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 (