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Please be reminded that Marlwood will be closed to students on Friday 21st October as this is an Inset Day.  Staff will be undertaking training within CSET.


New Year 7 students have been enjoying a new way of learning at Marlwood School.  Interest has been such that the new learning space called ‘The Hive’ has been featured in the local paper, the Gazette.
Please follow the link below:

The Hive - The Gazette

October has been a busy month at Marlwood, with a very well attended Open Evening on October 6th, followed by 2 weeks of Open Mornings, which we have had to extend into this week due to popularity.  Thank you to all prospective pupils and parents who have attended and all the positive feedback you have given us.  A BIG thank you, of course, goes to the Marlwood School students who have acted as tour guides for these events.

More good news on the reading front!  Sam Newington-Wise has now also become a word millionaire and Mr Douglas’ class are only half a million words off their first class prize.
Well done to you all – I just hope the Learning Resource Centre doesn’t run out of books!


We have seen a busy week in the Learning Resource Centre this week, with Year 7 going from strength to strength with the Accelerated Reader Programme.

In assembly on Monday, Daniel Tsoucalas, Stanley Willmott, George Shrimpton and Tom Claridge were all awarded their certificates as they became Word Millionaires.  Laura Evans was awarded her certificate for 2 million words.

7A have also achieved their second class prize, as they have read 10 million words since the beginning of term! 

7C will receive a certificate for a new school record - the earliest ALL members of a class have taken an Accelerated Reader quiz. Term 1, Week 4

I am looking forward to presenting the certificates to 7A and 7C in the near future for their fantastic achievements.

Congratulations to all students involved!


The CSET Trust are proud to be regional winners for the Education and Business Partnership Awards


I am delighted to announce that I have had the pleasure of awarding Mr Mason’s class with the class prize for reading 5 million Words within the first 3 weeks of Term 1.  This is the earliest a class has ever been presented this prize.

I also had the pleasure of awarding Laura Evans in Year 7 her Word Millionaire Badge; this is the earliest a Year 7 student has ever been awarded this.

Congratulations to all students for their hard work!

Sixteen of our Year 8-9 students have done incredibly well in a "YOUNG WRITERS" competition.  They had to write a very short scary story and the challenge was to write well but concisely. The prize is inclusion in a published book, "Spine Chillers -Grave Tales", a copy of which will go to the British Library.  Well done to all students involved.

This term Aspens took over the catering at Marlwood School.   After a nervy start everything is now running like clockwork,  both the dining room and the lunchbox are running well.  Students are enjoying the new variety of food available.

We have now completed our first full week of Term 1, all students have now been welcomed to Marlwood and have settled in well.  We are now heading full steam ahead into a busy term and looking forward to see our students fulfil their potential.


Congratulations to Sally Conway ex Marlwood student on her Bronze Medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.


The latest version of our Newsletter is available on the School Website under the 'news' tab or you can follow the link below.

The Newsletter for Term 6 gives you an insight into activities which have taken place during the term and also lists future events for your information.

Year 7s celebrated the end of a terrific year for Accelerated Reader on Wednesday.  They have been working together to read as many words as they can, with each 5 million words earning them a class prize.  There has obviously been some extra effort towards the end of this school year as 7A were presented with their prize for reaching 10 million words and 7C received their prize (equalling the school record) for 20 million words read since September.

It was a pleasure to present Caleb Jefferis with a certificate marking his phenomenal achievement of reading 7,096,605 words since September (98 books) and therefore taking the title for another school record.  He was presented with a bronze Word Millionaire badge for this achievement.  Four new millionaires were presented with their badges, namely Jimi Bennett, Abigail Bridgewater, Maisie Harrison and Samuel Kitson.  Samuel received a bronze badge for becoming a Word Millionaire in two consecutive years.

Megan Handover, Jamie Reid and Samantha Drake each received certificates for making in excess of 3 years progress in their reading age over this school year. 
Samuel Kitson, Annabelle Leicester and Abigail Bridgewater (all 12 years old) each received certificates for attaining the highest reading age measured on the scheme, namely 16 years and 6 months.  This brings the total number of students in KS3 reading at 16 years and 6 months to 30 - another school record this year.

Throughout the school certificates were also handed out to students in years 8 and 9.  In all 25 students achieved Millionaire status this year, 12 of them coming from Year 7.  A staggering 3,826 books have been quizzed in school since September, amounting to 138,790,843 words!

House Championship Day

The yellow ribbons have been taken off the House Championship Cup today ready for new ribbons to be attached when the winning House has been announced.

Students gathered in the hall at lunchtime today to review the competitions which have taken place this year to find the winning House.  The atmosphere was electric and the noise of 500+ chanting students was deafening to say the least.

I was pleased to announce that Berkeley are the winning House for academic year 2015/2016 and all the members of Berkeley House are now enjoying the fun fair set up on the field as their reward.

Well done Berkeley


From September Aspens will be taking over the catering for the school.  This is an exciting new change and more information can be found through the link below: -

This year has been a very successful year for the Marlwood Radio Controlled Car Association.  It has been a very competitive year with some monumental accidents causing damage to the radio controlled cars, some might say adding to the fun!  Over 15 different events have taken place and the scores overall for the year are: -

1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
4th Place


Congratulations to Hannah Mills from Year 10 for achieving GOLD at an international gymnastics competition in Italy last week.


Whilst our younger students were on Enrichment Days, our Year 10 students were gaining first-hand experience of the world of work and taking up placements within the wider community last week.  Many worked in areas to support their career choices further down the line, whilst others explored new skills and ideas which may help their subject choices later.  We are very grateful to business partners who invested their time and experience in our students. 

We have had positive feedback from business, of which some examples are:

“I am writing to let you know that Charlie was an absolute asset to your school! She was fantastic and fitted in to the team like a dream, it is very rare to find a 15 year old as switched on and willing to work as hard as she did. Although she was only with us for a short period of time she will be sorely missed and the only thing we regret is that she doesn’t live closer.

We hope Charlie all the best for the future and that if she ever needs a job we would happily take her on.”

“Megan was an absolute delight and a pleasure to work with.  She was so enthusiastic and loved working with the many artists - who gave her lots of tips.  She certainly grew in confidence as the week went on and came in for an extra day, on the Thursday, to work with our photographer.  She produced some great photos, which I have managed to email to her school account so that she can use them for a project at school. She is always welcome back and we hope to see her at our future Young@Art workshops.  We look forward to welcoming any of your students in the future and hope to hear from both the school and Megan soon.”

Well done to those involved and thank you to local businesses for your ongoing support.

Marlwood students have been helping younger students with their Art Week at Christ the King Primary School in Thornbury. 

Staff and students from Marlwood gave learners opportunities to write their own lyrics and dancing lessons.  Also some students worked with the Marlwood Samba Band, whilst others learnt about stage costumes and make-up.

Lots of fun and learning took place and both students and staff from Marlwood really enjoyed their time supporting the younger students at Christ the King.

Thank you for making Marlwood so welcome


The sun shone on Saturday, 2nd July as over 9,000 people flocked to Thornbury to watch the carnival procession and then enjoy time at the Munday Playing Fields.

Students and staff from the PEPA faculty wowed the crowd with music from the popular Samba Band.



Well done to those who took part!


Year 9 students visited the Skills show at UWE on Tuesday 5th July.   The students really enjoyed themselves with lots of interactive and hands on exhibitions and activities from a variety of employers and training institutions.   Feedback from students and staff was very positive that this was an excellent learning experience.

Last week Year 7 and Year 13 students, the youngest and oldest at Marlwood School travelled to St Mary’s Church to celebrate Founder’s Day.

The congregation were treated to readings from Samuel Kitson and Liberty Lessiter from Year 7 and also addressed by the School Captains Devini De Alwis, Thom Harris Lee, Ella Cottle and Dominic Webb.

We also had musical interludes from Liam Green and Emily Draper singing Any Dream will Do (Lloyd-Webber) and If You Wait (London Grammar)  was sung by Ella Cottle.  Also Emily Davies, Grace Down, Jenna Nunn, Larragh Nunn and Jessie Smale played Colours of the Wind from Pocahontas (Alan Schwartz) on their flutes accompanied by Mr Humphries.

Thank you for your contributions


A selection of Year 8, 9 and 10 students enjoyed an afternoon of team building with the Rifles Regiment.  This involved strategic planning and working as a team to achieve their goals.  Also judging by the photos – the camouflage painting was a favourite!


Thursday 23rd June

We have started preparing for the third of our Parent Consultation events.  The first event in November 2015 was very successful with the feedback from parents overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

As we have listened to parent, staff and student feedback, you will see some subtle changes compared to the first and second event.

As we move towards the next meeting the priority will be ensuring that our students have made progress as learners and in their levels/grades.  To help them with this we would ask that you continue to check with them to ensure they are working within the targets for development that they set themselves in their meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 23rd June.


The latest version of our Newsletter is available on the School Website under the 'news' tab or you can follow the link below:

The Newsletter for Term 5 gives you an insight into activities which have taken place during the term and also lists future events for your information.


Mr Gallop, Assistant Headteacher and our four Year 10 Student Leaders, Joe Wisby, Chloe Fowler, Rachel Millard and Ben Herbert join other local schools, The Mayor of Thornbury, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucester and other invited guests at the Memorial Woodlands yesterday to commemorate service men and women who have lost their lives since the turn of the millennium.

A group of students from The Castle School and Marlwood School were presented with their work and certificates at a celebratory event held at Essilor in Thornbury.

The students spent half a day a week, over the course of six weeks, working with experts from the company’s laboratory on the Thornbury Industrial Estate to design and produce a telescope, microscope, spyglass, handmade specs and a focimeter.

Essilor MD Mike Kirkley was joined by Thornbury Mayor Cllr Helen Harrison to present the students with the certificates and models in front of a crowd of parents and teachers.

 Mr Kirkley said:  “Working with the Castle School and Marlwood, we have a fantastic opportunity to help make a difference to these young and talented individuals.

 "We hope they have also learnt about the importance of teamwork, effective communication and problem-solving. Bringing together these skills, they have designed and built these wonderful precision instruments, which we are very pleased to hand over to the schools today.”

This partnership is a real success story. It embraces Essilor, the schools, parents and the community.



On the 17th May, fourteen students chosen from Severn Beach and Almondsbury Primary Schools, came to join us to help celebrate the work of Roald Dahl. Working with some of our Year 10 students they created their entries for the Blue Peter Big Dream Competition. In addition they rehearsed and performed some brilliant pieces of drama based on dreams and the tricks that Mr and Mrs Twit may play on each other at breakfast time.

All the students had a brilliant day and came up with some excellent ideas for their dream stories with fantastical characters and make believe lands. We look forward to celebrating National Roald Dahl 100 Day with them on September 13th 2016.

A group of aspiring barristers, solicitors and policemen visited Bristol for a very special visit to the Crown Courts. Accompanied by Mrs Clark, after going through bag and personal security, they were able to visit a court room, ask a crown court judge questions about his role and then play the role of both jury and witness as the judge talked them through assessing credibility of witnesses on the stand.

The students were then privileged to witness sentencing, bail hearing and preliminary sentencing in the public gallery.
It was an exciting and interesting visit which gave the students plenty to talk about as well as witness the realities of court and the impact on families of crime.

We are hoping this visit will run again so that more Marlwood students can benefit from this experience.


(Summer Reading Challenge 2016)

South Gloucestershire Libraries are looking for enthusiastic and Friendly Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers to inspire children to read this summer!

You will be working as part of the team running The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 for primary school aged children.  You will spend your time engaging with children taking part in the challenge, participating in a range of activities with them and encouraging their reading.

This is your chance to have some fun and make new friends this summer as you develop your skills in communication, team work and creative projects.

To find out more speak to Mrs Carrington in the LRC or follow the link below:


Get involved in South Gloucestershire Libraries’ exciting new volunteering scheme for young people.
Reading Hack is a programme led by young people aged 13 – 24, who do reading activities and volunteering, called hacks to gain skills and experience:
·         Meet new friends
·         Make a difference
·         Learn new skills including:
o   Marketing and promotion
o   Team working
o   Creative skills
o   Communication and many more
For more information contact Mrs Carrington in the LRC or follow the links below:



Year 10 are currently sitting their pre public exams and Year 11 public exams start on Monday 16th May 2016.  Both Year 10 and Year 11 have access to GCSE Pod which is an excellent revision aid for both year groups.  More information for can be found on the Marlwood School website.  Please follow the link below:-


Just a quick reminder that Premium Partners now have a page dedicated to Apprenticeships and Saturday/summer jobs.  The link to this web page is below:-

Four students and I had the pleasure of attending a service at St Mary’s Church in Thornbury for a formal celebration of The Queen’s 90th Birthday for the whole of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, with a number of dignitaries from the two counties in attendance.
Also on the guest list for the invite-only event were 90 residents of the county who have reached the landmark age of 90.
Reverend Jan van der Lely, St Mary’s vicar who led the service, described it as “an uplifting and inspiring experience.”
The service will feature in an episode of Songs of Praise which will be broadcast on June 12.


More than 30 students from Castle School and Marlwood School, ranging from Year 7 all the way to sixth form, discussed topics including the EU Referendum, Trident, and whether prisoners should have the ability to vote, in the political forum set-up by Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall.

Throughout the session, the students would hear presentations and talks from guests on their pre-selected topics, before breaking off into groups to debate the issue, and then taking it to a ballot to vote.   “It is really impressive to see how interested these young people are,” said Mr Hall.

Well done to all students who took part.


Who says employability skills are only for older children? At Charfield Primary school, Premium Partners have been working with Year 5 and 6 students as they produce a newspaper. They have had illustrators, photographers, journalists and even an advertising team who have managed to sell more space than that paper had originally allocated.

Now after several months of writing, designing, selling advertising and editing, Charfield Chatter is finally on the newstands! 14th April sees it in all the editions of the Gazette newspaper.  This story was picked up by BBC Points West so there was excitement in the playground at Charfield as this means over 46,000 people would have heard about their newspaper.

If you would like to see the BBC Points West interview please click on the link

On Monday 22nd February Key Stage 3 students took part in an attempt to break the World Record for the most people taking part in Simultaneous Literature Quizzes.  This was a venture undertaken with other schools in multiple venues.

The current record was 2,679 people quizzing, but we are very excited to announce that, in news just in, a whopping 11,828 took part.  That is nearly four and a half times the record we needed to beat!!

Congratulations to all those who took part!

Marlwood School receives the Time For Reading - Silver Award.

Marlwood School's commitment to reading continues.  The Time For Reading scheme was set up by the Local Authority to promote an enjoyment of reading.  There were a number of criteria the school had to meet in order to achieve this award, needless to say we successfully met them! The benefits of a high level of reading for our young learners are obvious and we use the Accelerated Reader system to track our students' progress with their reading.  Huge congratulations to all involved and thanks to you as parents for supporting us from home.  We have the Gold Award firmly in our sights!


Mrs Seymour took nine Year 8 girls to Airbus last week where the Engineering giant, joined forces with Bristol University to hold its inaugural Aerospace Day.

Hosted by the university's Faculty of Engineering, dozens of Year 8 girls from five secondary schools came together to learn about the benefits of STEM subjects and the jobs which they can lead to.

During the day the students learnt about aeronautics, aeroplane design and leant to fly a plane in a in a static flight simulator.

Professor Ian Lane, Airbus senior technical expert and university ambassador said: "The day went really well. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the students on the day as well giving them the chance to meet women engineers from Airbus who were excellent ambassadors for the business and for engineering as a career choice."

Mrs Seymour has said that this was a rewarding and challenging day for the girls, with two Marlwood students winning the design challenge.

Well done to all who attended.


The latest version of our Newsletter is available on the School Website under the 'news' tab or you can follow the link below:
The Newsletter for Term 4 gives you an insight into activities which have taken place during the term and also lists future events for your information.


The Second Marlwood Spelling Bee has been won by Scott Smith from Year 10 and Berkeley House. It was a closely contested affair with the three other finalists pushing him all the way.   As always, everyone is a winner and each contestant received a certificate and a prize for taking part.  It was also lovely to have last year’s winner (Yolanda Joseph-Guy) present to pass the cup to Scott. His name will now join hers on the permanent trophy. All the finalists took home fantastic prizes donated by our preferred partners: Linela Ltd, NFU Mutual and The Thornbury Lions Club. There was music from some of our very talented musicians to entertain the audience and, between heats, parents and guests were able to take part in a difficult spelling quiz, purchase young adult fiction from a book stall and try their luck with a raffle for a huge box of Easter chocolate. Delicious refreshments were provided by Year 11 pupils, raising money for their trip to Peru.  Two sixth formers, Jai Das and Megan Edwards, ably presented the evening.

A key ingredient for the success of this event grows from the collaboration of the English and Literacy Faculty, the Science Faculty, the Music, Art and Drama Departments, Ms Carrington (Library Resource Manager), sixth form students and all the technical teams, working together for excellence, and we are already beginning to plan for next year.


We are pleased to announce an exciting development in regards to the futures of Marlwood and Severn Beach schools.

From September 2016 the two schools will work together to provide an excellent education for young people aged 4 – 18 in our community.

This development builds upon the excellent relationship between the two schools as partners within the Marlwood School cluster and Castle School Education Trust (CSET).

Severn Beach will remain a distinct and separate school but will have a much closer working relationship with Marlwood School. The aim of this development is to improve the experience for all children. Mr Pope will become Executive Headteacher overseeing both schools.

There will be opportunities through the summer term for the community to come together with the staff of the school in preparation for the beginning of the next academic year.

We are sure that these exciting developments will be received positively by our communities.


On Tuesday Mrs Gill and Mrs Carrington took 15 students to the Concorde Book Awards which was held in Emersons Green.  The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all.

The shortlisted books for the awards are listed below and are highly recommended reads: 

·         The Fearless, Emma Pass
·         Apple and Rain, Sarah Crossen
·         Terror Kid, Benjamin Zephaniah
·         Wild Boy, Rob Lloyd Jones
·         She is not Invisible, Marcus Sedgewick 
·         Would the real Stanley Carrot please stand up?

The winner of this year's award was Emma Pass for The Fearless - a gripping dystopian tale.

We have met as a reading group once a week since October, diligently reading the six shortlisted books for the award.  We also made numerous contributions to the Concorde Blog during this time.  Our efforts were rewarded last night, when we were presented with the Blogging Award (A Bristol Blue Glass paperweight) at the event.  It was chosen for the quality of the blogs written, including how we interacted with other schools, our opinions on language used in books and how we compared some of the books to others we had read.  The award was collected from guest author Cavan Scott by Bethan Jenkinson and Melodi Bending.

Concorde Book Award Blog link

Congratulations to all involved!

Thank you to all parents/carers who attended Parent Consultation 2 on Thursday 3rd March.  Many of you commented on how valuable you found the conversation in helping you to understand your child as a learner.  We have since had a steady supply of feedback by e-mail with the majority reinforcing the view that the event was very useful.  You have made a number of suggestions that you feel would develop the evening further.  These will be taken into consideration by the staff working party.

Information was available to parents in the LRC when they signed in and is also available via the links below if you would like to take a closer look:

The Guinness World Record attempt Marlwood took part in achieved a new World Record with 6,388 participants taking book quizzes simultaneously (from 62 schools, libraries, publishers and bookshops). 
Well done to students in Year’s 7, 8 and 9 for their participation and Mrs Carrington for organising the event!!

Parent Consultation Day was held on World Book Day this year, so parents were invited to "Take the Pledge" to encourage their children to read for 20 minutes every day.  There are many published reports showing the benefits of regular reading, including increased vocabulary, motivation, imagination, and greater success in all subjects, including maths.  We would like to encourage ALL of our students to read for pleasure for 20 minutes every day.

Jamie Curtis was the lucky winner of tickets for Bristol Rugby -v- Cornish Pirates game at Ashton Gate on Sunday.  He has also been invited to the Fanzone to meet some of the players and join in the Reading Passport celebrations for this year's Read XV Festival of Rugby.  His name was selected from a hardworking group who have achieved 100% attendance this year to date and consistently show a good attitude to their work.