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Smiles, laughter, fun…

Welcome back to the start of a new term, the start of the academic year and the start of a new chapter for many. We have welcomed our Year 7 cohort into our Spring Brook family. We have also welcomed students into other year groups along side new staff members. Our Spring Brook family is expanding rapidly with us opening three new classrooms this year. I have met some Year 7 parents this week who looked as anxious as I have been. My son has also started a new school in Year 7 so parents and carers, believe me, I do understand your fears and worries. I can, however, reassure you that this week the school has been filled with laughter, new friendships, fun learning…

…both in school and, as you have already seen on Facebook, the student’s adventures in the local countryside.

Let’s have a look at the learning in Miss Mason-Power’s class.

“It’s been great to be back in school and welcome the students into SBU4. What a brilliant start they have had – I have been really impressed with how well they welcomed a new student into school, picked up reading regularly, and worked together well playing games.

Our STEM activity this week was making catapults from lolly sticks, experimenting with the height of the fulcrum and competing to see whose catapult could fire the furthest. Well done Mason for your victory!

In Food, we made breakfast pancakes, a special mention for Szymon for his fantastic presentation of his work, they looked professional!

The students have been making the most of the warm weather and spending Reading Time outside, it’s been brilliant to see them sharing and discussing books as well as getting into their chosen books. Keep it up!!

We made Modroc casts of our hands and painted them, this took a lot of patience allowing the casts to dry before painting, and the results are fab.”

It was really nice to walk into Mrs Mason Power’s class this morning to see them all focused on maths. Well done for your efforts this week.

Over to Mr Mullin’s class. I have to say that both Ryan and Tia, who are also new to our school in Year 9, have made positive starts.

“So, a new academic year and, as always, somewhat of a mini heatwave upon the return to school – typical! 

SBU8 have spent the week getting to know one another and making the most of the aforementioned weather. It has been wonderful to witness new friendships forming and how our pupils have warmly welcomed our two newbies, Tia and Ryan.

The group have made a real impression already and have recognised the work and effort required for year 9, ahead of the transition to KS4. I have no doubt that they will make a success of this year and push themselves to succeed.  

Enjoy the weekend – and what is most likely the last of the decent sunshine!”

Just look at how pleased Ryan is with his certificates, great job Ryan!

On to Mr Hopkins…

“It has been great to be back in school this week and see old and new faces alike.

In PE we have been getting to know each other by playing games and performing fitness challenges to encourage positive communication in the classes.

We have also begun our John Muir Award for this year and our first 2 classes have been out adventuring and exploring.

They are both year 7 classes, and they have started to work towards their ‘Discovery Award’.

Both groups were fantastic as one group explored the magical fairy delights, old mills and railway lines of Healey Dell. The other group were more adventurous and braved the caves and scrambling that Pule HIll provides.

Both groups worked really well together, helping and encouraging each other to work through the challenges that were set, which was fantastic to see. Well done everyone and I’m looking forward to a great year ahead!”


…Miss Davies, Miss Mellor and Mr Stewart all went to see Paddy in his boxing match. He won and will be progressing onto the next round. Well done Paddy!

As for SBU2…

“Everyone has really settled in to life at Spring Brook Upper. Our class have created some great figures and models in woodwork this week. SBU 2 was fortunate enough to begin their Outdoor Education with Mr Hopkins where students scrambled up rocks, explored caves and then hiked up the hill. They loved it and can’t wait for their next Outdoor Education.

In class, we have been working on our relationships and new friendships. I think everybody has made new friendships this week and is looking forward to working with their new friends in class.

Everybody in our class has achieved their score of over 80% so our class are all excited about their Friday activity! Quinton achieved an amazing 90% so he can’t wait to go to Lazer Quest.”

See more from SBU1 and SBU2 here…


What a week! They do say that time flies when your having fun.

I am studying all weekend at the Sanctuary of Healing. I am so excited to be starting my Master Practitioner course in NLP.

It is really important to me that we model to our students that learning is life long and learning new things can really shape your compelling futures.

Happy Friday everyone!

Miss Rodgers


Spring Brook Upper School
Dean Street, Failsworth, Manchester, M35 0DQ

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