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Our School Our Week - 23 April 2021

Year 7 & 8 Food Technology, Biology Olympiad, Easter Art Ideas, Welcome to DRHS, LRC News, Parking, Registering for 2022 Entry, Latest School News, Follow me @Denmarkroad365

Denmark Road High School



Our School, Our Week


Student News

Year 7 and 8 Food Technology

The students have been making Frittatas with potato, asparagus and peas.



Biology News

The British Biology Olympiad 2021

Just before the Easter holiday our Year 13 A-level Biology students took part in the British Biology Olympiad, a national on-line competition run by The Royal Society of Biology. The students were presented with topics and ideas which they were not familiar with, and so competed using their problem-solving skills and understanding of core biological principles.

We are thrilled to announce some fantastic results; one of our students, Beth Candish achieved a GOLD award, while Sophia Decatris, Hope Aquilina, Olivia Baxter and Hannah Harding achieved SILVER awards and Rebecca Brooks, Amy Griffin, Leo Elliott and Helen Davies achieved BRONZE awards. There were also many students who were ‘HIGHLY COMMENDED’ and ‘COMMENDED’ for their efforts in this extremely challenging national competition.

All of our participating students should be really proud of their achievements as they were competing against more than 10,000 students from over 800 schools worldwide; this includes all of the top independent, grammar and state schools in the UK.

Well done to all of our Year 13 biologists!

Later this term our Year 9 and 10 students will have an opportunity to take part in their own competition; the Biology Challenge, while our Year 12 students can try their hand at the ‘Intermediate Biology Olympiad. We are sure that they will also rise to the ‘challenge’ and prove to themselves how good they really are.

Dr Julia Scott, Subject Leader for Biology


Easter Art Ideas

The DRHS Art Leaders sent out an Easter holiday ideas art flyer.

Here are the pieces from Olivia Pulido, Year 8:




LRC News

This week we mark several festivals, such as National Garlic Day, the Queen’s birthday, Shakespeare’s birthday and Earth Day, so I’m highlighting an eclectic mix of titles available in the LRC!

These can all be borrowed via Click and Collect and of course count towards the DRHS Reading Marathon Challenge.

Our Battle of the Books House teams have all started on their reading now.  If you have copies of the titles they are reading that you no longer need and would be happy to donate them to the LRC, I would be really grateful.

The titles are as follows:

Kathryn Erskine: Mockingbird

David Almond: My name is Mina

Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland

Catherine Storr: Marianne Dreams

Norton Juster: The Phantom Tollbooth

Malorie Blackman: Pig Heart Boy

Sarah Crossan: The Weight of Water

J K Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Michael Morpurgo: Private Peaceful

C S Lewis: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Year 7)

Elizabeth Laird: Oranges in No Man’s Land (Year 8)

The PTA has kindly agreed to support the Carnegie Award Shadowing again this year and I am so grateful to them for this!  I am looking forward to our book order arriving, ready for the Year 9s and above to read!  If your son or daughter would be interested in participating, please have them contact me.  Our Year 9 Denner Book Award Team would also benefit from more readers to promote and review this year’s longlist — the titles they are reading appeared in the previous headteacher’s email. 

Scholastic has just sent me their spring book leaflets which will be distributed to Years 7 and 8 students shortly. Parents and carers can order from the leaflet or online and books will be delivered free of charge to school.  The current deadline for orders is Friday May 14.   You can log in to the DRHS account here:  The LRC receives vouchers to the value of 20% of orders, and this helps to enrich the reading materials available to our students — thank you so much for your support. 

Please remind your daughter or son that if they need some help with finding a new book to read or with researching information, please have them contact me, as I am always happy to help.

Ms Carol Cordall, School Librarian

Follow the LRC on Twitter  @DRHS_LRC and Instagram   drhs_lrc



Please may I remind all parents and carers of the need to park both safely and considerately around the school site.  We are located in a busy residential area where a large number of our neighbours walk younger children to and from our surrounding primary schools.  Please ensure you do not park where road markings state you must not, on road junctions, or in front of private driveways.  Thank you for your consideration.


Registering for 2022 Entry (Current Year 5s)

The on-line registration window opens on Monday 17 May.  A link to the Registration will be available on our website under Admissions & Testing

No late registrations can be accepted after 12 noon on 30 June.

The Entrance Test is planned for Saturday 11th September 2021 (when your child has started Year 6), however this will be subject to any government restrictions/guidance at the time. 


Latest School News:


Welcome to DRHS

This week we have welcomed two new members of staff to DRHS; Mr Ben Weaver who has joined the Biology department and Ms Jackie Turner who has joined the Maths department.


Student Absence or Request for Student Absence

If your daughter/son is absent from school please email  If your daughter/son requires a medical/non-medical form please fill in via our website: Denmark Road High School - Forms  These forms can be emailed to or your daughter/son can give them in to the Well-being Centre.

Keeping you up-to-date

Please let us know when you change your home address, mobile number or email address.  We cannot keep in touch with you if we do not have your correct details.  Please email changes to

Call for Alumni

Are you, or do you know a former student?   Please visit our Alumni Association page (Denmark Road High School - HSFG/DRHS Alumni) on our website and fill in our alumni form or send us a profile.

Lost Property

A large number of items are lost each week within school. Please encourage your daughter/son to look after their own property (and seek to locate it rather than just buy a new one!) Whilst staff will make every effort to return named items to students it is the responsibility of all students to care for their possessions and seek to locate lost items. Students’ property is brought into school at their own risk.  Please also make sure all PE kit is labelled, including the bag.  Trainers should be predominately white with no Velcro and no black trainers please.

A Level and GCSE Certificates

A Level and GCSE certificates from summer 2020 are ready for collection from 8.30 am – 3.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30 am – 3.00 pm on Fridays.


School Calendar & Term Dates

Friday 23 April -                  Year 10/11 Silver DoE Practice Expedition

Sunday 25 April

Tuesday 27 April               Year 10/11 World Challenge Launch Meeting for Parents (Zoom) – 6.00 pm

Wednesday 28 April          Trustee Board Meeting – 6.00 pm

Friday 30 April                   School’s 112th Birthday

Monday 3 May                   Early May Bank Holiday

Friday 7 May                      Year 10 DTP/MenACWY Vaccination

Monday 24 May                Year 9 HPV 2nd Dose

Wednesday 26 May          Full Trustee Board Meeting – 6.00 pm

Friday 28 May                   End of Term 5 at 3.30 pm

Monday 31 May (Bank Holiday) – Friday 28 May - Whitsun Holiday

Monday 7 June                 INSET Day (Staff Training Day)

Tuesday 8 June                 Start of Term 6

Monday 21 June               Year 13 Celebration Day

                                             Year 9 DTP/MenACWY

Tuesday 22 June               Year 11 Celebration Day

Wednesday 23-                 Sixth form Induction Programme

Thursday 24 June

Wednesday 23 June         INVEST Day 5

Monday 28 June               INSET Day (Postponed from 8 March 2021)     


The DRHS term dates 2020/21 and 2021/22 are available here.


Finally, Follow me @DenmarkRoad365

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