Dear families,

We can look back on another week of fantastic achievements from students including taking part in the Sixth Form Articulate public speaking competition at Gainsborough House last Wednesday, an insight into careers in the film industry for all our Film Studies students on Monday, sports fixtures, House Celebration  Assemblies recognising the achievements of all students and more offers of places for students to study at Oxford and Cambridge, and other prestigious universities, next year.

Next week has more opportunities for students to further develop their skills and confidence, and make a difference to our

Tuesday Evening Sixth Form Open Evening, 5-8pm

This is one of the best opportunities to learn more about our successful and growing Sixth Form. Students in Year 11 and their families, who are considering studying A Levels or a mix of Level 3 vocational subjects are very welcome to join us.

There are talks at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and the chance to speak to students and subject teachers throughout the evening. All the major activities take place in G Block which is our Sixth Form Building, and you are welcome to park there when you arrive. Full information about our courses and unique support for students in the Sixth Form is available at

Woodland Trust Tree Planting

Staff and students have been working very hard to improve our school environment by planting over 340 trees from the Woodland Trust. If anyone has any contacts who may be able to help supply us with additional bark chippings please contact Miss Barfield by email to

Charity Events

We are very proud of all the activities that our students organise and support. On our school Facebook page you will see lots of beard-tastic photos of our students sporting wonderful moustaches in support of Movember who fund research and support for people with prostrate or testicular cancer, and men's mental health.

Next week we will have Peyton charity event, Sweet Pong! Every day at lunch time in the Symphony Hall students can pay 20p a go or 50p for 3 goes to try to win some sweets. All money raised will be donated to the Peyton House charity Spaniel Aid UK.

Year 11s to Support Revision

Next week Mr Oliver is doing a series of Decide, Commit, Succeed support sessions on Wednesday to Friday at lunch until 13:15 and after school until 16:00, in 214. These are students in Year 11 that might still be how to access the Decide, Commit, Succeed Google Classroom and also supporting them how to actively use the timetable and revision resources.

Also attached to this email is a list of the exam boards and the qualification name for each subject if you wish to purchase any specific revision guides and to help when accessing online revision systems such as Seneca and GCSE Pod.

Christmas Fair and Jumper Day

Our school Christmas Fair will be held at lunchtimes on Thursday 14 & Friday 15 December and Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday 15 December. Each house will be hosting their own stalls, where students can purchase items or play activities for a small charge. Students therefore may wish to bring some extra money with them on these two days. All money raised goes to our House charities. If you have any items you could kindly donate for our raffle, or alternatively any sweet treats you could donate, we will be very grateful.

The stalls are run by students themselves, so if you would like to help, please ask your child to contact their Head of House. On Friday 15 December students will be able to wear non-uniform provided they wear something festive, for the donation of £1 - again, this money will go towards our charities. Students should still dress suitably for learning which means no inappropriate logos or clothing.

Flu vaccinations

The school's vaccination team are visiting the school on 13 & 14 December. To take up this valuable immunisation offer, you must give consent and complete the online form in advance of 13 December. Please find attached a leaflet from the Suffolk Immunisation Team with more information and answers to common questions. To give consent please use this online form,

Emotional Wellbeing and Childhood Neurodiversity Parent and Carer Workshops.

The Psychology in Schools Team from Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) would like to remind schools and those who work with parents and carers, about the series of free workshops they have coming up over the next few months to help provide advice and support to families on topics, such as, supporting young people with challenging behaviours, and helping children and young people manage big feelings. There is also a programme of workshops that explore nurturing the unique strengths of neurodivergent children and young people. To view all workshops available and to book a place, please go to the ‘Family Wellbeing’ page which can be found on the Wellbeing in Education website:

We wish you all a wonderful weekend,

Thomas Gainsborough School