Cranford Review 2013

The “Cranford Review” © is a publication of Cranford Community College. Is an annual high standard produced magazine which provides an archive document highlighting various aspects of the life of the academy, its staff, students and community from each academic year. It is a wonderful read and a useful historical document which, with its termly sister publications and occasional special editions, also serves to describe the values of the academy and support the aspirations of the academy, its staff, students and wider community. A colorful layout with a wide range of topics comprising events, extracurricular activities, recognition awards, initiatives, trips and excursions among many others. Hard copies are provided to stakeholders including families, staff, partners, visitors, prospective parents/students, prospective employees and others with an interest or stake in the academy and its students. Headteacher & Director: Kevin Prunty / Editor-in-chief: Jessica Joyce / Graphic Design: Enzo Gianvittorio Danese (Enzo GD) / Printed by: Springfieldpapers.com

The “Cranford Review” © is a publication of Cranford Community College. Is an annual high standard produced magazine which provides an archive document highlighting various aspects of the life of the academy, its staff, students and community from each academic year.
It is a wonderful read and a useful historical document which, with its termly sister publications and occasional special editions, also serves to describe the values of the academy and support the aspirations of the academy, its staff, students and wider community. A colorful layout with a wide range of topics comprising events, extracurricular activities, recognition awards, initiatives, trips and excursions among many others. Hard copies are provided to stakeholders including families, staff, partners, visitors, prospective parents/students, prospective employees and others with an interest or stake in the academy and its students.
Headteacher & Director: Kevin Prunty / Editor-in-chief: Jessica Joyce / Graphic Design: Enzo Gianvittorio Danese (Enzo GD) / Printed by: Springfieldpapers.com


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Cranford Review

2012 2013

Outstanding School

Outstanding School

2012 - 2013

Cranford Community College



Cranford Community College


Teaching & Learning

Cranford Community College



Cranford Community College



Ofsted 2012/2013

Ofsted 2012/2013

Ofsted 2012/2013

Ofsted 2012/2013



the Cranford

Review of the last

academic year (2012/2013), the year in which Ofsted

visited and recognised Cranford to be consistently

‘Outstanding’ in all aspects of the new ‘raised bar’

framework for inspecting schools. Her Majesty’s

Inspector judged the school as outstanding over time

in Teaching, Achievement, Behaviour, Leadership

& Management and all other aspects of the Ofsted



by Kevin Prunty (Executive Headteacher)

I, and the Academy Trust Board, are delighted to

further congratulate our ‘Class of 2013’ students on

their outstanding performance in GCSE and A level

exams this summer which has meant that examination

results at Cranford Community College in 2013 broke

more records to be the best results that the school has

ever had, further extending the high achievement and

rapid progress that the pupils and the school make

relentlessly year on year.

These outcomes are a real credit to the hard work of

students who with the support of parents, families and

teachers made this happen. Our students have set a

new standard and challenge for other students in lower

years to surpass. The class of 2013 has established a

new record at GCSE with more than 72% achieving 5+

A*-C including English and mathematics. More Year

11 students achieved the highest grades with a third of

all passes being at the highest grades. We are delighted

that such a high proportion of our Year 11 students

(and indeed year 12) have decided that Cranford is

the right school for them to complete their schooling.

Our students and teachers have again bucked and outperformed

the national trends and the results this year

have elevated almost all of our departments into ‘high

performing department’ status and recognition. This

is also an accolade to the increasingly personalised

curriculum that is meeting the needs of more and more

pupils and rewarding them, and the school, with higher

grades and greater life chances.

We are also very proud and celebrating the amazing

results of Year 13 A-level students. It is very impressive

to see a further rise in the A* and A grades at A level

which now make up nearly a third of all grades and

we are delighted with the university offers being

awarded to the students this year in response to their

high grades and achievements. The quality of offers

being made by universities to Cranford students is also

very impressive and recognises the strong track record

of pupil performance year on year.

Cranford’s three year performance trend also looks

incredibly strong which only confirms that Ofsted’s

‘Outstanding’ judgements on the school during

last academic year were typical of standards and

achievement and hold true over time.

And, as you will no doubt be able to tell from this

digest, Cranford combines high academic standards

with a great ethos and is a happy place to be, proven

perhaps by our outstanding levels of pupil attendance

across the school, excellent pupil retention rates and

the very high popularity of the main school and its

sixth form.

When Cranford became an academy the curriculum was

adapted and additional funding from being an academy

and from the pupil premium was targeted to support

new initiatives aimed at nurturing High Achievers and

those with untapped potential and talent. The range

of opportunities now being planned for the High

Achievers Centre in 2013/14 is truly amazing ranging

from ‘Space Camp’ to ‘Stand-up Mathematics’, from

‘Particle Physics Journeys’ to ‘Medical School’ and

from ‘Cancer Research’ to ‘Journalism College’ to

name but a few.

It’s always amazing to reflect upon the enormous

range of curricular and extra-curricular events,

activities, trips and enrichment opportunities that have

helped to develop and realise the potential and the

differing talents that exist within our student and staff

population. I can hardly believe that we achieved all

of this (and so much more) within just one academic

year. Thanks are due to the dedicated staff that make

these things happen and to pupils, parents and ‘friends

of Cranford’ who participate so enthusiastically.

When you have read this digest of the last year you

will understand why I remain so proud of the school,

its students, and its community – this is what an

‘outstanding’ school should be like.


Becoming Head Girl was definitely quite the challenge, as I was up against amazing

candidates, with different attributes. It was a process that involved writing an application ,

creating a manifesto, and the hardest for me was the interview stage.

I have spent nearly 7 years at Cranford and I couldn’t think of a better way to end my final

year in a place I would call my second home. I’m really excited to begin in September and

complete my manifesto as well as helping the school move in the right direction.

I hope along the way I become a great role model and by the end of it look back and be

proud of the changes and accomplishments myself and our leadership team made alongside

students and teachers.

Sara khan (Head Girl)

Written proposal, leadership task, manifesto and finally the interview, through this process

I have been elected to be the new Head Boy. Becoming Head Boy has been a personal

achievement, as it will enable me to fulfil my aspiration to bring change for the better for

Cranford Community College. Throughout my school life I’ve enjoyed taking an active role

in representing our school at various events. As Head Boy I wish to continue contributing to

the school, with the motivation to encourage others to work with one and another, allowing us

to form a cohesive community. Through my leadership, I hope to inspire the younger pupils

to participate in various extracurricular activities, enabling them to develop as individuals

and find their talents. I will be working alongside three outstanding students who will also

help to make all the changes and events in school a success; Head Girl Sara Khan and

Deputy Heads, Hardeep Rai and Nikita Sharma.

Sharyar Raja (Head Boy)

Becoming Deputy Head Girl involved a process of many stages. The first being a letter of

application to Mr Prunty the Executive Headteacher, secondly writing up my manifesto and

ideas for changes to the school and thirdly having an interview with the school panel. I am

very pleased to say I got through each stage and ended up becoming Deputy Head Girl not

an easy procedure. However now as Deputy Head Girl, I know it takes hard work and drive

to ensure the school is pushed to its full capability and to make sure the students achieve

the best they can. During my time being Deputy Head Girl I am going to do my best to give

both the students and teachers a voice, and ensure every individual flourishes into lovely

young adults.

Nikita Sharma (Deputy Head Girl)

When I found out that the position for Head Boy was open for application I immediately

applied. Initially we had to write a letter detailing our credentials and why we wanted to

take on this role. I found this part easy, but it was the interview stage I was worried about.

After a nervous wait I entered a conference room filled with students from each year group

who relentlessly asked question after question. I managed to hold my nerve and I answered

all questions to the best of my ability. The winners were announced in assembly. The final

stage was a meeting with Mr Prunty to discuss plans for the coming year. I am happy and

proud to be Deputy Head Boy.

Hardeep Rai (Deputy Head Boy)


BBC Bike Track


was a joint project between Berkeley Primary School, Beavers

Community School and Cranford Community College. The

project brought together ten students from each primary school and ten

year 10 students from Cranford Community College to work on a project

which would develop a range of life skills. The project chosen was to build

a BMX / bike track at Cranford Community College. The project enlisted

the help of Rob Reed, a professional BMX rider ranked 3rd in the UK

to work with the students on developing their ideas while also building

confidence through bike skills.

In groups the students worked on designing and building the track which

is located to the south of the playing fields at Cranford. After lots of hard

work from the students and help from Cranford’s Youth Club and three

police community support officers the track was officially opened in June

2013 with parents invited to have a go on riding the track. The 160 metre

track has lots of bumps, curves and jumps and offers sufficient challenge

for both children and adults. Since the opening there have been several

hundred people riding the track and all agree it is a great addition to the

already excellent facilities at Cranford Community College.

In the future the track will be used by local primary school and the

community. In September 2013 we will be starting a parent / child bike

club where parents can come with their child and ride safely. If you are

interested in joining the parent / child bike club or just to find out more

about what is happening at the track then please check out our page on the

school web site.

Alan Fraser (Assistant Headteacher)


Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to thank you for an amazing

day yesterday for the BMX opening.

I would also like to thank you for the

support that you have shown to my son

(Adam Nunez from Berkeley Primary

School). It has been an amazing

experience for him, and has given him

so much confidence. Adam has

really enjoyed the BMX

track. I would also

like thank the

kids from Cranford

Community College for their

support with Adam too. They

have been fantastic.

Kindest regards

Tracy Parsons

(Adam Nunez’s Mum)

Dialu-alukan Untuk Cranford

Cranford welcomed future English teachers from Malaysia

As part of our on-going commitment to international links, in March 2013, Cranford welcomed 6 students who are studying

at Canterbury Christ Church University in their 3rd year, of their Bachelor of Education programme to teach English as a

second language (TESL). The 6 students were introduced to Cranford with their main focus on how students with English

as an additional language are catered for, as well as spending time in the unique Literacy and Numeracy College within the

school site, which accelerates students’ literacy and numeracy skills through personalised teaching and learning.

Their programme allowed them to see the school at work, with visits to many classes, including the W Factor session on

Wednesday afternoon, which was hailed by Ofsted inspectors as exemplary. In pairs, the students took an assembly for

each year group introducing a particular aspect of Malaysian culture, which was very well received by all the students.

One of the students commented: “It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to meet you and the entire staff of your

school who are all very supportive, helpful, welcoming and friendly. The experience indeed has exposed us to a lot of new

ideas and new perspectives, which hopefully we can apply it in Malaysia when we start teaching very soon”.

北 京 的 海 淀 区

Beijing’s Haidian District

In partnership with Hounslow Manor School (now Kingsley Academy), Cranford greeted a group of 25 teachers from Haidian

District in Beijing. Haidian is a large suburban district in the Chinese capital with a population of some 3.2 million, an

increase of 45% since 2000; the area is undergoing rapid expansion and provides a very interesting example of the amazing

growth in cities in China. The delegation were all experienced teachers, mostly from secondary schools, with a diverse

range of subject from Chinese and maths to English, sciences, history and geography.

Their aim was to see how outstanding schools in the UK operate and they enjoyed presentations on the Ofsted framework,

training and professional development, and were totally impressed with both the creativity shown in the W Factor session

they saw and the experience they had in lessons. The group focussed on how teachers are trained with a particular reference

to encouraging the students to be creative, Coincidentally, the group were here as the Ofsted judgement of outstanding was

published and were full of praise and admiration for the school’s fantastic outcome.

크랜 포드 커뮤니티 대학에 오신 것을 환영합니다

Cranford hosts Korean Educationalists -May and July 2013-

The word is spreading….an email in early May from James at Genesis Global heralded the first of two visits by senior

educationalists from Korea to Cranford. The Koreans were in the UK on a fact-finding visit and wanted to see how an

outstanding secondary school in the UK functions on a day-to-day basis. The presentation gave the school profile, which is

very different from those found in schools in Korea, but that is where the differences ended. Both the Cranford staff involved

and the Koreans spoke the common language of learning opportunities and improving the life chances of those in our care.

Velkommen til Cranford

Teachers from Hareid in Norway love their visit to Cranford -March 2013-

Hailing from beautiful Hareid on the scenic west coast of Norway, with its stunning mountain and fjords, some 16 teachers

from a school with a total population of 180 students came in March 2013 to visit Cranford to learn more about the English

school system. The contrasts between Cranford and Hareid were obvious but equally so were the common values of the

teachers and Cranford staff, teaching methods and strategies, and the passion for teaching. They were particularly interested

in how students learn here and how our two schools might be able to work together in the future on sharing each other’s

language and culture. Cranford is uniquely placed to reflect not only local culture but with its multi-ethnic background

many other cultures from around the world.

The leader of the Norwegian delegation said they had an amazing visit to Cranford and the school in Hareid is hoping to

start a new course on internationalism in the autumn. At Cranford, we are looking forward to closer working links with

our Norwegian colleagues.

Philip Dobison (Assistant Head of School)


Let’s Celebrate


Activities Week July 2013

Monday July 15th – Thursday 18th July 2013 we held our

second Activities week and this year we decided to celebrate

British Culture.

The Enterprise Project required the students to work in teams for

the Cranford Tour Company and create a tour of London tour guide brochure.

The project required students to work competitively and use a range of Business

and IT skills in developing this brochure.

A variety of sports were on offer throughout the week and in spite of the

exceptionally hot weather the students took up the competitive sporting

challenges on offer.

Year 12 students followed a similar programme of activities including sport

but with some different tasks for Discovery, Enterprise and Culture. Their

Enterprise regeneration project required them to consider two local sites

for development and their Culture project required them to market their

regeneration project through a Media Campaign. For the Discovery Project

they created a presentation on “What Makes Britain”.

It was a fantastic week with lots of fun for everyone learning new things

through practical experience.

by Jessica Joyce (Activities week organiser)

Four activity projects, Discovery, Enterprise, Culture and Sport ran

throughout the week with each year group having the

opportunity to take up the challenge in each activity.

The Discovery Project, created by Maths, Science and ADT

challenged the students to build a model Trebuchet based

on an historical design. Students competed to see which

model worked the best, measuring the distance the ball

travelled. The second part of the challenge was to build a

larger version on the field and again compete to see which

one worked the best. The atmosphere became very excited

with the staff joining the competitive element all wanting

to be the best.

The Culture Project included languages, dance, music,

history and art. Students learnt aspects of British History;

from the Vikings, making helmets and the Normans,

building model castles. They were shown a series of images

linked to the British Isles, and students created their own

representation of what that means using paints, pencils and

pastels.They learnt Morris dancing and Scottish Céilidh

dancing including the history behind the dance and they

were set a ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ style project to make up

their own national Anthem or poem or song.

“I like being outdoors. I enjoyed using the

Trebuchets to see how far the ball went”.

Peter Franks

“I learnt a lot in

movie make. I like this

because it can help me

in future in ICT”.


Osman Ahmed Shabel

“I think activities week

was perfect”.

Suman Kumar

“The dance

looked funny

and interesting

and singing the

National Anthem

was fun”.

Abdullah Read


WFactor has been running on a Wednesday

afternoon for two years and it still continues

to grow with over 52 different activities on offer,

providing staff and students with a great opportunity

to learn new skills and experience some amazing

enrichment activities. In addition we now have a

significant number of outside agencies working

alongside our staff providing some exciting new

experiences for our students. We have great plans to

extend this further for 2013-2014.

All the World

Theatre Project

“The day we performed was an

excellent experience and one I

have never done before and It will

be one of my best memories”.

Klodjano Klydie Koxha (year 8)

“We had a lifetime experience by doing

proper drama with professional people. I

really enjoyed it because it was fun and I

liked it because I got a chance to perform in

two things in school and in the theatre”.

Mohammed Qureshi (year 8)

2013, we performed at the Paul Robeson

Theatre at the Treaty Centre in Hounslow.

This was the second experience for me at the

theatre but was my first experience to perform

there. After the performance I lost my fear of

performing and talking in crowds”.

During summer 2013, students worked with members of Bounce

Theatre to devise a piece of drama inspired by the Festival theme

‘All the World’. Students explored themes as broad as evolution,

technological advances and inspirational figures. They discussed

about the world in our local community, the value of multi-culturalism

and friendship.

This culminated in a piece of physical theatre which began with

Newton and the apple, merged into Apple technology and the images

of the global inspirations that we can now see at the press of a button.

The students used Mo Farah as a figure to celebrate local inspirations

such as our grandparents, family, female role models and friends.

The piece was performed twice representing the school at the Paul

Robeson Theatre as part of Bounce Theatre’s ‘Home-grown and

Handmade in Hounslow’. This celebration, involved over 500 people

from 15 different schools.

The students worked with the company director Louise Pendry who

said ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students, their

originality and creativity led us to make a really beautiful piece of

work. My colleagues at the theatre were all impressed with how

professionally they conducted themselves.’

By Kumail Abbas (year 8)

“Louise Pendry made all of this happen as

she helped us put all of our pieces of drama

together. She gave us confidence to perform

in front of 200 people at the Paul Robeson

Theatre and at school. I actually haven’t

done anything on a proper stage before.

I’ve only preformed in my primary school”.

Lucy Cook. (year7)







Charity Work

In WFactor we had the intensely inspiring

opportunity to become young philanthropists

which means that we help those less fortunate

than ourselves. Philanthropy is all about raising

awareness. We have decided to raise money for the

charity NSPCC, specifically for their Childline.

We formed a charity named “I.R.I.S” which stands

for “I realise I see”. We did something original by

starting up our own charity and deciding to make

soaps to sell at the Cranford festival and we sent

monie raised to the NSPCC.

We have chosen to work with a children’s charity

because we ourselves understand and empathise

with children. I particularly enjoyed the aspect

of the project where we had to physically make

the soap, not only was it fun but it was also

eye-opening to see all our hard work pay off

when we wrapped the soap.

By Sara Yousuf Saiyed (year 8)

“I really enjoyed the Unique

Boutique this year, loved

making my fab earrings.

By far the best WFactor ever”.

Megha Dahdrai (year 7)

“This term Unique Boutigque

has been really good and

enjoyable, however I would like

it if we could design necklaces

and also use silver and golden

beads in our designs”.

Jaya Saini (year 7)

“This term I have been doing the Tailor Made

activity for WFactor for the Festival parade. I made

a skirt and a top which was blue and black. I also

added a strip of blue beads to make it stand out.

I enjoyed this experience because I was able to make

my own costume and I was able to design it and use

a sewing machine.

Overall I enjoyed it a lot and if I was able to I would

make it all again”.

Sabah Shaikh (year 7)

During the period of January to July Cranford students who

joined the WFactor “Unique Boutique” made a range of

jewellery both for themselves and for charity. The idea was

for students to “up cycle” unwanted items that were broken or

unused to keep a steady supply of beads coming in. The beads

we used ranged from wooden, to glass, to plastic to crystal. The

girls learned how to create bracelets, earrings and necklaces

using nylon and elastic. They really showed their flair for design

and created beautiful items that they were really proud of. The

culmination of their efforts for charity were seen by all who came

to the festival and visited our jewellery stall. Everyone who saw

their wonderful creations were very impressed by their diligence.

Lesley Freeman (English Department)



Ormond Street Hospital, NSPCC,

Young Heroes, The Merlin Charity,

Children in Need, Comic Relief/Red Nose Day and

more, have continued to be supported by students at

Cranford Community College during this academic

year. Cakes sales, car washing, football tournaments,

gunging the teacher and “guess the sweets in a jar”,

are just some of the many ways the students raised

money in support of Charities.

Abrar Al-Habtari, year 11 decided to organise a fashion

show in April 2013 and invited a representative from

the Merlin organisation to join us and explain the

work they do internationally. This event raised nearly

£300 alone, a great effort on her behalf.The WFactor

IRIS Charity group focussed their campaign in

WFactor on creating soaps to sell to raise money for

the NSPCC. They ran a stall at the Cranford Festival

and are continuing to raise money even now. In total

the students have raised a wonderful £2243.91.

In a time of economic struggle it is so inspiring to

see how the students continue to think of others who

need their help and they give as much as they can

when they can. Well done Cranford.


Step-Up Day and

Modern World Languages


9th July 2013 the Department of Modern

World Languages decided to combine art

and P.E. with languages. All year 7 and 8 German,

French and Panjabi students were involved in the

art activities and all year 7 and 8 Spanish and Urdu

students were involved in the P.E. activities.

The Y

oung Heroes programme

launched through Wfactor

in 2012 continues to provide opportunities

for Cranford students to show how they can

support their local community and gain invaluable skills for life.

The organisation strives to identify and solve problems within a

community. Where better to start than our own school Conservation

Area. City Year Young Heroes for the Spring/Summer term led by

Joel Tyrell-Pinnock, Kadra Nur, Saida Abukar, Nasra Barri, Rafiqa

Hersi and the team decided to focus their attention on raising funds

in support of our School Conservation Area which they called “Plants

4 Bee’s”, a fundraising project to help expand and advertise the

importance of our Conservation area in encouraging wild life. The

population of Bees in Europe is rapidly decreasing, putting other

species in their food chain at a high risk of extinction. Through

their campaign to raise awareness they hope to encourage others

to join them in their plan. They have researched various aspects

affecting this plight and considered what they needed to purchase in

order to help regain the balance. The team began their challenge by

washing staff cars and raised £31 towards their goal. They bought

bird houses and are now looking to purchase more new plants.They

also plan to adopt animals from an animal sanctuary or a home for

abandoned animals. Although this is just the start, The City Young

Heroes project is just one more example of how students at Cranford

Community College enjoy taking on a challenge.

In art the students had to write up a description of

themselves in German, French or Panjabi on an A3

sheet. The sheets were then given to another student

who had to draw that person or make a collage. The

students produced wonderful work and the class

voted for the best 3 pictures.

In P.E. the students were put into 2 teams and they

played 5 different games in which their Spanish and

Urdu listening skill were tested and challenged. They

played traditional Spanish games and also had some

problem solving activities. The winning team was not

decided on their fitness but on their team work and

communication skills.

The day was thoroughly enjoyable and

motivational for

students and staff

and it was amazing

to see all the MWL

students perform and

demonstrate their

language knowledge

in a different

subject and setting.

Angela Roeder

(Head of Department

Modern World


German Christmas Market Trip

to South Bank in London


17th December 2012 we

took students from year 7

and year 8 to the German Christmas

Market on the South Bank.

We left school at 1pm went by coach to London’s South Bank. As soon as we arrived the students walked around the

market at their own pace in small groups to buy food and Christmas presents. It was wonderful to see the students practise

the language that they had learnt in the classroom and it boosted their confidence to be able to understand and buy things

from real Germans. The market was beautifully decorated and lit and it had typical stalls with German people selling food

or crafts. It was a very positive and exciting day for everyone involved and we are looking forward to the next Christmas

market in 2013, as this market is a great opportunity for our students to experience traditional German food and handcrafted

gifts for Christmas.

Angela Roeder (Head of Department Modern World Languages)



Expedition for the

Silver Duke of

Edinburgh Award expedition

was very challenging yet

enjoyable. On the way to the

South Coast, was quite nervous

about the day. I told Aliyah and

Rees “Something is going to go

wrong. I have a feeling it will.”

They replied “Don’t worry.

It’ll be fine.” We walked with

Mr Dean and our assessor to a

bridge and waited as the other

groups were dismissed to begin

their journey. I took a step forward and tripped and my

bad feeling was enhanced as it was before we even started

walking. After a few hours, everyone’s spirits remained

high until one dreaded acknowledgement: we were lost.

Not only that, Rees ended up falling into a pond with a

very important item, our map. This day was not going

well! With a few injuries, we all felt we needed a break

and decided that we needed to get back on track. We

turned to our compass and our wet map which started to

rip and managed to get back on course. It took several

hours to get back on our route. We were glad that it was

not dark yet and made a pact to get to the campsite before

sunset. It was very difficult but we managed to persevere

through all the extra walking we did and we eventually

got to the campsite before sunset. We were ecstatic that we

got through it. Some things did go wrong but by working

as a team we got through it.

By Day 2, we were all feeling stiff and tired. We decided

that we would take 2 maps just in case to avoid getting

lost. We planned when we would take our breaks

and we were very self sufficient when it came to

food. This experience was much shorter than the

previous day, for which many of us were grateful.

We continued to follow our route and ended up

finding Foxhole Campsite after a tiring walk on

the stone pathway. The sun was shining, making

it even more difficult to walk across it. By the

time we reached a junction, I noticed that we were

extremely close to the campsite. We travelled uphill

and noticed 3 tents in an area that was fenced

off. These were Mr Dean’s, Mr Biggs’, and Miss

Sullivan’s tents so we went into the area. We were

delighted in being the first group there after the day

we had previously. The group that left first arrived

at the campsite about 30 minutes after us with the

other group arriving soon after them. As evening

came, there was an intense card game between some

of the guys which made everyone burst into fits of


Day 3 was the most fun for all of us on the whole

expedition. We journeyed along the Seven Sisters cliff

and battled the monstrous wind that blew us side to side.

We met up with the other groups and decided that we

should all walk together as we were very near to the

edge of Beachy Head. Mr Dean wanted to walk with us

to make sure that we were safe and not falling off a cliff

(I’m glad he did) I was running out of energy and if an

enormous gust of wind had arrived, I would have fallen.

I was slightly glad that the wind was there as it helped

me to keep going through the journey of which we were

near to completing. Travelling downhill was heaps of fun.




I ended up running downhill (not by choice – thanks again

wind) and became the’ leader of the pack’ for a short

while, which was unexpected as I’m always towards the

back of the group. We stopped for lunch at Birling Gap and

met Mr Biggs with the minibus. Soon after, we continued

up the hill and got to Belle Tout Lighthouse where we

met Paul and Harmeet who came running behind us. They

walked with us until we reached Beachy Head Countryside

Centre. We each got on the minibus and everyone let out a

sigh of relief as we completed this challenging expedition

but we were each better off for doing it.

I and the rest of the Silver DofE students at Cranford

would like to thank Mr Dean, Mr Biggs, Ms Sullivan, Paul

and Harmeet for helping to organise our Silver Expedition

and for taking time out of their schedules to come with

us. Without them, this fantastic opportunity would not

be possible. None of us would be doing it without Mr.

Dean’s excellent organisational skills and the amount of

preparation and commitment he has put in for us to get

this Silver D of E award.

Kishan Shah (year 11 - D of E student)



year was the second

year we have run the

Bronze D of E award at Cranford.

The year 10 students were very

enthusiastic and we ended up with a

group of 19 going forward to the final

expedition in June 2013. The students

had worked extremely hard all year

to complete the required training and

ensure that they were prepared for the

2 day expedition in the North Downs.

Thanks to Ms Ledlie, Ms Hibbins, Mr

Singh, Ms Cousins and Mr Parris for

running the final expedition so well

and giving the students such a fantastic

experience. As with last year’s

bronze expedition, it rained fairly

hard overnight leaving the tents wet

through but all the staff and students

were nice and dry inside them. The

students were fantastic all weekend

and deserved to pass the award. Their

navigation skills certainly improved

between the practice weekend and

their assessment weekend. All that

needs to be done now is for them all

to complete their D of E in order for

them to receive their awards in the

spring. Well done and we look forward

to seeing some of you next year for the

Silver Award.

Simon Dean

(D of E Leader / Assistant Head of School)

Our Visit to

Hampton Court


Thursday, 11th July 2013, a

summery London day, a lucky group

of students explored the historical Hampton

Court Palace situated in the heart of Richmond


Throughout the term we have been learning

about fascinating and famous places in London

and we were fortunate to get to tour one of

these in great detail.

We arrived at the Palace in the school minibus,

driven by Mr Singh who made us laugh

throughout the short journey.

We almost thought we had gone back in time

when we were greeted by a posh lady dressed

in costume of the time. We wondered if she

could even have been the ghost of Henry VIII’s

second wife! But fortunately she was just an


One of the most fantastic sights was the

beautiful, ancient chapel where we got to see

the crown, but to our disappointment we could

not take photographs of this incredible room.

The boiling hot sun did not ruin our day. We

felt excited, overjoyed, happy, amazed, joyful

and grateful to have been given the experience

to go.

Thank you.

Weronika Pizyzycka, Asfandyar Jehangir,

Ritik Anupkemar, Suleyman Ayobi, Tejwiet

Singh, Hassain Saeed, Deeqa Abdi, Karan

Prasad, Norbert Pruski Umol, Khair nur,

Weronika Pizyzycka (year 7)

Adelina Nicil Hantig, Nasro Mohammed, Tawos

Abdullah (year 8) and Nagaad Abdi (year 9)





First story has helped all these young writers to discover their writing voice,

and so doing has helped them discover themselves.

michael morpurgo, author of war Horse

edited and introduced by Ross Raisin

every young person deserves the benefit of working with them.

dited and introduced by Ross Raisin

“When I was asked to work and help out with First Story, I simply couldn’t refuse. I

jumped at the chance to be able to be a part of this fantastic initiative that not only

encourages the creativity of young minds, but it also acts as an outlet for their wise

and witty use of the written word. It has been a brilliant opportunity to observe just

how passionate young people are about reading and writing, and how they have so

much to say and share”.

Sahrish Shaikh

The Trouble With Time

can give it.

Zadie smith, author of white Teeth and On Beauty

we all have a voice. some never discover it. we all have stories to tell.

some never tell them.

First story has helped all these young writers to discover their writing voice,

and in so doing has helped them discover themselves.

michael morpurgo, author of war Horse

The only problem with First story is that they’re not everywhere – yet.

every young person deserves the benefit of working with them.

dave eggers, author of a Heartbreaking work of staggering

Genius and founder of 826 national First story is a very exciting idea. Having been a teacher myself, I know

how writing – real writing, not the artificial exercises produced for tests

and examinations – can liberate and strengthen young people’s sense

of themselves as almost nothing else can.

Philip Pullman, author of His dark materials

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“Masaru Ibuka said that, “Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected

and stepping outside your own experience.” In my involvement with First

Story I have come to admire and be completely awe struck by our students’

ability to step outside of themselves and create something truly wonderful.

It has been a true pleasure to take part in First Story

Katie Hibbins

tory Group at Cranford Community College

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at Cranford Community College

Thursday 20th June 2013 we

held our annual First Story

Open House event where students

from years 8 -12 read extracts from

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their anthology entitled “Runaway

Wednesdays”. This is the second year

that Writer in Residence, Ross Rasin

has worked with Cranford students

alongside two members of staff, Katie

Hibbins and Sahrish Shaikh.


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years, the quality of

the writing produced by the students

is outstanding with a huge range of

themes and storylines; from horror

and fantasy to love and death, the

inspiration behind their ideas has

clearly arisen from the amazing

writing workshops led Ross.

The First Story initiative has become

an essential part of our school

enrichment programme. Cranford

has always played a huge part in

supporting this charity from its pilot

year over five years ago to today

and we look forward to working

with a new Writer in Residence

in 2013-2014.

When I was 2, my dad bought me a tea set. He watched me bring him a cup of ‘soup’ from down the hallway and drank

it up every time while complimenting his little chef for such delicious soup. Only after seven rounds of soup and a need

to visit the boys’ room did it occur to him that the only place I could access water was the toilet.

At the age of 3 I realised I could win any argument by claiming it was ‘opposite day’.

Then at age 4, the scientist in me began to bloom as I realised I could make baby shampoo change colour by mixing it

with blue bubble bath and hair dye.

At 5, I could count five hundred stars in the night sky even when the fireflies tried to trick me into thinking they were

shooting stars.

Age 6, I asked Mr Wolf what the time was.

At age 7, I started using a pen but could never find its eraser...

When I was 8 my parents brought home a new tv in a big brown box. That box became my hideout for the rest of the

week . Then rubbish collection day came.

At age 9, I swallowed an apple seed and couldn’t sleep that night for thinking that an apple tree would grow inside me.

When I was 10, I wanted to become a doctor and fix people. Then I met a real doctor.

When I was 11, I learned that evil existed in the world when all my pencils broke.

Age 12, I would wait behind a door to scare someone, but they always either took too long or knocked the door into me.

When I was 13, decisions were thrown at me. What did I want to become? A lawyer? Engineer? Pilot?

At 14, my auto-tuned voice when singing into the fan inspired me to want to become a pop star, so I would sing my

heart out in the shower.

Age 15, I learned to be bored.

Age 16, exams kicked in and I mastered the art of being a hermit and isolating my presence from the rest of civilisation.

Now that I’m 17, life decisions are made in the shower. The littlest things make me happy. Boredom is a rare feeling

and my simple pleasures of life are sugar-coated cornflakes and Horrid Henry on a Saturday morning.


Fatima Mahmood

The Good News

He was now in a place he remembered.

It was a big field with fully blooming flowers,

fresh green grass. He remembered when this

was: a quarter of a century ago. Back when

he was much younger and, dare he say, more

handsome. It was clearly early summer, the

sun was shining but it didn’t feel as hot as it should have.

The strum of an acoustic guitar filled the surroundings and

the soft and beautiful voice of a young woman accompanied

the guitar, intertwining their melodies into one. These two

people clearly loved one another. Was it clear from the

harmony that their voices created or was it clear from

the way they held each other and smiled? It felt like just

yesterday to him. Just yesterday when he and this woman

made plans on marrying, bought their house, had their first

child… it all seemed like it had only just happened.

Jay Gohil

The Ego

You are the little voice inside me that tells me I can do

better; when I get a B when I was expecting an A, you tell

me I’m a failure.

You capture my thoughts, don’t let go and turn them all

against me; when I look in the mirror and think I look good,

you make me disagree.

I feel you fidgeting in the back of my mind, craving for

attention; complaining of all the things supposedly wrong

in my life and bring me to frustration.

You blind me from the present moment, your worst enemy;

you tell me who you are, not who I am, you attack me with

a false identity.

You keep me locked away in my own little world and refuse

to let me go;

you are the unconsciousness in me, you are the ego.

Manisha Bangar

Some Sort of Twisted Pleasure

I was the lone survivor of my town. The demons roam

what’s left of the world we once knew. In this planet that

was once full of humans, there are now only a few hundred

of us gathered in one small town. I remember the demons

that killed everyone else. I remember the demon that killed

my father, my sister and my little brother. My sister and I

were on our way home when we heard screams from our

neighbourhood. When we ran to our street, we saw her.

Amy Ale


I stood there in utter silence and felt the shock of her words.

How could I reply when she didn’t know the truth? This

beautiful, wondrous seductress glared at me and slowly

began to weep endlessly. I could hear her heart being ripped

open, all because my love for her was not enough. I was a

creature of demonic war and frivolity. With no soul, how

could anyone love me? How could I love again?

Kishan Shah

Through My Eyes

It all started when he tried to prove to his friends that he

was more than a nerdy kid. The smallest of things changed

into the biggest of problems for Dan.

He had snuck out of his bedroom window even though

his parents had told him to go to bed ages ago. He wasn’t

actually sure what he was going to do, but then he came

across a warehouse that had a light on. He walked into the

warehouse. Thinking back to it, Dan wished he had listened

to his parents.

Rimsha Amjad

Lesson Learned and Never


I used to believe that...

Flowers made you happy,

even through struggle.

That memories stay with you forever,

even when you’re helpless.

That love never dies,

even when you’re hopeless.

But then,

she happened.

Gayatri Dogra

If Only

Run, just run. The thought echoed through my mind. As

my feet thundered down the worn cobblestone pavement,

my heart hammered deafeningly against my chest. I heard

the ear-piercing screech of tyres as the car skidded to a

halt and I forced my aching muscles forward, urging my

legs to move, to run into the alleyway – I was desperate,

so desperate to lose them. If they caught me again, who

knows what would happen to me this time?

Aliyah Butt


Silence was all she could hear, silence except the repetitive

sound of the windscreen wipers and the heavy thuds of the

rain drops. It was soothing, and made her relax and unwind

after the long hard day. She could almost feel the softness

of her bed; could picture her head resting on her pillow

and the warm, cosy duvet surrounding her, sending her to

blissful sleep.

Fizza Amjad


Cranford Hosts the first Borough

Spelling Bee Competition

Students earned their stripes at Hounslow’s first ever boroughwide

Spelling Bee hosted by Cranford Community College on

Thursday 20th June 2013. Teams of 11 and 12-year-olds from

seven secondary schools across the borough were each asked to spell

12 fiendishly difficult words in the competition,

Cranford’s Spelling Bee team held their heads high as they proved

to be stiff competition for the trophy. But it was the trio of walking

dictionaries from Kingsley Academy, Noor Qurashi, Kamal Wadwa

and Deryn Jones, who held their nerve in the heat of the battle. They

were crowned champions by Feltham & Heston MP Seema Malhotra.

Cranford Community College librarian Mahavir Ladva, who

organised the competition, said he was hugely impressed by the

pupils’ spelling ability.

“There were a lot of words they spelled correctly which I think would

have had many adults stumped,” Well done to our year 7 team, Majid

Anjum, Hudaifa Mohamed, Kinza Butt & Ali Sarwar who managed

to come top in the first round and third place in the final round . A

big thank you to all the staff who took time to help make this event

such a success.

Mahavir Ladva (LRC Assistant Manager)


Spelling Bee was really fun.

I enjoyed it because we played lots

of fun games. We had revision sessions after

school on Tuesdays. As well as teaching you

words you don’t know, it teaches you how to spell

and also boosts your confidence when spelling the

words in front of schools. Mr Ladva, Mss Steele

and some other students from year 8 and the 6th

form helped us during our revision sessions.

On the day of the Spelling Bee, we had to spell 3

different words. We could choose what category

from: easy, medium, and hard. We would then

spell the word. A word from easy would be 1

point; medium would be 2 points and hard would

be 3 points. After that, the 4 schools with the

highest amount of points would go onto Round

2. Each school would have 2 people go up to

spell the words. You could talk to your partner

about how is going to spell the word. If you got

a word wrong your school would be out of the


The Spelling Bee was extremely enjoyable. It

was a great experience.

Kinza Butt (year 7)

The Speed Read


Friday 13th March 2013 I accompanied Mr Ladva to the Paul Robeson Theatre where we were competing against

other students to persuade them to read our favourite book. At the end of the event the student’s book that was

the most favoured won. I chose to promote the book ‘The last Taboo’ by Bali Rai.

When we arrived at the Treaty Centre we were given information about: what to do, who would go first, how long we had

and how you could win.

Everyone had a minute to give details about their book and then the bell went and you had to change and say it all over

again. Then everyone voted anonymously on what interested them about the book and the votes were counted and the

winner revealed.

For some unknown reason I didn’t win. I do not understand how they could resist my charm and talent although I got a few

votes for definite. To summarise it was a fun day and I had a good experience and would recommend this trip to book lovers.

Tupeka Sacdeva (year 9)



Thursday 25th April 2013 we set off to see the

Harry Potter Studios. Having waited a long time

for this trip I set off with my friend feeling as excited as ever.

As we arrived, my heart did a back flip. We had to get in our

groups for registration. After we were all out of the minibus,

we waited in the queue to get inside. On one side there was

the cupboard under the stairs which Harry lived in according

to the movie. The doors opened revealing a dark room filled

with all the covers of the Harry Potter movies from across the

world. Then we saw other things that were in or to the movie. After

about an hour we became ravenous and decided to have lunch. We

ate our lunch while admiring some of the artefacts that were there.

Later we went into the other set where we saw small models of the

things that were on set. Amazed we walked through the hall and then

finally we saw the thing that linked everything together it was the

Hogwarts Castle. It was beautiful. Last but certainly not least was the

gift shop where they sold everything from clothes to chocolate

frogs. When our tour ended I was

very sad because another perfect

day came to an end. If you want

a perfect place to spend the day

the studio is the place for you.

Want a place to make you flip?

Then go on this wonderful trip.

Aiman Ibrahim (year 7)

Beavers Community

Primary School visit

Some of the LRC student assistants had the chance of going

to Beavers Community Primary School and redecorating the

school library. This was an amazing opportunity for all the

students that went because we had a chance to interact with

various teachers and students. We went to Beavers because

the school had won a competition for which the prize was

a visit from the famous author Jacqueline Wilson.

We transformed their whole library; changed their display

boards, added bunting to the ceilings, took the shelves down

– put all the books in order – and put the shelves back up,

converted a simple brick wall into a beautiful display with

various authors’ names on it. We even changed the setting

of the book shelves, put up inspirational quotes for the little

children to learn from and added more colour to the room.

To make it more exciting for the kids, we put up a huge

picture of a teddy bear saying “Welcome to the library”.

It would have made the library more fun and enjoyable for

the children; persuade them to come to the library more

often and learn new things. It was an amazing day for all

of the LRC Assistants and we would love to have more

trips like this.

Ishita Sharda (year 9)

Book Buzz

On Thursdays during the summer term 2013, Sameer

Verma, Yasir Uddin, Mathushan Santhakumar, Karan

Kumar, Aiman Ibrahim and I went to the LRC to take part

in a competition called The Book Buzz, which is about

promoting our favourite books to other schools by creating

a performance or presentation. This year we talked about

the book “Kidnapped in the Caribbean” by Lauren St John.

We chose this book because it was interesting and full of

mysteries. For the presentation, we did a play showing the

most important parts in the beginning which we performed

at the Paul Robeson Theatre in Hounslow on July 5th 2013

. The books are part of the Laura Marlin Mysteries series

and we have the chance to perform this at the Cranford

Festival too.

Caitlin Poon (year 7)



This piece of A2 English coursework is a creative re-writing of the

final Harry Potter book and a commentary explaining her linguistic

choices. This piece was awarded full marks and is a great example of

the creativity and freedom students have with English coursework at

A’Level to write their own texts and focus on novels they enjoy.

Fran Green (English Department)

Disclaimer: This is a work of fan fiction using characters from the

Harry Potter world, which is trademarked by J. K. Rowling”.

Trails of grimy dust appeared on the shattered grounds of Hogwarts

as Albus Dumbledore headed towards the centre of the Great Hall.

With a dense sigh, wrinkled eyes that shed tears and a dry mouth that

yearned to scream, Dumbledore began to speak as the crackled echoes

hallowed the empty hall.

‘The rising tides of chaos and calamity have finally fallen as today we

stand ‘midst the barren field of arms, feet and corpse. At this hour, we

watched the wizarding world take cannons into a society where amity

and trust was abandoned. We watched Voldemort bring ammunition into

our peaceful and once united community and we witnessed the terror that

snatched the lives of many. But; for what? For why? For who? All for his

greed to colonise the wizarding world and empower sheer evil.

Today, many fought courageously with the only aim of vanquishing

Voldemort who wanted to establish his monarchy. When the patronus said

the ministry has fallen, they are coming; little did we know that terror at

its extremity would invade our lives. Little did we know that uproar in

the name of war would pillage the morals we uphold as we were forced

to slay vile lives to sustain peace. All fought. All fought to diminish

Voldemort and his prejudice outlook on muggle borns and purebloods.

On house-elf slavery and misuse of magic. On what is right and what

isn’t. But today we all stand with our hands tainted with both mud and

blood proving our ultimate unification.

But now, the shadow has been cast out as rays of hope cling to our

wounded body parts. Hope; that will guide the wizarding world to unity

rather than inequality. Voldemort’s thirst to purify our society led us

astray as he fought a quest for power rather than love. Our magical

society is fortunate to be the home of centaurs, house-elves, wizards,

goblins, squibs and other magical creatures that all have different features

but common hopes. We may not look the same, but we want the same.

We need to defeat discrimination by preventing dictators of dark magic

like Voldemort who promoted abhorrent and revolting ideologies on

what the ‘norms’ of society are. We cannot accept something that breeds

division and conflict. We saw the grief struck faces of our loved ones’

eyes as they glistened with courage, refusing to succumb to the defiance

of Voldemort. They departed us as heroes. But the anger is real and

powerful and to condemn it would take time. We must allow time to heal

the racial injustice that occurred today. We must allow time to heal our

internal wounds.

But now is not the hour to mourn. Now is not the hour to cry in despair.

Now is the hour to wake up. To wake up and capture the odour of

resolution. To see that the dark times are over. We must rise to and yearn

the new life we have strived to achieve and abolish the act of inequality’

The silence sliced through what was left of the Great Hall as the wizarding

world gazed at Dumbledore’s words of wisdom.

Saujanya Natarajan (year 12)


Harry Potter saga deals

with contemporary themes

such as segregation and dominance,

which is predominantly evident through

the magical creatures that reside within

its society. With large groups of ardent

followers for the saga, fan-fiction is at

its greatest popularity after the recent

conclusion of the series. Fan-fiction is

a term for stories about characters or

settings written by fans of the original

work. Similarly, the creative piece is

published on a dynamic source such

as the World Wide Web which is a

usual medium for the publication of

fan fiction. The primary focus of this

piece is to highlight the underlying

themes that are not so apparent in the

novel in combination with the war that

occurs towards the concluding sector

of the saga. The piece is embedded

with narrative that has intertextual

references to the film that is reflected

in the utterance ‘the ministry has

fallen, they are coming’ which proves

relevance as it enables its audience to

make the connection between the fanfiction

piece and the world of Harry


In conjunction with the narrative,

a political speech is delivered by

Dumbledore which addresses the

different magical groups and the

villanious acts of Voldemort by

concluding with advocating resolutions

to the wizarding world on how the war

should be apprehended as a symbol

of perseverance. The piece adheres

to the canonical fictional universe

allowing its audience who are fans of

the saga and fan-fiction in general, to

develop their own creations from this

piece and comprehend the content of

it. The graphological features of a

fan-fiction work have been sustained

and integrated throughout the piece

as the disclaimer note preceding the

extract establishes the conventional

appearances of one. The review box

that is positioned at the bottom of

the extract reiterates the text-type’s

graphology as it invites the audience

to respond to the views shared in the

creative piece constructing an active

audience rather than a passive one.

The extract commences with a

etymological field of war which is

evident though the adjectives ‘grimy’,

‘shattered’, ‘ammunition’, ‘cannons’

and the verb ‘echoes’; all assembling

the war torn scene in which Dumbledore

addresses the wizarding world and reiterates the isolation

that is present wherein the ‘echoes’ symbolises the

prominence of the speech. An extended metaphor has

been used in the initial utterance ‘the rising tides of chaos

and calamity’ which is intended to amplify the magnitude

of the pandemonium that the war has generated as the

comparison with the ocean ‘tides’ reveals their ferocious

nature. In order to further magnify the ambience in which

the speech is delivered, I have incorporated the synecdoche

‘midst the barren field’ which is indicative of the ‘barren

field’ representing the entire magical society rather than

just the war that occurred in Hogwarts as the reference to

separate body parts through the concrete nouns ‘arms, feet

and corpse’ generates grotesque and deformed imagery.

Through analysing many political speeches, specifically

the one on inequality and collective sacrifice delivered by

Obama in 2009, the need for short declarative utterances

elevates the importance of the message delivered. I have

drawn similar presentation of logics from his speech to

amplify the tone of togetherness that Dumbledore strives

to convey in his words of compassion. Equally, in my

speech the short declarative ‘All fought’ performs as

a turning wheel to the complex sentences uttered my

Dumbledore as it spawns a halt to the speech, which will

dramatize the point conveyed regarding the sacrifice of

many lives during the war.

Likewise, to imitate Dumbledore’s speech patterns and

lexical choices, I have transformed few derogative terms

such as ‘mudbloods’ to ‘muggle-borns’ which capitalizes

the appeal of ethos and logos as he addresses his audience

with a positive outlook; evident through the abstract

noun ‘hope’ which encapsulates the resurrection of a

new wizarding world that has abolished segregation and

has furthered itself from the ‘empowering of sheer evil’

and dark magic. The idea of tenacity is further enhanced

through the imperative triptych utterances ‘now is not the

hour to mourn. Now is not the hour to cry in despair. Now

is the hour to wake up’ which provides to be the epitome

of resolution for the magical creatures who have suffered

enough through the inhumane war, seeking nothing but

resolve. To mark the vile image of Voldemort and his

aims such as ‘establishing his monarchy’ by promoting

dark magic, I have incorporated the statement ‘ he quested

for power rather than love’. The antithesis of the abstract

nouns ‘power’ and ‘love’ candidly distinguishes between

Voldemort’s stringent dictatorship where he treasured

power over relationships and ‘love’ which he was deprived

off, in comparison to the ‘pure’ sector who cherished love

over power.

The seven stages of persuasive speech in the art of rhetoric

outlines the way in which political speeches becomes an

embodiment for communicating between the speaker

and its audience where stages such as identification and

clarification have been established in the beginning parts of

the speech. The phase of intensification is predominantly

evident in the syntactically patterned utterance ‘We may

not look the same, but we want the same’ wherein the

inclusive pronoun ‘we’ is an assertion of universal identity.

Here, unity is fostered extensively as the ‘common hopes’

and the ‘different features’ of magical creatures collates

to form a society where equality and unison is promoted.

This is further enhanced as Dumbledore states ‘we must

allow time to heal the racial injustice…heal our internal

wounds’ as the intensifying verb ‘heal’ in conjunction

with the modal auxiliaries ‘must’ and ‘should’ offers

recapitulation to the audience. In order to deliver the aim

of destroying segregation and inequality, I have used the

metonym ‘we cannot accept something that breeds division

and conflict’ whereby the verb ‘breed’ exemplifies the

concept that negative ideologies only prosper and branch

out to negativity as it ‘breeds’ of nothing but itself, hence

Dumbledore is conveying that this should be terminated

for the well-being of the magical society. The term ‘breeds’

also refers to the colonialism that Voldemort aimed to

achieve as this directly evokes the tone that is conveyed in

Task 1. Moreover, the term ‘breeds’ has been constructed

to display the filthiness of the act of inequality as this

particular lexical field has connotations of science where

contextually it would be inferred to describe a disease or

infection; further heightening his resolves.

Furthermore, to capture the essence of the magical society

in the Harry Potter saga, I have included the authoritative

dynamic verbs ‘abolish’ and ‘vanquishing’ to drive

the narrative of the speech as the use of the archaic

terminology parallels with the philological field that is

used in The Tempest. This conjures the relevance in themes

as the verbs focus on imperialism and dominance which

embodies Voldemort’s aims to ‘establish his monarchy’

in the wizarding world. To portray the demarcation line

between the evil and the pure, I have used the metaphor

‘We saw the grief struck faces of our loved ones’ eyes

as they glistened with courage, refusing to succumb to

the defiance of Voldemort’ in conjunction with the short

utterance ‘ they departed us as heroes’. Here, the active

verb ‘glistened’ symbolises the innocent as courageous

individuals who refused to ‘succumb’ to the injustices

that Voldemort conducted, portraying them as ‘heroes’,

which magnifies the truth of them not being victims of

Voldemort. Whereby the verbs ‘abolish’ and ‘vanquishing’

serves a stark contrast between the demarcation line of

the pure and evil. This ultimately reiterates the positive

outlook and tone of the speech and acknowledges the new

beginning of the wizarding world.

There are numerous reasons why the Harry Potter saga

is deprived off a place in the literary canon, perhaps the

possible reason being the fictional element of a storyline

set in a magical universe. However, great literary works

have a similar enchanted universe such as The Tempest

or ‘The Midsummer Night’s Dream’; but are those part

of the literary canon simply because Shakespeare devised

them? Or is it due to the archaic use of English Language

that portrays it as a work of classic? Shakespeare’s works

still play a significant role in understanding the English

Language and will continue to do so as the legacy provides

cultural significance 21st century audience. Then why not

Harry Potter which has proved to be a massive success in

revolutionising modern literature.

Saujanya Natarajan (year 12)


A year of Cranford’s

Budding Mathematicians

This has been a great year

for Cranford’s budding

Mathematicians. Our students

have entered a number of

prestigious mathematics

competitions and have had

massive success.


have been a number of events at

Cranford Community College with

our partner schools to promote an understanding and

appreciation of mathematics.

Our top year 11 students attended a ‘How to get an A*’

conference in January. This was excellent preparation

for the GCSE exams in March and June this year.

Talented Mathematicians in years 12 and 13 attended the

Maths Inspiration Lectures in Central London where they

learnt all about the beauty of Mathematics. A select group

of year 10 high achievers also attended a Key Stage 4

enrichment day in London where they learnt about how

mathematics related to real life and how they can take the

subject further.

We also held a puzzle day for Berkeley Primary School

and some of our year 7 students which was received with

great enthusiasm.

During Activities Week we ran the Discovery Project

together with the Science Department. This involved

maths, engineering and modelling by making prototypes,

and finally testing models of historic weapons which were

used in Medieval Britain.

Finally, congratulations to Year 11 students who achieved

excellent results in the March 2013 exams. Particular

congratulations go to Aliyah Butt, Amandeep Gill, Rohit

Keshwala and Shabaz Khan, who all achieved A*s. We hope

for even more wonderful results from students in years 11,

12 and 13 in the summer exams 2013.

Buryali Zramalval (Maths Department)

In November 2012 a number of Year 12s and 13s entered the Senior Maths Challenge. Akash Mair in Year 12 won a Bronze

award and also scored highest in the school. The students who won awards in the Maths Challenge were:

Year 12

Akash Mair

Alham Ahmad

Ashvinder Kundi




Year 13

Shaheer Khan

Sonela Selgjekaj

Afia Khan




In February 2013 it was Years 9, 10 and 11s’ turn to face the UKMT Maths Challenge. Year 9 in particular excelled in

this event with 5 Silver awards and 11 Bronze awards. Muhammad Sarwar achieved a Silver award and also scored the

highest in the school. Years 10 and 11 also did very well with year 10 achieving 7 Bronze awards and year 11 achieving

6 Bronze awards.

The students receiving awards for the Intermediate Maths Challenge were:

Year 9

Muhammad Sarwar

Harjit Singh

Unza Ahsan

Aarina Babra

Gavir Virk

Kapilan Marutharajah

Suleiman Saleh

Curran Rana

Ziah Charles

Ravundeep Rai

Sachin Ranadev

Faheem Uddin

Abdur Raoui

Carlos Donnelly

Rimsha Amjad

Hamir Butt

















Year 10

Rafiq Karwani

Jay Raval

Amy Ale

Harkirat Brar

Yusuf Ali

Hodon Jama

Thivyanga Ramanathan

Year 11

Aliyah Butt

Gursharan Seera

Junaid Shah

Amarpal Kharay

Nimraht Gill

Tejveer Sagoo















“We thought the team maths challenge was an excellent

opportunity to experience elements of maths that are not in

the curriculum. It was fun to solve challenging problems as

part of a competition and everyone enjoyed the day”.

Aadil Awan(year 8)

The Junior Team Maths Challenge continued the trend

of success. Cranford’s top young Mathematicians in

teams from years 8 and 9 worked together to solve a

number of challenging problems. It was won by Aadil

Awan, Anjitha Anil Kumar, Kiruthihan Thiagalingam,

and Carmen Gaur from year 8 and in year 9 by Ryan

Sambhi, Fraidoon Jami, Hasan Almosoy, and Suhur

Mohamed. The year 8 team went on to be our first

ever team in the local Team Maths Challenge.

When it came to the individual Junior Maths Challenge

we made a day of it and included an exciting cross

curricular activity involving aspects of science and

engineering. Our students from years 7 and 8 enjoyed

a morning of discovery inventing, constructing and

testing an instrument to time exactly 45 seconds

before finishing the day with the Maths Challenge.

One group even managed to get within a fraction of

a second of this time.

The junior mathematics challenge winners were:

Year 8

Mohamed Gulaid

Miherban Rai

Arun Sharma

Anjitha Anilkumar

Ritek Kapoor

Hamza Mohamed

Israr Obaidy

Aadil Awan

Zala Amiki

Shahir Nejrabi

Baljinde Padda

Ali Hussen

Eshan Gupta

Ahmed Fadhluddin

Sadie Blake

Lucy Tirahan

Oussama Zemry

Warsan Hashi

Amritpal Badesha

Muhamed Hassan

Carmen Gaur

Ruby Thompson

Navjot Gill

Gold Certificate























Year 7

Zahrah Vora

Hudaifa Mohamed

Kabir Poddar

Aaronjit Bhullar

Tori Grace Skeet








Cranford Festival 2013

Saturday 4th July

2013 saw the third

major Cranford

Festival held at Cranford Community College. For the first time this

festival was a joint venture, working in partnership with a number

of our feeder Primary schools who are part of the Cranford Group

of Schools; Berkeley Primary School, Cranford Primary School,

Westbrook and Beavers Primary School.

As in previous years, the festival had a theme and this year we wanted

to celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity of our community; “All

the World in our Community”. In addition, we decided to celebrate

the Aztec culture through the parade.

Work began in January 2013 with a team of Cranford staff led by

Kevin Biggs, Senior teacher with responsibility for High Achievers

and primary school links, working alongside staff and children from

the primary schools, to create huge Aztec Heads for the parade

and performance pieces in dance, music and drama for the main

performance stage. The Creative and Media Faculty began work

auditioning student and staff performers and recruiting community

acts for the day whilst the ADT department worked with key stage 3

students on designing bunting and banners to dress the float for the


There was considerable excitement in the weeks leading up to the

festival. Cranford students undertook a range of projects during

WFactor including making costumes, additional Aztec heads and

jewellery making, various crafts, dozens and dozens of cupcakes

and even an entrepreneurial project making soaps in support of the


When the day came everyone was really excited and true to form, the

day was a huge success with over 2000 people from across Cranford

and our local community joining us to take part in the festivities. The

parade launched the day in real style; very colourful and very noisy,

starting from Berkeley Primary School led by bagpiper Alistair Adams

from Pride of Murray dressed in full Highland Dress followed by an

amazingly dressed float, supplied by Heston Mini Skips, and staff and

students dancing and playing dhol drums. Traffic stopped, neighbours

hung out of their windows and cheered and people came out of shops

and their homes onto the street to wave to the passing parade.

Head teacher Kevin Prunty formally

opened the Festival to cheers and

applause. He welcomed everyone

saying how proud he was to be part

of this community and to be able to

welcome everyone to Cranford. PC

Danny McIntosh, teacher Irfan Wain and

year 11 student Olusegun (Segun) Babatunde

entertained the crowds, introduced the acts and

performed various sets to keep it all going. The

main stage was very much the focal point but

surrounded by stalls and amazing activities for

all the family including; boxing and Tai

Kwan Do demonstrations, BMX track

challenges, numerous stalls and

amazing fairground rides. The local

Fire Brigade and Community Police

joined us to share the fun as did

local businesses. There was plenty of

delicious food to be had with various

cultural and BBQ foods on sale plus a

great tea room with cakes and cold

refreshments on such a hot day.

The HYPE youth club team

worked hard selling popcorn

and candyfloss to raise money for

the youth club as did Ms Tank and

year 10 students selling sweets to raise

money for their forthcoming PROM.

The day ended with a great performance by

Johnny Kalsi and members of the Dhol

Foundation and as the final guests

left and the clearing away began

we all felt enormously proud of

yet another amazing day at a

Cranford Festival.

Jessica Joyce (Festival organiser)

“The parade was great fun. The

atmosphere was amazing, I felt alive

and felt like I could do anything

because the different cultures

inspired me to run for my goal and

never give up.

When I and my best friend (Gerda)

first arrived at Berkeley Primary

School, we were nervous and excited

at the same time because everyone

was walking around with smiles

on their faces and they were all

already ready. So we raced to the

main building and we changed into

our matching costumes that we had

designed and made, took a final

look in the mirrors and then

strolled back outside with our vibrant

and eye catching clothes.

We were really enthusiastic about

the parade and we wanted to make

sure we remembered the day. So we

took some pictures and soon we were

lined up, all ready to start the parade.

Gerda and I had massive smiles on

our faces. We picked up some mini

union jacks and a pair of mini

vuvuzelas and we started to move.

I was fascinated by the float. It truly

looked beautiful and enchanting,

everyone seemed to be having a good

time and people were coming out

of their houses to take pictures

and videos of the perfect event

happing before them. We blew our

vuvuzelas and made sure we got

loads of attention because we wanted

everyone to see all the great effort we

put into this. I especially liked the

different flags that were hanging off

the float because it implied how we

are a multicultural school and we are

all one.

Overall I had a colossal amount

of fun and I would definitely like

to live it again. The experience

was beautiful and breath-taking. I

absolutely loved it”.

Unza Ahsan (year 9)


A taste of the programme 2012-2013

Cranford Community

College are running a

range of opportunities for

students in year 5 that give

them a taste of what’s to

come in secondary school.

Our aim is to make closer

links with each curriculum

area and to make the

transition from year 6

to 7 smoother, enabling

students to progress with

ease and achieve to the best

of their ability.

Our Design and Technology Department has recently run

a successful link project with Beavers Primary School’s

year 5 pupils. This project was collaboratively designed

specifically to stretch the pupils through more time focused

on the key stage 3 model of curriculum delivery using, key

words, concepts and practices that are secondary centric but

seamlessly integrate and bridge the gap from primary topics.

The delivery is through an initial design brief link to a

current topic, started by year 5 pupils

at their school with an introduction of

the brief, the aims of what is needed and breaking the tasks

into separate elements, beginning with research followed

by designing onto paper then making working prototypes,

in this case aeroplanes. These models were then brought to

Cranford to test using compressed air as the propulsion. This

gives the students valuable feedback from all the different

designs tested which is then discussed before re-designing

and incorporating a secondary workshop practical element.

Pupils are divided into teams and work together guided by

secondary DT teachers and students for the making stage.

They are encouraged to combine the best of their designs

with the use of new materials, tools and techniques.

The final session held at Cranford Community College

culminated in teams testing their new designs and

competing for certificates in the categories of best design,

best engineering, best teamwork and best distance.

This collaborative project was a great success and helped

the Primary Staff and year 5 pupils gain a deeper insight

into the main stages of the design process and delivery at

key stage 3 which they are able to take back to their school

to use the techniques and concepts to enrich their own DT


Marcus Foat





The Sutton

Scholars’ Programme


Sutton Scholars’ programme was

created to engage the top 5% of

students across London in interdisciplinary

learning at a university level. Six of Cranford’s

brightest year 7 students were selected

amongst thousands of students across London

to take part in this one year programme where

they will be attending lectures and workshops

on moral philosophy, astro physics, neuro

science, art history and anthropology. The

scholars’ programme is designed to inspire

and encourage our students to realise they are

capable of attending one of the top universities

in the world.

I’m very much looking forward to taking

part in the scholarship programme and was

so proud of our students on our first official

visit to University College London (UCL).

Katie Hibbins (High Achievers teacher)

The Living



Thursday 27th June 2013,

Cranford Community College was

represented by our finalists Suhur Mohamed,

year 9 and Hamza Mohamed, year 8, at the

annual International Essay Competition

hosted by The Living Rainforest in Berkshire.

Competitors from around the world arrived to

debate international sustainability issues and

to discover the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013

competition. This year’s contest was fierce

with a total of 891 entries. Cranford achieved

two honourable recognitions. Suraiya Baig

and Carmen Gaur, year 9, in addition to our

two finalists. This was a great accolade for

the school to have attained in our first year

of entry. Hamza Mohamed however managed

to reach greater heights by being awarded a

merit resulting in a top 5 finish internationally.

This is a superb achievement and both pupils

who attended the day represented Cranford

Community College and the United Kingdom

to the highest standard showing great insight

into current world issues and showcasing their

debating talents. Congratulations to them all.

Matt Southern - Myers and Katie Hibbins

(High Achievers teachers)

Me and Climate Change



March 2013 the Year 12 Drama A’ Level group put on three

outstanding productions for their year 12 exam. “Look

Back in Anger”, an iconic British play by John Osborne, tells the

story of the complex and intertwined lives of the three central

characters, Jimmy and Alison Porter and Cliff Lewis, living

together in a small flat in northern England in the fifties. Their

lives are changed forever when Alison’s actress friend Helena

comes to stay. This play, when first performed, changed the face

of British theatre. It was the first play to ever deal with real life

“domestic” drama and the human struggle in Fifties Britain. This

production, directed by Barry Bray , Head of Creative and Media

Faculty, captured the mood of the era and the real sense of loss

through stunning performances by Ashwini Mandalia as Alison,

Jay Gohil as Cliff , Harpreet Maden as Helena and George

Streather as the “angry young man”. Jimmy Porter.

By contrast, the production of “Kvetch” by Stephen Berkoff, a

humorous and bittersweet comedy about other people’s suffering

and anxiety used double casting and fast pace dialogue to make

the audience laugh out loud at the characters and their all too

familiar worries and fears. “Kvetch “(which literally means to

complain) is a non- naturalistic play about Frank, (Karan Veerd),

and his unappreciated wife Donna’s (Anjnee Makwana) loveless

marriage and how they deal with the various anxieties in their

lives and the situations and characters who contribute to those

anxieties; Hal, Frank’s Business partner, George, Donna’s lover

and Donna’s aged mother who has no social graces and causes

complete embarrassment for the family. The talented ensemble

cast of seven tackled the huge demands of this very stylized play

with real skill. Directed by their Drama teacher Deepak Bahra, the

group were justifiably thrilled with the audience’s very positive

response. The success of this performance was wholly due to every

cast member, including Inderpreet Bhupall, Summar Hunjan,

Harveer Jutla, Sathma Nugera and Priya Gill working as a team.

The third and probably most thought provoking production directed

by drama teacher Tracey Chapman, was the play “Extremities” by

William Mastrosimone. Set in a room, a young woman, Marjorie,

is attacked in her home by a would-be rapist, Raul, and manages

to turn the tables on him, tying him up in her fireplace. Her house

mates come home to discover the attacker bound with cords, belts

and other household items. The play deals with various issues

including the central issue of how society views the crime of rape.

The intensity of the plot twists and turns. Each character argues

as to whether they should dispose of Raul or not and weigh up the

consequences if they were to go through with it. The character of

Raul, played menacingly well by River Journet held the audience

attention throughout as he begged and pleaded for his life and

freedom. The role of Marjorie and her two house mates, Terry

and Patricia were shared by Alice Thompson, Mandeep Brar, and

Gurminder Mann, who equally captured the audience attention by

keeping them guessing as to which way the decision, would go.

The final twist at the end made the outcome of the play all too


There is no doubt that the quality and standard of theatre produced

by this year group is equal to work of many professional companies

and has set the standard for groups to come.

Barry Bray (Head of Creative and Media faculty)




The Horizons Project is a free project, run by The Film and Video Workshop

and Tribal Education, aimed at helping our potentially NEET year 10 and year

11 students stay engaged and excited with the learning process by adding to

the school’s own programme to prevent them becoming NEET during, or on

leaving, school. The project was run over a year in two parts; the animation

project followed by 1:1 support, advice and guidance from the advisors every

half term.

The students gave very positive feedback from the animation course and

thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The level of concentration they demonstrated

was a credit to them and they fully engaged themselves with the project. The

finished films were extremely honest and what they achieved in the time scale

was very impressive indeed. Two students who took part in the project said

of their experience;

“I thought it was a fantastic opportunity and helped me think about things

overall and I think that it was brilliant”.

“The thing that I liked about the programme was that I got advice on what

career options I could choose and how to achieve my goals. Another reason

why I liked the programme was because it gave me advice on how to get better

grades and it worked”.

Seeing these young people so focused and committed to this project made

me very proud, especially when hosting the awards ceremony in May 2013 to

present them with their well- deserved certificates and vouchers.

Charlotte Meek (Curriculum Development Coordinator)




World Challenge is an adventure. Fifteen year 9 and 10 students along with Ms

Hibbins, their World Challenge leader, will be going to Morocco in summer

2014 to work in a local community and teach children in a local school to

improve their life chances. The idea is that we will work together doing projects

and running sponsorship events to raise all of our money to get there… £24,000

to be exact. Such an adventure will give our students life skills which go

beyond those skills gained in the classroom and that are recognised worldwide

by all Universities.

We have already begun our sponsorship programme by creating and selling

cakes at the Cranford Festival and Mr Prunty has agreed to support us in

promoting a range of fund raising opportunities over the next year.

Katie Hibbins (World Challenge leader)


Teacher Intervention Days


has seen an explosion of exciting

educational opportunities during

the eight Targeted Intervention

(TI) Days; from Innovations

Day in November 2012 to Step

Up Day in July 2013. they

have provided students with

stimulating activities. The aim of TI days is to provide

a variety of diverse sessions for our students including;

identifying students in need of additional support within

subjects to allow them to reach their full potential; developing

additional learning opportunities to enrich curriculum

learning and to enable access to off-site learning.

The eight TI days have been scheduled throughout the school

year to maximise learning at key times and a spread of days.

Subjects have used the time to offer individual students

a bespoke learning experience that enhances their normal

timetable working as individuals, small groups, and whole

year groups as required.

Targeted Intervention activities this year have included:

Subject Based Support

• UK Mathematics Trust Team Challenge

• Skills development in areas such as

Fine Art and textiles

• Focus on getting A/A* in subjects

• Filming Skills

Personal Development

• Relationship education

• Team building

• Raising Achievement discussions with tutors

• Careers advice and guidance

Visiting Sessions

• Visits from examiners

• Gothic tales writing workshop

• Motivational speakers

• Hounslow Community FoodBox Competition

Off Site Visits

• Cambridge University Music Project

• London Aquarium and Ecology International

Schools Essay Competition

• UCAS fair

• Kingswood Residential ICT Trip

• Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

• National History Museum

• Accenture Global Management Consultancy

The school is using this time in increasingly imaginative

ways to ensure students have the best possible education.

Students have had opportunities of working with outside

organisations such as Cambridge University Orchestra and

ecology experts from the London Aquarium. This programme

has developed students skills beyond the traditional lesson

programme and has proved to be an invaluable initiative.

Kevin Biggs, Maria Bramhall, Rita Berndt (Raising Attainment

and Realistic Aspirations team)


During the second half of the Summer Term

2013, a group of year 8 and year 9 students

have been involved in a WFactor project entitled

“Re-Union”. “Re-Union” is a joint project between

London Borough of Hounslow, Watermans Theatre,

a group of performance poets and film-makers from

Hiatus. and Cranford Community College. The aim

of the project was for 33 young people aged 12 -13

to be able to voice their opinions about what it is

like to be a young person growing up in Hounslow

and some of the challenges they face. The project

used the medium of creative writing and film making

to allow the young people to express their feelings.

Students chose the themes they wished to develop

which ranged from stereotyping to conflict and groups

created poems and films which were performed to an

invited audience at the Watermans Theatre on the

15th July. The Re-Union project built on the work

Cranford Community College did with the London

Borough of Hounslow on the Step Up project which

was aimed at 16 -18 year olds. Both projects aim

to develop a stronger community and will be used

to develop further projects across Hounslow which

promote community cohesion.

Rob Ind (Senior Teacher-Pastoral) and Alan Fraser

(Assistant Headteacher)

• “If I see someone judging someone else I would say…

look at yourself first before judging anyone”

• “Stick up for people who are being stereotyped”

• “You should be who you are and be confident”

• “Don’t judge someone by just looking at them

and their appearance”

• “Ask before you assume”








Students from the Twilight school show their

culinary skills by creating a delicious lunch

for themselves and their staff. Delicious Nachos,

milkshakes and fresh fruit salad and cream create a

mouth-watering feast, as good as at any restaurant.


Year 11 students

showcase their

work at the

V&A and



Three talented students from

Cranford Community College

showcased their creative designs in major art

exhibitions at both the V&A Museum and Somerset


Imran Noorabdul, Jade Cook and Mariam Saleh

each committed to the National Art & Design

Saturday Club (NA&DSC) by attending regular

workshops at the University of West London. The

work they produced culminated in the Summer

Show at the impressive central London venue of

Somerset House. As well as attending 30 weeks of

inspiring classes in areas ranging from drawing and

sculpture to printmaking and stop-frame animation,

Club members visited London’s best museums and

galleries. Students exhibited their own work at the

V&A museum and were also given the opportunity

to attend an inspirational Master class with one

of the UK’s foremost designers. The Master class

was run by the design duo who make up the design

group APFEL (A Practice For Everyday Life).

The final exhibition took place at Somerset House

between Tuesday 28 May and Wednesday 5 June

2013. The Exhibition was hosted by Sir John and

Lady Sorrell and sponsored by Department of

Education, the Arts Council England and the Tate

Gallery to name just a few. The exhibition was

opened by Sir John Sorrell and Edward Vaizey the

UK Minister for Culture, Communications and

Creative Industries.

Linda Newcombe lecturer at the university

commended students on their ability to adapt and

said they had become more confident in themselves.


of the less confident

club members are beginning

to find a new force within

their work and personality

as they find less restrictive


Linda also commended staff

at Cranford Community


‘I wanted to say how impressive it has been to see you attend so many

of our Saturday Club events. You are so very dedicated to your students

and have gone over and above the call of duty to help them to feel at

ease. Your presence with us has been especially noted by the University

and the Sorrell Foundation. Your actions have been highly praised,

and other clubs wish to have teachers like you in their schools. It is

so important that your work, enthusiasm and effort are recognised,

particularly when you give up freely so much of your own personal

time to support your students and therefore the Sorrell Foundation and

the University of West London.’

This has been an exceptional experience for our students as they

were able to exhibit work at the V&A and Somerset House which is

something most emerging artists only dream about. I believe that the

Sorrell Foundation has helped our students to access opportunities that

would have not been available to them otherwise. The opportunities

that have arisen through the National Saturday Art Club have been

invaluable. The practice has raised the confidence of our students

and has added to our SMSC value. This has been an experience that

our students will always remember and has also helped them to gain

excellent life skills. I am very proud that our students have committed

to it and given up their spare time- it was definitely worth it.

Pirmjeet Mehay (Second in Charge Art, Design & Technology Department)

Royal Academy visit

During our TI day on Tuesday 9th July 2013 a group of 14 A Level Art and Technology students went on a trip to the

Royal Academy Summer 2013 exhibition in london. Attending the Summer Exhibition was a fantastic opportunity to

not only gain inspiration but admire the surrounding artwork for its intrinsic wonders. The exhibition presented refreshing

artwork (mainly contemporary) consisting of, architecture models,

fine arts and tapestry. The general theme of the exhibition was an

abstract daze bursting with colours, textures and structures. The

majority of the artwork was also up for sale, as young artists who

may look into ‘art dealing’ as a future career option, found this

experience gratifying as we were able to pick up the methods of

indicating price ranges for various pieces of art. All in all it was

a rewarding day filled with beaming sunshine and innovative

artwork. Everyone delighted with the trip and we all returned

home before dark feeling refreshed for our A2 year ahead. We

look forward to more successful visits to galleries and exhibitions

in the future.

We would also like to thank Ms Qureshi and Ms Jaura for all their

hard work in taking us on lots of trips this year!


Jad Greisaty (year 12)

A Midsummers Night Dream




sun shone brightly and the

fairies made an appearance

in the Enchanted Forest during the Art

and Design Technology Exhibition. The

Exhibition was held in the Conservation

area on July 11th 2013 as a celebration of

the work undertaken by exam students from

year 11, 12 and 13. The theme of this year’s

exhibition was clearly linked to the creative

work produced by ADT students, inspired by

ideas related to nature.

Among the work featured impressive A level

textiles work by Kirandeep Johal, Neeha

Kapoor and Amanjit Kaur. Year 11 ceramic

work was more explorative and tactile and

the quality of final 2D pieces displayed the

continued skill and commitment of students

across the years. The year 11 Product Design

work has developed year on year with the

playful children’s toy project and this year

was no exception. The year 12 lighting

project showed creativity and functionality

with direct links to the industry. Use of

media exploration this year has clearly been

fundamental in the process of work.

Students, parents and staff attended the

exhibition and commented on the quality

of work that had been produced. The

setting clearly made it an event to remember

as many commented on how well the pieces

intermingled with the natural surroundings.

The fairies guided visitors around the

exhibition and made it feel special. There

was a celebration of work with the awarding

of certificates to students who were very

proud of their achievements.

Ruby Qureshi (Head of Art Design and

Technology & Pirmjeet Mehay Second in

Charge Art Design and Technology)

“I am really proud of the work that the

students have produced, there was a strong

sense of work evolving this year. Staff and

students have worked exceptionally hard

to help students to achieve

their potential”.

“It is all very impressive, I can see that

my child has learnt a lot of skills and is

now a more confident person because of

the course”.

“You always support my child and he

thinks a lot of the teachers, it shows in

the work he has done”.







to Success


Year 7 and 8 Borough

Athletics took place

on Wednesday 26th June 2013.

We started with an immediate

win, as year 7 student Aleksandra

Nastyn took 1st place in the first

race; 75m hurdles. This was

quickly followed by another

success- Steven Keen in year 7

was 2nd in his Hurdles race. This

was matched by Ella Welch also taking 2nd place in her

Year 8 hurdles final and Year 7 Davinder Gill coming

first in his high jump competition.

Davinder continued his successful morning by

achieving 3rd place in the 800m, and Armela Dukhaj

maintained the year 7 successes by winning the javelin

competition. It was already a good day for Cranford

Community College, with only a few events completed.

Abbie McFerran in year 7 came 1st in her 100m heat,

securing herself a place in the finals at the end of the

day, Yassin Okaoko replicated this in his heat. Year 8

were not to be overshadowed, and Kulbir and Tawos

both came 3rd in their heats, unfortunately Tawos losing

his place in the finals due to disqualification. However,

he quickly made up for his mistake, coming 1st in the

javelin competition. Finals began, and Abdul in year 7

managed a respectable 2nd in his 300m race, year 8’s

Bruno managing 4th in a fast 200m race. The girls kept

up their successful streak, with Abbie and Harkiran both

coming 3rd in the 100m and 200m finals respectively.

Year 9 and 10 students represented Cranford Community

College’s Physical Education Department at the Borough

Athletics on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 and were superb.

There were school records broken and winning positions

left right and centre throughout the day. Cranford’s

students started on a high when Ryan year 9 won the

high jump clearing 1.55 meters. This gave the Athletics

Squad a high to continue on their winning path. Kevin,

year 10, raced a fantastic bend for the 400m and came

flying down the home straight to overtake 2 other

students and finish 2nd. We moved onto the heats for

the 100 metres with hopes high for Shonagh year 9 and

Maria (year 10). Both finished their races in fantastic

times and in 1st place to qualify for the finals, in the

finals Shonagh came 1st in an amazing 13.9 seconds

and Maria finished 2nd in 14.0 seconds. The cheers

from Cranford students were naturally loud. Next came

the hurdles where Connor year 10 stormed through to

finish 3rd. When Nia year 9 stood up to represent us

for the first time he looked confident and did it show in

the race! He flew through the 200m to finish 1st in the

heat and looked confident for the final. He finished the

200 m final in 25.2 seconds in 1st place. By the end of

the day Cranford were looking confident for the relay

races and pumped up to put us back on the map for

sports in Hounslow. The year 9 girls started slowly but

built up speed around the track to finish 2nd. The year

9 boys stormed the race and dominated it throughout;

they finished in 1st place in 50.4 seconds.

National Schools Sports Week ran from Monday 24th

to Friday 28th June 2013. This year the Physical

Education department wanted to deliver as many

different sporting opportunities as possible in one week. We

were lucky enough to have some of our own dedicated staff

take time out and deliver sessions alongside coaches from

the RFU, Indian Gymkhana, Select Academy and Coerver

Coaching. To add some extra competition every day after

school year group athletics inter-forms were organised.

There are so many more results to see, if you are interested

in the times and the students who represented us look

on the boards in the Physical Education Department

and follow us on Twitter for up to date results for all

matches and events.


The PE Department

Great Britain

Long Jump

Champion and

Sky Sports


JJ Jegede

visits Cranford

Together with Sky

Sports “Living For

Sports” campaign

Cranford Community

College are working with 28 key stage

4 students to enable them to build upon key

areas in sport to achieve their very best during

their school years and beyond. The Physical

Education Department decided to work with

students to develop their leadership skills and

their self-esteem, communication, organisation

and presentation skills. The students meet once

per week and work on either practical tasks or

theory based activities to help them plan and

review their work.

“I really enjoyed and liked the week because

it was different”. George Stanford (year 8)

“It was a great experience and I hope I get to

do this again”. Coerver coaching - Mubashir

Hashi (year 8 )

“It was really fun and I learnt new skills like

a left hook”. Boxing - Mustafa Mohamed

(year 7)

“It was really good because I learnt new

dance moves and we had a big dance off at

the end”. Zumba - Cristiana Oliviera (year 7)

“The cricket was really good and we

learnt new skills and it was nice to have a

professional coach”. Cricket - Aadil Awan

(year 8)

“The coaches made it fun and exciting with

really good games and at the same time

learnt so many things about rugby”. Rugby -

Charlie Green and Juhi Kumra (year 7)

“I really enjoyed it because it was completely

different to what we normally do in PE and I

learnt lots of different cool tricks”. Circus -

Aaron Hook (year 7)

The Sky Sports “Living for Sports” campaign

gave Cranford Community College access to

a mentor who came into the school on Friday

24th May 2013, GB Long Jump Champion and

Sky Sports Ambassador JJ Jegede. During this

visit JJ Jegede launched the Cranford Sports

Leadership Programme aiming to inspire current students in key

stage 4 to develop sporting interests and increase enthusiasm

for sport across the school. Our aim is to increase enjoyment in

physical activity and help students understand the importance of a

healthy active life style which can be achieved in more ways than

just playing sport. With JJ’s guidance and support we want pupils

across the whole school, that use sport as a vital tool in their life,

to develop important character traits, physically, mentally, and

socially. It is well known that being involved in sport not only

allows you to be healthier but improves the ability to perform more

effectively in the classroom.

We are discovering that sports leaders are able to connect with their

peers. JJ used his experiences, as an athlete to inspire the sports

leaders and teach them practical activities which they can take

forward. This will hopefully lead to dramatically increasing the

participation rates in sport across the school.

The students involved in this initiative have already begun working

with Cranford feeder primary schools on Wednesday afternoons

helping to run mini sports events for key stage 2. The feedback

received, not only from the staff but from the pupils and the leaders

themselves, was phenomenal. Staff at the primary schools were

amazed at how relaxed and organised the Cranford sports leaders

were and how well the pupils took to having older students run and

lead their events.

Anita Fiddes (PE department)


Year 10

Sports Leadership

“I write to congratulate the Sports

Leaders from Cranford Community

College who worked with me at the

Hounslow Primary Schools Tennis

Festival at Dukes Meadows Tennis

Centre, Chiswick last Wednesday.

500 children from 48 Hounslow

primary schools gathered at Dukes

Meadows to participate in a tennis

tournament that covered 608

individual matches during the day.

The children, helpers and invited

guests also took part in a Guinness

World Record (GWR) attempt during

the morning. The logistics of the

day were extremely complex and its

success relied upon great team work

from staff and Leaders alike.


summer a group of 30 students, including myself were chosen

to become sports leaders. This means that every week on a

Wednesday afternoon, we go off to primary schools or big tournaments for

sports like tennis and either umpire or teach various sports. As sports leaders

we get coached on what we need to do in order to get the job done right. Our

coach is Pete Lamas and working with him is a privilege.

In the beginning, when we first found out what our role was and what being

a sports leader is, it sounded boring and uninteresting. However my opinions

changed as time went on. We got into the physical aspects of it and we all grew

to really enjoy it. When we first went to teach the children at Springwell Junior,

it was the most nerve-wracking and confusing thing ever. In the beginning we

all were so disorganised and had no clue to what was going on half the time.

Despite this, as the weeks went on, we’ve managed to become better at what

we do. We’re organised, spot on for timing and the children feel comfortable

& enjoy themselves.

I’ve developed a range of skills including; teaching, communicating with

different age groups I don’t normally talk too. I’m able to talk to a big group

of people, audibly and with confidence.

So far we’ve gone to primary schools and taught children from the age group

of 5-11 year olds. We are soon going off to a tennis festival where we will

be umpiring all the competitions, and on that same day we will be entering a

Guinness World Record event.

The experience so far has been amazing.

I’ve been able to meet people like JJ

Jegede, Great Britain’s long jump athlete

and London’s very own personal trainer.

I’ve taught children sports and encouraged

them to be active. I know the amount of

exercise people, especially children are

doing is not enough. As a sports leader it

is our duty to make people aware of how

important a healthy lifestyle is.

Overall, being a sports leader has helped

me experience things that I didn’t think

I’d ever be able to do, for example things,

such as teaching, coaching and being in

charge of big events that go on around

the country.

The Sports Leaders from Cranford

Community College had a number of

important duties to perform including

meeting & greeting schools and

guests, distributing water & racquets

to all participants, monitoring the

number of people entering / leaving

the centre (GWR requirement),

monitoring the actual World Record

attempt and importantly umpiring

the tennis matches.

They set about their tasks in a

professional, mature and responsible

manner and demonstrated initiative

and common sense when faced with

any difficult situations throughout

the day. They undertook their

duties with interest and enthusiasm

and asserted themselves when

difficult decisions had to be made

whilst umpiring during the tennis


The Sports Leaders interaction

with the young people was one of

the highlights of the day and I have

received many positive comments

from schools praising their overall

commitment and efforts to make the

event such a great success. They

were great ambassadors for

Cranford Community College.

I would be grateful if you

could pass on my thanks and

congratulations to the Leaders

and David Box from Sport

Impact and the hundreds of

children who had a memorable

and amazing day”.


Pete Lammas

(Event Co-ordinator - Sport



Keziah David (year 10)



Rio Olympian


My name is Shonagh Woodburn-

Hall, and I am 14 years old

and I have taken up the sport of

weightlifting. I have been doing

this sport for about two years and I

am a British Champion and British

Schools Champion. I am currently

on my way to getting through to

national team.

I first started lifting when I was

11 years old. I got into the sport

because I use to play rugby so I

was very strong and gradually

moved into weightlifting. I also

won a best lifter trophy when I

was 12 years old. Since I have been

lifting, it has changed me discipline

wise and mentally but I have had to

sacrifice a lot to achieve this, such

as going out with my friends. I would

miss out on a lot of fun things, but

this is what I choose to do if I want to

succeed. My aim as well as my dream

is to compete in Rio 2016 and to do this,

I have to make the sacrifices.

I currently train in Greenford which is

just about an hour and a half away from where I live and I also train in Feltham which

is not too far. I train 4 – 5 times a week as well as doing extra training at home. I am

also a coach with one of my team members. We coach together at the gym in Feltham

on Mondays.

I am very happy with all the results I have had in weightlifting and hope to carry on

to reach Rio 2016.

Shonagh Woodburn-Hall (year 9)


the 18th June 2013, myself and I went

with boys from year 7, 8, 9 and 10

went to Lords International Stadium to watch a

professional cricket game with Mr. Rattu and Mr.

Wain. When we arrived we met the Middlesex

mascot. We saw the players practising including

Australian Captain Michael Clarke. We then went

to our seats to watch the game. We all had great

fun sharing jokes and supporting both teams on a

lovely summer’s day. We also had a tour of Lords

Cricket Museum and got to see the famous Ashes

Urn! It was a memorable trip to Lords.’

Vignesh Kannan (year 8)


Year 11

Record of Achievement

and PROM 2013


much anticipation the night had arrived. Year

11 students had been waiting excitedly for their

Record of Achievement and Prom which was held on Thursday 4th

July 2013. The evening started with the Record of Achievement

event, a celebration of five years at Cranford to invited guests,

staff and parents. Students arrived; girls looking glam and boys

looking handsome in their suits, all looking so grown up. The

support by parents was over whelming and the Concert Hall was

bursting at the seams. Kevin Prunty, Executive Headteacher

began the evening with another award winning speech and then

straight onto the entertainment, performed by Rebecca Green

and Abinav Bhattachan singing “Everything has changed”. This

was followed by the formal part of the evening, the presentation

of the ROA Folders. The students were fantastic, cheering each

other on and I know their parents were full of pride and happiness

to see their child on the stage receiving recognition for their time

at Cranford Community College.

After the presentations, and a dance performance by the girls,

the speeches followed by myself and Ms O’Grady and finally an

outstanding video which really sums up the fantastic staff here at

Cranford and their affection for the year group.

With ROA completed, there was a mad dash with changing

outfits and then over to the Riverside Venue for the Prom.

OMG! The girls looked spectacular in their prom dresses and the

boys looked so great in their suits. The night was then literally

danced away with every student on the dance floor grooving on

down to the sounds of Paragon. There was even a dance off

between the girls/boys and am I am pretty sure the girls won

that one.

The teacher dance off between myself and Mr Singh was definitely

won by me.

Our very own Prom King Pavan Sharma and Queen

Raela Tomas were crowned and tutor group awards

were presented to students by tutors.

Class of 2013 you did me proud you all united as

one that evening and are all charming, intelligent

and beautiful young people.

Yasmeen Ashfaq (year 11 - Year Manager)


Hats Off to

Year 13 -2013-

On Wednesday 22nd May

2013 we said farewell to our

year 13 students with a wonderful

formal presentation event followed by

an evening of dancing and fun. Parents,

staff, students and members of the Academy

Board Trust all came together to enjoy this

evening of reflection; for many, seven years

and for some, two years of amazing education at

Cranford .

The evening as always was a celebration including two

lovely performances by the Bhangra dance group and a

solo piece by Saujanya Natarajan. It gave an opportunity

for the students to thank staff for all their hard work but

it was also an opportunity for the Head of Year, Ms Patel

to talk about her year group and her hopes for

them for the future. But

for one person,

Ms Knights,

this was an

evening or real emotion having

been the year manager for so many

for seven years. She spoke of her love for

them and how much she would miss them and

in true Ms Knight’s style, she made it very clear

what her expectations are of all of them for the


During the evening, Mr Prunty, Executive Headteacher

presented every student with an achievement scroll in

recognition of their graduating to the next stage of their life

and spoke of his pride in being able to share this special

evening with year 13 and his hopes for them in the future.

We wish Year 13 2013 well in whatever they do in the future

and hope they will ensure they join Cranford’s Alumni and

keep us informed about their progress.

Jessica Joyce

(Event Organiser)


Hounslow Borough RE Conference 2013

Year 12 students attended a Borough RE conference held at Lampton High

School. The theme of the Conference was; Is God needed in the 21st Century?

It is argued that society has evolved and become more rational. We learnt

many unusual facts such as; how Heavy Metal and Jedi Knights are considered

as established belief systems. We also had the opportunity to mingle with

students from other schools during the workshops, one of them revolving

around the concept of whether God is needed in today’s economy. The

time spent was enlightening and aided us to improve our critical thinking

for our RE A ‘Level.

Najma Hassan (year 12)

6th Form RE Conference 2013

I found the sixth form RE Conference held at Cranford Community College

in June a fun and new way to learn about the different views and opinions

about events both past and current. What I personally found most memorable

were the workshops setup and organised by students where my views were

consistently being challenged, which helped me to understand views I had

not previously considered. We were also given the opportunity to question

teachers about particular belief systems ranging from the major world

religions to Atheism and Agnosticism and it was of great interest to hear

how the teachers responded to questions about terrorism, whether religion is

something simply created as a means of social control and why they believed

what they believed.

Akash Mair (year 12)

A Level Religious Studies theatre trip to “Les Miserables”

Step Up Youth Conferences

The Sixth Form Philosophy and Ethics theatre trip to watch Les Misérables

was definitely a memorable one. The play questions absolute morality and

conflicting laws with its theme of fighting against oppression. This was hugely

helpful for both year 12 and 13 students in our study of Ethical Theories.

It also proved to be a valuable history lesson for us, as it is set during the

French Revolution which provided us with key contextual knowledge of

Merold Westphal’s essay who refers to the Age of Enlightenment and considers

why many Deists at the time proposed a new morality-based religion as the

backdrop of religious warfare and conflict in Europe, similar to the French

Revolution. The evening was also culturally enriching as for many of us it was

our first theatre experience and we were privileged to see the much talked about

production. The performance itself had us in awe and was commended with a

standing ovation from us all as it was visually impressive and the execution

by the actors was stunning. The whole experience was an extremely enjoyable

and insightful one and we thank Miss Yousaf for putting it together.

Kamaljit Puwar (year 13)

Attending all three Step Up Youth Conferences, two at Cranford Community College and one held at Lampton school, has given

me and others to have an insight into the world today; there were workshops ranging from what are the alternatives to violent

radicalisation linked to how we can affect British Foreign Policy to the Qur’an and feminism. We were asked to consider

how we can change the society we live in for the better, as well as reflecting on some beneficial religious teachings which

remind us to turn back to morality and justice. Listening to a variety of speakers ranging from members of the US embassy

to news reporters, I now have a broader understanding of the society and world we live in. In meeting and interacting with

others I was able to consider views that I had not previously considered as well as consolidating my own ideas. These Step Up

Youth Conferences have been

enlightening and a pleasure

to take part in, something

I would definitely advise

someone to attend as it was

informative and interesting.


Susan Adam (year 12)

Year 12

Higher Education

and Careers Day


Year 12 Higher Education and

Careers day took place on Friday

28th June 2013. Students attended a number

of different workshops and received advice

from experts about student life and finance,

how to write your personal statement, and

choosing your course. In addition there were

specialist sessions on applying to Oxbridge

and other top universities, and information

about foundation degrees and volunteering.

For those thinking about not going to

university there were workshops covering

employability and interview skills, CV writing

and apprenticeships, and a speed networking

event where students were able to chat to a

wide range of local employers to find out about

their work. For the more adventurous students

there were also talks on taking a gap year and

studying overseas.

Cath Goold (Careers Coordinator)

“I received a lot of useful

information from this workshop

and helped me understand how

I will need to budget my money

when I go to university”.

“It was helpful because it

taught me about how confident

you have to be at interviews

and what sort of attitude you

have to have at an interview”.

“Very useful, gained a clear

insight on what to include in a

personal statement”.

“This workshop was really helpful

because I never knew about the

different things I could choose to

do during a gap year that will help

other people as well as myself”.

“I got a better and realistic

insight to what student life at

university will be like, and how

I will have to manage things”.

Year 12

Monopoly Challenge 2013 Our Amazing Day Out


Monday 15th July 2013, year 12 students

set off on the Monopoly Challenge for their

DREAM Rewards Day. Ms Suri briefed the year group

and set out the rules. Some initial scepticism about how

they were going to get around London and be back by

3.00pm, let alone find all the clues and collect all the

photos seemed to dampen their enthusiasm but with the

chance of winning a free Nandos meal, it soon changed

their views and they embarked on the challenge ahead

with energy and determination. One by one, the tutor

groups set off (according to the number of DREAM

points they had accumulated during the year) to prove

they are the best and win the prize.

Everyone said they had an amazing day out as the photos

suggest. Unfortunately not all the tasks were achieved

but everyone made a brave attempt to get round the

board and get back to school without being penalised.

The points were awarded and the winning tutor group

12Z with their tutor Ms Lodge will enjoy the prize of

dinner at Nandos in the very near future.

Kuljit Suri (Head of Year 12)



year 8 artist

Shabnam Zadran

shares her


art work

A Dream Day

Thursday 18th July 2013 saw another successful DREAM points rewards day with a record

10 different activities arranged. Exciting new trips to London Dungeons, Madame Tussauds

and LaserQuest joined old favourites Thorpe Park and Brighton and much fun was had by all

(even in 32 degree temperatures!)

Students who achieved most DREAM points over the year got first choice and the vast majority

spent the day off site, with Coral Reef waterpark particularly popular given the weather. Everyone

got a reward though and the students who stayed at school participated in Robot Races and flew

around the new BMX track under the instruction of champion biker Rob Reed.

Special mentions to Ms Hibbins for her fully clothed swimming in Brighton and to

all the Heads of Year for all their hard

work in organising such a fantastic day.

We can’t wait until next year.

Rob Ind (Senior Teacher Pastoral)



Aviation without borders is a charity that usually works with disabled

children for a day, but this year, 20 students from my year group

(year 8) were given a unique opportunity of a ‘flight’ day trip to

White Waltham Airport. We received an amazing and educational talk on

flying by Stan the pilot and; we all enjoyed a 30 minute flight in a light

aircraft followed by light lunch.

Aviation without Borders is a local charity. I had the most exciting experience

that I have ever had on a plane. I was concerned at first that maybe we were

not going to be able to fly because of poor weather and that I would have

been missing my lessons for a small talk about flying, but the weather was

great so we managed to fly in the plane and when you got to a certain altitude

you felt as if you had left your stomach behind.

Wednesday 19th June 2013, was one of the most magnificent days ever. On

the coach I took plenty of pictures of myself and the view, because I wanted

to have plenty to remember and to show to my family and friends. We were

astonished by the amount of planes, which only had 4 seats all in one place.

There were only two planes which stood out in my eyes; one was an antique

green plane with a gold and red stripe on the side with a yellow star. The

second plane was a glistening, metallic blue plane that was doing acrobatics

in the air, such as: the loop to loop, the canon ball, nose-dive and many more

tricks that I have no idea of how to describe. I asked; “Are we going to be

doing those as well?” luckily the answer was “No”.

Once we got off the coach we were introduced to the activities and given

specific instructions about where we could go and how far we could go, so

that no-one was injured or accidents. We waited for 2-3 hours for our turn

to fly on the plane.

During that time Stan spoke to us about the different parts of the plane i.e.

wings, tail, lights, flaps etc. He even gave us a demonstration and told us

“If you are driving a car at 30mph and you stick your arm out the window

as high and as straight as you can and tuck your thumb in, you can feel the

force of the wind lifting your arm up and that is how the flaps work on the

planes. Don’t try this at home you might break an arm.” After the talk we

had our go on the plane it was really amazing and fun. The view from up in

the clouds was dreamy and I even saw a school playing football, which was

awesome. When me and Louise got back to earth we had lunch and we were

thanked for coming and then Stan gave us some certificates.

I really had fun and wish I could go there again, because it was an

unforgettable experience and I loved every second of it. I loved flying in

the air and thanks to this educational visit and all the information we were

given I believe that I might have a future in aviation and if I don’t turn out

to have my dream job then I hope to be someone important in aviation. I

took the most amazing pictures and videos and my family and friends were

so proud of me. In conclusion, I believe that the Aviation without Borders

Smiling Wing Day is one of the best charities I have ever heard of and I

hope they carry on the great work and get as many donations as they need

to never stop doing what they do best.

Jessica Atouguia (year 8)

without Borders

“Overall, the day was

a great experience. It

opened my eyes just how

difficult the job of a

pilot is and the amount

of responsibility they

have. This experience

has made me want a

career as a pilot and

has given me an idea

of what it’d be like”.

Sharan Khroad (year 8)

“Aviation without Borders was one of the most

amazing experiences I have ever had. It was

a once in a life time opportunity to be able

to take a flight in a small aircraft and even

get to control it myself with no fees. The day

was buzzing and all the pilots were incredibly

friendly and patient with every one’s questions.

We learnt a lot about the air-craft’s features

and how they impact on the flight. The day was

marvellous and I would love to do it again”.

Suraiya Baig (year 8)

“After waiting patiently it was finally my

turn. I and Ramash were walking towards the

aircraft. My heart was beating like a drum, I

didn’t know what to expect. Also I was a little

bit nervous. Then I finally I got in the aircraft,

which was very small, but good for 4 people.

I had to wear a headset, because of the loud

noise. The aircraft started moving around the

field. As the pilot told us we are going up, I had

butterflies in my stomach. We were up in the air,

and the view was absolutely gorgeous. It was so

breath-taking, that I thought I was dreaming.

After I came back down, I was upset that it was

finished, but thankful for this great experience.

It was unbelievably amazing. It was one of

the best days in my entire life. Without Mrs

Kolahatkar this would not have happened”.

Zala Amir (year 8)


Through Wednesday afternoon’s Wfactor, the

Conservation Area Regeneration project led by

Ms Prunty and Mr Harris is already showing signs of

progress. Students from across the school are taking

up their spades and wheel barrows to help dig, clear

and replant in the hope it will encourage new wildlife

to take up residence. This area will continue to provide

a great resource for various learning

opportunities for

the whole school

community to enjoy.


Conservation Area

sees new


Jack Petchey Awards 2013


is always such a wonderful evening at the Paul

Robeson Theatre to see Cranford Community

College students recognised for their outstanding

achievements. Tuesday 25th June 2013 was no

exception. Kevin Prunty Headteacher and I were

enormously proud listening to the amazing list of

why our students had been nominated and seeing

their smiling faces as they received their award.

The Adult Award this year went to Julie Prunty who runs

reprographics and the school shop but in reality does so much

more. She has been recognised by her colleagues for being so

supportive and for always offering to help everybody.

All the prize winners received money to invest in something

for the school

Congratulations to: Chelsea Ann Cook, Isabella Bruno ,Sameer

Monir, Kyle Powell, Khalid Butt and Tupeka Sacdev.

Simon Dean (Assistant Headteacher)







trips to ‘Jamie’s

Farm’ have

run this year introducing

23 students from year 7 -

year 10 to the pleasures

(and perils) of life in the

country by promoting

family, fun and therapy and

experiencing the true lifestyle of

living and working on a farm.

Through hands-on experience

the students learnt to understand

the various demands

and challenges

involved in looking

after and caring for


These trips have

been hugely enjoyable

for staff and students

alike, who have all fully

engaged in the spirit of

the week long adventures

and tried all manner of

new things from tractor

driving and herding cattle,

to delivering this year’s

springtime lambs.

The school would like to

thank all the students and staff

involved, as well as the lovely

folk at Jamie’s Farm for the

amazing adventures they have

had and all the new friends made

along the way… including those

with four legs..

Rob Ind

(Senior Teacher Pastoral)



Friday 19th July 2013, a sizzling hot summer’s

day, the school applauded and cheered the hugely

talented staff and student performers at the End of Year

Assembly, in celebration of an amazing year. There is no

doubt 2012-2013 will be the year to remember when Cranford

Community College received the recognition it deserves by

OFSTED under the new frame work, as an OUTSTANDING


The varied and dynamic entertainment included an amazing

bhangra performance by the sixth form and staff, the Rock

Choir singing “Valerie” and the year 9 girls’ dance group.

This was followed by the year 9 &12 band with a

surprise guest performance by our very own DJ Rapper

Mr Collins and finally, the staff band playing “How to

Save a Life”. The entertainment was interspersed by

some presentations and awards and the introduction

to our new Student Leadership Quartet.

Roger Owen, Chair of the Academy Trust Board said

that he was extremely proud to be associated with the

school and thanked the amazing staff and Executive

Headteacher Kevin Prunty for all their hard work. He

praised the students for their achievements

and as another amazing academic

year draws to a close, he wished

everyone well for the summer


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