Visits and Events


We’ve all arrived back safely from our Ski Trip to Andorra. A big thank you to our staff for giving up their half term to give our students an experience of a lifetime.  It’s quite a job getting 56 children up and down a mountain with skis, poles and boots but we nailed it! 
Below are pictures of our fantastic staff and students ski teams.   I’ve also received lots of kind words on our twitter page from parents (see below). 
Mr Tatton (Head of PE Department)

Hello Mr Tatton, 
We would just like to say a huge thank you to you and the other teachers for giving Isabella the opportunity to go on the school ski trip. She has been telling us all about it since she got home and it sounds like all the children had a fantastic time. Life is all about making memories and I'm sure Bella and her friends will remember this trip for a long time. Thanks again.


The two teams from Moorside have done extremely well today, competing against other local schools. We came second and third from ten teams.  Both teams have had an amazing day at the event hosted by Jordan Banjo from Diversity, Britain's Got Talent winner and Celebrity Get me Out of Here contestant. 

Well done to all involved!

Mr Qayyum (Head of ICT)


Harry Potter has arrived as part of the Werrington scarecrow trail.  Congratulations to all involved, they have worked really hard.

 Ski kit list 

Three stores to try with competitive prices are Decathlon (Wednesbury Ikea M6), Go Outdoors and Sports Direct. I will be holding a presentation shortly after October half term for the ski trip. However I’m sure this list will be helpful in the meantime especially on the build up to Christmas. 

  • Personal medication (the trip staff need this before we travel)
  • Travel sickness pills
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski goggles
  • Lip salve
  • Ski hat
  • Gloves x 2 (day and night)
  • Salopettes/snow pants 
  • Ski jacket
  • Layers to wear under ski gear – vests, t-shirts, sweatshirts, thermals
  • Ski socks x 5
  • substantial footwear/walking boots 
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Night clothes
  • Suitable leisurewear – warm

Ski boots, ski’s and a helmet are provided by the tour operator. 


Kian Hollins and Sophie Longton with the buglers at the Menin Gate. They had the proud honour of laying a wreath on behalf of the school.



On 28th June, a group of Art students from years 9 and 10 went to Unit 12 for a Gifted and Talented Art trip. Whilst there students learnt a range of new skills that they can use in their latest Art project.

Students had to create paper shoes from recycled materials. They had a choice of four different types of shoes to create.

Students then created a shoe box to match the shoes they had created.  The more advanced students created  a more complex design of shoe. “It gave students a chance to experience a different style of Art.” said Mrs Stones. 


On Thursday 24th November Moorside High School, hosted our annual Awards Evening for the Class of 2016.  This year the school has a lot to celebrate. The achievement of its pupils in the 2016 GCSE results, have placed the school in the top 5% of schools nationally for their progress. Amongst this immense achievement for the whole cohort, there were incredibly impressive individual successes such as ;

    Charlotte Johnson    11A*, 1A (receiving the Ben Thorneycroft Trophy for Overall Outstanding Achievement) 
    Grace Burgin    8A*, 4A (receiving the Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group Achiever Prize)
    Mitchell Birkin    7A*, 4A, 1B
    Sarah Smallman    7A*, 3A
    Charlotte Friesner    5A*, 6A, 1B
    Edward Gorton    4A*, 8A
    Tommie Cooke    12A
    Hannah Harrison    2A*, 9A, 1B
    Chloe Fahey    9A, 3B

The school was also honoured to be joined by Olympic Gold Medallist Mr Etienne Stott. MBE, who was the guest speaker for the evening and presented the awards. Mr Stott, a slalom canoeist, knows what is required to excel, having won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in front of a 12,000 strong home crowd. He was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours list for his services to canoeing and will no doubt inspire this driven and high achieving group of young people. 

Head teacher Mr Simon Clarke said ; "The Awards Evening is a wonderful celebration and the culmination of years of hard work by the pupils. This year they have excelled and we are incredibly proud of all they have achieved! We look forward to sharing this success with pupils and parents.  We are an inclusive and caring school whose dedicated staff are all focussed upon helping the students to achieve their true potential. The Awards Evening is a unique event in the school calendar that gives us the opportunity to celebrate their hard work, commitment and achievement".

Mrs G Grant (Deputy Headteacher)


london theatre trip

(tues, 01 & wed, 02 november 2016) 

On Tuesday 1st of November 2016, 48 Year 9 and 10 students embarked on the Music department’s trip to London. Pupils turned up in ICT 4 at 8.30am, buzzing and ready to go. The journey down to London was full of song as pupils were singing classics from the Macarena to Bohemian Rhapsody. We arrived at the hotel shortly after 2pm, where pupils were given the keys to their rooms. 

We left the hotel making our way to The Hard Rock Café, travelling through the streets of London passing the world famous Harrods and the hotels and shops of Park Lane and Mayfair. Inside The Hard Rock Café pupils were able to see memorabilia from famous music icons from the last 60 years. There were guitars from Oasis, The Who and Zakk Wylde, as well as outfits worn on stage by Madonna and Elton John. Pupils were treated to a selection of burgers with fries and a drink, followed by ice cream for dessert. 

It was then time for the main event, an evening performance of the hit West End show ‘Wicked!’. We had prime seats in the middle of the theatre and the show did not disappoint. The lights went out at 7.30pm and the entertainment began. The musical was world class with fantastic sound and lighting effects to keep everyone gripped to the storyline. It tells the story of Elphaba, the misunderstood, smart, and fiery girl of emerald-green skin who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West and Galinda, the beautiful, blonde, popular girl who grows up to become Glinda the Good Witch of the South. You will have to watch the musical or ask the pupils to find out the rest. A fantastic night was had by all. We headed back to the hotel for a good nights' rest.

The following morning after breakfast we got back onto the coach heading back into London. We had a short guided tour on the way into the capital before we reached the London Eye, where we boarded the river cruise. We went up and down the Thames seeing numerous landmarks and buildings such as the Shard, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and HMS Belfast.  The cruise even stopped in the middle of the river so we could get photos of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

The final part of our trip took us the Covent Garden. Pupils had the time to get a bite to eat before shopping in London’s finest designer shops and watching street performers entertaining the masses. There was just enough time for Mrs Burke to get attacked by a mob of pigeons, a sight not to forget!

Mr Meakin (Head of Music) 



The first Moorside Bake Off was a great success. On Tuesday, 1st November, eleven Year 7 and 8 students battled it out to see who would be the first ‘Star Baker’. 

All houses were represented; Bennett had two representatives, Matthews three, Mitchell one and Wedgwood had four.

All students worked hard to prepare, bake and present a batch of muffins of their choice of flavour.

The judges were Miss Greatbanks, Mr Bury, Mrs Boyd, Mrs McIntyre and Mr Bellingham (Caretaker).

The muffins were judged for appearance, texture and flavour. 

Considering the taste alone, Alex Dust’s chocolate muffins were very popular, as were Olivia Hollinshead’s apricot muffins and William Pugh’s blueberry muffins. The best shaped muffins were made by Thomas Salmon.  All of the entries had a good texture but stand out entries were those made by Olivia Hollinshead, Tom Street, Thomas Salmon, Will Pugh and Shannon Burns. Overall,  

1st place and ‘Star Baker’ – Olivia Hollinshead – Bennett
2nd place – Tom Street – Wedgwood
3rd place – Thomas Salmon – Wedgwood
4th place - Alex Dust – Mitchell

All entries were rewarded with points for their house and a plate of beautiful muffins to take home.

Congratulations to all those who took part; Joshua Norbury Duckers, Alisha-Mai Middleton, Shannon Burns, Alex Dust, Will Pugh, Thomas Salmon, Tom Street, Olivia Hollinshead, Heather Allen and William Walker. Ben Cartlidge also attended.

Mrs McIntyre (DT Food)

Image result for LAKE GARDAFootball & Netball Tour to the Lake Garda, Italy

(10th April – 14th April 2017)

We are delighted to offer your child an opportunity to participate in the above sports tour. This will be a fabulous experience for the children offering exciting opportunities for team building and a chance to immerse themselves in the local culture.

In order to reduce costs we are travelling with a low cost airline. This means the prices are ‘live’ at present. Therefore, we have to have a very prompt turnaround in paying our deposit to secure our flights. There may be a situation where the price may increase slightly due to the fluctuation in prices low cost airlines offer. Places are available to sports team players initially, where we have a limit of 50 places for the tour. 

Places are reserved on a first come first served basis.  It is important to note deposits are non-refundable once your child’s place on the trip is confirmed.

The trip will include;

  • Return Flights
  • Resort coach transfers
  • Full board accommodation at the Park Hotel Jolanda (or similar)
  • 2 Football Fixtures.
  • Netball Tournaments.
  • 3 Football & Netball Coaching Sessions.
  • A visit to Verona.
  • Trip to Milan including a San Siro Stadium tour.
  • Bowling, Pizza and Disco Nights.
  • Medals for each participant

The tour has been organised by activ4 School Tour Specialists ( an ABTA and ATOL licensed tour operator.

The total cost of the sports tour is £720 spread over 4 payments: an initial deposit of £200 on the Monday 3rd  October, £200 on the 2nd of November, £200 on the 7th of December and the final balance on the 1st of  February £120. 

Trip Information

All trips require parental consent.  Information will be sent home informing parents about the trip and, as part of the preparation for the trip, parents must complete and return the forms from the section below: