Principal’s Blog – 5th June 2015


Out of the mouths of babes

As ever, Minsthorpe students continue to impress with their thoughtfulness. Before half term our Safer Schools Police Officer, PC Newton worked with Year 7 and Year 8 students on Age Limits and he informs me how he thoroughly enjoyed these sessions and, more importantly, how impressed he was with both the response and the engagement of the students. Each class was respectful, listened closely and asked him numerous questions throughout – some of which stumped PC Newton who had to go away and find out what the actual legal ages are for things such as buying over the counter medicines! BTW – apparently there isn’t one!

Westfield Centre Food Bank

Official figures suggest that almost a third of the UK population has experienced income poverty for at least one year during the course of the past three years. As a consequence, the food bank network has expanded and provides a valuable source of short-term support for people going through a bad time. As a community college we salute the work of the food banks and wish to draw your attention to the work of our local food bank at the Westfield Centre in South Elmsall. This is here to help any individuals or families that, due to unexpected circumstances, find themselves unable to buy basic food and essentials. The service supports families who have experienced a crisis or emergency such as hospitalisation, job loss, changes in benefits and family break ups – to name but a few. They do this by providing a one-off emergency food parcel that will support families in their hour of need.

I know how generous our local community is and ask you to support this local cause if you can by donating any non-perishable food or basics to the Westfield Centre. Key products in urgent need are: sugar, jam, rice, soap, toilet rolls, tinned goods, long life milk, biscuits and baby products.

For further information please contact the

Au revoir

On Friday 22nd May we bade a fond farewell to both Y11 and Y13. These were landmark moments for both year groups and the students behaved brilliantly making sure that their last time together as a cohort was a fantastic occasion. We wish all students well in their examinations over the summer.

Ray Henshaw