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Ski Trip 2018

Back in March-April, 34 NLS students and 4 staff went to Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria.

With terrific snow and glorious sunshine most of the week, conditions were pretty much perfect.

So too was the conduct and progress of the students – who once again were a credit to the school.

Thanks to all involved!

Enjoy the video compiled by students…

Mr Taylor

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Ski Trip Video 2018 – Student Version

A couple of our terrific lower-school boys (Nathaniel and Adam) have made this video of Ski Trip 2018!

What is especially good, perhaps, is the sense of narrative – the way the story builds up and closes down through the use of careful editing.

A whole-school Ski Trip 2018 Video will follow but well worth sharing this great creative effort.

With 34 students and Mr Taylor, Mr Royle, Miss Murphy and Mrs Bottrill in support, the progress seen throughout the week was massively impressive. In terms of behaviours, the school could not have expected any more as all students were great. We even had some sun!

This was a real “stretch & challenge for all” event as it incorporated exciting, demanding and developmental real-world experiences relating to sport, culture, language, team work and more for a real range of students!


NLS SKI 2018


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HAT Peer Mentoring

A number of last year’s very successful Y11 students (formerly TAG students now in Y12) shared the benefits of their experiences and wisdom with some of our Y10 HAT boys.

Over a 4 month period, the Y12 students have used the Learning Conversation model as well as other approaches to support learners in doing even better in their studies.

The outcomes have been really positive in terms of the qualitative feedback and sessions have also impacted positively on the attainment outcomes for the group of Y10 students – in addition, it is something the Y12 can put towards their UCAS or other applications (and, importantly, they can also feel the warm glow of having helped other people!)

Well done all!



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Elevating Y11!

A recent Y11 event called ELEVATE sought to support some of our Y11 cohort in identifying immediate goals and action plans as we approach this all important examination period.

Mr Atkins, Mr Taylor and Mrs Callipo joined the students and were all pleased with the commitment demonstrated.

A follow-up session happens this half-term on Thursday, 19th April from P3…

Good luck with the ‘final push’!

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ACD #2

Part of our commitment to Stretch & Challenge for All, our 2nd ACD of the year involved a terrific range of activity once again as we froze the curriculum and offered something a bit different.

This included:

  • Y7: Performance Work and Careers-related Learning
  • Y8: Advanced Unlocking Potential for HATs and SBS for All
  • Y9: THE BIG BANG external trip and Technology in-school
  • Y10: Careers
  • Y11: RE Curriculum Coverage
  • Sixth Form: A Range of Future Pathways sessions

There was a lot of effective, interactive learning and these pictures (with more to follow) give just a flavour…

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Raising Aspirations

Recently (and as part of our Raising Aspirations Programme), a group of Year 9 HAT students had the opportunity to work with a range of representatives from different parts of the Food and Drink industry.

The workshop was organised through the IGD (Institute of Grocery Distributors).

The students learnt about the importance of presenting yourself in a professional manner, and were able to quiz the volunteers about their day-to-day jobs, learning about their career paths and the sort of skills necessary to develop a successful career. Students were surprised to learn how many different types of jobs there are within that single sector. It was great to see how much the students developed, even over a relatively short period of time.

Many congratulations to them for their proactive approach to the session and for their valuable contributions.


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HATs Parent Evening

A number of parents/carers of HAT (Higher Attainer) students attended a Parent Evening organized by Mrs Callipo on February 13th.

With Mrs Gould, Mrs Holt, Mr Taylor and Mr Royle offering overviews of a range of services and Mrs Callipo as lead, this was more-than-ably supported by Zeta in Y11 who gave a very insightful talk on a number of things from a student perspective: options, careers, ACD, Work Experience, life as a HAT student at NLS.

Zeta spoke warmly of all the terrific support she receives but also acknowledged the vital importance that parents/carers play in the success of student learning – it’s a real team effort and the team on this evening (parents, staff, students) helped make for a really productive session.

Thanks to all…


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Raising Aspirations Event – Y9-10

On 1 February, 20 HAT students from Y9 and 10 were fortunate to be able to take part in a careers “Raising Aspirations” event run by sergeant Tom Manise from the RAF.

The focus of the event was student participation in a sequence of physical challenges designed to promote communication, teamwork, listening and problem solving skills.

All the boys thoroughly enjoyed the activities which were both fun and challenging…

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HAT (Higher Attainers) STEM Event

20 of our Y10 HAT students were incredibly lucky to be able to attend an inspiring careers talk on Thurs 18th Jan.

This was delivered by Stef Burns, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) ambassador who is a commercial airlines pilot.

She spoke about her own challenging journey to be qualified which showed grit, determination and amazing perseverance and also shared some of her day to day experiences of flying a cargo plane all over the world.

The students were fascinated to learn about the cargo she carries ( from racehorses to Moonpig greetings cards!) and also the ongoing training she must undergo in the flight simulators based in Copenhagen.

A fascinating and very inspiring talk!

Thanks to Mrs Whelan-Davis for facilitating…




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