We have enjoyed some wonderful successes this year with our Oxbridge applicants
Every year, the school supports a significant number of our students who choose to apply to either Oxford or Cambridge with our Oxbridge Application Group as well as an Oxbridge Information Evening (running this year on Tuesday 31st January) and two mock interviews— one subject-based and one personal statement based.
I am delighted to be able to report that we have gained 8 offers for Oxbridge courses! The students in question are (from left to right below) Leon Hughes (History at Oxford), Imogen Dobson (English at Cambridge), Gabrielle Saperia (Economics & Management at Oxford), Sara Rashid (Experimental Psychology at Oxford), Helena Trenkic (History at Cambridge) and Amy Forbes (History at Oxford). Two students from last year’s cohort—Eleanor Collard (Chinese at Oxford) and Jeevith Gnanakumaran (Engineering at Cambridge) were also successful in gaining places.
Congratulations to all those who got offers but also to those students who gained an interview against the toughest competition to be found anywhere nationally.
On Wednesday 11th January 33 Year 10 & 11 Drama students visited the Queens Theatre in London to experience Les Miserables- the tale of political and social upheaval during 19th century France, where students followed two characters through an epic and life-defining adventure as one tracks another for two decades of his life whilst a new revolution peers over the horizon.
The students were very impressed with the production, and the day after were able to take part in a 60-minute practical workshop at Pineapple Studios with a West End professional based on the ‘At the end of the day’ scene from the show. Here, students were challenged to inject energy into their work and consider matching their body language to their tone of voice.
Following this, students were given the opportunity to explore Covent Garden Piazza before taking their seats for the much anticipated performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue.
Adapted by Simon Stephens from the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best Play. Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone, an Asperger’s syndrome sufferer, is determined to solve a grisly murder. Struggling with the limitations of his condition, Christopher goes in search of the pieces to this puzzle but instead starts to uncover important clues about his own life. Graham Butler as Christopher brings the boy’s inner turmoil and painful honesty uncompromisingly to life. The stage is transformed into a giant mathematical grid by Bunny Christie’s brilliant set design and projections are used to transport the audience to different locations and to give us a glimpse into Christopher’s anguished mind.
A tired but satisfied group set off back to school that evening through the snow fall in London.
having to contain immense excitement, we slept for no longer than 4 hours before making our way to Luton Airport with Barcelona awaiting us.
Once in Barcelona we were all thrilled to see the sunshine that we had not witnessed for a long time in cloudy England as we drove through the streets of Barcelona to Hostal Fernando where we were assigned to our dorms and given time to settle in.
We then went off to explore the streets and allowed some free shopping time, and to look through the lively, vibrant Spanish markets.
To kick the day two we went to a language class where we were put into 3 groups and interacted with a teacher who couldn’t speak that much English to help boost our knowledge. On that day we also visited La Pedrera, a Gaudi building, the Olympic Stadium and went to a flamenco show which was a great experience of Spanish culture. We then retreated back to the hostel where we enjoyed our second and final meal there.
Day three was a holiday day in Spain which meant no school!! Therefore we had an early start and strolled to La Sagrada Familia, another one of Spain’s beloved Gaudi’s buildings with a guided tour. We also went to the Nou Camp Stadium where we and the boys, especially, were in their element. Then, we went to Parc Guell, which is- surprise, surprise- designed by Antonio Gaudi. We went to dinner at Frescco which was a buffet style and all you could eat! After that, we went bowling which was a highlight of the trip for many and were allowed to go in the arcade afterwards. Awards were given for bowling to 1) Andrew for being most improved- and trust me, the improvements were huge. Mr Hannigan got the highest individual score much to Taylor’s disappointed who came a close second with 122, and Ruby, bless her soul, got an award for getting the lowest score. 18.
On the final full day, we returned to class at the language school, followed by a bit of free shopping time and then a visit to the aquarium where a shark was spotted with half a fish in its mouth, and penguins were also seen. With the cable cars fully booked, we had to admire the beautiful beach where some of the boys played football and we went for a hot chocolate in a nice cafe. Later on, we went for dinner at Frescco in a different location to change it up, before returning back for our last night in Hostal Fernando.
The next morning, we had a slightly earlier start where we had breakfast, cleared our rooms and got on the coach to the airport. It was very sad to be leaving Barcelona where we thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the locals in a different culture and leaving the sun. It was also sad to leave the teachers who made it very enjoyable and leave an overall memorable trip.
Me encantaría visitar Barcelona otra vez un día, gracias por todo.
Written by Lucy Norwood and Ella Filz
On Monday 5th November sixty West Bridgford students successfully competed at the Rushcliffe Partnership Championships at Rushcliffe Country Park. Of the six age categories West Bridgford School won three which is an outstanding haul in such a tough area for distance running.
The Year 7 Boys, Year 8/9 Girls and Year 10/11 Girls all finished in 1st place with the Year 8/9 Boys, Year 10/11 Boys and Year 7 Girls all finishing runners up. A huge number of our students also gained qualification for the County Championships as a result of finishing in the top 12 in their respective race.
The event just highlights the strength we have in distance running and continues our proud tradition as being one of the strongest schools in Nottinghamshire when it comes to Cross Country running.
The final school league race at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield is tomorrow (Saturday 10th December) with the first race starting at 10am. The information is on Moodle so any student who has not returned a reply slip but still wants to run can meet the PE staff at the venue. Huge well done to all involved.
Year 11 students were invited to participate in a mock interview process as part of our intervention program. They created cover letters and CV’s earlier in the term and then last week had the opportunity for a 1:1 Mock Interview.
We are very grateful to all the providers for giving up their time to help our students develop skills needed for post-16 interviews. Each student had a 15 minute interview and 5 minutes of feedback to help them improve further.
Overall the students performed very well and proved themselves to be an articulate and assertive cohort. We hope this experience helps them gain confidence when participating in interviews in the future for their onward studies and career.