Autumn Term Highlights

Easter Holiday already and what a jam-packed term it has been.

We have been hosts for the wonderful students and staff from Wuxi Foreign Language School as part of Global Exchanges, which was a huge success and such an enlightening experience for all involved.

Plenty of school visits including, Travel and Tourism students going to Hilton Ageas, Art Gallery Visit, Kew Gardens, Oxford, St Johns College, Whitchurch Silk Mill, CEMAST workshop to name a few.

We had a very successful Future Focus Options event and Careers week, which saw a large number of external companies coming in to school and offering students advise on different colleges and employers, transition processes, career opportunities that are available and paths they can take to get there.

Numerous Hot Chocolate and Pizza rewards, recognising students and their effort.

We were treated to the in school production of Oliver which saw a packed house and with glowing reviews, students involved were so happy to be able to express their love for performing whilst gaining confidence and meeting new friends. 

We saw many wonderful characters for World Book Day! Celebrating reading and all the benefits it brings.

We’ve had the SEND Parent information evening,  Maths Feast, National Reading Champions Quiz and Natwest Dream Bigger Workshop and this week we had the Coffee and Cake Transition Evening, welcoming students who will be joining us in September.

We bring our Autumn Term to an end today with a Peace and Humanity Non school Uniform Day, fundraising for the British Red Cross who support those in need. With various stalls running throughout the day; ‘Throw a sponge at Mr Kutty’, ‘Halal Cake Sale’, ‘Henna Studio’ and ‘Peace Bracelet stall’

Children were also gifted an Easter Egg coutesy of The Big Difference Charity whos heartwarming mission is to provide every child in Southampton with delicious Swiss Chocolate eggs.

Which leaves us to say, from all of us,

best wishes and have a wonderful Easter break!

For any Aspiring Performers!

Here at the school we have just witnessed amateur acting at it’s best, with our in house production of Oliver. 

Do you have any young people who would like to take the first steps, gain confidence, meet new friends and express themselves.

Why not give Artisan a try!

Booking required.


Careers Week – Inspiring Young Minds!

Inspired, Curious and Optimistic, a few of the words used to describe the impact of this weeks Careers Event.

We at Cantell, have been so grateful to have had the chance to again work together with Carey Moore,  Natwest and his colleagues.

We have been so privileged to have had so many employers present to our students either face to face or virtually.

Students have learnt about different colleges and employers, transition processes, career opportunities that are available and paths they can take to get there.

As well as having advice on the importance of growth mindset, transferable skills and how to pursue aspirations.

A hugely successful week which we hope will positively impact our students to lead happy and successful lifes.

With thanks to Mr Paterson, Mr Godwin here at the school and Mairead Taylor from Natwest for their help in organising this event and for all those involved.

Thanks to all the business that have engaged with our students this week

Highfield Professional Services

Fat Face

Trant Engineering

The South Hampshire College group

The Royal Navy

Peter Cooper Group

Barton Peveril


Trethowans and KPMG

We Are Futures

Richard Tauntons

Itchen College   

What a fantastic day celebrating reading in all it’s glory. Staff and students got creative with some truly wondrous costumes highlighting their favourite reads.

Some of the reasons why we celebrate World Book Day?

  • Children who own a book are three times more likely to read above age expected level
  • There is a strong correlation between regular reading for pleasure and mental wellbeing
  • Reading improves a child’s empathy skills

What book have you enjoyed reading?  This is what some of our students said during World Book Day Yesterday,

Sanka, year 10 enjoys Macbeth “I find reading peaceful, a way to escape and enjoy learning”

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman “I like reading because you can escape to a different world” Ez, year 9

Good Omens by Jane Eyre “Reading expands your horizons, allowing you to understand different opinions and become well-rounded.” Rebecca, year 11

Tom, year 10 enjoyed Entangled Life “I find reading calms me down and helps me relax and night, I also find reading fun”

The mission is simple:

To promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.

We love celebrating World Book Day as we recognise that strong literacy improves life chances and reading is a fundamental skill that all of our students need. World Book Day is a great opportunity to share our love of reading with lots of fun activities and dressing up. 

We hope everyone enjoys World Book Day 2024. Miss Sheath, Assistant Headteacher

There’s also a great Einstein quote that we have on our library doors:

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library,” – Albert Einstein.