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jack the lad returns to the academy

We were excited to welcome Jack Hayes, know as Jack the Lad, the well-known former host of the Breakfast show on Heart FM, to meet with our Year 9 students for the final time on Wednesday.  This was the last day in a series of 3 visits that Jack made to Warden Park and we wish to extend huge thanks to him, Dare to Dream, LoveLocalJobs Foundation our local sponsor, First Central Insurance for this fantastic event. First Central have done an amazing job of mentoring some of our students throughout the programme and the feedback has been really positive as to the general wellbeing of these young people. We will be going to spend some time at their offices next month to be shown the various departments of a busy, successful organisation.

Dare to Dream is a programme created by the LoveLocalJobs Foundation, which aims to support the self-awareness, resilience, employability skills and wellbeing of young people.The programme also challenges young people to change the way they think, feel and behave to give them the confidence they need to fulfil their potential and be the best possible version of themselves they can be. Jack's energy, passion and dedication to improve the lives of young people is inspirational, and everything he does is always in such a relatable, honest and often hilarious way. We hope we can work with the Jack, First Central and the Foundation again next year.

Scientist of the month: 

 Ruth Gates (March 28, 1962 – October 25, 2018)

Field: Marine Biology and conservation known for: was the Director of the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology and the first woman to be President of the International Society for Reef Studies. Her research was dedicated to understanding coral reef ecosystems, specifically coral-algal symbiosis (working together for mutual benefit) and the capacity for corals to acclimatize under future climate change conditions. Doctor Gates is most accredited with looking at coral biology and human-assisted coral evolution, known as super corals, as notably seen in the documentary Chasing Coral, available on Netflix. She was an inspiration to LGBTQ+ scientists as an out lesbian at the top of her field. Gates leaves a legacy of optimism and progress in the field of marine science
Science words : The Suffixes:
-phobic (meaning fear of) and -philic (meaning love of)
e.g the oil molecules are hydrophobic, they will not dissolve in water whereas salt (sodium chloride) is hydrophilic it dissolves easily
e.g my new waterproof works really well, the rain just beads and runs off; the material must be very hydrophobic 
e.g. these bacteria are thermophilic they will only grow well in a warm environment
e.g. these plants are halophilic they love salty conditions to grow in

Science reading

What can the death of a giant star tell us about the creation of matter in our galaxy?

Science watching

If you haven't watched it yet, Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough 

Knife crime talk from Mid Sussex Youth Prevention

Last Monday, we welcomed PC Titchband and PC Broad from the Mid Sussex Youth Prevention team.  They spoke to all Year 9's about the dangers of carrying a knife and knife crime in general.  This is an important aspect of our Learning about Life curriculum and ensures we continue to ensure our students remain safe both inside and outside of school.  The students all listened very intently and asked very mature questions throughout the morning.
Mr Sorrell, Deputy Headteacher

County Cup Finalists 

The U12 boys team have reached the Sussex FA County Cup final with a terrific victory over a strong Thomas Bennett side. Having previously knocked out the Warden Park B team in the same competition, the A team were looking for retribution. In a very closely contested first half, Warden Park were ruthless when given the chances with Charlie C scoring 2 brilliantly taken goals. Having defended well the score at the break was Warden Park 2 - 0 Thomas Bennett. 

Half time was an important time to deliver the key messages of maintaining concentration and taking any more chances afforded to us. The team did both fantastically, with Charlie C scoring 2 more, Charlie D scoring 3, including a wonderful long range free kick and Ned K bagging 2 goals. Thomas Bennett did score 2 goals, one a penalty but our boys ran out winners with an impressive final score of 9 - 2.

To win a semi final in such a convincing manner speaks volumes of the team's character and is a superb reward for the seasons hard work. The boys will play a very strong Patcham side in the final later today.

Congratulations boys and good luck on the final. 

Mr Corke, PE Teacher

year 10 doe walk

On the weekend of the 7th May, we walked 18km as practice for a DofE expedition in July. During this we practiced many skills such as navigation, stamina and cooking on a gas stove.

We walked from Warden Park school to Ardingly Reservoir and back to school through woods, under a viaduct and along a road. 

We started at 9:30 and took various breaks throughout the day.

We stopped for lunch at Borde Hill and finally made it back to school at 4 pm where we cooked our dinner on a gas stove before putting up our tent.

The practice expedition was very helpful as it boosted our confidence in map reading and prepared us for the real one.

We all had a great day and it was so much fun!

Written by Team Sheep

stem news

STEM club took inspiration from telescopes and satellite dishes this week to build marshmallow cookers that toasted them with the power of the sun. The weather let us down with some cloud, but we managed to summon a little bit of sun for testing!

golf success for ex student Maisie

Maisie and her golf partner, Rosie recently won a foursomes scratch match play at West Sussex Golf Club.

They beat Cottesmore, Pyecombe (one of the favourites), Bognor B, West Sussex A (the holders) and Worthing B in the final.

Congratulations to Ryan G another one of our alumni, with success with his basketball.

may sports courses

There's still time to book our Multi Sports and Tennis Camps for the May half term holiday but spaces are going FAST!

Click here to register your interest in our Multi Sports - 1, 2 or 3 day course - Monday 30 May, Tuesday, 31 May and Wednesday 1 June - £20 per day


Friends of Warden Park are looking for a new Chair and Secretary to take over from October 2022 as the current incumbents will be stepping down at the AGM.  Please could you consider if these are roles you would be willing to take up to enable this charity to continue to run. 

An email from the school with further details should have been sent out to all parents/carers today.  Feel free to contact us by email at FriendsofWardenPark@gmail.com should you be interested in getting more details about either of these roles or learn more about Friends

Our next meeting is taking place via Zoom on MONDAY, 16TH MAY @ 7:30PM - Everyone is welcome to attend

Login details are:  https://bit.ly/3kXDW9g

Meeting ID: 867 2487 6046

Passcode: FoWP22!


Ongoing Fundraising you can get involved in:

300 Club tickets - This is an ongoing fundraising activity run by Friends - tickets are still available to be purchased via ParentPay for £20 each.  The ticket is valid for 12 months and gets you in to a monthly draw to win one of 3 cash prizes. The value of the prizes vary as they depend on the number of active tickets each month.  Contact us for further details if you would like to know more about how this works

Register with EasyFundraising and/or SmileAmazon and link to Friends of Warden Park.  A percentage of your purchases will go to us as donations.  You can download the apps, or set up the Donation Reminder on your browser so every time you go to a website, if they are linked to EasyFundraising, you will be reminded to ask for a donation - at no cost to you

We currently have 80 supporters, but would love to see this reach 100 or more - will you get involved?

New student led club! 

Come and join us as we solve Rubik's cubes and help each other improve. Suitable for beginners through to speed solvers in all year groups!
If you have your own cube, please bring it, but there may be a couple of spares. 
Monday's after school in S10. 

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News from student futures

Is there a Doctor in the house? Attention Years 8, 9, 10 and 11

BrightMed identifies and supports young people from across Sussex who have the potential to become tomorrow’s doctors.
The programme will increase awareness of what it takes to study medicine and healthcare subjects, through fun, inspiring and interactive teaching focused on medicine, health and science.
BrightMed works with students from Year 9 to Year 13. As a ‘BrightMedder’, young people will take part in regular Saturday sessions that involve knowledge sessions, activity days, lectures and seminars. There is also an opportunity to experience life as a student with a stay at the University of Sussex campus during a four-day residential summer school at the end of Year 12.
Every year BrightMed aims to recruit 80 Year 8 students, who will start the programme at the beginning of Year 9. Often we also have spaces in other years and so would encourage applications from those currently in Year 8, 9, 10 or 11.
For eligibility, further information and to express your interest please click here  


As you may be aware, here at Rewards we specialise in Apprenticeships – which are available to individuals age 16 and over. During National Apprenticeship week, we created a presentation which gives a good all-round understanding of what is on offer with Rewards.  https://www.rewardstraining.co.uk/apprenticeship-video 

Click here for the apprenticeship guide for parents 

Rewards have also started to offer Traineeship opportunities. Traineeships are an education and training programme with work experience for young people, whose preference is to find a job or apprenticeship but who lack the skills, experience and behaviours sought by employers.

Click here for information on Traineeship opportunities

All  ‘live’ apprenticeship vacancies can be found at https://www.rewardstraining.co.uk/become-an-apprentice . There is also have a brand new ‘KEEP ME INFORMED’ option, which can be found on the vacancy page to make sure no opportunities are missed. Register your name, email address and sector of interest, to receive notification of any NEW opportunity that may be of interest.

If any parents / carers or students have any questions or would like any more information, please contact:

Donna Eyre - Apprenticeship Opportunities Advisor

T: 01293 562 651 W: www.rewardstraining.co.uk

Brighton MET and Northbrook MET

We know that visits to college campuses are highly valuable experiences for prospective students and are also aware that a lot of time at school has been missed in the last two years. With this in mind we have decided that this year we will hold our dedicated Year 10 open events out of school hours. We hope this will mean more students are free to visit us to get their first taste of what life is like at college. So I am delighted to confirm that our Year 10 Taster Open Events will run on the following dates:

 Tuesday 5 July - 3.30-5.30pm

Brighton MET, Central Brighton Campus, Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA

Northbrook MET, West Durrington Campus, Littlehampton Road, Worthing, BN12 6NU

Wednesday 6 July - 3.30-5.30pm

Northbrook MET, Broadwater Campus, Broadwater Road, Worthing, BN14 8HJ

Wednesday 6 July -  3.30-5pm

Northbrook MET, Shoreham Airport Campus, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5FF

Thursday 7 July - 3.30-5pm

Brighton MET, East Brighton Campus, Wilson Avenue, Brighton, BN2 5PB

More details and the booking form can be found here:


If your next steps are undecided and you're not sure if further education is the best route for you, 
take a look at some apprenticeships that are currently available in our area. If you are interested please apply directly to the company - links on the job descriptions.

Warden Park to welcome Ukrainian students

Next week Warden Park welcomes its first Ukrainian refugee students to the academy. We are doing all that we can to make this transition as smooth as possible for these young people and we know that our current students will make them feel very welcome.  At present we have two separate families who will be joining us next week and two others who should join very shortly.  
Mrs Osborne, our EAL coordinator, is completing some excellent work around creating a welcome pack, ensuring that key parts of the building also have signs in Ukrainian and how best our ipads can support their learning whilst with us.  
Some of the Ukrainian students are being hosted by current Warden Park families and it is really important to acknowledge the generous and caring part that they are playing in welcoming these families to the wider community.  
If you wish to teach your child at home this weekend some key Ukrainian phrases then please see below
Привіт! (pry-vIt) — Hello!
Мене звати… (me-nE zvA-ty) — My name is…
Як справи? (jak sprA-vy) — How are you?
Вам допомогти? (vam do-po-moh-tY) — Do you need help?

Summer PE clubs are now on including Tuesday athletics club, Wednesday handball club and Thursday morning basketball and football !  They are all mixed clubs and free!   Summer PE clubs are now on including Tuesday athletics club, Wednesday handball club and Thursday morning basketball and football !  They are all mixed clubs and free!

Summer holiday sports courses now live!

Are you concerned about the lack of engagement from your teenagers and how active they may be over the Summer holidays?  We may have an answer to entice them away from the X Box and phone!
For the current years 7, 8 and 9 if you book 1 day you get the 2nd half price, if you book 2 days you get the 3rd day free.
Often children only want to take part if a friend is doing so.  We encourage them to show character and just get involved and make new friends. 
For the younger students 0 to 6 if you book on for 2 full courses you will get the 3rd course for FREE.
Please see the booking links below for the courses we offer.  ILink includes dates, prices and how to reserve your place.

We have 2 Summer  holiday Tennis courses too!  See posters below.  Please note the different dates.

summer term pe clubs

Click here for our Summer term PE clubs.


 Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June - Half Term

Friday 24 June - Inset Day (Academy closed to students)

Friday 24 June - Year 11 Prom

Monday 27 June - Year 6 Parents Evening (joining in September 2022)

Friday 8 July - Sports Day

Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July - Enrichment / Work Experience Work

Thursday 21 July - End of Term.  Students dismissed by 1pm

Dates are subject to change - please keep an eye on your inbox and website calendar for updates 

Term Dates

Do not rely on Google searches when looking at term dates.  You must refer to term dates published in newsletter or on our website.  Thank you.

Click here for term dates 2021/22

FRIENDS 300 Club

Tickets are still available for the 300 club.  Each ticket costs £20 and gives you 12 opportunities to win – 1 a month.  3 numbers are drawn and will win a prize – the amount will vary depending on how many tickets have been sold in a particular month.  Tickets can be bought via ParentPay.

Fundraising for a 3G defib!

Our Premises Manager, Mr Woolsey is taking part in the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride to raise funds for a defibrillator and secure box to house it for our 3G pitch at the Academy.
(Please note this is a new link.  Dan has already raised nearly £400).