Open Morning 22nd September 2018
As you are aware we have our Open Morning for prospective students on Saturday 22nd September. In order to prepare for this, the school will close at 12:30pm for all year groups on Friday 21st September.
School buses will be rescheduled to pick students up at this time.
Mr J Shepley
Director of Progress
Monday 3rd September - INSET day - no students in school
Tuesday 4th September - Year 7 only in school
Wednesday 5th September - all students in school as normal
The 133 timetable effective from 1st September 2018.
Debden Park High School has once again produced outstanding GCSE results with 71% of students achieving a Grade 4 or above in English and Maths, and 48% of students achieving the new harder standard of a Grade 5 or above in English and Maths. More than half of all grades in all subjects were awarded this Grade 5. 49 grade 9s were achieved across the school putting students into the top 2% of the country. In Art half of the students achieved this phenomenal result. Once again the progress students made is expected to be well above the national average and subjects which particularly excelled were English, Maths, Computer Science, Languages, Music and Art. .
Helen Gascoyne, Head of school, said “We are thrilled that our consistent focus on learning throughout the school and our constant academic drive have proved yet again to enable students to achieve incredible results. Our lessons are engaging, exciting and challenging and our students have enhanced life chances as a result of learning with us. This year has been particularly challenging given the fact that almost all subjects were being examined for the first time with the new specifications and there was so much uncertainty with the grade boundaries. Our students have risen to the challenge of these more difficult courses and we are extremely proud of all they have achieved.”
Christian Cavanagh, Executive Head, said “Yet again Debden Park High School has proved it’s place as a centre of excellence. We are delighted with our GCSE results, a week after our impressive A Level results. All of these results reflect the academic success of this Outstanding school. We would like to thank all of our students, staff, Governors and parents for their hard work and continued support as we build on our incredible successes this year.”
There have been a record number of students applying for the Sixth Form at Debden Park, both from students from Debden Park as well as over 40 applications from other schools. Some Debden Park High students with particularly impressive results are :
Blake Tomlinson who achieved 6 Grade 9s in Art, English Literature, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as 2 Grade 8s and 1 Grade 7
Alex Hantig who achieved 3 Grade 9s in English Literature, Maths & Chemistry as well as 5 Grade 8s and 1 Grade 7
Josie Nelson who achieved 4 Grade 9s in English Literature, History, Biology & Chemistry as well as 3 Grade 8s
Rosie Cooper who achieved 3 Grade 9s in English Language, Computer Science & Chemistry as well as 4 Grade 8s
Debden Park High school is very proud of its outstanding achievements at GCSE and A Level and indeed of the school itself and would like to invite prospective parents and students to the Open Morning on Saturday 22nd September 9.00am to 12.00pm and the Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 15th November 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Debden Park High School students in the Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium have achieved another set of outstanding A Level results, further improving on the successes of last year. There were a record number of A and A* grades and the progress students have made is well above national averages. 100% of Debden students achieved A*-C in Art, Computer Science, Drama, Geography, Maths, Music and Physics. There were exceptional results in Art with 60% of students achieving an A*. Students are now off to study at some of the most prestigious Universities in the country, including Bath, Exeter, Edinburgh, Manchester and Sheffield, all of which are part of the Russell Group. Students are also headed to Loughborough, University of East Anglia and Sussex which are in the top 25 most successful Universities.
Helen Gascoyne, Head of School, said “We are incredibly proud of our Year 13 students and their A Level results. As a school we continue to be academically ambitious for all our students and these A Level results are even better than our impressive first set of results in 2017. Again these results are testament to our outstanding teaching throughout the school and to our commitment to building upon our sustained exemplary GCSE results. We have proved that our new Sixth Form challenges all students to achieve their potential and beyond, and to make their dreams for their futures a reality.”
Christian Cavanagh, Executive Headteacher, said “We are thrilled that for a second year running our Year 13 students have achieved half a grade higher than their peers nationally. Debden Park High School prides itself on instilling students with a real love of learning and to see 95% of them carrying on their educational journeys to university and higher level apprenticeships is truly outstanding.”
Joe Merrison, who has been a DPHS student since Year 7, achieved 3 A grades in Economics, History and Media, and is now going to study History at Exeter. He said “I am thrilled with my grades and am very grateful to Debden for their consistent support and challenge from Year 7 to Year 13.”
Rebecca Busby, who joined in Year 12 achieved an A* in Art and 2 B grades in Philosophy & Ethics and Sociology. She said “I always hoped that I would succeed at A Level but I am overwhelmed with just how well I have done here at Debden. I have loved my time here and from day 1 I felt part of the school. I would encourage any student to join Debden Park High School Sixth form to achieve great things here as well”.
A Level Results – school will be open at 8am on 16/8/2018 for A Level students to collect their results. Support will be available with UCAS choices.
GCSE Results – school will be open at 9am on 23/8/2018 for GCSE students to collect their results and enrol in sixth form. External students welcome. School will also be open on at 9am on 24/8/2018 for enrolment to sixth form.
I am writing with information about the end of term.
After a very successful year we are going to continue with tradition where students will experience a very different school week. The last week, entitled ‘Debden United’ will focus on team work, developing wider skills, competition and enjoyment.
Each year group will have a different experience;
Year 7 and 8 will be in workshops that will look at different cultures, where they may make native food, learn a native dance, take part in a game show from a different country, learn a national anthem in a different language to name just a few activities. These workshops will have a competitive element and go toward Tutor points.
In addition years 7 and 8 will have a full day of inter-form sporting activities where they will need to ensure they wear appropriate PE kit or sportswear including trainers. Year 8 will require this on Monday 16th July and year 7 on Tuesday 17th July.
Year 9 students will be in small groups making a film that will be viewed and judged by the end of the week. They will learn about scripts, camera shots, costumes, music and how to produce and direct a mini film. This has been so successful in the past years and we hope this year to have some of the best we have seen
Year 10 students will be focusing on careers and preparing for Year 11. This will include CV writing, motivational workshops and team problem solving. This is in addition to ‘Take Your Child to Work’ day.
Our exciting week will conclude with Sports Day, which will take place on Friday 20th July. For this ALL students will need to be in correct PE kit and will need to bring water for the day. Please ensure your child has applied sun cream if the weather is hot. On this day we will have an extended break time, where students will be able to purchase hot food and school will close at 12.30pm. Please note the school buses will leave at this time.
As you will appreciate the workshops and activities we are providing come with a cost implication. We are therefore asking for a £5 voluntary contribution in support of the resources needed to create the best week possible.
Although this is a very different week from the usual timetabled lessons, all other expectations remain, for attendance, punctuality and behaviour and any poor behaviour will result in students working formally in school uniform for the remainder of the week.
Finally, please ensure that your child comes to school appropriately dressed for each day, including no belly tops or very short shorts.
Debden United gives us a chance to celebrate our fabulous year and I am sure the students will enjoy their last week of term.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of Year.
The Progress Team
Director of Year 7 – Mr Hughes (email@example.com)
Director of Year 8 – Ms Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Year 9 – Mr Denham (email@example.com)
Director of Year 10 – Mr Blythe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
19th June 2018
Springboard to Sixth Form Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th June 2018
As you are hopefully aware, we are hosting our Springboard to Sixth Form Days next week. Following your successful interview and having received an offer to join our Sixth Form in September, we are looking forward to you joining us for these days. The Springboard to Sixth event will form an essential part of your new life as a Debden Sixth Former, as you will take your first lessons in your chosen A-Level subjects and begin work in preparation for September. Importantly, it will also give you the chance to meet the rest of your cohort of students in Year 12 and 13, as well as to discover all the opportunities available to you outside of lessons, including completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, go on our organised expeditions with World Challenge and learn about the many exciting aspects of Sixth Form life.
The days will follow a typical day in the Hive: school will begin at 8:30am on both days and Sixth Form students are expected in smart business wear. Light refreshments will be available during break and lunch, so please bring a packed lunch with you. Sixth formers are permitted to leave the school site to get food during the lunch break, unfortunately, students will not be allowed off site without written parental/carer consent so if you would like to do so, please ensure you complete the attached consent form and bring it with you next week. If you are leaving the school site at lunch, please remember that you must be back on site in time for your period Period 6 which begins promptly at 14:10.
Please can you confirm you attendance by Friday 22nd June by emailing email@example.com, or calling the Sixth Form office on 0208 418 1216.
Lastly, congratulations for completing your GCSE exams! It has no doubt been an exhausting year but it will all be worth it on results day in August
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We look forward to seeing you.
Mr J Simm
Director of Sixth Form
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There will be a maths revision session afterschool on Monday to support students before they sit Paper 3.
Below are updated version of the Best Guess Paper 3. Remember these are only the topics that haven't yet been covered. You may be tested on areas that have already come up.
** The hard copy given out at the end of the English paper has a printing error so not all questions are included. Download the correct versions here. **
A message from the PTA:
Unfortunately, due to lack of interest, we have had to cancel the Race Night scheduled for Friday 15 June.
The PTA rely on support from parents attending events (normally two each year) and also by purchasing nearly-new uniform and refreshments at school events. If there is no support from parents, additional funds cannot be raised – just to remind parents all profits made are used to benefit our children and support DPHS!
We would like to remind parents that although the PTA has only been up and running for a couple of years, we have managed to raise over £2,000 and the following resources/equipment for the children have been purchased:
· Zoolab sessions for all Year 7 students (Science Department)
· Arts & Crafts materials for the Science Club
· Donation towards membership of the National Carnegie book challenge (English)/purchase of books
· £400 towards the lighting upgrade in the main hall (Expressive Arts)
· Donation towards the 6th Form World Challenge Trip
· Purchase of Resources/books/equipment (Maths Department)
· Donation towards Revision books/materials (Design & Technology Department)
· £100 donation towards netball kits (PE Department)
· 2 I-Pads (Learning support team and Expressive Arts)
· DVDs for films (Languages Department)
· Materials for Flying Club.
· Cajon/Headphones/Splitters (whole class set) (Music Department)
· Entrance Fee for go-karting competition
· Bibs/cones/stopwatches (PE Department)
ALSO THEA BUISSON AND MICHELLE HINTON (PTA MEMBERS) HAVE SPONSORED THE
GO-KARTING TEAM THIS YEAR BY PERSONALLY DONATING £180 EACH!
We would ask you to try and support the PTA whenever you can as we would like to continue to help the school in providing our children with additional resources. It is a real shame that we have had to cancel the Race Night as it would have been great to have raised further funds.
If you would like to contact the PTA please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would welcome any parents that would like to get involved or have any ideas how funds can be raised.
I am writing to you about this summers end of year assessments and exams for students in years 7 8 9 and 10. Students will be starting their end of year exams and assessments next week, please see the timetable attached. These assessments and exams will help students and teachers identify strengths and areas for development next year. For our year 10 students they will also provide valuable experience of examinations as they move into year 11.
For those students in years 7 8 and 9, in addition to the assessments set by their teachers, they will be taking their GL assessments in English and Maths. These assessments will show how much progress students have made over the year, compared to other students nationally. The GL assessments build a picture of each student’s strengths and areas for development, which will help us all to work together next year to ensure they are successful. All parents of students who take a GL assessment will receive a report at the end of the year that details those strengths and areas for development. Please note that there is no need for students to revise for the GL assessments.