Woodcote Library and Langtree were delighted to welcome Mary Hooper this week; Mary is a very popular writer for children and young adults and has written over 70 books. Her historical novels have a huge fan base, as do her contemporary novels for teenagers. At The Sign of the Sugared Plum was selected as part of the 2010 Booked Up scheme and Fallen Grace was nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2011.
Mary gave a fascinating talk to 60 Year 9 students about the process of writing a historical novel – from research to publication. She then met 11 Year 8 students for a small, informal book group. The Year 8s have spent the past month reading a range of Mary’s books and enjoyed the opportunity to talk to her about their favourite characters, plots and settings. They were so keen on ‘Eliza Rose’ that Mary might be persuaded to write a sequel!
Year 8 students with Mary Hooper: Eve Singleton, Bella Burbea, Amy Dean, Elia Lunt, Niamh Walker, Margot Clements, Anya Decmar, Katie Harris, Hattie Palmer-Coulson, Olivia Graham, Juno Norman.
The year 7 and 8 Langtree girls football team have won the Oxfordshire county final.
Congratulations to all the team for your well deserved win
Front Row L to R: Rosie Davies, Lois Joslyn, Lauren Morgan.
Back Row L to R: Mia Stovell, Hannah Weller, Lola Murtagh.
Staff and students are celebrating again at Langtree as the school has received confirmation of a yet another national award for exceptional progress at GCSE. Following two national awards in 2014 for achievement and progress, the school has again been identified by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT) for excellent performance in 2015, with GCSE results which put the school in the top 20% of all schools nationally for progress at KS4.
Langtree’s Educational Outcomes Award will be presented at a regional celebration event to be held in London over the few weeks, held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.
Sue Williams, Chief Executive of SSAT said: ‘It’s my great pleasure to commend Langtree School on their excellent 2015 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at the SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration evening. I have the privilege of visiting a lot of schools and I am always impressed by the creativity of teachers in engaging and inspiring students. Recognising and sharing successes like this is at the heart of SSAT’s mission, so I’m delighted to congratulate Langtree School on their achievement’.
Headteacher Rick Holroyd added: ‘We are all immensely proud of the Class of 2015 for their hard work in achieving such outstanding results last summer. These outcomes have given those students the very best chances to progress to further educational opportunities, and I would like to wish them all every success in the future. The staff at Langtree work extremely hard to ensure that all our students achieve their potential, and this award, following two similar awards last year, is worthy recognition of their hard work and dedication in recent years to bring about such exceptional results’.