John Hanson Weekly News 8th February 2019
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Welcome to the weekly Newsletter for parents and carers of students attending John Hanson Community School.

Inspire - Care - Succeed
‘HEAD’ Lines

‘Eating the Elephant’
Dear parents/carers

In the 2018 summer exam series boys performed on average half a grade worse that girls across all their subjects.

Why is this? They are no less capable!

This is a topic that takes up a lot of my thinking time as, like most mainstream comprehensive schools, 50% of our students are boys.

These boys are exposed to the same quality of education as the girls. Indeed, in some areas the curriculum is biased towards them because we know there is a gap.
So why is there still a gap?

The fact of the matter is that when you look, as I have, at the attitude to learning and learning behavior of some boys and compare it to girls there is often a big gap. A gap in quality of work from some, a gap in meeting deadlines from some, a gap in the quality and quantity of revision done by some.

Therefore, can I please ask that if you have a ‘John Hanson boy’ and their most recent report suggests that they are not doing as well as they could, you ask them why? They get the same input as the girls, but for some of them the output is not the same.
If you have a year 10 or 11 boy, or indeed you are reading this and have a student currently taking GCSEs at John Hanson please click on the link below and watch the video.

In fact, I think the content of the video applies to all students, irrespective of year group.
Enjoy what I think may be a wet and windy weekend with your children.

Russell Stevens
The Big Write!

It’s that time of year again, when we are beginning to plan our annual Big Write competition!  This year’s title is ‘Tolerance’.

If you, or someone you know, has a love of reading, and would like to be one of our guest judges, then please do get in touch. 

Equally, if you could donate a book token then please do let us know. This year we will be giving out new books to all of our winners, and the platinum prize winners will receive an E-reader. There will also be cake sales in the spring term to raise money for this event.

Please contact Mrs Anna Hall for more information:  

Year 9 KS4 Curriculum and Options Evening - 28th February 2019
Option Booklets will be distributed to students immediately after half-term, and also an electronic copy will be sent out via ParentMail. Option Forms will be available for collection during the KS4 Curriculum and Options Evening. No appointments are necessary for this evening. We would encourage students to attend with their parents.
Calling Ex-students . . . . .

Are you an ex—students with an interesting career you’d like to share with our students?

We need you for an informal lunch time drop in. You choose the day and we will organise students from Years 9 -11 to come and listen to you talk about how you got into the career you do and what makes it great!

If you’re interested in running a careers drop in, then please contact Mrs Hall on



Due to our kind staff and students supporting the book fair, we sold over £300 of books which means another £80 of free books for our school.


This is quite amazing, many thanks to all of you that supported us.


Some lovely new titles were also purchased for the LRC which can be seen in the photo below, these will be on display on the New Book shelf in the LRC from Monday, ready to borrow for reading over half-term week.


Please come and take a look. 

Gill Coward,

LRC Manager

John Hanson Community School Production
Rehearsals are well underway for our production of the musical 'Matilda' based on the story by Roald Dahl. Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin. It is important that all members of the cast and choir attend reherasals each week as required.

Wednesdays - Choir for Matilda - soloists and chorus from 3 - 4 pm PA1

Thursdays - Drama reahearsals - cast from 3 to 4.30 pm

All students are invited to attend if they wish to sing in the show - we are especially keen to involve our new Year 7 students - so please encourage your son/daughter to come along.
No audition - just come along and join in!


The show will be on stage for two nights
May 15th and 16th 2019
   Look out for our new app . . . .

                       SPORTS RESULTS    and   FIXTURES                       

You can also follow our activities via the Sports Twitter - visit sports on the website
Community News

We are pleased to announce that we are working alongside Andover Radio to promote success and achievement in Andover.

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