Hot Chocolate with the Head

Students from Year 10 were nominated by Mr Coates to acknowledge successfully participating in the Community Apprentice Challenge.

The School of Food visit Year 10

The School of Food is a new vocational programme for chefs here in the South West and is based at Ashton Gate. Brian Howe and his team came in for a lesson with our year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE group last week. They gave the pupils an overview on what is being offered at the School of Food and then everyone got stuck in making an amazing vegetarian dish of pan-fried celeriac steaks served with poached asparagus and a divine creamy carrot puree. Our pupils enjoyed the session and made quite an impression.
The School of Food will be making return visits soon, can’t wait to see what the pupils produce next time.

Parents’ Evening Booking

This year we are launching a new service to make Parents’ Evenings easier to deal with. The Parents’ Evening Booking system is a website which helps schools save money and time by allowing parents to make their own bookings. You can make bookings online via the Parents’ Evening Booking system website, on your computer, smartphone or tablet, alleviating almost all of the time dedicated to parents’ evenings by teachers and staff at the school. We can of course help parents who do not have internet access and you can still book appointments by contacting the school or asking your child to visit the IT Support Office to make appointments.

Whilst you may have received a username and login for the system you may not be able to book an appointment for your child until bookings for a Parents’ Evening have been released. Bookings will open for each Parents’ Evening around two weeks before the evening of the parents evening.

Parents Evening Dates 2017/2018

  • Post 16 – 25th January 2018
  • Year 11 – 22nd February 2018
  • Year 10 – 8th March 2018
  • Year 9 – 1st February 2018
  • Year 8 – 14th June 2018
  • Year 7 – 28th June 2018


  1. Navigate to the Parents’ Evening Booking System here.
  2. Use the Username and Password that was provided to you by email. If you have not received an email please contact the school to provide one.
  3. Log in by selecting which child you want to make bookings for first. If you have more than one child who requires bookings, you can switch between them once you are logged in.
  4. Once logged in, decide whether you need to make bookings individually, or using our Automated Booking Wizard (best if you have a number of bookings and students to make bookings for).
  5. Once you have selected your preferred booking method and once in the correct parents’ evening, follow the relevant instructions from below:
    1. Automated Booking Wizard:
      1. Select the teacher you wish to book. You can press ‘Select All’ to select all options
      2. If you have a second child to make bookings for then select their tab and repeat the teacher selecting process
      3. Proceed to the bottom of the page and specify your personal availability, then press Make My Bookings For Me
        1. If the wizard replies that bookings are not feasible, you have not left enough time and need tp reduce the number of teachers or increase the amount of time you’re available.
      4. Now see a list of your booking suggestions. Feel free to add comments to teachers you wish to book, if allowed
      5. Press Confirm to confirm these appointments as your bookings
      6. Press Print or E-Mail to initiate your confirmation.
    2. Individual Bookings:
      1. Scroll down until you see the booking table. Above it are the departments and teachers which are available to you.
      2. Select the department, then teacher, and click on an available time to make a booking. When you selected a time, you’re able to add any issues or comments for the teacher to take note of before the appointment.
      3. Repeat this process, making bookings for all of the teachers you need to.
      4. If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment, click on the correct department and teacher, then click on the green appointment to change it.
      5. If you need to make bookings for another child, scroll to the top of the page. In the top left corner you should see a ‘Make a Booking for Another Child’ icon. Click this. If there is no icon, the software does not recognise that you have multiple children. This just means that you’ll need to log out and log back in again using the other child’s details.
      6. Once you have made all of your bookings, click on either E-Mail or Print my Appointments. Appointments are saved when they are made, so you don’t have to e-mail or print to ‘save’ them, but doing so will provide a confirmation with further information, possibly including rooms and instructions from the school.

To provide further help in logging on or how to use the system the following videos may be of use.

How Do I Login?

How do I make an appointment?

How do I cancel or rearrange an appointment?

How do I make appointments for my other children?

How do I print or email my appointments?

Year 10 GCSE Parents support evening.

On Wednesday 22nd November 2017, parents/carers of Year 10 students at Ashton Park school are invited to attend a GCSE parents support evening in the Heineken Lounge at Ashton Gate Stadium, the home of Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby. The parent support evening will start at 7 pm and end at 8 pm

The purpose of the evening is to share with parents what we are doing as a school to support your child over the next 18 months leading up to their GCSE exams and how you can help in this process.

During the hour-long session information will be provided on the new 9-1 GCSE structure and the heads of English Maths and Science will also be talking about what is happening in their areas to give additional help to pupils.

Prior to the presentations, you will able to collect your child’s school report. The report will be your first chance to see how well your child is managing the new 9-1 GCSEs.

After the session finishes, there will be an opportunity to talk to the staff present and collect information on the points covered during the presentations. The evening is designed for parents only and the lounge bar will be open throughout for refreshments.

Army Visit for year 10 Food Skills

The original plan was to involve pupils in outdoor survival cooking. But with temperatures hitting record highs, it was decided that lighting a fire might not be the best idea. But we still had a fantastic day. The Army brought along a portable climbing wall that our group and a couple of other classes got to use as a chance to challenge themselves.

Then the year 10 Food Skills group moved back indoors and got a hands-on experience of cutting whole chickens in the French style and making a Gurkha style chicken curry and rice.  Head Teacher Mr. John and Deputy Head Teacher Miss Berry were invited along to taste the groups’ curries.  Each group produced a well-made curry with their own twist. It was too close to call in terms of which was the best.  All were enjoyed thoroughly by the students, staff and Army.

SSgt A P Dow went through with the pupils what a rations pack for soldiers comprises of. Discussing the producers of the foodstuffs that go into the packs, how soldiers use them in the field and the range of packs available, including vegan and Halal. The other soldiers discussed with pupils their experiences in the army, including travel and sport.

The pupils showed true grit with both challenges and really enjoyed the day.  We would all like to thank the Army Outreach South West Recruitment team of SSgt Andy Dow, Gdsm Sergio White, Rfn Kris Smith and Cfn Luke Hills for coming along and giving the pupils an insight into what life is like in the Army and gaining new cooking skills.  Find them on Twitter @Army Outreach SW

army demo 2
demo 3
climbing wall with talarico on the roof
chicken curry and rice 3
taste testing scene tina
Shakur off the climbing wall
rations again

Bristol school Super 6 Athletics Champions

The Year 10 boys were crowned Bristol school Super 6 Athletics Champions yesterday and the Year 9 boys were runners-up.

Both will represent Bristol in the Summer Games County Finals on July 5th.
Fantastic individual and team performances.

Year 10 boys football at the Woodcock Shield final

On Wednesday evening, the Year 10 boys football team participated in the Woodcock Shield final at Ashton Gate stadium, the home of Bristol City F.C. and Bristol Rugby.

The Woodcock shield is one of the oldest school competitions in the country, having been contested annually since 1907. This year saw 38 schools from Bristol and South Gloucestershire participate in the competition, with Ashton Park reaching the final after a 4-1 semifinal victory over Thornbury’s Castle School, setting up a showdown against a strong Mangotsfield school team in the final.

Ashton battled throughout the first half, and despite being 3-1 down at half time, the team took control of the second half, scoring a second goal. At 3-2 the team pushed on for an equaliser, keeping possession of the ball and creating several chances. But with less than ten minutes to go, Mangotsfield scored two goals on the break. The final score Ashton Park 2-5 Mangotsfield.

It may not have been the result that we had hoped for, but a huge congratulations must go to the team on reaching the final, as this in itself was a huge achievement! Many thanks also to the staff, parents and students who came to show their support for the boys in a match that they will never forget!

Well done boys, you have all been fantastic representatives of Ashton Park school this year!

Mr. Poole