Historical Fiction Review

The History Department has a wide range of historical fiction available in our History Library. Many students take advantage of this and enjoy stories set as far back as Anglo-Saxon England or borrow books depicting life in more recent eras such as 20th century Cuba.

We always welcome feedback on the books we have on our shelves. The following is a fantastic review of the book ‘After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside’ by Emily G in Year 8. 

“After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside” by Tom Palmer is a compelling and insightful book that looks at the aftermath of World War II and the experiences of those who were affected by the war. The story follows the journey of a young boy named Yanek, who is a survivor of Auschwitz, as he tries to come to terms with his past and adjust to life in England after the war.

The way it is written is both informative and emotional, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the war on individuals and communities.

One of my favourite parts of the book is its in depth look into Yanek’s struggles as a survivor of Auschwitz. Tom does an excellent job of depicting the trauma and psychological scars that Yanek carries with him as well as the challenges he faces in adjusting to life in a new country. Through Yanek’s point of view, I gained a greater appreciation for resilience, strength and spirit.

The book also looks at things such as the importance of family and community, the power of forgiveness and the need for hope in the face of a new situation. These things are explored in a thoughtful way, giving a deeper understanding of these issues.

Overall, “After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside” is a powerful and though-provoking book that genuinely made me think how privileged I, and the people around me, truly are. It is a real show of the human capacity for resilience and hope and a reminder of the importance of understanding and learning from the past.”

Mr Bretherton

History Department

Holocaust Workshop

On Tuesday, 28th March, forty Year 9 students travelled to the University of Huddersfield and attended a workshop at Holocaust Centre North. 

Year 9 had been studying the Holocaust over previous weeks, discussing why and how the Holocaust happened. The University’s workshop gave us the opportunity to deepen our understanding and engage with some new and challenging ideas. During the morning session, Year 9 considered the impact of anti-Semitic propaganda in Nazi Germany. We also spent time discussing the objects and displays in the exhibition. After lunch, we attended a workshop which looked at the impact the Holocaust has had on post-war human rights legislation.

University staff were keen to state afterwards just how impressed they were with our students. Their depth of understanding, knowledge and sensitivity was clear throughout the day. Mr Herbert, Mrs Lucas and myself were exceptionally proud of Year 9 and the manner in which they represented our school.

Mr Bretherton

History Department

Introducting Miss Phillips

Hello! My name is Mrs Phillips and I have joined the team at PGHS as a maths teacher. Prior to this I have been a maths teacher at another Preston school for 15 years. What I love most about my job is how rewarding it is to help students achieve what they are capable of and being able to give them the guidance and support to do this. 

In my spare time I am involved in the Scout association as a cub leader in Ormskirk. I have an 8-year-old boy and we love camping, Lego and board games. 

I am a keen runner, I completed the London marathon last year and more recently completed my first 45-mile ultra-marathon. 

I am really excited to be teaching here at PGHS and look forward to getting to know you in the coming weeks. 

Mrs Phillips

Maths Department

Mr McVey’s Mysterious Maths – Eurovision Edition

No doubt like me, you were glued to the TV on Saturday night enjoying the fabulous feast of quality music and eclectic costumes on offer from across Europe and of course Australia!

The Eurovision Song Contest brings music and maths into homes across the world. Obviously, the songs are a big part of the evening but so is the voting. Many people will sit and try and work out how many points particular countries will need to win. In fact, if you think about it, elements of maths can be found throughout Eurovision. For example, in the rhythms found in songs, in the measurements needed to build the sets and in the statistics that journalists will quote when talking about the different entries.

This edition’s challenge is a Eurovision-based logic puzzle that will get you thinking. As usual there will be a prize for correct answers that can be submitted to me in person or by email. Good luck and make sure you don’t get ‘nul points’!

The Puzzle:

There are five Eurovision acts performing in the final, each from a different country:

Italy, Spain, Sweden, Greece, and Germany

Each act has a different colour as their primary costume colour:

Red, blue, green, yellow, and pink

Each act has a different musical genre:

Pop, Rock, Electronic, Jazz, and Country

  • The act from Spain is wearing a red costume.
  • The electronic act is not from Italy.
  • The jazz act is wearing a blue costume.
  • The act from UK is not wearing a pink costume.
  • The rock act is from Germany.
  • The pop act is not from Sweden.
  • The act from Italy is wearing a yellow costume.

Can you work out what colour each act is wearing and what genre their song is?

Mr McVey

Maths Department

LUSom Sessions

As part of our continuing links with LUSoM, there are a number of taster sessions and lectures, both online and on the campus that are currently, and will be, available for students in KS4:

Year 10 Problem Solving Event

This programme is for high achieving year 10 maths students who are looking to expand on their current problem-solving skills.

The group will meet each Wednesday over a 3-week period in June, and will cover different subjects, exploring the various ways to approach them.

Two sessions will be held online, with one being delivered on campus.

To register for this programme, please visit: https://bit.ly/3A9VdDy

Date: 7th June 2023

Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Location: Online

Date: 14th June 2023

Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Location: Online

Date: 21st June 2023

Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Location: On Campus


LUSoM Women in STEM Day

This is an opportunity for all female Year 11 students (including those who identify as female, and non-binary) to spend the day at LUSoM.

We will be joined by guest speaker Robyn Goldsmith and you will take part in workshops throughout the day. The day will finish with a fun quiz.

This will be based around some of the pioneering women from across the STEM landscape.

To register for this event, please click visit: https://bit.ly/3GS2sUH

Date: 29th June 2023

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Location: On Campus

Ms Hasan

Maths Department

Year 10 Set A Maths

Year 10 Set A recently had the opportunity to receive a taster lesson in A Level Maths/Further Maths from the Headteacher at LUSoM, Peter Tiltman.

Students were given a brief overview of what LUSoM is and where it is based. They were then informed about the importance of studying Mathematics. Students realised that studying Mathematics further leads to versatile qualifications and allows you to develop key employability skills such as problem solving, communication, logical reasoning and resilience, hence leading onto a variety of career choices. Students also saw that many other subject areas also use some form of mathematics, such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Psychology, Law and many others.

According to the JCQ data, A Level Mathematics was the most popular A Level entry in 2022, showing that it is becoming an increasingly popular choice of subject (95635 exam entries in the UK).

After this, students were given a taster lesson in one of the topics in A Level Maths/Further Maths, as well as the Level 2 Qualification in Further Maths, Pascal’s triangle, leading onto the Binomial Expansion. Students were thoroughly engaged and participated well in the lesson. They realised that although GCSE Mathematics consists of many standalone topics, the further they pursue the subject, they more they will start to see the different areas of mathematics interlink.

Ms Hasan

Maths Department

United Kingdom Mathematics Trust

Junior Mathematical Challenge 2023

On Wednesday 26th February, it was time for our Year 7 and 8 students to take on the annual national challenge of the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge 2023.

Years 7 and 8 students answer a multiple-choice quiz based on mathematical skills learnt in lessons to problem solve.

Over 4000 schools across the UK take part in this event and the standard of participation is high; only the best achieving students can receive an award and to do so, is recognition of the effort and ability of our students.

After good showings from previous year groups in their respective challenges last year, expectations were very high and I am proud to announce that this year the results were up there with our recent best. The Year 7 cohort put in a particularly good effort, receiving a large number of bronze awards.

This year’s prize winners are as follows:

Cherlotte Y (Year 7) – Best in School, Best in Year 7 and Gold award

Isabella N (Year 7) – Gold award

Emily W (Year 8) – Best in Year 8 and Silver award

Silver awards were achieved by the following:

(Year 7) Laila B, Charlotte T, Ruby M and Emily T.

Bronze awards were achieved by the following:

(Year 8) Grace I, Maisie K, Marnie D, Hana S, Maisie B, Emelia W, Poppy M, Fatima S, Evie F, Holly L, Jessica O, Grace A, Syeda A, Lily S, Tanisha S, Daisy L, Isabella S, Naomi S, Helena M, Unaisah B, Hettie C and Amber P.

(Year 7) Aaminah B, Phoebe M, Faye N, Freya G, Susannah K, Ayra K, Hannah B, Phillipa M, Abigail W, Sophie W, Phoebe B, Lilah C, Beatrix W, Amelia C, Jennifer Z, Emily H, Esme F and Eva P.

Congratulations to everybody involved.

The department is already looking forward to seeing what each year group can do in their challenges next year!

Mr S Cheal

The Mathematics Department

Year 7 and 9 Netball Tournaments

Due to bad weather last half term, the Year 7 and 9 netball tournaments were rearranged to the week beginning of 24th April. We took an A and B team from Years 7 and 9 to All Hallows to compete in the tournaments against other South Ribble schools. Both nights were fantastic events with the sun even coming out to join us for the Year 7 competition. On each night, the teams had lots of matches to play with short running times, meaning little time to score. All teams played fantastic, demonstrating quality netball skills and sportsmanship throughout. 

The Year 9 A Team finished 4th and the B Team finished 6th. Well done, girls!

The Year 7s did exceptionally well with the A Team finishing 2nd and the B Team finishing 3rd out of 9 teams. Well done, girls!

Mrs Tompson and Miss Shahi 

Sports, Performance and Health Faculty

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  • Artsmark Platinum Award - Awards by Arts Council England
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • International School Award
  • Artsmark Platinum Award - Awards by Arts Council England
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • International School Award