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The students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have written hundreds of letters that will be sent to residents of local care homes to open during the festival season.

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 have spent a number of lessons drafting and writing letters in class, whilst other students have been encouraged to pen their own letters via Google Classroom. Some students, who are currently self-isolating, have written their letter at home and emailed it to their teacher for printing at school.

In the letters the school’s students have introduced themselves and shared information about their hobbies, interests, and ambitions for the future. They have also discussed events of the year and have wished the letter’s recipient a cheerful and happy Christmas.

After the students had written, and submitted their letter, the letters were quarantined in the school before being delivered to local care homes where they will be opened by residents aged 50 – 100.

Erin Anderson-Howe, who leads the school’s well-being council, said, “This project is part of December’s theme which is ‘The Gift of Giving’ and I am delighted with the number of letters our students have produced. At the last count we had 223 letters, with a few more yet to be added. I hope everyone who contributed, by writing a letter, is very proud. Some of the residents may not be able to see members of their family due to being in a high risk category, and we hope our letter will make them smile.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “It is wonderful to see that our students have produce so many letter, I am sure these will be greatly appreciated by the residents who receive them. There is no doubt that this year has been difficult, for people of all ages, and I hope the lovely letters written by our students will help to spread some Christmas cheer.”

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.  

Many students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College recently took part in a competition for Maths Week England 2020 organised by online maths platform TT Rockstars.   

In the competition, which is open to schools across the country, participants earn points by answering multiplication or division questions correctly. The aim is to answer as many questions correctly, in the fastest time, as possible. At the end of the competition there are prizes to be won nationally and the top three students in each school are awarded a certificate.

At The Avon Valley School, Year 10 student, Lisa Rosewall, and Year 7 students Joseph von Wager and Rohan Hoque were the school’s best competitors and were each presented with a certificate in recognition of their success.

Fortune House student, Lisa the highest scoring Key Stage 4 students, gained 33,020 points, Rohan scored 38,504 points and Joseph the school’s highest achiever amassed 56,556 points.

In addition to their official TT Rockstars certificates the students were also nominated for a Headteacher’s Award to celebrate their success.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “It was excellent to hear about our students involvement in this competition and it was lovely to see that many students, from across our year groups, had opportunity to participate. I want to congratulate Joseph, Rohan, and Lisa for the effort and for the high scores they’ve achieved.”

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.  

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.

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