Please follow the link to view extra-curricular activities running for terms 3 and 4:-


Please follow the links below for my end of term newsletter and a copy of the letter from Ofsted following their monitoring visit this term.


As you are well aware Year 11 students are working hard in preparation towards their next set of Pre-Public Examinations in March.  As we have been around lessons, students are engaged in their learning and focused on what they need to improve in order to be successful as possible in the summer exams.

I would like to ask you to help motivate the students further by taking part in a venture inspired by British Olympians.  In 2016, parents of British Olympians wrote to their children to give them an extra boost prior to taking part in the 2016 Olympics.  The idea was to inspire, motivate and celebrate the child just before they undertook the most monumental event in their life.  Please could I ask you to write a ‘Pride Letter’ to your child to give them that extra support that we all need at challenging points in our lives? The letters will be given to the students in school in the week before the start of their first GCSE exams. Examples of Olympian Pride Letters can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/37006489.

Please could I have your ‘Pride Letter’ in a clearly marked envelope addressed to your child to be handed into reception, or via email to theschool@marlwood.net FAO Mr Emery (with your child’s name in the subject line), by Friday 27th April.

The PPE2 March timetable as well as a copy of the Y11 parents support evening presentation can be found on the exams section of the schools website. The provisional GCSE timetable can also be found here. 


Please note that Year 9 and 10 have pre-public examinations in March and should now be revising for them.  Student timetables for the exams can be found via the links below: - 


Please note that Year 11 have pre-public examinations in March and should now be revising for them.  Student timetables for the exams can be found via the links below: - 


Please follow the link below for a letter regarding attendance which has been email home today.

Attendance Letter

On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th of January 2018, Marlwood School will host a visit from Ofsted HMI.  This is the first of the monitoring visits that are part of the support given to a school in Special Measures.

It will be an opportunity for the school to demonstrate how it has and is tracking the areas for improvement identified in last year’s inspection.

If you are a registered parent/carer of a student at Marlwood School you can complete the Parent View Survey at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Provisional A Level Summer 2018 examination time tables have been uploaded to the website for your information.

To view the time tables please use the link below


Provisional GCSE Summer 2018 examination time tables have been uploaded to the website for your information.

To view the time tables please use the link below:-


A letter has been added to the school website from Label1 updating parents on their work within CSET Secondary School.

To read the letter please follow the link below: -


Thank you to parents and carers who attended the Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Monday.  If you were unable to attend you can access the Powerpoint presentation delivered by Assistant Headteacher, Mr Emery below: -


We were overwhelmed by all of your generous donations for our Winter Warmer House Challenge. A representative from the Julian Trust Night Shelter came to receive our gifts just before Christmas and filled her car to the max and had to return later with a van!

She told us about her experiences there and why she volunteers and how daily many are turned away through lack of beds. The students asked mature and thought provoking question and made us very proud. They also wrote anonymous words to comfort to pop into pockets and gloves.

Our special thanks go to families for supporting students in this challenge and to the 5 overall winners from Houses for bringing in the most bags of winter warmers, several who had collected in from their extended families and villages!

Thank you and well done!


We have been fortunate in the recent batch of bad weather that we did not need to close the school.

You will know that many school nationally did decide to close and I thought it might be useful to explain the factors schools consider when making what can be a very difficult decision.

  • Can staff safely travel to the school site?  Many staff travel a significant distance to get to work.  If they are unable to travel safely then they often have to make the difficult decision themselves not to travel to work.  This reduces the ability of the school to supervise students safely.
  • Staff child care arrangements:  Many staff have young children of their own and may be in a position where their child care provider or children’s primary school is closed
  • Site Safety:  This can be the most challenging factor.  Can the school site be made safe for students and staff?  Slippery pathways are a real challenge.  Students will also want to take advantage of snowy conditions and have snowball fights, whilst the grit previously laid can result in injury.
  • Student transport to and from school:  Many of our students catch buses and public transport.  These companies themselves have to make decisions on whether they can operate a full service.  Parents will also have to decide if it is safe to transport their children to school – this can be especially difficult when police advise only to make essential journeys.
  • Students walking in can also be dangerous. 

Please be assured that in deciding to close the school, all of these factors will have been considered.  We are aware of the difficulty this can create for parents of younger children who may need to miss work themselves.

If at all possible we will give the earliest indication as to whether we will close or if possible open later to facilitate travel.  Please look out for messages on the school website, on twitter, the South Gloucestershire school status list (http://essential.southglos.gov.uk/schoolstatus/) and a text will be sent home.

I sincerely hope this will be our only period of difficult conditions this year


On Thursday 11th January, we are holding a subject evening between 4.30-7.00pm.  The aim for this evening is for students along with parents/carers to have an opportunity to meet with subject teachers to discuss specific questions around students’ progress and to seek advice on how to improve. The evening has been arranged in response to parental feedback and is an additional event to the Parental Consultation days which are scheduled for Tuesday 6th March and Wednesday, 11th July.

This evening will take place in the Drama Hall and students can make appointments directly with their teachers. The evening will in particular be a great opportunity for students in Years 11 to 9 to discuss the first round of pre-public examinations that took place during Term 2.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11th and trust that this evening will prove valuable in ensuring your son’s/daughter’s continuing progress.
Happy New Year

Welcome back to Term 3 and for our students.  Staff enjoyed a positive training day yesterday. 

We hope that you have all had a restful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Students had a surprise today when the school received a surprise visit from Father Christmas!

May I take this opportunity to wish students and their families a very Happy Christmas

Well done to the PEPA for organising a wonderful Christmas Extravaganza on Wednesday which both staff and students thoroughly enjoyed.

Many parents attended the event and we have received very positive feedback such as -
‘I just wanted to say well done to everyone involved in the concert today. It can't have been easy for the students having to perform in front of the TV cameras as well as their peers, but I thought they did very well.
I was really impressed with how respectful the students in the audience were when the soloists were performing. It was brave to have adults and the school together but it was lovely to see the students supporting their friends’

Well done to everyone involved!


Well done to Year 7 students for organising a wonderful school fayre yesterday which was a pleasure to attend and was well supported by all.

I have been informed this morning that a total of £420 was raised by this event.

A fantastic well done to you all!


Key Stage 3 students all participate in the Accelerated Reader scheme to help improve their reading ages.  Each student reads a book and takes a quiz on it.   Students should aim to achieve 85% or higher in each quiz.  At last night’s Christmas Fayre a draw was held for the Year 7 students.  For each book a student achieved 100%, their name was written on a star.  The pot was full to the top, with many students achieving multiple stars.  The lucky winners of the selection boxes given out were:-  Josh Field, Michael Cash, Maddie Lewis, Ashley Land, Arian Askari, Charlie Atkinson, Ellie Kemp, April Witchard, Laura Evans, Ella Bush, Cobey Pope, Tyler Hoskins, Finley Nelmes. 

Very well done to all of you!!

We now start collecting stars for the Easter draw.  Students in Year 7 have collectively read an impressive 38 million words between them since the beginning of September.

At the very end of Term 1 Samuel Kitson became the first Marlwood student ever to achieve a Gold Word Millionaire badge.  He was shortly followed by Caleb Jefferis at the beginning of Term 2.  Sam has achieved his badge by becoming a Word Millionaire for 4 consecutive years, starting when he was in Year 6.  Caleb is the current school record holder, having read 7,096,605 in a single year (2015).

Well Done!

Please follow the link below to read the December update from the IEC:-


Please follow the link below to read the Term 2 Newsletter for Marlwood School:-


Please follow the link below to see the letter sent out to parents as an invite to the Friends of Marlwood AGM on Monday 8th January 2018: - 


The Student Council have been busy all day today working on their Christmas Compliments scheme.  This will ensure that every student and member of staff receives a compliment this Christmas.  They have been working tirelessly and are really becoming a strong group of student leaders and a force to be reckoned with - especially when you try to ‘help’ them eat their chocolate supply!

Well done to Student Council Members – I am very proud of you.


Students from Year’s 9 and 10 have recently had to devise pieces as part of their Drama assessment.  Miss Ferguson Faculty Progress Leader for PEPA was amazed at the excellent work she saw from them on Monday.

Well done to all students involved!


Please see a letter via the link below with regards to a recent visit from the Teenage Cancer Trust to Marlwood School.  The students found the presentations informative and compassionate on a sensitive subject. 

Thank you to the Teenage Cancer Trust for coming in to speak with our students.


Please follow the link below for a letter from Mr Reed, Assistant Headteacher with regards for equipment required for students as well as a gentle reminder of uniform guidelines in case you are thinking of buying new items during the Christmas break.


Year 11 students gathered in the Hive on Monday to collect their Pre-Public Examination results.  These results will help students plan their next steps.


On Friday 8th December we saw the Hula Hoop House Competition.   Both Staff and students took part in a fiercely fought and close completion. The winner was Holt House.

Well Done Holt House!


Today Marlwood welcomed 30 local businesses for Mock Interviews.  This was an opportunity for students to polish up their technique ready for employment or further training.

Thank you to all that attended to support our students – this is a valued event

The PEPA Faculty will be holding their annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday 13 the December.  For more information please follow the link:-


Well done to the ‘Friends of Marlwood School’ for raising around £390 for the DART 3D printer on Saturday over a bacon roll!


Please note that Marlwood will be closing at 12.20 pm on Friday 15th December for Christmas.  Buses have been arranged for this time.  Monday 18th December and Tuesday 2nd January are INSET Days and so school will be closed to students.

Please also note that Friday 15th December is a normal uniform day.

On Wednesday 13th December students are allowed to wear a Christmas Jumper if they desire for a £1 donation to the Friends of Marlwood appeal to help the DART Faculty raise money for a 3D printer.  All other uniform must be worn.


Christmas Lunch will be served on Wednesday 13th December and will cost £2.00.  The usual array of food will also be available alongside the traditional roast lunch – all with a Christmas theme!


Examination Certificates from the Summer 2017 exams are now available for collection from Reception (opening hours 8.30am – 3.30pm, Monday to Friday).

CSET are in a consultation period (1st December 2017 – 12th January 2018) for their Admissions Policy for 2019.  This applies to all schools within CSET.

If you would like to see the policy and information on consultation please follow these links:-


On Thursday 30th November we held our annual Celebration of Success evening.  This is a chance for us to celebrate the success of our students in academic year 2016 – 2017.  We were joined in the Sports Hall by students, past and present, parents/carers and other family members where it gave me great pleasure to hand out over 230 awards to students.

Well done to all students I am extremely proud of you for your hard work to earn your award.

On Thursday 30th November I held a whole school assembly which gave me a chance to talk to all students about respect and the community.  It was also a chance to thank the vast majority of our students who contribute positively daily to the Marlwood community.

Well done to the vast majority!

The PEPA House Competition is being run by the Year 9/10 GCSE class.

They are collecting items for the Julian Shelter in Bristol who look after hundreds of homeless people over the winter. Points for Houses will be awarded per item. If you attach your name there will be a prize for most items bought in by an individual student!

There will be a box in your House office to put items in over the coming week. Please look at home and ask family and friends for:

•           Hats/gloves/scarves
•           Trainers
•           Coats
•           Jumpers
•           Sleeping bags/blankets
•           New socks
•           All to fit teens up to adults

Thank you for your help! 

Are you a parent, carer or grandparent of a child at Marlwood?  Would you like to get involved and support the school?

We are a small group of parents setting up a Friends of Marlwood School PTA. Our aim is to support the school through building a community of parents keen to spread the word about Marlwood as well as fundraising for specific projects.

Our inaugural project is to raise money for a 3D printer.  Our aim is to raise £5,000 to purchase and run a 3D printer for the DART (Design, Art & Technology) Faculty to support development of a creative curriculum and fantastic opportunities for the pupils.


  •         Join the committee
  •          Become a Friend of Marlwood School and help out when you can
  •          Help with fundraising for the 3D Printer
  •         Offer corporate support – do you know a company who could sponsor the 3D printer project in any          way?
  •      Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmarlwoodschool)

If you would like to offer your support, please email theschool@marlwood.net

The next meeting is at Marlwood on Monday 4 December at 5pm, please come along and find out more.



Students and staff raised a massive £851.98p last Friday for Children in Need.

Well done!


Marlwood students are today competing in the South Gloucestershire Cross Country Races at Blaise Castle organised for all schools by our own Mr Richards!

Race details for Marlwood are: -

Year 7 boys - 2nd place
Year 8/9 boys 3rd place 

Students in Year 7 achieved 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th places
Students in Year 9 achieved 1st, 2nd and 4th places
Students in Year 11 achieved 12th place place

Fantastic results - Well Done!

Cross Country Update from Mr Richards ……………… Well done to all the students that attended the South Gloucestershire Cross Country Event 2017 at Blaise Castle. In recent years the weather had been awful but this year, we couldn’t have asked for better. Marlwood School students showed the perseverance and resilience needed as there were some tough competitors in the races but all did a fantastic job.

Races were held in boys and girls events for Minors (Year 7), Juniors (Year 8 and 9), Inter (Year 10 and 11) and Seniors (Year 12 and 13). These went really efficiently and we actually finished ahead of schedule! We are just waiting on the final results. After the races were completed many of the competitors showed Marlwood’s ethos of “working together for excellence” and all pitched in to take down the course.

A massive thank you to Mrs Ferguson and Mr Humphries for becoming team managers at such short notice.

A final thank you to all the marshal’s, school staff and to Westbury Harriers running club for all your support in making this event run so smoothly.

Well done to all students and staff for supporting this event!

On Tuesday, three teams from Marlwood and Castle participated in the Faraday Challenge. They had loads of fun planning, designing, making a prototype of Thorpe Park attractions and making presentations to show off their creations. Five teams out of six teams had scored above average (over 80 points out of 100) and only one Castle team had scored the highest on the leader board. Phil, the challenge presenter who had hosted this STEM day had judged the presentations and gave the correct amount of points to the team. The winning team had created a sky walk (glass pathway) and won a trophy and had the chance to go to Thorpe Park for finals and if they win (against 170 other schools) their attraction will be built at Thorpe Park.

Well Done to all students who took part and to Mr Williams for organising!
HOUSE COMPETITION (Friday 10th November)

This week the House Competition is being run by the Humanities faculty.  They have displayed 15 pictures around the faculty area of landmarks which students need to name and also name the town/country they can be found.  Entry sheets are available from the faculty and entries need to be back with Mr Helliker by Friday.  House Points and prizes are up for grabs!
HOUSE COMPETITION (Friday 3rd November)

Last Friday the House Competition was run by Kingsley House.  The competition was ‘Shoot the Hoop’ with students and staff both playing fiercely to try and gain the House points by getting as many balls through the basketball hoop in 1 minute.  The highest student score was Oliver Sheffield from Berkeley House who managed 13.  Staff also competed with Mr Haigh and Mr Williams both scoring 11.

Berkeley won the competition with Kingsley as runners up.


Well Done to Lucie Clark in Year 7 who on 24th October, shaved her head for charity. She has 'Braved the Shave' for Macmillan Cancer Support and the hair that she lost, has been donated to the Princess Charity Trust, a charity who use the donated hair to make wigs for children who have lost their own hair, usually through their cancer treatments.

Well Done Lucie, Marlwood are very proud of you


Year 11s were entertained through music and dance this morning by 'Misunderstood' on the important themes of cyberbullying, discrimination and British values. Some great audience participation too!

Key message - be happy in your own skin!


CSET are currently undertaking a review of the quality of provision provided by Aspens, our external catering contractors. As part of this, we would be very keen to receive feedback from both parents/carers and students. So can I encourage you and your sons/daughters to use either or both of the links below to complete a survey, which should take no more than 5 mins to complete. Please complete this as soon as possible

Parent Survey 

Student Survey 

Please be reminded that Marlwood will be closing at 12.20 pm on Friday 15th December for the Christmas holidays.

Monday 18th December and Tuesday 2nd January 2018 are Inset Days and so the school will be closed to students.