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The latest from The Piggott School

You can keep track of Piggott news via our website, our School News App (see instructions below) and via our Twitter feed @PiggottCESchool

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Mathematics @3142ggott

History @piggotthistory

Sociology @piggology

Psychology @piggpsych

Science @PiggiodicTable

Business Studies @PiggottBS

Piggott Trips @PiggottTrips

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1. Download the app from either the iTunes App Store , Google Play or Windows Store by clicking on the relevant buttons below or by loading up the app store on your phone and searching for ‘School News’.

2. Launch the app and you will then be able to either click on the ‘Find my school’ button which uses the phones GPS to locate all the schools in the surrounding 20 miles, or you can type in the schools postcode and click on ‘Get my school’ button.

Our school's postcode is: RG10 8DS 

3. You will then see a list of schools that use the app. Click on The Piggott School to view relevant news & events.

4. You will then be able to click on the ‘News’ button to view all of the latest news items that have been added and all of the upcoming calendar events by clicking on the ‘Events’ button.

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Piggott in the press

In case you missed it, here are some recent press articles featuring stories about The Piggott School.

Online advice - Henley Standard
Safety webinar - Henley Standard
Pupils make cards for elderly neighbours - Henley Standard
Parents’ night - Henley Standard
Twyford school pupils create Christmas cards and sing carols for the elderly - Photo 1 of 3 - Maidenhead Advertiser (maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk)
Teenager cycles 100 miles in two weeks for charity - Henley Standard
Girl thrilled with success of takeaway pizza business - Henley Standard
Virtual Chinese New Year - Henley Standard
Twin success - Henley Standard
Twyford school carries out Dragons' Den-style business enterprise project virtually - Photo 1 of 1 - Maidenhead Advertiser (maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk)
School turns sports hall into mass testing centre - Henley Standard

 

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  • Techognition 2021

    Published 11/06/21

    #TECHOGNITION is a national celebration of technical support staff, recognising the importance of their essential roles in school and FE college education. This one-day event celebrates the work of school and FE college technicians with the aim of publicly showcasing their vast range of skills and the variety of tasks that these jobs entail.

    We extend our appreciation to all our technicians at The Piggott School who work diligently behind the scenes to prepare resources and materials for practical lessons.  We couldn't do it without you.

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  • School Uniform Shopping

    Published 27/05/21

    Stevensons - School uniform outfitters - Summer 2021 Update 

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  • Learning to Lead

    Published 12/05/21

    Each year, our Year 9 students have the opportunity to apply to become a leader and role model in the subject they have a passion for.  In normal circumstances, our leaders would deliver a series of sessions for primary school students. Due to current circumstances, we wanted to ensure our Year 9 students had the opportunity to take part in this rewarding programme, so our leaders delivered a number of exciting and engaging activities for their peers in Year 9 instead of primary age children. 

    Our Leadership Programme is designed to give students a unique learning experience, which will give them the skills and confidence to lead and manage in a variety of different situations. Focusing on confidence and self-esteem, the programme promotes maturity, commitment and team work. It will enable students to experience what it is like to stand up and take the lead.

    There is no doubt that students learn by teaching and our Leadership Programmes will support your child's knowledge and enthusiasm for their favourite subject. In a results driven environment, it can be all too easy to forget the importance of social skills and people skills. 

    The personal journey that our students take throughout the programme stands them in good stead for their future careers and life itself. If successful, our leadership graduates will be able to use their workbooks and certificates to support entry into further education or employment.  

    As students begin Year 9, they will have the opportunity to apply to become an IT leader, a Sports leader, an ArtsMix leader, a Language leader, Design leader, Geography leader or a Music leader. We are unable to offer a leadership place to every student in Year 9 and therefore places will be awarded based on a formal application process.  Students that do not become leaders will take part in a student enrichment programme. Take a look at some photos of our leaders in action.

    Leadership Programme 2021 Gallery

     

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  • Student led virtual games night

    Published 05/05/21

    The Piggott Interact Club, set up by Year 12 business students Ellie, Jack and Maia, is hosting a Virtual Games Night on Friday, May 7th at 7pm, from which any donations will go to Daisy's Dream, Camp Mohawk, and Alexander Divine Children's Hospice Service. They will be playing three games including Boggle, Bingo and a sports Kahoot, all hosted by the students.

    These games will be tallied up in points, which are accumulative across all three games. The team that gets the most points in all games will win a £10 Amazon voucher.

    Have a bit of family fun this Friday night and support this student led initiative.

    To sign up click here: https://forms.gle/mmdzbrXdjGAAWS7SA or visit the Piggott Interact Club's Instagram Account @piggottinteractclub. Donations are welcome but not required, and on the form to sign up is more information about that.

    If you want to donate, the information you will need can be found on the forms page and your donation will be going to some great charities.

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  • Winners announced

    Published 29/04/21

    Congratulations to the winners of a recent storywriting competition hosted by McCarthy Stone. The following students have been awarded book vouchers or an honourable mention for their excellent stories submitted under the theme of "Garden".

    1st place: Eva, Year 8 (£40 book voucher)

    2nd place: Sammy, Year 11 (£30 book voucher)

    3rd place: Sophie, Year 7 (£20 book voucher)

    Honourable mentions were awarded to:

    Annabel, Year 9

    Lulu, Year 10 

    Jacob, Year 9 

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  • In honour of The Duke of Edinburgh

    Published 19/04/21

    Building from The Duke of Edinburgh’s vision in 1956, the DofE offers millions of young people the chance to discover they can do anything, achieve anything and overcome anything life throws their way, whatever their ability, interest or background. Because when you prove to yourself that you’re ready for anything, nothing can hold you back.

    As the founder of the DofE, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has helped transform how millions of young people see themselves and see the world around them. Launched in 1956, the DofE offers young people the chance to take on their own challenges, follow their own passions, discover new skills and make a difference in their community.

    If your child has participated in the DofE, we would like to find out how the DofE positively impacted their life.  To contribute please email a DofE photo and story to hollowaya@piggottschool.org

    If you are interested in participating in the DofE please email Miss Percival at percivalr@piggottschool.org or visit http://www.piggottschool.org/page/?title=Duke+of+Edinburgh&pid=270 for more information.

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  • End of term arrangements

    Published 31/03/21

    End of Spring Term arrangements

    Please be advised that school will be closing on Thursday 1st April for the Easter break.

    In line with COVID safety measures, students will be dismissed from tutor between 12.45pm and 1pm. School coach times have been adjusted accordingly.

    School will reopen as usual from 8.30 a.m. on Monday 19th April.  We wish all students and their families a very Happy Easter.

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  • Year 11 Assessment Window Timetable

    Published 30/03/21

    In order to help form an accurate 'Teacher Assessed Grades', many of your subjects will be giving assessment opportunities over the coming weeks. These tests will largely be taken within normal lesson time. A timetable of all assessments taking is attached below. 

    If you have any questions please speak to Mr Williams 

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  • Take a moment to reflect

    Published 23/03/21

    Today has been marked as a National Day of Reflection. 

    At 12pm, the school community will come together virtually for a moment of silence when we will reflect on collective loss, show support to those bereaved and hold on to hope for a brighter future ahead. We will prepare our students carefully for this moment of reflection.

    Please be assured that we will be vigilant and we will respond to support any student who experiences upset during this time. We are extremely proud of the community spirit shown by our students throughout the last twelve months. We hope that this moment today will show solidarity, collective strength and kindness to those who have experienced the sadness of loss.

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  • Storywriting competition

    Published 17/03/21

    A local business is running a storywriting competition for all Piggott students with the chance to win £20, £30 and £40 book vouchers. See details below if you would like to enter.

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  • Twin success in computing challenge

    Published 17/03/21

    Over 480 Piggott students from Years 7 - 13 took part in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge last November for a chance to make it through to the Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC), a prestigious event in computational thinking. 

    Of that number, 50 Piggott students scored in the top 10% nationally, automatically giving them a place in Oxford University’s ‘invitation-only’ event.

    The first round of the annual OUCC challenge is held online in schools, and supervised by teachers with participants' solutions auto-marked by the OUCC system.

    Following this, the top 20 students in each age group are usually invited to Oxford University to compete in the final, but for obvious reasons, the final will be held remotely in 2021.

    This year, Piggott twins Finlay and Oliver remarkably achieved a top 20 place after competing against 3,875 students nationwide in the Year 8 & 9 OUCC category. 

    This is a remarkable achievement, “We are all super excited and so proud of Oliver and Finlay”, says Patranjali Bhattacharya, the Head of Computer Science at The Piggott School.

    “As a department we work hard to organise a great number of activities and competitions every year to inspire our students. This competition started in November and wrapped up over lockdown, which made things more challenging to organise and I thank Miss Leonard for all her hard work with this. When we make break-throughs like this, it is very inspiring to us and our students. It keeps us even more motivated to carry on!”

    This is the Piggott’s second year competing in the OUCC and last year, finalist Matthew Sullivan won the chance to spend the day at Oxford University to participate in the finals and attend seminars.

    The OUCC is an invitation event which aims to encourage students to develop their skills further and produce programmed solutions to computational thinking problems.

    We wish Finlay and Oliver all the best in the upcoming final tomorrow, Thursday 18th March. Follow The Piggott School on Twitter @PiggottCESchool to find out how the twins get on.

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  • UK University Search Virtual Fair

    Published 09/03/21

    Join your peers for this "FREE" and incredibly special online and interactive UK University Search Virtual Fair. The event will feature universities and colleges from across the UK as well as ten live webinars on essential topics such as UCAS personal statements, clearing, and student finance. 

    This year, UK University Search have designed an amazing online experience to allow you to explore a huge range of post-18 options. Their Virtual Fair will feature a wide range of exhibiting universities including Russell Group, red brick, modern and specialist institutions. This incredible event will enable you to visit exhibition stands and chat to representatives, view information and videos, download prospectuses and take part in live webinars in the virtual auditorium.

    The event is completely free of charge to students, parents and teachers. This fair is designed to provide you with everything you need to make the right decisions. We hope you will take part.

    REGISTER FOR SPRING FAIR

    They've also brought back Webinar Wednesdays so you can find out all you need to know about your post-18 options from the comfort of home! 

    Choosing Your Next Steps - Originally Aired: Wednesday 3 March 12:00 - Available on Demand

    Applying to University (UCAS Personal Statement) - Wednesday 10 March 12:00

    Applying to Creative Courses (Portfolio Advice) - Wednesday 24 March 12:00

    LIVE WEBINARS

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  • Mass testing begins

    Published 08/03/21

    Our Year 12 students have been the first to return to school for their Lateral Flow Test; the first of three tests they will take over the next 10 days. Over 160 students were onsite this morning, all following social distancing guidelines and dealing with this unusual scene with aplomb. This afternoon our Year 13 students will follow suit before resuming onsite lessons tomorrow.

    We want to thank our staff and our volunteers for going above and beyond to ensure this process runs smoothly, efficiently and above all, safely.  Here are some photos from our first morning of testing. 

            

     

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  • Ready for mass testing

    Published 04/03/21

    As students and staff prepare for the much anticipated return to school throughout the week commencing 8th March, the team in charge of leading the expansion of the Covid Testing Centre has been working round the clock to build 16 testing stations and train over 50 parent volunteers.

    From Monday, testing will commence and students in Years 12 and 13 will take their first on-site Lateral Flow test, followed by Years 9, 10 and 11 on Tuesday and Years 7 and 8 on Wednesday. The school will undertake approximately 4000 tests on students over the course of the next two weeks as students then return for their second and third test. 

      

    Next week will be a complex mix of online teaching, on-site teaching and on-site testing, as teachers aim to keep the standards of learning high despite the inevitable disruption.

    It has been an incredible team effort to meet the DfE guidelines for the safe return to school; it has taken a whole school community taskforce to make this happen and ensure we can achieve this epic challenge swiftly, smoothly and safely.

    We cannot thank our school community enough for their support and words of encouragement throughout this challenging and unprecedented time. We have tried to capture as many of these messages on our website  here.

    We have no doubt that Piggott students will demonstrate their resilience and courage once again, as they return to school in these unusual circumstances and take it all in their stride. 

    The safety and wellbeing of Piggott students and staff is our number one priority and will continue to dictate the decisions we make in relation to the transition back to school. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding.

    A record of all correspondence about Covid and the return to school is available on our website  here.

                          

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  • Chinese New Year Assembly

    Published 15/02/21

    Last Friday 12th February marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year festival. For those that are celebrating, we wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai. May the year of the Ox bring you strength and determination to move forward with hope and love.

    We hope you enjoy this special Chinese New Year assembly produced by our very clever Year 7 Chinese language students, with the help of our Chinese language students across the year levels.

    CHINESE NEW YEAR ASSEMBLY 2021

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  • National Apprenticeship Week

    Published 10/02/21
    It’s National Apprenticeship Week – Monday 8 Feb to Friday 12 Feb! Join us each day to discover something new about what’s on offer and what’s involved in studying while working. Hear from current apprentices about their
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  • Year 7 Parent Evening

    Published 10/02/21

    The school has introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system for our Online Parent Evenings. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. The new system has been well received by parents and we are confident that it is an improvement to the previous system. As always we welcome your feedback.

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  • Computing Club still running

    Published 02/02/21

    If you are in Year 7 or 8 and have an interest in programming arcade games, learning how to create computer graphics and random number generators you might consider joining the virtual Computing Club. The virtual Computing Club meets online every other Tuesday from 3:30-4:15pm.

    If you would like to join please email Ms Leonard leonardf@piggottschool.org to register.

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