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Year 10 Update - Summer 2

As we approach the end of an incredibly full and demanding year, it is a great opportunity to reflect and to celebrate the accomplishments of Year 10 students. This year students have been provided a number of opportunities to enrich their school studies with a number of subject-specific trips, music and dance performances as well as, potentially, taking part in their final Sports Day here at NLS. The experience students have also gained preparing and sitting their RE GCSE and Progression exams recently will stand them in good stead as they prepare for the terminal exams next academic year. It has been a pleasure to observe and hear how students have displayed superb levels of maturity, determination and perseverance throughout this year, which has allowed them to progress not just academically but personally too.

Celebration Awards Evening
It was a real delight to present a number of Year 10 students with a range of awards at the recent Celebration Awards Evening. Prior to the event, all staff were asked to identify and nominate students for outstanding efforts in the classroom and contributions to the wider school community. In total, over 100 students were nominated for a variety of reasons, such as: excellent leadership and initiatives being displayed, superb progress made in GCSE subjects, and exemplary attitudes being shown in all aspects of school life.  It was a privilege to recognise Year 10 students with the following winners and runners up:

Our Celebration Evening news item on the website has fuller details of the evening with all Award winners and pictures

Rewards Celebration
On Thursday 13 July, 50 students, who achieved the highest number of reward points over this term, in the year group were invited to the Summer Rewards Celebration Event to recognise their positive contributions to lessons and the wider school community. We hired a range of inflatables and the Year 10s had a lot of fun during their celebration. A massive well done to those students invited.


End of Term Assembly
In our end of year Celebration Assembly a number of Year 10 students also received certificates to acknowledge their achievements and successes throughout this academic year, based on effort and who the most progress during this period.
Certificates were awarded across three categories to the top male and female student in each college.

  • Achievement (progress against own targets)
  • Attainment (highest average points scored)
  • Most Reward Points

The tables below show which students received which certificates. All recipients should be extremely proud of their excellent efforts and high levels of engagement across this past year.

Student Leadership
I would like to extend a big “Thank you” and “Well done” to the Year 10 Sport Leaders; you have been amazing to work with and I am so grateful for all of your efforts this year. The inter-college sporting competitions and Sports Day would not have taken place without your enthusiasm, passion and organisation. As a result of this you provided opportunities for students in Year 7 through to Year 10 to represent their College and participate in a sporting competition.

All Year 10 students have the opportunity next year to apply to undertake the role of a Deputy College Leader and a Student Mentor for young members of our school community. Students have been invited to complete an application form to register their interest, with appointments due to be made in time for the new academic year in September.

Sports Day
Congratulations to students who are part of Blackdown College for their Sports Day victory. Year 10 students conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion all day with the vast majority taking part in a sport in the morning and some competing in the athletics sprint events and the tug of war in the afternoon, all in pursuit of achieving points for their College. Whilst students were extremely competitive it was great to see strong examples of sportsmanship and honesty between students of different Colleges.

Whilst Blackdown College took the overall title, see below for a breakdown of the Year 10 Sports Day results:

Huge congratulations to Rosie B (Croft College) who set a new NLS Year 10 Long Jump record, of 4.30m.



Date for the Diary
Thursday 24th August 2023 - GCSE Results Day 2023 (RE, Spanish, Music, Polish, Hebrew)

We will post home all results that day however, if any students would prefer to collect their result in person they can do this at 9:15am from school. Results can only be collected by the student themselves.

Thank You
As students progress into Year 11 with a clear focus on their final GCSE exams, all students will be allocated a new form tutor. Tutor time next year will be slightly different with a range of pastoral and academic sessions to support student’s development in targeted subjects. Your child’s tutor will introduce themselves to you in the new academic year and, as always, they will be your first port of call initially for any queries you may have.  I will continue in my role of Head of Year with your child and Mr. Atkins will also be a key figure in supporting students throughout next year.

With these changes, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Year 10 tutors this year for all of their hard work and support with students.

As Year 10 draws to a close, I would like to thank all parents and carers for your support this year. It has been wonderful to work with you to ensure the best outcomes for your child are achieved. I wish you all a well-deserved and relaxing summer break - I look forward to continuing to work with you next year.

Mr. Butler