Art in Action

Artist Lecture Visit at the Institute of Education: On Wednesday 7th March 2018, six A Level phot...

Geography Field Trip to Durdle Door

Year 12 and 13 Geographers embarked on their first field trip of the year. They visited Durdle Doo...

USA 2018

Sixth Form students have a very special opportunity as part of the enrichment programme to take pa...

Therfield School Careers Fair

One of the busiest and the most important events of the year is our Careers Fair, which took place...

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'This is Therfield' Summer 2018

Friday 4th May

We’ve had an excellent start to the Summer Term.  Like all of the south of England we had a ‘July’ start to term with very hot conditions.  Of course normal spring service has been resumed since!  That first ‘hot’ week was exceptional for the school because of our amazing “School of Rock” Production.  As Headteacher I sat in awe of the talent on display from over 100 students as actors, singers, musicians and artists all of whom came together to create a show that was full of energy, vigour and sheer class.  Over 1000 people (ages 9 to 90!) saw the show over its three performances and I felt that Therfield’s Performing Arts department had once again “ raised the bar.”  My gratitude goes to so many adults (school staff, parents and other helpers and volunteers) who supported the production and especially to Mr Moon and Miss Glide who produced and directed such an amazing show.  I’m already looking forward to the next one!

This year, the Therfield Engineering Club has been learning about different Engineering careers by participating in a different competition every week – the competitions always involve an eye for design, teamwork and resourcefulness. On Thursday 26th April the club was able to check out all of the amazing STEM work being done by Middlesex University at a STEM Fair held at Thorpe Park. The students got to take control of Super Mario by using their body as a controller, program Myrtle robots, compete against each other in Stereoscopic 3D, use a headset to play games that are controlled by focusing the mind and relaxing, and control a micro Scalextric just by using signals from their brain (the students that concentrate the hardest go quicker, some students were surprisingly good at this!). After all of this there was still some time to enjoy the rides – William Elphick, Thomas Els, Harry Gregory, Danny Hoff, Owen Lewis, Molly Lisle, Jack Renouf, Roman Scottow, Sannu Shahi, Amy Wild and Andre Viljoen were amazing ambassadors for the school, with many of the STEM Fair staff commenting on how much more engaged the Therfield students were compared to the other school groups.

Three of our Year 7s, Kasia W, Emily L and Adrianna F, participated in the Year 7 & Spelling Bee South-East regional final in Eastbourne.  They were 3 of 44 winners present who had won through from an initial participating group of over 20,000. The challenge before them, to name and spell in 1 minute as many French words as possible from a randomized selection of 150 words. The girls did not win through to the next round but in true Therfield style, they led the way being the first 3 competitors to take the stand. All 3 did extremely well and I am very proud of their achievements.


My thanks must also go to Mrs Wood for having been such a willing and involved parent helper.

Of course the exam season is nearly upon us and it won’t be long until the Hall is set out with rows of desks.  Although perhaps daunting and certainly a challenge there’s something special about taking on the challenges that a set of GCSEs or A Levels present.  Students can look forward to a date in June when they can look back at a “race well run” with pride and a sense of achievement.  I’ve been immensely impressed by the application, effort of our students during the final steps of their preparation for the exams.  I’m also hugely grateful for the work of adults in roles across the school in supporting our students.  Of course, whilst the ‘desk’ exams commence in May, in the last fortnight we’ve had GCSE Art and PE exams go ahead.  Of course we don’t get final results until August, but students worked extremely hard and produced some stunning outcomes in both subjects.  Well done!


“Be Kind.  Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Enjoy Yourself.”


James Malley