What a week it has been! The students are continuing to work very hard in their lessons, we had over 50 students attend Proud Friday and a number of events after school last week.

Year 11 have continued to prepare for their Mock Exams which begin this week. Record numbers of students attended the Achieving Excellence Evening with their parents/ carers. Sessions were arranged by Mr Bailey (Raising Standards Leader) and we welcomed Rob Temple – Principal of Barton Peveril to talk to one group about aspirations and higher education. Mrs Barkshire (Year 11 Progress Leaders), Mr Wood (Assistant Headteacher), Miss King, Mr Tweedle and Mr Wallace (Teaching and Learning Coaches) all provided practical sessions on motivation, organisation and preparing students for GCSEs. Thank you to all the staff involved for giving up their time in the evening.

On Wednesday the Creative Arts Team supported students to perform at Dance Live! at Portsmouth Guildhall. This was an amazing event and a real showcase of talent. All the staff and parents/ carers in the audience felt that it was a fabulous performance. We loved to see your feedback on our Facebook page: ‘You were all so amazing’, ‘It was literally incredible’, ‘so proud of the whole team’. A special mention to Ben Watts in Year 9 who produced the film back drop and was awarded Best LED Screen.

On Friday Mr Ford, Mrs Jenvey and Miss Wells hosted the Key Stage 3 Hamble Bake Off – This was a House Competition and students had £18 to produce and cook their own healthy three-course meal. The results were amazing and it was so good to see students working independently on their meals. Congratulations to all involved.

Next week is WEEK 1


Events w/b 5 February

w/b 5 February – Year 11 Mock Exams begin this week. Intervention will be cancelled on Tuesday/ Thursday to give students time to prepare for their exams at home and ensure they are suitably rested.

Wednesday 7 February – Year 11 English Literature Mock Exam (AM).

Wednesday 7 February – Coffee Morning with PC Peacock, 11:30am.

Ask any questions about community or school issues. Free tea/ coffee and biscuits provided. Sign up here: https://forms.office.com/e/xvCF7nUAfq

Wednesday 7 February – Bereavement Friendship Group – Half Termly Meet Up (period 5 – See Mrs Brick for more details).

Friday 9 February – Year 11 Maths Mock Exam (AM), followed by Science Biology Mock Exam (AM).

Friday 9 February – Last day of Spring Term 1. School will finish at the normal time.


Future dates

w/b Monday 12 February – Half term holidays.

Thursday 22 February – Year 9 Parents’ Evening.

Monday 26 February – Parent Forum – SEND/ Inclusion Focus. Sign up here: https://forms.office.com/e/khAX57kWDx

Thursday 7 March – Year 8 Parents’ Evening.



You can find all letters sent home over the week here – https://www.thehambleschool.co.uk/letters-to-parents/

The canteen menus can be found here: https://www.thehambleschool.co.uk/food-and-drink/

Please check your child’s Attendance regularly on Class Charts



Theme of the Week – Rewards and Celebrations

This week students will attend Rewards Assemblies. We will be celebrating all their hard work and effort this half term. The assemblies will be led by the Progress Leaders. Certificates and prizes will be awarded for attainment, positive attitude to learning and reward points. There will be individual awards and collective prizes for tutor groups.

In personal development sessions, students will focus on what success looks like and how we can ‘aim high’.



Year 11 Update

Afterschool intervention will not take place during the main mock exam period. It will be cancelled this week on Tuesday/ Thursday so that students can prepare for their English Literature, Maths and Science exams at home and ensure they are rested. Intervention will begin again on Tuesday 5 March 2024.

A reminder you can still purchase the CGP Revision Skills and Revision Plan book https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/gcse/revision-tips/xhr42-new-how-to-revise-for-gcse-study on Scopay for £2.50 (recommended retail price – £5.99) and collect from reception.

If your son/ daughter cannot find their copy of the Mock Exam Timetable, it is on our website here: https://www.thehambleschool.co.uk/examination-information/



National Apprenticeship Week

It is National Apprenticeship Week from 5th – 11th of February 2024, an annual, week-long celebration of apprenticeships and anyone involved with them. The week brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The theme for this year is ‘Skills for Life’, reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.

We have attached a Parent Guide to Apprenticeships with the Weekly Message. You can search for Apprenticeships in the local area here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship



Alumni News

We were delighted to receive an email from Barton Peveril this week informing us that former student Charlotte Goodchild has received an offer to study Physics at St. John’s College, Oxford University. Huge congratulations to Charlotte – All your hard work really has paid off.




We are pleased to inform you that the kitchens and canteen have been inspected by the Food Standards Agency and have once again received a ‘level 5’ rating. This is the top of the scale and means that the hygiene standards are ‘very good and fully comply with the law’.



Celebrating Achievements

A reminder that we celebrate achievements every Friday with our award recognition system and Proud Friday.  Find out more here: https://www.thehambleschool.co.uk/rewards-recognition/

We are delighted that so many students have achieved awards this week:

  • Silver – 15 students
  • Gold – 46 students
  • Ruby – 38 students
  • Platinum – 16 students
  • Diamond – 2 students

The students listed below achieved the most reward points this week – Well done to you!

  • Year 7 – Alyssa G 7-6
  • Year 8 – William W 8-8
  • Year 9 – Spencer T 9-8
  • Year 10 – Wiktoria B 10-8
  • Year 11 – Frederick F 11-4


You can say ‘thank you’ to a member of staff here: https://www.thehambleschool.co.uk/staff-recognition/ they really do enjoy receiving these each week.




If you or you child would like support with wellbeing, please check out the links of our website: https://www.thehambleschool.co.uk/student-wellbeing-support/

We have recently added information about a number of free parent/ carer courses or events to this section of our website.