Friday, 7 April 2017

End of term today 12:30pm

We would like to wish all students and their families a lovely break over the Easter holidays, and look forward to welcoming them back on Monday 24th April.

Term ends at 12:30pm today, so students should take their normal route of transport home as school buses will be arriving at this time.

Happy Easter!

Tenner Challenge completion

I am immensely proud of the 35 year 7, 8 and 9 students who signed up for the Tenner Challenge.  In total, £259.41 was donated to various charities and £259.41 was made in profits.  A big thank you to the year 12 students who supported, in particular to Zoe M and Natasja C.  Also a big thank you to year 7 students Kiandra B and Patrick C who were invaluable in their help with organisation.  Thanks of course to form tutors and teachers at Townsend, as well as parents and carers of the students.  I look forward to next year’s challenge!

Mrs Maguire

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


Townsend was a finalist at the Mayor’s Pride Awards 2017 at St Michael’s Manor this week. We were nominated under the Inclusive Communities Award in recognition of a ‘community initiative that genuinely unites people of different ethnic, faith or social economic backgrounds’. Although the Awards recognised Townsend as an inclusive school it made particular reference to the ‘Break and Tech’ Saturday club that supports community members to improve their IT skills. The Club is run by sixth formers. 
Although we did not win the Award it was a proud evening for us. It was also interesting that another finalist in our category was one of our  parent/carers and yet another associate of the school (ex-student) was recording the evening for Radio Verulam!
A big thanks to Mrs Quenet (Governor) and Mr Kelleher (who helped set up the club). I think we can say we are a true ’community school’!
H McKenzie

Monday, 3 April 2017


Can we remind you that term ends on Friday April 7th at 12.30. The dedicated school buses will collect students at 12.30.
A number of parents/carers have also been asking about our September start date – this will be Tuesday September 5th for year 7 and Year 12 and for Years 8, 9,10,11 and 13 it will be Wednesday September 6th. The teaching staff will return to school Monday September 4th for training. Other dates for next academic year will be on the website next week.

Monday, 27 March 2017

New £1 coin launching tomorrow

The new £1 coin is launching nationally tomorrow.  To raise awareness of this, Learning for Life sessions this week have been specially planned around this event, so students gain information about this historic event!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Comic Relief day!

Today Townsend have been celebrating Comic Relief and raising money for this great cause.  Sixth form students have been hosting activities for younger students throughout the week, including a Townsend Talent show, Bushtucker trial and film screenings.  There has also been a bake sale as well as non uniform, with all of the money raised being donated next week.

Earlier in the month, Year 10 were off timetable for the day to attend a careers fair in our Discovery Centre.  Numerous speakers from different vocations attended the event, setting up a stall with promotional material, to chat about their experiences and what is involved within their particular field.  The talks were extremely insightful to the students, with lots of valuable information shared.  A big thank you to all of our speakers, and to all of year 10 who listened intently throughout the day, even with a lot of information being processed in one go!

Tenner Challenge is complete!

After four exciting weeks the Tenner challenge is now finished.  All money borrowed will be repaid on Monday.  I will update you next week on how well the businesses did!  Mrs Maguire

Monday, 13 March 2017

Reminder, Drugs awareness workshop this Thursday

Our Drugs Awareness workshop takes place this Thursday at 6pm.  Available to all parents, if you would like to attend, the last day for booking is TODAY!  Please call the school office to book your place.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017


Do you know that Danella Bagnall is the chief product engineer at Jaguar LandRover? Do you know that Amanda Chessell is a distinguished engineer for IBM? Do you know that the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186?
On Wednesday 8th March during form time we will celebrate World Woman’s Day. The theme this year is #Be Bold for Change and further details are available on womans day. During form time this week we will be looking back at some iconic women who brought about change, observing some current women who continue to lead change and look will discuss how we might reach equality before 2186.

Monday, 6 March 2017


For the second year running Townsend will be hosting a Drugs Workshop for parents/carers on 16th March between 6-7.30pm. The workshop is free of charge again this year, however, this is the last year the council will provide the funding. It is designed to inform parents about alcohol, cannabis, cocaine and psychoactive (legal highs) abuse and is run by Vanessa Rogers who is an acclaimed UK PSHE specialist. Your child will bring home a letter today. If you are interested please return the reply slip by 10th March. Thank you
Mrs Maguire

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

World Book Day Thursday 2nd March 2017

World Book Day is this Thursday!  All students will receive their £1 book token this week, to be able to purchase one of the WBD books from their local book shop or supermarket for free!

Join us in the Discovery Centre at lunchtime on Thursday to take part in an interactive World Book Day Quiz, with prizes to be won too!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Abbey Service tomorrow

Our Abbey Service is taking place tomorrow at 2pm.  Parents, please can you arrange a place to meet your child in St Albans at 3pm once this is finished.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Update for Enterprise

Students collected their money last week and have now started on their quest to show their Entrepreneurial skills. Over the 4 weeks of the program there will be a mini competition each week. This week’s theme is “Logo”. The team that designs the best “Logo” for their business stand to win £50 in Amazon Vouchers. Our year 12 students will be meeting with individual business teams on Monday lunchtime to offer guidance. Please continue to encourage and support your child with this opportunity. “Good Luck” to all businesses. Mrs Maguire


The students Investors Challenge finished before half term. Well done to all the year 12 students who took part. Although we didn’t have a winning team, it gave our students the opportunity to experience some of the workings behind trading shares. This experience will prove beneficial in their studies. Well done.  Mrs Maguire

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


The Tenner Challenge is an initiative run by Young Enterprise to encourage young people to set up and run their own business for a month. Throughout March 2017, eighty students from years 7, 8 and 9 have applied to take part. It will involve students forming a business on their own or as part of a team and borrowing £10.00 to use as start-up capital to get their business off the ground. At the end of the month the students will repay the £10.00 plus £1 to Young Enterprise. From the remaining profit students will give 50% to a charity and keep the other 50%. The scheme is designed to develop and build skills including creativity, resilience and problem solving, using real money to calculate risks in business. We have several 6th form students who have volunteered to mentor our younger students. I will keep you updated throughout this challenge. If your child is one of those who has volunteered please do encourage them in this exciting project. Thank you. Mrs Maguire

Townsend students published in "Spine Chillers"

'Spine Chillers' was a national creative writing competition that Townsend entered last summer. Students were asked to write an exciting mini saga in no more than 100 word as their entry to the competitions. A great number of our students had work which was selected to be used in the final version of the book - they are all now published writers!  Congratulations to those students who were successful to be published!  To order your own copy of the book, please visit the Spine Chillers website for details, or contact Miss Noble DOL English at school.

Monday, 30 January 2017


We look forward to seeing all year 11 parents/carers at the evening on Tuesday 5-8pm.


Happy Chinese New Year to all of those who celebrated it on Saturday 28th January. This year it is the Year of the Rooster, the tenth animal in the cycle!

WORSHIP AT TOWNSEND - Value for the month

Our value focus for January is Hope. We wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and saviour, Jesus Christ.’ Titus 2:13
Our values for each month will be shared in daily worship sessions. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their meanings with a particular reference to how we lead our everyday lives.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Year 9 girls volleyball team came 2nd in the district tournament – POM - Noemi
Year 9/10 boys volleyball team came 2nd in the district tournament, progressing to the county round
Year 7 netball lost 5-3 against Roundwood – POM – Baba
Year 10 Netball lost to Samuel Ryder Academy – POM – Charlie
Year 7, 8 and 9 girls played in their first district futsal tournament this week, a great experience for all, don’t forget Monday afterschool is girls football club – come along to practice your skills for the next tournament on the 6th and 7th Feb.

Monday, 23 January 2017


This is an opportunity to come along and find out more about apprenticeships and what training providers and companies have on offer. The event is taking place at our Consortium Partner School Marlborough Science Academy. All are welcome.


Last term all year 7 students were asked to research, plan and make a medieval castle for their autumn term extended learning project. All of the students made an incredible effort and many of the castles produced were of an exceptional quality and very historically accurate. On Monday 16th January all of the castles were displayed in the Humanities classrooms at lunchtime and both staff and students were given the opportunity to vote for what they considered to be the best three castles. The votes have now all been counted and the winning students were:
1st place: Billy 7D
2nd place: Kerri 7E
3rd place: Baba 7C
A huge well done to those three students and all of the other year 7 students who worked so hard on their castles. The winners will be announced in the year 7 collective worship on Friday afternoon where they will each receive a certificate and a small prize. The students can now collect and take home their castles from the History classrooms.   Mrs Davey