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BOOKS and biscuits are proving a popular combination for students in Hungerford.

John O’ Gaunt has launched a new inspirational book club called ‘Book Chat and Biscuits’, aimed at inspiring hundreds of students to further and wider reading.

JOG staff are passionate about getting students reading for fun and pleasure, with the pursuit helping in every single other subject at school and beyond.

Last summer English GCSE results at JOG were exceptional.

School Librarian Nicola Chester said:

“This new club is proving extremely popular. We bring students together to discuss books that they have read while they enjoy biscuits.

“In the last group they chose one line from the book and had discussions about the main characters.”

By Alex Nutley Aged 15

Inspirational Hungerford students have become some of the best maths performers in Britain

Inspirational Hungerford students have become some of the best maths performers in Britain.

The Year 7 and 8 John O’ Gaunt students achieved some incredible results in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

The Challenge is designed to make students think, solve interesting problems and get even better at maths.

Year 7 student Isis Rota, aged 12, came out with a Gold award and achieved the best rating in the school. She is now lining up a career in either maths, acting or sport – all of which she is passionate about.  Isis said “It was a surprise to win but I was really happy. I enjoy the lessons and sometimes we do maths quizzes.”  Other students to excel included Year 8 students Jake Roberts and Toby Wheeler, and Year 7 students Phoebe Digweed, Beau Collins and Sophie Orchard.

Principal Alan Henderson said: “We are so proud of all these students. Maths is a key lesson for life and launches some great careers.”

JOG achieved fantastic maths GCSE results last summer and are on course to deliver the same again this year.

John O'Gaunt Maths Performers

St John’s Academy chorus sang ‘out of their socks’ at Choir of the Year Competition

  1. The St John’s Academy Chorus sang ‘out of their socks’ last Saturday evening in the Finals of the Wiltshire Choir of the Year Competition, held in St John’s Church, Devizes. Four choirs had been selected from the heats held last Tuesday – Devizes Harmony (Devizes School), Staverton Primary School, St John’s Academy Chorus and St Mary’s, Calne.

After what had been only a good performance in the heats, the girls from St John’s really stepped up to the plate and gave an utterly compelling performance of their three pieces – Panis Angelicus, Johnny Todd and Fly Me To The Moon.  The audience response was fantastic.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be our day.  After a long delay, during which the  adjudicators engaged in a lively exchange, the panel decided that we were to be runners up to St Mary’s, Calne.  The girls of the Academy Chorus were naturally disappointed but Mr More, their Director of Performance, told them that they had given an exceptional account of themselves and could leave the venue with heads held high.

Several members of the audience – not parents of our students – came up afterwards and said that we were simply the ‘stand out’ choir of the evening, which was some consolation.

May has been highly successful month for choirs from St. John’s Academy.  Mr More said that achieving 1st place with the Year 7&8 Competition Choir at Cheltenham, and then 2nd with the Academy Chorus  in the Wiltshire Choir of the Year, is a record of which all those involved can feel justly proud.