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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Year 8 into 9

Welcome Year 8 (going into Year 9) to your area of the school website             23rd July 2020

Hello Year 8!  Welcome to your area of the Aylesford School website. We have designed this area as a place for you, where we will share the numerous achievements and successes within the year group as well as a place to reference things that we feel could be useful to you. As you as a year group also have a great sense of fun we have included some more light hearted sections such as joke of the week (we can't promise they will be good!) and a weekly quiz!
We will have a focus of the week, which will aim to raise your understanding of a topic which is likely to have some impact on you.  Some times there will also be useful links that can help you get more information or help on this topic.  If you want any more support or guidance with a particular theme then do get in contact with your Tutor, Miss McLean or Mrs Riggs.
We hope you find our year 8 page fun and informative. Check in weekly for updates!
Mrs Riggs and Miss McLean

Meet the Year 8 Team (pictures kindly drawn by friends, family or students!)

Mrs Riggs                                                                                                                    

Head of Student Progress Year 8  

Not surprisingly I like to cook/bake!!  Which means I also like to have get-togethers with friends and family on a regular basis to enjoy some nice food! I can sail and ski (despite not being overly keen of water or heights!) The one claim to fame that I will share is that my grandmother was a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor (an old actress!) in a movie a long time ago.

Miss McLean                                                                                                 

Assistant Head of Student Progress Year 8/8MCN

I love to spend time in my garden, going on walks and I also enjoying cooking. Listening to music is one of my favourite things to do, especially going to see live bands. Friends and laughter are really important to me and make me happy. My little bit of a claim to fame is that I used to run a school choir and we sang on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall and I also performed on stage in a teachers choir at the Genting Arena singing along side well known Opera singer Laura Wright (Google her!)

Miss McMurray                                                                              


I love to travel and some of my favourite places I have visited are; Canada, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Ecuador, NZ. I want to go Patagonia, Nepal. I have tried to read a book a day since lock down.

Mrs Mahmood                                                                                                                            


I am a smiley, spontaneous, Scottish loving teacher, who loves going for long walks with her children. Fun facts about me, is that I love painting. I have had my work displayed in a gallery many many moons ago.  I dislike any form of creepy crawlies. I once had a beetle crawl up arm at 5am in the morning, I had to do a funny dance to shake it off. I have no pets, but lots of kids instead!

Mr Banister      


Best described as follically challenged, music loving, crazy-daisy, the original BNS


Mrs Costanza                                                  


Things I enjoy doing are; running, cooking, baking, gardening, travelling, spending money!!! My favourite quote is "Life is a stage and you only get one performance. Make it a good one."

Mr Nunn                                                                                             


I am a modest(!) rugby playing PE teacher. I like travelling,History and coaching. I also enjoy cooking and I am good at making a Jalfrezi. I am not keen on buttons... Have I ever mentioned I once scored for AC Milan?

Mr Bainbridge                                                                      


"If it isn't football, sharks, food, boxing, music, travel, design, art, films or dogs then I'm not all that interested."

This weeks pastoral focus is...

School's out for summer!

Firstly, your parents/carers should have all received a letter or email by now outlining the arrangements for September and the new measures that will be in place to ensure the safety of all. If you have any questions or queries regarding this, please email one of us (email addresses in intro at the top of the page) and we will do our best to answer any questions.

Over the next few weeks we will post any further information on here also any tips or things we can think of to help you transition back into school in September.

Message from Mrs Riggs.


You should be very proud of surviving these last 4 months, which have been a very unusual second half of Year 8.  It certainly has been an unprecedented time that no-one has experienced before and with the uncertainty of knowing when things would change or revert back to normal, it has been a challenging time.  But you should be proud of yourself for rising to that challenge, for playing your part in a great good for the whole country and weaving your way through it all in a way that was most comfortable to you.

If you did not know already, there is no change to your tutor, Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year for the next academic year.  So, I am delighted to be able to welcome you back in September as not seeing you has been the hardest part for me. Rest as much as you can over the summer because it will feel very unusual to be back in school for a whole day!!​

All that is left for me to say is stay safe, have a fun and relaxing summer holiday.  I can't wait to see you in September!

Message from Miss McLean.

Hello Year 8's. Well it is strange to think that is the last time we will be calling you that. When we welcome you back in September you will be our Year 9's! Year 9 is an exciting year, where you pick your options and have some ownership over the subjects that you will study.

As Mrs Riggs said in her message above, there are no changes to our year group, which is testament to what a fantastic year group you are. I know all the tutors, myself and Mrs Riggs are over the moon to be able to carry on with you all, as we have truly missed you over these last few months. It was lovely to see some of you last week when you came in to collect your certificates and to see how much you have grown!

Take this time over summer to try and reconnect with friends and spend time with family, if you are able to. I know the whole lock down situation isn't over yet but it's important to try and live life as normally as possible. Have a fantastic summer, rest, play, laugh and we can't wait to see you in September.

Exciting House news!

Huge congratulations to Ragley House, who are this years house champions. Unfortunately, due to lock down, the exciting announcement and cup lift was done without the usual sports hall full of students.  A massive well done to all Ragley tutor groups and also well done to Charlecote, who came in 2nd place and Stoneleigh who were 3rd place. The results were very close and there has been a lot of Kudos points awarded to well deserving students this year.


A delighted Miss McLean and Mr Nunn, Heads of House for Ragley, collecting the trophy on behalf of the students.


Well done to all that had a go in last week's photo quiz! Answers below.

Total points up for grabs were 21 (1 for item, 1 for location and 1 for bonus question) each entry gets 5 Kudos points and the winners receive 10 Kudos points.

The winners were:

Izzy K-8NUN for Ragley House

Gabriel BC-8MMY for Stoneleigh House

Evie E-8CST for Charlecote House


Well done all!

Quiz break next week. Check back the following week.

Ok, another observation round as you seem to like them. I have taken some photographs around school at unusual angles. How many places/items can you identify? I want the item and where it can be located. Bonus points if you can guess who the shoes belong to in picture 10!

As always, email your answers to or send them in to Miss McLean or Mrs Riggs on SMH. Kudos points for the winners :) 


1. Book art-Hall foyer. 2. Nets- Sports Hall. 3. Bench-Courtyard. 4. Stage box-Drama. 5. Paper mache heads-Hall foyer. 6. Bike shed-under Charlecote window. 7. Wheelchair-Sick bay/Student Services. 8. Band Saw-BNB room. 9. Ragley banner-Hall. 10. Sports court-Sports Hall. Bonus. Miss McLean and Miss McGreavy's shoes.

Joke of the week!     by Miss McLean

(Please send some good jokes in, these are getting worse!)

What do you call a boomerang that won’t come back?
A stick.

Last week I set Year 8 a challenge to become journalists for the week. They could share any news, photos, achievements, or anything else they wanted to write about that has been happening in the last few months. Many of you rose to the challenge and it was lovely to read everything you sent in. So as promised, each week there will be a selection of news that you have written. So, keep your eyes out for yours. Obviously, I will not be able to use every piece, but I will do my best to use as much as I can and will change it every week.

So over to the Year 8’s for this week’s news…





In other news...Year 8 'Clap for Kindness' and more

Continuing on from last weeks theme, we have been hearing more about how kind and generous our Year 8 students are. It makes us all so proud to hear about all the lovely things that you are doing during this difficult time.

However, this week we are going to give a shout out to our very own Mr Nunn. Please have a read of what he is up to in August and follow the link if you want to donate.

Hi everyone.

In August, I am participating in a 531 mile bike ride for charity. I am doing this for a cause that means a lot to me and a lot of people in our community. Please, please have a read, share and if possible donate. Every penny will make a massive difference to a lot of people.

Thank you

Mr Nunn


Please let your tutors know about anything you would like to share that you are proud of. I update the page each week.

Useful resources.

Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.

Family Information Service (FIS) We provide information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire.

Useful Apps: 

Forest - I love this idea! (I pinched it from Mrs Reeves sshh!) ! This is a simple game that rewards you for not using your phones! One of the worst habits for destroying concentration and ruining quality time is constantly checking your smartphone – whether to play games, look at social media or stay up to date with endless group WhatsApp threads. With this App, you plant a seed in the ground and within 30 minutes the seed can grow into a tree, you simply need to ignore your phone to allow the seed to grow.  While the tree grows the App displays messages like 'Put me down!' or 'Leave me alone!' it keeps track of how long you have waited for each tree to grow.  I really need to get my 20 year old son to download this!

Happify - fast track to a good mood.  Engaging games, gratitude prompts, training your brain to overcome negative thoughts.
Calm - linked to Calm Harm (the self harming tool) but Calm provides guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programmes and relaxing music.

If you are a student and want to talk to someone about a problem while Aylesford School is closed – why not phone:

Childline 0800 1111

Safeline for Young People  0808 800 5007

MIND 0300-123-3393

Or try one of these websites:

Warwickshire Music Hub are holding free taster sessions for instruments. Please see leaflet below and click on attached website to book.


Here is next month's 'Jump Back July' calendar. It includes a daily tip for how to respond to situations and how to work on our resilience.