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The future starts here…

Year 12 will be attending the  Norfolk Higher Education Exhibition at UEA tomorrow.  With UCAS experts, university and college representatives from over 100 institutions and industry professionals present, it gives the girls a great opportunity to learn about the many possibilities open to them after their A levels.  They will be able to attend seminars on how to choose a university and find out what life is like on a university campus as well as talk to experts about options other than going to university.

Watch this space for pictures and the girls’ feedback from the event!

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The future starts here….

Pupils from Years 9 and 12 were at the Norfolk Showground today for the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival 2018. The girls took  the opportunity to meet a variety of exhibitors from every sector of industry and commerce –  from the Armed Forces to the BBC and from VW Apprenticeships to Banking –  and take part in interactive activities to help plan for their future.


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Sports Results: Netball house matches

Years 7, 8 and 9 girls enjoyed an exciting afternoon of netball this afternoon in their house netball matches. Results were:

First: Ryder, whose players of the tournament were Sophie S and Paula

Second: Austen,  with Alice and Isabel their players of the tournament

Third: Fry, with Rosamaria and Lauren taking the honours for their team.


Miss Mickleburgh
Head of PE


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 house netball Fry

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Year 12 visit higher education convention

Year 12 attended a useful higher education convention at UEA this week.

After speaking to representatives from numerous universities and collecting bags full of prospectuses to browse through, we went to several talks covering a variety of useful topics such as choosing courses and preparing an art portfolio, as well as those dealing with specific courses, from business to medicine.

The day was useful for focusing minds on what the girls are planning at the end of Year 13, and will be followed up with plenty of individual advice and guidance from staff here in the coming months.

Mrs GroveYear 13 UEA

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Sports Results: Netball house matches

Netball-HOHSCongratulations to Ryder who won the Sixth Form netball house matches.

After six matches played all three houses were on eight points but it was Ryder who had the higher number of goals scored thanks to the shooting of Olivia and Karen.

TEAM: Bridget, Olivia, Emily, Megan, Ellie, Karen, Amy and Miss Mann.

This takes the house match points total to:
1st: Austen 190 points
2nd: Ryder 180 points
3rd: Fry 130 points

Miss Mickleburgh
Head of PE

Feb House Matches



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Year 12 start planning for their future

Year 12 spent yesterday morning at the Higher Education Fair which was held at the University of East Anglia. There were many universities present, all readily providing information and prospectuses about the courses at their establishments.

After wandering around picking up numerous booklets, Mrs Grove and Mrs Maher  collecting enough to fully restock the careers library, the girls went to a seminar. They were able to choose from talks on course choices, personal statements, medical science, social science and humanity courses.

Everyone enjoyed the morning and came away laden with goodies and with information to start thinking about choices for future study. The research into universities and the courses they offer will be continued in form time and enrichment lessons over the coming weeks.

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Money Matters for the 6th Form

Last week, the Sixth Form had a seminar on personal finance. As the girls will leave school and start university or work in the near future, understanding the financial matters that they will encounter could prove an invaluable lesson.

Barclays Bank sent four of their staff to run a session covering financial terminology, bank statements, pay slips, the true cost of a credit card and how to write a budget. The number and size of deductions from a salary was a surprise to some whilst having to pay for council tax as well as income tax seemed an unreasonable demand to others. The length of time a credit card debt would last and the total amount payable if one only made the minimum payment each month was eye-opening to all. Working out a budget and paying all the bills associated with living away from home was not an easy task but we managed in the end.

I think that everyone, including me, learned something important that day.

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