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Ofsted praise is highlight of a glittering year at Tile Hill Wood.

OFSTED SUCCESS HIGHLIGHT OF SPARKLING YEAR TILE Hill Wood is celebrating after receiving a good Ofsted rating on all aspects under the new, more stringent framework.

It was the highlight of a glittering year for the school, which included many interesting, varied and absorbing activities.

Ofsted praised the achievement of the students, citing that they make "good" progress from their starting points. Also highlighted was their behaviour and conduct, which was described as "polite and courteous" resulting in a "calm and purposeful atmosphere around school".

Teachers were also praised as having "high expectations" whilst drawing on "good subject knowledge to plan lessons that challenge and engage all groups of students."

Sixth form students were praised for the fact they "achieve well" and have "positive attitudes to learning" and as a result of the support and guidance offered by the school they were "well prepared for the next stage in their learning and for future employment."

The school is extremely proud of both its students and staff and looks forward to a successful year ahead.

SPORTS HALL GRAND OPENING Wednesday November 5 saw the grand opening of the refurbished sports hall. Work began on this during the summer and has just been completed. There has been PS100,000 spent on roof repairs, a new sprung wooden floor and redecoration.

The sprung floor, which was imported all the way from Germany, is the latest technology designed to absorb shock, lower impact levels and reduce injuries.

To celebrate the completion of the sports hall, the school invited a number of international sportswomen and coaches to deliver coaching sessions to students in their specialised sporting activity. They included Claire Purdy, an international rugby union player who recently won the World Cup with England, Rowena Cole, an ex-Tile Hill Wood student who is an international 800m runner, cheer leading Coach Sharyne Barson, Coventry Tornadoes basketball coach Paul Adams and PGA Youth Golf pro April Varley.

The activities ran all morning and were followed by photographs and lunch with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

PHYSICS AT WORK Thirty Year 10 and 11 students visited the 28th Physics at Work day at Cambridge University, where they participated a number of workshops. They took part in a range of activities illustrating how physics is used in the workplace - introducing many careers they didn't know existed. The students took an active part in the workshops and, hopefully, a few will be inspired to pursue a career in physics.

LANGUAGES CONFERENCE The school had a fabulous week celebrating European Day of Languages, which culminated in the school's second "Going Places with Languages" Year 11 Careers Conference.

It started with a keynote speech live from Brussels via a video conference from the European Commission's language service. This was followed by a series of workshops by COMTEC Translations, SIEMENS and staff from the Sunday Times University of the Year 2013/14, the University of Birmingham.

The theme of the day was the vast range of career and life opportunities that language skills unlock.

COVENTRY SCHOOLS' CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE At the Coventry Schools' Cross Country League races the school was extremely well represented, with 48 girls eager for the first race of the season. Abigail Smith came sixth in the under 17 race, a very good result for somebody in Year 10 competing against Year 11 girls.

In the combined Year 8 and 9 race, Amelia Starling (Year 9) came in first with a comfortable lead followed by Amy Wood (Year 8) in sixth place, Amie Miles (Year 8) in 11th place and Anna Cowen (Year 9) in 13th place.

The new Year 7 cohort did extremely well, with four girls finishing in the top 20. Zaya Hancox was fifth, Nadine Starling eighth, Bronte Evering 16th and Scarlett Garner 17th.

Follow THW's sports news at its Tile Hill Wood PE twitter account: @thwpe JUCI LUCI'S CUPCAKE FACTORY VISITS TILE HILL WOOD FOR A MAD HATTERS MORNING!

Local business woman Juci Luci, owner of Juci Luci's Cupcake Factory, visited Year 9. Students saw a demonstration from Luci showing them how to create edible cupcake decorations linked to the theme of Alice in Wonderland. They were also able to gain hands on experience, making their own decorations, under the watchful support of Luci and staff at the school.

Emily Reader, a Year 9 pupil studying Food Technology, said: "I thought the visit was really fun. Luci was really cheery and explained everything really well. The cakes looked amazing and I surprised myself with what I could actually achieve." Another pupil, Anna Cowen, said "She gave me a lot of inspiration for my decorations and I am looking forward to using what I have learnt in my practical work."

The visit took place to support the pupils' project work on designing and making products suitable for a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party.

Luci added: "The girls came up with great ideas and were so focused".

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING AT THW The school held its annual charity Macmillan coffee morning on Friday, September 26. Along with its staff and students the event was also attended by parents, grandparents, carers and relatives of Year 7 and Year 8 students. Cakes were donated by students and staff and sold with a cup of coffee or tea for a small donation. A grand total of PS339 was raised! Well done to Tile Hill Wood Charity Ambassadors for helping to organise the morning.

A delicious morning for all involved!

NEW RECORDING STUDIO Future pop stars and recording artists now have the opportunity to create their own album in the school's newly refurbished recording studio.

The school has been glistening with singers and musicians of a very high standard for some time, and now they can use this exciting facility to create professional standard recordings and showcase their talent.

With a soundproof control booth, acoustic-proofed live room, top level compressors and digital desk using industry standard Mac software, this new resource creates opportunities for future stars, as well as being a useful tool for music and music technology students to learn from and complete coursework.

Subject leader for music Chris Powell said: "It's a brilliant new asset for all of our pupils, and it has given them motivation to record their work. Since it was opened last week, it has already proved extremely popular, with students lining up to use it".

STEM DAY On Friday, December, 12 the Small Piece Trust, in partnership with Eon, gave 54 Year 10 pupils the opportunity to make a model of a Biomass Power Station.

The girls worked in teams of six during the day and had to produce a model of their power station, which included working parts, all costings, designs and marketing literature.

With a project manager to organise each team the girls worked extremely hard to produce their models. The day ended with all the designs being tested and marketed to an audience of their peers.

Each team member presented their part of the project, which included a working water pump, a biomass silo, conveyor belt, and a control tower with a wind turbine generator.

All the groups managed to successfully pump water from one part of the model to another, but, sadly only one of the groups managed to light up the control tower.

The final result was very close, but the winning design was produced by Thea Hayden, Rebecca Hughes, Ilakya Subeshkumar, Carrie Kyle, Brittany Labrum and Katie McChleery.

TRAMPOLINING SUCCESS A number of students participated in the West Midlands Schools Trampolining Competition on Sunday, November 30 in Birmingham. They took part in teams and as individuals and did both a set routine and a voluntary routine (including somersaults). In the under 14 novice girls section there were 78 competitors. They are marked out of 30 and Abbie Evans was victorious with a score of 25.4 for her set routine and 26.8 for her voluntary routine. Lauren Hibberd came 10th, a notable achievement. In the under 19 elite section Emily Bursell came seventh and in the novice section Sophie Hibberd was first, Victoria Jones finished third and Elizabeth Hodgson came fouth.

Both Abbie Evans and Sophie Hibberd now qualify for the regional competition in Cambridge on January 10.

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF West Coventry Sixth Form students took part in The Great Coventry Christmas Bake-off, to help provide goodies for those in need over the festive season.

Students across Coventry went head to head with those from other secondary schools and Coventry University to compete in this event.

Teams were involved in making and decorating rocky road, biscuits and cranberry and orange slices. These were parcelled up and will be given to families in crisis in Coventry.

The event was judged in school by local councillor David Skinner who selected Georgia Kelly and Jonathan Roscoe as the winners. He commented on all students' tremendous enthusiasm and how the winning team had parcelled up even the broken pieces "waste not, want not".

Georgia said "I had an absolute blast! So glad I could be part of helping such a good cause." Jonathan said that he had an amazing morning that really got him into the Christmas spirit.

The winning team was invited to a lunch reception at the council house with the Lord Major, where overall adjudication took place.

The challenge was supported by Coventry Foodbank and Mars Food UK.

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Modelling on Stem Day.

Tile Hill Wood School has a welcoming atmosphere.

Tile Hill Wood students enjoy the Great British Bake Off

Delicious cakes were baked

The lovely results of food technology classes

The superb new recording studio.
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