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Uxbridge High School


March 2018

  • Big Bang Fair

    Published 29/03/18
    On 16th March, 48 Year 9 and Year 10 students and four science staff visited the Big Bang Fair held at the NEC, Birmingham.  The aim of this visit was to attend the UK Young Scientist and Engineer Big Bang Fair. The Big Bang Fair is an award-
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  • Biology Workshop at Brunel University

    Published 29/03/18
    On Friday 23rd March, Year 13 biology students attended a hands-on demonstration of common molecular biology techniques at Brunel University, with the aim to develop an appreciation of the practice in the field of genetic engineering. Students rec
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  • Handball Tournament

    Published 29/03/18
    Our Year 10 girls’ handball team managed to qualify as one of the top eight schools in London for the London Youth Games handball final on Tuesday 27th March 2018. The girls travelled all the way to Stratford in order to play in the Queen El
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  • Interfaith Conference

    Published 29/03/18
    On 21st March 2018, a group of students attended the interfaith conference at Swakeleys High School. This event takes place on a termly basis and gathers together up to ten different schools from the borough to discuss philosophical, religious or eth
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  • Poetry Live

    Published 26/03/18
    Over the course of two trips, the English department took 165 Year 11 students to Poetry Live. This event allows students to engage with poets from their literature poetry anthology, listen to them speak about their poems and be able to ask questions
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    Published 23/03/18

    I am pleased to inform you that our Ofsted report has now been finalised and is ready for publication to students, parents, staff and governors. It will also be available on the Ofsted website on Wednesday 28th March.

    I am delighted to confirm that we have been judged as good in every section of the report, with the exception of personal development, welfare and behaviour, which has been judged as outstanding. These combined judgements give the school an overall effectiveness grading of good.

    Please take the time to review the full report below. Should you require a hard copy, please contact and we will be pleased to post a copy to you.

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    Published 21/03/18
    After many months of innovative and creative hard work, we were overjoyed with the positive, elated responses from audiences on both nights who enjoyed our show: Bugsy Malone.   It was a complete and resounding success that truly lived up
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  • Charles Dickens and Victorian London

    Published 15/03/18

    Students with an exemplary behaviour record were invited to the Museum of London for a day exploring Charles Dickens and Victorian London. Students also got to handle Victorian objects, including an old lamp, a fish seller's hat and a boot jack shaped like a beetle!

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  • Wicked Trip

    Published 07/03/18


    Year 9 drama students enjoyed watching the award winning musical Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on Wednesday, 21st February 2018. The students will be evaluating the live theatre performance back in the classroom, where they will be writing about the lighting, costume and set design!

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  • RSC Next Generation

    Published 06/03/18


    RSC Next Generation: Backstage Pass

    On the 22nd January 2018, we arrived in Stratford-Upon-Avon to begin our work with the RSC. Around 40 young people from all over the country had come to the RSC to create a performance of Act 1 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We had all chosen a department to work in and would all be responsible for different aspects of the show, including stage management, prop and costume, lighting and sound, front of house, and even marketing. We had two professional RSC actors at hand to perform the scene for us, Esh Alladi and Eloise Secker.

    I was part of the digital department and got to work with two video experts at the RSC. We were tasked with creating video projections that would be displayed on the set during the performance. We had two projectors: one projecting onto the floor and another that projected onto a structure upstage. I got to see the full process of creating these projections, from consulting the lead designer to creating the videos and finally mapping them onto the projectors. We worked closely with the lighting and sound departments to time and combine our effects, creating an immersive atmosphere for the audience. I got see all kinds of exciting video effects projected onto the set, such as lighting strikes, huge waves and neon lighting.

    As well as this, we went on a number of tours and workshops around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) and the Swan theatre, one of my favourites being the technical tour of the RST. Above the stage was a maze of catwalks, booths and control rooms, with hundreds of lights and speakers. We also had a demonstration of the automated parts of the stage. These included trap doors, moving sets and stage shutters.

    My favourite part of the experience was working backstage during the real performance. I was able to use specialist software and a backstage communications system to communicate with the lighting and sound teams and co-ordinate our cues. This gave me a good insight into what goes on backstage. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes that the audience may never know about, and this made me realise that there is much more to theatre than just acting. Professional theatre can require a whole range of people with different expertise, all working and collaborating to create an entertaining show. Working with the professionals at the RSC really enhanced my learning skills and greatly boosted my confidence. Everyone involved felt proud that they had contributed to what was a fantastic scene. I thank the RSC for the amazing opportunity and hope that more people get to experience what I did.

    - Written by Year 12 student, Kai Jeffreys

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