Pupil Achievements

In June, 20 Year 9 pupils took part in an Engineering day hosted by a company called SmallPiece Trust who deliver exciting STEM related events for secondary school pupils. The pupils who took part were ones that have chosen GCSE Engineering as an option and will begin lessons when they return to school in the Autumn term. The theme for the day was Aircrafts and the pupils would spend all day being aeronautical engineers, designing and building their own gliders.

This is the fourth year running that our school community has celebrated National Writing Day which meant stopping whatever we were doing at 11:30pm and getting creative!

Mr Green, Leader of STEM at TSS was approached by the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (AME) and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) board of directors and was asked to carry out some research into the current  issue of, the lack of females taking STEM related subjects (D&T, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Maths) at GCSE and A level. Mr Green carried out two surveys, one with pupils and one with parents which gave an insight into why there is such a low uptake by girls. To further concrete his evidence Mr Green filmed a question and answer session with five Year 11 girls which was presented to over fifteen engineering and manufacturing businesses.

Running for the second year at TSS the ‘E is for Engineering’ project, run as part of the Universities STEM outreach programme, which is to encourage more females to consider a career in Engineering, delivered two workshops to our Year 7 and Year 8 girls.

The English faculty and First Story writer, Andy Craven-Griffiths, were so impressed with a piece of writing from one of our First Story writers last year, that they nominated it for the First Story Showcase Event as part of their Young Writers’ Festival. It was no surprise the judges from First Story agreed that Ben’s piece of work ‘Lucid Dreaming’ was an exceptional piece of text.

This year’s World Book Day will be a little different from our usual assemblies, quizzes, competitions, book clues and staff props but we can still remind ourselves about the importance of reading and celebrate books that have been important to us.

Monologues as Mary Queen of Scots; a teen who had outgrown a best friend; an experience of serendipity.

Congratulations to Arthur, Year 7, Max, Year 8 and Caitlin, Year 9, these three lucky winners have been chosen to represent TSS in the national round of the Tunnocks Teacakes competition run by the Food Teachers Centre.

In February, the English faculty had the pleasure of delivering Andy Craven-Griffith’s writing workshop focusing on ‘The Little Things’. Our aim was to encourage our school community to remember the smaller, brilliant things we still have in our lives and we were so pleased to read and share such lovely words from our pupils.

After spending many holidays on South Beach, Bridlington and having a fascination with watching the lifeboats launch into the sea, Year 9 pupils, Abi and Evie decided to raise some much-needed funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution: Saving Lives at Sea. This charity relies on volunteers and supporters to run their lifesaving service, which cost £181.5 million to run in 2019, all of which was generously donated by the public.

Congratulations and well done to all our 2020 English prize winners. We are very pleased to have been able to congratulate the Y7 prize winners and to give them the opportunity to collect their prizes.

Pupils are working towards the RSPB’s Wild Challenge Award which means they have to undertake a variety of activities that allow them to experience nature and improve things for nature. Eco-club restarted this week with a keen band of Year 7 pupils, they conducted a habitat survey on the school site identifying areas that were good for wildlife and areas that could be improved.

Eighteen girls from our Year 9 STEM group took part in an inspirational STEM careers event delivered by a company called Stemettes. The Stemettes are an award-winning social enterprise that has worked with almost 45,000 young people across the UK and Europe, their objective is to show that girls do Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths too! They work with young women and girls aged 5 up to 25 and help them make informed decisions on pursuing all manner of STEM related careers.

Year 7 pupils got very creative in a fun English session and wanted to share their brilliant work as part of our celebration of National Poetry Day.

Each form collaboratively wrote an ‘I Remember’ poem filled with memories from their long summer break. Click on the links below to see their work.

Congratulations to Year 8 pupils, Katie, Alice and Caitlin, all three girls entered a STEM competition relating to ‘Influential Women in Engineering’ and have received 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize! To commemorate International Women in Engineering Day, Leeds University launched a competition which was opened up to schools that have been taking part in the ‘E for Engineering’ project. Last academic year the project saw a group of high attaining girls visit Leeds University to take part in workshops looking at influential women in Engineering and had an inspirational talk from former head of the women in engineering society.