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St Ivo School
High Leys, St Ives, PE27 6RR, UK Huntingdon
Tel. 01480 375400, Fax: 01480 375444

Welcome to St Ivo School

As the Headteacher of St Ivo it has been a real pleasure to come to work each day; it is important that it is equally pleasurable for all pupils and staff and, to that end, my first priority is that everybody has the right to have a happy and safe day at school. My second priority is to aim to provide the best educational experience we can for the youngsters and the high professionalism of staff at the school is vital for this to occur.

At St Ivo School we are proud to be a comprehensive school, serving the needs of the local community to the best of our ability.

On arrival at this school, students are placed in Tutor Groups, with a number of such groups making up the full Year Group. This system seeks to break the large unit size into smaller, more manageable units so that students receive the levels of care and support needed within the full school context. It is important, of course, to recognise that the benefits of being part of this large school are in terms of the resourcing and staffing we are able to provide, thus ensuring a wide range of learning experiences for all students. An example of this is the opportunity for some students in Year 9 to study Chinese.



The Key Stages

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 to 9

All students follow a broad balanced curriculum, with the following subjects being studied: English, Maths, Science, ICT, a Modern Foreign Language, Design & Technology, History, Geography, RE, Art, Music, Drama and PE. In Year 8 and Year 9 there are slight variations on the allocation of time given to each subject.  

Our students come to us from five main junior/primary schools in this area, with additional numbers coming to us regularly from further afield. This intake provides a good mix of student ability and aspiration, and we seek to secure a positive working relationship with our cluster of local schools in order to achieve the necessary continuity between phases.
Each student is allocated to a tutor group on entering the school. These groups are carefully put together to ensure that each group is balanced in gender and ability. Friends from primary school are usually kept together. A student's form tutor is the first point of contact between home and school if any concerns arise. Pupils have twenty minutes a day as tutor periods.

In Years 7 and 8, students are taught for most subjects in their tutor groups.  Students are put into ability groups for maths in Year 7 and for languages at the beginning of Year 8. Technology is taught in smaller mixed-ability groups

In Year 9, students are put into ability groups for science and English and different mixed ability groups may be created for humanities and music.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

All students take English, mathematics, science, ICT and PE.  PSHE includes careers work, RE and health education.  They choose four more options from a wide choice; students are guided to choose from different areas so that they have a broad base for further/higher education choicesAll subjects reflect an element of citizenship.  For most students, this curriculum results in their obtaining 9 GCSEs. 

Details of the Key Stage 4 curriculum, are summarised in the Key Stage 4 prospectus, which can be accessed through the correspondence page.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), students are grouped by ability for maths, English, science and ICT.  Grouping for other subjects are largely dictated by option choices.  Students remain in the same tutor groups as in Years 7 to 9.  The Head of Year will also move through with them.

Post 16 - The Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

The majority of St Ivo students return after GCSEs to the St Ivo Sixth Form. The school offers AS/A2 levels, Applied Advanced GCEs and a range of Level 2 qualifications. The Sixth Form prospectus can be accessed through the
correspondence page.

Courses available include:

AS/A2 Level:




Business Studies





English Literature



 Food Technology










 Mathematics (Further)





 Resistant Materials

Sports Studies


Theatre Studies


BTEC/other Level 2 and Applied Advanced GCE:

     Art and Design
     French/German (Foundation level)
     Health and Social Care
     Information & Communication Technology
     Travel and Tourism

In addition, students follow a PSHE programme and participate in key skills, PE/games, community service and/or work placements.

Students following vocational styled courses participate in a work-related activity or work placement related to the subject they are studying. A Level and Applied Advanced GCE students can undertake a work placement in which they develop a piece of research related to their A Level studies.

The Sixth Form at St Ivo - from the OFSTED report following the September 2003 OFSTED inspection

"Very good achievement by students of all abilities, enables standards similar to national averages to be attained overall"
"Teaching is very good overall"
"An extremely good ethos amongst all involved in the sixth form, leads to very good relationships between teachers and students which help students to learn and make progress”
“The sixth form at St Ivo School is very effective, providing a very good range of courses that meet the needs of students from a wide range of backgrounds.  Students enjoy their life in the sixth form, work hard and do very well.  They see themselves as ambassadors for younger pupils, and very much a part of the whole school.”

Academic Success

The Key Stage 3 examination results for 2007 can be accessed by clicking here (PDF document - Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this file). We were very please with our performance and much credit is due to students, staff and parents/carers for their continued efforts in making this possible.

Our GCSE results remain well above the national average, with 69% of students achieving 5 or more A* - C grades, whilst at ‘A’ level the A - C grade pass rate was an excellent 76%. However, it is also essential to recognise that many individual students achieved results which, for them, were quite outstanding, whether it was a grade D following a lot of effort over many years, or to pass an ‘A’ level when they had not expected to. To all these individuals we always offer our warmest congratulations for a job well done.

Overview of Curriculum Subjects


Students in Key Stage 3 follow a core programme of project based schemes of work covering the National Curriculum.  The key elements of our work are the development of reading and writing skills.  A broad range of literature is used to achieve this.  In Key Stage 4 students are banded by ability and the majority are entered for both literature and language GCSE.


Year 7 lessons follow the National Numeracy Strategy, building on the mental skills and knowledge developed during Key Stage 2.  Students are placed into sets of ability at the beginning of the first term, enabling all students to progress at an appropriate rate.  The setting is regularly monitored and adjusted throughout Key Stage 3 and 4.  Students are entered for appropriate papers in the Key Stage 3 SATs and GCSE, enabling some students to achieve level 8 in Year 9.  GCSE includes a non-calculator paper as well as a 20% coursework element.  Teaching in mathematics includes ICT as well as a variety of strategies to ensure progress and a suitable challenge.


Students study a series of modules on different areas of the National Curriculum.  In each module, students are encouraged to develop their investigative skills by planning experiments, obtaining evidence and analysing collected data.  Students are taught in mixed ability groups until Year 9, when they are placed in ability groups. 
At GCSE students take a science course which can lead to two GCSE grades.  Again the syllabus is divided into modules, and experimental and investigative skills are developed and assessed through coursework.


In Year 7, students continue to develop their skills in ICT by following a structured course based on the Key Stage 3 National Strategy Framework.  They will learn how to use the St Ivo network efficiently, researching and selecting appropriate information, combining text and graphics for a purpose and develop their skills in using presentation software.  In Year 8, students continue to develop their skills and understanding of ICT and in particular look at creating and using a database, designing and creating a website and further developing their understanding of spreadsheets.  They again follow a course based on the Key Stage 3 National Strategy Framework.  Year 9 students will follow a project based course building upon work covered in Years 7 and 8 , leading to a formal assessment in ICT towards the end of Year 9.

Students in Years 10 and 11 follow a course in ICT which could lead to accreditation in CLAiT.


Key Stage 3 students will have the opportunity to study art in three discrete areas; drawing and painting, textiles and 3D. 
During this time they will explore a range of techniques, such as pottery, printmaking and a variety of painting and drawing techniques.  Drawing homework is a regular feature.  At Key Stage 4 students can choose to take one or two of the areas to GCSE.  Students will produce sketchbooks of research and a portfolio of work on these GCSE courses.  All these courses culminate in an exhibition of work at the end of Year 11. Students are encouraged to visit art galleries as part of their GCSE course.  During Year 11 there will be a trip to London’s art galleries.  This kind of enrichment is important as it helps students to produce imaginative pieces of work.


In Key Stage 3, students’ have the opportunity to explore the use of choreographic devices through choreography; to perform and appreciate dances. Students’ explore various stimuli through the language of dance. There is a strong emphasis on choreography, performance and appreciation of students’ own work and professional works throughout Key Stage 3 Dance. All work relies upon students’ ability to problem solve and work in groups.

At Key Stage 4, students can opt to take GCSE Dance. This builds on Students’ skills acquired in Key Stage 3 Dance. Students’ are assessed in their performance in a group dance, performance of a set study, choreography, appreciation of a professional work and dancer in action.

Students’ are encouraged to participate in many public performances, such as ‘Evenings of Dance’ and ‘Spotlight’. The annual dance performance ‘Spotlight’ has a large uptake of over 250 students’ from across all Key Stages. They come together to perform a spectacular dance performance. Students’ are encouraged to take part in various dance trips to the theatre throughout the year.

Design & Technology

Design and technology at St Ivo aims to prepare students to participate in tomorrows rapidly changing technologies, they use computers to design products. Students are encouraged to carry out research through the study of existing products and they are encouraged to think creatively to improve quality of life. Our aim is to develop students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as members of a team.  We do this through offering a range of experiences where students use product design to explore the four specialist areas of food, electronics, resistant materials and graphics.  The students look for needs, wants and opportunities within most of their projects and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems.  They develop practical making skills as they gain an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices.  In Year 9 they look at the history of design and use examples from Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mackintosh.  As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.  They use this information to influence design ideas. Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, as well as a realisation that progress in design often follows innovation in the area of materials development.  At Key Stage 4, students can choose to study any of the 4 disciplines at GCSE level.


In Key Stage 3 students are introduced to a range of dramatic techniques and given the opportunity to create, develop and produce a range of dramatic responses.  This will include role-play, improvisation and scripted drama.  All the work in drama will rely heavily on the students' ability to work in groups.  At Key Stage 4, students can opt to take GCSE drama which is assessed via two pieces of practical coursework, a portfolio and a final examined performance.

Throughout the two Key Stages, students are expected and encouraged to participate in as many public performances as possible.  This year we held a very successful GCSE performance evening, and the Year 8 Drama Challenge Evening was a great success with over 100 students involved.
A large number of students were involved in this year's pantomime, "Snow White".


In Key Stages 3 and 4, students in geography follow programmes of study which aim to develop their knowledge and understanding of places, patterns and processes as well as of environmental change and sustainable development.  Case studies, which are both local and global, are examined and contrasted, as well as current affairs.  Enquiry skills are developed throughout Key Stage 3 and also at GCSE where a local project is an important coursework element.  Fieldwork is given a high priority where students are encouraged to become actively involved. Over the last few years opportunities to visit Kenya, and more recently Iceland, have been open to GCSE geographers.


In Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students study the key events of British history from 1066 to the 20th century, as well as selected events from European and modern world history. Work at all levels is aimed, in particular, at developing the skills of extended writing, use of historical sources and research.  A variety of teaching strategies are used with an increasing emphasis on the use of ICT.  Visits to castles, museums and World War I battlefields form an integral part of Key Stage 3 studies, while the GCSE groups occasionally travel to Russia and China.

Modern Languages

In Year 7 students study either French or German in their tutor groups.  In Years 8 and 9, students are grouped by ability and the most able pupils pick up a second language in addition to their main one.

In Years 10 and 11, three languages are offered in the normal school timetable, French, German and Spanish. Pupils wishing to take one languages are strongly advised to opt for their main language, that is, the language they have studied from Year 7. Pupils wishing to take two languages are advised to opt for their main language plus their second language or if they have taken a Junior CULP course in Spanish in Year 9 may choose instead to continue with Spanish to GCSE in Years 10 and 11. We are hoping to continue to be able to offer Chinese to able pupils in Junior CULP in Year 10.


Work in music is based on the requirements of composing and performing, listening and appraising.  Much of the work is taught in a practical way, using the voice, keyboards and other classroom instruments.
 Students are encouraged to use their own instruments wherever possible.  The GCSE option course is based on the three skills of performing, composing and listening.  Listening is assessed by a written exam, while the other two components are based on a portfolio of coursework developed over the two years.


Students in Key Stage 3 cover a range of activities which give a balanced PE programme.  The major games are taught in single sex groups (rugby/football for boys, hockey/netball for girls).  Swimming is also taught in these groupings in Year 7 and Year 8. 
Athletics, gym, cricket, rounders, tennis, badminton, orienteering and health related exercise are taught in tutor groups.  In Key Stage 4, students have three PE lesson a fortnight in which they have the opportunity to select some activities.  There are also optional GCSE courses in PE and BTEC sport.

Religious Education

Religious Education at St Ivo School is taught to prepare our students for the multi-cultural world in which they live, and it follows the locally agreed syllabus, in line with national guidelines.  It is important for our young people to have an understanding of those with whom they share the world.  In our multi-cultural society and with the fact that many people now travel, live and work abroad, the skills of empathy and of understanding different cultures and traditions are essential. We also give the students the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and place in the world.  Students will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the six principal religions in Great Britain, particularly Christianity.  We aim to link what we teach about these religions to current affairs, giving our students the opportunity to see the relevance and role of religious traditions within history, politics and the ethical issues which flood the media.  In Years 7 to 9, RE is taught for one hour a week.  In Year 10 it is taught by specialists within the PHSE programme and we have a Holocaust Memorial Day in the summer term.  In Year 11 students study a six lesson course on global citizenship.  Ethics can be taken for GCSE, and at AS and A2 students can study Philosophy and Ethics.


Details of whole school citizenship opportunities through curriculum/subject areas can be accessed by clicking here (PDF document). Alternatively, click here for citizenship opportunities by year group (PDF document).


The PSHE curriculum throughout the school includes personal organisation and study skills, health education (including drugs education, sex education and personal safety), citizenship and careers education (including two weeks work experience in Year 10).  The PSHE curriculum is delivered by a dedicated team, and is supported by outside speakers.

Beyond PSHE lessons, personal, social and health education is an integral part of the school.  Across the whole curriculum, we aim to develop students' knowledge, personal and social skills, attitudes and values, to help them benefit from their school experience and prepare them to take their place as responsible citizens in society.  This takes place not only in lessons, but also in all the other interactions and activities which form part of the life of the school community.

Sex and Relationships Education

We believe that sex and relationships education belongs within a broader framework of knowledge, social skills, attitudes and values.  As well as providing information, our course aims to encourage students:

  • To understand their responsibilities

  • To form mature and stable relationships in the context of family life

  • To accept and explore the attitudes and beliefs of a variety of cultures, religions and peoples.

We are committed to sharing this role with parents and carers, who are the key figures in their children’s social and moral development. Sex education is given in science and Personal, Social and Health Education lessons:

  • Year 7 – during the year students do interactive lessons about puberty in PSHE.

  • Year 8 – the programme includes family life, the transmission of HIV, the human reproductive system and contraception.

  • Year 9 – the programme includes work on dealing with risk, stereotyping and prejudice. A Health Day may be held.

  • Years 10 and 11 – the SRE education course within the PSHE programme based on relationships aims to encourage responsible behaviour within family and social groups.

Section 241 of the Education Act 1993 gives parents and carers the right to withdraw their children from any part of a school's sex and relationships programme, apart from those required under the National Curriculum for science.  This right applies to all students, including those over compulsory school age.  You are welcome to talk to your child's Head of Year about the course, and to see the materials we use.  If you want your child withdrawn from any part of this programme, you must send a letter to the child's Head of Year.  Before doing that, please contact Mrs C Clifton, PSHE Coordinator. Supervision for any students withdrawn from sex education will be arranged by their Head of Year.

Collective Worship

Students take part in a Year Assembly once a week.  Assembly themes address a very wide range of issues important to young people, including those of a spiritual, moral, social and ethical nature. 

Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship and religious education should they wish to do so.  Students who have been withdrawn will be provided with alternative work.


Careers education is developed throughout the curriculum, but particularly in PSHE, which includes work on interviewing skills, information finding, decision making, idea generation, work experience, action planning and CV writing for Post 16 options.  Students are encouraged to find out information and explore career opportunities through use of the Resource Centre with up to date literature, videos, CD-ROMs and software.  Students also have the opportunity to seek guidance from Connexions advisers and visiting professionals.  The careers department is represented at parents’/carers’ evenings and separate information evenings are held on Post 16 options (Year 11) and Higher Education (Year 12).  Year 9, 11 and 12 students participate in a ‘World of Work’ day, where they have the opportunity to ask questions and find out information from visiting businesses and occupational areas.  Work Related Learning activities days are held for most year groups throughout the year complying with the current Framework requirements. Enterprise activity days are held for Years 10 and 12 during the year. The careers department will always try to respond to the individual needs of the student and help in developing their understanding of the career path that they wish to pursue.

Work Experience

All Year 10 students take part in a two-week work experience placement in the summer term.  This is designed to give students an insight into the world of work environment and provides opportunities for work related learning. 

All students are prepared thoroughly for work experience via a a work experience curriculum day and their progress is monitored by the work experience coordinator and the Year 10 tutor team who visit the work placement.  The response from students, employers and parents/carers over the years has been very positive, and work experience has become a very important part of the work related learning curriculum.


We believe that homework forms an important part of student's learning, and that it has been a significant factor in the excellent record of academic success the school has enjoyed in recent years.  Subject teachers will set a variety of forms of homework, and students should record the tasks set in their planner.  A homework timetable is published at the start of the year, so that students know what homework to expect each day.  For students in Years 7 to 9, homework will be set once or twice a week in most subjects.  In Year 7, the demand will be for approximately half an hour per subject per week, rising to about one hour per subject per week by Year 9.

We hope that parents and carers will encourage their child with their homework, both by checking their planner regularly, and by discussing the work with them.




In addition to their timetabled PE and games lessons, Years 7 to 10 also take part in a series of inter-form tournaments.  These usually take place across a whole morning, with all students from the Year group participating, but some tournaments are held at lunchtimes.  A trophy is awarded to the winning form in each Year group.  Forms learn to work together as a team, and students enjoy the competition.

Clubs are organised for a range of sports: rugby, football, hockey, netball, cricket, tennis, short tennis, basketball, badminton, rounders and athletics.  Clubs are open to all students, regardless of ability.  There is also a comprehensive midweek fixture list involving teams from St Ivo competing with other local secondary schools (details can be found on the Schools Rugby site by clicking here).  St Ivo students are invited to trials for District and County teams.


A range of dance clubs meet on a regular basis, including a boys' dance club, and the hugely popular Thursday workshop sees dozens of students staying at school until 4.30pm.  In December, entries are taken for the annual "Spotlight" dance show, in which individuals, pairs, and small groups perform an impressive range of dances.  The dance clubs and GCSE and A Level groups also contribute, and over 250 performers take part on the four nights.

Drama and Theatre Studies

Last year we collaborated with the Music, Dance and Design Technology departments in an ambitious and hugely successful production of, "Guys and Dolls". Our Sixth Form students have also devised original work for performance and have directed productions of, "Bouncers" and, "Shakers" by John Godber, "The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband" by Debbie Isitt and, "Messiah" by Steven Berkoff. This year's Sixth Form production will be, "Yerma" by Federico Garcia Lorca.


Peripatetic staff from the Cambridgeshire Instrumental Music Agency visit the school, providing tuition for students in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, voice, piano, keyboard and guitar.  The school has some instruments available for loan, and interested students should see their music teacher as soon as possible for further information. 

A wide range of extra-curricular activities is provided.  Clubs presently on offer include a Junior and a Senior Choir, an orchestra, a Wind Band, a Jazz Band, a recorder consort and an African Drumming group. There are also many student led bands which rehearse after school in the department.

An annual ‘Come and Play Day’ is held for musicians of all abilities from Key Stage 3 to come together to rehearse and perform as one.  Each year well over a hundred students take part and the repertoire includes items such as "You're Beautiful", "Wallace and Gromit" and "Fields of Gold".

In the longer term, the department is hoping to raise sufficient funds to purchase a set of steel bands.


Students in all years enter national competitions organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, with a number gaining certificates. Each year, up to nine Year 8 students take part in a series of five mathematics workshops in Cambridge.  The Saturday morning workshops are organised under the auspices of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Speakers include university lecturers, and participants work on challenging areas of mathematics outside the school curriculum.

The 'Green Fingers Club'

The ‘Green Fingers Club’ originated about 13 years ago and with the ‘Crazy Compost Company’ acts as the fund raising arm of ‘The Animal Shed’ club which looks after the school rabbits and guinea pigs.  The ‘Green Fingers Club’ grows plants for sale to staff and the public and the ‘Crazy Compost Company’ recycles the animal waste into garden compost or mulch.  Around £650 gross is raised in this way each year and the profits used for repairs, veterinary bills and for investing in new stock.

In the past four years the ‘Green Fingers Club’ has been actively involved in developing the school garden, a plot of land adjacent to St Ives golf course.  Each stage of the development has been entered into a national garden competition for the under 18s.  The club's vegetable clocks, ‘Garden of Reflection’ and biodiversity garden have each won the Eastern region heat of each competition entered and as such have gone on to represent the region in the national finals.  

During the 2004 the club completed the biodiversity garden and this year a woodland edge garden was completed, leading to an increase in the number and species of birds and invertebrates.  We have seen a rapid invasion of wildlife, including great-crested newts, dragonflies and birds of prey including Kestrels.

Charity Events

The school has a long tradition of raising money for charity.  Many students participate in the British Heart Foundation Sponsored Swim and profits from discos organised by the year councils are usually donated to charities chosen by the year group. Examples of charity events include:

  • The chosen charities for the current Year 9 students continue to be STARLIGHT and CLIC-Sargent.  Both charities have received cheques over the past two years.

  • Members of year 8 raised money for ‘Children in Need’ by baking cakes and selling them at break time.

  • Past Year 9 students have completed a sponsored walk, raising money for ‘Starlight’ - a charity which makes it possible for terminally ill children to experience something that they have always thought of as a dream only.

  • Year 10 students held a charity fete raising money for Diabetes UK.

  • Year 11 students have continued to support the Rehoboth charity in South Africa which looks after AIDS victims.

  • The Sixth Form host an annual Christmas party for disabled members of the Papworth community, raising the funds needed by selling cakes.  This link has also led to two members of the community spending a day each week working in the school, helping in the Resource Centre and in the reprographics room. The Sixth Form also supports a number of charities throughout the year, including raising money for cancer research, collecting boxes for Christmas presents for disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe, as well as regularly donating blood at local session.  Students are also encouraged to become bone marrow donors and one student donated bone marrow over the summer break.

Year Councils

Each year group has a Year Council, with elected representatives from each form.  The councils organise social events, make decisions about donations to charity and provide a forum for discussion of issues concerning the school, its environment and community. The Year councils are often consulted about matters of school policy.

School Council

Two representatives from each Year group, together with additional co-opted members form the St Ivo School Council.  Meeting at least once every half-term, the School Council examines whole-school issues and makes recommendations to the Senior Management Team.  The School Council makes a practical and positive contribution to the successful development of the school, helping students to use their voice in an assertive rather than aggressive way.  Having a School Council actually encourages students to reflect upon things and look at what are actual possibilities, what are non-negotiable and how to work projects through.

St Ives Youth Town Council

This council was set up in 1999, with proper elections held in the school.  Each year group has two representatives and the council has made major contributions to the planning of the St Ives Carnival and Millennium celebrations.  Five members of the council visited their counterparts in Stadtallendorf.  A major project has been setting up youth groups in the town, and plans are now underway for a mobile youth centre in the form of a bus filled with computers and other resources.

UK Youth Parliament

One of our students is the nominated representative on the UK Youth Parliament for this area and eight other students sit on the local Steering Committee. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in discussion and decision making at a national and occasionally international level.


The Animal Shed and Greenfingers Club

Meets in the animal shed every break time and lunchtime. Activities include helping to look after the school rabbits and guinea pigs, and growing and looking after plants. In the spring term help is needed to grow vegetables in the garden to feed the animals and also to help grow flowers for sale to boost animal shed funds to pay vet bills.

Click here to access a PowerPoint presentation about the Animal Shed, designed by a Year 9 student. A printout of the slides in this presentation is also available here (PDF document).

Ballroom and Latin Dancing Club

The St Ivo Ballroom club was started in January 2006. Two sessions are run on the club day on Friday afternoons. However if demand requires it another day will be chosen for juniors. There is no charge to attend the club sessions.  New members session is at 3.10pm and more experienced dancers for advanced choreography and technique is at 4pm. Tuesday lunchtime is the practice session only. Currently more than 15 couples now attend from all year groups.

The dances which are studied are the 10 Ballroom and Latin dances: Waltz, Quickstep, Slow Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive and Paso Doble. The students also learn basic salsa, and Argentine tango (seniors). Other dances covered are social foxtrot, French jive, disco hustle, some sequence and Scottish reels.

Participating in ballroom and latin dance is a wonderful way to keep fit, develop confidence and improve learning ability, particularly for boys. Regular attendance over six weeks shows excellent results. This style of dancing is a good life skill and already some of the 6th form students who have moved on to university have joined clubs there.

New members

Students from all year groups and staff are always welcome. The club would like to encourage more boys to join. It is best, although not a requirement, to join at the start of the academic year, as the sessions are progressive.

What to wear

There is no requirement for special clothing, although some students change out of uniform and wear something more comfortable. School shoes are appropriate, however trainers make this style of dancing difficult. Many students, once they become proficient, wear ballroom and latin shoes. These are purchased from a dance shoe stockist. Mrs Bartlett can advise you of the best stockist. The clothing requirement for the public dances depends on what type it is and advice is given at the relevant time.

Social Activities

The club runs at least one social dance evening per term in the school hall (6-9pm) and has just started running Sunday tea dances from time to time. These are open to the public and are an ideal way to raise funds.

The senior club members attend at least 2 Black tie balls per year. Cambridge University Dancers Club runs these. They are a fantastic way for the students to dance to full strict tempo bands and to use their dancing skills. There are always demonstrations by professional dance couples at these events. The students also attend other public dances and tea dances in the locality. There is a cost to attend the public events.

By attending such functions the students have met professional dancers such as Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup, Mario Cavallaro and Joanne Clifton as well as Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.


Some club members have participated in the annual St. Ivo dance production – Spotlight. The dances, performed as teams, were: Cha cha cha, Waltz, Tango and French jive. Look out for the club’s spots in Spotlight 2008. They will be dramatic and exciting!


Workshops by outside professional dance teachers are run at least twice a year. These give the students an opportunity to extend their choreography repertoire and technique. There is a charge for these activities.


Parents and Carers are welcome to come and watch the sessions even participate if they wish. Help is always needed for transport to events and is always gratefully appreciated.

Any students and staff interested in joining the club should please contact Mrs Bartlett – room 24. Alternatively come and join in on Friday afternoons in the hall. If you are a parent/carer interested in helping, especially at future social events, please contact Mrs Bartlett at school.

Books over Breakfast

This is a reading club for students who wish to improve their reading habits and skills and runs on Wednesday and Friday mornings between 7.40am and 8.30am. The scheme is voluntary and open to all Year 7 students, and a free healthy breakfast is available to those making an early start. We are a very friendly crew and have lots of fun. We read plays, poems, magazines and books of your choosing.

Homework Support Club

Homework Club runs on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after school, between 3.00pm and 4.30pm, primarily for Year 7. The Teaching Assistants who run the club have a very good knowledge of the curriculum across all years.

Press Club

The Press Club meets regularly to discuss items suitable for release to the local press, regarding school or individual achievements and events.  They produce a display board in the foyer to highlight these activities.

Clubs Timetable

Jump to Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday.
  Before School Lunchtime After School

Resource Centre open from 8.00am

Animal Shed and Greenfingers Club with Mrs Coles (also at break time)

Badminton for Years 7 - 8 in the Sports Hall from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Cook

Hip Hop and Street Jazz in room 26 with Miss Bartley

Japan Club for Years 7 - 9 in N15 with Miss Sullivan (students in other years welcome if interested)

Netball for Year 9 from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Miss Sherwood

Rugby for Years 12 - 13 from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Havard

Senior Choir for Years 10 - 13 starting at 1.20pm in L5 with Mrs Lodge

Homework Club from 3.00 to 4.30pm in the Resource Centre with Mrs Carpenter, Mrs Hands, Mrs Keen, Mrs Plumb and Ms Stubbs. Mainly for Year 7 but all welcome. Drink and biscuits available.

GCSE Dance Clinic in room 26 with Miss Bartley

Maths Clinic for Years 12 - 13 from 3.00 to 4.15pm in room 18 with Mr Seekings and Miss Shipp

Netball for Year 11 from 3.15 to 4.15pm with Miss Sherwood

Resource Centre open until 3.50pm

Rugby for Years 7 - 9 from 3.15 to 4.15pm with Mr Braybrook, Mr Cook, Mr Daly and Mr Varey

Senior Hockey for Years 9 - 13 (mixed) at the Outdoor Complex from 3.15 to 4.15pm with Mrs Clifton

The Lab (Science Club) for Year 7 in S8 from 3.00 to 3.45pm with Mr Cassidy

Resource Centre open from 8.00am  Animal Shed and Greenfingers Club with Mrs Coles (also at break time)

Ballet in room 26 with Miss Bartley

Ballroom and Latin Dancing Club practise session from 1.05 to 1.55pm in the Hall with Mrs Bartlett and Mr Bartlett.

Blackadder Club for Years 7 - 8 in N9 with Dr Craig and Mr Buckland

Gifted, Talented & Interested Music Club for Years 7 - 9 starting at 1.20pm in L5 with Mrs Lodge

Netball for Year 10 on the netball courts from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Miss Mathews

Netball for Year 11 from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Miss Sherwood

Rugby for Year 10 from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Crisp

Trampolining for Years 7 - 8 from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Braybrook and Mr Varey

Resource Centre open until 3.50pm 
Books Over Breakfast from 7.40 to 8.30am with Mrs Hands and Mrs West. Starts in the Community Lounge for breakfast, then in the Resource Centre reading.

Resource Centre open from 8.00am 

Animal Shed and Greenfingers Club with Mrs Coles (also at break time)

Netball for Year 7 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mrs Kemp and Miss Sherwood

Ivo Dance Company in room 26 with Ms Patterson

Lunchbytes in room 23 with Mr Davies

Orchestra starting at 1.20pm in L5 with Mrs Lodge. All string players required, wind and brass players by invitation

Painting the Backdrop for the Panto and Making Props for Years 9 - 13 from 1.20 to 1.50pm with Miss Harness, meeting in A3.

Rugby for Years 7 - 8 from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Braybrook, Mr Daly and Mr Varey

Trampolining for Years 9 - 11 in the Sports Hall from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Cook and Mr Havard

Girls Hockey Fixtures with Mrs Clifton, Mrs Kemp and Miss Sherwood

Hockey for Years 7 - 9 when no fixtures at the Outdoor Complex from 3.15 to 4.15pm with Mrs Kemp

Homework Club from 3.00 to 4.30pm in the Resource Centre with Mrs Carpenter, Mrs Hands, Mrs Keen, Mrs Plumb and Ms Stubbs. Mainly for Year 7 but all welcome. Drink and biscuits available.

Resource Centre open until 3.50pm

Rugby for Year 10 from 3.15 to 4.15pm with Mr Crisp

Ultimate Frisbee for Years 9 - 13 meet at the Lodge at 3.05pm with Mr Wilson

Resource Centre open from 8.00am  Animal Shed and Greenfingers Club with Mrs Coles (also at break time)

GCSE German Masterclass for Year 11 from 1.20 to 1.50pm in room 8 with Mrs Meadowcroft

Indoor Cricket for Years 7 - 8 in the Gym from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Lane

Indoor Hockey for Years 7 - 9 in the Sports Hall from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mrs Kemp

Lower School Dance Club in room 26 with Miss Bartley and Ms Patterson

Press Club in room 24 with Mrs Jest

Wind Band for all wind and brass players starting at 1.20pm in L5 with Mrs Lodge

Boys Rugby Fixtures with Mr Braybrook, Mr Cook, Mr Crisp, Mr Daly, Mr Havard and Mr Varey

GCSE German Conversation for Year 11 from 3.05 to 4.05pm in room 8 with Mrs Meadowcroft.

Homework Club from 3.00 to 4.30pm in the Resource Centre with Mrs Carpenter, Mrs Hands, Mrs Keen, Mrs Plumb and Ms Stubbs. Mainly for Year 7 but all welcome. Drink and biscuits available.

Resource Centre open until 3.50pm

Spotlight in the Hall with Miss Bartley and Ms Patterson

Books Over Breakfast from 7.40 to 8.30am with Mrs Hands and Mrs West. Starts in the Community Lounge for breakfast, then in the Resource Centre reading.

Resource Centre open from 8.00am

Animal Shed and Greenfingers Club with Mrs Coles (also at break time)

Basketball for Year 10 in the Sports Hall from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Crisp

Big Band by invitation starting at 1.20pm in L5 with Mrs Lodge

Boys Dance Club in room 26 with Miss Bartley

Lunchbytes in room 23 with Mr Davies

Table Tennis in the Recreation Centre Annex from 1.05 to 1.45pm with Mr Daly

Ballroom and Latin Dancing Club in the Hall with Mrs Bartlett and Mr Bartlett. 3.10pm for beginners members, 4.00pm for old members (can practise in the Gym from 3.10pm).

Resource Centre open until 3.50pm


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