Wednesday, 31 August 2016

It's Your School!

Making Improvements for You.

Mr Hill and his team have spent the summer ensuring that the facilities for our students are the best possible.  Below are just some of the examples of the improvements that have been made.  There is still more to be done and several surprises, which will be revealed at the beginning of next week!

 The English block will now also become the Year 7 Centre.  All Year 7 tutor groups will be based in this block, with Mrs Smith and her team. 
 The boys' toilets in The Year 7 Centre have been completely refurbished.

 Three more rooms, including two for the RE Department, have had a complete makeover, with new teaching walls, flooring, lighting and decoration.

 The door frames have been cladded to reduce wear and maintenance.

 Some corridors have had LED lights fitted, reducing the need for so many light fittings and helping us to manage our electricity costs.

The corridor at the back of the science block has been cleared of old art work and painted.

 Every Classroom in English has been decorated and has had new flooring, in the form of vinyl or carpet. 
 Mrs Southern, Mr Chandler and Miss Ruffle planning for September.

Reception has had a mini makeover, as there are plans to do something more substantial to this area of the school in the future.

Friday, 26 August 2016


Well Done Year 11!

As the images below convey, students at Winston have enjoyed a very successful set of GCSE and BTEC results.  The headlines include:

  • 5 A*-C grades = 72%
  • 5 A*-C grades incl Eng/Ma  =61%
  • A*-C grades in Science = 81%
  • Excellent performance in English, Science, History, Music, French, PE and Art
  • Positive value added score
  • Positive Progress 8 score (new government measure)
Students, staff and parents are to be congratulated on their achievements; hardwork and commitment makes a difference.

We wish Year 11 every success as they move on into 6th Form College, apprenticeships or training.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Winston's Got Talent

Are you Planning to Enter?


Have you registered your act yet?

To enter email by 31st August 2016

Note: You need to be a  member of Year 8, 9 10 or 11, on September 6th 2016.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Making Progress

The English Block

All the Rooms Painted

Carpet on the first floor!

Vinyl on the ground floor!

 The Main Entrance

We made some improvements to the front entrance to the school two years ago.  The longer term plan is to build out and create a more welcoming space, however, in the short term phase two of the project is to refresh the reception.  This low cost solution is aimed at creating a more open plan feel. 

The Main Hall

The floor has been cleared ready to strip back the surface and then for it to be sealed and polished.

The RE Rooms!

Having had a major issue with one of the walls between the rooms, work is now back on track.  The wall had to be partially removed, rebuilt and plastered before the teaching wall could go up.  However, the outcome looks very impressive.

It has gone from this...


To the arrival of the cupboards...


To installation...

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Winston on the Radio

Becoming a Presenter

Mr Woods has been running some very successful courses to help young people learn the skills required to prepare and present a radio programme.

We have had students in this week presenting on our radio station. This week they have had the pleasure of you using our state of the art facility at Winston; creating jingles, recorded news and weather and planning the perfect music playlist. 

Our summer workshops our now full however we are running some more later in the year along with some new and exciting workshops launching late August and September. You can keep up to date on our website 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Art Competitions

Below are two national competitions that might interest you and give you a focus for the summer break!

WildArt 2016

Badger by Emily Adams
A brilliant badger by Emily Adams, last years 8 - 12 Winner

If you like drawing and painting, this is the competition for you!

What to do

Make a bright and colourful picture of any wildlife you like (but not creatures in zoos or cages, or pets). Try drawing from real life if you can.
Please put your name, age and address on the back of your picture. If you want your picture returned, please send us the correct postage and packaging, self-addressed and with 'please return' written on the back. We can only send back pictures with the correct postage and packaging included I’m afraid.
Send your entry to:

Wildlife Explorers 
The Lodge 
SG19 2DL

by Friday 19 August 2016.
We will announce the winners during September.
The competition, run jointly with the Society of Wildlife Artists, is split into three age groups: Under 8s, 8–12 years, 13 years and over.

The prizes!

The winning entrant in each age group will win an art gift voucher worth £100 and their picture displayed in a top wildlife art exhibition in London.
Six runners-up will each win a £25 art voucher.
A special Richie Richardson award for the most accurately drawn animal will win a book voucher worth £100. Pictures will also be printed in Wild Times, Bird Life or Wingbeat magazine.

Love where you live?

The Leaders Love living in video competition is back for 2016 and it's bigger and better than ever!
If you love where you live and want to be in with the chance of winning one of our fantastic cash prizes, all you need to do is create a short video (no more than three minutes) that shows exactly why you love the place you call home.
It’s easy to create a video on a smart phone, tablet or camera.

Love living in 2016 runs from 1st July to 16th September so you have plenty of time to plan the perfect video of your hometown. And if yours is the best film we receive you will win £1,000 for yourself plus £1,000 for a community group or charity of your choice.
There are also prizes of £500 plus £500 for a community group for the Best Film by a Young Person (under-16) and the People's Choice, which will be determined by social media views, likes and shares.
Remember - you do not need to be a video pro to enter. All you need is a smartphone or tablet and an eye for catching the most special shots of your village, town or city on film!
Once you have made your film simply send it via to and ensure you include your name, email address, telephone number and age in the covering note.
Good luck!

Monday, 1 August 2016


Let's Write!       

Plan and write a story which has to begin with the following, opening words:

'As I opened my eyes...'

Your stories should be original, unpublished and exactly 200 words long—not a single word shorter or longer!
 There will be six prizes:
  1. One for each student in Years 7, 8 and 9, as of 6th September, at Winston, who produces the best, most original story.
  2. One for each student in Years 10 or 11, as of 6th September, at Winston who produces the best, most original story.
  3. One prize for the best overall story.

Let your Winston friends know and get them to join in! I am especially looking forward to receiving entries from our new Year 7 students.

Entries must be given in, as a hard copy, at the main office:

  • Name and Tutor Group, clearly written at the top of each page
  • Only one entry per student
  • Placed in an envelope, marked for the attention of Mrs Z. Johnson-Walker, Headteacher
  • Deadline: Friday 9th September by 3.30pm.

Creativity at Winston

Art Around the School

Year 8 Art

Currently on display; creating a 3D narrative unfolding and coming out of the pages of books that have been discarded.


Design Technology

Year 11 work on display.

A selection of Year 11 final examination pieces from the Design and Technology Department.