Reporting an absence

Are you unable to make it in to school today? If so, you MUST have a parent/carer call: 01635 576366 or emailing:

Year 12 notices:

Well done for getting through your practice exams! You were an absolute credit the whole week, well done.

Thanks also to those who helped with Induction Day - hugely appreciated.

This week we will be welcoming the incoming Y12 from Wednesday - Friday - please make them welcome!

A reminder of the following events over the next few weeks


The items of clothing which are not acceptable are:

· Ripped clothing

· Tracksuits, jogging bottoms, sports shorts and leggings

· Crop tops, strapless tops or tops with spaghetti straps

· Any offensive logos or images on items of clothing

EPQ students - DON’T FORGET SIGN UP FOR EPQ DAY HERE: Monday 18th July - P1 and 2 or 4 and 5 -

Please make sure you keep meeting with your mentor. Deadline now passed for the EPQ If you need an extension then you need to speak to your mentor.

If you need to chat with me about your EPQs, come and see me - in particular P5 on Wednesday.

Loyalty Cards - don’t forget to come and get your loyalty cards from Mrs Garrety. The box of completed cards is filling up fast; one student has already submitted four! There is no limit to the number of completed cards you can enter into the prize draw. Cards can be signed off after each hour of revision/study by the Sixth Form team if you are working in the common room/balcony or the librarian if you are working in the library.

Open Days - if you want to attend an open day during school hours, please try to avoid this and use weekends instead. Definitely do NOT try book these for the week of practice exams! We will not approve absence 27th-30th June.

If you do need to take time off, please use the form on the sixth for hub:

Don’t forget the deadline for producing the first draft of your UCAS personal statement or CV ready for apprenticeship applications is THURSDAY 14th JULY - on curriculum day you will start your UCAS application or meet to discuss your other plans. The final deadline for your UCAS application will be the end of September for early entrants and the end of October for everyone else.

Car Parking - we have a small car park across the road which Sixth Form students may use. We would advise not driving where possible, or car sharing, as space is very limited and the car park fills up quickly. Under no circumstances can students park in the main school car park as this is required for staff and visitors, who might arrive after the start of the school day so we need spaces available for them. If you wish to drive to school, please come and collect a car registration form from Mrs Garrety.

Checking emails: Please make sure you are checking your school emails at least once a day as we often use this method of contacting you at short notice, particularly with regard to changes of venue/timing of sessions etc. Also, don’t forget to look at SMHW each morning in case there are messages from your teachers.

JSTOR Highlights from the Library

We now have use of JSTOR! To access it, go to RMUnify and find the tile (towards the bottom of the page) which will take you directly to the JSTOR site and the content we have access to. (Just to note our free trial username / password login doesn’t work anymore, please use RMUnify.)

Have you taken the opportunity to explore JSTOR's Understanding Series, included as part of our JSTOR Secondary Schools Collection subscription?

The Understanding Series is a brilliant research tool for students, allowing you to deep dive into a book or topic by connecting primary texts to relevant journal articles and book chapters on JSTOR. The Understanding Series is continually expanding, and at present offers a selection of research material in the following areas:

American Literature;

British Literature;

King James Bible;


To delve a little deeper into your research, expand your research skills and your confidence in the process, just click here and follow these three simple steps...


Have you been asked to write an essay? Not sure where to start in terms of researching the topic? Finding good research can be tough, especially when so much of it is locked behind paywalls. But there are plenty of free resources out there if you know where to look. So to help out, we’ve compiled a list of ten free academic search engines and databases that you should check out. Here are the first five… The next ones will feature next week!

1. Google Scholar

Even if you’ve not used Google Scholar before, you’ll know Google. And, thus, you can probably guess that Google Scholar is a search engine dedicated to academic work. Not everything listed on Google Scholar will be freely available in full. But it is a good place to start if you’re looking for a specific paper, and many papers can be downloaded for free.


CORE is an open research aggregator. This means it works as a search engine for open access research published by organisations from around the world, all of which is available for free. It is also the world’s largest open access aggregator, so it is a very useful resource for researchers!

3. Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)

Another dedicated academic search engine, BASE offers access to more than 140 million documents from more than 6,000 sources. Around 60% of these documents are open access, and you can filter results to see only research that is available for free online.

4. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a database that lists around 12,000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and the humanities.

5. PubMed

PubMed is a search engine maintained by the NCBI, part of the United States National Library of Medicine. It provides access to more than 29 million citations of biomedical research from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. The NCBI runs a similar search engine for research in the chemical sciences called PubChem, too, which is also free to use.


GCSE Chinese lessons that are timetabled on Tuesdays after school. Please bring your books.

There will be a new Beginners' class starting this term. If you would like more details about learning Chinese after school, please speak to Mrs Wood in the MFL office for more details.

Sixth form students are also eligible to join the Beginners class. Please see Mrs Wood if you are interested.

ALL YEARS: Chess Club

Glorious Chess Club returns. Chess club is in C117 and always 2nd half of activity/lunch time due to Mr Bell’s tutor group being in Y10. TODAY: Year 10 only; Tuesday=Year 8; Wednesday=Year 7; Thursday=Years 12 & 13; Friday=Societies Fair.

It is great to see that our group numbers have increased very much since we started!

Come along and join us – no matter who you are – everyone is welcome to join the St Bart’s LGBTQ+ community

We meet at 3.30pm in D011 on Wednesday

Tell Someone

Thank you to everyone who continues to ‘tell someone’ when they see, hear or experience something unacceptable. We will not tolerate bullying, racism, homophobia, sexism or other types of discrimination in our school. If you don’t feel able to speak to someone about it, please remember that we have our ‘tell someone’ button on every school computer you login to. Look for the logo.