Headteacher's Blog | News

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Headteacher’s Blog where we round up all the events and celebrations that have been happening in the school this week.
We truly believe that Isca students are the greatest and look forward to sharing all their amazing achievements with our community each week.

Students of the Week

Well done to our Students of the Week today rewarded with their certificates and badges for their great attitudes to learning, politeness and positivity – values that we love to see in all Isca students.

This week’s winners are:
Year 7 – Abdulaziz
Year 8 – Toby
Year 9 – Sophie
Year 10 – Stan
Year 11 – Ellie

The Art of The Stonemasons – year 9 GCSE Art trip

 This week our year 9 GCSE Art scholars took part in an exciting Art trip to Exeter Cathedral. Led by the Stonemasons, they had the opportunity to design and carve their own ‘Masons Mark’, produce a range of experimental drawings as well as taking numerous photos around the Cathedral. We also had the opportunity to learn a bit about the history of the stonemason’s work and all the amazing discoveries that have been found during restoration projects (if you haven’t been – go – it is an incredible place!)
We are SO proud of the enthusiasm and creativity our Art scholars have shown and are excited to see how they use this experience to inspire their individually artistic minds . A particular shout-out to Hannah and Stan who’s confidence and hands-on approach with the carving, really impressed the stonemasons. Miss Sastre, Mrs Hughes and Mr Verney would like to thank all Art scholars involved for a brilliant experience and for being a credit to our Isca community.

Maths Sparx Award

Well done Isca for being one of the top performing schools in Sparx last term.
Miss Lovell was made the Sparx Teacher of the Term!! She has been working really hard in her new role as Sparx Leader and her success shows in increasing homework hand-in rates from around 60% to an overall consistent rate above 85%.
Fantastic work by everyone, well done!

English Sparx Readers

We are pleased to see that the Sparx Reader submission rates have significantly improved since the new Tuesday drop-in session started! (Please see below for the figures of improvement).  Well done to this week’s winners (7y1 and 8y2) who are one step closer to receiving cake for their class at the end of term!

The below classes have made huge improvements since last week’s submissions (any classes not mentioned have stayed the same or already remain in a brilliant position!)Increase in % of submissions since last week:

7×1: + 12.5%
7×2: + 15.4%
7×3: + 26.6%
7y1: +11.4%
7y2: +6.2%
7y3: +13.5%

8×1: +7.1%
8×2: +3.4%
8×4: +2.9%
8y1: +13.8%
8y3: +31.8%


Sports News

Year 7 v Teignmouth School, Rugby
The year 7’s had their first rugby game of the season with many of them playing in their first ever rugby game. We hosted Teignmouth school on Monday afternoon in what was a fantastic game of rugby. It was great to see some many year 7’s enjoying a new sport and many have since said they would like to sign up to local clubs. Teignmouth won the game 25-20. Star performances from Tyler, Brayden, Archie, Will and Kash. Well done to all involved.

Year 9/10  v West Exe Netball
We had a wonderful year 9 and 10 Netball match against West Exe on Thursday 19th Jan. 7 year 10s and 18 year 9s turned out to challenge Westexe.  The score wasn’t in our favour but watching the progress of the year 9s growing in confidence to fight for the ball was wonderful to see.
The year 10s made for an exciting match the outfield play not reflecting the score and despite some excellent shooting from Bessie and Rosie they could match the shooting from the West Exe GA.
Netball club is on Thursdays afterschool if you would like a chance to play for the school or complete your physical DofE section.

The Ted Wragg Trust Football Academy
The following boys have made it through all football trials and have been selected to represent Isca in the Ted Wragg Trust Football Academy.

Archie – Year 7
Harry – Year 8
Charlie – Year 8
Leo – Year 8
Will – Year 8

Massive congratulations to all students that were invited to trial and a huge achievement for those selected. We wish them the best of luck.


Next week:

This weekend: Ten Tors Training
Thursday 26th January: Year 7 Parents’ Evening