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Shrek – Isca’s 2023 Performance!

To the cast and the crew of Shrek 2023

Wow! Isca certainly know how to put on a school production! (More photos to follow)

A huge well done to you all. I have had the pleasure of watching Shrek on more than one occasion and every time I have had goose-bumps. The comedy timing was simply brilliant and your seamless transitions between each scene were so professional.

So may people have worked so hard to make this happen from the Tech crew at the back, back stage crew and the children that have made the scenery. You are so talented and have worked so hard, a huge well done to every single one of you. I have the privilege of spending everyday with you all during the week and seeing you up on stage I couldn’t have been more proud.

We know a production like this doesn’t happen without the support of you, our parents. Bringing your children to school on Sundays and evening rehearsals, being so relentlessly positive – we thank you.

And lastly, but definitely not least there are some very important members of staff who have put a lot of hard work, time and commitment for months now into making Shrek 2023 happen.

We would like to thank:

Miss. Bialyk
Mr. Hingley
Miss Sastre
Mr. Verney
Miss. Thomas
Mr. Carter

Thank you for your dedication and inspirational direction. Our students are very, very lucky to have you and you are a great team.

We hope you, our audience, had a wonderful evening of entertainment. I wonder what next year’s production will be….

Scholars of The Week

For the last time this Spring term…  excellent attitudes to learning, always being helpful and positive and high standards of work.

Year 7: Liam
Year 8: Madison
Year 9: Alfie
Year 10: Charlotte
Year 11: Izzy





Sparx Reader

Winners this week were:

Year 7: 7Y1 & 7Y3 – Mrs Kara, Mrs Freestone and Mrs Donavan’s classes
Year 8: 8Y2 – Miss Lolin’s class

The English Department awarded cake to the classes who won overall for spring term – well cone to 7Y3 and 8Y2 – we hope you enjoyed your treat!

Ten Tors

Participants went through another very tough weekend for their final practice before the event.

We are fielding forty-four strong walkers, with seven of our own teams and two strong people reinforcing a team with another school. We are very proud of the progress everyone has made throughout the winter, and they will be looking forward to finally taking on the challenge itself. There’s excitement at choosing a hoodie colour and the food to eat the night before, and captains are co-ordinating their team’s preparations. A long break now before the event brings its own challenges of fitness as well as avoiding illness and injury, so teams have been told not to take up new challenges such as crocodile wrangling or rollerblading yet. The event is on Saturday and Sunday 29-30 April. Mr Adams says, “Bring it on!”

Got some lovely photos too!


Last Friday evening, scholars from Isca’s Year 10 BTEC Dance class performed a piece inspired by the musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ as part of the Fanclub Youth Dance Platform at Exeter College. The dance is about the true story of schoolboy Jamie Campbell who overcomes prejudice and bullying to become a performer.

The students have been studying this dance as part of their Component 2 BTEC dance exam. They did a fantastic job or executing the choreography with masses of confidence, accuracy and energy which is no easy feat given that for some, this was this their first public performance! Well done to Hollie, Lacey, Abigail, Katy and Julia!


Year 11 GCSE and Sport Studies football team travelled to St Luke’s for an competitive assessment game towards their final practical grading. The boys played brilliantly and won 3-0 with goals from Noah, Harry and Josh .

Also, a shout out to Jimmie who kept a clean sheet despite many attempts on goal from the St Luke’s team.




We took two teams to the Year 10 Central Venue League this week where 8 schools played a round robin tournament. Isca entered a Year 9 team as well to give them experience and to their own surprise, they finished 2nd in the competition. The year 10’s also played well on the day.

Shoutout from the PE Team

Well done to all GCSE PE students and Sport Studies students who have been working exceptionally hard to and produced some excellent work over the last couple of weeks in preparation for their final GCSE examinations in May and June.

Books, glorious books!

We have had an exciting new delivery of books to the library, with some loved old favourites and some thrilling new reads! With help from the fantastic team of library volunteers, we are excited to have these books available to borrow and for Year 7 and 8 students to read in their library lessons!

Featuring a mix of fiction and non-fiction and at a wide range of reading levels, there should be something for everyone. We look forward to sharing them with the school!

Happy Holidays

We hope all our scholars had fun with today’s Easter What’s On which was full of laughter, hats, amazing jokes (!) and… chocolate! Thanks to Mr Engineer for his wonderful guitar skills. We rounded up the session by drawing for a Year 11 winner of the Prom Limo prize… Congratulations to Chloe B who will be travelling with her friends in style to the prom this year!

Have a wonderful Easter break and we will see all our scholars back on Monday 17th April.