Principal’s Blog – 10th February 2017

  • Book Bunting
  • Young Sounds Concert
  • Frickley Athletic


Reading For Pleasure

A growing number of studies show that promoting reading can have a major impact on children and adults and their future. Research has found a significant positive relationship between enjoyment and attainment indicating that students who read more are also better readers. We are not sure if higher attainment may lead to more enjoyment of reading or if the greater enjoyment leads to higher attainment but, whatever the reason, it is a win-win situation. The relationship between reading for pleasure and wellbeing is particularly interesting, with evidence showing a correlation between reading for pleasure regularly and lower levels of stress and depression. Reading also seems to reduce the risk of dementia, with frequent readers having lower incidence of dementia in later life.

Reading for pleasure is now a firm part of our P&A curriculum and students celebrate their reading totals by putting up book bunting in the form forms. We are trying to make this a lifelong habit in our students.

Young Sounds

On Tuesday February 7th Year 13 BTEC Music students staged the Young Sounds Concert as part of their programme of study and what an excellent show they put on. The X Factor-type competition saw some of the incredibly varied musical talents of Minsthorpe students pitched against each other in a competition that raised money for the Prince of Wales Hospice. We saw drum solos, heavy metal guitar, vocals, piano and cello and a packed house thrilled to the sounds and to the judging comments of Ms Bigland, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Gibson. Who needs Cheryl, Nicole and Sharon!

Frickley Come Learning

We hope to form an exciting new partnership with Frickley Athletic that will see the formation of their own full time youth team Academy for talented 16 to 18-year-olds pursuing a career in the world of professional football. We intend to set up a Football Academy to help promising young footballers reach their full potential in the game, whilst ensuring they also study at Minsthorpe in order to attain a range of academic and practical qualifications to use for alternative career pathways.

Ray Henshaw