The Great ‘Great Escape’


On Monday 12th June, all our Year 7s went to the newly relocated Great Escape for a day of outward bound challenges. The difference with this particular visit was that it also involved all our Year 6 pupils from local primary schools, about 140 young people in total. The weather was kind, albeit a bit blustery and cool, and spirits were high. After an interesting journey up the single track, courtesy of M&J, no time was wasted forming mixed-aged teams and getting stuck into the activities. Whether they were trying to build block towers using a human crane, or attempting to cross shark infested waters using only barrels and boards, or crate-stacking, or one of the other many activities, all of them required communication, ideas and teamwork. I am not sure the relay at the end was the highlight of the day, but everybody went home tired and satisfied.

The event was laid on by our Learning Trust (and free of charge to students), and we need to thank Juliet Morgan in particular for pulling the event together. Thanks also to Mark at Great Escape and his staff for interacting so well with the students. It was a great day.


Reality Is Not What It Seems


Four aspiring physicists from the Community College visited the Hay Literary Festival on 1 June to be inspired by 'the physicist transforming how we see the universe', according to the Financial Times.  The four students; Max Ellis, Jack Finn, Charlie Kinsey and Taliesin Lund, heard Carlo Rovelli talk about the nature of quantum gravity - the current most popular explanation of gravity that it is made of discrete granular quantities.  The talk took place only an hour after NASA announced that it had witnessed the aftermath of two black holes colliding, adding further evidence to Rovelli's claim. Rovelli also explained how astronomers are engaged in searching for black holes with a diameter of only 1mm in deep space, yet with the mass of the Moon that are due to explode now!  The boys are all triple scientists, leaving the college this summer to take Physics A-level.  The next generation of Rovellis perhaps - good luck!

Btec Engineering visit to Shrewsbury College Engineering Centre



In preparation for their studies next year, students in Year 9 who will be going on to study Btec Engineering were invited to visit Shrewsbury College for the launch of their refurbished Engineering and Automotive Centre. The aim of the visit was to give students an insight into the type of work they will undertake as part of their Engineering course and allow them to consider future education options available to them in the coming years.

The session included activities in welding and virtual welding, robotics, machining metals and 3D printing. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to access activities relating to both engineering and careers, developing their skills and knowledge to allow them to succeed in their futures.

I would like to thank Shrewsbury College for providing the opportunity to utilise their state of the art facilities and hope that the experience has inspired our budding engineers.

Mr McMahon




Community College Rocketeers Win Regional Final



A team of three students from the Community College, Bishop's Castle won the West Midlands Regional Final of the "Race for the Line" Bloodhound Land Speed Record Challenge. Charlie Banford, Alfie Booker and Jack Smith (all aged 14) designed and built the fastest rocket powered car at RAF Cosford, beating around 30 teams from across the region. At the same event Norbury Primary School took third place for the primaries category. The competition is run by the Bloodhound Land Speed Record attempt which is producing a car designed to go faster than 1000mph next year. These winning rocketeers from Shropshire will have their team names written on the tail fin of the record breaking car. The three boys are very excited about representing their college and their region at the finals in June. The first prize in the national competition will be to go to South Africa to watch the Bloodhound land speed record attempt next summer.

This initiative is designed to enthuse and engage students in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), due to a national shortage of skills in these areas, particularly in engineering. The Community College is introducing Engineering GCSE and has developed links with engineering and STEM based organisations across the region in order to raise students' aspirations and careers awareness.