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21/09/18

Few pictures from yesterday’s Physics trip to Cavendish Laboratory Cambridge with Year 11 https://t.co/UzM9Dwqtxo

19/09/18

Another week, another House Competition: Sixth Form Benchball! https://t.co/8zNIZtdisB

19/09/18

Year 11 have been taste testing their pastries and using the sensory vocabulary to write down their findings. Yummy! https://t.co/quuWRiAN75

18/09/18

Today we are holding our Year 7 Leadership Fair at lunchtime for students to see the Prefect Opportunities available and meet our Senior Prefect Team.

18/09/18

Don't miss out on the 'Catwalk Catastrophe'! All proceeds from the event will go to the Young Chamber and Interact chosen charities. To secure your tickets please contact k.finlay.viat.org.uk. https://t.co/ZnoJ6sRd2Z

17/09/18

On Sunday, 16 September a team of Invicta staff and students headed to Sandgate to take part in the Great British Beach Clean 2018. Well Done Team! https://t.co/U6uNbITXTi

17/09/18

Year 9 getting creative in Georgaphy, learning about tectonic plates. https://t.co/oGcPazjhbB

17/09/18

Year 8 kick-starting their Monday morning with double science, investigating the unusual properties of Transition Metals and the displacement reactions of Halogens. https://t.co/NasOcpbACG

14/09/18

Now, Forest Challenge!! https://t.co/F2vqUYOW27

14/09/18

Next stop Orienteering! https://t.co/ThNsNjnmyH

14/09/18

We've had a great time open canoeing, but definitely ready for some lunch! https://t.co/vUPtSeFnen

14/09/18

First activity of the day, open canoeing! https://t.co/FPRbZl4uwM

14/09/18

We've arrived! Quick welcome then off to the activites. Lets get started! https://t.co/WVJC1lCEA3

14/09/18

Year 7 all ready for their trip to Bewl Water. Smiles all round! https://t.co/xxyfqdkJ0o

13/09/18

What a great end to the day - Year 11 Yoga https://t.co/zFO4zWFVZO

13/09/18

Year 10 Food Tech, cooking sausage rolls and making butter! Very nice! https://t.co/caSEXv3rE0

13/09/18

As part of our Broadening Horizons programme we would like to welcome Vincent Fraser, President of Nottingham University Law Society for our first lecture of the year titled 'Pathways to Law'. Photos to follow tomorrow.

13/09/18

Year 8 creating new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters in their English lesson as part of the Roald Dahl Day Celebrations. https://t.co/qjb5vrk4Ni

12/09/18

Tonight we welcome Year 11 for an evening of sharing information to support students and parents in getting ready for GCSE and A Level options.

12/09/18

Another House Competition, Year 7 Benchball. Well Done to the Winners 7C and Runners up 7T, everyone played fantastically https://t.co/YlUbHwYDRV

12/09/18

The Summer Reading and Book Face Challenge Winners are in! Well done to Adena Rowan Year 8 and Claudia Pitcher Year 8. Keep up the great reading. https://t.co/5P9O26XY22

12/09/18

Year 7 displaying their beautiful summer work this morning, in English. https://t.co/IGVk7bSEwf

11/09/18

Students have enjoyed finding out about all the different Clubs and Societies available to them. https://t.co/EMhYa7nZfi

11/09/18

Today we are launching our Clubs & Societies Fair at lunchtime for all students to view and register their interest in over 60 clubs on offer. This is an opportunity for all students to Take on a new challenge.

11/09/18

Our Young Chamber and Interact hope that you can attend the Catwalk Catastrophe Murder Myster Evening on Saturday, 6 October! For more details or to book contact k.finlay.viat.org.uk. https://t.co/8r8vLg8rKw

11/09/18

Congratulations to everyone earning their bronze and silver awards for DofE. https://t.co/vjm1f2ceNt

10/09/18

Tonight we welcome over 250 guests to celebrate the success of our students completing their Bronze and Silver DofE awards. Well done girls!

10/09/18

Year 13 Investigating Capacitors in Series and Parallel - Keep up the great work! https://t.co/Rhrj98WiI7

10/09/18

'I did not think I would be using a sewing machine in my second Textiles lesson!' Year 7's enjoying their first go on the sewing machines today. https://t.co/yJqTfk25uo

06/09/18

On 6 September, Year 11 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 11, keep up the good work!

05/09/18

The House Competitions are underway! Year 8 playing Capture the Flag in Period 5 this afternoon. https://t.co/coHOY8V3v4

05/09/18

We would like to wish all Year 6 students sitting the 11+ test tomorrow the very best of luck. Remember that all you can do is try your very best. https://t.co/aDPGXAYu29

05/09/18

On 5th September, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!”

05/09/18

Tonight we welcome our Year 12 students and parents to our Post 18+ Options Information Evening (6-8.30pm). This will include Academic Support and Career Guidance including workshops for UCAS/Oxbridge/Apprenticeships/Student Finance.

04/09/18

For our second workshop of the week we look forward to welcoming another 65 students this afternoon for our 11+ Maths Preparation Workshop.

04/09/18

Exciting News : Invicta Grammar School has been nationally recognised as a Transforming Educational Practice under SSAT's Framework for Exceptional Education. More to follow in this weeks Invicta News.

03/09/18

We are looking forward to welcoming approx. 70 enthusiastic primary school students this afternoon for our 11+ English Preparation Workshop. We shall see you all soon

03/09/18

First Day Smiles for Year 7 - we hope you have had an amazing day! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! https://t.co/krQe8WNbEp

23/08/18

Students at Invicta Grammar School achieved not only an outstanding set of A Level results but also gained a superb set of GCSE results with 65% of all grades are 7 to 9 or A*/A grades; a superb achievement despite the high volatility of the reformed GCSE this year. https://t.co/NiKPmmNODG

22/08/18

Thank you!

Invicta Blogs

Posted on: May 18th 2015

It was great news last week to hear that our Duke of Edinburgh teams, ably led by Mrs Smart, completed and passed their assessed expedition.

I speak often about the fact that students need to have an ‘edge’ – to be able to talk about their personal profile of examination results and the very important ‘all rounded’ skills that will set a candidate apart from someone else at an interview. I believe strongly that when you are asked the question: ‘tell me about yourself’ that we can speak confidently and with animation about our experiences; that this should not just be our academic achievements. 

When listening to an Admissions Officer for a London Medical School recently, he told Headteachers that, after looking at a candidate’s academic profile, the next thing they looked for was participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. He said that, fifteen years ago, solid qualifications would have ensured a university place but that applicants are now also required to show evidence of  ‘soft skills’, like commitment, the ability to work in a team, timekeeping, good communication and people skills, and a range of ‘wider achievements’ to prove suitability for a course.  This is supported by the United Learning Trust who commented that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as a ‘brand’ means things like ‘stickability’, resilience and teamwork; highly attractive attributes.  That is why we offer the award at Bronze, Silver and Gold Level at Invicta! 

Providing this opportunity to all pupils requires substantial commitment and drive from our staff. Mrs Smart, our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator does an excellent job of organizing and encouraging the girls at all levels, along with Mrs Laxton and Miss Campbell, who also do a huge amount of work for this and for our Adventure Service Challenge for Years 7 and 8. These Schemes also rely on the goodwill and voluntary engagement of a lot of additional staff who devote enormous amounts of time and energy to supporting the girls in their Duke of Edinburgh Award of a weekend.   Without this, the scheme would not be able to run!  We really do have a great team of hardworking and committed staff.

The ‘stickability’ and ‘resilience’ as referred to above, has undoubtedly made me think about the fact that all our year groups are presently preparing for examinations – both internal and external.  There is no doubt that these qualities will be required for the forthcoming challenges in this period as in deed, they are in Duke of Edinburgh Award.  ‘Sticking’ to a revision plan, not allowing ourselves to be distracted; along with having a resilient approach to the fact that a particular exam may not have gone well, but being positive that you can ‘put this right’ in the next paper will definitely be a characteristic, derived from D of E, that will help our students over the next few weeks! I really shall be keeping everything crossed for them, but feel strongly that with these experiences and qualities, their chances of success will certainly be increased! Good Luck Girls!