Bacanu String Quartet Visit

Just another musical morning at Ounsdale

On Friday 22nd year 7 had a lovely treat when the Bacanu String Quartet visited to play a mix of music to inspire and educate our pupils. The string quartet played a fantastic variety of music ranging from traditional music such as the popular wedding piece “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel, to more contemporary pieces such as “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. The String Quartet are scheduled to travel across all the Invictus schools generating interest for the Free String Instrumental lessons which will be taking place at Crestwood School on a Tuesday 7-9pm. Those who choose to sign up will receive free instrumental lessons from professional musicians as-well as free instruments to take home.

Pupils were invited to Sign-up to this amazing opportunity and by the end of the visit at Ounsdale, 37 pupils had already signed up.

If your child did not sign up to this fantastic opportunity and is interested please contact Mr Wykes in the music department to get more information.

Trip Information

Dear parents

Here are details of the trips which are being organised for your child’s year group in 2018:

Year 10
History Trip to Berlin
Berlin Trip Letter

Science Trip to Iceland
2017 Y9 and 10 Iceland Trip letter

Year 9
Humanities Trip to the First World War Battlefields
2017 Y9 Battlefields Trip letter

Science Trip to Iceland
2017 Y9 and 10 Iceland Trip letter

Year 8
French Trip to Boulogne
2017 Y8 French Trip letter

Students are being given additional information about these trips in lessons.

If you would like your child to be considered for any of these trips please click on the links above to access copies of the letters and the consent form and pay the deposit on Parent Pay by the dates shown – in some cases the deadline is 28th September!

If you need a paper a copy of the letter/consent form, please ask your child to go to reception where copies will be available.

if you have any other questions please contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Christine Brown

Here are some pictures taken from trips in the past…..

New Build Update

New Building Project

Progress Report – 21st September 2017

Ounsdale High School has been awarded £3.4 million to improve the condition of the school’s learning environment from the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund. This is the largest bid awarded through this project within the country this year and as you might expect we are very excited about the opportunities this funding offers to present and future students.  

Since receiving details of the award, Governors have appointed consultants Nyman Green Ltd (Project and Cost Management) and Gillespies LLP (Architectural) to explore the options available. A considerable amount of work has been undertaken and we want to update you on the latest position with regard to the progress of the project.

The options derived have been considered in tandem with the school teaching and other requirements as far as possible to arrive at the recommendation for the preferred option to be taken forward into detail and into planning.

The project will consist of three stages:

  1. The frontage (flood defences, access improvements and linkages into the further two stages within the school but not visible from the entrance or road)
  2. A partial demolition and refurbishment of the existing three storey main teaching block
  3. A new teaching building to be constructed on the tennis court area.

The scheme now needs to advance into planning alongside detailed design to refine the scheme to provide a greater degree of cost certainty through tender stage.

It is anticipated that the development will be completed between December 2018 and March 2019

Further details and images relating to the project can be found here:

Progress Report – Parents 21st Sept

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair has returned!

Open every break and lunchtime all this week in the library (also open evening)
Books from as little as £2.99
Posters only £2.99
Stationery from only 50p

Musical Instrument Challenge

Do you like a challenge?

Have you ever fancied learning a musical instrument?

The Ounsdale Music Department wants you!

Grade-1-a-thon Challenge! We would like to invite all Ounsdale pupils, parents and staff to come and participate in this year’s Grade-1-a-thon challenge.

We want you to get involved and learn a musical instrument. With some hard work and a few laughs we can be ready to take the Grade 1 exam by next summer, and we hope to raise some money for a good cause along the way. Pupils will be competing on behalf of their houses to see who can achieve the most grade 1’s as well as who can raise the most money with chances to win prizes.

Working with Staffordshire music service we are able to offer weekly group instrumental lessons at £38.00 per term (Just £3.15 per week). These will take place during school for pupils, and after-school for parents, staff and pupils who wish to learn with their parents (probably Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm)

For those taking part in the Grade-1-a-thon we are providing:

  • Free instrument rental
  • Free weekly band practice after school
  • Free Workshop with The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals
  • Chances to perform to an audience (There is no greater thrill!)
  • A school trip to watch a City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. 

What are the long term benefits?

Increasing participation in music has shown to improve people’s emotional intelligence, self-motivation, mental health, discipline, confidence, creativity and much more. The creative industry is currently the fastest growing economic sector in the UK responsible for 5.6% of jobs worth £76.9bn to the UK economy, and the music department feels it is about time that our children explored the benefits of being creative.

Plus it is fun and will raise money for a good cause at the same time. How can you say no?

To get involved – fill out the form below and send to the music department.

Grade-1-a-thon Challenge Form 2017