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M1 and M2 Shakespeare Workshop

Over the last few weeks, students in M1 and M2 have been studying William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and have worked hard to produce an amazing piece of artwork which went on display at Colonel Frank Seely school earlier this week, for other schools to enjoy.

Students worked with Nonsuch Theatre in Nottingham and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to learn how to safely carry out stage combat and acted out key scenes from the play.  Some of the children’s work also appeared on Notts TV.

If you wish to view it, (and see if your child can spot their work), please visit https://nottstv.com/programme/ey-up-notts-monday-26th-march/ (32 minutes and 20 seconds into the clip).

NB click on the pictures to see a larger view.

Panthers put on a performance

Students were given the opportunity to watch the Nottingham Panthers train at the Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday morning. After watching the experts, it was then time for them to get on the ice and have a go. With the help of some of the Panthers, students managed to learn new skills and survive relatively unscathed!

The morning was a great success and enjoyed by all who took part. Behaviour, attitude and effort were exemplary and we look forward to more skating sessions and experiences in the near future. Many thanks to the Panthers, staff at the arena and parents for supporting the school with this opportunity.

Rainbow Parents Carers Forum Annual Event 26th March 2019

Rainbow is inviting parent carers to join us at our 8th Annual Event to hear our speakers, attend workshops, talk to providers at our marketplace, and enter our consultation prize draw to win a £100 Intu voucher. We will also be launching our Genuine Partnerships with Nottingham City Council.

More info

Free Tickets

Zoolab visits Derrymount!

In January we had some very unusual visitors in school. Our pupils and staff (or to be more accurate  some of the staff!) were very pleased to meet them.

Our visitors included a very friendly rat, a  corn snake and a gecko, a scary looking scorpion and a cockroach which was almost as big  as some pupil’s hands.

The pupils were finding out about Predators and Prey as part of their Science and Animal Care lessons and the visit certainly helped bring their learning to life.

We enjoyed the visit so much that Zoo Lab are coming back again next year. We can’t wait to see what they might bring with them next time.

Preparing for Adulthood event, Saturday 23rd March 2019

Preparing for Adulthood Family Information Event

Saturday 23 rd March 2019 10:00-14:00

Harvey Hadden Stadium, Wigman Rd, Nottingham NG8 4PB

(Refreshments will be provided throughout the day)

This event is an opportunity for young people and their families to meet with services and  organisations who are available to support with the move into adulthood with particular focus on Education, Employment & Training pathways for Post 16. The event is being supported by a range of services and organisations. There will also be the opportunity to get involved and take part in both sporting and art workshops on the day.

If you are interested in attending this event please email them by no later than Friday 1st March

Services at the event:

Futures Career Advice & Apprenticeships
Information regarding Supported Employment
Skills For Employment
NCC Transitions Team
Specialist Colleges
Mainstream Colleges
Adult Overnight Short Breaks Services
Independent Travel Training
Information, Advice & Guidance Services
Sports, Leisure & Community Opportunities
Community Short Break Providers
Nottinghamshire Participation Hub

Email your Name, D.O.B, and people who will be accompanying you to ICDS.EOTAS@nottscc.gov.uk

Derrymount Industry Day, 2018

What a success!

It may have been the first time we’d organised and hosted a careers / industry event as such, but boy was it successful!

The aim of the event was to provide a friendly and non-threatening SEN-specific experience during which the students attending could:

  • Find out about local colleges and the courses they offer
  • Learn what apprenticeships are and what opportunities might be available for them locally
  • Learn more about different ‘career pathways’ there might be in the public sector
  • Meet with local companies, such as Sainsbury’s, to find out about work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Learn from parents/others connected with DMS about their jobs and professions e.g. midwifery, nursing
  • Mix and interact with other young people from other Nottinghamshire SEN schools

Not only did the Derrymount students enjoy the event, we were delighted to have groups visit from three other SEN schools.

The feedback we got from everyone (exhibitors and attendees) was very positive – it was just the right kind of event (and environment) for students to receive expert career guidance and advice as part of their broader ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ work that takes place in school.

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the success of the event – especially the students that came round with scrummy school-baked buns 🙂

Now, enjoy some photos taken on the day!

Exam Contingency Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019

Although the Summer 2019 exams may still seem a long way off at the moment, we wish to share some important information with you to avoid any possible issues next summer. During the spring term students will be given their individual exam timetables which will highlight when their final exam is scheduled to take place. The summer written exam period will run from Monday 13 May to Tuesday 25 June 2019 (BTEC students must be available until Friday 28th June).
However for the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.”
The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam (or exams) in the event of an incident and rearrange them for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance.
The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26 June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019.
This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan.
Yours faithfully

Cathy Clay
Head Teacher

Derrymount School