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Friday 17th November, 2023


Dear Parents

As we approach the end of another busy week, I wanted to thank so many parts of the community for their positive contribution to all our lives.  For me the week really started with the Parent Voice meeting, a time when parents and the Senior Leadership team come together to collectively share discussion and thoughts about continually improving Frensham. The meeting was so positive – thanks also to those of you who gave the many, many pieces of positive feedback on the work of staff across the whole school. My particular thanks to Jo Bushill for her work as Chair, she is so professional, clear and driven by the desire to work collaboratively for the betterment of Frensham.  I should also thank the Friends of Frensham, ably led by Gayle Horobin, for their fantastic fireworks night.  It was organised, busy, fun and safe – a perfect mix from my point of view.


The GCSE Drama students performed their assessed pieces mid-week, unfortunately for me it clashed with a Governors sub-committee, I know I would have loved to have seen their work and supported them; definitely will do next time! There was also an Informal Rock and Pop performance by some of the newest voices and singers from Years 7 & 8 and they were all so accomplished and so talented.  Names and abilities to watch for in the future.  Last night the Sixth Form team hosted a lovely Casino Night. The Year 11 & 12 students were enthusiastically shouting their successes on the ‘tables’ -  croupiers flashing the cards and it was just a lot of fun! Thanks to all the staff who shared the work of croupier, looked after the students and set it all up. And now today we have welcomed 35 external students for the Sixth Form entrance day; they were nervous and excited and inquisitive. I am confident we shall see a really vibrant and full Roberts House next academic year.  The external students were joined by many of our current Year 11s during the day, as they hosted lunch, led tours and took part in an escape room.


Lastly, I have been out in lessons commending individual Year 8 students for their kindnesses, good manners, contributions to volunteering, positivity and engagement with their friends – this is what makes my day, and is something that I truly missed while away; the energy, openness, the kindness and the fun of sharing life with some wonderful children and young adults.

Best wishes





We have a date for the evening Online Safety Webinar this half term! This will be at 6pm on Wednesday 6th December. We will send out a proper invite soon. This is a repeat of the coffee morning before half term for any parents who were unable to make that time. It will be lead by Jack and is a chance to be updated on national and local online safety concerns and hear some ideas about how we can work together to help with this. We hope to see you online then!

YEAR 11s INTO SIXTH FORM - click to read Flic's letter

It was great to see so many families at our Sixth Form Open Evening in October and we are delighted to hear that many of our current Year 11s are considering us for Sixth Form. We are aware that there are questions about how to apply for the Sixth Form Arts Awards. Year 11 internal students will be invited to show their interest in the next couple of weeks and further details on the Arts Awards selection process will be shared with parents very soon. Additionally, you will have already received an email from Flic Bains regarding the 1:1 chats with a member of the Senior Leadership Team regarding next steps and future pathways for our Year 11 students (attached here). This is also an opportunity to talk about the Arts Awards and register your interest. Flic will be in touch with people over the coming week or two to confirm appointments. Please note there is no formal application for entrance into Sixth Form, although it does help us to know your intentions when it comes to planning for next year.


I am pleased to share with you the new Ambition and Enrichment programme. This is a rebrand of the Scholarship and Enrichment Programme and I am excited to be leading the programme and providing lots of exciting opportunities for the students. Subject ambassadors will be added to a subject specific team in the next week, where they will find any information on events that they can get involved in each term. Enrichment opportunities will be available for students across the whole school and information will be sent out as and when these opportunities arise. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Many thanks, Rory

SMILE SLEIGH CHARITY TOY COLLECTION - 20th November - 30th November 2023 - donate here

We all enjoy Christmas! Why not spread the happiness to other children across Farnham and the surrounding areas who aren’t as lucky as you and me. We would be very grateful if you could donate to our new charity Smile Sleigh. Smile Sleigh is a local charity who collect Christmas gifts and cash donations and distribute to families who have been victims of domestic violence and would otherwise not be able to afford presents. We are collecting new gifts for children of any ages from 20th to the 30th of November and you can bring the presents to the drop off zone in the morning where students will be waiting to collect them. You can also donate money to the charity using the QR code below or by clicking the link above. Smile Sleigh is a great charity to help this Christmas. We hope you will donate this year and thank you very much from 7SVC! Written by Otto, Konrad, Jonas, Annabel, George, Carter

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MALAWI TRIP 2024 - click here to sign up

We are planning another visit for Years 10 to 13 to our partner school group in Malawi July 2024 for 2 weeks, at a cost of £2995. The trip has a monthly direct debit plan via our provider, True Adventures. it comes with a course of meetings to learn about about the culture and what activities/project work we will complete over the next 8 months developing personal skills of team work, leadership, finance, planning and delivery whilst managing yourself away from home in Africa. There are a few places left and the deadline to take up one of those places has been extended to Mon 24th November. The flyer is attached above with a QR code. If you would like any further details or have any questions please contact

BOARDING OPEN EVENING - TUES 21 NOV - click here to book your place

We are delighted to have Main House open again for our Year 10s and they are really enjoying their new home. It’s also great to welcome some new flexi boarders to join our growing numbers of flexi, weekly and full boarders. We are inviting anyone who would like to find out more about Boarding at Frensham Heights to join us on Tuesday 21 November after school (from 4.15pm). There will be tours of our boarding houses and the opportunity to meet the boarding staff and ask any questions you may have. Please sign up via the link above. We will also be running some taster boarding evenings for Year 7s upwards during the week commencing 27th November. Please contact to book a Taster, stating your preferred day you would like (we may need to offer you an alternative day depending on numbers). Please note that boarding spaces are limited. We will always do our best to accommodate as many as possible.

This year, we are selling Christmas Trees in aid of this year's school charity, The Fountain Centre in Guildford. We will be selling them from now til next Friday 24th Nov.


We are collecting for Farnhham Foodbank. Please bring donations to the Years 4-6 atrium Click here for more details.


Dedicate time, every week, to improving your unique power of communication; learn theory to compliment English and Drama classwork; enhance your speaking in class, on stage and in interview. Sign up before January 2024 to be included in Summer term’s exam opportunity. Email Adam on for more info.


The Farnham Maltings have a new Christmas show coming up. It's a hilarious festive show for all the family, The Christmas Lobster is packed with great songs, laugh-out-loud gags, and buckets of Christmas cheer.  For more info, click here.


Touch Typing Hub will be running Christmas holiday Touch Typing Courses for children at Barfield Prep on the following dates: 

Tuesday 19th - Friday 22nd December - 10am-12 midday @ Barfield Prep

Tuesday 2nd - Friday 5th January - 10am-12 midday @ Barfield Prep

They are offering a 10% early bird discount for anyone booking before 17th November. For more info, click here.


Tuesday 28th November - 7.30-9.30pm at Little Fishes Nursery, Rowledge.

Join the second year of Rowledge's community initiative supporting Little Fishes Nursery.

Drop off your preloved toys at St Jame's Church on Monday 27th Nov. Click here for more details.

KELLY'S SANTA FUN RUN – Saturday 2nd December!

Kelly’s Santa Fun Run will bring some festive fun to Stoke Park in Guildford with a 2.5km and 5km winter fun run! This is a great day out for the whole family, with two routes available to suit runners of all abilities. At the event HQ there will be stalls and games to play, as well as a chance to meet the Santa in his grotto! Every penny from this event supports local disabled children’s charity, Challengers. Grab your running shoes and some festive spirit - we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible! Sign up now at: Kellys Charity Events : Kelly's Santa Fun Run 2023 -


Year 11 Celebration Evening – Monday 24th June

Year 13 Leavers Ball – Wednesday 26th June


The Thank a Teacher campaign recognises all staff working in UK schools and colleges; school leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, and all support staff such as lunchtime supervisors, caretakers and cleaners. If you’re feeling shy you can send a card anonymously! Click here to send a thank you. 


Got something amazing to shout about? Click the logo to use our Parent Voice Frensham Heights positive feedback link.


Please find photos of items currently in the Lost Property office. Please NAME all items of clothing and equipment/water bottles brought into school. Named items will be returned to students form tutors items not named will be posted in the weekly newsletter. Please contact for lost property.


Welcome to My Journey, a careers podcast produced by Frensham Heights School. This podcast focuses on the career journeys of our students, parents, staff, and governors from leaving school to where they are now. In each episode of My Journey, we'll find out what they've learned along the way, what challenges they've faced, and how they've overcome them. We'll also talk about which life skills have played a role in their success. In our first episode, we speak to Charlie Bennett, Director of Innovation and Head of 6th form at Frensham Heights. In the second episode, we talk to Alison Bundy, Assistant Head of Sixth Form (Pastoral) and English Teacher here at Frensham Heights. We'd love it if you could share your career journey with the students via the My Journey podcast, please contact for more information!

This podcast should be of real interest to Years 10 and 11 as they consider what they would like to study at A-level. Here A-level teachers will be discussing some of the big ideas on their courses focusing on the subjects that are not available at GCSE – Film Studies, Sociology, Politics, Psychology, Economics and plenty more to follow. In our first episode, we talk to Charlie Bennett about Film Studies.




26th November | 2pm |  Ballroom

The entire Frensham Heights community is warmly invited to come together to celebrate the life of

John Bayston (1942-2023) and to mark his exceptional contribution to the school over many years.

Join us in the Ballroom for our tribute to John, in images, words, and music. Sunday 26th November, from 2pm with refreshments afterwards.

To add your memories of John to our memory book, or if you have any other queries, please contact:

RSVP to:

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30th November | 6.30pm |  Aldridge Theatre

Performing Arts invite you to our 'Winter Sharing Show' on Thursday 30th November at 18:30! Enjoy an evening of music, drama and dance from our wonderful Frensham students.

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7th-9th December | £8/£10 |  Aldridge Theatre

Tickets are now on sale for our senior school production of We Will Rock You.

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Save the Date: JS (Yr7+) Santa Fun Run!

Fri 8th December, 3.15pm @ Aldridge Theatre
Calling all parents, children, avid runners, trail blazers and exercise enthusiasts to come and join us, hosted by Friends of Frensham.
(All abilities welcomed! It will be a very child friendly course)
More details to follow.




Twenty Year 11, 12 & 13 took part in the Senior Maths Challenge between half term. It is a tough event, with students all over the country taking part. We are delighted that the following students managed to earn themselves the following awards: Bronze Max Yr 12 Domnita Yr 12 Olli Yr 12 Max Yr 13 Youmin Yr 13 Morley Yr 13 Miles Yr 13 James Yr 13 Bronze and Best in Year Daniel Yr 12 Silver and Best in Year Arlo Yr 11 Silver and Best in School George Yr 13 Well done everybody!


Last Saturday saw nine of our students from Year 9 to Year 12 take part in the RGS Model United Nations. Our teams represented Bangladesh, Spain and South Korea and debated topics from the right to protest to capping global warming in committee and the general assembly. Students greatly enjoyed the intellectual challenge and felt they'd built confidence in both their ability to present and to debate a point alongside a deeper understanding of geopolitics. Well done to the FHS teams, your teachers were very proud of your efforts.


We were very excited that West End in Schools Company visited N-6 on Tuesday 14 November to run their Ramayana Dance Workshop - perfect for Diwali 2023 which fell on 12 November! The Ramayana is the most well-known story told during Diwali celebrations. The great Hindu epic about prince Rama and his wife Sita has been shared orally and through dance for centuries. Important cross-cultural concepts like the power of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, freedom over oppression, and hope over despair are all touched upon. Led by a professional West End dancer, the children vividly imagined and physically embodied the different roles, dramatic situations and actions of the main characters in the Ramayana as they retold elements of the great Hindu epic story through dance. By retelling this famous story through dance, children demonstrated Frensham's values of being brave and creative.


Remembrance 23. This year we commemorated with a focus on 80 years ago and the use of strategic bombing with Operation Chastise, known to most as the Dambusters raid in May ‘43 and Operation Gomorrah on Hamburg in July ‘43. Our focus was on the Ethics of bombing civilians to shorten a war: targeting the factory workers rather than combatants. As a result how bomber command have been remembered. Their memorial at Hyde Park Corner was only opened in 2012 and Arthur ‘bomber’ Harris memorial has been a target of graffiti and derision. With a fatality rate of just under 45% the question had long been asked if Bomber Crew’s sacrifices were worth it. We brought the story up to date with an examination of the current conflicts in the world. All of this was done through the lens of interdisciplinary education, blending music, history, physics, ethics and current affairs with valuable contributions from Kevin Joy; James Casselton, Matt Burns and Charlie Bennett. So many questions can be answered with maths and physics. In this case to explain how Barnes Wallace's Upkeep Bomb, more commonly known as the bouncing bomb, would work. We explored how music is used to manipulate emotions of remembrance. As ever it was a privilege to guide the school through a journey of discovery, questions and reflections: as we remember those who shall not grow old whether in uniform or victims of war.


Following on from an assembly, all the classes in Nursery through to Year 3 created their own class wreaths which were placed in the Junior School hall last Friday afternoon while the children listened to some Remembrance poems. Clive very kindly offered to take the wreaths up to the Rowledge War memorial where he placed them there on Sunday morning.


Last week some of our younger boarders had the opportunity to design their own outfit using various fabrics and props, they did a great job. Students had the opportunity to play some sports hall games, use the fitness suite, art centre and play some house based fun games. Over the weekend the students went to the cinema. On Saturday there was a trip to Bath and the students who went on this trip had a great time stopping at stone Henge along the way and then seeing the sights Bath has to offer. The car booty sale wasn’t quite as good as the summer months with less stalls to search for goodies, so we will revisit this in the warmer summer months.


On Tuesday Year 5 were lucky enough to have a visit from Guide Dogs UK to link with their English poem ‘I Asked the Little Boy Who Couldn’t See.’ Two ladies came and spoke to them, one was a puppy raiser called Ann, who’s trained over 22 Guide Dog puppies, she brought her gorgeous dog Teal, who’d unfortunately not passed puppy training! The other lady was Mel who lives with a sight impairment, she brought her beautiful Guide Dog. Both ladies gave a really interesting insight into the world of the blind and the role that Guide Dogs play in that world. The children were absolutely absorbed by the ladies and their dogs, they listened intently to everything the ladies said and they asked amazing questions. I think they were most impressed by how independent Mel is and the amazing technology which helps her, and how clever the Guide Dogs are.


Another little blurb if you want it: Last week Year 5 went on a trip to the V&A Museum in London to look at artefacts from Ancient China to link with their topic of Shang Dynasty in class. The children were in awe of all the amazing displays, they did lots of observational drawing and looked closely at what materials would’ve been used for artwork throughout the ages (linking with our Science topic of Materials). The children were really respectful of all the fantastic artwork and of all the other visitors.


As part of our Science topic of Materials we are focussing on solutions and reversible and irreversible changes. Rich kindly did a Bunsen burner demonstration with Year 5 to show them firstly how Bunsen burners work, and then to show them a reversible change. We created a salt water solution and then Rich used the Bunsen burner to demonstrate how the solution can be reversed back to its original form of salt and water. The children thought it was magic!


Under 15s Netball v Ditcham Park

The U15's had two competitive and physical games against Ditcham Park away. For the first game, Frensham were slow to start and needed to think about their timing and movement. After a regroup, Frensham came back with a succession of goals and took the win with a final score of 8 : 6. This games was quickly followed by a second. Each game was only 6 minutes each way, so the girls knew they had to bring their A game to the court. The second game was much more fluent and the girls played much better as a team, moving the ball quickly into the goal circle. With some excellent shooting by Anna, Sophia and Jemima, the final score of the second game was 13 : 3 to Frensham. Players of the matches were Maleah in defence and Adria in attack. I was super proud of them all today, so much talent and game development made by these girls today.

Under 13s Netball v St Edmunds 

We have continued to be able to field 2 teams in Year 7 netball this term which has been fabulous. The girls have had lots of games, and our courts continue to be very busy on a Wednesday afternoon. This week the u12s took on St Edmunds. Team 1 played first. The improvement in all of the girl’s basic skills such as footwork and movement around the court since the first few weeks is noticeable. The passing around the court has also improved greatly with us just needing to try and cut out the final few loopy passes that appear. The centre passes were much better this week which meant the attackers were able to feed the ball into the circle efficiently to give several shooting opportunities. As ever our shooters were on top form scoring almost every opportunity. Our defence around the court was also strong leading to many turnovers. Team 1 came away with a well-deserved 11 -3 win. I was equally impressed with the improvements in team 2. Their basic skills have also greatly improved over the last few weeks. The footwork and passing are both improving each week, along with defending and turning over the ball. An area we will continue to develop is driving into space to receive the ball as we sometimes struggled to get the ball out of our defensive end. A great effort by all with the girls narrowly losing. Keep up the good work and commitment Year 7.

Under 13 Football v Alton 

On Monday evening the U13 football team played a small sided game against Alton on the Astro. This was a great chance to play a competitive fixture in the ECA time. The boys passed the ball with confidence and accuracy and are showing a clear understanding of how each other play. Frensham dominated possession from start to finish and this led to a string of chances that were put away brilliantly. In defence, the team was solid making some great challenges and blocks and playing the ball out from the back to start our attacks. This reduced the opposition to only having long range efforts. Frensham won the game 6-2. Well done all.

Under 15 Football v Sherfield 

The U15 football team faced a tough Sherfield side on Tuesday afternoon as they travelled away. The opposition started the game strongly and Frensham were quickly on the back foot as the Sherfield forward slotted home to go one up. Frensham then dug in a started to play the way they have all season with Leo commanding the back four and Adnan running the midfield. Chances came with Jack and Hayden but we couldn't find the cutting edge and went in 1-0 down at half-time. In the second half Sherfield scored two goals in quick succession to put the game beyond reach. However, Frensham didn't stop and gave maximum effort throughout, they dominated the last 15 minutes with waves of attack and Jack V scored following a rebound from a corner but unfortunately we ran out of time. Final score 3-1 Sherfield.

Waverley Cross Country Trials

We took a group of 6 runners to the Waverley District cross country trials at Charterhouse on Thursday afternoon. The weather was wet, damp and miserable, perfect for a cross country run! The junior boys (year 9) ran a course of 4km, one lap of the sports field and then into the wood. The intermediate boys (year 10, 11 and senior) ran a course of 5km, one large lap and a smaller lap. All our runners gave maximum effort and showed a brilliant attitude. All results are recorded electronically, and we await placing. Those in the top standing will go on to represent Waverley borough in county competitions.

Under 10s Netball v St Edmunds

A tricky game for our U9s, as St Eds used the space to their advantage and were quick to pass the ball. In the first quarter, St Eds succeed three goals even though our team were trying to keep the pressure on! In the second quarter, Frensham tried to hold their position on the edge of the D more, to try and slow St Eds but unfortunately, they still managed to succeed another three goals, finishing half time 6-0 down.  The third quarter saw our team really working well together and clearing the ball away from our defensive end quickly. Passes were cleaner and sharper, allowing us to make our way quickly to the attacking third with time and space to shoot, enabling Isabel to score two goals! We continued this strong gameplay into the last quarter and made some great interceptions which stopped St Eds from making it to their attacking third, finishing 6-2. Well done to all that played and an extra well done to Woody for being selected as Player of the Match.

Under 10s Football v Barfield 

A very competitive game that ended in a 5-4 win to Frensham. Frensham started the game very fast with a few quick goals to go into half time in a comfortable lead. Barfield came back strong in the second half to level the scores however Frensham fought hard to get the final goal that sealed the victory. Amazing goal keeping by Mack, fantastic strong defence by Max, Angad and Ben, awesome distribution by Ethan, Remy and Clark and brilliant work upfront with Oscar and Ethan. Well done boys!

Under 9s Football v Ditcham Park 

Frensham vs Ditcham Park U9 football match. After a very even 15 minutes Ditcham Park managed to score three goals within a couple of minutes resulting in Frensham going in behind into the break. Shortly into the second half Frensham managed to create three early chances with Lex bagging one and Aubrey scoring the other two. With the game moving into the dying moments, Frensham found the back of the net on two occasions resulting in Lex completing his hattrick. Ditcham shortly after got a goal back leaving the last couple of minutes at 5-4. Last attack of the game, Ditcham Park broke free but Thomas with an unbelievable save to keep the score at 5-4. The game finished in a 5-4 victory for Frensham.




We’re very pleased to introduce Conor to the Chandco family, he joined us at the start of term as Head Chef and has hit the ground running. He is running a cookery class as part of the Edge for the Sixth Form, this week they made Macaroni cheese.

Plus some photos of the delicious things coming out of the kitchen this week.



Sunday 19th November 

10.00 – 17.00  - "We Will Rock You" All Day Rehearsals (Aldridge Theatre) 

Boarding Weekend Activity - Festive Fun Day in Guildford 

Monday 20th November

13.55 - Year 7 to Year 13 School Notices (Aldridge Theatre) 

16.45 - 17.15 - Year 11 BTEC Performing Arts (Recording of Performance for C2) (Drama Studios) 

Tuesday 21st November

09.00 – 11.30 - Mini Open Morning

13.10 - 13.45 - Informal Acoustic Concert (MRR) 

14.30 - Year 4 Hosting Farnham Assist Afternoon Tea  

14.30 - U15/14 Boys Football Vs Bedales (Away) 

16.00 - U14 Girls Netball Vs Farnborough Hill (Away) 

16.40 - U15 Girls Netball Vs Farnborough Hill (Home) 

16.15 - 18.30 Boarding Open Evening (Main House and Boarding Houses) 

Wednesday 22nd November 

08.20 - Parent Voice Coffee Morning for Year 12 & Year 13 (Aldridge Cafe) 

13.00 Departure - GCSE / A Level / BTEC Trip to Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford 

14.30 - U13/12 Boys Football Vs Bedales Dunhurst (Home) 

14.30 - U11 Boys Football Vs Bedales Dunhurst (Home) 

14.30 - U11/10 Girls Netball Vs Churchers Juniors (Away) 

14.30 - U13 ISFA Boys Football Vs Farleigh School (Away) 

15.00 - U13/12 Girls Netball Vs Ditcham (Away) 

Thursday 23rd November

15.30 - U9 Boys Football Vs Churchers Juniors (Home) 

15.30 - U9 Girls Netball Vs Churchers Juniors (Home) 

16.15 - U16 Girls Netball Vs Sherfield (Away) 

16.30 - Drama / Musical Rehearsals (Studios) 

16.45 - U16 Boys Football Vs DOK (Away) 

Friday 24th November

08.20 - Parent Voice Year 10 Parent Coffee Morning (Aldridge Cafe) 

08.40 - Junior School Assembly (Aldridge Theatre) 

9.15 - 10.25 - Year 7 to Year 12 Morning Talk: Topic Frensham History (Andrew) – (Aldridge Theatre) 

Boarders Weekend Evening Activity– Junior Movie in Theatre / Seniors Wine & Cheese in Roberts House 

Saturday 25th November

Boarders Weekend Activity - Winter Wonderland (London) 

08.45 - 12.15 - Year 7 & Year 9 Entrance Interviews & Activities (Studios, Art & Design, Sports Hall, Main House, Nevil Hall) 

10.30 Departure - Volleyball Tournament Trip Ernest Bevin College 

Sunday 26th November

Boarders Weekend Activity - Ninja Warrior Guildford 

10.00 - 17.00 - "We Will Rock You" All Day Rehearsals (Aldridge Theatre) 

14.00 - 16.00 - John Bayston Memorial at Frensham (Main House) 


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