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Y7 Summer Reading Challenge Winners

Summer Reading Challenge

Over the summer the English department asked the Y7 students to take part in the summer reading challenge. The challenge involved students reading 4 books over the summer which they hadn't read before by the time they started Y7 in September.

Students were asked to keep a track of the books they read, and needed to comple a challenge task for each book.

All students who completed the reading challenge were presented with a certificate.

The winner, Liam Pilcher, was presented with a Kindle. Well Done Liam!

A-level Psychology students

A-Level Science and Pseudoscience Conference

On November 11th 2015 a small group of first year A-level Psychology students spent the day at Nottingham Playhouse being entertained by world renowned psychologists, magicians and hypnotists all in the name of what we call science.

Students experienced academic lectures on the nature of science, psychology and science as well what makes bad science; this is critical to not only their A-level study of psychology but also gave many a first glimpse at what a lecture at a university might feel like.

Dr Dance, Pete Lovett from the University of Warwick then spent an hour explaining the merits of dance, sharing results from his own research and including students in an interactive dance routine.

In the afternoon students were wowed with magic by Oliver Meech, who studied psychology at Oxford University and then the highlight for most was the practical demonstration of hypnosis by Andrew Newton; students were invited to take part in the hypnosis and whether involved or merely an audience member, laughs were had all round.

An exciting and entertaining day for all who were involved; very much a classic step away from traditional academic lectures.

Breast Cancer Care Fundraiser

The Big Pink - Breast Cancer Care

A big shout out to Grace, in Year 9, and her helpers who have raised a fantastic £138.21 for Breast Cancer Care. Grace is pictured alongside Lilly holding the cheque to be sent to Breast Cancer Care. WELL DONE - you should be very proud of yourselves!!!

They did this by making gift baskets full of a variety of lovely goodies from deodorants to socks to use as raffle prizes. They also held a bun/cake sale lasting over two days. Gift bags of sweets were also on sale, which as you can imagine went down a treat amongst students. Both students and staff took part in helping the Year 9 students make this event a massive success.

When breast cancer affects a loved one - Breast Cancer Care is there from day one to offer support, care and information for the whole family. Hopefully the money raised by our Year 9 students will be a big help towards providing this much needed offer of support.

We are very proud of our year group and the good work they do to raise money for organisations such is this.

Miss Turner (pastoral support assistant) and Mrs Moor (leader of student development) - Year 9.


Study Bus

Ashley Travel are providing a study bus that runs every Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

The bus route includes: Marsh Lane - Ford - Ridgeway - Mosborough - Killamarsh - Westhorpe - Spinkhill - Renishaw (bus terminates here).

The bus will leave school at 5pm prompt. Students: Please ensure you are at the bus stop at 4.50pm.

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Post-16 Centre Open Evening - 3rd December 2015

Due to high demand a second Post-16 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 3rd December between 3.30pm and 5.00pm.

This event is being hosted to allow the many students from other secondary schools who have contacted the school and missed our first Open Evening to visit Eckington Post-16 Centre and meet staff and students.

More information will be made available in November.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

On Thursday 24th September and Friday the 25th of September 2015 Eckington School took part in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

We raised a fantastic £236.82 from selling cakes and raffle tickets. Thank you to everyone who supported this very worthy cause.

A special thank you to those who helped to co-ordinate the event.

Tilly Simpson: Outstanding 800m Athlete

U15 800m Champion Tilly Simpson

Congratulations to Tilly Simpson in year 10 on her recent sporting achievements. This year, Tilly (who runs for the Hallamshire Harriers and trains at Woodbourn Road and EIS) has won national championships and rewrote records that have stood for almost 30 years.

She has competed this year in the under 15 age group and started the year with a strong cross country season where she became the Derbyshire Schools, Yorkshire County and North of England champion. Tilly then went on to win a bronze medal at the national championships, and win a bronze medal while representing Yorkshire at the national inter-counties match. These performances earned Tilly her spot on the England team where she won a silver medal running against the best runners from Scottish, Welsh and Irish schools.

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  • Narrowboat 'Madeline' headlines the The Cuckoo

    Eckington School's Narrowboat 'Madeline' on the front cover of The Cuckoo Magazine

    Read the latest about Madeline's adventures on the Chesterfield Canal in 'The Cuckoo' - The Magazine of the Chesterfield Canal Trust. Click on the front cover to read the full article.

    Madeline is pictured on the cover with Pete Alvey of the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

    Christmas specials aboard Madeline will be running throughout the festive season.

    For more details, please see Chesterfield Canal Trust website.

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    • GCSE students on results day 2015

      GCSE Results 2015

      Eckington School's Headteacher Patrick Cummings congratulated Year 11 students on some outstanding performances at GCSE and thanked staff for their unswerving commitment.

      Overall, the school's 5 A*-C (including English and Mathematics) exceeded the national average, with strong scores in English in particular. A particular word of praise should go to our top performers:

    • Juliet Hayes (6 A*s, 5 As, 1 A at AS)
    • Harrie Tabor Hall (5 A*s, 5 As, 1B, 1 C at AS)
    • Amy Pugh (2A*s, 7 As, 2 Bs, 1 C at AS)
    • Neve Wilson (2 A*s, 1 A, 8 Bs, 1 D)
    • Courtney Hancock (1 A*, 8 As, 2 Bs)
    • Lucy Fish (3xA*s, 4 As, 3 Bs, 1 C)
    • Holly Senior (4 A*s, 3 As, 2 Bs, 2 Cs)
    • Olivia Stuart (1 A*, 8 As, 3 Bs, 1 D at AS)
    • Charlotte Joyce (2 A*s, 4 As, 4 Bs, 1 C)
    • Callum Suttle (7 As, 4 Bs)
    • Ellie Curtis (3 A*s, 7 As)
    • Lauren Hill (4 A*s, 5 As, 1 B)
    • Katy Moyes (5 As, 6 Bs)

    • A-level students on results day 2015

      A Level Results 2015

      Eckington School's Headteacher, Patrick Cummings congratulated the A level cohort of students on producing the school's best ever A level results.

      He said, Our attainment has been rising steadily for the last five years. However, our A level results today show a significant leap compared to last year's. Our confident hope is that almost all of our students who wish to go to university will receive a place at the university of their choice.

      All students and staff have worked very hard to produce these good outcomes. A particular well done should go to the following:

    • Daniella Dunn (3As and 1 A*)
    • Hailey Pun (A*, A, B)
    • Alice Connelly (A*, B, B)
    • Meghann Crofts (A, A, B)
    • Luke Holden (A, A, B)
    • Georgia Murray (A, A, B)
    • Emily Rhodes (A, A, B)
    • Ruby Cunningham (A*, B, C)
    • Alex Jackson (A*, B, C)
    • Brooke Woolley (A, B, B)
    • Sarah Kesteven (A, B, B)

    • Year 8 Mandarin students

      Y8 students make the grade in Mandarin

      We are delighted to announce that 39 Y8 students have recently passed the YCT Level 1 test in Mandarin. Whilst all the candidates did well, Georgia Davies and Amy Jones achieved 193 and 195 marks respectively, out of 200, whilst Abbie Thompson excelled with full marks of 200!

      Any student who took the test will have the opportuity to continue their Chinese studies in extra-curricular classes during Y9. Congratulations to all of the students.

      Students taking part in the School Election

      British Values at Work: Democracy

      To coincide with the General Election on May 7th, Eckington School held its own election asking students who they would vote for if they were allowed to vote. Students had to register to vote and were issued with polling cards, just like the real thing.

      In the weeks leading up to the General Election, the prospective party candidates were invited to speak with our Sixth Form. They outlined their party manifestos and engaged our Sixth Form on a variety of issues often through lively debate.

      Sixth form students held their own hustings and outlined key priorities for each political party in special assembles for all year groups. There were many conversations in school about who was voting for who, and hopefully some at home too.

      On election day over 550 students voted in the Library which had set up its very own polling station just for the day. It was an excellent turn out and the station was kept busy from our first voter at 8.10am until the last ones at 3.30pm. Break and lunchtime were extremely busy with students having to queue so that they could get their voting slip and make their mark.

      The count was especially close with a hung parliament announced. With no one party receiving an overall majority, it was agreed that the Labour Party, the Green Party and the United Kingdom Independence Party would form a coalition. It was great to see so many students interested in the election and taking part in the democratic process.

      Y12 geography students

      Sneaton Castle Trip

      Year 12 Geography students recently visited the Holderness Coast between Spurn Point and Bridlington, before travelling north to stay in a castle in Whitby! On the Holderness coast students were able to see first-hand the consequences of rapid coastal erosion on Europes' fastest eroding coastline.

      Students also visited Mappleton, Hornsea and Skipsea which lie on glacial till (boulder clay) geology, a sediment deposited by retreating ice around 14,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. There are many examples on this coast of abandoned villages, roads and other services that have been destroyed and of coastal management strategies that have been employed to protect the cliffs.

      Further up the coast the students visited some sites near Whitby, as well as Robin Hood's Bay and Scarborough to evaluate the success of a further range of coastal management strategies.

      Students also visited some important river sites in the region, including the famous Malyan Spout Waterfall, as well as observing a number of flucio-glacial geological phenomena again related to the end of the last ice age.

      Y8 students with their project

      Chain Reaction National Conference

      Seventeen intrepid scientists from Year 8 recently took part in the "Express Yourself" conference held at Sheffield Hallam University.

      Two groups of students presented their investigative work, one on the comparison of volcanoes on Earth and Mars, the other on the Big Band Theory.

      The presenters explained their experimentation to hundreds of school pupils, university students and lecturers. The rest of the Year 8 team displayed their findings on posters and the audience asked questions about their studies.

      The judges thought the presentations were excellent, particularly as they were Year 8 students competing against Year 10 students, but when the marks were added up the Volcano presentation was found to be 0.4 of a mark away from the top spot. A trophy for the runners up position is being displayed in school before being shown to parents.

      What OFSTED says about Eckington School:

      In November 2011, our school was inspected by OFSTED. The outcome of the inspection was inspiring with the report stating that "Eckington School is a good school that is continuing to improve." The inspectors were clear that Eckington School has "Good teaching" and "Outstanding care, guidance and support."

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      Parent View

      Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about Eckington School.

      Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of our school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. OFSTED uses the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when. A screencast demonstrating how to register and complete a survey on Parent View is available on the How to use Parent View page. By sharing your views, youll be helping our school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about Eckington School. Or, if you want to, view the results for any school in England. (adapted from the Parent View website)

      Google apps for Eckington School

      Google apps for Eckington School

      At Eckington School we try to use the most suitable technology to enhance teaching and learning. Some of our classes are using Google apps, which allows students to collaborate on their work and support each other in their learning. Sign in here.

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