Last year, Ms Ashton once again ran the enriching and entertaining Culture Club for Year 12s. Every half term, the 35 students would journey into London for dinner, before gathering for an evening of fantastic entertainment. The first trip took us to a concert of a selection of Mozart’s finest pieces, and the next to the truly stunning operatic tragedy Madame Butterfly. Other visits included the farcical Jeeves and Wooster; Sizwe Banzi is Dead, a play set during the apartheid; and the Swan Lake ballet. The year culminated in a day trip, including a visit to the National Gallery, the ‘pop-up’ comedy Great Britain, starring Billie Piper and showing at the National Theatre, and finally a group meal out.

Having been over-subscribed last year, and needing to draw names from a hat to decide membership, this year an even greater interest in cultural enrichment has been shown; after two former members delivered an assembly to introduce the club to the new Year 12s, a record 58 people have signed up, over double the number of spaces available! Ms Ashton was extremely pleased with the outcome, and we thank her and Mrs Akerman for running the club so brilliantly. We are all looking forward to another year of exciting cultural events.