Debden Week Information

Dear Parent/carer,

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.

Yours sincerely

The Progress Team

Director of Year 7 – Mr Hughes (

Director of Year 8 – Ms Mason (

Director of Year 9 – Mr Denham (

Director of Year 10 – Mr Blythe (

Springboard to Sixth Form Event

19th June 2018

Dear Students

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, 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

Best Guess Paper 3 - Maths

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. **


Example 1

Example 2 --with mark scheme



Example 1

Example 2 -- with mark scheme

PTA Race Night Cancelled

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)



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:

We would welcome any parents that would like to get involved or have any ideas how funds can be raised.


End of Year Assessments

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Dear Parent/Carer,

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.

Yours sincerely

Gareth Davies

Maths Best Guess Papers

Year 11 students! Here is a copy of the Foundation paper best guess. Make sure you revise these topics over half term. Mark schemes are included.

If you attend any revision sessions over half term, make sure you bring them with you.

Best Guess Paper 2 (Foundation) Example 1

Best Guess Paper 2 Foundation Example 2  ------ Worked Solutions


Best Guess Paper 2 Higher (Higher) Example 1

Best Guess Paper 2 Higher (Higher) Example 2 --------- Worked Solutions

Speak Out Challenge

Forty Year 10s rose to the  Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, an annual workshop and event that develops their public speaking, writing, and confidence skills. Six of our most inspiring public speakers - Adrian Zeqja, Kayla Matthews, Maria Jarvis, Dominic Jones, Max Bolton, and Amelie Ashton - qualified for the Debden Speak Off - a hotly-contested competition in front of 180 other Year 10s to select the Debden Finalist for the West Essex Region Gala.

They left the judges a little ... speechless!

Polished and poised, their content and delivery were "so powerful", in the words of Madam Copson, "you could hear a pin drop" among the audience.

From Gender and Geography to Transsexuals in Toilets, every speech galvanised the audience with a moving message. Such was the calibre of our semi-finalists this year that the judges were compelled to tweak the shortlist: they selected three, not two, finalists for the ultimate Speak Off!

Going head to head, Kayla Matthews, Amelie Ashton, and Max Bolton seized the stage, the audience hushing and shuffling on the edges of seats.

But only one Year 10 student could be the Debden Speak OutChampion: delivering a satirically-witty speech on Royal Benefits, Max Bolton clinched the Debden deal, with Amelie and Kayla as our Reserve and third-place winners respectively.

Max will Speak Out for DPHS at the West Essex Regional Final on Thursday 10 May, 6pm, at Epping St. John's School.

A huge congratulations to all our speakers on their outstanding achievement, and please be invited to join DPHS staff and students in supporting Max next Thursday on what promises to be a highly entertaining evening!

British School’s Karting Championship


British School’s Karting Championship

Debden Park High School took part in the British School’s Karting Championship for 2018. We entered two teams with Hayden Merritt, Robbie Davidson and Ryan Massey; and Connor King, Jake Hinton and Paul Noquet.

We were fortunate to receive sponsorship from two local Building firms, Federick Sage and Perrian Builders. This was a fantastic support for the students who took part.

In the initial heat based in Brentwood, the boys performed superbly with students taking part for the first time having outstanding lap times of below 47 seconds. Thanks to the students hard work, one team made it to the next heat in Kent; the other team narrowingly missing out on a place.

At Buckmore Park in Kent, the students were outstanding with results ranging from 2nd to 7th in the 6 races. Sadly we missed out on qualifying to the final in June by 1 point. We achieved 81 points and 7th position out of 17 teams.

It has been a fantastic year for the students and we would like to recognise the hours of practice that has taken place on a Friday evening come rain or shine. They really did DPHS proud

I’m already looking forward to next year’s competition