Monday, 16 October 2017

Primary school teachers visiting this afternoon

Townsend look forward to welcoming our year 7 students' primary school teachers after school, so they can show you their new school and chat to you about their experiences so far!  See you from 3:30pm!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Year 9 Battlefields Trip

We wish all our year 9 students an exciting trip to the battlefields and look forward to hearing stories of your visit when you return.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Year 10 Consultation evening

Year 10 consultation evening starts at 5pm this evening, we look forward to seeing as many parents as possible.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Bowling Trip for 100% attendance last year

Congratulations to all the students who received 100% attendance last year, and have fun on your celebratory bowling trip this afternoon!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017


Year 7 students have sent all their letters to their ‘old’ primary schools and we are eagerly waiting the replies to see who can come to visit students on Monday October 16th. We will contact you through next week as soon as we get replies so that you have sufficient time to make alternative arrangements to collect your child on this day at 5.45pm. Students have invited one, two, or three adults of their choice from their primary schools and we are hoping that many will respond favourably telling us they can come. I know the students are excited and looking forward to it. Thank you for your support in anticipation. Miss Lingwood

Mental Health Awareness Day

Today is Mental Health Awareness day, make sure you do something today especially to celebrate awareness!

Monday, 9 October 2017


We are looking for free or ‘good deals’ for daffodil bulbs. We are hoping with our Year 7 students will help with planting 1500 daffodils around the school.  If anyone has any contacts that would be able to support us with this please contact the School Office. Thanks

Year 13 Biology Field Trip

We wish our Year 13 students a safe trip for their Biology work and look forward to seeing them all return this Friday!

Morfa Bay rip returns

Welcome back to our year 11 PE students who went on their trip to Morfa Bay over the weekend, we look forward to hearing your stories from the trip!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Macmillan coffee morning tomorrow

Townsend school are once again this year supporting Macmillan coffee mornings, to raise funds for the charity.  Cakes will be on sale in the Sixth form area at break time, please do bring money in to support this great cause.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Open Evening this Wednesday

Townsend school will hold its open evening this Wednesday 27th September from 6:00 – 8:45pm.  We look forward to seeing lots of prospective students and their parents on the evening and please do share the event around with others who may be interested.

Friday, 22 September 2017

European languages day Tuesday

Next Tuesday is European languages day and to celebrate, all students in years 7 and 8 will be making Lebkuchen (German gingerbread).  The best decorated cookies will win house points for their group!  Make sure you take your creations to La4 at break time for judging later in the day!

model railway exhibition this weekend

The St Albans Model Engineering society will again be holding an exhibition here at Townsend this weekend - fun for all the family!  Please come along and join us to see models, have rides and take part in the games of the day!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Summer holidays start now!

We hope you all have a lovely summer break, well done for a fantastic year and we look forward to seeing you all back in September!

Craft Club

Over the past year a new addition, Craft Club, has been taking place in the Discovery Centre.  Along with help form STEP and Mrs Trigg, students have had the chance to sign up for this exclusive club and try their hand at a number of different activities and skills, including clay, paper craft, sensory bottles, dream catchers and solar systems!

If you would like to join up next year please see Mrs Rice once the notice has gone out in September!

Shakespeare Exhibition last week

Last Friday saw a Shakespeare Exhibition being held in the Discovery Centre.  Students from years 7 and 8 have been working on a project in which they have to create their own Shakespeare related artefact, along with a write up of what it is and how they made it.  The centre was open at lunchtime for all students to view the pieces, as well as for staff to judge the winning entries!  Well done to all students, such a lot of work had gone into the projects and they looked fantastic!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Successful Year 6 taster day

Last Thursday the year 6 students who are joining Townsend in September all came in for a "Taster Day" with different session run throughout the day to show what life at Townsend is like.

Subjects students took part in included PE with a game of rounders, French (learning the alphabet), Art (drawing sweets), Media studies (learning media conventions and terms), Science (making Magnesium Oxide), Music (creating rhythms in groups), Drama (learning skills in games) and Food Technology, making cookies, which were given out to the whole group in the afternoon before going home.  Students also met STEP who work closely at Townsend, and were also reacquainted with their form tutors for an ice breaker session.

A big thank you to all the staff who supported and ran sessions on the day, and a huge thank you to Miss Scott who organised everything ready for the sessions.

We look forward to seeing all the year 6 students in their purple Townsend blazers in September!!  

SPORTS DAY results!

A big thank you to all parents/carers who came in on Wednesday to support our students on another fantastic Sports Day. Luckily the weather came through and we were able to hold the event as planned.

All student performed fantastically across the events with a range of success stories leading up to a very close final score, with only 6 points between forms in some year groups, showing that every competitors scores counted greatly to the overall forms performance.


Year 7
2ndCanterbury & YorkDurhamExeter & Durham

Year 8
2ndExeterDurhamCanterbury & York

Year 9

Year 10

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." Pierre de Coubertin
Physical Education

Tuesday, 11 July 2017


We warmly invite parents/carers to attend the following Celebrations for your children.
All celebrations begin at 2pm
Year 12 Tuesday July 11th
Year 10 Monday July 17th
Year 9 Friday July 14th
Year 8 Tuesday July 18th
Year 7 Wednesday July 19th

Monday, 10 July 2017

MUSIC Summer Showcase - Thursday July 13th 7pm

Summer Showcase - Thursday July 13th 7pm
Tickets are available priced £2 or £1. They can be bought from the Office, from Music or on the door. Please lend your support to what is shaping up to be a really exciting event, and a great way of showcasing all the great work done in Performing Arts this year.


All students will take part in our ‘school games day’ on Wednesday July 12th starting at 12.00. Currently the weather looks like it may be hot so students advised to use sunscreen lotion, to wear hats and to drink plenty of water. Shelter from the sun and water will be available on the day. Should the weather suddenly change from sun to rain students should be prepared for normal lessons as well.

Parents/Carers are invited to this school event and any past student who wishes to attend must do so either by arrangement with Mrs Pennifold Head of Physical Education or accompanied by a parent/carer. All visitors should sign in at the table by the large canteen under the covered way. Thank you.

We have attached the schedule of events for the day to parentmail. Please see additional information under the Sports heading in the Subject Area

Monday, 3 July 2017

YEAR 7 Celebration picnic

Celebration picnic
On Wednesday we are holding form picnics on the lower field (weather permitting, in form rooms if wet) to celebrate the first year at Townsend. Students should have signed up to bring in an item to food or drink to share with the form. Students may also wish to bring their own sandwich, a picnic rug, outdoor games and sun cream.


On Thursday 6th we welcome our new Year 7 students for Sept 2017 with their parents/carers. If you have any unwanted uniform please do drop it off into school before this date so we can make it available to our new families who may be interested. If you by any chance are able to assist with our new Intake Evening on Thursday from about 5.30-7.00 we also would be very grateful for your help. It is very welcoming for nervous parents/carers to see friendly faces who can reassure them about what life is like at Townsend! Please contact the school office and leave your details for Miss Lingwood.

Friday, 30 June 2017


We warmly invite parents/carers to attend the following Celebrations for your children.
All services begin at 2pm
Year 12 Tuesday 11th July
Year 11 Wednesday June 28th
Year 10 Monday July 17th
Year 9 Friday July 14th
Year 8 Tuesday July 18th
Year 7 Wednesday July 19th

Wednesday, 28 June 2017


Life’s most persistent and urging question is ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Year 11 Prom Thursday 29th June 2017 Aldwickbury Park Gold Club

The event that all year 11s have been waiting for is finally here!  The evening will start at 7.00pm and the venue have requested that students begin arriving from 6.45pm onwards so that they can promptly serve the meal at 7.30pm after arrival photographs and welcome drinks.  If your son/ daughter is attending the event please ensure that you have made arrangements for collection no later than 12 midnight.  If you are attending the evening to watch students arrive please ensure that you park in the allocated car park (to the right of the golf club when you drive into the main car park) to avoid blocking the turning circle for the students transport to arrive.  As a reminder the address for Aldwickbury Park Golf Club is Piggottshill Lane, Harpenden, AL5 1AB.  As a tutor team we hope that all students have a fantastic evening and the weather remains dry for students on the day! 


Our value focus for June will be Appreciation
‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’  John 3:16   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

Monday, 26 June 2017

Year 11 Celebration Ceremony Wednesday 28th June 2017 2pm

Year 11 Celebration Ceremony Wednesday 28th June 2017 2pm
Thank you to all parents /carers who have indicated that they wish to attend the NRA ceremony on Wednesday.  We ask that students, parents and guests arrive at 1.45pm for starting at 2.00pm.  We hope that you can join us afterwards for refreshments in the small canteen.  If anyone would still like to attend please do contact the school to make us aware so that we can ensure that there are enough seats available.


As Ramadan draws to a close over the weekend we would like to send our best wishes to all our students who will be celebrating Eid ul-Fitr today.

Monday, 19 June 2017

House points so far!

7 York - 1955 
7 Exeter -1937 
7 Durham - 1711 
7 Canterbury – 1639
8 Canterbury – 1160 
8 Exeter – 1117 8 
8 Durham – 1116 8 
8 York – 1053
9 Durham – 799 
9 Exeter – 779 9 
Canterbury – 677
10 Canterbury – 807 
10 Exeter – 593 
10 Durham – 545
11E - 99 
11G - 109 
11L - 158 
11P - 103 
11R – 113
12/13 Durham – 169 
12/13 Exeter – 144 
12/13 Canterbury – 127

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Year 7 Work Shadowing 6th July

Please make sure you return your forms by 19th June at the latest.  Mrs Maguire

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Donations to FEED

Over the last term we have been collecting food and other items for the charity FEED which is based at St Albans Vineyard Church on Brick Knoll Park Estate. This is a charity which helps over 80 families within the area who struggle to feed their families, giving them food, help and support every Monday. I am happy to announce that we collected over 80 items for FEED and still have more which will be collected by Carol Cahill who heads up FEED at St Albans Vineyard Church. Thank you to all Parent/Carers and students who contributed, we really appreciate the effort you made and hope this continues next year. A special thanks to some forms who went above and beyond what was asked of them and to the students who helped load Carol's Van, Well done!  Miss Bailey

Monday, 5 June 2017

welcome back!

Welcome back to all students, we hope you have had a lovely half term break!  Raring to go for the last half term before those summer holidays!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Happy Half Term!

We wish all of our students and parents/carers a happy and safe half term break, and welcome you back on Monday 5th June!

Beginning of Ramandan

Today is the start of Ramadan for those who celebrate this.  Please take extra care in the heat if you are fasting for this festival.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Abbey Service this week

This Thursday 25th May the school are attending the final Abbey Service of the year at the Cathedral in St Albans.  Please can parents make arrangements to collect their children in a designated place in the town centre after the service has finished at 3pm.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Athletics Results

A good first competition at Ware last week with some great results including top 3 finishes in the following events:
U16 boys
100m – 1st – Emmanuel
400m – 1st – Dan
High Jump – 1st – Yaw
Long Jump – 1st – Emmanuel
Triple Jump – 1st – Dan
Relay – 2nd
800m  - 3rd – Callum

U14 boys
Hurdles – 2nd – Euan
High Jump – 2nd - Charlie
800m – 3rd – Bailey
Discus – 3rd – Bailey
1500m – 4th – Aaron
Triple jump – 3rd – Nathan
Javelin – 3rd – Ryan

U16 girls
100 1st – Dara
Javelin 3rd – Yasmin
Relay – 3rd

U14 girls
200m – 2nd – Skye
High Jump – 3rd – Adrianna

Friday, 12 May 2017


This is a scheme that is aimed at improving student’s levels of literacy. It engages children with reading and ensures students are reading at the appropriate levels. It also develops understanding of texts. The scheme involves all Years 7 8 and 9. In year 10 and 11 students continue with reading in lessons but the reading is more focused around GCSE work. It has become noticeable over recent months that are a number of students are not bringing in reading books on a daily basis and we would be grateful for parent/carer support in ensuring that this situation changes. Thank you for your support

Year 11 PE and Art exams this week

Well done to all those GCSE PE students who completed the practical part of their exams this week.  Well done also to the Art students who have now completed their practical exams this week too, and good luck to all students for the next set of written exams.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thought for the week

“Step with care, and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act”
– Dr Seuss

Year 10 work experience

Year 10 students have been on work experience this week, with lots of different placements being organised.  We hope you are all enjoying your time in the workplace and look forward to hearing all about it soon!

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