Cranford Review 2014 / 2015
2014 / 2015
again, this has been a very
impressive year for Cranford on
many fronts. Our examination
results continue to rise and our GCSE headline figures
are now significantly above the national average. The
government is introducing new measures for pupil
progress and the progress that the students have
made in this summer’s examination results is also
significantly above the progress for pupils across the
country. This means that students at Cranford achieve
stunning results in every respect.
Our A level students were no exception with superb
outcomes, and this is the first year that one of our
Sixth formers, Gugandeep Banga has been awarded the
highly prestigious Fullbright scholarship, and he will
start at New York University this Autumn. Needless
to say, the track record of Cranford students going on
to the best universities continues, with this summer
seeing our students secure places at the top Russell
Group universities including Kings College London,
University College London and Durham University.
Cranford has continued to achieve a number of awards
for excellent achievement including yet again two
awards from the Specialist Schools and Academies
Trust. We were also invited to become the Lead
School for the Southwest London Science Learning
Partnership as we take the forefront in training and
developing science education across eight London
As a newly designated Teaching School, we have this
year added to our impressive portfolio partnerships
including with Kingston University and the London
Diocese to provide school based training for many
teachers particularly in shortage areas where it has
often proved difficult to recruit.
Our partnership work with Berkeley Primary continues
to flourish and Berkeley was cited in HMIs annual
report to Parliament for the extraordinary journey
of improvement made which we at Cranford have
Creativity at Cranford has reached new levels
particularly in Drama where we had a stunning
performance of Richard III as part of the Shakespeare
in Schools project. More recently we were treated
to an amazing theatre production of the Caucasian
Chalk Circle showing the immense talents of Cranford
Numerous high profile visitors have come to
Cranford this year and in particular we welcomed
the US ambassador who met with our Sixth Formers
in December. Cranford hosted the Hounslow Young
Citizens scheme where most primary schools in
the borough attended a training event at the school
designed to raise pupil awareness of risk and their
ability to make the right choices in a range of different
situations. This is on the back of a great deal of
involvement and support from Seema Malhotra, our
local MP, on a wide range of equalities issues that are
vital for this community and beyond. She also took
part in the borough Sixth form RE conference that
took place at Cranford.
I remain immensely proud of the amazing achievements
of our students and the many successes of Cranford.
The school continues to go from strength to strength
and I am delighted to remain so deeply involved with
this school and the community.
(Executive Headteacher, National Leader of Education)
After 3 years the High Achievers Programme, is now in full bloom; seeing some of its first participants
achieving far beyond expectations. The High Achievers Programme has enabled students to adopt a new
perspective on learning, seeing it not as something that they can gain just from lessons but rather by
participating in the wider world. After our trip to Oxford University we were told that learning had to be intrinsic,
that a student’s innate love for their subject is what makes them stand out. This is what I and Mr Biggs have
encouraged in students over the past few years.
Such a desire can be found by considering our first young fellows group which is now embarking on new and
exciting journeys to some of the best universities in the UK and Worldwide, I am especially proud of Gugandeep
Banga who achieved a full international scholarship to New York University after completing a Sutton Trust
International Summer School. Our second year young fellow participants have been spending much of their free
time attending summer schools at the top universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Eton and University College London,
They gained knowledge that will be passed on through young fellows’ dinners next year, while our young year
9 scholars have been accepted onto the year 10 UCL scholars programme after completing both their first and
second years with flying colours. Here they will be able to explore medicine, astro physics and engineering in
greater depth and our year 8 scholars will follow suit.
Three of our High Achiever writers have won themselves a place at the First Story writer residential this summer,
an opportunity to work with prestigious published authors. We have also been lucky to have taken part in an
exploration day lead by a PhD student from Cambridge, where our AimHigher year 12 students were able to discuss
in-depth ‘Platos Meno’ and whether in fact goodness can be defined.
The High Achiever group has taken part in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin debates at the US Embassy, and
the participated in the prestigious international essay writing competition for the Living Rain Forest. We have
also been out of school on several discovery days with year 9 students at University College London, looking at
engineering, physics and humanities, to encourage learning through exploration. Such a desire to learn has been
furthered through the key stage 3 Theology Book club and Philosophy Boys and Girls who over the past three
years have grown in true awareness of the ultimate questions that surround us.
For me the High Achiever Programme continues to be a driving force behind my love of education and indeed
behind my belief that through encouragement and opportunity a child regardless of background or ability can
achieve far beyond their own and others’ expectations.
Katie Hibbins (High Achievers Co-ordinator)
Cranford Careers Programme
Another busy year in the
Careers Department saw
161 UCAS applications,
the whole of year 11 visit the
Skills London Careers Show, in
school careers days for year 9
and 12 students, and successful
periods of work experience for a
variety of students in key stage 4
and 5. In addition we took part in
the inaugural Kickstart Express
project run by ‘Spark’, numerous
trips as well as visits to businesses
supported by guest speakers from
a range of industries who came to
talk about different careers and
2014 / 2015
In December 2014, all year 9
students took part in a variety
of activities including the play
“Choices” to help them decide about their GCSE
options for 2015.
On Tuesday 17th March 2015, a team of year 9
students visited IT giants Cognizant Technology and
were involved in the exciting wearable technology
challenge where they designed a wristband which
enables you to monitor your health. They worked very
well together as a team and had a thoroughly enjoyable
Barclays Bank Dragons Den challenge in the spring
term 2015, was set in the daunting surroundings of
their head office in Canary Wharf, but undeterred, the
Cranford team of Baljinder Padda 10U, Ashika Kapoor
10T, Saugaat Banskota 10W and Arun Sharma 10X
presented their “Unity” community health and fitness
app with confidence and enthusiasm and ended up
winning the competition.
“Thank you for enabling me to attend this helpful
workshop, I was able to enhance my team work,
presentation and confidence skills. I appreciate the
Gurgina Sidhu (year 12)
Closer to home again we visited the Heathrow
Careers Fair, IConnect, organised by
Connexions, and took part in Kickstart
Express. This three day project in the summer
term 2015, saw year 12 students visit several local
companies for example, Sky, Discovery Channel,
Worley Parsons, Metrobank and the Heart of
Hounslow clinic to find out more about what they
do and learn about careers in that sector.
The students entered a competition to write the best
blog about their experiences. This was followed
by a year 12 Higher Education and Careers day on
2nd July 2015, where students took part in various
workshops including: writing personal statements,
choosing your university and course and student
finance as well as alternatives to university such
as apprenticeships, speed networking and interview
A very busy but exciting year for careers which we
hope will make the difference for Cranford students
when thinking about their future aspirations and
Cath Goold (Head of Careers Co-ordinator)
We All Have a Favourite Day ...
all have a favourite day, for some it is Friday which jubilates in the weekend’s commencing,
the hope of a Saturday morning lie in and a fragrant coffee that revivifies the fatigue of the
past week’s marking. For others it is Monday that holds them; the simple hope of a new beginning,
a once-again chance to renew past wrongs and get to it. But for me Wednesday holds that draw. It
smells of cherry blossom damp on out-stretched arms and sounds like the giggles of children hiding
in the bushes at Cricket matches. It looks like a warm open fire that crackles with the innate feel
of warmth and companionship and finally it feels like home.
On a Wednesday at 3:30pm (sharpish) S7 morphs into a literary paradise of friendship and
challenge. A place where the students aren’t held to any particular literary technique but rather are
asked to give into the joy that can be found from simple writing… because full stops can be thought
about in editing. It is a place where happiness and sometimes sadness are shared in the joys that
can only be expressed through prose. It is a place where invigoration is openly celebrated and
cultivated knowingly by lovely Ross who is always enthused with epic ideas. Finally, it is my
favourite day because it is the day where I realise once again that away from the normal humdrum
education system of results and exams that students’ minds really are a beacon of inspirational
hope for the future. Their minds are really so inquisitive given the chance… so able to think out
of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. My lovely students have simply astounded me with their
ability to think and create and for that I will be eternally grateful, because that is why I became a
teacher in the first place.
I am and always will be a very proud Ms Hibbins so thank you for your time and dedication.
2014 / 2015
in my third consecutive year participating in the First Story writing
group, I felt comfortable pouring my innermost feelings and sparks
of ingenuity on paper and using this with guidance from the group, Ms Hibbins
and our resident writer, Ross Raisin. I was the only year 13 student in a group
filled with students from years 10 and 11, which was refreshing and I got to
know them quite well. They interacted well as a cohort of literary creativity
and inspired our amazing anthology ‘It Always Seems So Simple’. Our refined
masterpieces were centred around this recurring theme and it made for some
very dark but also light-hearted material.
As a safe-haven of friendship and challenge, the group was able to freely
express themselves and delve deeper into the extraordinary world of
creative writing away from revision for exams. As a collective, we
have become a beacon for future originality in writing. Personally, having the
opportunity to support the First Story scheme at Cranford for the last 3 years has greatly
improved my self-esteem and inspired my love for creative writing and reading novels. It enabled
me to make great friends through this shared passion of writing and it just feels like home, a
place where we go to get away from the anxieties of modern life. I am all the more thankful that
I was able to be a part of it and extremely grateful for the time and dedication everyone has put
in over the last 3 years, in particular to Ms Hibbins and Ross for their phenomenal efforts and
contributions to First Story for the amelioration of the students.
Kishan Shah (year 13)
Katie Hibbins (First Story)
Foreign Languages Spelling Bee Competition
Spelling Bee competition in the summer term 2015 was a great experience. We started by having
an interschool friendly competition in German and Spanish and we were selected by our teachers to
attend the regional competition, which was held in Essex. We left school at 2pm by mini coach with Ms Williams
and Mr Dobison. Ms Williams kindly brought snacks for us and we ate and practised on the long 3 hour journey.
Once we arrived at the Cooper’s Company and Coborn School in Upminster, we were separated into a German and
Spanish pair. Ms Williams went with the Spanish students and Mr Dobison stayed with the German
students. We then competed against 20 students from other Greater London schools. Almost all
of us went to the semi-finals, which was a great achievement. Despite being very nervous at
the beginning, the whole day was very exciting and a lot of fun and we learnt a lot.
Guy Boonyarakyotin (7z) and Ayisha Mahmood (7z)
Ricardo Oliveira (7z) and Anjali Bhambra (7x)
The German Christmas Market in Hyde Park
left school by coach on a cold winter’s morning in December 2014. It took a long time to get to Hyde
Park, but the journey was interesting and it was worth the wait. Once we were there, we were told the
expectations and that the meeting point was by the huge Christmas
tree. We then split up into groups of 4 or 5, given a German quiz to
complete and went exploring the Christmas market looking for all the
answers to the quiz. The quiz was very good as it helped us find out a
lot about German food and drink. The food was amazing and delicious.
Some of us bought really nice presents for our family and we had a lot
of fun. The winners of the quiz won a box of chocolates which we all
shared. Everything went really well and we all met up on time at the
meeting point and left to go back by coach to school. Overall the day
was brilliant, because it was thrilling and a lot of fun.
Jack Blandford, Adam El-Kosbi, Jahsean Williams, Abraham Mathews, Zahra
Mahmood, Gargi Jadhav, Shabnam Uria, Zena Rehman, Suadi Barri, Octavia
Madej, Prabhdeep Nijjar & Atanas Aleksandrov (year 7)
Duke of Edinburgh
year we had fifteen year 10 students completing their Bronze Award,
and seventeen year 11 students completing their Silver Award.
Students have all undertaken periods of volunteering, learning a new skill and
taking part in a physical activity. The activities have included coaching year 2 and
3 children football, supporting students in the ASD centre, dog walking, learning
cross-stitch, British sign language, tyre fitting, badminton, and much, much more.
The final part of the award was an expedition where students plan and navigate a
route including camping overnight, carrying all equipment and cooking on trangia
stoves. The Bronze Award assessed expedition to Box Hill took place on Friday
3rd and Saturday 4th July 2015 and the students
had a fantastic time and all navigated their way
without too many detours; even camping in a
thunderstorm didn’t stop them. The Silver Award
assessed expedition ran from Thursday 9th to
Saturday 11th July 2015 and the students walked from Beachy Head around the
South Downs. The glorious weather and beautiful setting by the coast helped
keep their spirits up over the 3 day expedition through the blisters, sore shoulders
and a couple of wrong turnings.
Thank you to Ms Ledlie, Mr Biggs and Ms Hibbins for
leading both expeditions.
We hope that all
these students will
continue on to Silver
or Gold next year and that their success will inspire
lots of the other students to get involved for the first
time next year.
Eleanor Stokes (Assistant Headteacher DofE Co-ordinator)
“As tiring and difficult the expedition maybe, carrying
on is essential for success even if you take the wrong
route because the feeling of knowing you completed it
is worth it the most”.
Onkardeep Sahota (year 11)
a five year absence the Junior Citizen
Programme returned to Hounslow on Monday
15th June 2015 hosted by Cranford Community College. The
programme targets year 6 pupils transferring to secondary school
and encourages children to make the right choices as they
develop into young adults. The
two week event took place in a
tented village on the 30 acre site at
Cranford Community College. 31
primary and junior schools from
the whole of Hounslow and over
2200 children took part in the
PC Michael Purvey and PCSO Anna
Madden are the driving force behind
re-establishing the Junior Citizen
Programme. They are determined
that the children of Hounslow should
be as well informed as possible
about the dangers around them to
make good choices, stay safe and to
have bright futures. With the support
and sponsorship of the Metropolitan Police,
London Borough of Hounslow Community
Partnership Unit and Cranford Community
College the programme has returned on a scale
larger than ever before.
spent a whole day at Cranford engaging in a
range of Junior Citizen activities such as internet safety,
road safety (Hounslow Highways), behaviour on public
transport (TfL), kitchen and fire safety (London Fire
Brigade), seaside safety (RNLI), stranger danger, Prevent
(anti-terrorism), stop and search, drugs and alcohol dangers,
anti-bullying, train and platform safety (British Transport
Police), knife and gun crime, etc.
On Friday 19th June 2015, the Mayor of London Borough
of Hounslow, Nisar Malik, Seema Malhotra Member
of Parliament for Feltham and Heston, Ruth Cadbury
MP for Brentford and Isleworth along with many LBH
Councillors and senior Met police officers joined in the
activities with the children and toured the Junior Citizen
Programme. Seema Malhotra commented, “The Junior
Citizen Programme at Cranford is delivering a crucial
message to our children and I would strongly encourage
all Hounslow primary schools to attend this event”.
It was not just the year 6 children of Hounslow who
enjoyed the experience. Cranford students in years
7, 8 and 9 undertook the role of Junior Citizen
Ambassadors guiding the year 6 children around
and acting as role models for the younger children.
The programme ran until 26th June 2015 and
Sue Sampson, Lead member for communities was
delighted to support the programme. “London
Borough for Hounslow is proud to have been part of
the re-launch of the Junior Citizen scheme. We are
also proud of our children who have attended and
enjoyed the scheme. Those yet to come will equally
find the scenarios excellent. This scheme has my full
Kevin Prunty, Executive Headteacher said;
“This event is of enormous value and
relevance to the needs of our young children
in being prepared, skilled and equipped to
make a positive contribution to shaping
our society and becoming successful and
committed British citizens. Planning has
already begun for an even bigger event next
Holocaust Survivor Uri Winsterstein visits Cranford
20th March 2015 we were privileged to have Uri Winsterstein visit to tell us about his
experiences as a holocaust survivor and the impact this had on him and his family. This
was a unique opportunity, which allowed year 9 students to engage with a personal account of
such an historic time period. The aim of the testimonies is to preserve and record the life stories
of these special people. Our students were able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of
the events that contributed to the holocaust and importantly the impact on people in Germany and
across Nazi occupied Europe. The students had the opportunity to ask Uri probing questions in
order to further advance their understanding and seriously consider a challenging and emotional
topic with maturity. During period 5 a group of students were able to work with a specialist and analysed sources
and historical documents to further enhance their historical skills.
Michelle Cousins (Head of Humanities Department)
Visit to Hampton Court
year 12 A’ Level history students visited Hampton Court on
Wednesday 1st July 2015 in support of their studies on Henry VIII.
The day turned out to be the hottest so far this year with temperatures soaring to a
sweltering 32C. Despite this, students still had an excellent time and the trip was
successful in bringing their studies of Henry VIII and the English Reformation to
life. We toured the Palace using the audio guides to learn more about the kitchens,
state apartments and great hall before (unsuccessfully) attempting the maze.
Rachel Thorpe (History Department)
12 geography students are required to participate
in fieldwork in preparation for an end of year AS
examination, so eleven budding geographers took the minibus down
the M3 to the world heritage site that is the Jurassic Coast.
The group visited many different places along the Jurassic Coast
like Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door applying practical fieldwork
techniques to enhance their understanding of physical processes.
The students undertook sand dune transects in Studland Bay and
completed a bi-polar analysis at Swanage Beach focusing on the
success of coastal defences.
We also visited Boscombe beach in Bournemouth to consider the
human impact on the coast and assess an area that had undergone
rigorous rebranding and then evaluate the rebranding success back
in the classroom.
Both I and Mr. Myers were very proud of the way the students
approached their investigations and their hard work throughout
Rory Clifford (Teacher of Geography)
June 2015, year 10 GCSE
geography students went on a trip
to Windsor to discover the negative and
positive impacts of tourism on the town,
as part of our Geography coursework
During the trip, we collected numerous
types of evidence such as: the amount of
litter in certain locations, the amount of
congestion and the amount of pedestrians
going towards or away from certain
well known attractions such as Windsor
Castle and The Long Walk. Collecting
this evidence assisted us in supporting
our reasoning and also made our data
presentable with accurate results.
In addition we gathered answers by
questioning members of the public as
a part of primary research about their
thoughts and opinions on Windsor.
Although the weather was not always
the best, the trip was still enjoyable
and educational as we still managed to
accomplish our task.
Divan Odedra (year 10)
Year 8 - IT
up and down the curved hills of
a white cliff bay with a group of
fifty excitable year 8 students is quite an experience
especially when they first caught sight of the
On arrival the students familiarised themselves with
the campus and then were challenged to unpack and
make their beds. Some students struggled with this as
they had never done it before. Mohsin Ahmed in 8W
said ‘Sir, should I go and help some of the students
that are stuck, I can’t believe they have never done
It was a chilly first evening as the students ventured
to their first activity; some took part in the abseiling
and others on the ‘leap of faith’, so it was nice to get
inside and watch a DVD with a room full of giant
bean bags and popcorn before going to bed. Having
slept late, Ms Kudhail gave everyone an
enthusiastic wakeup call
advising them to get ready
quickly for breakfast and
an exciting day ahead.
Students drove Go-karts on the
race track, zip wired across a
trench and also ‘flew’ on the 3g
swing. After dinner one group
went on the team challenge.
Students were blindfolded and had
to communicate with each other in
games. They were taken down to the
beach to look at the landscape and
discover living creatures in the rock
pools. When they competed in the
assault course blindfolded Mr. Healy
turned this into a 4D experience for
his group, he showered them with water
and made them jump by sneaking up
and throwing water on them.
In the evening everyone took part in
a scrap heap challenge, where they
had to make the longest marble track
which they really enjoyed as a wind
down activity. They used card and
paper to compete against each
The following morning it was
time to pack up and make our
way to the ferry and sadly our
adventure weekend had come
to an end. Everyone had a
wonderful time and it was nice
to spend time in a centre on the
beach. The centre was delighted
with the students’ and the staff’s
enthusiasm and sent a letter of
thanks to the school inviting us
to come back again next year.
Jamie’s Farm - A Unique Experience
College has enjoyed a
successful partnership with
Jamie’s Farm for three years
and over 70 students and a
dozen staff have enjoyed this unique
experience tucked away in the hills outside Bath.
Jamie’s farm combines family, farming and therapy and
both students and staff have benefitted in a huge range of ways:
re-engaging with education, building self-esteem and allowing our
predominantly urban students to flourish in a rural environment
that fosters independence and enables them to engage with
themselves and their environment in a completely different way.
Rob Ind (Assistant Headteacher Pastoral)
year, I was very lucky to be
given an opportunity to go to
Jamie’s Farm with the students to help boost my
confidence. Our Cranford students were very well behaved and friendly, I had so
much fun with them, taking part in the activities without any hesitation such as; going on a swing,
wood chopping, cleaning out the pig’s pen so that it looks clean and brand new for another pig,
herding sheep from one field to another at Steve’s farm, cooking, breakfast, lunch or dinner etc.
I made friends with the staff too; Jake, Rachael and Sue.
Sue helped with cleaning the pig’s pen and was nice to chat
too. What I learnt about myself from this trip is; always give
something a go rather than just saying no first, I can socialise
with students and animals very well now. I was also involved
in telling the students who did well when we were doing a
check in where we also rated out of ten how we felt after what
we did. They loved to go for a swim in the river during the
warm weather during our long walks in the evenings.
It’s been a while since I have been on a residential trip such
as this, and is the first time as an adult. I had a lovely time,
as well as the students, and hope they do well
in school now after having been given the
opportunity to go on this trip and prove that
they can change and do well in future. I have
seen a few of the students back in school and
we say hello. I, too, am surprised that I have
also been told that I have changed and would
like to see how this goes.
Alwin Sandhu (Reprographics and postal services administrator)
Jamie’s Farm, Cultivating Change
what the logo says and that is
exactly what it does. A place that
helps young people flourish in education, at home and
in the community. Twice a year Cranford takes two
groups of 12 students for 5 days. They all feel at home
at the farm very quickly and love being there and
without exception are all very sad when it’s time to
come home. Every child I have ever taken would jump
at the chance to return.
The working farm aspect of the visit means that all
of the animals have to be tended to and cared for
– in the morning the animals are fed
and cleaned out before we have our
breakfast. The students all have to
take part in even the most smelly
and dirty of jobs. When asked the
children would say that cleaning out
and feeding the pigs is the smelliest
– however they all just tackle the
job without complaint and always
do a complete and thorough job
and usually with a lot of smiles and
laughter. As well as the feed round
everyone takes part in herding sheep and moving
them from field to field, helping with the delivery
of lambs and bottle feeding any orphans, grooming
the horses and learning to horse whisper, clipping the
chickens wings, collecting eggs and herding cows.
There is always work to do in the organic garden which
produces a lot of the fruit and veg that we eat at the
farm and chopping wood which helps heat the house
and barn and provides us with hot water.
The students are not allowed to bring sweets, crisps,
fizzy drinks or any other snacks to the farm. Instead
all food is produced from scratch and is healthy and
plentiful. Even the fussiest of eaters do not go hungry
and become much braver in their food choices. All of
the students have a turn at preparing breakfast, lunch,
afternoon tea and the evening meal. This includes
collecting fruit and veg from the garden, making bread,
preparing vegetables, and cooking meals for about 25
people. They really take pride in serving
the delicious food and then we all sit around a huge
table and eat as a family.
In addition to the no junk food rule the students are
not allowed to have mobile phones, iPads or any other
electrical device. They often find the thought of being
away from social media, texting etc. very difficult but
as soon as we arrive at the farm it is so busy they don’t
even mention it. They very quickly learn to actually
have face to face meaningful conversations rather than
looking down at a phone and text talk.
At the end of mealtimes (after clearing the table,
washing up and clearing away), we sit at the table
and all take part in a shout out and check in. This
involves everyone (students and staff alike), when we
think about how we are feeling. The shout out is when
we recognise that someone has done something well,
has been kind to someone else, has been helpful etc.
It is often a very moving time and on occasion there
are tears, positive tears. One of the students said “it’s
weird, the louder kids become quieter and the quiet
ones start to speak up”.
Every afternoon we all go on a very long hike which
always involves a lot of hills. The students really enjoy
the walk; we take the farm dogs, if the weather is fine
we stop at the river and go in for a swim.
The walks are a great opportunity to
really get to know the students.
By bedtime the students are all very
tired and it’s straight to sleep ready for
more of the same the next day.
The whole trip is absolutely amazing,
exhausting, fun filled and really gives
students the chance to reflect and think
about how to make positive changes to
their lives when they return. As one
student said: “I love it here, I can
just be me”.
Jamie’s Farm, Cultivating Change.
A place that helps young people
flourish in education, at home
and in the community; yes I truly
believe it does just that.
Vanessa Tutt (SEND Department)
National Saturday Art club is an
exciting opportunity for young people.
As well as more than 100 hours of specialist
tuition, they benefit from visits to museums and
galleries, Master classes from leading art and
design practitioners and an exhibition of their
work in London’s Somerset House. The Saturday
Club nurtures talent, builds confidence and raises
aspirations. It helps young people gain qualifications
and gives them an insight into studying at college
or university and an understanding of careers in the
This year Kavlin Arora and Jaslin Arora (year
11) attended the Saturday club, showing real
commitment to the Arts. They attended a Master
class with Jim Sutherland.
Jim Sutherland was co-founded of Hat Trick Design
in 2001, which became the most awarded agency
in 2010. He has worked for clients including the
National History Museum, Royal Mail, Land
Securities, Rambert, AHMM Architects, Imperial
War Museums and Williams F1.
At the Master class Kavlin and Jaslin learnt about
his passion for graphic design and typefaces and
about his career path to success. They learnt about
projects at Hat Trick Design and his current work
and produced their own work inspired by this based
on the letters in their names. The students really
enjoyed looking at type in a new way.
The whole experience culminated in a final show
where students exhibited their work from the
Master class and an additional project. The final
design of ‘the lady’ made from willow, papiermâché
and mixed media was a show stopper and
was Kavlin and Jaslin’s big idea for the group. The
light from the heart and brain gave ‘the lady’ life
and the images displayed a wealth of living.
Kavlin and Jaslin Arora received certificates from
Lord and Lady Sorrell at the awards ceremony at
Somerset House. Their parents and I are very proud
of the dedication they have shown; how they have
matured and grown as individuals and the work
they have produced.
Permjeet Hunt (Second in Charge of ADT)
“Going to a Saturday art club seemed at first to be just another school art class; well this was my first but last
misunderstanding. National Saturday Art School opened my eyes not only to new techniques of art, but brought
about a new definition for art. Here someone’s art skills weren’t judged for perfection, but as an opportunity for
everyone to express themselves through art. I made new friends, built my confidence,
developed my skills and changed my perspective towards art and design.
We began the programme with a series of activities including doing unusual selfportraits,
typography and the attitude towards women in art. We
explored modern art, art with stories and art created by
many other artists across the nation. I was overwhelmed
and felt I could really achieve. In addition we were able
to engage with professionals in this field who have chosen
art and design as their career.
The Sorrell Foundation provided us with ‘master classes’
giving us guidance through the path of art and design which was
a real privilege. I think I was indeed fortunate to be offered this opportunity and to
be recognised for something so prestigious. I have been left with such memorable
experiences and I am extremely grateful to Ms Hunt who gave me this opportunity that
has changed how art is for me, forever”.
Kavlin Aurora (year 11)
“The twins have been amazing!
They have attended sessions and
the idea for the final lady was
Linda Newcombe (Lecturer
University of West London)
beginning Monday 13th July 2015,
Cranford transformed itself into
a Sherlock Holmes type investigation as the school
collapsed its usual timetable and embarked on our
annual Activities Week. Students developed new
knowledge and investigative skills in different subjects
in order to explore an imaginary murder mystery
and solve the crime. The week provided an exciting
chance for students to forge links between subjects and
explore careers linked to the theme. The rich learning
experience saw students work in five main areas;
Under the Microscope, Crime Scheme Investigation,
Code Breaker, The Mystery of Harris Burdick and
Under the Microscope
Students worked with mixed media in the ADT
department and developed and ‘explored’ pieces of art
work. Students took microscopic images and enlarged
them to create pieces of art based on cells and viruses.
Crime Scheme Investigation
Working with science and humanities students spent
time exploring a crime scene and using scientific
investigation to explore evidence and solve a given
crime. Once the evidence had been collected they
used this to find further evidence around the school
site. Students then presented their findings at a panel
hearing and discussed who was responsible.
The ICT, Business Studies and Social Science
Departments provided students with the chance to
explore the world of surveillance where students had
to work with imaginary CCTV footage to discover
through an imaginary scenario who had broken into the
school. Once the footage had been analysed students
looked into using computing software to crack the
code and gain further digital evidence to find the
culprit. This was followed by a number of debates
and discussions about the use of eye witness accounts
and living in a surveillance society.
The Mystery of Harris Burdick
The Mystery of Harris Burdick provided the next
challenge based in intrigue and fantasy to explore
different mysteries and as a stimulus to create their own
mysteries. The responses ranged from dance routines,
drama and board games to pieces of creative writing,
poetry and song. The creative output was amazing as
students independently selected their own medium of
response; this work was created with the English and
Performing Arts Departments.
During this day students were set the challenge of
becoming agent ready. The day was split into four
main areas to ensure they were ready for the challenge
of the week. Activities included archery and caving
which tested their accuracy, dexterity and focus.
Students then moved on to develop their problem
solving and powers of logic with the maths and PE
department working on tackling different challenges
and completing “escape the room” style trials. Finally
they finished the day testing the linguistic skills with
the Modern World Languages team where they had
to complete ‘the 39 steps’ a series of coded messages
which had to be decoded and translated in order to find
secret locations around the school.
Throughout the week students and staff were allowed
to wear non–uniform to raise money for our two
nominated charities The Terrence Higgins Trust and
the National Aids Trust. We raised a grand total of
The week concluded with our DREAMS rewards
day where students enjoyed a day of visits, trips and
sporting activities and year 12 held a pizza party in
the Memorial Garden with our guests from Korea, to
round off a very successful week and celebrate the end
of another amazing year at Cranford.
(Senior Teacher Activities week Organiser)
“Collecting evidence was fun because we
were independently working.”.
Kinza David (year 10)
“Code breaking is particularly
interesting because it challenged
me to be mathematical and
Ismaeel Abdul (year 7)
“It was interesting learning about
the World War II code breaking and
how it influenced computer theory”.
Frank Smith (year 7)
“Caving was something different;
you have to overcome challenges like
being in the dark and getting through
Brendan Fernandez (year 9)
“Archery was good because I was taught
how to aim and hit the bullseye”.
Alex Lamb (year 10)
“We did an MI6 test to see how
observant we were, we had to learn
a cover story and pretend we were
someone else, it was different,
fun and challenging”.
Arjun Bansal (year 9)
Sunday 12th July 2015, Humza Arshad aka bad man star of
Diary of a Bad Man attended an anti-radicalisation event along
with former members of extremist groups hosted by Cranford
Community College, and organised collaboratively by Hounslow’s prevent
team and West London Initiative. Diary of a Bad Man is a satirical take on
British Asian culture, with a twist: the videos all end with a moral message.
The aim of the event was to highlight the distressing
impact of travel to Syria and Iraq on families, to
dissuade people from travelling and to undermine ISIS and other
organisations’ propaganda. The event allowed younger students to meet a hero of their
times and they were extremely excited to ask him a range of weird and wonderful
questions including which football team he supported and what his favourite food
was. For older and former students it was more an opportunity to ask Humza what
inspired him to use his comedy to promote a very serious message. The more serious
and hard-hitting panel discussion about the very real techniques used by radical
groups in grooming youngsters had everyone captivated and all the students wished
the discussions could go on for longer. One bit of advice given by Mr Muhammad
Manwar Ali (Abu Muntasir) applicable to all people from all walks of life was that
common sense and your conscience have a very important part to play in life, and
whatever goes against both cannot be a good thing.
Mehmoona Yousaf (Senior Teacher SMSC & Head of RE Department)
“The anti-radicalisation event targeting the youth of Hounslow hosted by
Cranford Community College was one which was truly enlightening and very
much needed. The event addressed current issues surrounding the dangers of
ISIS and other such groups and ways to better ourselves and society. Humza
aka Diary of a Badman added an entertaining comedy element whilst still
addressing a very serious issue. Events like
this are amazing and spread a message
not just to a specific religion, but to teach
everyone how to be a better person.
Cranford was an amazing, brave host willing to
tackle this sensitive subject rather than shy away like others do. We were
provided with great food and an amazing environment which allowed everyone to
feel comfortable and safe in asking their questions. I am especially grateful that
despite being former students myself and others are still invited to these events”.
Susan Adam (Former student currently reading English Literature at Queen Mary)
“The diary of a Badman antiradicalisation
event was amazing!
I loved the way Humza Arshad
explained everything in a fun way.
It made me think about how some
Muslims are being treated because
of the media”.
Michael Rodrigues (year 8)
“On Sunday 12th July 2015 I came to school
to see the Humza production. The event was extremely helpful and
interesting because he talked about his own experiences. His humour made
me completely engaged. The panel discussion at the end was helpful as they
spoke about issues that I could relate to and have personally experienced,
for example the way in which all Muslims are labelled by the media when
something bad happens”.
Sabrina Ahmed (year 9)
“The conference served as a means to bring to light a very real and prevalent
issue which is overlooked in modern day society due to focus on extremist
groups themselves - radicalisation which frequently takes place under our
noses even to people close to us. Although the discussion by the panel
was brief, it was insightful in showing how vulnerable individuals are to
indoctrination not only by extremist groups, but also by the media and so a
question was posed “Who do we put our faith in if no one is to be trusted?”
Humza Arshad’s performance allowed a serious message to be delivered in an
intuitive and unconventional way, which appeals to the youth; comedy”.
Al-Enzeli Ramji (year10)
“It was a wonderful thing to see a famous person coming into a
secondary school and talking to us about a major issue in our society,
ISIS. Radicalisation by such groups is a massive problem which is
causing teenagers from the UK to join ISIS in Syria. The event attended by Humza Arshad
(Diary of a Bad Man) and people who were involved in extremist groups in the past was designed to show how
these groups groom young minds. It is essential that students of this age are made aware of the dangers and
consequences of even thinking about travelling to one of these terrorism
groups. Apart from Humza’s humour and jokes, the event made the students
realise how such terrorism groups brainwash children and lure them into
joining them. We certainly need more of these events so that children are
aware of the dangers and also to prevent any adults and young adults from
joining such groups”.
Aadil Awan (year10)
Stephen Kelman Workshop
Friday 19th June 2015, the English
Department organised an author event
with Stephen Kelman, author of “Pigeon English”
who delivered an inspiring workshop to students at
Cranford. Firstly, he introduced himself and told the
story of how a young boy felt isolated in his new
town. Not all students had heard of his novel, but
we were all so intrigued by the stark reality of this
We then completed a writing task in groups, thinking
about how we would feel in the boy’s shoes and to
write from the perspective of someone outside their
comfort zone, having moved to a new place.
The groups came up with lots of different ideas for
a story about moving to a new place, from an alien
on a new planet, to a student in a new school. I
really enjoyed it because we were able to work on
teamwork skills and Stephen was there, helping us think of ideas and making
suggestions for our stories. He encouraged us to brainstorm and create new
ideas so our stories could be exciting and interesting.
He spoke to us at the end to encourage us to read widely, visit the library
and write short stories in our own time. I’m really glad I went. Here are
two stories written by students who attended the workshop.
Ayisha Mahmood (year 7)
swam off into the rubble
peacefully residing on the
seabed, it was almost frightening.
The scale of destruction came
overhead. Miniscule pieces created
a sandstorm like movement. The
movement was not violent, just
beautiful. “Wow!” I said to myself. I
laid back to float and waited. I did not wait
for anything but myself. My relaxation was shortlived
as I hit my head on an arched door. I cursed. The
door was corroded heavily through time and sea water. I wandered
through that very door and found myself in place more beautiful than
that meatloaf from earlier. It was the little remains of parliament,
it was just a mixture of rooms and halls with no roof, I sighed in
disappointment. Looking down, I found an unusually old container;
it looked to be a box of importance - yet if I were to open it,
anything inside would be destroyed. While investigating I was
covered by an ominous shadow, my heart skipped a beat. I dare not
look up. At that moment, I hated everything. If I looked up, I felt
everything I sought after would have ended. I expected something
of goliath proportions. I had repeated those lines. My fate and my soul
were up to me. I looked up and I was right. Everything I had wanted in life ended right there,
thousands of fathoms below sea level. The shadow was, I whispered “Big Ben” in all its glory.
Karan Kumar (year 9)
it’s his birthday. A very special day for
all of us but no one has said a word about
it; I would like it to stay that way. I don’t want the past to
perpetuate itself in the present. It has been three whole months
since my father’s death and our family is still – healing. More
pain grows into our hearts with each passing day. We’re all in
the same place, on the same plane, heading towards the same
country but we live in different worlds, on different planets,
dealing with our own frustrations. My mother has died on the
inside. She has built her walls so that no one could climb themand
now she’s alive – but her soul isn’t. I’m so much like my
mother. I have the same dark, brown eyes, the same short, brown
hair, the same nose, hands and face but a completely different
attitude. When I look at her I see the pain in her dark brown eyes.
However, my eyes don’t show pain, they show enormous
hatred for the people who killed my father. The
people who have caused so much misery
into our lives, but in a way they have
managed to open new doors for
me and my mum, and my
sister. We’re heading to
Looking around the
plane, I spot my sister talking to her
teddy bear and I envy her with all my heart. Her brown
eyes are gleaming with joy and her long, light brown
hair is suffocating the teddy
bear’s face. She’s not aware
of what is happening in the
world because she lives in her
own colourful world. Unlike
mother who’s in a world of her
own too, full of pain and misery,
my sister Lana, is in a happy place
full of dreams and beautiful things.
For her, father is still alive. ‘When is
father coming back from work?’ she asks
sometimes, when her mind can’t
think of anything else to say. How
lucky. I close my eyes, lean my head on
one of the hundreds of blue, tiny chairs on
this massive plane. I hope I can get some sleep
before we arrive but it seems impossible as too much
excitement mixed with pain is running through my body. This
is the first time I am travelling on a plane and I have to say
that it’s very fascinating as well as scary. The scariest thing
so far was the take off because it felt like the plane was
attempting a backward flip and it got stuck in the middle but
now everything is fine. In London I’ll finally get a chance
to go to school and get the education I need to support my
family. I’ll get a home. My home; away from the bombs and
the tears, and the wars; away from all the agony. Thanks to
my aunt, who has offered to do everything she can to bring
us here, all my dreams are now possible, but I still think
about Syria. I still think about my friends, my burnt down house and
most of all, my dad.
Christiana Eftenoiu (year 9)
a lovely summer’s evening, Thursday June 25th 2015, the
Gypsy Roma Traveller community of Cranford Community
College and Berkeley Primary School gathered together in the Memorial
Garden to celebrate their history month. Students showcased their work
and created a display of all their achievements throughout the
academic year. In addition they performed to celebrate
their rich heritage. Celia Green from 7Z sang a song
by ‘Adele’ alongside younger students from Berkeley
Primary. Students’ younger siblings took part in a number
of fun activities, one of which was to create their own
Crown Derby designs on paper plates.
This was a great family event and the parents really
appreciated the BBQ (ably cooked by Mr Fraser) and
refreshments that were provided and look forward to
joining together again next year.
“The BBQ was
lovely. It was
nice to see the
performing in front
of other families
They loved joining
in with the activities and
games. Making their own
Crown Derby on paper plates
was their favourite. We have them
on the shelf at home”.
“I had fun at the
BBQ, the singers
were really good and
the food was nice”.
“I liked looking at
all of our photos on display,
I was showing my Mum and Dad and
they liked seeing them too”.
“My Mum really liked reading my piece
of writing about ‘who inspires me’; she
wants a copy of it for at home”.
Cranford’s budding mathematicians
have had an outstanding year, with
amazing success in the junior,
intermediate and senior maths
challenges. The sixth form students made an
excellent start in November 2014 with the
Senior Maths Challenge, where 6 students won
bronze awards, with Mariyum Mahmood and
Meharpaul Gill gaining the highest scores in
year 12 and year 13.
In March 2015, there was further success with
the Intermediate Maths Challenge. Our year 9,
10 and 11 students achieved magnificent 5 gold
awards, 12 silver award and 23 bronze awards.
Particular congratulations are due to our gold
award winners: Sachin Ranadev (Best in Year
11), Harjit Singh, Arun Sharma (Best in school),
Anjitha Anilkumar and Teodor Jetvic (Best in
Year 9). Because of their excellent results for
their respective year groups, Arun, Anjitha and
Teodor, along with Hudaifa Mohamed from
year 9 were also invited to take part in the
Europe wide Kangaroo Maths Challenge, and
Teodor was also invited to attend a special
Royal Institution Maths Master class for the
best year 9 students in the competition.
“The Rock Star trip was amazing.
We went to a radio and TV station
and it was brilliant. We saw
many things there such as how
they worked and what they did
as well as seeing many fish as
they have the biggest amount
of fish in Europe. We met many
people from different schools
who were also there and who
were playing with us on the
computers. It was amazing
Shariq Ahmed (year 8)
In April 2015 it was the turn of year 7
and 8 students who achieved wonderful
results in the Junior Maths challenge,
with 20 students attaining silver awards
and 28 students attaining bronze awards.
Neha Hussain (year 7) and Jaijiten Hundal
(year 8) did exceptionally well, scoring
the highest scores in their year groups.
Congratulations to all students who
participated in or won awards in the Maths
challenges. The Maths Department is very
proud of you all.
We are also happy to announce that four of our
wonderful year 8 students competed in the first
ever Times Tables Rock Wrangle. Parminderjeet
Tamber, Subhan Jaura, Shariq Ahmed and
Zakariya Abdullahi, accompanied by Mr Andrews,
travelled into central London to compete in this
prestigious competition involving many other
schools from across the country. They all did
extremely well and Cranford came in 17th out
of the 38 participating schools.
Sarah Brackley (Head of Maths Department)
A submission has now been made for a record sixth time. The feedback
from the reaccreditation application was:
“The collaborative work you have conducted with your partner schools
and plan to conduct in the future is impressive and your relationship with
them is very well-established, as shown by your achievements, which
speak for themselves”.
Academy Trust Board ratified the new internationalism policy
at Cranford in November 2014, which confirmed our mission
to educate students for the future, which is ever changing and as yet
unknown, providing them with the skills, knowledge and outlook required
in the new world order and enabling them to grow into global citizens.
Cranford’s success in developing strong international links for the benefit
of its students and staff has been
recognised since the International
School Award first began in 1999.
Ocheon High School, Korea
In July 2015, we welcomed, for the first time, a group of
24 students and 2 members of staff, including the Principal
Mr Park, from the Ocheon High School, Pohang in South
Korea. Their stay of just one week was packed with things
to do. Some of the group from Korea already have pen pals
at Cranford and this was a great opportunity to meet face to
face. The students were integrated into year 12 and joined
in their activities during the final week of term. A high
point of the week was on the Thursday when the Korean
students were awarded certificates in front of their year 12 Cranford colleagues in recognition of their time at
Cranford. During the week, Mr Prunty, Executive Headteacher and Mr Park , Principal, signed a Memorandum
of Understanding between Cranford Community College and Ocheon High School with a view to deepening this
new and exciting relationship.
Cranford has established strong
links with Korea and has
hosted many visits by senior
educationalists, eager to see how
Cranford works. They always
leave very impressed by the
students and the staff.
In June 2015, we welcomed
a group of 12 students from
the Naples area in Italy for a 5 day integration programme with year 10
students. Each Italian student was buddied up with a Cranford student and
attended their lessons. This first-hand experience of visiting lessons in an
English school is second to none and every student was very appreciative
of the support and help from both Cranford staff and students. We look set
to work directly with the Italian school to ensure this kind of opportunity
occurs again. Berkeley Primary School was also involved and hosted 2
Italian students who worked with year 4 and 5 pupils for the week. They
were absolutely delighted with the experience and this opportunity gave both the Italians and Berkeley pupils a
wonderful opportunity to get to know each other more.
Tianjin College of Commerce
In September 2014, we played host to a group of 10
students and 6 staff from our long-standing partner
college in China, the Tianjin College of Commerce.
This was their annual visit to Cranford, during which
they experienced school life as well some of the sights
and sounds of London, Oxford and Brighton. This link
goes from strength to strength and was reinforced by
the re-signing of the Partnership Agreement earlier
this year between the two institutions. In addition, one of their teachers, Ms Qi Wang stayed on at Cranford
to further develop her English skills as well as see how Cranford does outstanding teaching and learning. I
am delighted to announce that this coming October, a group of 37 year 12 Cranford students and 5 members of
staff will be flying to China to visit the new campus of the college, which is now located in the enormous Haihe
Education Park, in Tianjin, which houses all types of education institutions.
South Dong Chang Middle School, Shanghai
Once again at the end of June 2015, we welcomed a group of 14 students and 4 members of staff from our partner
school in Shanghai, the South Dong Chang Middle School. This relationship has flourished since Mr Prunty,
Executive Headteacher, first made contact with the school in March 2012. The students participated in the music
concert on the Wednesday evening, when the rain, rather kindly, held off. The group, as last year, visited Berkeley
Primary School and gave a wonderful assembly covering many aspects of music, dance and recital, from a Chinese
fan dance, a fusion music piece with a clarinet and traditional ocarina (xun, pronounced a little like soon) to full
western rock. The pupils at Berkeley were enchanted and welcomed the visit with
open arms. The Chinese students were able to visit Cranford and learn about the way
the school works as well as visit London, Oxford and Windsor. We look forward to
Cranford visiting Shanghai.
In April 2015, a group of 32 students from Japan were with us for one day.
They were also buddied up with Cranford students from years 9 and 10.
Japan scores very well in the PISA ratings and as an outstanding school,
we are keen to learn from the best of their system, whilst sharing what
we do very well too.
The list goes on and on: visits from Finnish students and teachers came
to Cranford in May 2015, a group of Lithuanian teachers keen to learn
from us visited for a day, we have a new link with the Lebanon, which
focusses on Arabic, we have had a number of year 8 students involved
in webconferences with Russian students in Moscow and St Petersburg and we are always seeking ways that we
can enjoy international relations with a view to learning from each other.
Cranford, a truly international school.
(Assistant Head of School / International Relations))
“Excellent people don’t
believe in excellence
- only in constant
Targeted Intervention Days have again been a
huge success this year with students experiencing
challenging and diverse learning experiences. The
aim of these days is to provide ‘deep learning’ opportunities for
students to explore new topics or revisit subjects to embed learning. In addition
students have opportunities to develop as citizens with activities designed to prepare
them for the world beyond school. This year has seen students taking part in a rich
variety of activities from personal development, educational visits
and subject specific intervention all of which have supported
students in making excellent progress and experiencing new
things that they have never done before.
Personal Development Days
Year 7 focused on improving communication and team building whilst
challenging bullying and anti-social behaviour. There was a focus on
cyber bullying and e-safety.
Year 8 explored risk and making informed choices, in particular looking
at drugs and alcohol. They also spent time exploring the impact of the
media on their decisions and thinking.
Year 9 explored positive relationships and careers; they focused on domestic violence,
sexting and e-safety. In addition they explored different options and pathways as part of
their careers education.
Year 10 focused on health and wellbeing learning about healthy bodies, sex, relationships
Year 11 learnt about mental health and preparations for their
examinations. Time was spent exploring managing their
workload and stress whilst being ready for the future.
The primary aim was to provide them with strategies to
cope with future challenges and exam stress.
Year 12 spent a great deal of time revisiting key topics
such as the impact of drugs and alcohol as well as
positive relationships. In addition students looked to
the future, preparing for life after secondary school
discussing their life and positive skills they have.
Students contributed to key debates linked to the
wider world debating topics such as plastic surgery and
the impact of tourism on society.
Year 13 “Healthy Mind and Healthy Body” day explored just that but also focussed on
UCAS and strategies to prepare them for life after school including cooking for one.
“Computers let people
avoid people, going
out to explore. It’s so
different to just open
a website instead of
looking at a Picasso in a
museum in Paris”.
Targeted Intervention Days have provided an excellent
opportunity for departments and year groups to get out of school
and continue the learning on educational visits. Through the TI
Day programme we have seen students set foot on foreign soil
and have experiences very different to that offered
in the normal curriculum at Cranford.
This year we have seen TI Days provide students
with access to learn new skills at the London
Careers fair at the Excel Centre and explore
human evolution at the Natural History Museum.
They have studied great artistic works at Tate
Modern, the National Gallery and even ventured
to Barcelona and the Eden project to study the natural form
and creative expression. Students have analysed artefacts and
sources of evidence at the Museum of London and travelled
to Bletchley Park to see some of the first computer systems
that helped crack codes during World War Two.
Within the creative arts, students have spent time on theatre and ballet trips,
studio tours and creative workshops to develop their dance, drama and media
talents. Students have studied the impact of time and people on the country with
a trip to the south coast and navigated the countryside with the Duke of Edinburgh
residential trip. Year 8 students have had their nerves challenged with outdoor pursuits
activities at Kingswood and created games in the computer lab. This is just a flavour
of the exciting challenges students experience outside of the classroom and beyond
the blue gates of Cranford.
Targeted Intervention Days are an excellent opportunity for students to
revisit and boost their understanding of key topics within subjects so that
they are in top shape to approach their exams. This year saw teachers’
creativity go into overdrive with activities
taking place for all year groups and with all
subjects giving students that little something
extra to ensure they make the best progress.
From coursework clinics and external visitors
to no pens day Wednesday and a whole school
numeracy focus students feet hardly touched
the ground as they moved from one fantastic
learning experience to the next.
Let’s see what TI Days hold in store next year.
Kevin Biggs (Senior Teacher Developing High Attainers)
Tuesday 30th June 2015 as London
basked in glorious sunshine and
temperatures soared to 25°C Cranford
Community College hosted the ‘Art, Design and
Technology Exhibition 2015’. The fantastic exhibition
of work showcased the talents of exam
students in years 11, 12 and 13.
The theme was based on Barcelona in
recognition of the year 12 and 13 trip in
March 2015 with the ADT Department.
The range of work on display this year was
excellent with a more creative element
on 3D Design and Textiles. Students and
parents who visited the exhibition were very
impressed by the work on display and many
people commented on the high standard
this year. Students are commended for the
dedication and commitment they have
clearly shown in producing the work.
There was a special area set aside for our
very own year 8 artist Zahra Sadiq
who has a keen interest in art and
design, working during her spare time to
produce beautiful Manga pieces for the
This year the prestigious Tracy
Fletcher Art Award, created in
memory of Tracy Fletcher, a former
Head of Art and Design who sadly
died at the age of 49 in 2009, was presented
to this year’s recipient Noorish Hussain by
Mr Prunty along with some art equipment.
Five outstanding pieces of key stage 5 artwork
were selected by students and staff. Students
voted to choose the final five pieces of work
by: Nida Malik, Amarpal Singh Kharay, Lyba
Fatima, Tahir Hussain and Noorish
Thank you to the ADT staff who helped
to set up the exhibition to make it a
great success. Your contribution and
tireless motivation made the day run
smoothly and definitely made it the
best Art Design and Technology
exhibition to date.
Thank you to all the staff in whatever
capacity you contributed, it made the
day run smoothly. It was great to see
so many colleagues at the exhibition
as it makes a big difference to our
students for other teachers to see
their work. Many of you said really
lovely comments to me in passing
during the evening.
(Head of Art Design and Technology)
I was given a set of
questions to choose
from an exam paper I considered various
topics relating to them. However,
‘Significant events’ stood out to me and
inspired me to produce something which
had a strong, influential and effective
meaning behind it. I started to brainstorm a
few ideas for this particular question which
resulted in me choosing World War
One as a significant event.
As I researched more about World War I,
I came across an idea which inspired me to
create this particular final piece; research
of the fallen soldiers. I felt the need to
express this unit with a final piece which
told a story. When I was researching fallen
soldiers and their lives I discovered that
the soldiers carried many possessions with
them, in their helmet, while fighting for their
country. This created the basis of the ‘story’ I
wanted to present through my final piece and
I wanted to closely look at a particular soldier
and his life. After further research I included
and made the following items placed in the
helmet: a letter to the soldier from home,
a tin of cigarettes, medals, a prayer card, a
field manual and a picture of his sweetheart.
I came across a poem, ‘For the Fallen’ by
Robert Laurence Binyon, which inspired
me to base my whole final piece on a fallen
soldier. This final piece represents this poem
and shows how WW1 is expressed through
a 3D art piece.
“They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them”
Noorish Hussain (year 13)
Feltham and Heston Youth Engagement Conference 2015
Friday 13th March 2015, Cranford’s sixth form
students attended a Heston Youth Engagement
Conference. The event involved a discussion about politics
and Q&A with Seema Malhotra MP as well as a panel debate
with external guest speakers. With an election looming it was
an opportune time to listen to both MPs and other experts
about how to make society a better place. More importantly
this event provided our students with an opportunity to have
their say and to share their concerns and ideas with people
that need to better understand the local community.
(Senior Teacher SMSC and Head of RE Department)
“I enjoyed the different activities ranging from
sports workshops to feminism. I liked the fact that
I got to have my say on how people our age should
Simran Gill (year 12)
“The event was truly eye-opening as we discussed
the involvement of young people in politics. I was
also informed about the many youth clubs and
activities arranged for us. Most of us were unaware
of these and so we are now more enthused about
getting involved in local events and clubs”.
Sofia Rahimi (year 12)
Sixth Form attend a debate on
the future of Britain’s Constitution
Wednesday 26 November 2014, students in years 12 & 13 attended a deliberative event to engage with
a significant parliamentary consultation focused on the future of Britain’s constitution.
This event was to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, held at Royal Holloway
College, University of London. In this debate we explored various arguments for and against having some form
of written constitution. This allowed us to recognise that although the unwritten nature of the constitution is
distinctively British and reminds us of our history, it is necessary and can become a symbol and expression of
national identity and a source of national pride. With a panel of experts in the field of politics, we discussed three
options for the ‘New Magna Carta’ and concluded that due to the practical problems with preparing a written
constitution, there is limited support for implementing one and is a low priority even for those who support the idea.
Simran Mehra and Gursharan Seera (year 13)
Archbishop of Canterbury
the spring term 2015, I was contacted by
Trinity School in Croydon and invited to a
seminar held by the former Archbishop of Canterbury,
Dr Rowan Williams. This was an alumni event and so
former pupils of all ages were able to attend. Eager
to broaden my pupils’ horizons as much as possible
and provide them with excellent opportunities, it was
agreed I could take three students with me; Ashwin
Thakur, Zahra Butt and Gurpreet Wadhwa (year 12)
were selected to come on the trip. The event allowed
them to reflect upon the wider impact of RE and its
relevance to our society, and it proved to be enjoyable
as well as informative.
Sam Hodge (RE Department)
“I had the opportunity to visit the Trinity School to listen
to the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
The workshop about God questioned many topics such as
what if religion was still as strong as it used to be? The
workshop was good fun and useful as it gave a wider insight
into the significant impact religion has on society. We also
considered what it really takes to be connected with God”.
Ashwin Thakur (year 12)
“I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to
meet the former Archbishop of Canterbury. He spoke about
religion in society and there was a question and answer
session which I found interesting as it allowed me
to understand things from more of a religious perspective.
It was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it”.
Zahra Butt (year 12
Local Women and Girls
February 2015, Cranford played host to a girls’
safety summit that was led by Seema Malhotra,
MP for Heston and Feltham and Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence against Women and Girls. Approximately
70 students of both genders attended to discuss challenging topics including (female genital mutilation), sexual abuse
and harassment of females, especially amongst young people. We explored
the media portrayal of women with many students highlighting the role of
the music industry in perpetuating negativity towards women, both in their
physical appearance as well as the language used to describe them and the
influence this has on them. Many of the girls were brave in sharing their own
personal experiences of unwanted attention when out in local areas and these
were noted by the local councillors who were present.
We felt privileged to have had the chance to voice our opinions and to have a
say in improving the safety of young women in Hounslow.
Kishan Shah (year 13)
A Visit to the US Embassy
hot Thursday in June 2015 we were invited to attend a very special event
at the US Embassy in London. The evening, celebrating the life of Herman
Bernstein, gave us an insight into the history of Albania during World
War II. In fact Albania was the only
country in Europe that had more Jews
after the war than before showing how
much of a safe haven they offered
the persecuted Jews of Europe escaping Nazi terror.
The conference opened our eyes to the harmonious
relationship amongst followers of the Abrahamic faiths
in Albania and we learnt a lot about Bernstein’s life and
contribution to this end.
Gurpreet Wadhwa (year 12)
usic Department in partnership
The Mwith The DJ Workshop
Company ran a series of DJ’ing workshops
with students from years 7, 8 and 9 throughout
the spring and summer terms 2015. This was
an opportunity for students to gain valuable
experience and build skills in the art of DJ’ing.
Students attended the sessions once a week and
learnt a new skill at each session. They learnt to
use state of the art equipment, build skills and
gain knowledge of the history and techniques of
In addition, all students gained an Arts Award
qualification upon successful completion of the
This has been a fantastic experience for all
Julie Sacre (Workshop leader) said: “The students
love the workshop. They learn something new
each week and it’s wonderful to see them achieve
so much in such little time”.
Lewis Tirahan (year 9) added: “I learnt so much
in the workshop. I’ve never used these mixing
desks before and it was really cool to get my mix
on a professional CD. I also got a qualification
from it and my parents are really proud of me”.
The Music Department look forward to
working with The DJ Workshop Company in
the future to continue to provide workshops
of such high quality.
(Head of Music)
“I think it is fantastic that this is on your
qualifications. There are lots of songs
that I liked. The teacher was very helpful”.
Humza Jeylaani (year 9)
“I found the course really interesting and it
is not something you would usually get the
opportunity to do especially like this. This
course really interested me as I engaged
with the teacher really well.
I would now love to do the silver award as
I am now enthusiastic about D’jing”.
Paula Antougia (year 9)
“The teacher was extremely encouraging.
She explained the work incredibly well.
I understood fully. I would really like to
carry on and get the silver award in
Lina Imam (year 9)
continues to make Cranford’s students truly shine
Factor Team are responsible for organising activities focused on improving personal
The Wand social development whilst learning new skills and gaining new experiences. Our
aim in WFactor is to provide our students with a rich set of experiences that serve to inspire them to be
engaged citizens who can effectively interact with peers and adults whilst enjoying and learning about
the wider opportunities available to them beyond the taught curriculum. We set our students apart from
the crowd when moving on from school not just making them outstanding on
paper but as individuals that truly shine.
We are now in our fourth year of running this unique initiative
and this year we have delivered a comprehensive enrichment
programme as well as a wealth of other opportunities for students
to make new friends, gain new experiences and learn new skills.
Our activities are open to all students and
over 75 different experiences have been on
offer, including volunteering in the local
community, kick boxing, Latin, BBC
Schools Radio project, creating the
props and set for the school production,
and classical civilizations alongside
some old favorites, to name but a few .
WFactor continues to provide an
afternoon of activities to make
Cranford students truly shine.
Kevin Biggs (Senior Teacher / WFactor)
“My first WFactor was robotics and I chose it because it was interesting
and I love learning about technology. We first started by building a Lego
Mindstorms® robot and there was an assortment to pick from which had
different abilities. I learnt about teamwork and helping others since there
were a lot of parts and we had a deadline by which to finish the complex
construction. During the last 2 weeks we had permission to use the iPad with
a compatible app to control the robot and move it wherever we wanted, our
robot worked and we had a lot of fun”.
Oussama Zemry (year 10)
“Bollywood dancing was the best WFactor I’ve had this year as it
was very entertaining, fun and I love Bollywood dancing. Exploring
comedy was just unbelievable, there were times I was laughing so
much that tears came while laughing so much”.
Gracey Mehra (year 7)
“Over the years I’ve had many WFactors but my favourite
by far was crafts because I was with all my friends and I got
to make a vase spray painted gold and silver. WFactor is a
chance to meet new people and have a chance to relax”.
Ehlaama Ahmed (year 9)
Over the past year Cranford has developed a strong relationship with Queens
Park Rangers. The school delivers the education programme for their
academy players and the Cranford Superdome is now ready and will open autumn
2015. Cranford students and the wider community are also benefiting from a
number of initiatives led by QPR’s Community Trust.
QPR run two very successful Premier League for Sports clubs at Cranford. The
clubs are free and open to anyone from the local community. Currently QPR
run tennis and basketball but are proposing to introduce a new sport in the
new academic year. The club runs weekly with regular
tournaments involving other premier league
teams. The basketball students recently
showed their determination by getting
up at 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning to
take part in the National Premier League
Basketball Finals in Sheffield. Sadly they
lost in the quarter finals to Stoke but they
did beat the Manchester United team on
the run up.
Tennis has also proved popular with young
people taking advantage of our excellent
indoor facilities during the winter. Some
of our students had the opportunity to take
part in their first tournament at Roehampton
National Tennis Centre. This was followed by a trip to Wimbledon which
was enjoyed by all.
Friday evening sees the busiest QPR club with 50 to 60 young people aged
between 16 and 19 having a coached football session. This has proved so
popular that students who have left school and gone to university still come
In addition students have benefited from one-off events such as a
coaching session for year 9 girls and boys led by Les Ferdinand and
This has been an excellent first year and we are confident that our
partnership will continue to grow and develop in the future.
What a wonderful first year it has been, working with our partners Brentford
Football Club Community Trust and Motivate Hounslow, part of the Mo
The key to the success of our partnership has been the training of twenty year 10 students as part of the Games
Force programme. This has enabled them to move beyond the Sport Leaders’ work in primary school to
running clubs at Cranford and even going out into the community and running
sports activities at events. Recently four of our Sports Leaders were
praised by organisers and members of the public for the work they
did at a sporting event in Chiswick.
The Games Force leaders have now
established a number of highly successful
clubs at Cranford, in particular Dodgeball
and basketball. The dodgeball session is
amazing and not for the faint hearted with
over 70 children aged 11 to 15 playing
and loving it. Our Sports Leaders are
now trained coaches in dodgeball and are
confident in running session both in and
out of school.
Our strong relationship with Brentford has
enabled them to run free football sessions on
Mondays and Wednesdays for boys aged 11
to 16 and a free girls session on Wednesdays.
Another highlight of our partnership was
the athletics events at Brunel and St Mary
University in July 2015. Over 60 of our year
9 and 10 students took part in these events
which enabled our students to receive top
class coaching from university coaches.
It also gave them the opportunity to
visit two of the best athletics training
facilities in the country. Everyone said
they were suitably inspired.
Alan Fraser (Assistant Headteacher)
2014 / 2015
The Drayson Project
“We found this WFactor really
interesting, educational and fun. During
this WFactor, we had the opportunity
to visit Brunel University which was an
unforgettable experience for all of us.
It helped us notice the unconscious bias
between both genders around us.”
Devyani Greentilal and
Juhi Kumar (year 9)
There is a huge issue currently
in the UK’s STEM (science,
technology, engineering and
maths) workforce as less women
are opting for careers in this
Cranford Community College is
currently involved in the Drayson
Project. This is a pilot project run
by the Institute of Physics. The
main aim is to try to get more girls
studying A-level physics. We are
doing this through a variety of
methods, such as:
• Training for Science teachers on novel ways of teaching
concepts like forces or energy
• Increasing girls’ exposure to more STEM careers (trips,
• Training whole-school on unconscious bias and gendered
• WFactor “Girls in Physics”
Three year 10 classes took part in “I’m a Scientist - Get me out
of here” (IAS). This is a live chat with physicists around the world. The impact of IAS
on the student groups was measured and the girls showed an increase in confidence and positive associations with
physics/physicists and a decrease in negative stereotypes. The boys showed a decrease in negative stereotypes.
Additionally, staff and students have been invited to take a test produced by Harvard University to test their own
A WFactor session named ‘Girls in Physics’ taught the girls about unconscious bias, career opportunities and
how to boost their confidence in this subject. One way of doing this was by setting the girls a task of designing
a physics toy for an 11 year old. This included market research with a group of year 7 students and conducting
presentations on their toy and, describing the physics of the toy in detail. A group of year 9 girls also attended a
day at Brunel University aimed at trying to encourage more girls into the industry.
For more information on the Drayson Project you can visit the link below:
The Egg Drop Project
As part of the mechanics unit in A2 physics, Students have
been undertaking a project to design an impact container
that would protect an egg when dropped from a considerable
height. Students were required to bring together their
knowledge of how force is related to acceleration and the
steps that can be taken to reduce the impact force in the
event of a crash. There were some excellent designs with
most students’ opting for spongy materials that increase
the impact time and reduce the overall force felt.
The Algae Fuels Project
At the start of this year, a group of year 9
students were engaged in a research project
between UCL (University College London)
and The London Steam Museum involving
the use of algae as a biofuel at UCL alongside
members of the UCL research team. They were
investigating different methods of extracting
biodiesel from Algae.
London Water and Steam
On the 20th March 2015, the Science Department took 15 gifted
and talented year 8 pupils to the London Water and Steam
Museum in Kew. Here they attended a master class on energy
by the Institute of Physics. The master class was in the context
of how steam was once used to generate energy for much of
London in the 19th century and the challenges facing us now
and in the future as the demand for energy gets higher.
Trip to Kendrick School
Monday 9th March 2015 the Science Department
took nine year 10 students on a “Cutting Edge
Science” trip to Kendrick School (Reading). Our year 10
students took part in two workshops:
Drug Discovery - Through a range of activities, students were
introduced to drug discovery and learnt key concepts used by the
pharmaceutical industry and academia to develop
new medicines. A case study involving current
research into malaria treatment at Imperial College
was used as the context.
Current & Biosensors - In this workshop students
explored how electricity works in both solid and
liquid. We also looked at the use of this knowledge
in biological sensing applications.
In addition, we got to meet the eminent scientist
Professor Lord Robert Winston who gave an
inspirational lecture to a hall packed with
students from various schools.
Everyone had a great day working with Early
Career Researchers from Imperial College
London to explore the role of a scientific researcher
and hear inspiring contemporary research issues explained
and demonstrated. Our students were able to acquire and
learn new scientific vocabulary working in groups to
discuss ethical considerations and acquire problem solving
Kirsty Foale (Science Department)
Cranford Community College’s Music
Department held its final GCSE Music
Showcase of this academic year on 1st
July 2015 in the Concert Hall. The showcase has
been running successfully for the past 2 years
and this event was once a again a celebration of
the talented musicians at Cranford.
This year we decided to include students from
years 8 and 9 who will be studying the RSL Level
1 course (GCSE equivalent) from September
2015, to showcase some of the music they have
been working on. The repertoire was chosen by
the students and gave them a chance to perform
and as ever, it was very diverse, challenging
and exciting. For some of the students, it
was the first time they’d performed live to an
audience and they took up the challenge with
Mr Seijas (teacher of Spanish) said: “It was
fantastic to see the students perform to such a
high standard. They really looked like they were
enjoying themselves. I certainly did”.
Mr Fraser (Assistant Headteacher) said: “It’s
really refreshing to see such talented and
dedicated students performing with confidence”.
The students involved were: year 10 GCSE,
Tatyana Baiden, Mercedes Blake, Ahmed
Fadhluddin, Amir Hashemi, Raul Plahe, Zohaib
Salam, year 9 RSL, Teodor Jevtic, Shubdeep
Sethi, Jaiman Bhalsod, year 8 RSL, Shariq
Ahmed, Daniella Bic, Onkar Riyat and Nathan
The Music Department would like to thank
everyone that came along and look forward to
holding more events like this next year.
Mo Wasiq (Head of Music)
2015, musicians from
years 7-11 celebrated
their incredible year
at Cranford with a
packed out concert in
the Memorial Garden.
Despite rain clouds
earlier in the day, the sun
was shining as students
showcased their work in bands, as soloists, with featured
performances from our Chinese visitors from our partner
school in Shanghai, the South Dong Chang Middle School,
the Year 7 Choir and the school NOfA ensemble, who played
music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.
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.
We have been working closely with the organisation for two
years as part of its 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
Earlier in the term, our students had met with other young
musicians from across the country to rehearse and perform at
the Alexandra Palace at an event organised by NOfA. They
worked with professionalism and dedication, on music we had
learnt here at Cranford, and music they saw for the first time
on the trip and the results were amazing. The students on the
trip, and those taking part in the concert really were a credit
to the school.
Our concert was the perfect opportunity to showcase the
hard work from this trip, as well as the hard work of many
other young musicians at Cranford. In the past two years,
the Cranford music department has really taken on board the
NOfA spirit, and students, particularly in the lower school
have grown hugely in both confidence and skill. I’m sure
those parents and staff who have been at concerts for the past
two years will agree that the students have been going from
strength to strength.
The school’s NOfA ensemble will continue to rehearse and are
looking forward to another year of brilliant trips, activities
and concerts. For more information please contact Mr Wasiq,
Head of Music.
Leah Mirsky (Music Department/NOfA)
My name is Cristiana, I play the keyboard and I
want to tell you about
NOfA. NOfA, for
those of you who don’t
know, is the National
Orchestra for All
and it is a wonderful
organisation that gives
young people like me
allows us to perform at
several different events
and learn many musical pieces written by amazing
Recently, some of us in NOfA went on a trip to Alexandra Palace where we got
to rehearse various different pieces throughout the day and have a concert at
the end. I want to say how great it felt to be part of an orchestra and
how amazing all these different melodies and instruments sounded
when they were put together in order to play as an ensemble.
One thing I love about NOfA is the fact that anyone can join, no
matter how talented you are or whether
you’ve never played an instrument before,
if you’re willing to put in the effort and
you enjoy music NOfA would be pleased
to have you.
Another thing that I love is the noncompetitive
that you join when
you’re part of NOfA. For
example, when we went to
Alexandra Palace, during
the rehearsals everyone was helping each other
and the staff were just brilliant, always there to
give you a hand because we weren’t working
were working as
One last thing I’d like to
say is “ Thank You”. Thank
you NOfA for giving us
great opportunities, thank
you to all the parents and
people for attending this
concert, thank you to the
offering so much
support and last but
not least thank you Ms Mirsky for helping us become
such a great orchestra because without her this concert
wouldn’t be taking place.
Cristiana Eftenoiu (year 9)
Friday 19th June 2015 Cranford Community College hosted the annual RE conference for sixth form
students in Hounslow.
All secondary schools in Hounslow were invited to bring sixth
form students to participate in the daylong conference. The day was
hugely stimulating for both students and staff alike, offering excellent
learning and reflection plus great professional development.
The theme for the day was: Is Britain still a Christian Country?
The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Ranvir Singh with closing remarks by
Seema Malholtra M.P.
The conference was sponsored and supported by Hounslow SACRE
(Standing Advisory Council on RE), Cranford Community College,
UCL Institute of Education and the EiP RE group.
The day began with a Keynote Speaker, Dr Ranvir Singh, who was
formerly a member of the RE department at Cranford. Ranvir always
offers a unique perspective to stimulate minds. He is involved in Religious Studies as a teacher, an examiner, a
teacher trainer, a producer of resources, a member of a faith group, an activist in
interfaith relations, a member of SACRE and as a parent. Most recently, he has
been involved in the curriculum and qualifications review as a member of the
board of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales.
The day included lively, interactive workshops as well
as a ‘Question Time’ style panel, with members of
religious and non-religious belief systems responding
to questions made from the floor. The carousel of
different workshops was run by teachers who have
just completed their PGCE in Religious Education at
the UCL Institute of Education.
RE is currently very much in the spotlight, with Ofsted giving the subject renewed
attention and the current government’s emphasis on the importance of young people
understanding what it means to live in a religiously diverse society and there is also
the opportunity in terms of fundamental British values that these type of events offer.
This annual conference was an extremely worthwhile event and very well received by
all those students and colleagues who attended.
Mehmoona Yousaf (Senior Teacher SMSC and Head of RE Department)
“I enjoyed many activities in the Borough RE
Conference, including debating about the design
argument and references to it in many religious books. It
was interesting looking at how the universe was created
and we considered different theories”.
Shagufta Bibi (year 12)
“The Annual Borough RE
Conference was good as the
workshops allowed me to increase
my knowledge of ethical and
philosophical issues. Listening to
the opinions of others increased
my awareness, in particular
the workshop on terrorism was
intriguing as we debated the
definition of a terrorist and it had
me constantly thinking”.
Adil Hassan (year 12)
“Running a workshop at the Annual
Borough RE Conference enabled me
to understand students’ perceptions
about whether Britain is a Christian
country. Leading the workshops was demanding but
valuable as we were constantly trying to challenge
students about their mind-sets. Overall the conference
was very interactive and enabled everyone to develop
their views and learn not to accept everything the media
reports at face value”.
Nabila Hiyati (year 12)
“The annual Borough RE Conference was kicked off by
Dr Ranvir Singh’s key note speech which was amazing in
exploring international history and politics in addressing
the key question: Is Britain still a Christian country?
He made the speech very interactive and highlighted
for instance how Christian beliefs dominate our legal
systems. I learnt to appreciate life as a teacher as I led a
workshop on the problem of evil”.
Gurgina Sidhu (year12)
“The Annual Borough
RE Conference allowed
students from different
faiths to interact and
communicate in an
academic setting. It was
largely to engage with
problems which have
religion. The highlight
of the event was the panel discussion because all major
faith groups were represented including Humanism and
the fact that two students stepped up to represent
Mariyum Mahmood and Faisa Samater (year 12)
DRAMA 2014 / 2015
An Amazing Year of Opportunities
Our Heroes” is a community arts
project touring schools and public
venues in Hounslow and Birmingham. The project
which began in September 2014 and will be
touring for two years, evolved through workshops
and discussion with Cranford students in creating
the piece working alongside professional actors
from Zero Culture Theatre Company. The play
opens your eyes to a wider world that is not part
of the regular curriculum. It delves into the lives
of villagers in a distant land but soon brings home
to you the thing that connects us all, the theme of
loss, longing and suffering.
When you have productions like this performed in
school you can see the impact immediately. Some
of the comments made by the younger audience
were profound: “It has made me think of history
in a different way. The effects of war on the lives
of real people, not just soldiers, but families and
children like me”.
Seema Sethi (Head of Performing Arts)
Having received in September 2014 the
recognition of Arts Mark Gold for outstanding
arts opportunities across the school, we started the
academic year with the success of “Richard III”
and the Shakespeare in Schools project, with a cast
mainly comprising of year 11 students. We knew this
was going to be an amazing year of opportunities
for students in drama, either as a participant or as a
member of the an audience.
This academic year we took 8 trips to the theatre
including “Richard II” at the Trafalgar Studios with
year 9, 10 & 11 students and “Red Earth” at the Unicorn,
London. Year 13 drama students, in support of their A
Level drama studies saw “The White Devil “ at the
RSC, Stratford Upon Avon, “Woyzeck” and “Othello”
at the Lyric, Hammersmith and at The Globe and some
year 10 and 11 students joined them to increase their
theatre experience. In addition we took year 10 and 11
students to see “The Curious Incident of the Dog in
the Night-time at the Gielgud Theatre and “Woman in
Black “at the Fortune Theatre, London.
In the summer term students from year 9 performed
to 120 primary school students from Berkley Primary
School as part of their Theatre in Education project that
they have been working on in lessons. They tackled
themes that are relevant to younger audiences; bullying,
peer pressure, SATs, friendships, and family. The
young children engaged with the performances and
asked some very pertinent questions along with giving
some very positive feedback. This experience fired up
the year 9 students and had a direct impact in lessons.
We finished the year with our stunning school
production, “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” where
students from across the school got involved either
onstage or back stage in making this an outstanding
end to an amazing year of opportunities.
I am delighted these experiences in drama this
year both in lessons and beyond have captured the
imagination, enthusiasm and love of drama amongst
so many in our student population. Our focus for the
new academic year will be building upon the success of
2014-2015 including even more opportunities for key
stage 3 students to visit the theatre and participate in
performance, with the introduction of the Arts Award
and a KS3 drama club and our planned new production
for the Shakespeare in Schools Project in October 2015.
There is much to look forward to... ...So get involved.
Seema Sethi (Head of Performing Arts)
Our Heroes” play was very dramatic and engaging as it was based on
people’s lives which then made you feel more connected to the play. The
fact that the main story was about war and from the perspectives of the people who
lived in India made the play even more powerful as it has not been spoken on it before
about how some countries just got pulled into the war without having a choice. It went
into depth and detail about how this war affected different classes in India. The piece
was presented with only 3 actors; who played many different characters, who made the
switches through the use of costume. The use of limited props but made it even more
effective and in depth because of their symbolic meaning for example the ladder that
was symbolic of the how the farmers sowed their land and then it was used as the barrier
between the countries who were at war and finally as a look out post on the rooftop of
a home in a village where a young boy looks out for his father and then a look out post
in England where they are looking for enemies approaching.
Zara Choudhry (year 11 GCSE drama student 2015)
response to this
play is that I think
the play was really
good; it had a lot of
passion to it but I
think it could have
been longer because
I wanted to get
more engaged in the
play because it was
Nia Morgan Herman
(year 11 GCSE
first I believed that the play
would be created around the
topic of war only; that it would be dull
like all the war plays I have reviewed,
however when the play started I was
grabbed by the performance skills and
I found it very interesting as it was
from a different perspective. Their aim
was to mark the centenary of the First
World War; ‘All Our Heroes’ explores
the stories and perspectives of men and
women from the Indian sub-continent
far, far away.
I think that it was thought-provoking
because it was from a complete different
perspective, one that is never told to us in schools and we had never learnt; for example we are always shown
the British side of the war and how they felt during the war. These performances showed us that people living in
Asian countries, who I thought, were not in so much tension and were in good living conditions were suffering
badly from the war.
Personally I think that the play was valuable to watch, this is because it makes all of us aware of the things
happening in other countries and reminds us of how much we have developed during the past centuries. Also
it reminds us the role that was played by each country during the world war. The message of the play probably
was to show that life was not easy for anybody and that they were also suffering throughout the world war. From
this performance I learnt that I should view different things from a different perspective. I understood the play
very well and enjoyed it a lot due to there being only 3 main actors which made it easier for you to focus on. The
theatre and stage being small made the audience feel closer and connected to the actors.
Diba Sarvari (year 11 GCSE drama student 2015)
Performing Arts Department’s summer production this
year, “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” was performed as
a traverse piece to a sold out audience. The original play by Bertolt
Brecht is a play within a play and one that comments on the politics
and what was going on in society in 1944, in the lead up to the World
War II: the divide between rich and poor and the issue of corruption
Our version was set in contemporary India, against the backdrop of
the fast growing economy where the rich are getting richer and the
poor, poorer. Wanting to stay true to the original play we workshopped
around the themes and then looked at the original text and then changed names and
locations. This process was really useful because not only did I want the students to be performers working
towards a production, but I wanted them to engage in depth with the themes that the play raises, so that they can
think about them and act critically.
The cast began rehearsing in March 2015 during WFactor and after school on Fridays and some weekends in
the lead up to the performance. Students started the process with improvising around the text, where they were
given scenarios based on the original text. This proved to be a challenge, especially learning the lines. Three
weeks before the performance dates we had a full run through reading the play, which we had not done before and
discovered it was running at 4 hours and no audience was going to sit through a school play that was this long so
we edited more and more until we got the running time to 2 hours.
The first part of the production was filmed by professionals and starred our staff, Mr Ali, Mrs Bahra and Mr Ladva,
all of whom did a sterling job. We also took on the expertise of a professional lighting and sound technician,
because I wanted the students to have an experience of working with professionals.
The credit for the design and making of the floor cloth goes to two year 7 girls Gursharen Pannu and Arsida Dukaj,
who worked tirelessly to ensure that it was ready in time, seeking the help of others when the pressure was on.
During the production week, when we got into the performance space that’s when it began to feel like everything
was all coming together. Lights and sound, singing and acting... the true ensemble worked creatively to produce
a stunning show, one which the students will not forget in a hurry and neither will I.
The message in Brecht’s original play is about giving to those who are worthy and the message I wanted to
strongly portray was how much we need to preserve the arts within schools, communities, society so that we
are humanised. Productions always bring out the best in people, and the entire school community galvanised in
ensuring that the show went on, especially those friends and colleagues who gave of their time at weekends and
after school to make it a success.
Post-show feelings are always emotional, but the cast and technical crew have created a group chat family...
the chalk circle, and long may it live.
Seema Sethi (Head of Performing Arts)
“It’s really hard to describe how I felt when I saw my name on
the board for the selected actors and singers. The feeling is
overwhelming as you know that taking part in a production at
Cranford is going to be amazing because the standard of drama is
phenomenal. I’m so grateful to have taken part in such a meaningful
play and as Ms Sethi said at the end of the three tiring days “the
arts are what humanises us” and only now have I realised how deep
those six words are; (Also my last lines in the play were “and the
land to the villagers so that we are humanised”). At the start of
the play, I didn’t know 90% of the people and now I can proudly
say that I know everyone. Now it is finished I miss the late night rehearsals,
endless learning of lines and giving it your all. I can’t thank Ms Sethi enough for
allowing me to be a part of this, and everyone who put so much hard work into it
This is one I definitely will not forget.”
Tatyana Baiden (year 10)
“I’ve just got in
from watching “The
could you pass my
to the pupils, they
were wonderful. Also
pass my thanks on
to the staff for their
inspiration and hard
work. Really enjoyed
The LRC Buzzing
with the Spelling Bee
Learning Resources Centre was
a hive of activity on Monday 6th
July 2015 when Cranford hosted
the first ever Hounslow Primary Schools Spelling Bee
in the morning and in the afternoon the 3rd annual
Hounslow Secondary Schools Spelling Bee.
It was an exciting and nerve-racking morning and
three schools arrived for the Primary Bee.
Beavers Primary School,
School and Berkeley
Primary School and, all
schools entered a team
of four budding spellers
having held internal heats
in their own schools. The
first activity was a memory
game. All students took it
in turn to go and look at an
image filled with words and
they then had to spell these
words back to their teams
who would then recreate the
image. All of the schools
were very competitive and
interestingly all scored 23
out of 25 in this game.
We then went to the first
round; the children had a choice
on spelling an easy, medium and
hard word. The harder the word,
the more points it was worth. The
teams all had to try and earn as
many points as possible to make
it through to the final. After all
the schools had taken part in this
round the children went on a break
whilst the scores were added up. Sadly,
Beavers missed out from being in the
final but only by a couple of points. All
the teams were gathered back and the
finalists Berkeley and Westbrook were
invited to take a seat on the stage. The
next round would be in the format of a penalty shootout,
the first school to spell two words incorrectly
would be eliminated and thus the other team would
be crowned a winner. The two schools took to the
platform and spelt words. The words got more difficult
but the students kept spelling them correctly. I became
increasingly worried I was going to run out of words
as the round progressed. There were gasps around
the room when Westbrook spelt their first incorrect
word but the round continued. The teams spelt a few
more words correctly but then Westbrook spelt another
incorrectly. This meant Berkeley had won the first ever
Hounslow Primary Schools Spelling Bee.
In the afternoon, eight schools had accepted an
invitation to attend and participate in the 3rd annual
Hounslow Secondary Schools Spelling Bee. The
competition is getting bigger every year; Cranford
Community College, Brentford School for Girls,
The Heathland School, Isleworth & Syon, Kingsley
Academy, Lampton School, Reach Academy and St
Marks Catholic School all challenged each other in
an attempt to win the prestigious and highly soughtafter
trophy. Councillor for Hounslow and author
Shaida Mehrban volunteered to sit on the panel and
award the trophy to the winning school. The students
battled it out in teams to try and accumulate the most
points. The first round was nerve-racking and all of
the students eagerly spelt the words they were given.
After all the teams had competed the students then
had a break whilst the points were counted. It was
then announced that Cranford Community College,
The Heathland School, Isleworth & Syon and Reach
Academy had made it into the final. The four schools
chose their best two spellers to represent them in the
final. The difficulty of words for the round was chosen
by the panel. At first all of the schools spelt their words
correctly, then after a few rounds Reach Academy
spelt their word incorrectly, this meant they were out.
The teams proceeded on and next to fall under the
pressure was Cranford Community College and soon
after Isleworth and Syon. This meant The Heathland
School won. Shadia Mehrban was invited to award the
It was a very successful exciting day and Cranford
students can be very proud of their achievements again
this year. Roll on next year’s challenge.
(Learning Resources and Study Centre Manager)
Tuesday 9th June 2015, six year 7 students were selected to take part in the Poetry Slam competition
at the Paul Robeson Theatre. The competitors were St Marks, Brentford School for Girls, Kingsley
Academy, Isleworth and Syon and Cranford Community College. We were required to write a poem about transition
(moving from one thing to another) which we would later perform in a competition against the other schools.
The workshop was run by a poet called Adam. He was also a rapper; he performed one of his pieces to us about
his time wandering the streets and living on M&S rubbish from the bins. Our poem was called “Origins”. It was
based on a poem we heard about a man who moved into a new city. We made our poem about the things people
have said and things we did in the past.
Cranford Community College came 3rd. Some pupils were chosen as the most enthusiastic members and they
received a book that has not been published yet. Although we did not win the event we came in 3rd place and it
was a great experience taking part.
Harit Boonyarakyotin (year 7)
I’m from do your homework.
I’m made of average grades.
I’m made of don’t show you’re weak.
Just act like the hard guy.
I’m from konnichiwa.
I’m made of I’m not Japanese!
I’m made of sleeping in assembly.
I’m made of visits to the head of year.
I’m made of tuck your shirt in.
I’m from hidden insecurities concealed by confidence.
I’m made of the middle child.
I’m from get ready for your exams!
I’m made of all my friends.
I’ve lost fragments of a heart now cold.
I’ve lost life that made me the centre of the universe.
I’ve lost the comfort of youth but
I’ve found the hardships of growing up.
I’m made of trying to fit in a world that doesn’t want.
I’m made of belike your older sister
I’m from spit your gum out
I’m from turn your phone off
I’m made of you’re going to be late
I’m from a shadow that lurks behind confidence.
I’m torn between good and bad.
I’m from the back of the class.
I’m made of blending in with the crowd
I’m now from the scorching sun,
always shining bright.
We found ourselves in a community.
Written by Harit Boonyarakyotin, Zain Khan, Kimran Virk,
Abdulahi Awal and Yasmin Rabi (year 7)
McKenzie and Company Cup Winner 2015
Cranford force, managed by Mr Wain and Mr Rattu,
arrived at Regents Park. Having won the previous
tournament beating Twickenham Academy and Featherstone High
School and drawing against Isleworth & Syon in an intense match,
Cranford’s year 9 & 10 combined team qualified for the McKenzie
& Company Cup 2015. We met up at Southall Station early on
a hot Wednesday morning in July
2015, with our packed cricket kits.
We were ready to go and win the
The 7 over format favoured the
team with the two big hitters,
Hamza Hussein (year 9) and
Junaid Aurangzeb (year 10) who
were hitting everything out the
ground. There was no stopping
them. With the rules coming into
play, the batsman had to retire once they reached 20, which was disappointing
after seeing the big hits from the two openers. None the less Cranford could finish
off the game with the middle order batsman, Amaan (year 9) Vignesh Kannan
(year 10) and Aadil Awan (year 10). Our opening bowler Sahib put the pressure
early on the opposing team in every game after earning at least a wicket to his
name in all three games. With some awesome fielding by John and Ryan (year 9),
we were able to defeat Hayden and Stephney Green School in the two opening
group games of the day and win our group.
Cranford was in the final. One more win against Bethnal Green School (winners of group B) in the finals, would
crown Cranford champions. The team were on their toes on every ball, and with the encouragement and support
from one another, Cranford had won the McKenzie & Company Cup 2015. Winning a trophy, medals for each
of us, shirts, tickets to one of the Middlesex games, kit bags for the school and most importantly qualifying for
the regional finals and representing
Middlesex, it turned out to be a great
day after all. Without a team effort
this would not have been possible.
Aadil Awan (year10)
Cranford cricketers represent 6 counties
in the Regional Finals in Chelmsford
Cranford cricketers represented
6 counties in the regional finals
in Chelmsford. Winning their
first game by 7 wickets they were
boosted with confidence. Junaid,
Vignesh and Tawos each played a
beautiful innings to give Cranford the
win. Going into their second game,
the team were confident after they posted 68 runs from 7 overs. Hamza (year 9) getting 20 runs from 6 balls.
Unfortunately the opposing team had a few good starting overs getting 36 runs from the first 3 overs. Despite
the efforts from Akshat who only conceded 4 runs in his over and Aadil who got 2 wickets, Cranford lost the
game and was not able to reach the final game.
Even though they did not reach the final, Cranford still won their 3rd game and came 3rd in the competition. Well
done to the team and a special thanks to Mr Wain and Mr Rattu for supporting us all the way. Let’s make sure we
are better and even stronger next year round boys.
Aadil Awan (year10)
“I can’t believe I
met a boxer”
“Great fun, thanks”
“I am completely
exhausted but it
was so fun”
“Can we do this
year Cranford has continued working
in partnership with Sky Sports Living
for Sport running the year 10 Sports Leaders Course.
The Sports Leaders have again stood out and shone
at all the primary schools they have visited and run
events for. We were incredibly lucky to
win a competition due to the leadership
training and won an additional visit from
a Sky Sports Mentor Hannah Beharry.
Hannah has boxed for England and Great
Britain, with a string of gold medals
under her belt aged just 23. She is an
inspirational role model and ambassador for the positive
influence of sport.
Hannah has been an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport
for several years. Speaking about her role as an Athlete Mentor,
Hannah commented: “I’m really looking forward to visiting as
many schools as possible and using my life story to inspire and
motivate others. It will be fantastic to support teachers, and make
a real difference to young peoples’ lives by talking about their own
stories and journeys.”
Hannah stayed in the Physical Education Department for the day and led 3
lessons on boxing training. Students were selected by the Physical Education
Department based on their effort during the year in their PE lessons. During
the lessons the students learnt a variety of punches and basic training
techniques with Hannah and were
a credit to the school
for their enthusiasm
and the maturity of
their questions they
asked at the end.
(Second in PE Department)
Jack Petchey Award
Abdiaziiz Sahal was
given the Jack Petchey
Award in September 2014
because he participated
in the Regional Spanish
Spelling Bee, which was
won by Cranford, and
participated in the side that came in the top 5 in the
National Spanish Spelling Bee. Abdiaziiz has also
won the Hounslow English Spelling Bee which was
an amazing achievement for him. Abdiaziiz helps
our teachers after school helping us to go beyond
outstanding. He has chosen new books for the LRC
and he empathises with people’s genres. Abdiaziiz
has helped make the year 8 FROG page dedicating
hours at home and in school editing and creating
new ideas. He has been student leader two years in
a row and is a great role model for students.
Ashmita is an incredibly
hard working young
lady whose homework
and classwork always
to learning. She is
polite, helpful and respectful – in all ways a
model student. I am nominating her because of
her amazing ability and willingness to help other
students. Twice now, I have seated a new starter
next to her in German lessons – one student with
real literacy and confidence issues and another who
was an EAL beginner. She has managed to act as an
incredible TA to these students whilst never letting
the quality of her own work drop. She ensures that
they understand every element of their lessons and
these students’ success in German is in no small part
due to Ashmita’s fantastic help.
Sarah has contributed hugely
to the Music Department in
the past year, not only being
dedicated to her own studies,
progress and performances,
but also supporting the
school community as a
whole. She has performed at prestigious events such as
the year 13 Celebration Evening, the NOfA project and
supported behind the scenes at extra-curricular events
giving up her free time before and after school.
Ms Qureshi and Ms Jaura)
Dillon is a committed student
who has given up a lot of
his time for art & design.
He consistently encourages
younger members of the
school with their work and
students look up to him as a
role model. He has grown independently by actively
engaging in the National Saturday Art Club. He
volunteers to mentor other students in the community
and has given up his time on Saturdays by becoming a
student leader at the University of West London. This
role ensures he is supporting students who would not
otherwise have the opportunity to explore art and design
in such an open and varied way.
(nominated by student)
Gugandeep is an exceptional
individual, who always
strives to improve the school,
its ethos and the surrounding
community. Through his
work with the charity ‘Mind’
he has developed skills
central to his passion and
initiated some mental health lessons as part of the school
curriculum. His responsibility as a prefect provides
support and empathy for others who may need it. He is
“We do the Awards because we want to
believe in themselves and make a con
Winners 2014 / 2015
the first person, within our school, to apply to the top
universities in the US and is very fortunate to have
received the opportunity to gain a scholarship to New
York University. He has taken part in various extracurricular
activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh
Gold Award. He participated in “First Story” last year
and wrote an inspirational and heartfelt poem that was
published in an anthology called “Fishing for Words”.
Gugandeep truly deserves recognition for his superb
efforts within the school and the community.
(nominated by student)
Kishan is truly a
unique, inquisitive and
These attributes will only
strengthen his aspiration
of becoming a lawyer. His
completion of the Duke of
Edinburgh Silver Award
epitomises his endeavour to test his abilities. Kishan
has been an active member of the school community
with his 3-year-long contribution to the First Story
organisation. He endlessly aims to give back, evident
through his position as co-leader for this year’s cohort
for First Story, as well as expressing and sharing his
passion for creative writing.
(nominated by Mr Fraser)
Khalid has been working
alongside another coach
teaching tennis to students
in years 9, 10 and 11 in
WFactor. He is a natural
coach whose style is
encouraging and positive.
The transformation of a
disinterested year 11 student into a keen enthusiastic
player is a testament to his coaching skills and was done
with continual praise. Khalid is a fantastic role model
and is keen to take further coaching qualifications.
(nominated by Ms Joyce)
Lucy is an outstanding all
round student who involves
herself in the life of the
school whilst maintaining
standards. She is a credit
to her year group. Winning
the regional final of Jack
Petchey Speak Out competition recently is just one
example of why she should be given this award.
(nominated by Ms Sethi)
Josiah is a conscientious
student who seeks out
opportunities that will
develop him both as a
person and as student of
drama. He independently
took it upon himself to enrol
at the Lyric Theatre and on
a film project. He has a quiet confidence and has
produced some excellent work in his drama lessons,
both individually and as part of an ensemble. Recently,
he sought out an organisation that volunteers in India,
and prepared an application and video to outline why
he wanted to go to help build a school. He was open
to the culture and the country and as a result had a very
Ms Katie Hibbins
Adult Leader Award
(nominated by students)
Ms Hibbins is an exceptional
teacher who goes above and
beyond her normal duties
in order to drive students
to succeed and engage in
such as High Achievers
and the Duke of Edinburgh
Award. She has enabled students to be involved in
visits to Oxbridge and Edinburgh Universities. Not
only is she a true scholar, but she also embraces
the World Challenge Scheme and took students to
Morocco last year to help build classrooms. As a kind
and genuinely caring teacher she encourages even the
most challenging students to behave appropriately. Ms
Hibbins is a true asset to this school.
help young people raise their aspirations,
tribution to their society.” Jack Petchey
Cranford’s Rewards Day is the
culmination of the DREAM
rewards points system which
runs throughout the year. All students
attended a trip or activity with over
700 going offsite. New
trips this year included
the London Eye, Harry
Potter World and the
local bike track for a half
day’s BMX coaching and
races, as well as old favourites such
as Coral Reef, Thorpe Park and Brighton.
The DREAM system was imported from New York
in 2008 and is the focus of our positive behaviour
management strategy with students gaining DREAM
points for Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement
and Maturity. Whilst individuals are rewarded on a weekly
basis and the leading form group in each year
wins a half-termly pizza party, the
end of year Rewards Day is what all
students are working towards and trips
are allocated on the basis of DREAM
points gained throughout the year.
Although competition for the top choices
is always stiff, every student enjoys a
fantastic rewards trip or activity and, as
always, much fun was had by students
and staff again this year.
So whether you are hoping to be sunning
yourself on Brighton beach, hurtling down Thorpe Park’s log
flume ride or gliding across the ice at Slough’s ice rink, the
competition starts again in September 2015 to gather those
all-important DREAM points. We can’t wait.
Rob Ind (Assistant Headteacher Pastoral)
Message from Year 7
has been a wonderful past 9 months for
the year 7 cohort in all asepcts. 2014-2015
has seen students representing Cranford at Lord’s
Cricket ground, athletics tournaments and other
varied, activities including a whole year musical
performance in the very first term.
Therefore, it was no
surprise that the end of
term saw a tremendously
between the different
tutor groups. Each tutor
group put forward teams
of two and thanks to the
support of their tutors,
as well as the students
themselves, the quality
of performance was
Eight teams were
whittled down to
two in an engaging
opening round, with only two teams entering the
final round. In the final, Aliza Abbas and Ajeet
Kang (7U) were pitted
against Ayisha Mahmood
and Shaan Abbasi (7Z).
It was a thoroughly
entertaining and tightlyfought
affair; 7Z’s pairing
of Shaan and Ayisha
came first by a margin
of just two votes. As
well as this,
were given by
of year 7 in an
did credit to the whole year
group, the tutors and the students
themselves. It has been, from start
to finish, a tremendously positive
year for the cohort and year 8 will no
doubt see further impressive work
from them all.
Aaron Sohi and
(Head of Year
7 and Year
Tuesday 16th June 2015, year
11 students together with their
parents, friends and family gathered
together to celebrate the achievements and
talents of the year group. The event began
with a dance group performing a dance
fusion piece which perfectly captured the energy and
enthusiasm of the year group and it was
clear that the dancers had spent a lot of time
preparing the performance.
Ms Gerber and Mr Stumpf made an excellent
opening speech which inspired the students
and was a perfect introduction to the
presentation of the Record of Achievement
folders. The tutors worked hard to ensure
the presentations were seamless and all
members of the year group looked smart and
mature when collecting their folder.
The Year 11 Band performed “Flashlight” by Jessie J
which mirrored the feelings of many within the room.
Ms Sullivan and Ms Kaher gave emotional speeches,
reminiscing on how year 11 students had grown up
since year 7 and considering what the
future may hold for all of the young
people who have been in their care. The
final part of the formal presentations
was the RoA video, created by
Shafla Sharaz and Rimsha Amjad. It
contained messages from former as
well as current teachers, photos from
year 7 to year 11, videos from drama
performances and time spent together; a fantastic
finale with many lasting memories.
“If there ever is
a tomorrow when we’re
not together…there is
something you must
always remember. You are
braver than you believe,
stronger then you seem,
and smarter than you think. But the most
important thing is, even if
I’ll always be with you”.
“Do the things you love, not
the things others love”.
“Don’t think you know
everything, take other people’s
advice into consideration”.
“Never be afraid to ask for help”.
Everyone then set off for the Prom which was
held at the Riverside venue. The students looked
fantastic, with some very smart suits and beautiful
dresses. Their behaviour and attitude reflected their
appearances and it was wonderful to see
the entire year group dancing together
all night. Tutors made presentations to
students who had worked hard throughout
the years, and the prom king and queen
were announced. It was a fitting end
to a fantastic year group’s
hardest year yet and
they did it as they
had the last 5 years;
Well done Class of
2015- the best is yet
(Head of Year 11)
“Be yourself, respect yourself. Don’t be
afraid to stand up for what you believe in,
even if it means risking embarrassment”.
Celebration Evening 2015
Celebration Evening took place
at the Heston Sports Ground
Imperial College London venue on Thursday 7th May
2015, to acknowledge the culmination of our year 13
students’ academic careers at Cranford
Community College. Ms Prunty, Mrs Joyce,
Mr Wasiq, the Year Team and the students
put on an evening which was well attended
by students, parents, grandparents, siblings,
teachers, tutors, year managers (past and
present) and senior management.
The programme for the evening
got off to a spectacular start
with a Bhangra Performance
by Rimsha Jaffari and Mehreen
Nazimi, supported by KS3
students on the Dhol Drums. Then
the Student Leadership Quartet
(Bethany Johnson – Head Girl,
Surya Varatharajan – Head Boy,
Abrar Al-Habtari – Deputy Head Girl,
Ravi Mandalia – Deputy Head Boy)
introduced the evening and thanked
staff and peers for their support.
Mr Prunty, Executive Headteacher, then took
to the stage (in his red socks…) and praised the
year group for their commitment to Cranford and
strong work ethic. This led into the
second amazing performance of the
evening, with Kimran Mahal singing
“Killing Me Softly” accompanied by
Mr Singh on guitar.
The tutors from the Year Team then
introduced their Form Groups and
read out personal messages about their
tutees as they came onto the stage and
received certificates from Mr Prunty. In
the background a presentation displayed
pictures from years 7, 10 and 12, and each student’s
destination university or employer for next year.
The final performance of the evening was a passionate
performance of Sam Smith’s “Lay with Me”
beautifully sung by Bethany Johnson and
Ms Mirsky, also accompanied by Mr Singh
The formal element of the evening closed
with Mr Ryan (Head of Year) reminding
his year group they were a record
breaking year group. Before Ms Ledlie
(Year Manager) thanked the year group and
Ms Ashfaq (Year Manager / Year 7-12) said
an emotional farewell to her babies.
Then everyone got into the party spirit ate, danced and
partied a memorable evening away. We wish everyone
well for the future and hope they will keep us informed
of their progress at university and beyond.
Jonathan Ryan (Senior Teacher Head of Post 16)
Welcome to the
annual elections for the new Student Leadership quartet for 2015-2016 were held during the latter
part of the summer term 2015. The candidates went through a number of stages in the election process
which involved: writing a letter of application, presenting in assembly, supporting and presenting on year 7 Taster
Day, creating a manifesto and being interviewed by a student panel. Congratulations to all those students who
applied and to our elected team, and to Hanna Malik, Ashwin Thakur and Amit Asskoumi who also did really
well, but just missed out.
Jonathan Ryan (Senior Teacher Head of Post 16)
“I applied for the role of Head Girl because I’ve always been able to put my thoughts into
words, but this application process was harder than usual as I was enthusiastic to write down
everything I could possibly offer the role. I am currently studying A Level English literature,
history and religious studies and I hope to one day be a lawyer. This application process has
allowed me to practise writing for my UCAS personal statement. As a lawyer, you need to adopt
the position of leader in a court of law to achieve justice. The role of Head Girl will allow me
to lead a team to achieve the best possible outcomes for the school. I am extremely excited to
embark on this eventful journey as your Head Girl. I will put everything into making myself a
positive Cranford role model. Thank you”.
Diana Atougia (Head Girl)
“I applied for the position of Head Boy as I wanted to make a change that would last a lifetime.
When the position of Head Boy was first advertised with specific traits and characteristics, I
immediately felt that my personality and achievements met these requirements and with the
encouragement of my peers, I proceeded with the application and much to my delight was
successful. The application process stretched me because it was the first time I had ever been
through such a rigorous process. However, much like with everything I do, I gave it my best
effort. The first fence to jump was the letter of application. From this I learnt how to present my
achievements. The next hurdle was creating a unique manifesto that would inspire and excite.
Finally, the interview; this stretched me the most as it was a test of ability to vocalise my views
and ideas as well as answering questions under pressure. I currently study A level psychology
and sociology and BTec business. My career aspiration is to become an officer in the British
Army. Being Head Boy requires leadership, communication, resilience and perseverance, and this position will help
prepare me for my future career. That’s looking into the future. My priority, apart from getting exceptional grades, is
to be a Head Boy that Cranford can be proud of”.
Taylor Panesar (Head Boy)
“I applied to become Deputy Head Girl as I would like to be part of any challenges and
developments happening within our school. Applying for this post gave me experience of an
interview which helped my confidence along with other skills. I believe the position of Deputy
Head Girl will help me in the future because I know that it will make me stand out as a successful
student amongst others and will make others aware of the responsibility I have in this role. This
opportunity will help me to listen to students’ views and opinions and if there is anything I could
do to help them I will ensure to do so ”.
Maria Isaaq (Deputy Head Girl)
“I am Adil Hassan, the Deputy Head Boy. I’ve been a student in the school for 6 years and when
this opportunity arose I decided to aim for it. The application process stretched me but I discovered
I am skilled in speaking in front of big crowds as well as handling bigger responsibilities. The
role of Deputy Head Boy will allow me to increase my skills in being a leader and being able to
make decisions within a team which links to my career aspiration of being an Investment Banker
for which I am studying maths, physics, economics and geography. I am proud to be the Deputy
Head Boy and I aim to help keep Cranford at the top”.
Adil Hassan (Deputy Head Boy)