive

school in 1966. In the last 50 years most of the 11 to 18 year

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Year 10 down on the farm

On Tuesday 22 March Year, 10 Geography students spent a

day at Macaroni Farm in Eastleach. The farm is a 1,700 acre

mixed organic farm producing beef, sheep and arable crops.

It is owned by the Ernest Cook Trust and farmed by the Phillips

family. Staff from the Ernest Cook Trust and Sam Phillips took

pupils on informative tours teaching them about conservation and

wildlife management, crop rotation and the business side of farming

(including an interactive game working out profit and loss accounts).

Our particular highlights were seeing a new-born calf and some

students were lucky enough to hold a day old lamb. It was a lovely

day spent down on the farm.

Mrs A.Heslop, Geography Teacher

Y10 Geography

trip to Gloucester

On Tuesday 21st June, the Y10 Geographers spent a

day in Gloucester’s Central Business District (CBD)

to collect the primary data required for their GCSE

investigation into a CBD.

The idea of the trip was to see if the theory they had been

studying in class was true in reality. The results they found were

presented, analysed and concluded in the follow-up sessions

and the whole process was then evaluated. Their projects will

be submitted to the AQA examination board and can account

for 25% of their final Geography GCSE grade.

The students had carefully planned what they were going to do

prior to their arrival at Gloucester’s city centre. We started

off at the redeveloped Gloucester Docks to see the contrasts

and start to think how this could have affected, and may in the

future affect, the CBD. They had a busy day collecting their data

and fortunately the weather was kind for the day – as it didn’t


Mrs McLarty, Head of Geography

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On 23rd June, Year 10 Design and Technology and Science

students took part in an exciting STEM event. The aim of this

exciting day was to explore the use of robots and robotic devices

and how they are being used in a wide range of applications; such

as to make life easier for humans or to work in environments

that are dangerous for people.

This was a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a form of

technology and work in a team to gain insight into what it is like to be an

engineering designer. The prize for the winning team was to represent

Farmor’s School at the Air Tattoo and participate in further Engineering

challenges against other schools.

I would like to congratulate all students who took part. They worked so

hard and we are extremely proud of them. Abi Ollson, Charlotte Gleeson,

Emma Simmons, Henry Brooks and Chris Harris were the winners!

Mrs Alsaigh, Head of D & T


We won the challenge at RIAT against seven others schools!

Will’s hatchery...

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Year 9 pupil, Will Axel-Berg, lives on a farm and spends his afternoons

looking after his increasing number of chicks and ducklings.

As Will tells us – “When the chicks hatch out you leave them in the incubator to dry

off. Once they have dried off, you transfer them into the brooder. This is where they

will grow until their body is full of feathers. They eat chick crumb until they are 8

weeks old then you transfer them onto growers which is like a pellet and they stay

on this until they are 20 weeks old. They then live on normal chicken food which is

mixed corn and pellets.” Simple!


Languages &

football - a great mix!

Arsenal Football Club ran a competition back in May

to celebrate the EUROS taking place in France. The

competition was open to anyone in Years 7, 8 and 9 and

we ran it as a House Competition also.

Students were required to create a teaching resource for Year

6s about French culture in any language. We received a great

number of entries, mainly from Year 8, which were all submitted

to those in charge.

A week later we received an e-mail to say that Emily Skinner

and Lauren Watkins had been picked and they were invited to

the Emirates Stadium in London where they had to deliver their

teaching resource. The girls were very nervous but excited at the

same time.

A taste of what

we get up to in the


Bringing history to life for Year 7

In May we were lucky enough to have a visit from Kevin

the Bowman once again, complete with costumes and

vivid stories about life in Medieval Times.

““It didn’t matter if you were a football fan or not

because it was an awesome experience in itself. The

vibe in there was amazing and it was such a treat to be

among such great language achievers. It was incredible

and I will remember it forever” – Lauren Watkins 7C

“I am not a big football fan but going to the Emirates

Stadium was incredible and changed my perspective.

The pitch was huge (much bigger than I expected) and

the diamond club looked so amazing. For example the

bar in the club was quarried from a mountain because

the owner liked it. Lastly, seeing so many footballers

that can speak several languages was so inspirational”

– Emily Skinner 7C

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8B – Campaigning to stop the

Slave Trade

Physical Theatre

The Year 12 AS Drama & Theatre Studies students

presented extracts from three different plays in the

style of physical theatre company Frantic Assembly. Mrs

Cresswell supported the students in learning a variety

of different techniques including some very impressive

lifts to explore a diverse range of characters, themes and


GCSE Performances

…and in the Drama Studio

The Year 11 GCSE Drama students presented extracts

from three different plays - The House of Bernarda Alba

by Federico Garcia Lorca, A Taste of Honey by Shelagh

Delaney and Yellow Moon by David Grieg for their

practical exam.

As well as acting, students presented their skills in set, costume,

lighting and sound design to an Edexcel Examiner and an

audience of parents and students. The students were truly

impressive in their commitment, development of skills and

support of each other.

They achieved something truly wonderful that made Mr Newman

and Dr Dolton very proud. Sarah Kinder created a multi-levelled

monochrome set to symbolise the oppressive atmosphere of

Bernarda’s House, and Dexter Cole played two contrasting

characters in the same play complete with different accents and


One Year 10 GCSE Drama student commented “It was really

inspiring to see the high standard of work. I can’t wait until we get

to do that next year. They were amazing!”

Left to right: Erin Steadman, David Newell, Gerard McGloin & Megan Webster

‘The Lodger’ - Year 13 A-Level Drama & Theatre

Studies students devised an outstanding theatrical

adaptation of The Lodger by Marie Belloc-Lowndes for

their practical exam.

The play was inspired by the 1926 Hitchcock film of the same

title and contained many stylistic references to his work in a tale

of suspicion, greed and love. David Newell took on the title role

of the mysterious gentleman lodger who moved into the home

of Mrs Bunting (Erin Steadman) and her daughter Daisy (Megan

Webster), and Gerard McGloin played Joe Chandler, the police

officer in hot pursuit of a serial murderer.

Jess Case transformed the Drama Studio with her two-story

set design and she will be taking up a place to study Design

Realisation (Scenic Art, Construction and Prop Making) at the

Guildhall School of Music and Drama next year.

The AQA Moderator praised the students’ work as ‘innovative’

and Mr Newman expressed how proud he is of the work they


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Exploring Play Texts

The Year 10 GCSE Students undertook six hours of

practical coursework to explore the play Ernest and the

Pale Moon by Oliver Lansley, which allowed them to use

all the techniques they have learned since the start of

the year.

The students explored influences from German Expressionist

theatre which prepared them to write a 1000 word documentary

response. The second part of this unit was a trip to see a live

performance of The 39 Steps at the New Theatre, Cardiff.

The students were really inspired by the way the production

created so many different characters and locations using such

simple techniques. “I really enjoyed the play and learned how you

don’t need to use loads of complicated scenery and costumes in

order to tell a story through drama.

We have discussed the play in class and will have lots to write

about in our 2000 word controlled assessment.

Shakespeare Festival

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,

students and staff have participated in a variety of

different Shakespeare-related activities.

The English department staff dressed up as characters from

Macbeth on Shakespeare’s birthday; Year 7 Art students

made set models, designed costumes and created shadow

puppet shows; and the Drama Club rehearsed thirty-minute

adaptations of three of Shakespeare’s plays which were

performed in one night!

There were over eighty students from years 7 to 13 involved

in the Drama Club Shakespeare Festival which featured

productions of Macbeth, The Tempest and Titus Andronicus.

As well as acting, students played live musical accompaniment

and supported the production backstage and front of house.

Charlotte Kilby and Jacon Bayliss

Left to right: Charlotte Gleeson, Claire Bartoszewski, Milosz Schoken, Abigail

Terry & Alice Wilder

Tom Blay rehearsing a dramatic scene from Shakespeare

Our successful

Sixth Form

Sixth Forms now get rated not on the grades students

achieve, but on the progress they make from GCSE to A


This distance travelled is measured by a Value Added

score and could be compared to how thickly a cake is iced.

Where students make the expected progress, there is no

icing on the cake and a Value Added score of zero.

A positive Value Added score of any kind shows that the

Sixth Form has supported the students to achieve more

highly than their GCSE grades predicted - the higher the

score, the thicker the icing!

Oxford Analytics have recently released a report that

compares over 2500 sixth forms across the country, subject

by subject, according to their Value Added score achieved.

In this report, our Biology, Psychology, English and Drama

departments are all mentioned as being amongst the

highest performing A’ level departments in England. In

fact, Biology comes out on top as the highest performing

Biology A’ level results in the country; small wonder that

Mr Rowan likes cake too!

Drama was second, English third and Psychology twentieth.

A great achievement based on last year’s A’ level results

and reflecting the hard work of staff and students alike.

If you would like to see all the data, please visit:

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What’s the big idea?

Matthew Simmons with his design

A BUDDING home designer has impressed

one of Bloor Homes’ top professionals after

showing off his design for a sustainable new

build home at the housebuilder’s Fairford

Gate development.

Matthew Simmons, 18, is in Y13 and was challenged to

plan and produce a model of a new home as part of

his Product Design course.

He took it to Bloor Homes for expert advice and

regional design manager Lis Holdsworth offered

guidance for Matthew’s project which has been in

progress for over a year

Matthew, who is hoping to study natural history at

the University of South Wales in Pontypridd, said: “The

idea behind my design was mainly to create a house

that could sustain itself by harvesting solar energy in

the most efficient way.

“The home is meant to be future-proof and of a

modern design while still fitting in with the local area.

“Lis seemed to like the designs and she was able to

provide some vital feedback towards my final plans

which was really interesting.”

Well done Matthew on helping to shape our future!

Year 7 - Field Trip

On the 7th June, Year 7 went on a field trip to Lea Wood

and the River Coln. We were supervised by our Geography

teachers and staff from Ernest Cook Trust.

This trip lasted all day and was full of learning experiences for the

wide-eyed Year 7s. At Lea Wood we took part in orienteering:

using maps, symbols and scale to find letters to complete the task.

Anne, from Ernest Cook Trust, had a lovely dog called Cleo with her.

After lunch, we set off to the River Coln.

We drew field sketches of the beautiful river and then did an

experiment to calculate the speed of the river flow – we threw an

orange into the river and timed it over a distance of 10 metres.

Then we walked to the next part of the river and did the same

experiment again. Finally, we set off back to school just in time for

the buses.

By Year 7 students - Chloe Weaven, Lucy Spencer, Grace Orgill and Aaron Coxhead.

Year 9 - Out & About

Year 9 enjoyed some local fieldwork this term, visiting the

Fairford Gate development on the western edge of town.

They also investigated the new Bloor Homes development

adjacent to the A417. Students collected data and have

spent lessons exploring how best this information can be

displayed and presented.

To expand their understanding about their local area they have

used websites such as the population census, crime and house price

statistics. They have also interrogated the environment agency and

river levels websites to assess the potential flooding issue before

summarizing and concluding their investigation into the lack of

affordable housing in Fairford.

Mr A. Stewart, Geography Department

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Spanish Exchange

with I.E.S La Zafra, Mótril

The idea of a languages exchange can be daunting and all the usual questions were flying

in our students’ heads. “What about if I don’t understand?, How do you say…?, What

happens if I don’t like the food?” These thoughts disappeared almost as soon as we

stepped off the bus.

We spent a glorious week at the end of May in Mótril which is located

in the province of Granada, south of Spain. On the first day the Spanish

students organised a quiz about Spanish culture and the English

students found out about all the different types of chorizo, churros, how

to put sun cream on (properly), Spanish songs and dance.

The students spent the week-end with their host families who

organised a huge range of activities, from visiting nearby towns to a

pool party. On Friday night they went to a karaoke bar and the English

attempted to sing a few Spanish songs.

On Monday, we went to Granada. We visited La Alhambra in the

morning and got a chance to walk through the oldest part of the city

up to a view point in the afternoon. Here, we got a different perspective

of the impressive Alhambra. On the way down along the cobbled and

winding roads the students had a chance to shop in the traditional

Moorish shops.

On the Tuesday, we travelled to the north of Granada to the Pantano de

Cubillas where we had a day of activities. The students had a chance to

do paintballing, abseiling, tight rope walking and kayaking. It was great to

see the partnership between the Spanish and the English. We were so

lucky with the weather that on the last day we even managed a last day

on the beach in Salobreña.

It was a very successful trip and we, in the Languages Department,

would like to thank all the parents for their hospitality when the Spanish

students visited Farmor’s in April.

Miss de la Cadena, Modern Foreign Languages Teacher

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Art & Design Exhibition

Take a look at some of the amazing work done by our students in Fine Art, Graphics, Product Design, Photography and Textiles.

On Tuesday 21st June, Farmor’s School held the annual Art and Design show,

exhibiting the work of Y12 and Y13 students. It included Fine Art, Textiles,

Product Design, Photography and Graphics.

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Each room had an atmosphere of its own, and

success shone throughout. The first piece of

work that visitors came face to face with was

a huge lion sculpture, by Jago Hartland. It gave

a real presence in the room and has definitely

inspired a lot of young creative students. The

art block displayed an amazing collection of

large and smaller paintings in oils and acryllics;

and theY12 sculptures ranged from an

exquisite swan to a spider dangling from its

web constructed out of industrial materials.

The Y13 exam work was varied and eyecatching

showing just how talented Farmor’s

students are!

The Textiles exhibition was also very impressive

with its range of Y12 Alexander McQueen

work. There were some wonderful contrasting

suit jackets, some with horns and some with

delicate lace. All of the Y13 exam pieces were

very exciting and unexpected too, especially

Georgia Hooker’s fabulous sheep wool dress

that was influenced by re-using old things.

Product Design and Graphics showed some

great examples of the high quality standard of

work Farmor’s students aim for. Photography

showcased an interesting and varied exhibition

with a large range of ideas, including Katie

Cannons ‘miniature photography’ which caught

everyone’s eye.

All of the work together gave a fantastic insight

into the creative students’ lives at Farmor’s and

has once again without a doubt made everyone

proud, both students and teachers.

Laura Hicks, Y12 Art/Textiles student.

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Your support could

make a difference!

As you are probably aware 16 students and 8

members of staff from Farmor’s school took

part in the National 3 Peaks Challenge this


The National 3 Peaks Challenge consists of walking a

total of 26 miles, climbing 3 mountains - Snowdon in

Wales (1,085m above sea level), Scafell Pike in England

(978m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,346m) - in under

24 hours! We completed 3 training events, a 26km

walk along the Malvern ridge, a weekend away in

Snowdonia walking and doing conservation work, and

completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks - the 3 highest hills

in Yorkshire.

In addition to completing the challenge, we are raising

money for the “Teenage Cancer Trust” and UNICEF.

If you would like to sponsor us, please follow the link

below to the Virgin Money fundraising page which was

set up by Abi Taphouse and Tilly Longstaff –or, if you

prefer, you could sponsor one of the staff or pupils

directly. The advantage of the website is that we can

apply for Gift Aid so it would help the school if you

chose to sponsor us that way. Thanks in anticipation.

Mr Spurr, Head of Mathematics

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2 minibuses headed out

on Friday 8th July but only

one made it all the way

up to Scotland! Everyone

successfully climbed Mount

Snowdon but the boys’

minibus broke down after

that so only the 6 girls and 5

staff members managed to

complete the three Peaks

Challenge. As Mr Evans said

– “Congratulations! You did

it for the team!”.

And in case you missed this in the Standard…

17 students and 9 members of staff

from Farmor’s School In Fairford set out

on Saturday 23rd May to conquer the

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.

Just under eleven hours later the team finished,

having summited the three highest mountains

in Yorkshire, climbing over 1500 metres and

walking more than 22 miles. This arduous

challenge was undertaken by the mountain

expedition group of Farmor’s Sixth Form as the

final stage of preparation for an attempt at the

National 3 Peaks Challenge in July.

The mountain expedition group were launched

this year as part of the school’s wider outdoor

pursuits programme, which also includes

participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The school, located in Fairford, have developed

a rich and varied range of outdoor education

activities to help develop resilience and develop

an appreciation of the natural environment.

The team set out early in the morning

from their bunkhouse with an ascent of the

smallest of the three mountains, Pen-y-Ghent

at 691 metres above sea level. There was a

rapid descent followed by a gruelling trek to

Ingleborough (723m), by which time the legs

were beginning to ache for many. By 2.30pm

the group were descending the second peak

only to start climbing again to reach the final

summit of Whernside, the highest of the

mountains at 728 metres.

The weather was kind and there was time for a

brief stop on each peak to admire the stunning

views, the Lake District skyline visible on the far


The long descent to the finish point was a

struggle as many experienced pain in their feet

and legs, blisters and fatigue. However, morale

was high and the sight of the magnificent

viaduct used as a location in the Harry Potter

films kept the team moving forwards to their


After a well earned sleep the students and

staff headed home, looking forward with some

trepidation towards their final goal of climbing

the highest mountains in Scotland, England and

Wales in under 24 hours.

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Year 7s at Warwick Castle

It’s not all hard work here at Farmors’

School. We also have great days out

where learning is combined with having

a bit of fun. Or a lot of fun in this case…

Diamond Jubilee

This year the Duke of Edinburgh Award is celebrating its

Diamond Anniversary. Throughout the last 60 years, the

Award has grown in popularity with 300,000 young people

now registering annually.

To celebrate and recognise the hard work of volunteers and

Leaders running the scheme, two representatives from each

licenced organisation were invited to a ceremony at Buckingham

Palace on 16th May. Ms Moore and Mr Evans attended on behalf of

the school and on behalf of the many hard working volunteers who

have contributed to the running of the award at Farmor’s School.

Throughout the afternoon they witnessed several Gold Award

Presentations and heard speeches from both Gail Emms MBE and

Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex.

Gail Emms presenting Mr Evans and Ms Moore with a commemorative

plaque that recognizes the school as a Licensed Organisation.

Some useful information…(for parents!)

Advice on

Child and


Tax Credits

Citizens Advice Cotswolds District is urging Tax Credit claimants to make sure they

complete their renewal claims by 31 July. If you have not received your renewal pack

already, you will soon receive one. It will tell you how to renew your tax credits.

You must renew your tax credits by 31 July 2016 if your renewal pack has a red line

across the first page and it says ‘reply now’. If you miss the deadline your tax credits

payments will stop. You’ll be sent a statement and will have to pay back the tax credits

you’ve been given since 6 April 2016.

If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help with health costs and the

other costs of bringing up your children. Cotswold District Citizens Advice provides

free confidential advice and has highly trained advisers that can help you with tax

credit and other problems. Ring an adviser on 0808 800 0511, or you can email or call

into one of the offices. Online advice and full details of the opening hours are http://

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Prom night lovelies!

Our Year 11s enjoyed a wonderful Prom Night at the Cotswold Four Pillars Hotel on

Friday 20th May. They all looked fabulous (and the staff scrubbed up pretty well too).

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It’s Competition Time…



It was competition time in the summer term at

Farmor’s as we once again staged our fabulous Inter-

House Bake-Off. The delicious results were as follows:

1st - ‘Barker’: Esme Flewitt & George Howe, Poppy Howe &

Jasmine Stevenson, Charlotte Kilby & Freya Benbow.

2nd - Tame: Alice Mundy & Emily Griffiths, James Heskins & Tom

Mundy, Archie Yates & Ben Newman.

3rd - Keble: Lexie Nicol & Saskia Van Der Heiden, Amelia Snell

& Aiyana Bodsworth, Poppy Davis & Joshua Govier.

4th - Farmor: Leon Parks-Dee, Ella Tuke-Hastings & Daniel

Wathen, Sophie Hawkins.

All students who entered were fabulous – they worked

their socks off! We have some very talented and artistic

children among us and there was a steady undercurrent of

competitiveness but they all cheered each other on so well

done to all who took part. I hope you all enjoyed it and are

geared ready up for next year!!!

Mrs T. Jayakanthan

2016 - House Factor!

This year’s winner - from a fantastically talented

selection! - was Tomi Fry 8S with a close runner-up

in Lucianna Lambert 8A. Congratulations!

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Left to right: Sportswoman of the Year Y7-10 Annie Lloyd, Alice Mundy, Maddie Starling, Ellie Barnes. Sixth form Sportsman and woman of the year; Sasha Gibbs & Sam Johnson.

Sportsman of the Year Y7-11 Joe Sims, Alex Cohoon, Harry Bunn, Freddie Dickinson, Glen Chalmers.

Sports Awards 2016

Our annual Sports Awards evening was held in June – congratulations to all the very worthy

winners and here’s to even greater sporting success next year! See more pictures on page 18.

Champion Brothers!


Swimming Club recorded

a host of personal best times at the South

West Regional Championships for 11 to

14 year olds which took place across two

weekends recently at Bristol Hengrove

pool and at Millfield School in Somerset.

County qualifying rounds had taken place earlier

in the year and all events were held in long

course, 50m pools.

Alex Cohoon Y8 posted PBs in the 50m

breaststroke (36.27); 50m butterfly (31.99) and

50m freestyle in the Fast & Furious event with

28.83. Alex also swam 1.22.47 in the 100m

breaststroke and 2.19.15 in the 200m freestyle.

Tom Cohoon Y12 qualified for the South West

Regional Championships in Plymouth. He was

swimming against some of the best swimmers in

the country and came 4th in his age group for

the 50m Freestyle.

Left to right: Alex Cohoon Y8 - Tom Cohoon Y12

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Sports Awards 2016 continued.

Team of the Year U13 Netball Team; Emma Roberts, Jemima Merrington, Jess Skinner, Annabel Cripps,

Charlotte Cohoon, Alice Mundy, Kate Roberts, Gabriella Doughty.

Outstanding contribution to Team Farmors; Harriet Deo, Sasha Gibbs,

Chloe New, Maddie Durham, Josh Weller, Sam Johnson, George Tasker.

Outstanding contribution to Team Farmors; Josh Weller, Sam Johnson,

George Tasker.

Outstanding contribution to Team Farmors; Sasha Gibbs, Chloe New, Harriet Deo, Maddie Durham

Softball Success

A relatively inexperienced squad of year 10 Farmor’s

students travelled to Hartpury College on Thursday

16th June to represent the Cotswold District at the

‘Gloucestershire School Games’ Softball Finals.

The Baseball & Softball UK run competition, consisting of the best

nine school teams from around the county, started out badly though,

with a downpour of biblical proportions threatening the whole event.

Luckily, the torrential rain eventually stopped and the pitches dried

off enough to enable the matches to begin, albeit with players moving

tentatively on the slippery surface.

In their first game, Farmor’s lost to the eventual winners 4-1, making

many tactical mistakes along the way and learning lots of valuable

lessons. The second game saw a more tactically astute performance

ending in a victory against Lakers School (6-4).

The last pool game, against Archway School, was drawn 4-4, which

meant the team narrowly missed out on the 3rd / 4th place play off

match, qualifying instead for the 5th / 6th place play off. In this match

Farmor’s came up against a very strong Chosen Hill team who had

also narrowly missed out on the 3rd / 4th place play off match. Sadly,

Chosen Hill proved too strong in the end, winning 8-1. There were

many positives to take from the day and Softball at Farmor’s will only

get stronger now.

Year 10 Softball Squad: T. Eyre, M. Balloch, L. Slowly, A.

Francis, E. Ash, J. Summers, H. New, A. Eaglestone, L. Watson,

H. Williams, G. Wall

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PE round-up:

Summer 2016

This summer we have achieved a number of

sporting successes and a variety of competition

opportunities for the students here at Farmors.

The main bulk of the sports we focused on

this term included Athletics, Tennis, Cricket

and Rounders where the students have many

opportunities to compete at a variety of levels.

There are regular fixtures for boys and girls

as well as opportunities to gain representative

honours in Athletics.

Athletics round up:

We have taken part in a number of Athletics meets this

summer – some of which have been thwarted by our

British weather but many have continued and enabled us to

put in some very strong performances.

Y7 and Y8 Athletics took place at Thomas Keble, Y9 and Y10 Athletics

took place at Archway and District Trials were hosted by Deer Park

School this term. As a result of these, a number of our students

went forward to compete for our District at the County Athletics at

the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham.

The following students achieved honours:

Y8 Annabel Cripps - long jump, Y8 Alice Mundy – Javelin 2nd place,

Y8 Jessie Paton - Javelin 3rd place, Y9 Charley Hall - Long Jump 2nd

place, Y10 Tatum Eyre - 300m 4th place, Y11 Emma O’Connor - triple

jump, Y10 Libby Slowly - 800m, Y10 Lydia Bailey - 100m, Y12 Maiya

Todd - 100m 3rd place, Y9 Max Adams - 1500m, Y10 Alfie Brown -

High Jump 3rd place, Y10 Elliot Doughty - 800m 1st place, Y10 Alex

Eaglestone - 200m & Shot Putt 2nd place shot; 4th 200m, Y10 Ki

New - Triple Jump, Y10 Freddie Dickinson - 100m.

Alex Eaglestone and Elliot Doughty represented Gloucestershire at

the South-West Athletics competition coming 4th in Shot-Putt and

6th in 1500m respectively.

A huge congratulations to all our Athletes who have committed to

the Athletics Club, pushed themselves hard and achieved what they

set out to do.

Tennis round up:

The girls have once again entered the AEGON Tennis

competition this year. The Y8 and Y10 competition is made

up of a team of four players in each age group and all girls

play a singles rubber followed by doubles.

The Y8s have had some excellent matches against a variety of

schools including, Westonbirt High School for Girls, Stroud High

and Thomas Keble. We have had some fantastic matches and the Y8

team has won its group and will continue to the next stage of the


The Boys’ Tennis has had a slightly different format to the girls,

where Year 7 and 8 are a combined team and Year 9 and 10 are a

combined team. Each team normally has eight or ten players that play

two sets of doubles. The Year 9 and 10 team have had several narrow

losses this year, but nonetheless, have shown excellent resilience

and perseverance to keep going. The Years 7 and 8 team have had

an excellent year, with a recent win against Katherine Lady Berkley

allowing them progression into the District league semi-finals.

Netball round up:

Development and Satellite Academies are the first stepping

stone on England Netballs’ talent pathway. We have had many

of our previous students gain success at these trials - the following

girls gained selection and we are very proud of their achievements:

Annabel Cripps County Academy trial Wiltshire, Ella Tuke-Hastings

County Academy trial Gloucestershire, Jessica Skinner County

Academy trial Gloucestershire, Jemima Merrington Satellite Academy

Gloucestershire, Alice Mundy Satellite Academy Gloucestershire,

Kate Roberts Satellite Academy Gloucestershire, Saskia Van Der

Heiden Satellite Academy Gloucestershire, Annie Lloyd Satellite

Academy Gloucestershire, Hannah Clark Development Academy


The following girls have achieved two levels above the Satellite

Academy and continue on their quest for Netball excellence, training

up to four times a week and accessing high level coaching and

facilities in many of these sessions: Elisha New and Maddie Durham.

Netball Satellite Trials

Two weeks before 22nd May we received some good news – we had

all been selected for the England satellite trials which was the first

step on the England Netball Pathway! When 22nd May finally came

round, we had to go to the trials. They were nerve-wracking but

exciting. We took a four hour long trial where we were continually

judged and watched by coaches and scouts. That was the bit that

really unnerved us! Two weeks after the trials, we all received an

exciting email congratulating us on our achievements and telling us

we had got straight through to the county trials. This meant that

we were one step further along the England Netball Pathway. We

went ahead and took our trials which was a very similar process to

the satellite one but we were being watched even closer and our

opponents were even tougher.

Annabel Cripps, Ella Tuke-Hastings and Jess Skinner.

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Cricket is played in a Twenty20 format for league and cup matches. Farmor’s would personally

like to thank members of both Fairford Cricket Club and Lechlade Cricket Club for allowing

us access to their grounds to play home fixtures this year.

It has certainly been an overall good year for Cricket at Farmor’s, despite the typical British weather -

notably, Year 7 who have made it to the District league finals and Year 8 who have made it to the District

league semi-finals. Both teams have certainly shown aspects of true winning potential during previous

games and I am sure this will bode well for these more important fixtures. The Year 9 and 10 teams have

also managed some wins and very narrow defeats. The Year 8 girls also represented Farmor’s at a Cricket

tournament and did very well overall.

Tae Kwon Do –

you can do it!

I am a Year 12 Student at Farmor’s Sixth

Form. I am also the assistant instructor at

Fairford TAGB (Tae Kwon Do Association

of Great Britain) club that trains in

the school hall, led by our club’s senior

instructor, Mr Lee Chapman, 5th Degree

Black Belt.

I have been training for almost 10 years, gaining my 1st Degree Black

Belt in 2012 (at the age of 13) and I have been learning how to teach

the art to children, teenagers and adults since this time.

At the beginning of June, I attended (and passed) a 2-day course at the

TAGB headquarters in Bristol to become an official assistant instructor.

This qualification allows me to teach classes unattended by any other


Tae Kwon Do is a South Korean martial art that was developed in the

1950s during the Korean War. It is a form of unarmed combat for selfdefence

that involves the skilled application of punches, kicks and blocks

against an opponent. We train Tae Kwon Do as a non/light-contact

sport that will be used to develop desirable qualities such as confidence,

fitness, respect and perseverance. We have specialised syllabuses for

children and teenagers/adults who train separately. We firmly believe

that anyone can do Tae Kwon Do, no matter their age, gender or level

of fitness. As we train locally on Friday evenings it is a brilliant activity to

focus your attention on, other than school work, and is great for stress


Since gaining my assistant instructor’s qualification I have decided that

I will run a lunch time taster session in the last week of school before

summer holidays.

These sessions will give a brief insight to what a Tae Kwon Do class

would be like to the pupils at Farmor’s School. (Further details will be

put on school notices in advance).

Our training sessions are held on Friday evenings:

Juniors (4-11yrs) 6.30pm

Seniors (12+) 7.30pm

(Any current Y7s who are yet to turn 12 can begin in the senior lesson)

Our club is offering free training until 31st August 2016 for new

students who wish to join, or just come a long to give it a go. You have

nothing to lose!

Jacob Bayliss Y12

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With changes recently being made to the structure of the boys’ district tennis

competition the challenge of qualifying for the finals had been made even more difficult

before the first match had even been played.

This year only the top two teams out of a strong league of six schools

would qualify for the final. With this challenge facing our squad they

trained hard and were rewarded with a commanding victory against

Katherine Lady Berkeley’s School (3-1). Sadly, this victory was quickly

cancelled out by a heavy loss to Marling Grammar School (4-1), a match

played in typically British summer conditions (very wet and windy). In the

remaining three fixtures the boys showed the skill, effort and strength

of character that is required to succeed in sport by winning some

extremely tense and close matches against Cirencester Kingshill School

(won 4-4, on count back), Thomas Keble School (won 4-4, on count

back) and their final league match against Deer Park School (won 3-2).

The fixture against Deer Park School was especially tense as the boys

knew going into the fixture that only a win would see them reach the

final. The pressure only intensified as the top seeds, after drawing 1-1,

lost their match on a Championship tie break (6-10). Luckily, the second

seeds won (6-4, 6-4), the fourth seeds won their match (6-2, 6-4) and

the last match, between the 3rd seeds, was won after a tie break on the

second set (6-3, 7-6).

Having won the final league match the prospect of a rematch against

a very strong Marling Grammar School loomed large on the horizon.

In this ‘David vs. Goliath’ final the boys played brilliantly but sadly lost

again, this time 3-2. This was an extremely close fixture that could

easily have gone our way. The top seeds drew 1-1, but lost the ensuing

Championship tie break (8-10).

The second seeds lost their first set 4-6 and lost a tie break on the

second set (6-7), which had they won would have taken their match

to a Championship tie break. The third pair drew 1-1 and won their

Championship tie break (10-4). The fourth pair lost (6-0, 6-0). The fifth

pair, having started later then everyone else, played the closing moments

of their match in front of a fair sized crowd and, having won the first set

6-3, won the second set via a tie break (7-6).

Despite the hugely improved performance of the team the boys were

still disappointed and are already looking forward to a rematch next


Year 7&8 Boys Tennis Squad: Jed Deo, Freddie Merrett, Matt

Hills, Dan Ollson, Dan Sampson, Josh Watson, Jordan Goodwin, James

Cobbing, Theo Merrington, Joe Sims, Henry Pegg, Archie Piggot,

Charlie Adams, Josh Wood, Sam Cook.

Mr R. Simpson PE Department

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