Cranford Review 2014

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 It is a wonderful read and a useful historical document which, with its termly sister publications and occasional special editions, also serves to describe the values of the academy and support the aspirations of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It is a wonderful read and a useful historical document which, with its termly sister publications and occasional special editions, also serves to describe the values of the academy and support the aspirations of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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2013 2014

Cranford Review


Welcome to the Cranford Review covering the

academic year 2013/2014, a year in which the

impressive range of successes of the school

was recognised by so many organisations nationally and

by Ministers. The school has received plaudits for its

sustained high standards and for its vibrant curriculum. This

recognition also brings a wealth of further opportunities

for the school, its students and the community as well as

generating additional funding for Cranford Community

College in order to continue to lead the way in education and

to share its excellent work nationally and internationally.

There is so much that makes me proud of this school, its

staff and students. Early in 2013/14, Cranford Community

College became one of only 26 elite secondary schools

(out over more than 900) that had performed highly enough


it was also a year in which Cranford was again judged


PARTNERS’ inspection team, a year in which the school

was designated as a NATIONAL TEACHING SCHOOL

and a year in which the school became a ‘LEADING

EDGE’ school,

As Executive Headteacher, I was honoured to be appointed


of the long-term success of Cranford Community College

and the other schools it has helped to improve (most

recently Berkeley Primary School was judged by Ofsted

to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas in late summer 2014).

Cranford Community College also won two of the top

national awards from the SPECIALIST SCHOOLS AND

ACADEMIES TRUST and received another letter (to add

to its collection) from the Minister for being in the top 100

schools nationally for its GCSE achievements.

I, and the Academy Trust, are delighted to further

congratulate our ‘Class of 2014’ students on their

outstanding performance in GCSE which, like for like, are

on par with the previous year’s record breaking results and

celebrate the students that achieved such superb A level

exams this summer and have now gone on to university.

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 continue to set

new standards and challenges for other students in lower

years to surpass.

Cranford Community College is an academic school with

a strong sense of community and an ethos in which the

enjoyment of learning is palpable. It is a place that students

and staff love. Staff and students at Cranford achieve more

because they are happy, challenged and together.

Cranford Community College is continuing to develop an

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

expect to be able to further develop the curriculum during

the coming year, through innovation and improvements.

Whilst the curriculum and examinations have become more

traditional and academic, the school remains committed to

ensuring students have access to a broad and stimulating

set of opportunities that represent an excellent all round

education that is second to none. Even a quick flick through

this booklet will be sufficient to demonstrate the quality

and quantity of opportunity for our students.

Cranford’s three-year performance trend remains incredibly

strong which only confirms that Ofsted’s ‘Outstanding’

judgements on the school 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. It is a happy place to be, proven perhaps by our

outstanding levels of pupil attendance across the school,

excellent pupil retention rates and the very high popularity

of the main school and its sixth form but even by looking

at the smiles on faces and how hard the students and staff


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.

Kevin Prunty (Executive Headteacher, Director and

National Leader of Education)

Introducing the Student Leadership

Quartet 2014-2015

Seven students in year 12 applied for the position of Head Boy and Head Girl.

During July 2014, candidates wrote a letter of application, completed a

leadership task, produced a manifesto and were then interviewed by a student

panel. After successfully completing all these tasks I am very pleased to

announce the new student Leadership Quartet for 2014-2015.

Rita Berndt (Assistant Head of School)

“I believe I have the

qualities required to

be a good Head Girl

because I care deeply

about the students here

at Cranford. I know

many students here and

I want the best for each and every one of them. As

Head Girl, I will invest time into getting to know their

needs and making sure that their time at Cranford is

as memorable and enjoyable as mine is”.

Bethany Johnson

(Head Girl 2014-2015)

“The role of the Head

Boy is one of great

importance and it

would provide me with

an opportunity to act

as an ambassador for

Cranford Community

College. To me, the role involves representing the

students and helping to make positive changes to

the school by fostering relationships between staff

and students. I applied for this post because I want

to effectively contribute to Cranford’s growth. I

aspire to study politics, philosophy and economics

at University and I am considering the Diplomatic

Services as a potential career option. I believe the

position of Head Boy would help to build on my

strengths, such as being a leader, effectively working

in a team and playing the role of an ambassador for

my peers”.

Surya Varatharajan

(Head Boy 2014-2015)

“My fundamental

goal as Deputy Head

Boy is to act as a role

model for the rest of

the school and actively

encourage students to

voice their opinions

and participate in decisions and ideas that would

benefit the school and all those involved. As Deputy

Head Boy of Cranford Community College I will work

to maintain it the status of an ‘outstanding’ school,

which I am very proud to be a part of”.

Ravi Mandalia

(Deputy Head Boy 2014-2015)

“As Deputy Head

Girl I recognise

the importance and

demanding nature of

this role, however,

this excites me as I

enjoy a challenge which can be seen through my

past experiences that I have had within the Academy”

Abrar Al-Habtari

(Deputy Head Girl 2014-2015)


First Story 2013-2014

“Fishing for Words”


year, I was lucky enough to participate in

the First Story writing group once again.

The annual festival began this year’s First Story group

in which we were immersed in workshops by Anthony

Cartwright and talks by famous authors such as Malorie

Blackman. We were also graced by another performance

by Anthony Anaxagorou as well as Caroline Bird which

were (of course) the highlight of the day. Throughout the

year, we had sessions every Wednesday afternoon with

our writer in residence: Ross Raisin. This year, the cohort

of year 12 students aimed specifically at more mature,

sophisticated and polished writing. This widened our

choices of genres, allowing us to step out of our comfort

zones and write stories that we wouldn’t typically write.

With guidance and inspiration from Ross, Ms Hibbins

and Ms Shaikh, we were able to think more critically and

analytically about our own pieces of writing. It is very

exciting to arrive at the writing sessions with nothing

and you never know what you’re going to come away

with. It might be a story that sets off somebody else’s

train of thought or it could be a lyric or it could be an

exceptional idea that allows you to broaden your horizons.

It’s incredible how the creative process of writing and

publishing a story works as it all just falls into place.

True brilliance comes from stories and poems that are

very meticulously planned and take a lot of thought and

that is what some of the year 12 pupils achieved this year.

Our completed anthology aptly named ‘Fishing For Words’ is one of my achievements I am most proud of. At the

First Story Open House, each pupil was awarded with the chance to read their piece aloud to a number of people

including William Fiennes himself who co-founded the First Story charity. Being involved with First Story is

truly an enjoyable experience as it truly made our year a special one. I and the other year 12 students would like

to thank our mentors and guides Ross Raisin, Ms Hibbins and Ms Shaikh for giving us that courage to write our

innermost thoughts down on paper and for all their hard work organising First Story this year.

Kishan Shah (year 12)



name is Ravleen Thakker

and I was one of the students

chosen for the Spelling Bee competition.

Cranford students, including me, worked really hard to attend

the Spelling Bee. We practised with our librarians, Mr Ladva, Ms

Gawali and Mr Calica, to spell hard words and find their definitions.

(They weren’t easy at all.) Every Tuesday and Thursday, after

school, we would go to the library and practise spelling the words.

We spelt them out loud and had spelling tests. We also played a

lot of games. We had to make the longest word, we could think of,

out of newspaper. We also had to memorise spellings and layouts

of words and copy them on the paper, without touching the paper.

It was all about teamwork and communication. These things were

to boost our confidence, practise with fun and to increase our

knowledge of learning with sight, hearing and reading/writing. It

was a good time.

During the practice sessions, we didn’t realise that the event was so

close but when we did, we practised even harder. There were many

rules to follow but one main one was to never backtrack and to say

the word, then spell it, then say the word again. And that was what

we did at the event. The event was held at Kingsley Academy. There were 3 rounds. The first round was for all

schools who were participating. Every person, from each school, was given 3 words, which they could choose out

of easy, medium and hard. Our school was so good that we chose 3 hard words. After that round, we had a break

for refreshments. The judges counted the scores and we were told that we were through to the next round. In the

next round, only 3 people from the school were allowed to spell. We chose our 3 best people and guess what? We

beat the other schools in that round too. So all was left was the last round. In this round, only 2 people could go

through. So Faisa, and I went through. The words in this round were extra, super hard but we were so good that

we beat the other school in that round too. So that means… WE WON. It was an amazing feeling to be up there

being one of those people winning. It was great.

When the trophy came into our hands, I was delighted. That shiny, gleaming thing was with us and no one else.

We deserved it and that was the main part. When we took it back to school, everyone was really happy for us and

proud of us. That’s really it...well there was a lot more but you should’ve been there to see it for yourself.

Ravleen Kaur Thakker (year 7)

Such a Buzz

with Spelling Bee


March 2014 a group of year 9 students went on a trip to the Paul Robeson

Theatre. It was a fantastic experience as we managed to do a book review

face to face, similar to speed dating. However we were

selling our favourite books. Schools across Hounslow

attended, with a special attendee named Tony Dallas.

Tony Dallas is an inspirational writer for teenagers and

children, so it was a special time meeting him. The day

itself was fun as we managed to find out what other

students of our age, liked to read. Then we voted for the

book we most likely would read and the best presenter.

I thought that my book Bakuman Vol.1 would win, but

I thought wrong. Mustafa had also chosen to promote

a manga book, although no one really voted for that.

Overall the winner was from multiple schools, Cranford

Community College, Brentford School for Girls and

Kingsley Academy all had promoted “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green which

won the 1st place.

Abdulhakim Yussuf (year 9)



Heathrow Community Trust awarded a

grant to DJ Workshops CIC to work with

local schools through the Heathrow Communities for

Youth fund in the Heathrow area for one year. Cranford

Community College was lucky enough to be included

in this programme which took place on a Wednesday

afternoon throughout the summer term in WFactor.

Students from year 9 were selected by the Head of

Music and their Head of Year to take part . The project

is for young people to learn how to Dj over a term

and gain the Bronze Arts Award. The students learnt

all aspects of DJ Mixing to include counting beats,

beat matching, mixing different styles of music and

making a Mix CD at the end of the course. The students

commented on how much they had enjoyed using all

the equipment that was supplied for the workshops.

As well as the main decks there were workstations

which meant that students could practise and listen to

music all at the same time. All the students produced

a folder of written work detailing what they had learnt

and photos of them “dj-ing” as evidence. They also

reviewed a film of MC-ing, researched a musical artist

and taught others the skills of what they learnt. The

students worked individually and in groups for the

arts award assignments. All the students who took part

completed the course and successfully passed their

Bronze Arts Award.

Julie Sacre who was the lead tutor for the workshops

funded by The Heathrow Community Trust is looking

forward to coming back next term and working with

more students from the school.

Jessica Joyce (WFactor organiser)

Year 10 - “Eager Beavers” Work Experience 2014


eager beavers from the Business and Enterprise group ventured out into the world of work in March

2014. After a few weeks of preparation with Ms Patel where they researched their employers, found out

what their roles would be and completed the dreaded ordeal of the interview – away they

went. Placements were in a variety of settings including High Street shops, Hounslow

Urban Farm, an estate agents and a restaurant. Nagaad Maxamed Abdi, Hussain Khan,

Toofan Barakzai and Calvin Kaganda experienced what it is like in the retail business

and found out that it is hard work standing up all day. Mohamed Osman Ayub worked

in a pharmacy and was responsible for delivering prescriptions to GP surgeries. Stacey

Kitney was able to put into practice the hairdressing skills she is learning at college.

Manvir Randhawa worked with his uncle selling houses while Pardeep Singh donned

some overalls and fixed cars. Yasmina Zaman and Lewis Loveridge worked in school

helping caretakers while Paras Poudel learned some cooking (and no doubt tasting)

skills and Dean Quelch was kept very busy looking after the animals.

Everyone had a successful week and showed responsibility and maturity in their work.

Something they can build on and develop further in year 11.


Cath Goold (Work Experience Coordinator)



“ILL-Abilities” concept was

created in the summer of 2007

by Montreal based dancer/speaker, Lazylegz.

When founded, ILL-Abilities was only an “allstar”

team of differently-abled dancers with

the goal to compete in the BBOY competition

circuit as a real crew and the intention to show

the world that anything is possible. After

performing together, the crew quickly realized

their potential to inspire audience members

with dance and positive attitudes. Now, the

goal for the crew is to spread positive thinking



by sharing their stories with Motivational Entertainment programs and Theatrical Dance performances worldwide.


When I saw them I was very excited to meet them and get to know them. ILL Abilities gave us a taste of what

they can do and they stunned us with their dancing and it was excellent. They told us how they started dancing

and what their disabilities are. The story that has most inspired me was Checho’s. He was born (in Chile) and the

doctors said he was a monster and shouldn’t be alive but his Mum raised him up like a normal child. He couldn’t

walk so he used his hands to walk. On the streets people told him about break dancing and said he would he a

great break dancer and so Checho tried and now he goes around the world performing for other people showing

that even having a really severe disability you can still achieve your goals.

Amretjeet Singh (year 8)



A Music Concert in Sunshine… An Afternoon Delight


Wednesday 2nd July 2014, the school NOfA ensemble celebrated its incredible first year with a

packed out concert in the Memorial Garden at Cranford. The sun was shining as students from year

7-9 showcased their work in bands, and joined together with students from Feltham Community College and our

exchange visitors from China to play arrangements of Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

and the gospel track Shackles.

The National Orchestra for All (NOfA) is an organisation that aims to provide any enthusiastic student, regardless

of ability, with opportunities to participate in ensemble music making. This year they have launched the Conductors

for Change (CFC) project which supports schools in expanding these opportunities and performing music together.

Students spoke at the event about the impact this opportunity has had on them both musically and personally,

helping them develop confidence and team working skills.

Earlier in the term, students had met with other young musicians from across the country to rehearse and perform

at the Southbank Centre in London at an event organised by NOfA. As well as putting together performances of

the pieces we performed in July, students contributed to a group composition based on the Britten piece. This

provided us with an opportunity to put a Cranford stamp on the event. After rehearsing for hours in the heat, and

demonstrating their commitment to music, students performed to a raptured audience of teachers, parents, and

members of the public in the Clore Ballroom on the ground floor of the Southbank Centre.

When it came to the final concert here at Cranford, students once again produced exceptional music, with Marianna

Hay, the founder of NOfA, praising their “poise and professionalism”, and how much they had developed since

the opening concert in December 2013. All the students were focussed and hardworking throughout the rehearsal

time and did themselves proud in performance.

The school’s NOfA ensemble will continue to rehearse in WFactor next year and are looking forward to another

year of brilliant trips, activities and concerts.

Leah Mirsky (Music Department)

GCSE Music Showcase hits the right notes

On Monday 7th July 2014, our year 10 GCSE musicians gathered once again to show off their

performance skills to an audience of parents, students and staff, but this time were joined for the

first time by our new cohort of year 9 students, about to embark on their GCSE music journey.

Students have been working hard on preparing solo performances for Unit 1 of their GCSE and

there was an impressive range of talent on show, from performances which had been sequenced on

the computers to a band of five year 9 students performing Pharrell’s Happy, as well as a range of

exceptional singers, guitarist and drummers. The performances were of a very high standard and

the audience were thrilled. Well done to everyone involved.

The students are continuing to develop their skills and there will be another performance from this

talented group of students taking place in the Autumn Term 2014.


Leah Mirsky (Music Department)

“NOfA, National Orchestra for All programme inspires

young musicians to show their potential. This programme

helps us to develop our music skills and our communication

skills. I decided to join NOfA, because I enjoy playing the

piano and this would be a great opportunity for me to show

my abilities. My favourite experience in NOfA, is when we

work as a whole big group or an orchestra, because we all

get to play our instrument and we all enjoy it”.

Lay Soni (year 9)

“Overall I can certainly say that NOfA has helped me

throughout the year in things such as building up my

confidence and bringing up my music levels. I think NOfA is

an amazing organisation that encourages young people to

show their talents and entertain people”.

Christiana Eftenoiu (year 8)

“One of our favourite things we have been able

to do as a result of NOfA is putting on concerts

in school. We enjoyed this as it was interesting to

see how many different layers of music can come

together to make a final piece. On the buildup

to this concert we have felt both excitement

and nerves, however every anticipation before a

performance has made a great memory”.

Lucy Tirahan (year 9)

“Being in NOfA has made me a better person”

Jaiman Bhalsod (year 8)

“On Friday 6th June

2014, as part of NOfA

Orchestra we performed

in the Southbank Centre

in Central London. I

really enjoyed it because

I got a chance to perform

on a live stage.

We performed with other schools and played a variety of

different music structures. This was a great experience which

I will always remember”.

Leah Kamboh (year 7)


Tate Modern Gallery,

Southbank, London


22nd November 2013 the Modern World Languages Department arranged a trip to the Tate Modern

Gallery in London, Southbank as part of our High Achievers Programme for year 8 and 9 students,

who study German, Spanish, French, Urdu and Panjabi. We travelled in the morning by bus and tube and arrived

at the Tate at 10am. The students were fascinated by the weird and wonderful artistic creations on display and

competed in a treasure hunt to discover the art of their target language culture. The students rounded off the day

by producing a presentation about their favourite work of art in the target language.

Angela Roeder (Head of World Languages Department)

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park


16th December 2013 the German Department arranged a

trip for year 7 and 8 students to visit the German Christmas

Market in Hyde Park, which is part of Winter Wonderland, London.

We left by coach after lunch and returned in the early evening. It

was a great opportunity for the students to experience traditional

German food and hand-crafted gifts for Christmas. The market was

beautifully lit and had typical chalets with German people selling

food or crafts. The students were all given a quiz about traditional

German foods and gifts and this provided a great opportunity to

speak with some real German people. The year 7 and 8 students

had a fantastic time and took away some memorable experiences.

Angela Roeder (Head of World Languages Department)


It’s gratuliere! félicitations!

and felicidades!

That’s congratulations three ways (German,

French and Spanish) to Faisa Ali and

Abdiaziiz Sahal, year 7, who reached the finals

of an international Spelling Bee competition.

They are pictured here proudly holding their

medals and trophy in front of a board saying

‘well done’ and ‘congratulations’ in Spanish, and

went on to compete in the Spanish language final

of the trilingual Routes into Languages Spelling


They fought off competition from more than

61,000 year 7 pupils across the country to reach

the showdown, taking place at Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge. They will have just over 60 seconds

to try and spell the most words in their chosen tongue and seal glory at the contest, sponsored by the European

Commission and Vocab Express.

Both pupils have only been learning Spanish for a year and are part of the High Achiever programme for advanced

students at Cranford.


Dadri-Ann Williams (Modern World Languages Department)





has been an exciting

year for Cranford’s

budding young actors and for the Drama Department as

a whole with lots of new ventures and opportunities being

offered to students across the three key stages. This year

we have been focussing upon performance opportunities

which has provided us with some amazing finished pieces


the Show

on the Road !

Year 13 students completed

their final practical projects

and devised some thought-provoking and hard hitting performances around the

themes of reality, breaking down the barriers between actor and audience and blurring

the boundaries. “The Glam Magazine” looked at the idea of how what we see in the

media is not reality but how we are always striving for perfection. “Sophie” dealt

with the effect of death on a family and obsession and the third project, “Juggles Do

The Troubles”, pursued the idea that ‘reality

TV’ portrays an image of reality which is not

realistic at all. All three projects captured

the audience imagination and provoked

considerable debate afterwards. A very talented

year group and some stunning work.

Seema Sethi (Head of Drama)

In February 2014 the Drama Department delivered a

cross arts project on the TI day with year 7 and 8. The

students devised a piece of music and drama around the

children’s story “Not Now Bernard” which tells the story

of Bernard whose parents are so busy doing their own

thing, that the monster can eat Bernard’s dinner, break

his toys, and even eat Bernard, without being noticed.

Students spent the day working in small groups and then

came together for the performances.

Our year 12 AS students have had a busy year with the

performances of “Metamorphosis” and “East is East” by

exploring texts in more depth. We then concluded the AS

level with an evening of Ibsen’s plays ‘A Doll’s House’,

set on a council estate and a more traditional adaptation

of ‘Ghosts’. Both productions were well received by the

audience and the examiner.

“I really enjoyed this experience of

creating and using my imagination.

I particularly liked the last part when the

music was added to our drama, because it

felt like a ‘real’ performance”.

Armela Dukarj (year 8)




year 9 and 10 GCSE Drama students worked with

professional actors from the Bounce Theatre Company

to devise their own interactive theatre performance of Pandora’s Box.

pandora’s box

Devised by Bounce Theatre with young people from Hounslow

9th & 10th July 2014 Paul Robeson Theatre

The storyline evolved during weeks of rehearsal in WFactor. Pandora

wins an iPad and as all the apps are left open by Zeus, the Greek


God, Pandora experiences all evils of the world. Our students devised


scenes around the themes society’s obsession to have the perfect body

how social media can influence us both negatively positively.

The students performed at the Paul Robeson theatre on two nights.

Some real talent was exhibited on the night and Cranford students

were equally as impressive as the professional actors.



DREAM Rewards Day

Thursday 17th July 2014 another Cranford DREAM Rewards Day went off with a bang (or a zap if you

went to Laserquest).

Alongside all the old favourite trips to Thorpe Park and Coral Reef, there were also new adventures including

penguins and giraffes at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and scaling the simulated mountains of White Spider Climbing


Over 750 students went off site for their trip with the only activity in school being the Local Derby football

coaching day (Brentford and QPR drew, winning one match each). Special mention should go out to the Brighton

trip that had a fantastic day only to get caught in the traffic on the way home – not much fun in 30 degree heat

but they remained happy and positive throughout.

Students and staff on the London Dungeon experience also had an eventful day and ended up winning the DREAM

photo competition with their enthusiastic celebrations in front of the London Eye.

Well done everyone and a special thank you to Ms Bhajwa and Ms Gladysz for their tireless work in making this

happen. We can’t wait until next year’s fun Rewards Day.

Rob Ind (Assistant Headteacher Pastoral)

“I learnt how to ice skate

without falling”.

Lina Imam (year8)

“LaserQuest was amazing and

the movie was good”.

Hanid Grover (year 9)

“Animal Magic – It was good seeing all

the animals and being with older people”.

Malika Ali (year 9)

“London dungeon – it was fun and

interesting and scary”.

Weronika Przyzycka (year 8)

“Local Derby – learnt new techniques and had fun”.

Jay Sihota (year 8)

“It was the most

exhilarating, shocking

and suspenseful

moment of my entire

school year”.

Rimsha Amjad

Lucky for some


Friday 13th June 2014, Cranford

Community College awarded its

500,000th DREAM point to a year 10 student,

Rimsha Amjad. DREAM points have been running

at Cranford since September 2010 and are based

on an idea borrowed from New York. Assistant

Head of School Mr Dean said: “It is amazing to

think we have given out half a million DREAM

points in just a few years – it shows you how

fantastic the students here are and how positive

the teachers are. I’m delighted for Rimsha”.

Standing for Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm,

Achievement and Maturity (DREAM), Rimsha has

shown all of these over the past four years and was

a worthy winner, having amassed over 1000 DREAM points herself in that time. Ms Tank was teaching Rimsha

and her year 10 classmates English at the time and the class were surprised by Mr Prunty holding a giant cheque

to celebrate Rimsha’s achievement. She was also given £50 of shopping vouchers. Ms Tank reassured the rest of

the class by telling them: “Well… you’ll just have to win the one millionth!” We all look forward to that moment.


Rob Ind (Assistant Headteacher Pastoral)

SPORTS - Brentford Football Club

In the Community Football Coaching for Girls


were invited to play

against numerous

other teams across 3 boroughs at the

Npower Girls football tournament

run by Brentford Football in the

Community. The students were

excited but nervous as they were

going against schools whose

teams had played games for their

borough. All the girls played well

and scored some brilliant goals

but only come third in their

league missing qualification

to the next round by a point.

The girls have attended training and

played matches against other schools

since the tournament and have a passion

and thirst for football that we hope to see

continue throughout their school years.

Anita Fiddes (Second in PE Department)

“I thought that having Brentford coaches

come into our P.E. lessons to coach us

was very beneficial and fun for everyone.

I thought that they helped us with lots of

things such as passing, shooting, having

accuracy in our shots and they also helped

us practise loads of different skills.

I think that having the opportunity of

being able to train with these people was

pretty amazing as not everyone was given

it, however I enjoyed it”.

Navjot Gill (year 9)

Middlesex County Cricket Club Hub School

“After school every Tuesday a group of students; Aadil Awan, Sahib Kumar,

Kabir Panesar, Soham Bhatt and Nikhil Rai, along with Steve from Middlesex

Cricket Club, coach the year 7 and 8 cricket teams . We teach them a wide variety

of skills, from batting to fielding. We run drills and then a small match, with the

rules depending on what skill was learnt during the session. We have learnt a lot

on how to coach and we have had experience of how to create a session plan and

run the sessions on our own without the help of Steve. This is a good opportunity

for us to learn the key skills of coaching, which can help us in the future”.

Aadil Awan (year 9)

Queens Park Rangers Football Club Coaching

“This term we have had the opportunity to work with a group of young players

from Queens Park Rangers Football Club who came in to coach us during

football lessons. This has been great fun, as it means we have worked in smaller

groups than normally with different QPR players each week. It has been great to

get an insight into what it is like to train as a professional player and how they

have balanced school with their training”.

Alham Raniyah (year 9)

Game, Set and Match - Trip to ATP Finals

“The trip to the O2 to watch the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tennis

quarterfinals, for doubles and singles was AMAZING.

When the players entered the court, the spotlight hit them and music played. The

atmosphere was awesome. The biggest surprise of the day was finding out that I

would be watching Rafael Nadal play, as he is one of my favourite tennis players.

It was one of the best experiences I’ve had and I will never forget it, I watched,

Rafael Nadal who is one of the best tennis players in the world, play tennis in a

world final”.

Jade Sidhu (year 9)



the summer term 2014, I attended the annual Jack Petchey Awards Evening held at the

Paul Robeson Theatre in Hounslow, where friends and family celebrated our students’

achievements in style. Nominations for this award are made by Cranford students and staff

in recognition of a specific outstanding achievement, personal challenge or the contribution a

student makes to our school community. Each award winner receives a certificate, medal and

monetary prize to spend on something to aid learning at Cranford. This year’s worthy recipients

for 2013-2014 were no exception.

Simon Dean (Assistant Head of School)

September 2013:

Olusegun Babatunde

(year 12)

Segun has taken a genuine leadership

role within the school supporting

the whole initiative of making the

school an engaging and entertaining

place to be from 8am. With one

other student, he helped to organise

and manage the Cranford Street Festival and now has

taken responsibility for continuing to coordinate an

entertainment programme for staff and students. He

has shown himself to be responsible, reliable and

committed, arriving early every day and compèring as

well as setting up and putting away all the equipment.

Additionally, what has been really impressive is the

positive attitude Segun always maintains and the care

and support he has offered to those involved, bolstering

the confidence of younger performers and ensuring

that their efforts are genuinely appreciated. Through

his hard work the school has been a happier place to

be over the last month which we hope will also have a

direct impact on punctuality and consequently student


May 2014:

Gayatri Dogra

(year 13)

Gayatri is truly the most improved

student in year 13. Her focus,

ability and willingness to learn

have increased greatly as has her

conceptual grasp of the ideas covered

in psychology. She is extremely

focussed and maintains a polite and dignified aura.

Gayatri is more than willing to help her peers and she

has helped them to achieve their best. Gayatri also

worked as a volunteer for the British Heart Foundation.

She helped out as a TA and in the reception at the


November 2013:

Roshini Lal

(year 11)

Roshini is an outstanding member

of the year group, school and wider

community. Not only is she a high

achiever, gaining top grades across

the board, but she is always ready

to help others achieve too. Recently

we have seen her take an active role in extracurricular

activities such as attending creative writing works

shops for First Story. As a result of this, Roshini is part

of a team that will be working with our feeder primary

school to help engage KS2 students with creative

writing and thus improve their literacy. Roshini is a

mature, confident and diligent student who strives

for the best who deserves to be awarded with this

prestigious award.

January 2014:

Ashvinder Kundi

(year 13)

I would like to nominate Ashvinder

as he always goes above and beyond

his duties as a student at school and

has not been recognised for this. He

not only works hard but will also

take part in all school events, is the


first to help and offer advice to his peers and younger

students. Ashvinder is one of those students who will

always be there when needed. He is a natural leader and

supports his friends as well as staff. He can be relied

upon 100% and in return he never expects anything.

His calm personality and aura enables one to value the

profession because if all our students were like him it

would be bliss.

February 2014:

Lay Soni

(year 9)

Lay is a very helpful and enthusiastic

student who always helps others.

He doesn’t give up easily and tells

others not to lose their faith. He

is good at speaking in public and

solving problems. He is a good

learner, not just in school but he also helps out in the


Lay has been nominated by students and the Middlesex

Cricket Board.

March 2014:

Harmanpreet Singh

(year 9)

Harmanpreet has been nominated

by fellow students because he has

always contributed to form and other

school activities. He was selected

as our sports rep and he is a FROG

champion. He has made outstanding

contributions to the year group and can be relied upon.

He has 100% attendance since the start of year 7 which

shows his dedication to the school and his studies.

His tutor says: Harman is a lovely, well-mannered and

helpful student. He can be relied upon by members of

staff and his peers. He is always willing to lend me a

helping hand whenever necessary, always volunteering

to represent the form for inter-form competitions etc,

and sets a very positive example to the rest of his peers.

He is always one of the first people to volunteer to

look after new starters and take them under his wing.

He is a respectful, polite and charismatic young man

who shows great potential to become very successful.

He is an asset to the form and a joy to teach.

April 2014:

Amretjeet Singh

(year 8)

Amretjeet has a condition called

Hereditary Multiple Exotosis which

is a lifelong condition where he

has abnormal bone growths. He has

regularly has to endure painful surgery since starting

at Cranford and is due a further operation in February

2014. He is such a cheerful character who always

just accepts his disability and the limitations that it

imposes upon him. He has been unable to do PE since

starting at Cranford and this has been difficult for him

as he is such a lively person and all he wants to do

is play football. Ms Tutt plays table tennis with him

when the doctor allows it. He has to be escorted around

the school with a TA all day yet he always takes what

life throws at him with good grace and a ‘no point

complaining about it’ attitude. He really is quite an

inspirational young man.

October 2013:

Imran Noorabdul

(year 12)

Imran has taken a genuine leadership

role within the school supporting

the whole initiative of making the

school an engaging and entertaining

place to be from 8am. With one

other student, he helped to organise

and manage the Cranford Street Festival and now has

taken responsibility for continuing to coordinate an

entertainment programme for staff and students. He

has shown himself to be responsible, reliable and

committed, arriving early every day and compeering as

well as setting up and putting away all the equipment.

Additionally, what has been really impressive is the

positive attitude Imran always maintains and the care

and support he has offered to those involved, bolstering

the confidence of younger performers and ensuring

that their efforts are genuinely appreciated. Through

his hard work the school has been a happier place to

be over the last month which we hope will also have a

direct impact on punctuality and consequently student


June 2014:

Jaspriya Lall

(year 11)

Jaspriya continues to go above

and beyond with extra-curricular

activities which benefit others in

her year group as well as the wider

school community. Jaspriya has

helped the year 11 Ambassadors

with her great technical ability with filming. She helps

the High Achievers group and has planned and run the

writer of the future initiative to inspire young students

to write. She is also part of the Young Fellows where she

has planned and organised university trips alongside

members of staff and helps with the Philosophy and

Theology book club when she can.


Inspirational Young writers tell their stories

During WFactor in the summer term 2014, eight young creative writers were inspired to

write their own stories starting from an original image, which grew into a story full of

imagination and wonder. Each story demonstrates the wonderful writing talents of our students

and here are some extracts from their stories. All the writers received a prize and a certificate

for their efforts but the prize of a book token went to Sadaq Sharif (year 7) for his winning

story “The Mark of the Shadow”.

Fran Gibney, their English teacher who worked with the group said of their work; “I am so

proud of the year 7 and 8 creative writing group – they have produced some really lovey work.

They put a huge amount of effort and thought into their pieces and are really pleased with what

they have produced”.

Here are extracts from their wonderful stories.

An Almost Perfect Happy

Ever After

The stars twinkled above the night sky, like tear drops

over the bitter valley. The sounds of weeping and

moaning surrounded the empty houses. The sound of

a lonely soul trapped in stone. Her face contorted with

sorrow, with her wings beside her, trapped in a world

where she is lost; alone and forgotten forever.

Before this punishment, being frozen in her own misery,

she had been alive. More alive than any goddess, living

in a great royal palace with her father – Sarten. He was

quiet and had a sad soul. His daughter, Bella, barely

ever saw a smile on his face and he was normally

fighting one war or another.

Bella was free to wonder in her imagination. Even

though Bella had a gift, to never die, she was always

aware of time. Because Bella couldn’t die she had

stayed 15 years old since the world began.

Salma. A. Mohid (year 7)

The Boy Who Made A Wish

As I lay there frigidly I wish,

I was no longer alone.

I believed that dreams came true but I needed someone


My desire was to have a soul mate

Someone to tell me “don’t cry tears”.

I never found that person so I became

My own friend. I could no longer stand

This desolation. I was the best friend I ever had but

It hurt but I kept as hard as stone,

Until upon the great darkness came a sparkle.

It was magically magical and wonderfully wonderful.

So I made it my desire and set a wish upon it,

And my wish came true.

Latifah Nakitende (year 7)


As they entered the pet shop they could not get over

the babble coming from the different kinds of pets

there were. They, however, were only interested in the

bunnies. Holly couldn’t believe her eyes that stood out

on sticks looking at the baby rabbit Sophie. Holly’s

excitement increased as her mum [Jenny] delved into

her pink and white dotted bag and pulled out a bright

pink purse that own a new looking, crispy new £10

note and handed it over to the young, blonde girl.

Holly Donnelly (year 7)

My Story

Speechless. Horrified. Heart-broken. This was her

mum and dad’s reaction. Only two days later her

mum and dad were both paralyzed. Five days later her

story was all over the news channels and newspapers;

messages were sent to every school in the borough.

Teachers were taking action from bringing parents into

school, to specially prepared assemblies. Rebecca was

an ordinary fourteen year old girl: great friends, a great

life - everything was great for her. She had one younger

sister who was only the age of three. One day the whole

world was turned around… for Rebecca anyways…

Simran Matharu (year 8)


The Mark Of The Shadow…

The wet breath of the horse tickled Rik’s ear. He

rifled through the contents of the bag slung across

the destrier’s back. He had been pickpocketing the

barracks for a good hour or two and had been rewarded

with a nick of his thumb from a dagger, now in his

makeshift scabbard. Rik removed his hand from the

bag. He sighed. All of the danger of sneaking into one

of the King’s barracks and he had been rewarded with

a dagger! Rik went outside, half fearful that the guards

would still be posted there. However, emerging from

the musty building, Rik found that the guards had gone

to join the battle. Suddenly feeling exhausted, Rik

slumped on a tree and closed his eyes.

“Oi, you” came a faint cry. “Oi, you there, boy!”

Rik opened an eye to find a tall Legion warrior standing

over him, yellow grass on his boots. “What do you

want?” Rik mumbled.

“Aren’t you meant to be in the battle? It’s already

started and you’re not even in armour!” Dragging him

with a gauntleted hand, the soldier took no mind to his

sleepy objections.

A half hour later, Rik found himself standing in line

with other boys, wearing rag-tag mail with a rusty

spear in his hand. He couldn’t believe it! As flaming

green arrows rained down upon King Rob’s vanguard,

Rik shook away his lethargy. He was in battle!

Sadaq Sharif (year 7)

Wonderful Luck

Her eyes were dazzling blue as she stared at the

hungry unicorn grasping the lush green grass. Helena

slowly moved towards the hungry unicorn she felt

the unicorn’s smooth silky skin and his soft hair. She

was mesmerised it looked like she was hypnotised.

Helena had the greatest happiest smile. Desperately

she jumped on the unicorns back; the unicorn gave a

welcoming grunt. Helena’s bright red hair glimmered

in the sun.

Shabnam Hashemi (year 7)


“You can’t destroy this castle Toothless!” yelled


“Oh yeah, who’s going to stop me?” laughed Toothless.

“I will stop you from destroying this castle!” replied


The Mendoza Twins

And The Morphing Man

The house stood there, abandoned and on its own. A

forbidding shape: shadowy and gloomy, it was the

size of a mansion, with pieces of cracked dry paint

surrounding it like a pool. It was a stormy night;

thunder over-powering the whole world. The naked

trees were fluttering and dangling like a poisonous

spiders building a web, covering up bits of the house.

Over at the bottom of the house a shadow darted across

the floor, it looked like a ferocious dog, and it was!

His beady eyes star-gazing at his home forever lost.

It looked like he was terrorized by the state of the

disrepair into which his home had fallen.......

Nadima Hiyati (year 7)

“You’re very funny! Now move!” boomed Toothless.

“No, I won’t move! I want you to fight me!” cried

out Hiccup.

“Fine, I will! However, if I win I get to destroy this

castle with everyone in it and you have to help me.”

Toothless said while doing an evil laugh.

“Ok! But if I win you have to protect the castle with

everyone in it.” said Hiccup and they began to fight.

As the dragon brothers fought they scared all the town’s

people and all the royals ran and hid in the enormous

hall in the magnificent castle. The fight between the

dragons was still going on. Then, finally, the fight was

over and Hiccup had won and now Toothless was the

protector of the castle.

Navjit Nijjar (year 7)



The INNER challenge,

a TEAM challenge:


team of 14 eager students, 2 attentive

teachers and one experienced expedition

leader left their mark across the vivacious

country of Morocco, and I am ecstatic and privileged

to say that I was one of those students. After a year

and a half of fundraising, our team reached the goal of

raising £1429 each with only the sheer determination

and dedication we all had within ourselves, not to

mention the utmost motivation we all received from

our fellow students, teachers, family and friends. On

19th July 2014, we began our journey from Gatwick

airport. The plane ride itself was hilarious with all of

us singing, “Let it go” loud enough for the entire plane

to hear! Oh, and I’m sure we won’t forget the air host

addressing Nameerah as “Mr Ahmed” – boy did she get

an earful of that throughout the whole trip. We landed

in Marrakech after a short stop in Casablanca and

arrived at Hotel Ali around 2am; not even 10 minutes

in a new country and I stumbled over my bag and fell

– my accident-prone instincts kicked in quicker than

I expected. However, despite that we all entered our

room with the desperation of collapsing into our beds

and snored away through the early morning.

The next day we set off for a 4-hour journey to

Taroudant, to where we would start our project phase.

However, only after reaching there and unloading

the van did we realise that Suban’s duffel bag was

missing – busy with helping everyone

else take their bags

down, he forgot his

own! Nevertheless,

we found his bag

when we went back

to the hotel on the last

day in the luggage room

– ironic right? Though

one thing we learnt from

this incident is that we all

have each other’s best interests at our hearts: everyone

was just as worried as he was and we all tried to find

his bag - a shout out to the boys who managed to

spare some clothes for him! During the whole week,

we stayed in the house of a man named Rashid, where

we were showered with such great hospitality – which

I’m sure everyone will cherish for always. We were all

sorted into 3 groups and were assigned daily chores to

do; these included laying the breakfast, lunch, dinner

and washing up as well as cleaning the toilets – that

one sure did bring a lot of laughs.

Every day, we would walk to the school, where we

were working at and started doing various jobs such

as laying out a pebble path, ploughing into the ground,

shovelling mud, evening out the patches, pulling out

weeds and plants and finally painting murals across 3

different walls. Thanks to our artistic genius Majnu,

we managed to create a pretty awesome piece of art!

Getting paint all over our clothes wasn’t really the

highlight. We all would return back home by lunchtime

and have the rest of the day as downtime to do whatever

we wanted; most of this time was occupied by all of us

playing UNO, or chilling out on the roof.

One of the days, Rashid’s daughter Fatima – who was

our age, took us out to an Argon Oil factory where we

all saw authentic grinding stones in which

the oil was produced. Of course we all

pretty much blew our money buying all

sorts of products for our families and

ourselves. Another day, we went out at

night for a walk around the Taroudant

Walls, the breeze was so refreshing!

On the last day, after completing all

our work, everyone played hide and

seek around the school – including

Ms Hibbins and Mr Myers. It was

great, running around the place

looking for Mr Myers and Suban, when eventually we

gave up and found out that they were sitting on top

of the toilet rooftops. I’m positive I wasn’t the only

one who felt nostalgic about playing such games; it

brought out the childish instincts within us. However,

our real challenge started from then onwards, because

now… our trekking phase would begin. We all drove

up to a little village in the Atlas Mountains where

we met our incredible guide Hassan who joined our

family with such ease. The following days were so

great and memorable with him, we couldn’t have

asked for a better guide.We did have to walk up for

an hour to reach our gite – a guesthouse, which was

situated at 1000m above sea level. The next day we

ventured out to see a waterfall, from which the view

was pretty amazing. However, we all

knew that the following day, we would

begin our Toubkal trek to the Summit

– the highest peak in Northern Africa

at around 4200m. So putting aside

our nervousness, we slowly – and by

slowly I mean SLOWLY, walked up to

the base camp in-between two Refugee

camps – Bourbon and French. That itself

was 3204m which is probably 3 times

the height of any peak in the United Kingdom

(whoop whoop), so I’m sure everyone must have been

incredibly proud and I know Ms Hibbs and Mr Myers

were as they continued supplying us with their immense

support throughout the entire 5 days. I owe a lot to Mr

Myers who pretty much set a record by playing cards

for about 5 hours with

me. We returned back

to the gite and enjoyed

a phenomenal time

sleeping out underneath

the stars, so peaceful

and calm. Witnessing

a shooting star, it was

simply indescribable.

The following day

we returned back to

Marrakech to spend the day at the Soukes. I have to

say – Muhammed was the king of bargaining. He pretty

much bargained every item I bought with ease. The

atmosphere was so different; it truly was something

worth experiencing. The same night, we all went out for

dinner with Hassan who came out

to the city to meet us. Oh, I forgot

to mention that Mr Myers, Alison

(our leader), Arun and myself being

the only vegetarians pretty much

survived on couscous and tajines,

so I’m sure you can guess what I

ordered on the night. The awesome

day ended with everyone being treated

to ice-cream and enjoyable time out

on the roof of the hotel, witnessing the

crowd of the people in the town square

with bright lights and music, I pretty much just sat

there and soaked in the

excitement. Finally,

it was time for us to

bid farewell to what

had been our home

for 2 weeks and

jump back into

the welcoming hands of our

anxious parents at the airport. However,

I cannot describe the time I had there. The hilarious

moments such as ALL the card games and games of

catch or when Saif touched the toilet brush or when a

mule chased Sylvia or when we all posed with oranges

in our mouth or the fact that throughout the entire

trekking phase, Hassan would chant

“Bad boys bad boys” and the rest of

us would sing “Whatchya gonna do

when they come for you!” or when

any of us wanted to pause for a

break, Ms Hibbs would shout “NO

MERCY!” and push us along to

keep going. Of course there were

moments such as when Suban’s

bag went missing, when we all

worked as a team and truly proved our

capabilities to work together and that not only did we

have great fun, but faced the “challenges” that came

in our way – what else did we expect, we were doing

World Challenge.

For some of us, a

challenge was reaching

the summit or to paint

a mural or simply to

work better as a team

but at the end of the

trip, we all managed

to overcome our

individual challenges

and that is the biggest

accomplishment of

all. Overall; these past 2 weeks have been simply

spectacular and have been so memorable for everyone

and I honestly couldn’t imagine going on this trip

with any other people. I sincerely thank Ms Hibbins

– who stood as a mother for all of us throughout the

trip and showed such sincerity and care towards us

all, Mr Myers – who livened up the

whole trip and made it so much more

worthwhile with his card games and

Alison who lavished her expertise

on us all. They are solely the reason

why we all had this once in a lifetime

opportunity and have returned back

home safely with tons of memories

and friendships that we will all

hopefully cherish and reminisce on

for a very long time.

Sahithya Natarajan (year 10)


Duke of Edinburgh Award Three


February 2014 I was able, with great pride, to witness the Awards

ceremony for all our students who have now completed either the

Bronze or Silver D of E qualification. We are now in our 3rd year of the

programme and each year the team who apply to take part in the challenge in

addition to their studies, gets stronger and more determined, as do the staff

that support them.

At the start of each new expedition, I always wonder if this time there will

be someone who will give up or fail to finish, but to date, I can honestly say

they have all made it through and achieved so much personally in doing so.

Year 10

Bronze expedition is...

just a walk in the park

When we went to New Forest, Hampshire, we

embarked on an enduring experience that many

Pupils of us would not forget.


Walking 14.8km on the first day was a painful thought

because most pupils were not prepared for a hike, but

with a positive mind and pure determination shown by

all the pupils, the distance no longer seemed like a trek

but almost like a ‘walk in the

park’. Obviously, we had to

stay alert on our route; being

cautious of where we were

and where we were heading.

One part of the course that we

trekked through was Beaulieu

Heath Airfield which, during

WW2 was used as a bomber

and fighter airfield for pilots

to take off from.

Ending the final day of the

expedition on Lepe Beach

made the course worthwhile

as this was a significant place

where the D day landings left

from. We were also able to

enjoy ourselves after two days

of hard work; it allowed us to

break free from this mind set

of just getting things done to

relaxation and the pleasure

that we finished. The spirits

of the pupils were raised and the general atmosphere

was a lot more jubilant, lively and upbeat.

The Duke of Edinburgh expedition is not to be taken

lightly as it requires self-confidence, dedication and a

drive to get things completed. Being able to communicate

with your team members is vital as along the course, you

have to overcome obstacles and establish routes to take

to get back on track without losing focus.

Sabina Viera (year 10)

...an experience


Duke of Edinburgh Award was an

exhilarating experience that included a

turbulence of emotions. To complete this phenomenal

journey, it was imperative to learn a physical skill and

a different new skill; you also had to do 6 months of

volunteering which took determination, before you

could go on the expedition. Our practice expedition

in March 2014 was slightly cold and even though we

were out of our comfort zones we had each other and

got a great taste of the real expedition; even though all

three groups got a little lost, it was worth it. On our

real expedition which lasted two days and one night

there were many ups and downs, but definitely happier

times. On our first day large numbers of kilometres

were covered which was very enjoyable. Arriving at

the campsite was a massive relief as the gigantic bags

on our backs could be thrown on to the unkind, hard

ground allowing us to set up our tents and relax our

drastically tired bodies. Whilst excitingly wandering

around the campsite and trying to fill ourselves up

with never ending food (so our bags would be lighter

the next day) humour was aroused and unforgettable

stories were told. The aggravating rain did not help us

sleep and carried on during the morning. The second

day took less time due to the shorter distance, but was

equally fun. Overall, the whole spectacular experience

was amazing as we developed various skills and talents

which we never knew we had, we also learnt several

new things, and now have countless new stories to tell

that will stick with us for the rest of our lives.

Aarina Babra (year 10)

steps to Gold

This year we have our first cohort of students who will complete their Gold D of E qualification; some may even

do so by Christmas. This is amazing and will provide them with additional points for their university applications

and increase their life chances.

As we begin a new academic year I look forward to the next group of enthusiastic year 10 students who want

to join our roll of honour and learn what it is to take on the wonderful challenges of doing the Duke of

Edinburgh Award scheme.

Simon Dean (Assistant Head of School / D of E Leader)

Year 11

Silver expedition is...

A time for Adventure


Duke of Edinburgh expeditions never fail to be a time of adventure, perplexity but most of all,

enjoyment. By the time we got the campsite, it was pitch black. One of the biggest challenges

came before we had even started walking: putting up a tent in the dark. Pegs, poles and pyjamas were the talk

of the campsite before we all settled down and rested our heads for the long hike ahead.

In true country style, we were, frustratingly, woken up by our birdy friends. After packing up all of our gear

again, we set off on our quest… to get back to the campsite – today’s walk was one big circle. Think it was easy?

Read on…

During our walk, we encountered an array of animals from squirrels to horses (we attempted a ‘selfie’ with one

but it didn’t quite work out). Being so near the coast, the ground was exceptionally muddy so we tried to avoid

the wet ground, where possible. However, we squelched through a patch of extremely wet mud and Gabby’s shoe

got ‘stuck in the mud’ (literally). As a team, we frantically pulled it out while Zahra supported Gabby on one leg

in an attempt to keep her sock dry. Continuing to trudge along, the morale of the group began to drop: we were

lost and ready to give up. So, we did what Group 1 always does in a situation like this – eat. As if by magic, once

we arose from our state of despair, we hit the main road. On our last leg of the journey, we naïvely took a sort of

shortcut that was to prove a really bad decision. After taking our first step in the horrific salt marsh, we felt the

liquid rise through our supposedly ‘100% waterproof’ shoes (we’re all suing our shoe manufacturers).

When we got back to the campsite, we desperately tried to dry our soggy socks and wet trousers before cooking our

dinner: hot dogs. Despite walking for over 9 hours, we couldn’t get to sleep and resorted to more singing (again).

Our second day was rather relaxed as far as expeditions go; the land was generally flat and the walk wasn’t very

long. Our massive sigh of relief when we saw the school minibus was truly a photographic moment. We had

done it. We’d completed our Silver DofE. Luckily, we ended up on Lepe Beach where we spent a couple of hours

relaxing as well as watching the swash arrive at the coastline (GCSE Geography came in use). To top it of, a

certain someone performed a re-enactment of Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk In Love ’ – it certainly wasn’t me.

Aside from the long walks in the heat, the disputes over which was the north and the rough nights (with badgers

trying to steal our food), all of our Duke of Edinburgh expeditions have been a truly incredible experience that

have allowed us to develop as young individuals. Will we do Gold? We’ll have to see…

Alexinder Riyat (year 11)


TI Days, as they

are more affectionately known,

provide our school community with

time throughout the school year for

both staff and students to experience

deeper learning. For the 8 days that

we had this year, spread through the

year, a plethora of activities have

taken place, far too many to mention

all of them here. Prior to these days,

meticulous planning is required to

ensure everyone has the chance to

experience different opportunities

as the timetable is suspended; this means that residential trips and visits can take place without students missing

their lessons and external outside agencies can come in to school to work with us. The benefit from these days

goes beyond what can be taught in a classroom centred lesson and provides experiences that will be remembered

long after exams have been taken. Have a look at some of the examples here that we did this year; if you have

any suggestions of things we could do in the future please let us know.


Innovations Day – whilst students had a Frog Flexi-Learning Day, completing their usual lessons but at a time and

place that suited them, using Frog, staff took the opportunity to spend a whole day making our curriculum even

more exciting and varied, to go beyond Outstanding. They were able to work in their Departments (in school or

off-site) to develop an area of their curriculum, so, for example staff in ADT visited the Barbican Gallery to see the

“Pop Art Design” exhibition and then the National Gallery to see “Facing the Modern Portrait” to assist students

in years 7 to 11 in the use of 3D abstract

work, informing more realistic portrait

paintings, helping to be more innovative

with techniques and being supportive with

inspiration for projects. The Business

and Economics Department visited the

City Business Library to discuss how

students can use the facilities for research

and independent learning; the English

Department visited the Poetry Library at

the Southbank Centre and then the Gothic

exhibition at the British Film Institute to

research and explore new material which

they used with students in subsequent

TI Days. The Modern World Languages

Department visited the Tate Modern so

they could research the facilities. In a

later TI Day in November 2013 they took

year 9 students there who then planned

tours for visitors, in their target language,

giving them a real experience of using their

language skills. The History Department

visited the Imperial War Museum, National

Army Museum and Jewish Museum to

research teaching ideas and resources for

all classes they teach; the RE Department

visited an exhibition on the Islamic Middle

East at the Victoria and Albert Museum,

for research for art in their year 8 Islam

module. With the recent changes to the

curriculum including a greater emphasis

on computing, both the Maths and ICT

Departments visited Bletchley Park to

prepare for a key stage 4 trip and to provide

inspiration and materials to enrich the key

stage 3 Cryptography unit, Codes and

Ciphers module and Computing GCSE. In the photos you can see the staff by

the rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the world’s first electronic digital

computer, developed for British codebreakers for World War 2.

Further TI Days enabled students to visit the Skills London Careers fair at the

Excel Centre which was a very informative and “hands-on” exhibition for year

11; key stage 4 students who were interested in catering attended a Catering

Taster afternoon at the Southall campus of the West London Enterprise and

Skills Academy; Stephen Mann, from Middlesex County Cricket Club, has

worked with our students on their cricket skills and we have now set up a

Cricket Board with them. Dedicated time has also been allocated for students

to work with the community on the Convent Way Community Project.

Key stage 3 students have visited the Science Museum, a London Symphony

Orchestra workshop and the British Airways Community Learning Centre.

Year 8 students have worked in small groups to focus on behaviour, manners

and respect, whilst also developing their

team work and public speaking skills and

year 9 students have had the privilege

to experience a very moving talk from a

Holocaust Survivor.

Motivational speakers and subject specific

specialists have been in on several occasions

to work with various year groups to ensure

they had the knowledge, confidence and

enthusiasm to feel fully prepared for their

forthcoming exams.

Residential trips included students in year

8 taking part in ICT and outdoor activities

at the Kingswood Activity Centre in Kent,

key stage 4 students taking part in their

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver

practice expeditions to the New Forest, Post

16 geography students going to Lulworth

Cove for their field work and the post 16

ADT students visiting the Eden Project in


Throughout all TI Days opportunities

were afforded where students could work

in small groups with their teacher to help

improve their exam technique, essay

writing skills, confidence in performing,

team building, research skills, and take part

in consultation groups to have their say in

the way the school develops in the future.

Tutors have also been able to have a dedicated interview with each of their

tutees to guide and support them through their academic year.

The TI Days also enable the school to meet their statutory obligation with

regard to Personal Development. Rather than spending a lesson a week all year

to cover the topics, students are able to gain much more from a dedicated day

that meets their specific needs. For example, year 13 students, who will be

venturing into the world of employment or university after the summer enjoyed

sessions on how to cook on a budget and they learnt relaxing techniques in

yoga. Year 11 students benefited from teamwork sessions led by the Army

and learnt how to fuel their bodies to gain maximum impact and year 10

students enjoyed a very thought-provoking theatre performance on the theme

of relationships.

Maria Bramhall

(Assistant Headteacher Raising Achievement and Raising Aspirations Team)




An Exhibition of Excellence


Thursday 3rd July 2014,

Cranford Community College

hosted the ‘Art, Design and Technology

Exhibition 2014’. This fantastic exhibition

of work showcased the talents of exam

students in year 11, 12 and 13.

The range of work on display this year was

excellent with a more creative element on

Product Design and Textiles. Students and

parents who visited the exhibition were

very impressed with the work on display

and many commented on the high standard

of the work. Students were commended for

their dedication and commitment they have

clearly shown in producing the work.

This year we introduced the prestigious

Tracy Fletcher Award in memory of Tracy

Fletcher, former Head of Art and Expressive

Arts, who sadly died in July 2009 aged

42. Ten outstanding pieces of key stage 5

artwork were nominated by students and

staff to receive this award. Students voted

to choose the final four pieces of work

by; Samar Ali Khan, Nida Malik, Amarpal

Singh Kharay, Yousuf Magre.

The Tracy Fletcher Award along with art

equipment was presented to Yousuf Magre

at the event by Mr Prunty, Headteacher who

said he had great difficulty deciding on the

winner as all the work was stunning but the

chosen piece stood out for its originality.

In addition there was a special award

presented to two up and coming artists in

year 7 and a special area set aside to display

their work. Bilal Sohail and Zahra Sadiq

produced a beautiful exhibition of their

own work which displayed their creative

talent. Mr Prunty presented both students

with a certificate and a prize for all their

hard work and excellence.

Zahra Sadiq said;

“It was amazing, each design was different.

It was great to see the A level work which

was fantastic. I was proud and happy that

I had my work up and that all the teachers

could see it. I was very nervous but it was

great to receive a certificate and prize from

Mr Prunty. I was over joyed!”

Ruby Qureshi (Head of ADT Department)


Tracey Fletcher Award winner 2014

“The piece you see before you was inspired

by natural and mechanical structures. I

enjoy making odd structures. I was happy

to construct this wall hanging of miniature

sculptures. I used everything I could get my

hands on when building this piece of art.

I used recycled materials, scraps of metal,

and wire, bits and bobs from an old radio

and tools to make the pieces for the finished structure you see before

you. I have never created a structure this big and to specific criteria

but with the help of designers and inspiration from Ms Jaura my DT

teacher, I completed my piece of work. I promise you as the audience

you will notice something new every time you see it”.

Yusuf Magre (year 12)


students enjoyed a world full of

chocolate and taste testing at Cadbury

World on Monday 7th July 2014. Their visit involved

watching how chocolate is moulded then packaged.

The purpose of the visit was to help students to

develop their coursework using techniques they

saw. We toured the factory looking at how chocolate

is made by bulk and what machinery they use to

produce chocolate.

We then enjoyed the fun factor of buying different

chocolate, teddies and mugs from the Cadbury’s

shop. The students were overwhelmed by the amount

of chocolate which was stocked but they all managed

to bring something home.

To finish off our experience we went into the

Bourneville Experience 4D cinema where we

watched a 10 minute roller-coaster video clip of how

Cadbury’s was made and where it is today. The chairs

moved which made it a sobering experience as we

felt as if we were on a roller-coaster.

The trip was amazing and everyone really enjoyed

themselves….and the yummy chocolate.

Shakera Graham Whyte (ADT Department)


National Saturday Art Club

Dillon Chuhan, Sian Dhanday, Amy Ale, Tania Pereira, Gabriella

Manna Meah and Rogina Gurung in year 11 were lucky enough

to have taken part in the National Saturday Art Club in conjunction

with the University of West London. They attended the club regularly

picking up a range of skills and learning about the cultured environment

by visiting Museums and Galleries. They attended a Masterclass at the

prestigious Turner and Duckworth Associates and worked on a live

brief. I am very proud of the commitment and dedication they have


Pirmjeet Mehay (Second in Charge of ADT)

“Saturday National Art Club is a real joy to be a part of.

You meet different kinds of people from different schools and

backgrounds but we all share the same passion for art. The

atmosphere in the room is so creative and being around other

creative artists who love to draw is inspirational.

Part of Saturday National Art Club was the Master class.

We were asked to design a new shoe box for Adidas. We were

given a brief and had to design our own shoe box”.

Gabriella Manna Meah and Tania Pereira

“Art club was an awesome experience. It was really cool to have

so many different techniques taught to us which I could then

incorporate into my work for school. My Saturdays were more

constructive than ever and I met so many interesting people”.

Sian Dhanday

“Saturday Art and Design Club was an amazing experience.

Everyone helped each other as a team and this created a

strong bond between us all. We went on many interesting trips

- visiting different museums and seeing different types of work.

One of the best was Turner Duckworth where we met one of the

Duckworth Brothers, Phil, who helped create interesting logos

such as the Metallica logo. We met graphic designers that

helped us understand how we can get into the field of graphic

design as it is my ambition to become a graphic designer.

I can’t wait to go back next year (hopefully)”.

Dillon Chuhan

“It was really good to go and collect my certificate with my

family at the Awards ceremony, my family were really proud”.

Rogina Gurung


“I had a photograph with Sir John Sorrell after the ceremony,

he was very friendly. It meant so much to have my work up in

such an important place”.

Amy Ale

“I see excellence in abundance when I look at the hugely

impressive work on display”.

Guest speaker Althea Efunshile

(Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England)

ADT trip to Cornwall Eden Project


Art Design and Technology Department

arranged a trip to Cornwall Eden Project

and the Barbra Hepworth Gallery over two days in

March 2014. All of the A level students taking Fine

Art, Textiles Art and Product Design were asked to

attend; there were 25 students in total. We had to meet

at 6.30am outside the school and our teachers were

there to greet us with big smiles on their faces as we

had to be in Cornwall by 12 noon. As we all gathered

onto the coach with sleep in mind Ms Jaura and Ms

Qureshi welcomed us on and we set off.

The five and half hour journey to Cornwall was

amazing and we had two stop off to stretch our legs and

have something to eat. Every student on the trip took

a lot of pictures and our first stop was to the Barbra

Hepworth gallery. It was amazing to visit one of the

local areas where the artist’s work was based; this gave

us all a good insight of her work and foundation and

how her innovations have influenced artists in the UK.

This trip was great because we had a keen interest in

the Eden Project for our individual projects/units and

it brought out the photographer in all of us. The Eden

Project was huge and we spent a lot of time drawing

and sketching ideas taking photographs and working

for our final year art projects. Ms Qureshi and Ms Jaura

were always on hand to help and advice us.

As a year team we didn’t know each other too well

but being away from home and so far from school it

brought us all together and we enjoyed each other’s

company more. The accommodation brought all of us

together like a family in the evening; we all played

board games together and had long walks with the

teachers. The students enjoyed the teachers’ company

as they all got involved in most activities even when

we all decided stay up late and tell ghost stories Ms

Qureshi and Ms Jaura tried scaring everyone. I think

this trip overall has to be the best school trip I have

been on and one of the best experiences I have had at

Cranford I would like to go on more trips with my class

mates and teachers as some of us said ‘we wished we

could have stayed longer’.

The A level Art and Design class would like to thank

Ms Qureshi and Ms Jaura for organising this trip and

taking us to a part of England that we would never get

the chance to see on our own.

Samar Ali Khan (year 12)



Harmondsworth Moor trip


Thursday 3rd July

2014, year 10

geography students embarked

on a trip to Harmondsworth

Moor. This consisted of visiting

several sites including the

British Airways headquarters.

We were truly amazed to see

some of the things that were

located there. For example trees and lakes inside a building –

something you don’t see every day.

Harmondsworth Moor was formerly a brownfield site.

Brownfield sites are lands that have been previously used for

industrial purposes or some commercial uses. This land may

be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or

pollution, and has the potential to be reused once it is cleaned

up. It was a truly eye-opening trip as we were able to travel back

in time and see what the land was used for. We also had guides

that explained in detail how the sites have been redeveloped and

what they would have to do to sustain them for the future.

The purpose of this trip was for year 10 students to collect data

which would later help them in their geography coursework.

Overall we had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about

Harmondsworth Moor which will hopefully get us the grades

we’re aiming for.

Rimsha Amjad (year 10)

Lessons from Auschwitz

Abrar and I had the

opportunity to visit

Auschwitz Birkenau early

in February 2014 from the

Holocaust Educational Trust

through the “Lessons From

Auschwitz” programme.

Visiting the concentration camp

was a daunting experience and

gave a more tangible insight into the torture that the people went

through. We learnt about the holocaust in a way that enabled us

to look deeper, beyond the statistics and assess the holocaust

individually.The whole programme revealed many horrific truths

about the Holocaust, which were truly heart-breaking. There

was no evidence of rape in the camps in Poland but women

were being tormented; they had to undress before entering the

camps in front of everyone, all the people in the camps were

told to undress and were dehumanised standing outside for hours

together regardless of weather.

We also had the privilege to meet a Holocaust survivor Ziggi

Shipper to hear the first-hand account of his shocking experience.

He had recalled that many people who were survivors of the

Holocaust had later died from over eating because the starvation

was so severe. The trip was emotionally challenging and thoughtprovoking

of what prejudice against people can lead to”.

Sarah Chebrolu and Abrar Al-Habtari (year 12)

The Living Rainforest

International Essay

Competition 2014


Wednesday 9th July 2014, I and two

other students were given the privilege

to visit the Living Rainforest in the Hampstead

Norreys. Prior to this, 10 students had visited

The Eden Project in Cornwall to research

sustainability as evidence to use in essays

that were entered into the Living Rainforests

International Essay Competition. When we

reached The Living Rainforest. We were split into

different groups; rural, urban, more developed,

the government and less developed. I was in the

rural group. Charnice was in the urban group and

Hudaifa was in the less developed group. Our

task was to explore what sustainability means

to these different categories. Each group had

pupils from a variety of cultures and countries

which gave us a great opportunity to learn how

sustainability is different in different parts of

the world. In addition we had the opportunity

to go on a tour around the rainforest; an indoor

greenhouse tropical rainforest, home to its very

own ecosystem supported by the people who

work there. The rainforest was incredibly humid

and had a biodiversity of different species; from

a jet black bird called Luigi to a simple flower

that helps treat leukaemia in children, the living

rainforest is truly an icon of salvation for the


During the second part of the day we took part

in a debate where all our twenty ideas had to

be cut down to just eight ideas, which we then

had to prioritise. I found this activity made

me think as we were being questioned by the

‘government’ about the points we had put across.

Following that, a Vodafone speaker came in to

talk to us about how Vodafone are becoming

more sustainable. A point that she had given us

was mobilising development, and how mobile

technology can help lift people out of poverty.

The final part of the day was the awards, Suraiya,

Hudaifa and I all got an honourable mention

for the essays putting us near the top of 1,094

international entries. Hudaifa also received a

medal for the best debating group. Overall, we

all thought that the trip was superb and we would

definitely take part again.

Suraiya Baig and Charnice Gill (year 9)

The Annual Sixth Form RE Conference was a

brilliant day. It began with an introduction which

immediately captured the attention of us pupils.

During this time people were required to ‘speed

debate’ a number of contentious statements, so right

from the outset we were able to talk about our own

opinions, but more importantly listen to others. After

break, A-level Religious Studies pupils delivered

their own workshops on a wide range of topics which

were both current and controversial, for example

‘Should Politics intervene with religion’ and ‘Is

the media making Britain racist.’ These workshops

allowed sstudents to interact with each other and

they included a wide range of activities which meant

we were engaged throughout. The day ended with

a ‘Question Time’ panel activity in which teachers

represented different faiths positions including

Atheism which was a remarkable opportunity as we

could ask many questions and challenge ideas held

by others but also think more deeply about our own


Yasmin Ismail (year 12)


Sixth Form


July 2014





As an A Level Religious Studies student, it was a

privilege to be part of the annual SACRE Borough

Religious Education Conference at Lampton School.

It gave us the opportunity to discuss current affairs

that are relevant to us. The question addressed by

the panel of specialists at the beginning was “Is

Britain a Christian country?” this was the main

stimulant for the day and the specialists representing

different faiths backgrounds, including humanism

tackled this question and others (ranging from the

compatibility of religion and science to traditional

religion and gay marriage) put to them from the

floor in an impressive and scholarly manner. We

then attended various workshops where we engaged

in philosophical debates with other students and

PGCE teachers from the Institute of Education. It

was a great experience that enabled me to express

my thoughts and challenged me to think differently

having taken in the ideas presented to me by others

on the day.

Geography Field

Trip to Swanage

Year 12

geography A Level students

are required to participate

in fieldwork for our Unit 2 exam, with the two units

being on Crowded Coasts and Rebranding Places.

Using a more practical approach to further fortify our

knowledge of coastal processes and rebranding, we

were able to experience geography at its peak. This

was an exciting part of the course that develops our

skills and understanding of field work techniques.

Witnessing the majesty of coastal landforms is

completely different to learning autonomously about

them, as you realise that the places along the coast are

truly beautiful and that the coastline is rightly named

a World Heritage Site. We visited many different

places along the Jurassic Coast like Lulworth Cove

and Boscombe. We undertook sand dune transects in

Studland Bay and also completed a bi-polar analysis

at Swanage Beach focussing on the success of coastal

defences or of rebranding schemes in Boscombe. Our

primary focus was to incorporate fieldwork techniques

and data with relevance to exam questions. Through

implementing a plethora of fieldwork techniques, we

were able to gather a greater understanding of how to

achieve higher marks in the exam. Both Mr Clifford

and Mr Myers dedicated their evenings to marking

our exam questions and providing feedback for each

student immediately, which was particularly helpful in

strengthening our understanding and addressing key

issues. I and the rest of the year 12 geography students

at Cranford would like to thank Mr Myers, Mr Clifford

and Ms Cousins for accompanying us and for making

this experience both enjoyable and educational.

Kishan Shah (year 12)

Isabella Bruno (year 12)


meant that every day we could go and enjoy the park


On a personal note, I first visited Tianjin in August

2008 and the speed of development of the city, indeed

of the whole area, never ceases to amaze me. The city

has expanded exponentially and the population rose

by 31.4% between 2000 and 2010 to just under 13

million. By 2012 this had crept up to 14.1 million. It is

therefore no surprise that the city is changing so rapidly

to accommodate its growing population.

Once again,


Community College sent

a delegation of staff on

the trip of a lifetime to

the Tianjin College of

Commerce in Tianjin,

China. The purpose of

the trip was focussed on

professional development

for staff from both

institutions but also included some amazing trips and

visits in the local area and further afield to Beijing itself.

The staff and students at the College welcomed us with

open arms and showered us with their hospitality. The

College is about to move to a brand new campus, which

we visited and are really looking forward to staying in on

our next trip in 2015.

Thank you to our friends in the Tianjin College of

Commerce and we look forward to welcoming you in

the autumn to Cranford Community College.

Doug said:

I will especially remember the dancing in the square;

they had such a good time and welcomed us into their

group (even with my left feet!)…then the guy writing on

the concrete in a world of his own. The sights in Beijing

were amazing just the sheer volume of people, cars and

construction going on at such a pace.

Greetipal said:

The highlight of the trip would have to be climbing The

Great Wall which was a once in a lifetime experience!

#China2014 #4thFloor

Philip Dobison

(Assistant Head of School - International Relations)


The programme included a number of sessions during

which Cranford’s staff presented how we do things here;

from behaviour management to lesson planning and how

we manage outstanding learning. The staff from Tianjin

showed great interest in the way we do things at Cranford.

One of the highlights of our presentations was surely

though the run through of Aussie English. It was a great

moment to hear the Chinese staff chanting back “G’day

mate” in broad Oz.

For some of Cranford’s staff, one of their highlights was

the visit to the Great Wall, which stretches for 8,850 km

(5,500 miles); this is the “Ming” Wall. The section we saw

and walked up reached from the valley floor up to the hill

side. It was extremely steep in places, and the day was

a hot one, even in April. It took some puff and sweat to

reach the top, but we all did. The view was dramatic and

it is astonishing how such a wall could be built in such

difficult terrain.

For others, it was the visit to the Forbidden City in

Beijing. It was called “Forbidden” as no women or any

none imperial male was allowed to enter. It is an enormous

complex with fantastic architecture and beautiful statues.

The parks of Tianjin are full of dancers, singers, skaters

and scribes every evening. Once again, the friendliness

of the Chinese was such that we were invited to join in

their dancing and they were very accommodating, despite

our errors in following the sequence. The warm evenings

It was a great opportunity to go to China to

experience at firsthand the educational system and

the culture of the Chinese people.

From the moment we arrived there the students

made us welcome. We stayed at the college campus

in Tianjin. During our stay we visited the most

famous attractions and numerous historical and

cultural centres and always guided by members of

the teaching staff and students.

The trip was highly educational for me and I enjoyed

it immensely.

Farzaneh (EAL teacher, Berkeley Primary School)

we welcomed students and staff from South Dong

For the second time, Chang Middle School in Shanghai to Cranford

Community College. This visit is a result of the partnership agreement between the two schools to confirm our

mutual friendship and commitment to work together in a variety of ways to deepen and consolidate partnership

activity with the purpose of creating opportunities which benefit our institutions, staff, students, our communities

(both local and global) and our countries.

The group delighted the audience at the National Orchestra for All (NOfA) event in the memorial garden with

charming renditions on the ‘hulusi’ (gourd flute) and the ‘dizi’ (wooden flute) followed by a stunning performance

of the 3rd movement from Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ on the piano.

The group joined in the WFactor on the two Wednesdays they were at Cranford and thoroughly enjoyed the

variety of activities, taking part in BMX biking, Zumba, the chess club and Gok Wan, amongst others and were

delighted to work alongside Cranford students.

Berkeley Primary School was privileged to be presented with an incredible performance by the whole group.

The concert featured Chinese folk dance and music, some join- in songs for the pupils at Berkeley and more

beautiful piano music. The applause was rapturous.

Alongside the visits to schools, the group had a great time in Bath, Stonehenge, Brighton, Oxford and London,

where they saw the Changing of the Guard and other famous sights. We look forward to welcoming them back

again soon.

Philip Dobison

(Assistant Head of School - International Relations)


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Cranford welcomed 35 students from Italy on 7th and 8th July

2014 as part of their integration programme into an English

school. Each Italian student was buddied up with a Cranford student

who acted as their host for the two days. The Italians took part in the

same lessons as their buddy student and the feedback was excited

and full of praise for the experience they had enjoyed. This is the

first time this has happened at Cranford, but I am sure it won’t be

the last.

Philip Dobison (Assistant Head of School - International Relations)

“Having the Italian visitors

was an amazing experience,

because they were from

a foreign country and

were different to us. That

enabled us to learn new

things such as different

sentences in Italian”.

Armela Dukaj (year 8)

“It was interesting to find out about school life in

Italy, for example schools finish at 1 p.m. and the

holidays are earlier and longer than ours, but they

do go to school on Saturdays”.

Zahra Vora (year 8)

“We made friends with some of the

Italian students and we are already in

touch with them regularly. We also have

plans to visit them in Italy in the future”.

Harkiran Virdee (year 8)


“In photography we have been

using the camera to take close

ups of animals and plants.

I enjoyed taking close ups of the

bee I found”.

Nur Ali (year 10)

actor has

Year 3 of WFcontinued

to embrace the philosophy of inclusive learning

and enrichment for both staff and students. The

photography groups have undertaken to capture

this through their project work this year to great

effect using the camera lens to show how varied

and exciting this programme continues to be and

the diverse opportunities students have each week

on a Wednesday afternoon.

Jessica Joyce (WFactor organiser)

“We used the camera to take pictures of natural

scenery. We also took pictures of the puppets and

animals in other Wfactor classes. I think that

photography was great and I would encourage

other students to pick this for Wfactor”.

Hamir Butt (year 10)

In WFactor

photography we began looking at an overview of the history of photography,

from the humble light box to everyday smartphones and the reasons why it is

still such a valued skill. Students worked in small groups getting to grips with the school’s Cannon cameras. They

changed the settings and apertures taking snap shots and close ups of details and activities around the school. As

the weather was getting warmer it was perfect for taking lots of outdoor shots in and around the busy hub that is

Cranford Community College. The students really enjoyed learning about composition and the effects of light by

experimenting with sun print paper. They used different objects and created a print by exposing the paper to light.

As well as photographing their surroundings they also had a chance to notice things they would normally be too

busy to see. They enjoyed taking close ups from different viewpoints and zooming in on the scales of reptiles and

planes above. They also learnt how an image can be manipulated using Photoshop, from enhancing eye colours

and clearing skin to layering, transforming and having fun with an image. Our budding photographers ranged

from year 7 to year 10 and it was lovely to see them work together and get excited about what they had captured

with a camera.


Ciara Raleigh and Michael Gomez (WFactor Photography)

“I used a Cannon camera to take

panoramic pictures of clouds and

people outside on the school. I enjoyed

taking time to see things around

Cranford I hadn’t noticed before”.

“We went to the field to collect some

objects and we then placed them on some

sun print paper. We left them in the sun

on the wall outside. It left magnificent

shapes on the piece of paper”.

Navneet Brar (year 8)

Samiya Yusuf (year 9)

“In photography I have learnt how to take

good pictures from an angle and how to edit

them on Photoshop”.

Amrita Tar (year 8)

Volunteering the Community

Majorie Kinnon Review


these sessions we helped children from Marjory

Kinnon School. They have special needs. We

made friends with them and also played sports and

games which they really enjoyed. Each week we did

something different which was really fun. I am sure

next time when I get a similar opportunity I will go

ahead and sign up for it as I know it is worth it.

Bhavini Deuchande and Maathuka Kagenthirarasa (year 11)

“The time spent in volunteering the community

was amazing. The things done were hard to

decide but in the end it was fun spending time

with the children from Marjory Kinnon School

some of them were scared but then they became

friends with us. I loved everything we did and

I’m sure they did to”.

Shariq Ahmed (year 7)


Cranford High Achievers Showcase

“I learnt about atmospheric pressures and

how it changes over time… I would like to be

involved in more activities over half term”.

Mehardeep Singh (year 7 / Science Fair)

“I would like to carry out more of my own

experiments, observing reactions… I would

like to do more sporting activities”.

Rayhan Ahmad (year 8 / Science Fair)


Thursday, 26th June 2014 the

High Achievers’ Showcase

saw students from Cranford Community

College host an evening in celebration

of students’ outstanding talents, from

scientists to engineers and dancers to

philosophy boys, to name but a few.

Students presented work they had been

completing this year through the High

Achievers’ Centre at Cranford Community

College. The aim of the High Achievers’

Centre is to provide additional learning

opportunities for young people at the

school and for local primary feeder schools

in addition to their normal curriculum. The

centre not only challenges the more able

students but it also actively looks for ways

students can learn independently linking

with business and universities to provide

knowledge, culture and wisdom in ways

that are not necessarily accessed via the

day to day curriculum. Some examples

from the High Achievers’ Centre have

included the Philosophy Boys; a group of

students exploring the bigger questions in

life and the “Step into Dance” programme

that provides students with access to

West End performers to teach them how

to dance. The evening also included

performance from talented linguists who

demonstrated the skills in Spanish and

Italian and young engineers who discussed

some of the practical work they have been

doing with various universities.

The showcase evening was an amazing

success. Many parents and colleagues

attended and were extremely impressed

with the quality of work produced, the

amazing experiences the students had

been given and the dynamic confident

presentations by the students who were so

clearly proud of what they had achieved.

Kevin Biggs (Senior Teacher- High Achievers)


“I learnt about the military and

national service, it was really

interesting to listen to other people’s

opinions and see what teachers are like

outside of the classroom”.

Fraidon Jami (year 10 / High

Achievers Dinner)

“It’s an amazing place to learn

something completely new, I’m able to

express my ideas and debate them out;

it’s allowed me to see life in a different


Majid Anjum (year 8 / Philosophy


“We learn interesting things, especially

when we get to go on field trips, my

favourite one was the Natural History

Museum Sleepover”.

Alice Himani (year 8 / Theology Book


“This is a great opportunity to enhance

my skills in all subjects, especially

history, science and geography. It’s

cross curricular so it makes me feel

empowered when I’m back at school as

my understanding is greater”.

Haashim Nisar (year 8 / UCL


“Researching higher education and

meeting up each week to check on

our progress has really enabled my

confidence to grow”.

Jaspriya Lall (year 11 / Young

Fellows Society)


Activities Week 2014

WW1 Centenary “Lest We Forget”

Monday 14th – Friday 18th July 2014 was our annual activities week and this year our focus was the World

War 1 Centenary. Students in years 7- 10 learnt about the war and related topics through a three day carousel

of projects in creative and performing arts, history, science and art, followed by their DREAM rewards day on

the Thursday and we finished the week with our whole school end of year assembly.

To mark the centenary and Cranford’s activities programme, the Art, Design and Technology Department with

the year 12 ADT students, created a set of light reflective acrylic poppies which were laid out in the Memorial

Garden depicting the war dates 1914-1918. At the centre of each poppy is a solar light which when dark, brings

the centenary dates to life. As a mark of respect for our own students, friends and colleagues who have died, we

have engraved the names of all those we have lost on the leaves of the poppies and these will remain as a feature

in the Memorial Garden.

The school environment was transformed to reflect the week. Bunting, propaganda, recruitment posters and banners

created a corridor of information to set the scene as students came into school with the school bell being replaced

by WW1 songs from original recordings to welcome them in. The conservation area hosted a pop-up museum

of artefacts and memorabilia and we built a trench with a recording of sounds from the trenches for students to

understand and appreciate what it would have been like to be there. The school caterers turned the dining hall

into a wartime food kitchen and produced a menu of foods served during the war including, fish pie, potato cakes,

fish sausages and trench cake.

The History Department taught the important historical aspects looking at various key topics including; why it

happened, propaganda and recruitment, the role of women and the Christmas Day Truce. The Science Department

focussed on topics which included the importance of Morse code, First Aid and the creation of the Zeppelin;

students got to experiment and make their own versions of each. In addition they created a massive assault course

which tested the students’ stamina, agility and ability to work as a team in WW1 scenarios.

Students selected which area of the creative and performing arts they wanted to work in and spent time either

writing amazing, moving poetry and letters from the trenches or writing and performing their own original war

songs whilst in drama they created beautiful and moving physical theatre pieces and freeze frames to depict the

stories of the individuals and their families in war.

The Art Department led four awesome and beautiful mural projects, one by each year group. These are now proudly

exhibited at the top of each stairwell in A Block as a visual reminder of a time 100 years ago which shaped our

lives for ever.

On Wednesday afternoon twenty students from year 10 accompanied by Ms Lowden and Mr Clifford were selected

to attend a creative writing seminar at the prestigious British Library in London which included access to original

poetry writings of our famous WW1 poets. This was quite an experience for all concerned and produced some

amazing reflective writing by our students.

Two outside companies supported the week; Gaia Technologies ran a 3D Trench experience and each year group

attended a thought-provoking performance by Quantum Theatre Company entitled “Your Country Needs You”

which included, letters, poetry, songs and music from the era performed in front of a screen projection of original

footage and historical evidence.

Year 12 students followed a similar programme with a focus on how modern film and media represent the war,

the lead-up to the war and a letter to an unknown soldier. The Monopoly Challenge began their week, followed

by time to work on their UCAS application and personal statement, some sports and enrichment opportunities

and a Personal Development Day.

As in previous years’ students and staff were allowed to wear non-uniform and all the money raised was donated

to our chosen charity, ‘Help for Heroes’. Cranford Community College once again proved its generosity and raised

over £1200 for a very good and relevant cause.

The whole week was a huge success. Everyone enjoyed working together and clearly learned a great deal about

WW1, why it is so important and why today we still remember those who paid the ultimate price with their lives…

“Lest we forget”.


Jessica Joyce (Event organiser)

“Assault Course – we got an idea of how people in the

war felt”.

Serena Lola (year 7)

“It was very adventurous, very creative and a great


Parneet Kaur (year 7)

“The theatre performance was very informative”.

Huzayma Khamis (year 8)

“Morse code – fun to make the words”.

Rohit Bhuller (year 7)

“3D video – really understood how they felt and trying

to put us in their shoes”.

Aisha Jeffaari (year 9)

“I liked creative writing because I like writing, and

enjoyed writing about WW1”.

Dameen Ali (year 9)

“Art – I enjoyed making the poppies”.

Kemmar Fray (year 7)

“Writing the letter to the Unknown Soldier was

interesting, stimulating and thought-provoking”.

Harprit Birk (year 12)


A lesson in Particle Physics


Monday, 3rd March 2014 the Science Department had a special visitor, Dr Veronique Boisvert, a

senior lecturer at Royal Holloway University.

One year 10 class was lucky enough to have a lesson taught by Dr Boisvert on particle physics and I was among

these fortunate ones. Dr Veronique Boisvert, is a particle physicist, is part of the team at the ATLAS A Toroidal

Large Hadron Collider Apparatus detector and also contributed to one of the most exciting scientific discovery

– the Higgs Boson. Simply, the Higgs Boson is a particle that gives mass to other particles. This theory was first

initially theorised in 1964 and was proven on 4th of July 2012 at CERN – 48 years later!

Dr Boisvert’s lesson was very enjoyable as we were learning about something that we first thought was quite

complicated but we soon realised it wasn’t; by the way she was using everyday objects to explain these theories.

I know I’m not alone when I say her class was very thought-provoking and sparked curiosity among my

classmates as well as myself about other scientific discoveries and what takes place at CERN.

We also learnt an interesting fact that we never knew before. We use this every day and I think most of us don’t

realise that, it was not always there. It has made our life very easy – especially when it comes to homework- and

we sometimes take it for granted. CERN invented the World Wide Web (www) in 1989, and in 1993 CERN put

the software in the public domain for everyone to use.

Dr Boisvert is a remarkable person as well as a teacher and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Rimsha Amjad (year 10)

FROG - Student led design and content


Wednesday afternoon in WFactor a

group of website designers meet to

discuss, plan and create community content for Frog,

our Virtual Learning Platform. Cranford’s Frog site

allows students to access school work and resources

anytime, anywhere. In addition to providing lesson

materials we have a dedicated website known as

Student Central. The content in Student Central is

designed and created by students for students. Each

year group has a dedicated Student Champion who

has spent time learning how to create websites and

the team meet together weekly to consider and curate

content for the Student Central site.

For example the year 7 page, designed by Onkar Riyat,

includes sections that allow students know how many

dream points they’ve earned and who has a birthday

coming up. Year 8 spend some time on entertainment;

alongside news for the year they have riddles and

puzzles as well as a forum for discussion. They have

a special “brain food” section designed to get students

thinking. Sameer Verma and Haashim Nisar have

worked hard to make a site that is both useful and


Year 9 students have a great feature where they publish

emails from teachers about students who have worked

well or achieved success across the curriculum. The

year 9 page is currently masterminded by Aadil Awan

and Vignesh Kannan.

In year 10, Halima Monir has created a website that

provides useful information and even includes a section

on careers and courses to help students to think about

their future options. Halima says that “working on the

Frog page has helped me to understand how to make

websites appealing to an audience”. Interface design

is an important aspect of the team’s work.

The year 11 page has been designed and maintained

by Alex Riyat. The year 11 website is complex, for

example he built a special section that enabled the year

11 committee to work collaboratively online to plan

the year 11 prom.

Alex is the school’s lead student champion and has

worked with a number of Departments to create websites

and hopes to one day have a career in computing. Alex

has been able to use his work on the website as part of

the evidence for his Duke of Edinburgh Award.


Barbara Lodge (FROG Lead and Head of ICT Department)

Year 11

Class of 2014 Record of

Achievement and Prom


another academic year draws to an end,

it’s that time again to bid farewell to our

lovely cohort of year 11 students. In true class of

2014 style - the ROA (Record of Achievement) and Prom was

bigger and better than ever before.

The class of 2014 prides itself on being an original

year group that like to start new trends, therefore

this year we decided to host our Record of

Achievement event at The Concorde Club.

We were truly overwhelmed by the number

of students, parents, guardians and staff that

joined us at this special event to celebrate the

end of our year group’s memorable 5 year journey at

Cranford Community College.

The night opened with a magnificent performance

by our pianists Zain Malik and Pariksit Dogra

which truly set the mood for the evening.

Each student was then presented with their

ROA folder which documented their outstanding

achievements since joining Cranford by Assistant

Head of School Mr Dean. Having guided this cohort

since year 7, it was a proud moment to be able to

share this experience with them and see each

of them blossom into the wonderful young

adults that they have become. Entertainment

on the night included the duet by Jade

Roopraye and Maria Hashmi who sang ‘All

of Me’ and Diana Atouguia who sang a beautiful

rendition of ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’. To close the event,

we had a screening of our much talked about end of year video

(which you can find on YouTube).

For most, the ROA was just the beginning of the celebrations, as

students made their way to the Riverside Venue for the year 11

Prom. Over the past 6 months, the year 11 ambassadors worked

hard to ensure we created a Prom fit for a King and Queen – they

definitely managed to do this by booking the Royal Gallery as

our chosen venue. The ambassadors had planned every aspect of

the prom in minute detail from the mood lighting and décor to

the extensive buffet menu and fun photo booth. It really was

a spectacular event which will be difficult to top.

From the lavish outfits to the extravagant cars, the students

arrived in style and partied all night. I’m sure that everyone

that attended will agree that Prom 2014 was a night to


Class of 2014 - you have brought joy, laughter and many proud

moments and I truly wish you all the success and happiness with

your future plans. Ms Ledlie and I are honoured to have had the

opportunity to be your Head of Year and Year Manager and we

are looking forward to sharing more great moments with you

as our journey continues into sixth form.

Bhavisha Tank (Head of year 11)


Year 12


the beginning of 2014, we were

informed about the Social Mobility

Foundation (SMF) – an organisation that helps

high achieving students from disadvantaged

backgrounds in pursuing higher education and

then going onto successful careers in eleven

sectors, including banking and finance, engineering, law,

medicine and politics amongst many others. They offer this through a wide range

of programmes, such as the Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP), City Talent Initiative (CTI) and

many residential programmes too.

I was lucky enough to be able to apply and get through to the Aspiring Professionals Programme, along with a

few others from Cranford Community College. This is SMF’s core programme and is run in 7 different cities

across the UK. Within this programme, you are given an e-mentor - a person who works in the career that you are

looking to go into in the upcoming future. This is a great way to get first-hand advice on and get any questions

answered directly by someone who works in the career that you are interested in. As well as this, APP also helps

students to gain internship placements, summer schools and provide university application support by developing

key skills that not only universities but potential employers look for, such as building confidence, teamwork and

leadership skills and creating networks. They do this through various university visits to many top Russell Group

universities, one of which I was able to go to.

In late June, I was able to go to UCL for a taster day tailored for SMF students. The day began with a quick

introduction about the history and development of UCL over the years and how it has become such an outstanding

university as we now know it.

We were then introduced to 6 current students, mostly first year students, all from different courses. We were

allowed to ask the students any questions that we had, from course content and how great the jump is from A levels

courses to university degrees to student life, accommodation and student finance. I found this highly useful as the

same question was answered by all of the current UCL students and so I was able to see the different perspectives

from different people and so gain a more well-rounded view for each question.

This was followed by a quick tour of the UCL campus, which was a great experience as we were able to see how

greatly integrated the university is to the busy inner-city London lifestyle and all of the great facilities it has,

such as its huge library and science labs. Let’s just say…there’ll never be a dull moment.

The day ended with a session solely on personal statements which, to me, was the

most beneficial aspect of the day. We were able to speak one to one, with a lecturer

at UCL and see what they do and do not like in personal statements. We viewed four

personal statements from real applicants – two of which had been accepted and two

that had been declined. By comparing them to each other side by side, we were able

to clearly identify the components that make a personal statements stand out (in a

good way!) and steer clear from certain common features of personal statements

which could lessen your chances of being accepted by top, leading universities of

the country.

Overall, it was a great day and a fantastic experience and I am so grateful for having

been given the opportunity to go. I now feel more prepared for taking the next step

and applying to university.

Harprit Birk (year 12)


Year 12

Monopoly Challenge - Monday 14th July 2014

What starts off in a form room at Cranford and ends up with you outside one of the

most famous buildings in the world, having a selfie with one of the icons of the

twentieth century? Answer, the year 12 Monopoly Challenge.

Students start by picking teams in their form groups and discussing their strategy for the day, then head off to

the nearest bus stop to start their journey into London. The aim of the day is to visit all the destinations on an

adapted Monopoly Board and take a picture with a member of the team in it to prove they have been there. This

year the Monopoly Challenge had a WWI theme, which required students to visit the Cenotaph, Southwark War

Memorial and find the Unknown Soldier. Students had to return to school for 3:00pm and upload their pictures

onto an electronic copy of the Monopoly Board and for every place visited they received points. The winning

team this year with 5,545 points out of a maximum of 6310 was 12U, who were very closely followed by 12Z

and 12Y. Students gained celebrity bonus points this year for getting in snaps with David Beckham, Optimus

Prime, Charlie Chaplin, M & M and Spiderman… Overall, including the lost group that called at 4:30pm,

everyone had a great day and really enjoyed this opportunity to explore their capital city.

Jonathan Ryan (Head of year 12)

The results for the Monoploy Challenge are:

1st Place - 12U who win a Dinner at Nando’s

2nd Place - 12Z who win a Pizza Party

3rd Place - 12Y who win a large tin of Sweets

Special Prize - for the ‘Selfie of the Day’ is the Chaplin close up




Year 13

Celebration Evening was a spectacular

evening full of warm smiles, vibrant

dresses and suits and a great atmosphere hosted at the BA

Concorde Club.

The evening began with a warm welcome by teachers, parents

and friends in the reception area. Once everyone had arrived we

all sat with our forms, whilst parents, teachers and friends took a

seat in the middle. Then the quartet and I went up on stage for

a formal welcoming and introduced Mr Prunty.

Our entertainment was amazing and we thank those all

involved. Lithium band playing “Use Somebody” led by Jake

Fernandez and Adam Ateye; Priya Sengupta singing “Hold On

We’re Going Home” and Sathma Nugera singing “Titanium”;

the dance performed by Bethany Johnson, Imran Noorabdul

and Hanifa Morgado and finally “Stand By Me” performed

by Katie Hibbens, Matt Southern-Myers and Aaron Singh.

Who knew we had such amazing singers in our year? It was a

perfect a mixture for the evening.

Then came the part of the evening where each form lined up

to pick up their certificates. A memorable moment including

one that will never be forgotten when one student whilst

shaking Mr Prunty’s hand took a selfie with him. No one

saw that coming. Well it is the year of ‘Selfies’ and just about

everyone is involved. Just before the quartet and I presented

the final performance of the night and delivered our goodbye

speech, our Head of Year Ms Suri and Year Manager Ms Shah

came together one final time to deliver a very heart-warming

speech, and this was the moment I believe everyone realised

that this amazing year group had now come to an end. As Ms

Suri said ‘we have had our ups and downs, but as the cohort of

2014 we have remained strong and united.’ It was finally ending

and to see how far we had come since we started felt like a

great achievement.

Once the formal part of the event had ended… parents,

students and teachers were provided with snacks, the bar was

open, and the photo booth in the reception area was always full of

students and teachers with funny hats and wigs. It was amazing

to see how everyone came together at that moment, afterwards

parents, friends and relatives left, but the evening was far

from over.

The last part of the evening was by far the perfect send off.

We pushed the chairs to one side, the DJ set the music up, and

everyone was on the dance floor dancing the night away.

I would like to thank everyone who came and contributed to

this amazing evening and I wish everyone the best of luck.

Thank you to our Head of Year and the year 13 team for giving

us a great send off and for always having our best interests at

heart. Without them this chapter would not have come to an end

in such a heartfelt glorious way. Finally all I can say is...we

came, we saw, we achieved.


Sara Khan (Head Girl 2013-2014)

A message from Ms Suri

...and so the chapter closes…

Seven years ago the cohort of 2014 all started a journey with

us here at Cranford Community College. Along that journey

we’ve had our highs and lows and ups and downs. We have

loved and we have lost along the way. Regardless, we’ve

all persevered together and become stronger. Friendships

have been forged forever. We have built a family. We have

continued to build a community.

This year group achieved excellent GSCE results, one of the

best that Cranford has ever seen. This year group played an

important part in turning our school into OUTSTANDING

and helped to create Ofsted history. This year group was

the first year group to successfully organise an End of Year

Prom in year 11, which continues today. You are all pioneers,

ensuring positive change here at Cranford.

It was on Thursday 8th May 2014 that we honoured and

celebrated the years we have had together, the smiles, the

joys and the tears. We celebrated our individual and our

collective achievements. We honoured our friendships and

those relationships that we had created. We celebrated the ‘One

Love’ that we had as a year group, the love you that we created.

And so your journey goes on and continues into the next stage

in your lives.

We wish you all the best. We want you to build your careers,

enjoy university, enjoy your apprenticeships, make the most of

your Gap Year, learn about life, learn about love and achieve

the best that they possibly can. We want you to never look

back, but only forward and smile at what the future holds

for you.

Keep your friendships strong, create networks for the future

and build on relationships. Shine bright like diamonds year 13,

because you are all very special people…

It has been a great honour to have been your Head of Year for

the past 5 years, especially with this cohort of very special

talented individuals, each and every one of them. What a

journey and even though it is sad that it has come to an end,

I’m grateful for the memories that we have created. I’m a very

proud of them all. Thank you for being such an awesome and

loving year group, one that makes me very proud.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who

have helped you along your journey: Mr Prunty and the

Academy Trust, your parents and carers, both teaching staff

and support staff, Ms Berndt and the year 13 team and their


I wish year 13 students every success in the future as without

them these great memories would not have been created at all.

They have taught me so much about life and they have learnt so

much about themselves. They truly are the best, true diamonds

that will be missed for sure. ‘They Came, they Saw, and they


Kuljit Suri (Head of year 13)


End of Year

Assembly 2014


of year whole school assembly

is always such a wonderful

opportunity for everyone to come together

to celebrate another amazing year and this

assembly was no exception.

Performances by two year 10 dance groups,

the school band and a staff band performance

helped to create a lively and celebratory


The new Student Leadership Quartet introduced

themselves to the school and shared with

everyone their delight in being elected and the

importance they placed and the responsibility

they have to the school community in this role.

The Jack Petchey Award recipients were

announced by Mr Dean. Ms Joyce congratulated

the school on their generosity in raising over

£1200 in support of ‘Help for Hero’s’ charity

during Activities week and a special award was

presented to Jake Fernandez in recognition

for all his support to both staff and students

and his contribution to the whole school

community. He was clearly touched by this

acknowledgement, especially when he received

a standing ovation.

Dean Quelch (year 10) received a surprise gift

of a bike, kindly donated by Cycle Experience

Limited who has been working with Cranford

teaching bike maintenance and cycling road

safety every Wednesday afternoon in WFactor.

Dean is such a worthy winner; He was

nominated by his Year Manger Ms Kaher, and

his teachers Ms Tutt and Ms Knock for being

an outstanding student who has made such

amazing progress, works exceptionally hard

and always with a smile. His Head of Year,

Ms Sullivan presented him with his helmet

and padlock during the assembly and Ian from

Cycle Experience presented him with his bike

at home.

The assembly concluded with a visual

presentation of a year at Cranford which

captured all the wonderful things that

have happened during this academic year


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