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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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BTEC/RSL - Forensic Investigations

Forensic science is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. Forensic science uses highly developed technologies to uncover scientific evidence in a variety of fields. The word forensic comes from the Latin word forensic (meaning “public”) and currently means “used in or suitable to courts of judicature or to public discussion or debate.” Forensic science is science used in public, in a court or in the justice system; so any science, used for the purposes of the law, is a forensic science.


Real-life forensic science is quite different from fictional televised accounts

It is a lot less glamorous.


Skills you will develop:

  • the capacity to undertake fine, analytical, painstaking work with exceptional attention to detail

  • a logical, unbiased and methodical approach to problem solving

  • a persistent approach and inquiring mind

  • the ability to work well in a team, as well as independently

  • strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate scientific information to non-experts

  • the ability to work to deadlines



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Scene of crime investigation:

The body farm: Search for the body farm (not the book) It is a farm in the US which researches the decomposition of human bodies.


Forensic Files is an American documentary-style television program that reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and outbreaks of illness.