Cross Country News!

Well done to all those students that have competed for the campus in cross-country this year. Saturday 3rd February was the final race of the school season, with Ratcliffe College hosting the School Championships. Notable individual performances came from Katie M. Parker (2nd Junior Girls), Lucas Spence
(3rd Junior Boys), Rachel Nealon (2nd Intermediate Girls), Hollie Gamble (4th Intermediate Girls) and Roman Watson-Quilter (4th Intermediate Boys).


The Intermediate Boys team of Roman, Lucca Watson-Quilter and Ollie Barlow, were crowned County Champions to go alongside the County Relay Champions title from earlier in the season.

As a result of these performances, Katie, Lucas, Rachel, Hollie and Roman have been selected
for the English Schools team in their respective age groups. Lucca has been selected as a reserve.



Katie, Rachel and Hollie have also recently raced in the Midlands XC Counties Championships, in which they won team gold with one other of their club team mates. Pictured above with their winners medals.  WELL DONE GIRLS!

Lizzie Warner’s archery achievements in 2017!

The last 12 months have probably been the best yet in Year 13 student Lizzie Warner’s archery career.  She came into 2017 on the back of a double victory in the UK Indoor Championships, winning both the junior and senior national titles.  Her good form continued throughout the remainder of the indoor season and on into the outdoors, where she gained considerable success in both junior and senior tournaments.  She won the series of selection shoots for the GB junior team (Under 21s) by some margin and then went on to finish 1st in the Under 18s at the national outdoor championships, her 5th age group title in successive years. She’s been remarkably consistent in national championships; the last time she failed to finish in the top three, indoor or outdoor, was in 2010.

Lizzie was also remarkably successful shooting in senior competitions. She competed in 4 of the 6 stages of the National Series, the major event on the domestic calendar, finishing 3rd in the first stage and 2nd in stages 2 and 6; she ranked 3rd for the Grand Final which was held in Birmingham City Centre. As a result of her performances in the early part of the season she was invited to the senior selection shoot, where she finished 4th narrowly missing out on a place in the senior team for the World Championships in Mexico. At 17 years old that would have been a considerable achievement. She finished the summer season in 1st place in the junior national rankings and 5th in the senior.

Back indoors, at the National Indoor Championships in December she claimed the bronze medal, following up her 1st place last year, and also finished 3rd in the prestigious Back-to-Back tournament, an invitation only event for the country’s top archers.

Lizzie’s first international call up came in 2013 when she was selected for the England Junior team. She went on to make her debut for GB in 2015, the same year in which she won a silver medal with England at the Commonwealth Youth Games. This year she gained selection for the GB Junior team (under 21s) on three occasions: the European Indoor Championships, where she won a team bronze medal; the Europa Cup in Croatia and the Youth World Championships in Argentina. She also made her debut for the England senior team, one of two women selected, in the Home Nations indoor international.

Lizzie has received innumerable awards in her career; most recently, she was runner-up in the Young Sportswoman category at the Mercury Sports Awards (she won it last year) and is the current Blaby Sportsperson of the Year.

Lizzie meets with her GB coach once a week at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall in Shropshire. She usually trains 6 days a week for up to 30 hours, working on her technique as well as strength and conditioning exercises and improving her overall fitness.  She’s cut back considerably on her training this winter however, as she studies for her A levels at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, and has taken part in very few tournaments.  She’s a member of the National Squad however, and has hopes of making it into the GB Junior team again in the summer and the senior team in the near future. The Olympic Games in 2020 is her ultimate target.


3M Young Innovators Challenge

A team from Brookvale Groby is taking part in the annual 3M Young Innovators Challenge.  The team of Year 9 & 10 girls, are competing in the Science Detectives challenge this year.  Team picture below of Zoë Cartledge, Poppy Maynard-Smith, Amelie Golesworthy, Amber King and Jess Penlington who also competed last year in the Tower Tech version of the challenge.

This challenge involves using forensic science techniques and investigations to solve a chilling Icelandic mystery; Arctic Research Station Scientist Frank has been found dead and the team are given a number of suspects to investigate.

They must use evidence found at the crime scene, social media evidence and laboratory techniques in order to solve the mystery.

Last week’s part of the challenge was purely about gathering that evidence with the coming weeks devoted to solving the mystery.  There was also chance to perform some exciting laboratory experiments at 3M’s labs in Loughborough, such as infra-red spectroscopy, gas chromatography and titration.


Was it an overdose of medication, dodgy shark cubes or spiked drink? Or was there something more sinister at play and was Frank murdered?

The students must solve the mystery and present a crime report, lab report and present their findings to judges in April.

We’ll have the results of their competition (and indeed the details about what happened to poor Frank) in a future article!

All the girls are enthusiastic about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and hold ambitions to potentially enter the sector in the future.

Zoë said: “I really enjoyed the experience.  CSI is one of my favourite shows and this was great.”

Poppy said: “It was great chance to learn something new and to have a new experience outside of my regular school day.”

Amber said: “It was great to use a technique (titration) that I’d just studied in my chemistry lessons in a real world laboratory.”

Mr Grimley said: “STEM experience is such a great opportunity for our pupils, especially our girls.  Just 9% of engineers in this country are female so there are fantastic prospects for our young people who are interested in STEM.  Activities such as this provide a great “real world” application of techniques they learn in their science or Maths lessons.”

Primary Bake Off

On Friday 2nd February 2018, we were delighted to host our annual Primary Bake Off, involving Year 4 pupils from our local Primary Schools, who came to visit us to take part in a morning of cooking, assisted by some of our own students.

Great fun was had by all, with some mouth-watering masterpieces being created!

TELA RQT Secondary Training Day

Today, Brookvale Groby Learning Campus hosted a Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT)
Secondary Training Day for 6 RQTs from around Leicestershire.

Our Senior Leaders shared valuable teaching and learning tips,
skills for effective questioning, feedback and developing good classroom practice.

National Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition

Stage 2 of the National Foreign Language Spelling Bee is now complete! The competitors had a list of 100 words to learn and they had to try spell as many words as possible using the French alphabet in just one minute. Fourteen pupils took part – and they all did brilliantly! All of their hard work has paid off and they should be very proud of their achievement.

Sadly, we can only take three competitors through to the next Stage
a huge congratulations to the Jagruti Lohit, Niamh Sanders and Owen Thompson, pictured below, who will now go through to the Regional competition at Stamford College in April.


Our Year 8 Boys’ Football Team continue to excel this year, progressing in both the County and National Cups respectively.

A Huge 10-0 win against Charnwood College means the team have earned the right to defend their County Cup in the finals on Tuesday 6th February at Harborough Town FC.

Perhaps even more impressively the team have now moved into the Semi-Finals of the Schools’ National Cup and can already be considered in the top four teams of their age group across the country. Victories over The Long Eaton School, Ashfield, Ecclesfield and most recently, St Mary’s College of Hull in the Quarter Finals in an enthralling tie. The team demonstrated huge levels of togetherness and quality to secure a 4-2 win after extra-time and now look forwards to the draw for the semi-finals.

A massive congratulations to all students that have been involved so far this year and keep up the good work!

U14 Boys’ Rugby Team Winners!

The Year 9 Boys’ Rugby Team have qualified for the final of the Leicestershire County Plate after a 62-14 win away at John Fearnley. Michael Reynolds opened the scoring with an unconverted try, but John Fearnley hit back to take a 7-5 lead with a converted try. This stung the Brookvale Groby team into action and we proceeded to score 57 unanswered points through tries from Tom Allen (3), Sam Jacques (3), another for Michael Reynolds and one apiece for Harry Laundon and Zak Golding. Tom Allen completed the scoring with 6 conversions. John Fearnley scored a late consolation. A fantastic all-round team performance. We look forward to taking on De Lisle Catholic School or Brockington College in the final.  U14 team photo below:

Students visit Iceland!

40 Year 8/9 students and 5 members of staff
had a fantastic adventure w/c 22 January by visiting ICELAND!

Iceland offered the opportunity for students to study glaciers, hot springs and geysers, volcanoes, lava flows, ash deserts, mighty rivers, thundering waterfalls and stunning coastlines. This trip supported our Year 8 units on ‘Tectonic Hazards’ and ‘Renewable Energy’ and any student considering taking geography for GCSE.

Below are some of the fantastic pictures and scenic views:

Cross-Country Intermediate Boys Winners

Brookvale Groby Learning Campus Intermediate Boys Cross-Country team won the Leicestershire Schools Cross-Country Relay event on Saturday 13th January at Rawlins Academy.

Lucca Watson-Quilter ran the first leg putting the team into a strong position.
Ollie Barlow ran an excellent second leg to give Roman Watson-Quilter a healthy lead for the final leg.

Roman brought the team home confidently to win the trophy that we last held in 2015.

All three boys pictured above with the winning trophy!
 Mr Lord, Curriculum Leader for PE.