This latest addition to the front lawn at College is based on a work called Field (1991) by “Angel of the North” artist Antony Gormley. He took this idea around the world, employing local people to make simple figures from locally sourced clay to make around 44,000 each time.

College students made around 5,000 figures, mostly in Year 9. They each made a family of clay figures in the style of Gormley’s, featureless but with the staring eyes.

The process in College was linked to work on The Holocaust.

Every member of their little family had to have a name and a story, in this way, the students became close to their clay family. Some members of each family were then removed without explanation. This was a way in to trying to get them to understand how the events of The Holocaust must have affected the victims.

It was quite successful in getting them to empathise: students were very protective of their family members and some cried when certain ones were removed and taken away.

The different colours represent the variety in humankind.

This project took place over a long time, with many students involved.

This Summer students from Post 16 alongside some construction students created the base and mounted the figures into what will be their permanent home.

The clay figures made by Gormley are difficult to emulate, but the simplicity of the figures helps underline the way in which it is easy to de-personalise groups of people and see them in simple stereotypes.

The variety of colours were created by firing the clay in open ovens – allowing students to be involved in every part of the process.

The result is a striking addition to the front of the College.

Sunday 8 July saw past and present students performing together in a fantastic musical revue from the very first College musical Grease through to this year’s Made in Dagenham.

It was a fitting farewell to Mrs Townsend, Mrs Bagnall and Mrs Mackey after their many years of service to the College.

Performers’ ages ranged from 29 to 12, and it was lovely to see how well the voices of our ex-students have developed, many of them doing the solos they sang when they were at the College. The finale was ‘One More Day’, from Les Miserables, a show that current students have just been to see in London.

Huge thanks to Tom Benson for organising the band and to all the participants who made this a special day.

Photo of the winning students whose photos of ‘Life in the Hope Valley’ were selected for the Rotary club calendar.

Ann Ironmonger came in to present them with prizes and all students have taken a calendar home. A calendar that shows off the students photographic skills and love of the area.
Copies of the calendar are available to purchase from Reception.

As part of International Women’s Day a number of Year 10 girls visited Graham Construction, who are the main contractor building the new nuclear submarine engine factory in Derby. The day focussed on challenging stereotypes of working in construction, and involved a site induction, talk on job opportunities and prospects for women, as well as highlighting a number of current, successful, high ranking women employees within the company.

Following an excellent lunch the girls were treated to a guided site tour, a ‘people like me’ activity and a networking opportunity with female employees, finding out about their career paths, roles and aspirations. Thank you to all concerned for an enjoyable and informative day.

Continued success for Y11 student Ellen Robbins Wilkinson. Following her success representing GB in the U17 European Championships in Sochi, Ellen has now been chosen to be part of the U20 fencing squad and will compete in the junior commonwealth championships in July.