1st December 2017

Free Mince Pies & Mulled Wine

Christmas Celebration at St Mary’s Church 6.00pm 12th December

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Ferndown Upper School 6th Form, teams up with Dorset Urban Heath Partnership to deliver new Environmental Science ‘A’ Level

Last Friday saw FUS 6th Form’s Environmental Science students take part in the first of a series of trips arranged by the Dorset Urban Heath Partnership (DUHP). The DUHP is made up of 14 organisations working together to protect and enhance the Dorset heathlands which are of international ecological importance. On their first field trip, the students were taught ecological sampling and environmental observation skills by Sarah Allen, Education Officer for the DUHP. This involved the use of luxmeters, anemometers and other technical equipment generously funded by the DUHP to develop practical research skills.

Fortunately, the good (but cold) weather allowed students to investigate the rare heathland habitat of Ferndown Common. Other field trips over the two years will follow, including students putting their newly learned skills to the test in their own investigations at other sites.  Toby Osborne, Deputy Director of Science said, “As a STEM School we are trying to open up new opportunities for students in a range of science areas. As one of the few local sixth forms to offer this amazing A level, we wanted our students to receive exceptional experiences. Our partnership with the DUHP will ensure our Sixth Formers get to use their environmental science skills into practice.” Sarah Allen from the DUHP said, “The students were a credit to the school. They really engaged with the field work and I look forward to seeing them use these skills on our future trips.”

Barclay’s Eagle Lab Visit for JTYAF

Our students were also recently given the opportunity to visit the Barclay’s Eagle Lab. Among other events, they received a cheque from Barclays for £40,915.49 on behalf of the JTYAF. Barclay’s staff had individually raised this amount and then Barclay’s themselves matched the amount. As you know the JTYAF are very old friends of Ferndown Upper, so it was lovely to receive the cheque on their behalf.

Year 11 Mocks End Today

GCSE Presentation Evening on Wednesday 6th

Please remember the date where we will celebrate the achievements of our most successful Year 11 ever.

6pm Thursday 7th – STEM Family Challenge

The parents of all of our Y11 Triple Science students are invited along to the school on Thursday to take part in some interesting and competitive challenges.