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14 Jun
2019

Lower Sixth Biology Fieldwork

​On Wednesday and Thursday, Lower Sixth Biology students undertook two days of fieldwork, braving the unfortunate rainy weather. After being taught the necessary skills and statistical tests in the laboratory, they carried out practical work such as capturing, marking and releasing woodlice as well as measuring the...

14 Jun
2019

Historical Fiction Competition Winners Announced

This week, certificates were awarded to the winners of the Thirds’ Historical Fiction Competition: Lulu, Holly and Lily. Their entries have been submitted to the National Historical Association Competition to compete against the best historically accurate creative writers in the country.

Suffrage Poster 1
07 Jun
2019

Suffrage Posters Competition

​Students in U4K recently created posters encouraging people to vote, taking inspiration from the Women's Suffrage Campaigns. The posters were a wonderful way to revise before the end of year examinations, and to reflect on how women gained the vote. The activity also encouraged students to consider the impact of...

Historica Association
24 May
2019

Historical Association Historical Fiction Competition

Well done to all the Thirds who entered the Historical Association Historical Fiction competition—we enjoyed reading all the fantastic creative stories from Ancient Egypt, to Tudor castles, Victorian grave robbers and the Russian Revolution. Students wrote about an impressive range of subjects this year! The top...

Widening Horizons
24 May
2019

Widening Horizons

​Before we broke up for half term, all girls in the Upper Fourth were given a copy of the Widening Horizons booklet which encourages them to explore areas of academic interest beyond the subjects they will be studying for GCSE. We want our girls to find endless stimulation and challenge in intellectual areas; this...

24 May
2019

Maths Success

Congratulations to Ami who has been selected to participate in the UK Mathematics Trust Olympiad Initial Training Camp at Queen's College in Oxford this summer. Ami is one of only 24 pupils from the UK who has been selected to participate following her excellent results in the Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad paper.​

Naomi Bazlov Maths Olympiad
03 May
2019

European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

​During the Easter holidays, Naomi travelled to Ukraine to represent the UK National team in the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad. The competition began in Cambridge with a mathematical training camp, before the UK team arrived in Kyiv in Ukraine to compete against other national teams.

03 May
2019

International Olympiad for Astronomy and Astrophysics

​Congratulations to Jessica who has been chosen to represent the UK at the International Olympiad for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), which will be held in Hungary in August. Teams of four pupils from across the world will compete in a range of exams including written papers and sky observation tests.

Shivaniis Great Debate Success
05 Apr
2019

Shivanii’s Great Debate Success

On Saturday 30th March, Shivanii, in the Upper Fifth, competed at the Historical Association Great Debate final at Windsor Castle, achieving first place in the competition! This is hugely impressive in a prestigious national competition, especially as Shivanii was competing against Sixth Form students.

Nicolas Pasternak Slater
29 Mar
2019

Languages Lecture: Nicolas Pasternak-Slater

On Wednesday 27th March, students had a wonderful opportunity to attend a lecture in school given by Nicolas Pasternak-Slater. Nicolas is the nephew of Russian poet and writer, Boris Pasternak, who wrote Doctor Zhivago and has translated many of the works of Shakespeare from English into Russian...

Jessica Tedd
29 Mar
2019

Astronomy and Astrophysics Success

After her excellent performance in the British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad (BAAO) paper, Jessica, in the Upper Sixth, has been invited to attend a training camp in Oxford. The top eleven UK students in Physics and Astronomy are invited to the camp and then five are chosen for the next UK BAAO team...

Ben Kotzee
25 Mar
2019

A Level Religious Studies Lectures

For the past few weeks, Upper Sixth A Level Religious Studies students have been treated to a series of lectures focusing on the importance of religious and ethical language. These have been led by Dr Ben Kotzee and Dr Iain Law from the University of Birmingham, including discussions on whether religious and...

Classic Conference 1
15 Mar
2019

Classics Conference

On Saturday 9th March, Birmingham and Midlands Classical Association held a conference attended by our Sixth Form Latin students. They first read a challenging Latin text by Suetonius about the many wives and murderous acts of the Emperor Nero, followed by a section of Virgil’s Georgics about bees as an...

Naomi Maths Comp
15 Mar
2019

Naomi Competes in the Romanian Master of Mathematics

During February half term, Naomi in the Lower Sixth took part in the Romanian Master of Mathematics international competition. Naomi was the only female competitor in the UK team, while many other teams had solely male representation. The team travelled together to Tudor Vianu school in Bucharest where the...

How To Rig An Election
04 Mar
2019

Sixth Form Lecture: How to Rig an Election

On Wednesday 6th February, Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development at the University of Birmingham, visited the Sixth Form to deliver a lecture entitled “How to Rig an Election: Lessons from Ten Years Working in the Field”. In a fascinating and eye-opening presentation...

08 Feb
2019

RS Conference

On Tuesday 29th January, Upper Fifth GCSE Religious Studies students travelled to Worcester Cathedral to take part in the annual RS Candle Conference, hosted by Dr Peter Vardy, who was welcomed into school for a day long series of lectures last year. During the conference, Dr Vardy offered students several tips...

08 Feb
2019

GCSE Science Live!

​On Monday 4th February, Lower Fifth students visited Birmingham’s Symphony Hall for GCSE Science Live! The students were treated to five lectures which covered a range of topics including stem cell and embryo research, the moon, wormholes and time travel. The speakers were all well-known scientists in their fields...

Biology Blog
08 Feb
2019

Biology Blog

Do check out the Biology Department blog which features many interesting posts, including articles on growth hormones and the mystery of “Knickers” the overgrown steer by Kathlyn, shark blood and diffusion by Ritisha and gas exchanges in the respiration process by Trinity.

04 Feb
2019

Sixth Form Religious Studies Talk

On Wednesday 30th January, Joshua Heyes, a doctoral researcher from the University of Birmingham, gave a stimulating talk to Sixth Formers about the nuanced approaches to sexual ethics within Christianity. He spoke about Husserl’s idea of phenomenology, philosophical theories of the mind and body, desire...

28 Jan
2019

Update on Upper Sixth Applications for University

Congratulations to students across the Sixth Form for their success with university applications! *Some have received all five conditional offers, Others have received unconditional offers for top Russell Group universities like Birmingham and York...

Ganna Pogrebna Women And Leadership Talk
28 Jan
2019

Women and Leadership

On Wednesday 23rd January, Professor Ganna Pogrebna from the University of Birmingham gave a talk to the Upper Sixth about women and leadership. Sharing her work as a professor of behavioural economics and data science, Professor Pogrebna facilitated a discussion about the qualities which make a good leader...

Frogs
28 Jan
2019

Aristophanes' Frogs

On Thursday 24th January, 19 Greek students ventured to Warwick Arts Centre to watch a reimagined production of Aristophanes’ Frogs. The play dramatises the adventure of Dionysus, the patron-god of the theatre, and his slave Xanthias, to the Underworld as they hope to resurrect the tragedian Euripides, who had died...

28 Jan
2019

Sixth Form Religious Studies Talk

On Thursday 24th January, Upper Sixth Religious Studies students heard a talk by Michael Wee, the education and research officer at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford. Mr Wee discussed the foundations of Aquinas’ ‘Natural Law’ theory and explained how this influences and shapes the Catholic Church’s stance...

Chemistry Regional Final
28 Jan
2019

Royal Society of Chemistry Regional Final

On Saturday 19th January, Gracia, Sundeep, Lauren and Catherine made the trek across the road to the University of Birmingham to compete in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ‘Top of the Bench’ Regional Finals. They competed against other school teams in the West Midlands, participating in