Principal’s Blog – 24th March 2017

  • Year 1 Multi-Skills Event
  • Forensic Science Club
  • Red Nose Day 2017


Year 1 Multi Skills Event

On Friday 10th March, we played host to over 260 children and their teachers in the annual Year 1 Multi-skills event. The event is designed for children in our local feeder schools to experience their first taste of inter-school competition. Six of our pyramid schools brought their whole Year 1 class to Minsthorpe to compete in a variety of relay races, throwing and jumping events. The children demonstrated great effort, focus and skills and a group from Northfield, the Bat Team, were our overall winners. Our Post 16 Sport students supported the event, acting as group leaders, coaches, officials and scorers. They showed a great level of commitment and maturity throughout the morning and we would not be able to run events like these without them.

The Tale Research Programme

Last week we were visited by Dr Lexi Earle from the University of Nottingham to look at how the teaching of Shakespeare remains vital in the modern education system. This is a project run in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and is part of Minsthorpe’s commitment to being at the forefront of cutting edge educational research. Lexi’s blog pays a huge compliment to our project lead, Sally Thompson and to the quality of the lessons that students get here. Have a look for yourself by following this link –

CSI Minsthorpe!

Several Year 8 students have been taking part over the past few weeks in a Forensic Science Club after college. They have been furthering their practical skills looking at techniques ranging from fingerprint collection and shoe print casting to crystal making and evaporation techniques. Students will be aiming to learn the techniques required in order to solve a ‘crime scene’ at the end of term.

BBC School Report

One of our students, Jacob, won the competition to have an article filmed for the BBC News Report. His feature was filmed at the end of February and went live on the BBC website last week and ties neatly in with World Down Syndrome Day this week. Already the feature has been getting a lot of great reaction on Facebook, receiving over 8,000 views! Take a look.

Sporting Success

Huge congratulations to the Year 7 Boys’ Football Team who won the Wakefield Cup on Tuesday March 21st against Catleford, beating them 2-1. The winning goal came from a spectacular volley from Eddie Anderson.

Red Nose Day

Friday March 24th was Red Nose Day and, as ever, the college got fully involved. This year we used the event to launch our Time to Change initiative and in P&A time students were invited to consider the work that we have been doing this year with CAMHS and the Kooth Counsellor that is aimed at tackling mental health issues amongst young people. Minsthorpe is proud to support the Time to Change programme. Next week I’ll let you know how much we raised for Comic Relief.

Ray Henshaw