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Year 11 students appointed as school’s most senior student leaders

The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College is pleased to announce that the school’s head boy and head girl have been appointed for the 2020/21 academic year.

During the lockdown period students wishing to apply for one of the school’s leadership positions where required complete an application form. Those shortlisted listed for the positions went into the school for a socially distanced interview with the headteacher and their house’s achievement leader.   

Over twenty students applied for the positions, and completed the application process. For many of them this was their first experience of an interview situation. Due to the school’s closure, the student applicants had to wait until their first day back at school to find out who’d been successful.

After giving a good account of themselves in their interviews, new Year 11 students, Dominic Evans and Katie Wright were awarded their badges and have taken up their roles as head boy and head girl which they will fulfil until they leave the school in July, 2021.

In addition the school has also appointed a deputy head boy and deputy head girl, along with two students per house who will act as House Captains. The head boy, head girl and senior house prefects represent the school’s student community and serve as ambassadors at school events, and act as positive role models for the school’s younger students.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “Despite being away from school when the application opened it was brilliant to receive so many applicants from across the year group.

Ms Davies, added, “Both Dominic and Katie have shown themselves to be committed and hardworking students during their time with us at AVS. They are both wonderful role models who all other students can look up to. This year will be different for everyone, and it will present many challenges, but I am sure that Dominic and Katie will be innovative and will do a fantastic job in their new roles.”

For further information, or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Fiona Perks, Headteacher’s PA on 01788 542355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


A kind hearted 14-year-old from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College has recently had her long hair cut and has donated it to the Little Princess Trust, a charity who provide real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Year 10, Garrick House student, Megan Gyles had her hair cut, at Experience Hair Design, Regent Street, and has sent her hair off to help someone in need of a wig following medical treatment. Megan, who is a high achieving dancer, has always wanted to donate her hair but has never had a long enough break in between dance competitions and shows. However, with all dance competitions and performances currently postponed Megan took the opportunity to donate her hair, and raise money for the charity.

Initially Megan set her fundraising target at £550, the average amount needed to make a real hair wig, but soon exceeded the amount and has so far raised £735.

The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. Using hair donations and fundraising money the charity manufactures and fits beautiful real hair wigs. Since establishing itself in 2006, the charity has supplied over 8000 wigs to children and young

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “During lockdown it was wonderful to see lots of people across the country using their initiative to do things that would help and support others. It has been wonderful to hear about the positive things our students have done since we closed to most students back in March. It is lovely to hear that Megan has not only donated her hair but has also raised more than enough money to produce a wig which will be gratefully received by someone in need.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anneke-gyles


A Year 7 student from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College is preparing to compete in a major British karting championship.

Eleven year old Morgan Hill, who is a member of the ‘Project One East Anglia Racing’ team, is currently preparing for the biggest racing event of his driving career, the Honda Cadet British Karting Championships 2020. 

To compete in the championship Morgan has had to prove his worth in competency and written exams in order to achieve his racing licence from Motor Sport UK, the competition’s governing body. The championship, which gets under way in March 2020, consists of six race meetings with the winner announced in the autumn. Currently there are over 50 of the best kart drivers from across the UK registered in the forthcoming competition. 

After a very successful year of racing, which included coming third in the Kimbolton 2019 championships and being announced as 2019 vice-champion in the Whilton Mill championships, Morgan was invited to join the Project One East Anglia team.

Morgan’s kart, which can reach top speeds of over 60mph, is maintain by his biggest supporters, his mum and dad, with Morgan taking a very keen interest in the kart’s engineering and set up.

Colin Hill, Morgan’s father, said: “Morgan has been racing since he was 8 years old, and now lives and breathes the sport. Since starting he has achieved so much, and we’re very proud of his successes, all achieved through hard work, effort and his own merit.

Mr Hill added: “What Morgan needs now is help to enable him to have the greatest chance of success at the 2020 championships and we’d love to hear from individuals, business or organisations who can support Morgan and perhaps helps with entry costs, team fees, tyres, maintenance or technical support.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said: “It is always wonderful to hear about our students’ interests and achievements outside of school. Morgan is a fantastic young man who is clearly doing very well with his kart racing. I wish him all the very best for the championships and I look forward to hearing about his success.” 

Anyone wanting more information about how to support Morgan can contact The Avon Valley School to request an information pack by calling 01788 542 355.


A Year 10 student from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College is appealing for football shirts, shorts and boots which will be donated to a charity and sent to children in Africa.  

Apollo House student, Lily Saunders was inspired after hearing about the work of charity Boots2Africa while at Ipswich Town FC’s Portman Road, where she has been a season ticket holder for a number of years.

The charity recognises that millions of children across Africa do not have shoes and that thousands of children die needlessly because of illness caused from foot infections. Boots2Africa collects, transports and distributes donated boots, kits and accessories to Africa's children and young adults.

In 2018, the charity sent over 5,000 pairs of boots and around 16,000 items of football kit to benefit young people in 11 African countries.

Football mad Lily, who counts Ipswich’s shot-stopper Harry Wright as her favourite player, regularly plays in goal for Leicestershire side, East Goscote United Girls FC. As part of her appeal Lily asked her own team, along with a number of local clubs, if they will support her collection. The Avon Valley School’s PE department have also set up a collection box so that her classmates can donate and support her appeal.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said: “This is a tremendous example of how kind and thoughtful our students are. Lily has gone out of her way to support Boots2Africa after learning about their work. Not only has Lily donated her own items but she is now inspiring others to donate theirs.”

More information about Boots2Africa can be found on their website: http://www.boots2africa.co.uk/home.html


Before Christmas the kind hearted, and generous, students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College collected and donated over 300kg of food as part of an appeal to support Rugby Food Bank.

The food bank based on Newbold Road opened in 2012 and is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of food banks. The trust supports more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK which provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in times of crisis. Between April 2018 and March 2019, food banks in the trust’s network provided a record 1.6 million food supplies to people in crisis, a 19% increase on the previous year.

Prior to the appeal’s launch representatives from Rugby Food Bank delivered assemblies explaining what the food bank does, how it supports people in the local area and which items can be donated. During a two-week long collection period students brought in hundreds of items range from pasta and beans to shortbread and shower gel.

Two Year 7 students went the extra mile to support people in need. Apollo House’s Amelia Ray-Chaudhuri brought in fours carrier bags totaling 62 items. Whereas, Lili Oliver a Year 7 student, belonging to Fortune House, brought in several boxes laden with food after designing a poster which was displayed at DHL in Northampton where her mum works. After seeing the poster her mum’s colleagues at DHL donated food which was added to the school’s bumper collection.

Impressed with the Year 7 students’ initiative and effort, the school contacted the Trussell Trust whose CEO, Emma Revie, wrote to the girls and sent them a special ‘thank you’ certificate which was presented to Lili and Amelia in their House assembly upon their return to school.

Alison Davies, Headteacher commented “Once again our students have shown their kind, and generous, nature and have donated a huge quantity of food that will have been put to good use by Rugby Food Bank to help people in need from within the local area. I am grateful to the food bank’s staff for visiting our students to tell them about the valuable work that they do, and I am grateful to all the parents and families who’ve supported this initiative.”

Miss Davies added, “It was really nice for the girls to receive a letter and certificate recognising their extra effort from the Trust’s chief executive;I hope they are very proud.”

For further information, or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Fiona Perks, Headteacher’s PA on 01788 542355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


A former student from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, who now treads the boards in a top West End show, recently revisited his old school to inspire students and pass on some top acting tips to the school’s GCSE drama students.

Emile Ruddock left The Avon Valley School in 2009 and followed his dream to become an actor. He now features as a member of the principle cast in West End production Hamilton and is currently playing Hercules Mulligan and James Maddison in the show.

After completing his GCSE exams at The Avon Valley School, Emile went on to study performing arts, dance, media and English language at Stratford-upon-Avon College before moving to London to gain work experience and make contacts within the industry. One of his first opportunity was performing in the open ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Emile was also a semi-finalist in Sky One’s ‘Got To Dance’ with the tap dancing troupe The Pulse Collective, before being involved in a number of stage shows.

During his visit to his old school Emile delivered an assembly in which he explained his journey from drama lessons at the school to the stages of the West End telling the students that it is import to “never give up on your dreams”. Emile also took time out to watch GCSE practical exam rehearsals before speaking to the students and passing on tips and advice.

Emile said “Some of my first performances were on stage at Avon Valley and the local theatre and it is great to be back. It really was a pleasure to see the students rehearsing for their exams and to speak in an assembly about my career to date. It’s really encouraging to see the students’ passion and enthusiasm for acting and I wish them all the best for their assessment.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said “It was lovely to welcome Emile back to the school and to hear about his success. The performing arts are a huge, and proud, part of our school ethos, history and traditions, and it is wonderful for our current students to see and hear about a former student’s success. We are very grateful to Emile for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us and work with our drama students; we hope to see him again soon.”

The musical Hamilton, in which Emile stars, opened in London in December 2017, at the refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre. The show follows the remarkable life story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, who rose to power after beginning life in poverty. The production is set against the backdrop of the American War of Independence.


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