Bag 2 School Fundraiser raises £180!

Through a lot of promotion from our Student Council and hard work from our Admin team who collected all of your donations into one place, we have had another successful fundraiser using the Bag 2 School scheme!

Your donations have raised a whopping £180 for the school to spend on resources, where they are needed most in lessons. Our Student Council will be discussing how the money can be spent over the coming weeks and we will keep you informed!

Thank you so much to everybody for your donations. Whether you are a student, parent, member of staff or a member of the community who just happened to have seen our fundraiser on our social media – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Special mention goes to Mrs Franco and Mrs Russell for helping to load up the van!

We will be working with Bag 2 School again in the future, so please do keep us in mind when you’re having a clear out!


Revolution Hive visit Y11 students tomorrow!

Louis from Revolution Hive kindly sent across some advice for our students in Y11 to prepare them for tomorrow’s day of revision strategies. All students were given the following key information in yesterday’s assembly – please ensure the following items are brought in so that students get the most out of the sessions:

  • Tools for learning – pens, pencils, highlighters, ruler, compass, glue
  • Post it notes if possible
  • Revision Guides you may have purchased
  • Key texts for subjects you may wish to focus on, eg: English Literature: Romeo and Juliet, Great Expectations, Blood Brothers/An Inspector Calls
  • Old workbooks from Year 10 where key texts or topics were studied.

The day is set up to be a ‘full on’ day and students are required to be active throughout, showing resilience and determination to succeed.

Students will have altered timings to their day to allow for these extended sessions, meaning that lunch will be from 1:15 – 1:50. Students are still required to bring along items they need for their normal lesson 4 even though the lesson is slightly shorter than normal from 1:50-2:40.

We wish the students the best of luck tomorrow – hopefully these sessions will help to calm and motivate everybody!

Report from the battlefields trip

It’s been a busy day for EPCS students! The coach picked up 28 of us at 5.20am to drive us to Folkestone for a journey to Calais by Eurotunnel. We made our way directly to the grave of Noel Chavasse, a highly decorated Captain of the RAMC. This was followed by two very contrasting cemeteries: Tyne Cot, a site containing 12,000 British and commonwealth graves, and Langemarck, a German cemetery notable for its flat, dark headstones. The group then made their way to the Yorkshire Trench, a preserved piece of the British frontline, complete with duckboards and firesteps.
Before heading to the In Flanders Fields Museum, the group headed to the final resting place of Joe Strudwick, the youngest known soldier to die for the British. The tour of the salient battlefields would’ve been a lot less informative without the input of our own school governor, Dr Bullen, who has knowledge unrivalled.
A trip to Belgium is not complete without a visit to a chocolate shop, so the students filled their bags with sweet treats before their evening meal at Den Anker. The moving last post ceremony is still to come on what has already been a very busy day!

Year 11 hit the 3000 mark!

Our Year 11 students have watched 3000 GCSEPod videos so far this academic year! I am sure we can double this figure over the coming weeks as we countdown to the exams too! Keep going Year 11!

GCSEPod is a fantastic online learning tool that provides students with short video clips of revision topics. The majority of our subjects are represented. There are short quizzes after each video and every single week all of Year 11 are challenged to a set of questions on a core subject topic by Mr Young. Students can search for their own videos too considering their own specific areas of focus in each subject. It really is a fantastic way to get into revision!

Thank you for your on going support

Thank you to all parents who are abiding by our request regarding drop off it’s really making the student’s entry and exit to the school more orderly and safer. Thank you to those who wave and show their support dropping off away from the roundabout too. We do have a small but resistant group who are not supporting us all which is disappointing. So please, can I request to the minority that you do not use your mobile phone whilst driving, as you are clearly distracted and may miss a child crossing. In future students waiting at the roundabout will be asked to move to the drop off point as requested in my letter for you to pick up as this is the designated space.  Please do not put adults in a school in conflict with your child by insisting you will pick them up from the roundabout regardless of what the HT says. We are simply trying to protect our students and your actions are making the role of doing so unpleasant for all. Liz Cook Headteacher

Before half term, on Wednesday the 13th of February, 12 students from EP joined more than 80 others from schools across Berkshire to attend the shortlist announcement event for the Berkshire Book Awards at Reading Blue Coat School. This exciting event gave our students the opportunity to discuss their favourite books from the shortlist – a list voted for by pupils like ours from across the county!

The event kicked off with a talk from Imogen Russell Williams, a children’s literature critic for The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, and the Metro, who as well as reviewing children’s literature also writes about trends in children’s and young adult publishing. She gave some of her helpful tips for writing great book reviews, as well as some interesting insights into the world of a children’s book critic.

After Imogen’s talk, the students sat together at tables to discuss what they liked and didn’t like about the books on the shortlist, over cookies and squash. Using some of the tips given by Imogen they created mini reviews of the shortlisted books and thought about how they would order them from best to worst.

Finally, the shortlisted books were tested against one another in a straw poll to get a first impression of what the final winner may be! The winner was ‘A Spoonful of Murder’ by Robin Stevens, which beat out fierce competition in the shape of ‘The 1000 Year Old Boy’, winning by 25 votes to 24. Students can vote for the final winner on the Berkshire Book Award website at and the winner will be announced on Wednesday the 3rd of April.

A huge thank you to Mr Young, Library Manager, and Mr Stephens for supporting the trip.

Year 11 – Revision Workshops next Thursday 7th March!

As previously advertised, we are working with Revolution Hive next week to ensure all of our Year 11 students know how to prepare for their upcoming exams, both academically and mentally.

Next Thursday 7th March, students will complete 3 workshops with Revolution Hive: ‘Growth Mindset and Performance’, ‘Healthy Habits and Powerful Productivity’ and ‘Accelerated Learning and Revision Strategies’. The sessions will be led by experts who work with young people to develop rapid ways to support Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Empathy, Critical Thinking and Influence: all key skills they need to cope with the pressures of this challenging time.

In preparation for the sessions, students are encouraged to bring along their current evidence of revision. Anything they have already done, such as mind-mapping, flashcards, practice essays, posters and tests etc will be useful in the session, along with any supportive texts such as revision guides that they may have already purchased. The session is designed to allow students time to actually practice the ideas that are suggested so students should think about their areas of weakness and bring tools to support them in revising there and then.

This session has kindly been funded by Study Higher and The University of Reading who have been working with our students throughout the years to offer insight into education post 16. An assembly for the Year 11 next week will help to clarify the intentions behind the day for students, but this session is applicable to all students, of all abilities.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We are very much looking forward to the day and hope that our students make the most of this additional opportunity.

Bag 2 School for ONE MORE WEEK – Wednesday 6th March

We have been fortunate to receive a small extension on our Bag 2 School deadline. We are now accepting donations until Wednesday 6th March.

If you have any of the following items to donate to the cause, please bring them along to our drop off point at Reception and they will help us to raise as much money as possible for the school.

– Clothing
– Paired shoes
– Belts
– Hats
– Handbags
– Soft toys

Thank you so much to the many, many people who have contributed. Your support is much appreciated!

Our Student Council will be sure to update you on our success next Friday once the weigh in is complete!

Book Exchange! Deadline Thursday 7th March.

As part of our celebrations for World Book Day this year, we are encouraging you to share your favourite books.

If you’ve read a good book and would like a new one, please bring in your book and exchange it in the library for a token. This token will then enable you to come to the library on Friday 8th March to select a new book!

All of the donated books need to be in a readable condition and should be appropriate for a teen reader. If you’d like to donate more than one book too, please feel free to do so!

All donated books will be wrapped by our student librarians in brown paper. Each will have only 3 key words written on it, offering an insight into the story inside. You can then pop along during breaktime or lunchtime on Friday 8th March with your token to collect a new recommended read!

All donations can be made from Tuesday 26th February onwards. Please drop your book off at the library to receive your token. Look after your token as this is required when you come to collect a different book on Friday 8th March.

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March

Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland).

When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookseller (there are lots of them out there – find your local participating bookshop here – and swap it for one of the TWELVE (exclusive, new and completely FREE) World Book Day books.

Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead. (If you’re in Ireland it’s €1.50 off). And if you’d rather get an audiobook, that’s fine too! It’s your choice, just as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99.

Then all YOU have to do is take your book home and enjoy it.

The £1 books are also available in braille, large print & audio via Guide Dogs and RNIB. For braille and audio call 0303 123 9999 and for large print call 0118 9838275. The World Book Day book tokens are valid from Thursday 28 February – Sunday 31 March 2019.