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 It is a wonderful read and a useful historical document which, with its termly sister publications and occasional special editions, also serves to describe the values of the academy and support the aspirations of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It is a wonderful read and a useful historical document which, with its termly sister publications and occasional special editions, also serves to describe the values of the academy and support the aspirations of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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CCC ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
2012 - 2013
Cranford Community College
Cranford Community College
Teaching & Learning
Cranford Community College
Cranford Community College
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
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
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)
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.
(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)
Activities Week July 2013
Monday July 15th – Thursday 18th July 2013 we held our
second Activities week and this year we decided to celebrate
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”.
“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
and singing the
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
“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
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)
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.
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
The day was thoroughly enjoyable and
students and staff
and it was amazing
to see all the MWL
students perform and
in a different
subject and setting.
(Head of Department
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
(D of E Leader / Assistant Head of School)
Our Visit to
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
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”.
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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.
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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
First story is an inspiring initiative. Having attended a school with a lot of
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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
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
This has been a great year
for Cranford’s budding
Mathematicians. Our students
have entered a number of
competitions and have had
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
We also held a puzzle day for Berkeley Primary School
and some of our year 7 students which was received with
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:
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:
“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:
Tori Grace Skeet
Cranford Festival 2013
Saturday 4th July
2013 saw the third
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
• Relationship education
• Team building
• Raising Achievement discussions with tutors
• Careers advice and guidance
• 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
• “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
work at the
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
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
“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
“You always support my child and he
thinks a lot of the teachers, it shows in
the work he has done”.
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
Together with Sky
Sports “Living For
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
“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
“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)
“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 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”.
(Event Co-ordinator - Sport
Keziah David (year 10)
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
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
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)
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
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
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,
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.
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)
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
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
“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”.
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
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)
“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
the whole school
community to enjoy.
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
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
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
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..
(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