Science Classes on Acid Rain

Our Y11 scientists have been using titration to examine three samples of acid rain collected from three sites around the UK. The students are then trying to neutralise the samples using sodium hydroxide.

Gardening Club

The Year 7 Gardening Club have been busy planning what fruit and vegetables they will plant in their new planters. Over the next few weeks, the group will be planting and maintaining the planters and later in the summer, will be harvesting the fruits and vegetables


As part of our Year 7 after-school enrichment we have STEM Club – the students have been studying ‘Engineering in a Pandemic’ as part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s education pack. The students in the STEM Club have modelled the virus and lateral flow testing. They are currently building wind tunnels as part of the respiratory challenge in which they have to design and test their own face masks.

Megha recognised in goIT Monthly Challenge

Year 9 student, Megha, has participated in a global STEM initiative by goIT Monthly Challenge. Her achievement has been recognised as a unique solution to saving water and teaching younger students about our shared eco responsibilities through playing a game. Congratulations, Megha! To find out more and participate in this month’s competition, see the TSC Empowers website below.

Home Instead’s ‘Eggcellent Easter Envelope Eggstravaganza’

We are really proud to have supported Home Instead’s ‘Eggcellent Easter Envelope Eggstravaganza’ initiative. We contributed a book of poems written by Dorcan Academy students and some sunflower seeds to plan and enjoy at home.

We hope that our contributions lifted the spirits of those self-isolating due to being vulnerable in the Covid pandemic.

Here is one of the poems by Year 7 student, Lily-Rose:

Whilst the world is stood still.

A virus then lockdown, everything stops, only essential services like farmers sowing crops.

Whilst the human race stays at home and put their lives on hold, the first signs of life bloom and delicately unfold.

Daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses to, flourish season after season just to be there for you. They brighten our life through the hard year, through meadows, valleys and hills they appear. As nature prevails, at least we all know, if we are kind to nature, year after year it will grow.

Bronze Practice – Duke of Edinburgh Award

Earlier this term our Year 9 & 10 students completed their practice Bronze Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award.

On each day they walked between 15 & 16km! The students spent Saturday following a route with a member of staff & used the skills they had learned in the classroom in a real-world exercise. Then on Sunday, they walked independently in their teams meeting staff at checkpoints. A huge well done to everyone involved!

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