We would like to wish Mr Marsh a happy and well deserved retirement, after working for 50 years at our school.

It is estimated that he taught Physics to over 10,000 students!

The press article is available to read here.

Newsletter – Issue 20 – July 2015.

A number of Year 12 BTEC Children’s Play, Learning and Development, Health and Social Care, Sport and Performing Arts students have raised a significant amount of money for charity.

This has been shared equally between two different charities, EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice) and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.  The students held a variety of  fundraising activities including cake sales and bicycle rides.

Congratulations and well done to all concerned.

Achievement Newsletter – July 2015.

On 8 July 2015, the school welcomed the 2014 UK Pro Halfpipe BMX Champion and former Olympian Mike Mullen.  This visit was in conjunction with the Sky Sports for Living programme we currently run at the school.

The programme has been very successful in improving life skills, changing behaviours, boosting confidence and increasing attainment, using sports as an alternative to classroom teaching.  Mike took some lessons with Year 7 and 9 students using BMX bikes and then gave an excellent workshop session with all of the students in the programme, including some sports mentors within the school.

The visit was a great success and we look forward to our next Olympic visitor next year.

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Englandgolf.org have also written an article covering the trio’s win, which can be read HERE

ooliOn 2 July 2015, Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form students wowed the audience with an incredible performance of Oliver. The original Oliver was first written by Charles Dickens and was brought to life by these very talented students.

The story is about a 13 year old orphaned boy, Oliver Twist, who has been living in a workhouse for as long as he can remember.  One day he asks his master, Mr Bumble, for more sloppy gruel. This takes him on a rollercoaster of jobs starting as a coffin walker (because his facial expressions are appropriate) and then becoming a pickpocket with a group of young boys.  However, he is caught on his first day, he is then taken in and his life changes.


This story is enjoyed by children around the world and has even been made into a film.

We interviewed a few members of the cast and the band, including Miss Walker and Miss Jones.  Miss Jones said “it was a hot night for us all, but everyone managed to pull it off”.  Miss Walker said “everyone in the band had been working extremely hard since March”.  Evie Hinchliffe, who played Oliver, loved being in the show and performing in front of family and friends.

Lots of dramatic techniques were used  in the show, for example, physical theatre for eating the gruel and stealing money along with a good use of space, so everything was not cramped in together.  Along with fantastic singing and an incredible band, the popular play was truly a night to remember.


To conclude, we think that the whole show was absolutely sensational.  The whole crew has worked super hard and it was one of the best shows we have seen.  For all of this we are going to give it 4 and a half out of 5 stars.

We cannot wait to see the next  show!

Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

Writers: Freya Childs, Grace Feek and Helene Dethmers

Newsletter – Issue 19 – July 2015.

Mahisha Ahmed, Year 10, entered the Norfolk Show Schools’ Exhibition – Reflections of the Norfolk Countryside Competition and won with her painting of a tractor (below).  Mahisha came first in the Year 9 and 10 category of the Competition and was presented with a cheque for £30 at the Norfolk Show on Thursday 2 July 2015.   Mahisha also won a cheque for £100 for the school’s Art Department.

Well done Mahisha and we look forward to seeing your future art work.