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If you are a year 11 student or parent

If you are a Year 11 student or parent

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If you are a Year 11 student or parent, what would you like to know about Sixth Form? Who better to ask than Fyling Hall’s current Sixth Formers! A select group of dailies, boarders (weekly and full time), British and international students answer the following: Why did you choose Fyling Hall School just for Sixth Form? Why did you stay at Fyling Hall School for Sixth Form? What has changed from GCSEs to A-level? How […]

a very odd lead up to Christmas

A very odd lead up to Christmas

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This year it has been a very odd lead up to Christmas. Usually by this point I would be busy rehearsing with the choir and orchestra preparing for the many performances that occur in December. I am saddened that we won’t be able to perform to the residents at two care homes in Whitby, nor in Robin Hoods Bay for the Victorian Weekend. There will be no performance in our fabulous Christmas Fair and sadly […]

Passionate about the environment

Passionate about the environment

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Tim Wong in 10H is passionate about the environment and how wasteful we are. He decided after some discussion with his group that as each tutor group are eating crisps regularly with our ‘Deli Lunches‘ we should try to make ‘crisp packet blankets’ for homeless people. We have watched ‘how to‘ videos and with the help of the Art Studio will start creating our blankets shortly. Tim will update on his progress. This weekend he […]

Thinking of options for next year

Thinking of options for next year

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It is only November but already many of you and your children are already thinking of options for next year, after the completion of GCSEs. In previous years, to enable our students to make the best possible decisions about their future, we have held A Focus on Sixth Form, an information evening in school. The session is designed to provide insight into all aspects of Sixth Form including the courses available and a flavour of […]

getting creative in maths

Getting creative in maths

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Fyling Hall’s Year 9s have been getting creative in maths. They have been exploring the connections between 3D and 2D shapes. They have learnt about nets, plans, elevations and using isometric paper to represent 3D shapes. This linked perfectly with the work some of them have been doing in design where they have made a 3D shapes from its net. As you know we always love to look for links between maths and other subjects. […]

new tier of Art representatives

New tier of Art representatives

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After the success of our Sixth Form Art Leaders team over lockdown, we have appointed a new tier of Art representatives from KS3. Our handpicked Art Ambassadors are Ebony, Marley and Sarah. This week they are spending their lunchtimes producing Demo Christmas cards for the school Christmas card competition. They will use lino printing and mono printing, so it will be exciting to see their creative outcomes. All students taking part will be able to […]

My fun, energetic and hard-working class

My fun, energetic and hard-working class

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Form 2 are my fun, energetic and hard-working class and this did not stop during our two weeks of home schooling. We start our day with an interactive online maths lesson, followed by an independent task. After a short break the children are back for our English online lessons, boggle was a firm favourite to play, then the children would work on their independent English written task. Our afternoons are made up of stories being […]

Pen friends in Bremerhaven

Pen friends in Bremerhaven

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It has been some time since we wrote to our pen friends in Bremerhaven (Germany). As we have not written since the beginning of lockdown in March, we have taken up communications again!  Year 8 used lesson time to write letters, even integrating the content of our last unit, in which they learnt how to describe their house. We are hoping in return to learn a lot about how our penpals in the North of […]

Will you please help with our Cake Sale?

Will you please help with our Cake Sale?

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Will you please help with our Cake Sale? Following our successful Halloween event before half term, we the Sixth Form are keen to raise further funds for Anthony Nolan’s Hero Project.  To increase our total raised, we have organized a Cake Sale on 30th November, during the morning break (from 10.45 to 11.05). Please will you supply cakes for the event? We have also asked some local bakeries for their support, but given lockdown, their donations cannot be guaranteed.  Our […]

It’s Remembrance Day as I write this

It’s Remembrance Day as I write this

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It’s Mrs Milner here again reporting live from the English Huts. It’s Remembrance Day as I write this and it’s pitch black outside on a windy Wednesday evening. I’m on prep duty tonight so I thought I’d tell you all about my day. In this afternoon’s Year 10 lesson with Amber, Aimee, Sonny, Cameron, William and Caroline, we looked at WWI war poetry. Although we are currently working on Language Paper 1, I feel it […]

Remembrance is something that we all take part in

Remembrance is something that we all take part in

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Today we stood in silence as a mark of respect for all those around the world who have lost their life defending our homes. Poppies are not just about the two World Wars but about all the people whose lives have been affected by conflict from 1914, to the men and women around the world who are affected by conflict today, and the families who worry about their loved ones every day. Remembrance is something […]

Thinking about Learning

Thinking about Learning

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Thinking about Learning.  That is the theme for this week’s assembly. In a live streamed broadcast, Head of Enrichment, Mr Instone, explained that the ability to learn is a life skill that should last a lifetime.  He went on to talk about what learning is and how it can be enhanced or stopped from happening; what helps and what hinders learning with tips on how we can all promote learning better. The talk also features an interview […]

New textbook written by our own Head of Physics

New textbook written by our own Head of Physics

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It’s not every school that can boast that one of their teachers wrote ‘the book’ that a class will be studying from. But this year, Fyling Hall can do just that. A new specialist revision book has been written by our very own Head of Physics, Mr Instone, and is published by Hodder Education and available globally.  The new book, called Exam Insights for GCSE Physics has a new approach to revision of a subject. Its content […]

Art students rise to the challenge

Art students rise to the challenge

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Will Fyling Hall’s Art students rise to the challenge? Their challenge starts with researching a textiles technique and sharing their findings with the group. Once all techniques have been demonstrated by the students themselves, the Y10 girls are expected to design and make a wreath using one or more textiles technique learnt. The end result will be the sharing of amazing wreath designs with you and Dalewood Trust in the near future…watch this space! Amber […]

mock exam timetable

Fyling Hall’s mock exam timetable announced

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Fyling Hall’s mock exam timetable has been announced. Designed for Year 13 and Year 12 ICT, the exams will take place the week beginning the 23rd of November.  In announcing the exams, Dr Richardson, Deputy Head, Academic points out . . . A slightly smaller exams series is planned in order to minimise the disruption to teaching.  One aspect of the mock week will be to identify any areas of learning that were impacted by Lockdown […]

The highlight of the school holidays

The highlight of the school holidays

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Having attended boarding school myself, the highlight of the school holidays was not so much the lack of lessons, but purely the fact that I got to go home. Which unfortunately, was not a possibility for 19 of our boarders over the October half term. This being the case we offered a variety of activities keep them busy and entertained, whilst reaffirm that they remain in a sense, home, over half term. The holiday was […]

A closer look Fyling Hall

A closer look at Fyling Hall

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Take a closer look at Fyling Hall. With the help of our Sixth Form and GCSE students, Miss Anders introduces you to our staff, our facilities and our fantastic learning environment.  With all children returning the classrooms and boarding houses in September, our school has come back to life!  Our last “informal, virtual tour” was shot whilst children were virtually learning at home.  This time you can see our school filled with life. Our students […]

A fantastic Halloween event

A fantastic Halloween event

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What a fantastic Halloween event!  Students came suitably dressed for the occasion with generous donations in hand.  Later in the afternoon, pumpkins were carved, mummies made and all took part in a virtual quiz officiated by our Head Boy, Archie.  Many thanks to (Ms Mitchell) and the Sixth Form, we all had a good time staff, students and pupils. We needed a bit of a cheer up after this busy half term! Please pass on […]

Adapting games lessons to the current climate

Adapting games lessons to the current climate

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Whilst the majority of lessons have virtually returned to “as normal”, we are adapting games lessons to the current climate. Sport is still feeling the effects of COVID-19. To play or not to play; that is the question. Rugby which has been the heart and soul of boy’s games since Fyling Hall began, has taken a back seat. Instead, we have made full use of our all-weather pitch and picked up our hockey sticks, which […]

Halloween spirit in German

Halloween spirit in German

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Fyling Hall’s Year 8 demonstrated a bit of Halloween spirit in their German lesson. In their last lesson before Half Term, they practiced words for furniture and learnt how to use prepositions. Wo ist die Spinne? Where is the spider? Their pictures show and describe where the giant spider, Die Spinne, is hiding.  True Halloween spirit in German! Schöne Ferien! 

Trustee shares her inspirational individual

Trustee shares her inspirational individual

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Touched by our Black History Month inspirational individuals campaign, Fyling Hall Trustee, Rebecca Mansoor, nee Maxfield, shares her inspirational individual. Mrs. Mansoor attended Fyling Hall School 1996-2002 during which time she served as a Head Student. She read English Literature and History at Durham, now works as a Clinical Audit Manager for NHS Digital (National Diabetes Audit) and has been on Fyling Hall’s governing body since 2016. October is Black History Month, during which the […]

A tradition continues but with a difference

A tradition continues but with a difference

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A Fyling Hall tradition continues but with a difference. This afternoon was the playing of our traditional house hockey match.  Fyling Hall has always had pac matches as they have been called.  According to Mr Coates, Head of Games, “it is an extra tradition with a shield that goes back 40-50 years.”  This year’s match is different as the teams are mixed.  With tournaments hard to come by in the current environment, boys and girls […]

The most popular topic of conversation

The most popular topic of conversation

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Weather is the most popular topic of conversation in the UK, even the world. Mark Twain said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”. Weather falls within the realm of geography. We all rely on this planet that we call home. We are dependent on infrastructures, ecosystems, communications, trade agreements, and such. So aren’t we all geographers? A stuffy image Geography is one of the most relevant and compelling subjects today. […]

Time to get out your Halloween costume

Time to get out your Halloween costume

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Time to get out your Halloween costume . . . next Thursday, 22nd October is a non-uniform day! With opportunities for fundraising limited, Fyling Hall’s Sixth Form propose a non-uniform day to raise much needed funds. This follows a very informative assembly supported by Anthony Nolan. Their education programme, the Hero Project, is aimed at teaching 16–18-year-olds about the importance of donating stem cells, blood and organs. The importance of the Hero Project and others like […]

The potential and power to save someone’s life

The potential and power to save someone’s life

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You have the potential and power to save someone’s life. We want to make 16-18 year olds aware that they can do something incredible . . . not to pressure; not to persuade.  You can make a huge difference to another person. This was the message delivered by the blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan, at todays’ Sixth Form Assembly.  Head Girl, Phoebe Russell, organised and led the session which served as the launch of further […]

An examined performance in Drama GCSE

An examined performance in Drama GCSE

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For Drama students, October means rehearsing for an examined performance in Drama GCSE. Under usual circumstances this would be an evening performance in our beloved barn. Over the years friends and family have enjoyed our live performances, but this year is a bit different due to Covid restrictions. Instead, we will perform during a lesson on Monday, 19th October. With much regret, Mrs Jeeves is also unable to allow parents onto site to be part of the […]

Amazing photography work on show

Amazing photography work on show

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There is some of the amazing photography work on show in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Virtual Tour to celebrate Black History Month. The exhibition is Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience. ‘Working in partnership with Black Cultural Archives, the V&A identified and acquired photographs taken by black photographers, or which document the lives of black people in Britain, taken between the 1950s – 90s. The aim of the seven-year collaboration was to raise […]

French in a 'new way' is difficult concept

French in a ‘new way’ is difficult concept

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French in a ‘new way’ is difficult concept when you have been teaching for 30 plus years…..but a ‘new way‘ is happening successfully throughout the school. No more moving around the classroom to practise key phrases with your friends, no more stealing sentences from classmates’ boards, and no more face to face board games. We have found a way and French lessons still include lots of games and activities for every age group. We have […]

Computing and ICT are constantly evolving

Computing and ICT are constantly evolving

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Computing and ICT are constantly evolving – what was once considered futuristic just a few short years ago very quickly becomes the norm and a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. When I first taught A Level IT about 12 years ago, I remember showing the pupils a video about how they would soon be able to look at images on their smartphones and enlarge them using just their fingers. Now this is something we […]

Time to get our mountain bikes out

Time to get our mountain bikes out

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With so many fantastic trails on our doorstep, it is time to get our mountain bikes out and reintroduce our students to an important element of our #PEwithaDifference programme. Mountain biking comes with an element of risk. Whilst we have taken steps to reduce these, there is still a chance of injury, such as your child falling from their bike and suffering from knocks, bruises, cuts and possibly more severe injuries. In advance of students […]

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair

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We are encouraging Fyling Hall students to take part in the UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 14 October (12:00-18:00). The event features over 90 universities, colleges, and apprenticeship providers from around the UK along with 10 interactive webinars, and is aimed at years 11-13 and parents to provide you with all the information you and your child need to make informed decisions about their post-18 options. Students, parents and carers simply […]

Conversations about race and identity

Conversations about race and identity

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This week’s all school assembly introduced future conversations about race and identity. It set the scene for our Black History Month initiatives. Watching safely in their own tutor rooms, Mr Instone, Head of Enrichment, led our first live broadcast assembly. The theme : Tolerance, Intolerance and Prejudice. This introduction was intended to explain the complex issues around the themes to all years, following the government guidelines that we follow in Learning for Life and wider school policies.  Following […]

Sixth Form have made a very positive start

Sixth Form have made a very positive start

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Fyling Hall’s Sixth Form have made a very positive start to the term, and are delighted to be back in school. Y13s are eager to make up for work/time missed, and our new Year 12s are settling in well. Once again, congratulations to our Head students and new announced prefects: Head students – Archie, Phoebe and KianPrefects  – Rory, Manfred, Gerard, Perdi and KyraNew Prefects this year – Hee Joo, Sophie and Lydia They are keen to organise […]

Understanding what’s on our plate in Biology

Biology students take a look at what’s on our plate

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Biology students have been taking a look at what’s on our plate. Unusually, Fyling Hall’s Years 8, 10 and 12 are all currently studying enzyme connectives, also known as the digestive process. Our plate is often a topic of conversation. What’s for dinner and is it nearly ready yet? These are arguably the two most commonly-asked questions by children of their parents. (I can attest to being asked these most days.) Unfortunately, toddlers like mine […]

learning for life

Learning for Life time

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Learning for Life time at Fyling Hall is a chance to reiterate the point of education and learning. It is the PSCHE programme at our school and for various year groups, it encompasses slightly different elements. Led by our Head of Enrichment, Mr Instone, it is delivered through assemblies live sessions or recordings and 45 minute tutor group sessions. Below we share extracts from our Learning for Life Policies and Procedures 2020-21 . . . […]

Year 11 and the making of Saint Paul’s cathedral!

Year 11 and the making of Saint Paul’s cathedral!

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Year 11, undeterred by the present difficult working conditions, have returned to their history studies with interest. They have a determination to make good progress and build successfully on their hard work and efforts last term during lockdown. For the Historic Environment component of their British Depth Study the students are investigating the construction of one of London’s most iconic buildings: Saint Paul’s Cathedral. https://www.stpauls.co.uk/SM4/Mutable/Uploads/generic_image/D95_1_1.jpg This celebrated structure, Wren’s masterpiece, was intended when constructed to […]

Music will continue to flow through the school

Music will continue to flow through our school

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Music will continue to flow through our school, regardless of Covid.  This is my objective. As a teacher you learn to adapt and change, but this year has been a much bigger change. As musicians it is so important we are given the chance to perform together in whatever way we can. How do we do this in a safe environment? I spent my Summer recreating all of my KS3 schemes of work to make […]

Time flies when you're having fun

Time flies when you’re having fun

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Some say time flies when you’re having fun. Read our English teacher’s comments on her first year at Fyling Hall School. Hello! It’s Mrs Milner here. I’m currently in my classroom, one of the English huts, and I’m looking out my window at a view of Ravenscar and the sea. The sun has been shining up until today but it’s now raining so I can’t see anything as Ravenscar is shrouded in mist. I have […]

returning to a state of near normal

A state of near normality

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At last, we are back at Fyling Hall and the days, if somewhat altered by current circumstances, are returning to a state of near normality. Our socially distanced students work diligently at their socially distanced desks whilst extra socially distanced study areas have been set up in the English block as well as in other places around the school and our focus is fixed firmly on building upon the foundations we laid last year and […]

One of the greatest pleasures

One of the greatest pleasures

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Every new school year, one of the greatest pleasures is to get to know a whole new year group. It is amazing to see how quickly and with how much enthusiasm the pupils pick up a new language. After 2 weeks of learning German, Fyling Hall’s Year 7s are already able to have little conversations. See for yourselves!

Shaping our future in the Art Studio

Shaping our future in the Art Studio

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New Art Leaders, Connie and Josh are already shaping our future in the Art Studio, and have taken on their first challenge with a real determination. Having applied for Art Leaders’ programme over the summer, Josh and Connie were keen to start their Y12 and be a part of the art team’s development. On his application, Josh commented, “Being an Art Leader, means I can focus on bettering our Art Studio environment. Due to our […]

Proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils

Proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils

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Fyling Hall School is proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils. Some from near; some from far. Some for whom English is their first language, many for whom English is their Second Language (ESL). Starting a new school can always be a bit daunting, but writing home is a great way of not only keeping in touch, but also improving one’s English. Take a look at what some of our Year 10 ESL students […]

School filled with life again

School filled with life again

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I cannot tell you how good it is to see the school filled with life again.  It has been a long time coming, but it has made all the careful preparation worthwhile.  I would like to thank you for your support in preparing for the return. So commented our Headmaster, Mr Steven Allen, in his most recent communication to Fyling Hall parents and carers. Mr Allen then went on to communicate our two main focuses […]

Deadline for university applications approaches

Deadline for university applications approaches

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With a new school year commencing, so the deadline for university applications approaches. This can be a stressful time for students, parents and teachers, but there is benefit in ensuring key milestones are achieved on time.  I thought it was important to keep you informed about the UCAS process and how we are supporting your child in school.  Open Days As you know we took the students to a university fair last autumn, but we have been unable to […]

Danger and Safety in the Lab

Danger and Safety in the Lab

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I remember my own first Physics and Chemistry lessons, aged 11, very clearly indeed. I loved that it was a whole new world of doing things, in a very particular way. With strange new equipment and beakers of weird dangerous liquids that changed colour, fizzed or burst into flames. The main emotion I felt when I first became a teacher of Year 7 science was the weight of responsibility and honour to recreate that initial […]

Games Lessons in the “new norm”

Games lessons in the “new norm”

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What do Games lessons in the “new norm” look like?  In “normal circumstances” Fyling Hall students will have taken part in a variety of activities. Football, hockey, badminton, HIIT sessions, cross country, golf, horse riding and mountain biking would all have been on offer. Since the introduction of #PEwithaDifference, our aim has been to give every individual the opportunity to enjoy and pursue one of these activities, not just now but for many years to […]

How quickly our pupils have adapted

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I can’t believe how quickly our pupils have adapted to the new normal. Junior School students have taken absolutely everything in their stride from social distancing, deli lunches, constant hand washing, using sanitiser gel or “squeeze and go” as my form now call it, to coping well with the many new routines in every aspect of their school day.  But, the thing that really stands out is their happiness to be back at school; happy […]

bringing school to life

Bringing school back to life

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Bringing school back to life is a priority at Fyling Hall School. Classroom schooling resumes at Fyling Hall on Monday, 7th September 2020. In anticipation our Headmaster, Mr. Steven Allen, recently updated parents and carers. I hope everyone remains safe and has managed to enjoy the Summer holiday as much as possible. It seems like a long time ago that we were all last in school together. Just having the boarders, who have already returned […]

Change in the dining room

Change in the dining room

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There has been a change in the dining room at Fyling Hall. Deli Days have been introduced. What are Deli Days?  In an effort to maintain social distancing and offer choice at the same time, every fourth day pupils will enjoy a choice of sandwich, fruit, crisps, etc.  Collected from our dining room’s terrace entrance, pupils can then take their “picnic” to enjoy on the school grounds.  Hot meals are prepared on all other days […]

on the fountain lawn

On the Fountain Lawn

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On the Fountain Lawn Fyling Hall Seniors gathered for this term’s first assembly. Graced by blue skies and sunshine, pupils stood in their class bubbles, taking in the stunning views of the Yorkshire Coast. Our first assembly of the term was led by our Head of Enrichment, Mr Instone and our Headmaster, Mr Allen, with special introductions to our new Head Students, Phoebe Russell, Kian Tedeskino and Archie Robinson. Focusing on our theme of self-refection, […]