Shenfield High School


Issue 62: 24 January 2014

News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents

When we published our last newsletter, our whole school show, Oliver, was about to be performed.  It was an absolute triumph! Those of you who were able to join us will know that we were treated to some outstanding performances. Many congratulations to Connor Nye in the title role, Shaun Gardner as Fagin, Morgan Hammond as Nancy, Ellena Dow as the Artful Dodger  and all the other outstanding actors  and musicians who took part.  It is always a pleasure to see students from every year group getting involved from Y 7 through to Y13.  I would like to pay particular tribute to the Y13s - Shaun Gardner, Morgan Hammond, Ellena Dow and Rebecca House who were giving their last performance at Shenfield.  Thanks for all your commitment to drama at our school over the years; you have been wonderful.

Congratulations to Cameron Todd who designed the winning poster advertising the Annual Careers Fair. We were joined by Eric Pickles , MP, last Friday who presented a certificate to our winner and the runners up; you may have seen the article in this week's Brentwood Gazette.  The poster will be seen across the borough.  The Careers Fair is a very important event for our young people and takes place at The Brentwood Centre on 6th February from 3pm until 8pm.  Do make a note in your diary; it is well worth a visit.

Our Y9s, I am sure, will want to make a particular note to attend as they embark upon the process of selecting their courses for KS4. Y9s will be getting advice and guidance over the next few weeks to help ensure that each student makes the appropriate choice of courses.  Students will have special assemblies and the chance to talk with senior staff.  On 7th February, they will receive both their Progress Report and the Option Booklet which sets out how choices should be made.  Parents are invited to our Options Evening on 13th February.  Along with a presentation in the Main Hall there will be the opportunity to visit subject displays and talk to specialist staff.  The Y9 Parents Evening is on 27th February with the option choices deadline on 7th March.

Our most senior students too are at a very important stage in these last few months before examination. Y11s get their reports today and have a special conference about their current attainment and next steps.  This is the home strait for Y11s, Y12s and Y13s and we will be supporting all our students to do as well as they can.

The next Headteacher's Surgery is on Monday 3rd February.  There are still appointment slots available and bookings can be made by contacting

I hope you enjoy reading the rest of our news.

Yours sincerely


Carole Herman

STEM at Shenfield High School

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  A focus on STEM is a new initiative at Shenfield High School to engage and develop students’ skills within these vital areas of the curriculum. Students across the whole school who are interested in any area of STEM will have the opportunity to challenge their skills and compete against other schools in competitions hosted by STEM businesses.

Students in the Upper School choosing to be part of the STEM group will be invited to attend mentoring sessions to develop key skills, work experience, visits to the industries and knowledge of Apprenticeships and the Higher Apprenticeship programme  - all within well-established STEM businesses.

Any activity that a student takes part in will be an excellent addition to any application for higher education and employment. If you would like further information please contact Mrs C. Helim in the Science Department.

Top 30

 Top 30

Shenfield High School identified as one of the top 30 state schools for sport in the country!

 Top 30

Hard work pays dividends!

Brentwood Education & Careers Fair 2014

The Brentwood Learning Partnership is running a co-ordinated Careers Fair for students across Brentwood. This is a fantastic opportunity for students from Years 7-13 to talk to a variety of specialists about their future study and career opportunities. There will be representatives from many different industry areas, colleges and universities. There is no charge for entry to the Careers Fair which will be held at the Brentwood Centre on Thursday 6th February 2014 3:00-8:00pm.  Parents very welcome.

Brentwood Education & Careers Fair 2014

Brentwood secondary schools were asked to submit students' poster designs to advertise the Careers Fair. The Careers Fair this year will be held at the Brentwood Centre on 6 February 2014 between 3.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

For the second consecutive year, a SHS student has won the Brentwood Learning Partnership's Careers Fair Poster Competition.  We would like to congratulate Y9 student Cameron Todd, whose poster was selected by the organisers of the competition from entries from all Brentwood Secondary Schools.

Mr Eric Pickles, MP visited Shenfield High School to award Cameron with his prize.


English Child Language Acquisition Course


English Child Language Acquisition course

As part of their English Child Language Acquisition course, a group of Year 13 students paid a visit to Long Ridings Primary School, where they listened to Year 1 children reading. Shenfield students were able to explore strategies children use when learning to read, and see the phonics session take place, as they put some of the theory we have been learning in class into action.

Conservation Club

Conservation Club Conservation Club Conservation Club

Members of Conservation Club will be taking part in the Big School Garden Bird watch in a few weeks’ times. This is a campaign led by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) to get as many schools across the country to spend 1 hour counting all the birds they see in an area. All this data will be collected and will give us an idea of what bird numbers are doing around the country. Country wide counts like this are really important to help inform conservation work, but the RSPB doesn’t have the time or staff to do this, so they rely on volunteers. In preparation for this, pupils at last week’s and this week’s Conservation Club have been making bird feeders to attract birds into our garden. We managed to find a use for the bottoms of the plastic bottles that we have left over from building our plastic bottle greenhouse, making this a wildlife and Eco friendly project!

Animal Art

Animal Art

One of our 6th form students, Beth Monk, has painted some stunning portraits of some of the animals at the Vocational Centre. She spent part of her Christmas holidays painting Echo the leopard gecko and Salt and Pepper the dwarf lop eared rabbits. See for yourself the quality of the finished piece. We are very proud of her, especially giving up some of her holidays to do this, and the paintings will have pride of place in the animal room at the Vocational Centre. Well done Beth!

Animal Art

France Trip March 15/16

Bienvenue la France-Shenfield is going French!! Year 10 & 11: Don't forget to hand in your form to Ms Abbott in C52 for the French trip to the beautiful Chateau d'Ebblinghem and a variety of activities including a visit to the battlefields in Ypres and sightseeing in Boulogne.  Deadline: Monday 27/1!!  If any Year 9s are interested come to C52 to find out more or contact me on .



World Challenge 2015


As you may be aware the World Challenge expedition to Vietnam and Laos had to be cancelled due to lack of participation.  However, we have started planning a new expedition to India with safari, project, and Taj Mahal.  This expedition will last for two weeks in the summer of 2015 and will cost in the region of £2,400.  If you are interested please contact Ms Abbott or come and see me in C52!

Cricket Academy


Superb session for the Cricket Academy today. Ex SHS student and Essex pro cricketer Matt Salisbury joined the boys to help tweak a few techniques and motivate the boys towards their goals.

Matt Salisbury won an unbelievable 18 county titles and 2 national titles in 3 sports during 7 great years at Shenfield. I can not imagine any student from any school having ever matched this incredible level of sporting success. Despite the huge success he had he was incredibly modest and dedicated to all school sport at Shenfield. Turned down by Essex CCC at 4 county cricket trials he is the perfect example of persistence and hard work prevailing having been offered a 2 year professional contract recently.

Good luck Matt, we are proud of you and look forward to hearing great things from you in the future!

U15 SHS Girls Cricket

U15 SHS girls cricket

Congratulations to the U15 girls cricket team who won their regional final of the Essex Indoor Cup.

Looking to defend the county title they won last year, the girls defeated St Angela's by 44 runs, Honeywood School by 19 runs and Bower Park by 18 runs. Skippered by Poppy Timson, all of the girls contributed to a convincing win with excellent bowling, fielding and batting performances.

They join the U13 girls who also won their group to make the Essex finals later this term!

U15 Basketball



The U15 SHS boys won an exciting national basketball game against the unbeaten Palmer Catholic. Matt Bovill was MVP in an game that was a great advert for schools basketball!

Legendary ex GB coach Humph Long had a huge hand in inspiring this win against a strong team. Thanks Humph!

The boys have three more games to win to top their group and make the last 32 in England.


Primary Tag Rugby

Primary Tag Rugby

Despite the cold, foggy weather on Tuesday 21st January five local primary schools came to compete in the Shenfield Partnership tag rugby tournament. Students were keen to get started and settled into the games well. St Peter’s and Long Riding’s were organised from the start and moved the ball on quickly when tagged to score some excellent tries. Bentley also picked the game up quickly and through some great individual play scored some excellent tries.

All schools played each other in a round robin tournament and we saw a real improvement in Margaretting and Kelvedon who got to grips with the fast pace of games really well.

Primary Tag Rugby

At the end of the competition Bentley and St Peter’s were tying on points and it came to try difference. Bentley as a result have progressed to the county finals in March to represent the partnership. SGO Fiona Arnold commented, “It was lovely to see student’s progress over the course of the afternoon and all students really enjoyed the experience. I was particularly impressed with the girls that took part as they played key roles in a predominately boy oriented game. I wish Bentley good luck in the County round and I look forward to hearing how they have got on.”

Fiona Arnold
School Games Organiser

U14 Girls National Basketball



The U14 Girls Basketball team secured another National Cup win against Redden Court School on Monday 20th January. Shenfield stormed the game with some fantastic team play from all involved, and managed to win the game 70-18. Players of the match go to Ashliegh Holland for her hard work and determination, and Ellie-Mae Guest for her excellent ball handling and court play. Well done girls!