Issue 104 - 30 April 2015

Welcome from Mr Locke

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back after the Easter break. Despite the odd drop of rain it does feel as if spring has arrived and everyone in school seems to walking around with a smile on their faces.  Since the last Newsletter there have been an enormous number of activities and trips, so many in fact that I can only outline them in this article:

  • In the final few days of last term we enjoyed our annual Music Leavers’ Concert which did not disappoint!  From the many outstanding performances it has become clear that we will be losing many excellent musicians this year.  They have represented the school superbly over the years, in particular our Year 13 band, which “finally “made an appearance, covering two Bruno Mars hits. They will also be performing at the Stortford Music Festival. Well Done.
  • Our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students took part in their Gold expedition in the Brecon Beacons during the holidays.  They were blessed with lovely weather and all learnt a great deal from the experience.  Thank you to Mr Barr, Mr Hall and Miss Dixey for their support of the students;
  • Our Year 10 History students visited Berlin, Germany.  Despite the freezing conditions all of the students had a fantastic time and learnt an enormous amount. Thank you to Ms Wright, Mr Jones and Miss Gower for supporting the trip;
  • Over the past term our Year 7 students have been taking part in a National Modern Languages Spelling Bee competition.  During the holidays two students, Erwann Blatry (7B) and Elena Oojiman (7N), were selected as finalists and attended the regional finals in Cambridge.  Both students did really well with Elena reaching the final 12 play off.  Well done to both students and thank you to Mrs Williams for organising this;
  • Our girls' Netball and Hockey sports tour students returned from a successful trip to Cyprus.  Mrs Brown, Mrs Murphy and Miss Rouse said that all of the girls were impeccably behaved and we received many positive comments.

On Friday 8th May our Year 11 students will spend their final ‘normal’ school day in school.  On that day students and parents will attend a final Celebration Assembly in which we will take the opportunity to celebrate some of their many achievements and talents.  During the following week we have put together an in-school revision programme for students.  This is a full timetable of subject specific revision sessions which should help prepare students in the final stages before their exams.  All students are able to access these sessions but if they do, they should sign in and out of school at the front entrance.  If you have any questions about this please contact Mr Harvey who has arranged the timetable.

I would like to welcome Mr Webb as our latest new member of staff.  Mr Webb replaces Mrs Castle as our Inclusion and Achievement Coordinator overseeing intervention work and SEN provision within the school.  I would also like to congratulate Mr Kennedy as he has been appointed Head of Barnard House, replacing Mr Went.  I know Mr Went leaves a big gap but I am certain that Mr Kennedy will work hard to fill the gap.  Finally I also need to inform you that Miss Nathan has left due to personal circumstances.  Miss Nathan has been a fabulous teacher at Leventhorpe and she will be missed by all of her students.

Jon Locke

Latest News & Events

Design & Technology Evening with Fashion Show

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Students busy preparing for the Fashion Show

The Design & Technology Evening and Fashion Show takes place tonight, Thursday 30th April, at 7:15pm.  This is always an exciting evening which showcases the fantastic work produced by Design & Technology GCSE and A Level students, including the fashion show with a stunning display of creations by our Textiles exam students.  The Sixth Form band will be entertaining guests and refreshments will be available. We very much hope to see lots of students and parents there!

What Extra Revision Classes Are There?

Numerous revision classes will be running between now and the final exams. There will be sessions during study leave as well as ‘exam warm ups’ taking place directly before the exams. Please see the documents below for further information.


Please note that individual subject teachers will also run revision sessions not listed in the timetables. In these cases the subject teacher will inform their classes directly. You can also find detailed subject content information and revision advice by clicking here.


Mr D Harvey, Assistant Headteacher

Leventhorpe Runners for St Clare Hospice


On Sunday 12th April nineteen students, parents and teachers from Leventhorpe ran the St Clare 10k race in Hastingwood, raising more than £200 for the hospice. The conditions were perfect for a Sunday run. That is, apart from the head wind on the way back up the hill in the last 2km! 

10k run group on the day

Special mentions go to the Junior (16-20) category winners who are both in Year 11: Samuel Quelch, 11L, finished in 38:34 and Rebecca Vears, 11N, crossed the line at 48:04. Well done to all involved!

Mr D Harvey, Assistant Headteacher

Absence Due to Medical Appointments

If your son or daughter is going to arrive late to school or needs to be picked up early due to a medical appointment please ensure that you either call or email Attendance Officer/Absence for Years 7-11 and the Sixth Form Secretary for Sixth Form, prior to taking your child out of school.  Please inform Mrs Howard the day before if the appointment is first thing in the morning and your child will arrive after morning registration. 

Thank you.  

Vericool Dinner Accounts Update

For those going on study leave soon or if leaving the school, please note the following change to the policy on refunds:


  • Written permission is required from a parent/carer by letter or by emailing the Finance Office;
  • Payment to be collected from this office;
  • Alternatively a balance can be transferred to a sibling’s account;
  • Balances not claimed before Friday 4th September 2015 will go towards resources for the school;
  • There will be no overdrafts given to Year 11s this term.

Thank you.


The Finance Office

Good Luck to Mrs Castle

I would like to inform parents that I will be going on maternity leave to have my second baby at May half term.  At the same time, I will be leaving the position of Interventions and Achievements Coordinator although I will be returning to Leventhorpe as a PE teacher after my maternity leave.  I would like to warmly welcome Mr Webb to Leventhorpe as the new IAC Coordinator. He has started the role with us already in preparation for my departure and we are working together to ensure a smooth transition.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my role within the Learning Support Faculty over the past couple of years and working with the students, LSA team, and Parents.  I wish Mr Webb the best of luck in his new role, he will be fantastic!

Mrs Castle, PE Teacher

LRC News

Carnegie Shadowing Group

Our Carnegie shadowing group are busily reading through the short list of books and so far thoroughly enjoying the challenge.  We’re meeting regularly and having really enthusiastic discussions about our reading experiences.  So far, Patrick Ness’s novel ‘More than this’ is proving to be the popular favourite but ‘Cuckoo Song’ is a close contender.  If you would like to see what all the excitement is about, why not read through the short list yourselves and see what you think.  The short list includes:


  • ‘The Middle of Nowhere’ – Geraldine McCaughrean
  • ‘Cuckoo Song’ – Frances Hardinge
  • ‘Apple and Rain’ – Sarah Crossan
  • *‘Buffalo Soldier’ – Tanya Landman
  • *‘More Than This’ – Patrick Ness
  • ‘The Fastest Boy in the World’ – Elizabeth Laird
  • ‘Tinder’ – Sally Gardner
  • *‘When Mr Dog Bites’ – Brian Conaghan

*recommended for 14years or over

We also have a lot of new titles in the LRC: both fiction and non-fiction; why not pop in and browse the shelves!  Everyone’s welcome. Keep reading!

Ms Truman, LRC Manager

Student News

Leventhorpe Student Runs London Mini Marathon

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Well done to Ana Cunning in 8C who ran in the London Mini Marathon yesterday after qualifying with her club Enfield & Haringey.  Nice early start at 4am in the morning!

Brothers in London Cup Winning Teams

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Well done to George and Alfie Anderson in 7F and 9F whose Ryan Football Club teams have both won the prestigious London Cup tournament for their respective age groups. 

Karate Champion in Year 7


Congratulations to Cameron Hennessey in 7N who came 1st out of 30 competitors in the UKA British Karate Championships.

Jiujitsu Success for Students

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Well done to Emily Vulliamy in 7C who passed her jiujitsu grading at Harlow Jiujitsu Club on Tuesday 21st April and is now a purple with brown stripe belt (middle); to William Meadows in 9N who also passed grading and is now a purple with brown stripe belt (left); and to James Ballard in 9R who passed grading and is now blue with a purple stripe belt (right).

Emily and James will now continue with their training for the International Jujitsu Competition at South End on May 30th 2015.  Good Luck!


Design & Technology News

Delicious Bread by Year 8s

Year 8 students were kneading dough and creating the most delicious focaccia bread in their Food Technology lesson this week, the students used garlic and rosemary, to name but a few flavours and the end results were terrific.




A super lesson Year 8s, very well done.

Ms Pagram, Food Technology

English Faculty

Year 11 GCSE English Preparation


Mrs Reeve, Head of English


ICT & Computing News

Curriculum News

  • Year 7 students have started their new topic of learning the basics or programming. They will start by learning algorithms to improve their computational thinking to then move on to learning the basics of Python programming;
  • Year 8 students are currently improving their programming skills in Python by designing and completing a range of programs;
  • Year 9 students have started their new topic of computational thinking and game design using the free programme Kodu. This will also expand on their programming skills;
  • Year 10 computing students are learning the skills of AppInventor in preparation for their second piece of coursework

Star Students

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star244Megan Rogers in 9B who has been completing her 3d modelling topic extensively outside of lessons;

star245Isabella Parsbo, 8C and Ellie Robins in 8B who have completed their 3d modelling work unaided;

star247Silvo Havrillay in 7R for consistent hard work.


Answers to Mr Jones please.


Useful Links/Resources


Below lists are current enhancements for students:


  • Mr Jones – GCSE ICT theory – different days each week, please speak to Mr Jones to ask what day this will be on, Room 12;
  • Mr Wolf – GCSE ICT theory – Monday lunchtimes, Room 10;
  • Mr Wills – GCSE Computing support – different days each week, please speak to Mr Wills to ask what day this will be on, Room 10;
  • Mrs Hooke – KS3 support – Thursday and Friday lunchtimes, Room 10.


The ICT suites will be open lunchtime and after school for students to receive additional support on their work.


The Raspberry Pi Hacking Minecraft Club continues and is oversubscribed but students who cannot attend the lunchtime club are welcome to use the raspberry pi’s in Room 12 after school.

For further information, please contact Mr Jones. The club is held at Tuesday lunchtimes in Room 12.

Coming Soon


Ollie and Spheros have now arrived at Leventhorpe! A lunchtime club is in the process of being organised for students to use and program these robots.  Take at look at this video which introduces Ollie and this video which introduces Spheros.

If you want to find out more about this up and coming club, please contact any teacher within the faculty.


For more information and news from the faculty, follow us on Twitter:


Mr Wills, Head of ICT & Computing

Maths News

Junior Maths Challenge

Well done to the approximately sixty Year 7 and 8 students who took part in the Junior Maths Challenge this morning, Thursday 30th April.  The competition is part of a national maths challenge organised by The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT), a registered charity which aims "to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics". Each challenge leads into a follow-on Olympiad round.

MFL News

Amazing Achievements in Year 7 Foreign Language Spelling Bee Regional Final

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During the Easter holidays I had the pleasure of accompanying Erwann Blatry from 7B and Elena Ooijman from 7N to take part in the Regional Spelling Bee Final in Cambridge. There were originally 9,000 competitors across the whole of the Eastern Region, and so both Erwann and Elena had already done really well to be two of only 140 finalists on the night. Erwann took part in the Spanish competition and achieved a very good score against tough competition.  Elena was in the French section and she got through to the last 12, only just missing out on a place in the final four!  We are incredibly proud of their achievements and thank them very much for learning all the extra words over the Easter holidays. 

Mrs Williams, Spanish Teacher

PE News

New PE Kit

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The PE Faculty are very pleased with their new kit, thanks to a sponsorship deal with Mackay Property who have sponsored thirty sports kits over the past four years.  We now have Year 7-10 and Senior kits for Rugby, Football, Netball, Hockey, Basketball and Cricket. 

We are looking forward to inviting Mackay Property into school very soon so that the students can say thank you in their new kit!  So watch this space....

Mr Francis, Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form, PE Teacher

Successful Hockey and Netball Cyprus Tour

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24 girls from Years 8 to 10 travelled to Cyprus from Monday 13th to Sunday 22nd April, accompanied by Mrs Brown, Mrs Murphy and Miss Rouse, for a hockey and netball sports tour of the island.

We stayed in Limassol at a 4 star hotel with a brilliant pool and netball court on site and were able to swim most days as it was hot and sunny weather and play rounders on the beach just a few meters from the hotel.  We played netball matches against two schools on the army bases at St. John’s School (Episkopi) and King Richard School (Dekelia) and at the International Private School in Limassol, Foley’s College. We won six out of a total of nine games.

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Well done to the Senior Team, which was comprised of Year 10 students Hannah Berman, Kate Goodfellow, Meg Wickham, Paige Wilkinson, Jess Stevens, Jess Parkes and Kate Peacock, who all did fantastically well despite being pitched against sixth formers in some matches. And congratulations to the Year 9 team, consisting of Maddie Marnell,  Amelia Taylor, Abbie Norris, Tiegan Claridge, Abbey Taylor, Chaaya Shah, Holly Shadbolt-Smith, Grace Romaine and Megan Learmonth who were unbeaten on tour, winning all three of their games!  Amelia Taylor and Abbie Norris were simply outstanding in their shooting. The Year 8 and 9 combined team also did fantastically well, winning two of their three games and playing a one off football match, having never played together before.  They were comprised of Elle Uddin, Ellie Vears, Jess Allen, Alex Bentley, Lily Collins, Georgia Jordan, Lottie Thake and Elena Beckwith.

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The hockey team was made up of most of the players and faced opposition which included boys, so the standard was much harder.  We drew one and lost two matches but learnt a lot from the experience and dealt with the heat really well! Exceptional performances from Megan Learmonth in goal and from Paige Wilkinson and Kate Goodfellow.

We had a day touring Pafos, the rock of Aphrodite and visited the world heritage centre containing mosaics 2600 years old and then shopping and hand made ice creams in the pretty harbour in the hot sunshine. We toured Troodos Mountains with its stunning views, visited the pretty Cypriot village of Omodos where we saw the ancient wine making regalia and visited a Greek Orthodox Church, and we even learnt a little bit of Greek!  However, the highlight of the week, on the penultimate day, was a trip to Waterworld water park in Aiya Napa where students were rewarded for all their hard work in the netball and hockey matches.

The students had a packed week of sport, culture and relaxation in the hot sunshine with temperatures around a pleasant 26 degrees. Great fun was had but all!  And well done to students who made it into school for 8.45am for the start of term after a 1am return that morning, an amazing effort both girls and parents, thank you!

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to say that it was an absolute pleasure to spend a week in the company of such impeccably behaved students who were a credit to themselves, their families and our school. I hope the trip has given you many happy memories.

Mrs Brown, PE Teacher

Last Match for Senior Rounders Team

Thank you and good luck to the Senior Rounders team who played their last fixture for Leventhorpe on Wednesday 22nd April: Ella Kirby, Lucy Dearman, Charlotte White, Molly Jenkins, Tally Dudson, Georgia Jackson, Amy Stevenson, Abi Stevens and Georgia Annetts_Fach.

The team lost to Friends School but with a respectable score of 15-9, despite some of them not having worn their PE kit for any fixture for a year!  Fantastic hitting and fielding by Ella Kirby, Amy Stevenson and  Abi Stevens, all on the A Level courses. They are obviously busy working hard to their AS and A2 exams and I wish them every success and hope for a happy future.

Mrs Brown, PE Teacher

Sixth Form News

Year 12 Geography Field Trip to Manchester

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Charlie Mills in 12N has written the following about the recent trip to Manchester:

We arrived at Manchester Piccadilly train station on a Tuesday afternoon back in March.  We got to the (surprisingly nice) Youth Hostel and after maturely debating over who got top bunk, we set out on foot to the Museum of Science and Industry. We found out lots about the history of Manchester and how much it has developed recently and then turned our thoughts to the evening visit to Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, to watch 1st place Manchester United take on 2nd place Tottenham Hotspur in an U21 premier league match which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. We even met a former Leventhorpe A Level student, Russell Devine, who had gone on to study Geography at the University in Manchester and was a local expert now. 

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On the second day we briefly looked around the area of the Arndale Centre which had been completely modernised after being badly damaged in the 1997 IRA Bombing.  We then boarded a tram, part of Manchester modern Metrolink system, and spent the majority of the day at SportCity in Eastlands, not surprisingly east of the city centre, and one of the main focuses of our fieldwork. We had a lecture at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City, and were educated in the regeneration and rebranding of the area.  Once we had completed lots of tasks and had our questions answered we went on a tour of the stadium including the home team dressing room. We briefly visited the National Cycling Centre, which was just across the road, before walking back to Manchester city centre along the canal. On our way back we conducted surveys on areas we had looked at in class such as New Islington and the CHIPS building, which are key examples of regeneration. Before going out for dinner in the evening we all split into pairs and questioned local people in the city centre on the quality of different areas of Manchester and their views about the changes over time.

On the last full day in Manchester we travelled to MediaCity, home of BBC and ITV, in Salford Quays. We conducted another environmental survey before walking the short distance to The Lowry – a modern arts and entertainment complex.  We watched a short film on the background of the artist L.S. Lowry which also educated us on the industrial history of the area surrounding the Salford Quays and how so many people relied on the docks. We then travelled to the Trafford Centre for lunch and had some free time to shop and take to the crazy golf course.

All in all I would suggest that any students thinking of taking Geography at A Level in the next few years should definitely consider going on this trip. Although Manchester may not sound appealing, when you get there, it is! Fry up every morning, McDonald’s and Burger King for lunch, Pizza Express, All-You-Can-Eat-Chinese-Buffet and ‘The Curry Mile’ for dinner, what could be better?! Oh, and you learn really useful stuff for your exam case studies too! (edited by Mr Clawson & Mr Hall).

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition in the Brecon Beacons

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Nine intrepid Year 12 adventurers visited the Brecon Beacons in the Easter holidays to test their skills of navigation and powers of endurance as part of the four day Practice Expedition for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  After a morning of kit and food checks at school, a four hour minibus journey and final preparations and route checks in the luxury of the Penstar bunkhouse, the next day saw the two teams set off early with a zip in their steps.  The weather looked to be set fair and gave the impression of early summer – indeed the week remained excellent for the most part.  Navigation difficulties soon arose with challenges that ranged from the intricacies of negotiating farms and fields to open moorland where paths soon petered out, and decisions had to be made that meant the difference between getting lost or staying safe!  The learning curve was steep as the teams realised that they had to pay much more attention to their map and compass techniques, as well as draw on physical energy reserves that they did not know they had!

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On the second and third days the teams got better and better - navigation errors seemed to all but disappear and teamwork consistently improved.  Campcraft and discipline became very impressive too and the lads were able to test out their expedition meals, which ranged from noodles to gourmet ready meals. In order to complete the expedition, determination was the key and, whilst blisters and strains tested characters to the very core, none of the lads faltered in their desire to finish their routes.  By the end of the fourth and final day the teams were exhausted but pretty elated to have successfully completed their practice expedition.

I have to say that I have never experienced such honest progress made so quickly by Gold D of E students and I know that each and every one of the lads should feel very proud of what they achieved.  I hope that they remember the lessons learned from their personal and team experiences, and take theses forward to the Assessed Expedition, which they will be undertaking at the end of term in the Lake District.

My congratulations to the nine students and thanks must also go to Mr Barr and Miss Dixey for their assistance in making this a very worthwhile and successful trip.

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Mr Hall, Head of Humanities, D of E Co-ordinator

Community News & Events

Message to Former Fawbert and Barnard Pupils

schoolBelow is a letter to former Fawbert and Barnard Primary School pupils on the occasion of Headteacher Mrs Wilson's imminent retirement:


As you are already aware, Mrs Wilson is retiring at the end of this school year.  As part of her ‘farewell’ send-off from all of us, we would like to compile a special ‘Memory’ book that Mrs Wilson can treasure for years to come.


Each child who currently attends our school will contribute and the teachers will organise this in their classes. The children will draw a picture of themselves and think of something that they like / will remember about Mrs Wilson.  


The part we need your help with is including past pupils of the school. Mrs Wilson remembers all of the children who have attended F&B in her time here to the extent that she can even recall the year they left and how old they are now! We’re sure that between us all and our various links with other past parents, we can spread the word and get as many children included in this book as possible.
From past pupils we would like the following information:


  • Their full name and date of birth (so that we know which cohort /year group they are from)
  • A photo that can be either from the age they were when they attended the school or a recent photograph to show how they have changed! If this photo includes other children, permission should be sought prior to sending it to us. 
  • A special memory that they have of Mrs Wilson or something they liked about her. 


Please can we request that this is sent to this email only.  Please do not send to the school admin email address or to Mrs Wilson directly. In order to allow enough time to compile the book, we ask that that all entries are sent to us by Friday 5th June.  We will also hold a collection for Mrs Wilson’s retirement gift. Further details will follow. Both past and present parents / families are invited to contribute to this.
Many thanks in anticipation of your support, on behalf of teachers, staff and Governors at F&B.


Mrs Sarah Evans, Chair of Governors, and Mrs Brooker, Deputy Head

Music in the Garden for Essex / Herts Ambulance Trust


Sawbridgeworth Senior Cricket Academy

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Hertfordshire Association for Local History: Spring Meeting & AGM


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