A selection of Year 8, 9 and 10 students enjoyed an afternoon of team building with the Rifles Regiment.  This involved strategic planning and working as a team to achieve their goals.  Also judging by the photos – the camouflage painting was a favourite!


Thursday 23rd June

We have started preparing for the third of our Parent Consultation events.  The first event in November 2015 was very successful with the feedback from parents overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

As we have listened to parent, staff and student feedback, you will see some subtle changes compared to the first and second event.

As we move towards the next meeting the priority will be ensuring that our students have made progress as learners and in their levels/grades.  To help them with this we would ask that you continue to check with them to ensure they are working within the targets for development that they set themselves in their meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 23rd June.


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The Newsletter for Term 5 gives you an insight into activities which have taken place during the term and also lists future events for your information.


Mr Gallop, Assistant Headteacher and our four Year 10 Student Leaders, Joe Wisby, Chloe Fowler, Rachel Millard and Ben Herbert join other local schools, The Mayor of Thornbury, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucester and other invited guests at the Memorial Woodlands yesterday to commemorate service men and women who have lost their lives since the turn of the millennium.

A group of students from The Castle School and Marlwood School were presented with their work and certificates at a celebratory event held at Essilor in Thornbury.

The students spent half a day a week, over the course of six weeks, working with experts from the company’s laboratory on the Thornbury Industrial Estate to design and produce a telescope, microscope, spyglass, handmade specs and a focimeter.

Essilor MD Mike Kirkley was joined by Thornbury Mayor Cllr Helen Harrison to present the students with the certificates and models in front of a crowd of parents and teachers.

 Mr Kirkley said:  “Working with the Castle School and Marlwood, we have a fantastic opportunity to help make a difference to these young and talented individuals.

 "We hope they have also learnt about the importance of teamwork, effective communication and problem-solving. Bringing together these skills, they have designed and built these wonderful precision instruments, which we are very pleased to hand over to the schools today.”

This partnership is a real success story. It embraces Essilor, the schools, parents and the community.