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The Governing Body of Denbigh School has agreed that this is the next logical step in our development and is therefore beginning a formal consultation process with you, our stakeholders to convert from a single to a 'multi-academy trust' (M.A.T.).



The consultation is open to all, including the School's parents and carers, staff, and the local community. The consultation period will start on Thursday 28th April 2016 and continue for four weeks until Thursday 26th May 2016. Further information regarding the consultation can be found on the Denbigh website at www.denbigh.net. Should you have any questions or comments during this time please do not hesitate to write to me at the following email address, headteacher@denbigh.net.

For more information please click the links below:

Consultation Letter

Information for the Consultation



Encouraging students approaching voting age to be more engaged with the political and democratic process and explaining the work of the House of Lords were the main aims of Baroness Young when she visited Denbigh School today.

As part of the Lord Speaker's Peers in Schools outreach programme, Baroness Young of Old Scone met Denbigh School students to talk about the role that politics plays in society and to inspire them to vote once they reach 18. The Baroness's presentation, which supports the student's Citizenship studies, focused on the parliamentary process and life at Westminster.

The Baroness expressed her belief that people as young as 16 should be able to vote and recently argued for this in parliament in time for the EU referendum. Although defeated, she said that she will keep trying, as she grew up in a time when apartheid was very much in the news and, at 16, she had strong political views.

In appreciation of the Baroness taking time away from her demanding political role to talk to Denbigh students, Headteacher Andy Squires added:

"The visit to Denbigh by the Baroness gave our students a fantastic opportunity to interact with a working member of the House of Lords, who knows the parliamentary system inside out. Westminster life can sometimes seem far removed from young people's daily lives, but the presentation by the Baroness, not only gave an insight into how important their vote is in terms of citizenship, but how it impacts and determines the work of politicians."

On Monday 14 March, four students from Denbigh School joined nearly 1,000 young people from all corners of the UK at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Service, the UK's largest annual multi-faith service.

Chosen for their tireless work on the School's Student Council, they attended the celebration alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. This year's service celebrated the 2016 Commonwealth theme 'An Inclusive Commonwealth.' The aim of the Service was to celebrate the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth's achievements and role.

Speakers included former United Nations Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan and leaders from a number of major faiths. The audience also enjoyed a performance by singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding.

MK Theatre was the venue chosen for this year's Rock Challenge dance competition, won by Denbigh students on Monday 29 February, with their powerful piece depicting the distress caused by child sexual abuse and promoting the message to always tell someone.

Entitled 'Fear is the Lock on Freedom's Door', the dance took the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions and visibly moved some to tears, as the students performed the gritty story of an abused girl who eventually breaks the chains of her painful experience.

Participating schools were asked to choose a theme of their choice, which Denbigh tackled head on by deciding on the subject of child sexual abuse, as sudents felt that until victims speak out, nothing will change.

The panel of judges awarded Denbigh School 9 out of 11 'Excellence Awards' including performance skills, choreography and excellence in soundtrack.

Following the successful evening, Denbigh School Headteacher Andy Squires said:

"Winning this exciting dance challenge is a fantastic achievement for the School and I applaud the students for their dedication, their many hours of rehearsals and for their maturity and sensitivity to the subject matter."

The 58 strong cast of dancers and behind the scenes stagehands competed against four other schools to win the regional award and will now go on to the Southern final at Portsmouth's Guildhall in June.


Directing Charlie Chaplin and playing many varied slapstick comic roles with an ability to skilfully fall from horses, were some of the interesting facts revealed by Stephen Normand, the great nephew of Mabel Normand, of musical Mack and Mabel fame.

During his visit to the School on 1 March, Stephen explained to the 60 strong cast of students that his great aunt Mabel was not only an American silent film actress and one of tinsel town's biggest stars in the 1900s, but was also a screenwriter, director and producer. He also described how her romantic relationship with Keystone Studios Director Mack Sennett shaped her professional and personal life. Appreciative that Stephen found the time to visit the school, Headteacher Andy Squires said:

"It was a real coup for Denbigh School that Stephen explained the background of the musical Mack and Mabel to the students and, by relating the personality traits of the main characters to the cast, it gave them a unique opportunity to get a personal insight into how to portray them in their forthcoming performance."

The students, who are to perform the Michael Stewart musical in July in the new purpose built theatre at the School, was only made possible by the assistance of Stephen, who helped secure the rights to perform the musical. Mr Normand will be coming to every performance and will also be returning at various points during the rehearsal process to show his support to the students.

Evening performances will be on 12, 13 and 14 July, with a matinee also on 13 July. Tickets priced at £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for OAPs/children are available by contacting Denbigh School's Performing Arts Office on 01908 330554 or by emailing astleyjonesj@denbigh.net

Denbigh Students One of Only 11 Schools in England to reach
Coca Cola's Business Challenge Grand Final

Students meant business with their impressive litter campaign when they won the recent East Midlands Regionals in Derby and secured their place at the prestigious finals of the Coca-Cola's Real Business Challenge to be held on March 16.

Competing against 10 other schools in the East Midlands, their challenge was to develop a campaign that would raise awareness about littering in order to change behaviour patterns in each of the school's local area. This included the students producing an app, a social media plan, a bus stop poster and a mascot. The brief also asked for the students to budget for a local launch event and for them to pull the whole campaign together into a five minute presentation. The students will have their bus stop poster printed and displayed in the local area around the School.

Denbigh School will go on to compete against other schools from all over the country at the finals in Westminster. As part of the visit to London and, as a prize for being regional winners, they have been invited to a reception and guided tour of the House of Commons, to a West End show and will stay at a hotel in County Hall.

Proud of this remarkable achievement by Denbigh students, Headteacher Andy Squires said:

"The eight Denbigh students who took part in the Coca-Cola challenge were a real credit to the School. They formed a strong team and their hard work has certainly paid off. The experience, which is linked to the national curriculum, has allowed the students to work alongside real business experts on live challenges. I am excited to see how they get on at the finals."

MK Dons v Brighton & Hove Albion
Family Fun Day
Saturday 19th March 2016 Kick-Off 3.00pm

Milton Keynes Dons Football Club are holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 19th March 2016 when they play Brighton & Hove Albion, kick-off 3pm.
They have invited students and staff of our school along with respective friends and family to be part of this special day and are offering special prices of just £12 Adults and £1 Under-18s for the match.

How to Book Tickets
Students, colleagues and parents can either call the MK Dons Box Office on 0333 200 5343, visit stadiummk or at centre:mk on Silbury Boulevard or buy online at www.mkdons.com. You should mention our school name when booking as this means the school qualifies for points under the MK Dons Group Ticket Rewards scheme.
If you know of people who would like to sit with certain friends, please do let the Box Office know so they can seat you accordingly, or alternatively, book as an organised group through the Box Office.
The school that sells the most tickets will receive a player visit from a member of the MK Dons first team. This will be determined by dividing the number of tickets ordered by a school by the number of students on the school roll.
1. Every ticket that is sold and associated with your school, will count for a point towards our Group Tickets Reward scheme which enables your school to book discounted tickets for future games at stadiummk and earn more rewards.

For further details, about the day itself, please contact the MK Dons Box Office on 0333 200 5343
For more details about the great rewards your school can earn, please contact our Group Ticket Rewards co-ordinator Charlie Page on charlie.page@mkdons.com or alternatively phone on 01908 622981

Fantastic Turnout at Teacher Recruitment Event at Denbigh School

Over 100 people interested in becoming a teacher, or in returning to the profession attended a 'Train to Teach' event at Denbigh School on Thursday 11 February.

The successful evening, organised by The National College of Teaching and Leadership, was held to help boost the number of teachers in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, especially in subjects such as Mathematics and the Sciences.

Click here to view the full press release


On Friday 12th of February, fourteen year 12's attended a philosophy and ethics conference at Cambridge University. The day consisted of lectures delivered by leading academics on the following topics:

Do only the best have the right to survive? By Julie Arliss. Ethics in Neuro-science and genetic engineering by Professor Keith Ward Big Bang Theory and the origin of life by Dr John Frye The interface between Science and Religion by Dr Andrew Pinsent.

Our students also took part in an open debate with the lecturers and with other schools where they discussed the motion 'This house believes that Science leaves no room for Religion'. The presentations by the scholars were captivating and has inspired our students to think beyond the syllabus.

Mrs Rahman

Humanities Teacher

"We are a group of young people who have been working on organising and promoting Safer Internet Day 2016 in MK. We have been meeting weekly to discuss the internet and how we can promote it to other children and young people. We enjoy using the internet and want to promote positive use of the internet to others.

Monday 8th February 2016
9.30am – 12.30pm, Galley Hill Centre*
Online Safety Training for Foster Carers
A three-hour workshop to raise awareness of some of the key risks facing children and young people online, including the specific risks to which looked after children can be exposed. The workshop will explore some of the emerging apps and social networking sites used by children and young people and identify some of the key risks inherent with each. Throughout the workshop, Foster Carers will be empowered to help children to manage the risks they face online.

1 – 2pm, Galley Hill Centre*
Online Safety Training for Parents or Carers
A one-hour briefing to raise awareness amongst parents in Milton Keynes of some of the key and emerging risks facing children and young people, as well as providing relevant safety advice to improve their safety online.

Tuesday 9th February 2016 – Safer Internet Day
6 – 7pm Galley Hill Centre*
Online Safety Training for Parents or Carers
A one-hour briefing to raise awareness amongst parents in Milton Keynes of some of the key and emerging risks facing children and young people, as well as providing relevant safety advice to improve their safety online.)

*Your attendance on the above training can be booked via your mkscb learning pool account. Attendance for Parents and Carers or the Research event can be booked by emailing mkscb@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Denbigh Adds the Most Value of any Comprehensive School at A Level within 700 Square Miles. Denbigh School is performing way above the national average in its success at A level, not just locally in Milton Keynes, but within a 15 mile radius of the School.

Click here to view the full press release


Denbigh School's new building and its facilities are now offered for hire outside of the normal school day during the evenings and weekends.

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The latest edition of Denbigh Today is now available to view online.

£4000+ raised at the Xmas Bazaar, well done to everyone involved...

The voting for the Creative Writing Competition is now open. Students, Staff and Parents can log in and cast their vote for the overall winner by clicking the link below.

These Year Group Winners have been selected by an independent judging panel of Denbigh School students and staff. Their entries are presented for your vote as originally submitted, unedited.

Click here to cast your vote!

Students at Denbigh School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

Please click here to read the full press release

An Oxford Crown Court judge praised Denbigh students on their win at the regional heat of a mock trial on Saturday 14 November, saying it was the best final of a Bar Mock Trial he had ever witnessed.

Please click here to read the full press release

I am delighted to announce that Cucina Restaurants will manage our Canteen services from January 2016.

Cucina is an experienced professional caterer of schools and we are looking forward to their joining our team.

Cucina prepare and cook fresh food every day including home baked bread, soup, main meals including of course vegetarian options, also providing a variety of healthy snacks and dishes to suit most tastes.

Please click here to view further details about Cucina and some sample menus.

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

The Denbigh School Eco-Committee have completed the frame work for the Bronze and Silver awards which recognise the School's achievement in working towards a sustainable lifestyle. Following the award of Bronze in July 2014, the Silver Award was presented to the School on Wednesday 2nd December. Both awards symbolise excellence in the field of environmental activity. Students are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they form and lead the Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the School. In conjunction with the rest of the School and the wider community, it's the students that decide the environmental themes they want to address and how they're going to do it.

The next goal of the Eco-Committee is to progress work associated with achieving the Eco-Schools top Green Flag Award. This will involve completing a further environmental review, preparing a detailed action plan to ensure eco work is effectively implemented and adopting a Green Procurement policy.

Please CLICK HERE to view a copy of the presentation that was made at our Sixth Form Open Evening - the presenters were Andy Squires (Headteacher), Jerome Waters (Head of Sixth Form) and two Year 13 students

If you have any questions then please email the Head of Sixth Form – WatersJ@denbigh.net

Denbigh School students had lessons today (Friday 13 November) from two teachers from Shanghai during a visit to the School, as part of a unique working relationship that has been established between the two countries.

Click here to read the full article

Actress Opens New Performing Arts Facilities at Denbigh School
At today's grand opening of Denbigh School's specially commissioned 'New Building', Film and TV actress Ann Marie Davies with husband MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson, Milton Keynes' Mayor Councillor Keith McLean and MK Dons Defender Joe Walsh were treated to creative performances from Dance, Drama, Music and Art students.

Read the Full Press Release here

The School was filled with visitors on Thursday 22nd October when prospective students embarked on an array of activities that provided a real taste of life at Denbigh. It was the School's Open Evening which gave Year 6 students the opportunity to explore the facilities on offer to them. A high volume of people walked through the doors of the School with over 700 attendees enjoying the presentations delivered by Headteacher Mr Squires. The atmosphere throughout Denbigh was vibrant and it was clear to see that the amenities in the new building had especially impressed the guests. Denbigh students and staff were on hand throughout the evening to answer questions. The ethos of the School along with its outstanding teaching and learning was showcased exceptionally well and we look forward to welcoming students back to the School when they start in Year 7 next September.

Upcoming event - Xmas Bazaar – Friday 11th December 5.30 – 7.30pm

Hallo Deutschland! The Denbigh KS3 German Exchange 2016 is open to all KS3 students.. This is an exciting opportunity for an educational and cultural exchange with students from our partner school in Schwerte, near Dortmund. Trips include the brand new national football museum in Dortmund, the Lindt chocolate museum and the world famous cathedral in Köln. You will welcome a German partner in to your home (21st – 27th Jan) and experience staying with their family in Germany (2nd – 9th March). Collect a letter from MFL office or see Mrs Giles for more details

The recruitment of trainee teachers was given a boost today as The Tommy Flowers SCITT (School Based Initial Teacher Training), was officially launched at Bletchley Park. To mark the event, the first cohort of 24 trainees to start this exciting school-based practical programme, were joined by MK's Mayor, Councillor Keith Mclean and Kenneth Flowers, son of Tommy Flowers, who contributed invaluably to codebreaking in the Second World War.

Read the Full Press Release here

Denbigh School Open Evening, Thursday 22nd October at 5:30pm

On Wednesday 23rd February, Denbigh School was pleased host a lecture on the uses of Nanotechnology in Modern Medicine. The lecture was delivered by four members of the international ARGENT project (Advanced Radiotherapy, Generated by Exploiting Nanoprocesses and Technologies). In attendance were Yr.12 and Yr.13 A Level scientists, who were treated to an explanation of the science behind nanotechnologies as well as an update on how this pioneering technology may be used to treat types of cancers and diabetes in the future. The lecture concluded with a question and answer session where Denbigh students put the lecturers through their paces with some insightful and thought provoking questions.

To read more about the FP7 ITN ARGENT Project please click here



Year 10 students took time out from their summer holidays to tackle a project set by the Science Faculty called 'Exploring Space'. Students were given the freedom to present their work in any form so long as it met the criteria for grading. Enya Deysel and Tia-Leanne Margan worked together to produce a cake masterpiece. Their moon cake creation was covered in flags that contained amazing facts about space including the Solar System and the Universe as a whole. The cake included a 'core' that contained a poster with further information.

Thursday 15th September, 2015 in the Meeting Hall

Please CLICK HERE to find out the start time for your child and to fill out a reply slip

The dates and times for collecting GCE and GCSE examination results are as follows:

GCE results: Thursday 13th August

9.00‐10.00am Year 13

10.00‐11.00am Year 12/others



GCSE results: Thursday 20th August

9.30‐10.30am Year 11

10.30‐11.30am Year 10



There are three alternatives for students who are unable to collect their results in person:

1. Results can be posted home if the student brings a large, stamped addressed envelope to the Exams Office before the end of term.

2. Results can be given to another person if that person has a signed note from the student saying that it is acceptable for us to do so.

3. Students may collect their results from the Exams Office after the start of the new term in September.

Carrie King, international author of the Joni-Pip series of books visited Denbigh School on Wednesday 22 July to sign copies of her book for a line of excited students, all interested to read about the main character's journey through time.

Living locally in Shenley Church End, successful author Carrie, chatted with students about how she became an author and where her inspiration for writing comes from. She also met with up again with Year 8 Denbigh student and budding writer Joshua Nicholson, who has written a piece in the book on the characters catchphrases and analysed the fun use of the author's language throughout 'The Life in the Wood – with Joni-Pip'.



Delighted that the widely acclaimed author could attend the book signing, Headteacher Andy Squires said:

"I am so pleased Carrie agreed to meet with students and discuss what being an author entails. Denbigh School is committed to promoting high standards of literacy and we encourage all of our students in their love of learning. Carrie is the perfect example of the perseverance and hard work it takes to become an author. Her passion for literature and creative arts are very apparent."

Carrie generously left some signed copies of her books in the School library for all of Denbigh students to enjoy.

This summer holiday, a significant number of children will be picking up their tablets and consoles to embark on a six week marathon of online gaming. According to a survey of 2,000 parents with children aged 5 – 18, nine in ten (91%) parents say their kids play games online. While the majority of parents say they limit the amount of time their children spend online gaming, a third (34%) admit that their child plays at least once a day.





Gaming Press Release

Full Details - Gaming leaflet

Students in Modern Foreign Languages chose and then cooked the following Italian recipes: bruschetta, crostini, tiramisu. The Phote can be found on the school portal using the link below.



Click here to view the photos

The Enigma Maths Hub hosted a conference over 2 days called 'Welcome to your A-Level Maths'. This was held at Denbigh School where Year 11 students from across the local area began preparation for A-Level Maths ahead of their Year 12 studies. The students participated in various Maths sessions and they challenged themselves with a competition to test their knowledge gained throughout the conference. Guest speakers from The Open University and FMSP (Further Mathematics Support Programme) spoke to the students about A-Level Maths and the opportunities open to them for later career choices.



Click here to view the full press release.

The 2015 Denbigh School Art Competition Winners are as follows

Overall Winner – Kira (Curie House)

Runner Up – Georgia (Newton)

Runner Up – Ellie (Darwin)



Mr Anthony Brown, Science Faculty Head at Denbigh School, embraced the challenge of trialling one of Trajan Scientific and Medical's latest product innovations, the Grale HDS MiPlatform.

Mr Brown experimented with many applications and found the perfect use for the unique microscope platform with the help of his smartphone. He used the MiPlatform to transform his phone into an essential astronomy tool. Using the MiPlatform as a stabilising device on the microscope, Mr Brown found he was able to take an iconic picture of a Solar Eclipse. Since working with the School on this product, Trajan, located in Crownhill, have successfully launched the MiPlatform to industry for a range of applications such as pathology diagnostics and medical research.



Astronomy Now magazine has also featured an advert on the product and Trajan is extremely pleased with the partnership developed with Denbigh. Trajan is an international company delivering breakthrough solutions in the fields of scientific and medical analysis. Trajan's Grale HDS brand encompasses pathology and microscopy products such as the MiPlatform, for use by the education, scientific and medical communities.

Mr Squires, Headteacher of Denbigh School, said: "Following the successful product trial, Trajan has awarded the School with £500 per year for the next 3 years to spend on equipment for the Science Faculty. We aim to strengthen our links with Trajan and look forward to working on further product developments at the cutting edge of Science. Denbigh students will benefit from the support provided by Trajan with effective programmes of study in the teaching and learning of Science in the classroom."



Mr Hall, EMEA Operations and Distribution Manager of Trajan Scientific and Medical, commented: "We are delighted with the initiative taken with our MiPlatform product and look forward to working with Denbigh School further to strengthen links with our local education community."



Partners

Denbigh Teaching School Alliance offers a wide range of training and professional development programmes for teachers and other educational professionals across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.

Please Visit us at www.DenbighTeachingSchoolAlliance.net

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) allows graduates to train as teachers in local schools. Denbigh Teaching School in partnership with St Paul's Catholic School and more than 15 partner schools from Milton Keynes and the surrounding area will be training teachers in 2015/16.

Please Visit us at www.TommyFlowers.co.uk

The Enigma Maths Hub is a partnership lead by the Denbigh Teaching School Alliance including Shenley Brook End School, and has already set up a close working relationship with its strategic partners, Two Mile Ash School, Pilgrim Teaching School Alliance, Chiltern Teaching School Alliance, Oakgrove Teaching School Consortium and the Open University.

Please Visit us at www.EnigmaMathsHub.co.uk







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