As ever, the summer term was a busy one with lots going on in and outside of school.

The Year 10 Alternative Curriculum pupils carried on the work of the Y11 Prince’s Trust group and helped to complete the sensory garden project at Blackfriars School in Newcastle. This joint venture has become a really successful community project and both schools can be immensely proud of the finished garden. The formal opening ceremony took place on Thursday 17th July and, as a memento of the project, our pupils were proud to present an ornamental wishing well and plaque to the staff and pupils of Blackfriars.
Due to the success of this community gardening project, our Year 10 Alternative Curriculum pupils were eager to further develop their links and support within the local community. They made a decision to raise money for ARCH (a charity based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme) by honing their entrepreneurial skills with a badge making programme.
As well as learning about profit, loss, income, expenditure and market research, pupils produced hand-crafted badges, key rings and bottle openers. In doing so, they raised almost £200, which has been well received by this local charity.

During the last week of June, twelve Year 9 pupils were given the opportunity to attend a radio and media day hosted by Signal Radio. Pupils produced their own radio show, complete with weather, news, sport and audience phone-in. They overcame their initial nerves and produced two very entertaining shows. As part of this action-packed day, our pupils also scripted, edited and performed a radio advert for the school, which has been broadcast by Signal Radio. We hope you have been fortunate enough to listen to this over the summer and hear for yourself just how talented our pupils are.

In July, just before the end of term, all of our pupils in Years Seven, Eight and Nine had the experience of being involved in a Raising Aspirations Day. This day increased pupils’ awareness of the various medical careers available in the NHS and involved many exciting demonstrations, including the recording of an ECG, taking a picture of the retina with the guest speaker’s iPhone, an ultrasound scan of a carotid artery – and the list continues.

Pupils responded well to the hands-on nature of this day and they left full of enthusiasm and knowledge about possible future careers.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the support you have offered to the school throughout this academic year, whether in the form of attending our various events, providing work experience placements for our Year 10 pupils, or helping us in our journey to produce responsible, respectable young people.
We are looking forward to the new academic year and welcoming our Year 7 pupils into the life of Sir Thomas Boughey.