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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
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
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
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
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
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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RIAT STEM Event
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!
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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!
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
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
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
…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
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 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.
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
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.
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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
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
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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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
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
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
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 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…
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!)
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.
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,
Outstanding contribution to Team Farmors; Sasha Gibbs, Chloe New, Harriet Deo, Maddie Durham
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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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
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
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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