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The title of this work is ‘The impact of a book’ and I think it’s rather wonderful


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NPQH taken outside. Activity based on Workload. Thought provoking.


Our pleasure!


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Thank you to the speakers from and who took part in a panel discussion to inform and inspire the students for


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Thank you!😑 for inviting us to do a seminar on Value's and money, we look forward to coming back! 😎


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Stephen Hawking: born on the same day Galileo died, died on the same day Einstein was born. Pi day. Associated with greatness from birth to death. His contribution to science, culture and the world can never be quantified (or quantum-fied, should I say). Thankyou for the stars 💫


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. It was a pleasure delivering an inspirational talk to year 13 students in conjunction with / /


Retention is so complex especially in London. Happy to chat and exchange ideas.


We have 25% PPA time with rarely cover. And no, we’re not subsidised by a sponsor! It is possible.


Would love to hear more... can you DM


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Suspect that all three keynotes at are going to focus on this important issue. Lots that heads in ALL settings can learn from what are up to!


Agreed. Myself and the Exec did that when we first took over. Half a day at least every support role. Gave huge insight and worth the time.


At staff briefing, thank with total honesty for behind the scenes effort like the premises team. Give them a round of applause even though they might not be there.


Thanks Andy. Would love to host you for a visit to swop ideas...


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Love this poster - all schools should have a version of this up for the boys. Via


We're working an infographic T&L policy. Meanwhile here's our approach on assessment and feedback. No marking madness!


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Alaaaaaddin! Having a great time on our awards theatre trip for some of our most outstanding contributors to Performing Arts in yr 10 and 11

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Cuttlefish Single Stage to Orbit Space Plane


Cuttlefish is a lifting body design, powered by two ducted turbo fans and an Estes solid rocket motor. It is designed to take off like an ordinary aircraft, fly as a normal aircraft to a given height. Cuttlefish then, makes its way into orbit powered by a rocket motor. On its return journey back to Earth, after re-entry it then re-ignites its jet engines and flies back to its base.Cuttlefish, as a model of the space plane, is controlled in two ways. It is flown by a human pilot via remote control while in the jet flight phase and while in range of the radio transmitter. During the rocket phase it is flown by its on-board auto pilot (based on a PICAXE board) with (either non mercury tilt switches or a gyro/accelerometer chip) and an SFR005 ultrasonic range finder to navigate the vehicle back into range. The system will also be capable of landing Cuttlefish unaided.Other aspects of Cuttlefish will be controlled by the PICAXE system including deploying the landing gear and automatically igniting the rocket motor. Cuttlefish's target altitude is a maximum of 2000 feet (the maximum allowed by the CAA).



Possible Cuttlefish airframe variants


The team realised that a smaller 'drone' version of the airframe, with simplified electronics/guidance systems, carrying a cargo of water purifiers, military ration packs, simple emergency shelters, air launched from military cargo aircraft, could carry immediate aid, by air into sites of disaster such as earthquake zones etc. to provide rapid aid to areas that cannot be easily accessed due to the disaster. 



Competitions and appearances


2015 entry into Big Bang Near Me Fair



Project Pipeline


The development of Cuttlefish is listed by prototype, below:


Mk I - VIII Cuttlefish

Various card and paper built designs for lifting bodies. some designs flew with varying success.


Mk IX Cuttlefish

First balsa built version, as a blended wing design including canards. Flew well



Second, larger balsa/polystyrene versions each mark with varying control surfaces and positions. These versions of Cuttlefish are true lifting bodies and do not require stub wings or canards to fly.



First full up weight version with rocket motor mount. Flew moderately well.


Mk XV Cuttlefish (current version)

Design change to a facet style lifting body, First to attempt powered flight using EDF propulsion.



 Cuttlefish requires funding to allow further development.


Further marks of Cuttlefish will have:

  • A larger, lightweight strengthened balsa/polystyrene fuselage.
  • On board PICAXE autopilot.
  • Gyro/accelerometer chip
  • Ultrasonic height detection.
  • EDF/Solid rocket propulsion.
  • On board rocket flight ignition and control.
  • Automatically deployable landing gear controlled by the ultrasonic system.
  • On board Wireless camera.

Estimated cost for these enhancements: