Issue 30 - 16 June 2011


Dear Parents and Students,

I hope you all enjoyed a good half-term break and that all of the students managed to re-charge their batteries.  Since I last wrote to you there have been numerous significant events and the forthcoming term is certainly promising to be very full, with even more activities and events planned.

In the last two weeks of school we said goodbye to our Year 11 students and our Year 13 students.  Students also travelled to Spain, took part in a PsHE day, visited Spellbrook Primary School to lead an Eco-day, went to Thorpe Park and have attended numerous revision activities.  We have also continued work with our Academy conversion and have a management contract for the running our new Sports Facilities – due to be finished this month.  This week over 90 Year 8 students have gone to France, Year 10 are attending work experience placements and our Summer Athletics meetings have started.  Things continue to be very busy but very successful.

I would like to congratulate all of our Year 11 and 13 students on the way they conducted themselves during their respective leaver’s days.   For Year 11 students, after an extended break signing shirts and so on, we held our final celebration assembly.  The whole event, hosted by Mr Dyke, was a wonderful demonstration of how much these young people have grown during their five years at Leventhorpe.  It seemed a fitting way for students to finish their formal education at Leventhorpe and will hopefully provide them with many fond memories.  Year 13 students displayed a marvellous array of fancy dress outfits in the traditional Leventhorpe way.  As with the Year 11 students they took part in a fun celebration assembly before saying their goodbyes to staff.  I said to all of the students how proud we are of their many talents, skills and achievements and wish them well in whatever they go on to do.

Headteacher’s Commendations for February-May are as follows:


Year  13 Hayley Saunders, Emma Barnard                             
Year 12 Charlie Wright, Rob Hibbs
Year 11 Shane Peacock, Claire Leadbeatter
Year 10 Lorraine Lock, Hayley Kittridge, Eloise Rust
Year 9 Kofi Out, Josh Wilson, Laine Burnage
Year 8 Ho-Yee Lee, Nathan Weavers, Sam Hammond, Nicole Ciccarelli, Finn Antrobus, Grace Fussell, Jack Maris, Elliott Ramdass
Year 7 Harry Seymour

Names will be displayed on our commendations board and all students will receive their awards from me in the next week.  Again, I would like to congratulate each of these students.

It is the time of year when the weather ought to be getting better!  With this in mind I thought it appropriate to clarify that we allow students to remove their blazers in classrooms and around school if it is very hot.  If the forecast predicts a heat wave, like the few weeks of last year, we will allow students not to bring blazers to school.  We will inform you if we make that decision.  Otherwise, students should wear their full uniform.  Just for clarification I would also like to remind you of the following:

• Footwear should be black, leather sensible shoes.  This does not include branded trainers and/or plimsolls.
• Coats should be plain, unbranded coats.  Hoodies are not included.
• Earrings can be worn but these should be one pair of plain studs.  These should be worn in the lower earlobe, in the traditional way.
• Girls are allowed to wear tights but should not wear leggings with socks.

We have tried to make our uniform code as clear as possible, but it is always open to some different interpretations.  Therefore if you are at all uncertain, please contact us.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Finally I would like to thank parents of Year 11 students for their support during the revision period.  In school GCSE revision sessions have and continue to run with really high levels of attendance.  Students seem to be highly committed to achieving the best results possible and I know that your support is essential.  Please continue to encourage the students to work until their last exam and don’t hesitate to contact us if they need any last minute help.

Jon Locke


New Leventhorpe Website

You will no doubt have noticed the new look of our Newsletter, which is part of a whole new Leventhorpe website.  We are very excited about our new website so please do take a look and hopefully you will agree with us that it has a fresh and more up-to-date feel. We are in the process of updating every aspect of the website, so please bear with us until all the pages are completed.

Examination Results Days 2011

This notice supersedes all previous ones regarding results distribution.

18th August  A level results

Results for year 13 will be available from 09.00

For all other year groups results will be available from 10.15

Please keep to these timings so that those students requiring assistance with clearing may easily get it.

25th August  GCSE results

Results for year 11 will be available from 09.00

For all other year groups results will be available from 10.30.

Again please keep to these timings so that year 11 students may register for 6th form courses and sort out any problems they have with staff.               


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze - Kit for the Expedition


A number of students have approached me regarding the loaning of various kit for the expedition. The following link will take you to a check list for the kit that students need - If your child needs to hire any of the items on the list please e-mail me at  before Wednesday 21st June so that I can make the necessary arrangements.

Mr Burns, DofE Co-ordinator


Bronze D of E Dates

Please make a note of the following Bronze Duke of Edinburgh dates:

  • Bronze D of E Practice Weekend - 9/10 July 2011
  • Bronze D of E Assessment Weekend - 24/25 September 2011

Mr Burns, DofE Co-ordinator

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition


Training before the half term break continued to look at equipment, paying particular attention to working as a team setting up a tent.


L-R: Hamish Lovett, Brandon O'Sullivan, Lucy Syed and Zach Elson sheltering from the rain.

Training for the First Aid element of the course began on Monday 13th June in the main hall.

As always continue to upload your evidence to your edofe accounts.

Mr Burns, DofE Co-ordinator.

Staff vs Students!

trophywithtextThe PE Faculty have organised a Sports Week for the week of 13th - 17th June in order to raise money for the engraving and medals for the upcoming Sports Presentation Evening.  The whole week is filled with Staff vs Students events including Touch Rugby, Rounders, Kwik Cricket, Netball, Football and even Water Polo.  Both staff and students will pay a small amount to take part and watch the various matches.  

A great game of kwik cricket was played on Tuesday 14th June with the staff team (Mr Holt, Miss Chancellor, Mrs Miah, Ms Millman, Mr King, Mr Skelton, Mr Neale, Mr Beardsworth, Mr Butler, Mr Kitson and Mr Hore), overcoming a valiant effort from the Year 7 Boys and winning by 1 wicket!

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The staff team was also victorious in Wednesday's Rounders game against Year 8 girls, although the final score was a close 7-5. 

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PE Faculty

Insight into Industry

Year 9 students will spend Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June off timetable in order to gain some understanding of working in industry.  They will meet with representatives from industry who will speak to them about their jobs, the companies they work for and what kinds of skills are needed to work there.  The day is a great opportunity for students to learn first hand a little of what industry is like and what skills they need in order to gain employment within different fields of work.

On the Monday morning students will meet with the managing director from Diesel, who will speak to them about working in fashion, emphasising the skills required for marketing and advertising; and in the afternoon they will learn about what a career with animals entails, from The Wood Green Animal Centre.

On Tuesday morning a representative from the RAF will talk to the students about the different career opportunities within their organisation and about the skills required for all the services; and in the afternoon there will be a discussion about the importance and relevance of languages in the world of business and travel.

Mr Bowen, Futures Adviser

Looking Back: Year 13 Leavers' Assembly

On Friday 27th May, Year 13 students came to school dressed up in wildly imaginative and creative costumes for their final day at Leventhorpe and their celebratory Leavers' Assembly.  Sixth Form teachers spoke to the students, including Mr Hamilton, who read out a selection of their primary school reports.


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Looking Back: Congratulations to Year 9 Student

molliecrouchpicRecently, outstanding tennis player Mollie Crouch of 9R1 won the trophy at the prestigious International Player Plus Tournament for 14 and Unders at Nottingham Tennis Centre.  This was a marvellous achievement for Mollie and everyone at Rivers House and the whole of the School are very proud of what she has already achieved and excited about the future. 

Mollie, who trains at Sawbridgeworth Tennis Club, has won a week's training at the Elite Academy in Barcelona. 


Mrs Tedman, Head of Rivers House

Sam Watts - Correction

sampicSam Watts, former Leventhorpe student and now excelling on the track, recently ran 100m in 10.52 and not 10.56 as stated in the last Newsletter.  Sam is the best in the country for U20s and 8th in the country overall. 

Open University Assembly

Open University Success

Congratulations to the forty-one Year 13 students who have successfully completed a part of their Open University degree. Also a big congratulations to Mrs Francis who successfully completed an Open University Module for Digital Photography. Mrs Francis works in the Library and in the Art Department as well as producing the wonderful displays around the school and says that the course "has made me look at things differently and appreciate good composition”.

Below are photos of some of the students:


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Mrs Jackson, Head of Sociology and OU Coordinator


Food Tech: Year 9 Burger Competition

foodtechpic41Year 9 have been making burgers, using different meats, herbs and beans with some very successful results. Two students judged the outcomes, Jahidur Rahman achieved 2nd place and the winning product was produced by Josh Willings.

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Mrs Pagram, Head of Food Technology



English: Exams Exams Exams

englishpicWe have been really encouraged by all the students sitting their English exams this year. They have been, on the whole, calm, organised, prepared and confident. Many students made use of the school-made revision guides and attended our exam warm up sessions, and we are sure their hard work will pay off. However, exam season is not over yet...

Mrs Phillips

A2 Exams

draculaThe English Literature A2 exam takes place on Thursday 16th and the English Language A2 exam on Friday 24th. Students are invited to attend warm-up revision sessions at 8am on the day of their exam, to go over some key exam technique.

Mrs Phillips


englishwordsTeachers from the English Department have been busy visiting feeder primary schools to deliver our transition unit. This involves a scheme jointly taught by the secondary and primary school teachers on the theme of 'short stories'. At the end of the scheme, the students will devise short plays of stories in a particular genre, which they will either perform here at Leventhorpe, or the English teachers will go to watch and assess them at their primary school. We are very grateful for the cooperation of the Year 6 teachers, as we are sure this is a great opportunity for smoothing the Year 6 students' transition to secondary school, and we really look forward to watching the plays that they come up with.


Mrs Phillips

Mrs Phillips' Research Update

researchThis year I am undertaking a research project funded by Oxford University's Farmington Institute. The school has very generously arranged my timetable so that I can spend most Mondays working from home or visiting other schools, to research, produce resources for, and present on, the topic of the influence of the Bible on English Language and Literature.

Last half term, from 25th-28th May, I was also fortunate to attend a conference at Sheffield University,  'Biblical Literacy across the Curriculum'. The conference involved academics from different disciplines, including professors of English, Sociology, and Theology from different Eurpopean universities and various people involved in secondary level RE and English. This was an opportunity to present my own project, and to take part in discussions and planning meetings. As result of the conference, I have been invited to write for various publications including 'RE today', have advised Sheffield University on a new English undergraduate course on biblical literacy, and now hope to go on to present at Warwick, Cambridge and Oxford Universities. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be involved in this project and have discovered that other educators see this as a very worthwhile topic.

Mrs Phillips

Globe Drama Trip

globeOn 6th July, Year 12 Drama students are visiting Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London for a guided tour of the theatre and a viewing of an exhibition on the history of Shakespeare's theatre. The group will then go on to watch 'The Government Inspector' at the Young Vic. We're sure this will be a lovely and informative day.


Mrs Phillips

Geography: Olympics Site Visit

What a difference a year makes! The Geography Department recently returned to Stratford with a group of Year 9 students to study the site of the 2012 Olympics and saw for themselves that many of the venues are now nearing completion and the whole Olympic Park looks and feels ready to host one of the worlds great sporting events. Students explored the reasons why the area was chosen to host the Games and found out something about its history. They also spoke to local residents about their views on the Games and found that whilst most people were positive and looking forward to next year, this wasn’t always the case. We again went to the top of Holden Point, a block of flats close to the site, where last year we had an uninterrupted view of the Olympic Stadium, only to find that The Westfield Centre, which when it opens will be Europe’s largest shopping centre, now obscures the view. It was an interesting and informative day and students will use their research to produce projects about their visit and to think about the legacy the Games will leave behind once they are over.

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Mrs Austin, Head of Geography


French and PE Day at John Warner School

In early April Year 7 French students took part in a joint venture day at John Warner School where children had fun with a range of activities linking French and PE, the aim being to increase student motivation towards the learning of a foreign language and culture through the medium of sport. 

In total, forty students took part - twenty from Leventhorpe and twenty from John Warner, and they were mixed up into three groups that then participated in three different activities - treasure hunt, speed dating and family matters.  The morning culminated in an awards ceremony where students were given medals, a certificate, pencils, rulers and sweets. Students clearly enjoyed the various activities and gave very positive feedback in the questionnaire they were asked to fill in at the end of the day.  

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Mme Ducoloner, French Department



Spanish Trip to Benalmadena

Year 10 Spanish Students went on an exchange visit to Benalmadena in Spain from 16th to 20th May, staying with local Spanish families.  Accompanying them on the trip were Mrs Fernandez, Ms Reynolds, Mrs Grange and Mr Oakley.  As you can tell from their accounts below, the students clearly enjoyed the whole experience, from trying out the local foods to using their Spanish in a practical, real life situation. 


Students' Feedback

Below is a small selection of the feedback from students who went to Benalmadena; please click here to view all the feedback.

donkeyI would like to say thank you to you and the rest of the staff at Leventhorpe and in Spain for the amazing experience you gave us. I had a really good time and learned  so much. Before I went on the trip I was very nervous about being in someone else's house that I had never met before and wouldn't be able to talk to them in English. However when we first met our family I was really excited and couldn't wait to see our house. The house was lovely and I even had a bigger bed there than at home. Sophie and I had a lovely family, they were grandparents with two sons and three grandsons. The best thing though was the food she cooked us - we had loads of fish and vegetables and we had dessert every night. Despite being worried that I wouldn't be able to talk to my family we were able to have good conversations and understand each other, well almost all of the time.....I did accidentally ask the wife how old her husband was when I was trying to ask her how long they had been married, oops. The trip really improved my confidence in Spanish and my speaking and listening skills, as we were forced to try as our teachers only spoke in Spanish; also, Sophie's and my family didn't speak any English but I'm glad because I know I have got better. When we went to school in the mornings it was very useful because I learned really good phrases and recapped and remembered all of the Spanish I have ever learnt. Also the classes were quite small so we had more attention and help. When we went out in the afternoons I had a really good time taking photos and buying souvenirs from the Spanish towns we visited. Overall I had a really good time and would advise anybody to go on any future trips.
Thank you very much. 
Haley Scott - Barnes 

spaindonkeyride When we arrived in Spain, the first thing that came into my head was meeting our Spanish family.  Everyone was really nervous, and really wanted to make a first good impression.  All the families turned out to be really kind and they understood how nervous we all were.  Most of the families lived in a flat, however they were quite roomy and I settled in nicely.  My family were Paola Robles and Christian Lloret.  For the first day we spoke some basic Spanish and as the days went on I could understand how people can become fluent in Spanish when they stay there for a long period of time.  By the end of the trip I was really sad to leave my Spanish family, as they treated us like their own children and not their guests, as I found out when they slipped a letter into our bags when we were not looking, and the things they said really touched me.  On the whole the trip was a good and useful experience, and I would recommend it to the younger years who want to go forward with Spanish.  It helped me build my confidence with conversations in Spanish, and my over all pronunciation.  Also, as bad as it may sound, the Spanish school in the mornings wasn’t as boring as I thought, as the classes are a lot different and they focused on our speaking skills, and we didn’t have too many written exercises.

As most of the teachers who went on the trip probably know, I have a rather large appetite, and my high light of the trip was most likely lunch.  All the food tastes so fresh in Spain, and we got to try some Spanish Paella, which I had a lot of helpings of.  If you go to Spain don’t be boring, and try some of the local food that they have, it’s great, believe me I ate enough of it.
Lucy-Ann Phillips



The trip to Spain was very enjoyable.  The best trip was to Puerto Banus because of the boats.  Staying with the family was a good experience and helped my Spanish a lot.  The school was the best part about Spain, as they taught Spanish very clearly!  The food was nice – paella; the classes were fun and they did Nestea.  The paella was the best thing I’ve ever tasted.  Overall, the trip was good and has helped my Spanish a lot.
John Wayer 





 I really enjoyed the Spanish trip as it was very fun and I learnt a lot of Spanish.  Staying with a Spanish family was a bit challenging at first but I found it a great help to improving my Spanish.  The school was also great in improving my Spanish as the teacher was very helpful.  The food at the school was also brilliant, especially the paella on the last day.  Going to Malaga, Marbella and Mijas was great too.  Climbing the fort in Malaga was great as there were some tremendous views.  Marbella was very rich and we saw a Bugatti Veyron!  Mijas was a traditional town and was very nice.  The whole trip was excellent, it’s a shame it rained a lot.

Arron Burnage  


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Mrs Fernandez, Head of Spanish


PE News

Athletics Update

Just before the half term students from Years 7-10 took part in the first of two Athletics Invitational tournaments at Hockerill School in Bishop’s Stortford. There were some stand-out performances from several of our athletes most notably Ral Onyema, who won the Year 9 Boys 100m, 200m and Javelin, Jon Wilson who won both the Yr 10 Boys 400m and Long Jump, Abbie Campbell who won the Yr 7 Girls 100m and Grace Fussell who won the Yr 8 Girls High Jump.

Further successes were also experienced the day before at the County Athletics League event in St Albans on the 24th May. Once again there were some outstanding performances from our athletes. These included a third straight 400m win for Oscar Hollington (Year8), a second straight 200m victory for Ben Smith (Yr8) and a fantastic comeback to take first place for the Year 8 Boys' Relay team consisting of Ben Smith, Bryn Thorpe, Oscar Hollington and Harry Richards

The upcoming weeks have more Athletics Fixtures including the next County League meet at Wodson Park in Ware on the 9th June and the following one at Stevenage on the 14th June. Make sure you are checking the PE notice boards so you can keep up to date and check team selections.

Basketball Selection

Congratulations go out to Sam Philpot (Year 7) who has been selected to represent the U12’s East Herts Basketball team in the Herts Youth Games in mid-June following two intense training / selection sessions at Passmore’s School in Ware. We look forward to Sam’s participation in this tournament and turning his skills to some school Basketball starting in September.

Year 9 Rounders Squad

Finally, we would also like to say well done to the Year 9 Girls' Rounders Squad who have led the way so far this summer showing the highest levels of commitment to their team, regularly attending training sessions and even taking on additional fixtures. It would be fantastic to see some more of our students following this example and getting themselves out to some more of our extra-curricular clubs! Why not get yourself out to a club and take part - whether you are interested in being part of the school team or just fancy trying out a new activity, the extra-curricular timetables will give you all the answers you need! You can find them on the PE notice boards as well as up by the Pavilion.   

Upcoming Events

As well as the upcoming Sports Presentation Evening on 7th July, also on the horizon is the Leventhorpe School Sports Week which we hope will follow on from last year’s Sports Relief week successes. Staff and students will be able to take part in some friendly fixtures during lunchtimes and after school between the 13th and 17th June culminating with a PE team vs the Rest of the Staff Waterpolo Match and a floodlit football match at Sawbridgeworth FC. Come out and support the team of your choice!

Young Ambassadors

sportspicOn the evening of the 26th May Charlie Wright and Rob Hibbs opened the East Herts Sports Summit at Ware Priory.  The boys had been asked to speak at the event due to their commitment to their role as Young Ambassadors.  Charlie spoke to the audience of community coaches, Partnership Development Managers, Olympic Ambassadors and many others about how sport has played a huge part in his life and how the Birchwood School Sports Partnership in particular has allowed him many opportunities to broaden his own participation in sport as a performer, official and sports leader.  Rob spoke about the value of School Sports Partnerships and the reasons why, they feel, that they should continue in the future.  The boys were both complimented on how well they spoke and the organiser of the event was extremely impressed with both of them.  They were fantastic ambassadors for the school and the local community.  Left is a picture of them with Alison Mowbary (Rowing Silver Olympic Medallist Athens), who also spoke at the event.

Snowdonia Challenge

Mr Holt and Mr Hore are taking part in a team challenge on Saturday 2nd July which comprises cycling 40 miles, trekking up and down Mount Snowdon and Kayaking across a lake.  They have been training hard for the event and are looking forward to the challenge.  They are raising money for REGAIN, a charity dedicated to helping rehabilitate athletes paralysed in sport.  Good luck to them and the other two members of their team.  If you would like to sponsor them please visit: 

PE Faculty


Carnegie Book Award Reviews


Below are four reviews by students in Year 9 for the Carnegie Book Award; the Leventhorpe Carnegie Shadowing Group will be going to Bishop’s Stortford College to discuss and vote for our favourite books on 20th June. If you would like to find out more you can visit

pepperroux1Katie Vickers: The Death Defying Pepper Roux

I thought this book was odd and sometimes confusing. It is about a boy who thought that he would die on his fourteenth birthday because his aunt told him that the saints had told her this. Paul 'Pepper' Roux ran away on his fourteenth birthday to try to escape his terrible fate. Pepper jumps into different roles as he runs away from death and the saints. It was weird how people believed Pepper when he told them that he was for example a 35 year old man, when he is and looks like a 14 year old boy. Overall I wasn't sure about this book and I think it is a bit young for my age group (13)


libpicprisoner4Riana Dixon: Prisoner of the Inquisition

I really enjoyed reading this book as it was everything a teenager would want a book - suspense, sadness, romance and even a bit of gore, combined with the very interesting historical topic of the Spanish Inquisition, made it a very enjoy enjoyable book.
I think this book appealed to me so much because it had the adventure and romance that I love in books, teamed perfectly with the very interesting stories of the Spanish Inquisition and Christopher Columbus, and an ending that surprised me. I loved this book, would definitely recommend it to others, and give it 10/10.



Rebecca  Cherry: Prisoner of the Inquisition

This is by far my favourite book up for the award so far. It is a very fast moving book and is easy to read. I would definitely reccommend it to anyone who is into big historical events. Breslin does a really good job of describing the events in detail and managing to capture the readers attention. When I put it down, I just couldn't wait to read more.

libpicbridesfarewell3Kim Snooks: The Bride's Farewell

I thought this book was good for people who like short, interesting and romantic stories. For people attempting to read this book DO NOT PUT IT DOWN, it does get a lot better. I also think it helps if you know what century the book is set (which i did not know at the time) and from research i have found out it was set in 19th century- Victorian times. Overall I would give this book a 7/10. It was very enjoyable.



Mrs Grange, Librarian

The Big Beat Reunion Late Night Volley Ball

Year 12 students Michael Weber, Sophie Lynch and Connor Linden aka Late Night Volleyball, are performing in Brixton on 2nd July. If you would like to see them perform here are the details of the night:

Absent Kelly Presents

The Big Beat Reunion

The Maccabees (DJ set)

Jerry Dammers (The Specials)

Jon Carter 808 State (DJ set)

Late Night Volleyball & More

Saturday 2nd July 2011 7pm - 6am £10
@ Jamm 261 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6LH
NB: Admission guaranteed before 10pm, Over 18s only.
For more information please visit /


Party on the Pitch

Sawbridgeworth Football Club's Party on the Pitch is Saturday 16 July, gates open at 2pm. £5 entry, £10 family ticket (up to 2 adults/3 children). Live bands from 3pm, with The Soul Crusaders at 9pm. Food and drink will be available. Children's entertainment is free.



Next Newsletter

Look out for the next Leventhorpe Newsletter will all the latest news!  The next issue will be on the website from Thursday 30th June.

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