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Options for Year 9 – The deadline for completion of option forms is 5th February 2016. Year 9 Options Information Booklet 2016

Alice in Wonderland
This year, Year 7, 8, and 9 have bealice2en working very hard towards putting on a performance of our version of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale of “Alice in Wonderland”.
Performances will take place on 3rd and 4th February – 6.30 pm in the school hall. Tickets on sale now from school reception.
Children £2.00 Adults £4.00

Themed Food days
As a results of a request from School
Council, the schooChinese Dayl canteen have arranged for themed food days one day each month throughout 2016.  Our first themed day was held recently and Chinese food was on the menu. We had no idea how popular this would prove to be.  In the event the canteen ended up serving 400 customers (half the school), many of whom chose the Chinese option.


Athletics Festival – John Hanson Community School held their annual Sports Hall Athletics Festival on 26th November which was a tremendous success!
210 pupils participated in morning and afternoon sessions from local schools Balksbury, Hatherden, Grateley, Shipton Bellinger, St John the Baptist and Amport.  During the course of the day Councillor Iris Anderson the Mayor of Test Valley visited the event.  Councillor Anderson was visiting the school to meet students and staff.  The Mayor is pictured alongside Councillor Sandra Hawke, whose ward includes John Hanson, pupils from St John the Baptist Primary, a couple of John Hanson Young Leaders and Mrs Vant from the PE faculty.


Recently, John Hanson welcomed Mark Wright, the 2014 winner of The Apprentice.

 Be Wiser Insurance hosted the event at the school where Mark talked to Year 11 students about his time on The Apprentice, what it is like to work with Lord Sugar and his tips for business success in an assembly entitled: ‘How to Sugar-coat your future.’ With pupils firing some tough questions, Mark highlighted the importance of ‘doing something you love and not because of pressure from teachers, family and friends. Whether its going to University, college, doing an apprenticeship or taking timeout to travel, it is important to do what you love and work hard at it – the more you learn, the more you will earn,’ he said.Mark Wright and his company, Climb Online, have been working with Be Wiser Insurance for almost a year to increase their online presence of their Call Wiser site.

 John Hanson School National Award Winners

pixlJust over a year ago the school joined an organisation called PiXL.  This stands for Partners in Excellence.  It is a group of over 1700 schools in England and Wales that work together to share ideas about how to raise student achievement.  Some of the improvement the school made last year in terms of examination results came though putting PiXL systems into practise.

Alongside Mrs Sarah Falk our Chair of Governors and our deputy Headteacher Russell Stevens, the Headteacher Ian Coombs attended a prestigious event alongside 400 other school leaders at the Guildhall in the City of London.  John Hanson did indeed win an award for ‘achieving outstanding GCSE results in 2015′.

“This was quite unexpected but a really lovely accolade from the PiXL team”, said Ian Coombs.  “PiXL recognised the outstanding journey travelled by the students, their parents, our staff and governors - in fact the whole school, to get the results that we have.  We are very proud”.

 2015 – Best Ever Exam Results at John Hanson resultsday John Hanson Community School students are celebrating the school’s best ever GCSE results with 74% of students achieving 5 A*-C grades, and 66% of the students achieving 5 or more A* – C passes which include English and mathematics. This is a fantastic outcome which is a 18% increase on last year’s results. There were many happy faces as the students opened their results envelopes, shared results with friends and then texted or phoned parents to share the good news. Ian Coombs, Headteacher said, “We are absolutely delighted for these young people. They worked extremely hard over the GCSE years  and the efforts they made have paid dividends. I am sure they would also acknowledge the deep commitment and extra miles gone by their teachers and other staff to support them with examination success. We wish them all the very best in the next stage of their education or training.” These results indicate that our students achieved grades 17% above the English national average for A*-C grades, and 11% above the Mathematics national average.

College Open Days 2015-16