Welcome back after a very productive half term at Sharples School.

Year 11 pupils continue to impress us with their hard work and determination to do their best; they are well on their way to success with more than 100 regularly staying for after-school sessions. We are delighted to have launched ‘GCSE POD’ which will further enhance pupil revision. The Rotary Club has been helping by carrying out mock interviews to give pupils practice for future college and job applications and we have welcomed representatives from all the North West colleges and universities to speak to year 11 about their next steps. PPEs or Pre Public Exams started on 10th November and once they are all completed, we will be holding a special results morning when Y11 pupils will receive their grades in envelopes, just as they would on the official results day in August 2015. Y11’s are getting their first real taste of what it will be like in their ‘real’ GCSE’s next summer. On 5th December, staff and Y11 pupils will be celebrating their achievements so far at a special meal at Nawaab’s restaurant in Manchester. Everyone is really looking forward to what is becoming an annual event in the Sharples School calendar.

Our STEM provision continues to go from strength to strength and these are just a few of the exciting activities which saw more than 400 different primary school children visit Sharples between September and October half term:

•56 STEM Club sessions delivered in local primaries reaching over 200 Year 5 and 6 pupils.
•The Numeracy Challenge
•Sharples Primary Sports Stars
•Sing Day
•Spelling Bee
•"Chocolate Science" day
•"Science Rocks" morning.

Our science specialism has focused on the delivery of adult GCSE science classes for parents and the local community and now has 22 members who attend lessons every Monday evening. Sharples GCSE astronomers have made a fantastic start to their studies this half term; in addition to our own Year 10 students, 4 gifted and talented Year 6 pupils from the Oaks and Walmsley are enrolled on the course!

Year 7’s have settled in very well with more than 100 pupils accessing a wealth of lunchtime clubs. Everything from Minecraft Club to Science Club are full to capacity every week. Elsewhere, students have been on educational trips to Ingleton Falls with the Geography department, Blackpool Zoo and the Bloodhound Supersonic Car with Science, and Manchester University with Maths.

The Technology and Art departments are enjoying the new facilities that the summer refurbishments have brought and the Food Technology rooms were officially opened by the first headteacher of Sharples School, Frank Kenyon, as part of a special 40 years anniversary celebration. This event saw more than 40 previous staff members visiting for a tour around the buildings, a look at photographs and other memorabilia, and a chance to catch up with old colleagues over a cup of tea and a piece of our anniversary cake baked especially for the occasion.

The school has recently benefited from new security  systems including upgraded CCTV, the installation of new barriers and the electronic gates at the front of school which help keep our site safe at night and over the weekend as well as during the school day. Pupils continue to wear the new uniform well and with pride and we have had many encouraging and positive comments from the community about our new image.

Thank you for your continuing support as we strive to become even better on our journey to outstanding.

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