Gardening spans the generations

Gardening spans the generations as this picture taken on press day at Hampton Court Flower Show demonstrates. Students from Phoenix High School discussed the finer points of vegetable growing in their award winning market garden with respected horticultural journalist Peter Seabrook.


The students have been involved in every part of the process researching the initial ideas for the eighteen century themed market garden, helping with construction, growing the plants used and planting the garden.  They had to return to school be for the judges had passed their verdict and Head of 6th Form Jan Parnell said ‘ I can’t wait to see their faces when they learn that the garden won a gold and 2 silver gilt medals. I really hope that this will inspire them to go on to a career in the horticultural industry.’

"Celebrating the students being awarded GOLD and two Silver Gilts
for their garden design at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show"


Phoenix High School is located in the heart of Shepherds Bush and the project has also been supported by Hammersmith Community Gardens who manage the community volunteering programme on behalf of the school. The show garden has been sponsored by The Salt Yard Group,Mitie,Taylor Woodrow and Quardon iverde.

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A Phoenix Market Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show

Outdoor learning is central to school life at Phoenix High School in White City, London.

In a large plot behind the sixth form block, is an inner-city farm. Here you will find greenhouses, abundant fruit trees and a neatly-tended vegetable patch as well as rabbit hutches, a hen coop and a colony of bees.

Working on the school farm – planting, weeding, harvesting, caring for the animals – gives the pupils a uniquely hands-on education in an outdoor classroom. Here they learn about seasonality, the life-cycle of plants, how to eat better and gain an understanding about where real food comes from. The farm at Phoenix has changed the dynamic of the school and is giving inner-city students an experience that they have probably never had whilst growing up in London.


This year, Phoenix High School, were chosen as the only secondary school to exhibit at the RHS’s Hampton Court Flower Show. A proposal designed by Vanessa Hodder, teacher of the BTEC Horticulture Class, and her students was selected to feature in the show’s Market Garden category.

The Phoenix Market Garden will recreate the school farm, with intricate paths running through the fruit and vegetables beds on either side. There will be carrots, beets, kale, radishes and berries all grown by the students as well as a stunning selection of plants – they hope to have one from every region that their multicultural student population come from.

There will even be a chance to pick up an exclusive recipe from Salt Yard’s Ben Tish, inspired by the produce grown at the Phoenix Farm and sample some home-grown elderflower cordial.

The show is set to attract 130,000 visitors and will be a wonderful chance for Phoenix to showcase the brilliant work they, and their team of volunteers, have been doing on their inner-city farm.


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Ms Jan Parnell - Director of Post 16
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You’re Hired! Year 11 ‘Push’ Toward a Better Interview Technique

This week, Year 11 students took part in an interactive workshop designed to enhance their interview techniques and preparation for future interviews with employers.

Push Talks have been providing an award-winning service to schools for over 20 years and during their visit to Phoenix they helped our students learn about:

  • Making each application count
  • Matching careers to what makes you happy
  • What skills you have & want to develop
  • Selling yourself to employers
  • How to talk about your achievements
  • How employers see you
  • Interview techniques
  • Useful websites, tips & resources

You can find out more about what they do at Push Talks, along with helpful guides for choosing and applying to the right university here

Keisha Walker - Head of Careers and Employability 
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Phoenix Post 16 Students Realise Opportunity

Some of our Post 16 students are a step closer to attending a top university thanks to a programme run by University College London (UCL).

UCL is one of 15 universities nationwide that put on the Realising Opportunities (RO) programme, aimed at providing fair access to students from groups under-represented in higher education

Six of our students will benefit from skills development opportunities and information to help them make informed decisions about their future; support for their current work here at the Phoenix; and the ability to demonstrate their potential for success at a research-intensive university, including those in the Russell Group

To top this off, those sixth formers will also get a special grade offer from UCL and other universities taking part in the RO programme, many of which are part of the Russell Group.

More information about the programme can be found here

Jan Parnell - Director Post 16
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Fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

150 miles, 22 hours, and 10 bottles of Lucozade  and we finally rode into Brighton City Centre at approximately 6:21pm.

Me (Shannon O’Connor) and 2 other students (Callum Comer and Joseph Harris) from the Post 16 Centre planned to raise money for charity in 2014 after watching a charity TV show. However what we did not know was how to do it. We wanted to raise a lot of money. We all had a love for riding and so we planned to ride to fundraise, then we chose to raise the money for Great Ormond Street Hospital in need of all the support. We changed our route all the time and then settled on going to Brighton.

Bike ride


So on Thursday 20th of August we left London at 5 am while still dark to avoid rush hour, it took most of the day to reach Brighton due to unseen problems. One was my tire had a puncture and we took 2 hours fixing in twice after fixing it the first time and we realised that air was still coming out. A man helped us by going to his house to get a pump that would work on my tires. With our phones dying we went into a hotel to charge our phones until everything was sorted out.  We also got lost near to Brighton as it started to get dark. Our phones were dead and we did not know where we were only that we remained on the correct route. Furthermore we had used up all our water and began to become dehydrated but we all helped each other out and finally made it before splitting paths and collapsing onto our beds in our individual hotel rooms. We got something to eat before and then went to sleep sometime before 10pm.

On the Friday morning we went to Brighton pier where we had breakfast and took some pictures. Before setting off back home we checked our bikes over for problems after pumping up my wheels with a pump connection piece given to us by the man who had help us we left Brighton behind us. We entered London on Friday evening exhausted but overwhelmed with our achievement.

After completing the trip we said that we would do it again but we would train harder and for longer, and we would get better bikes that could withstand the distance. We all believe that if anyone is thinking of doing a fundraiser for charity by cycling or not, if it anything physical you will need to train for a long time before doing the actual thing or you can end up hurting yourself. However fundraising for a good cause can help so many people and we hope that others think about doing something like what we did.

Posted by Shannon O’Connor – Post 16 student

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Career Event: You’ve Been Hired!

Businesses fire up Phoenix High School’s sixth former students to unlock local jobs.

West London (Embargoed: 8 July 2015): As temperatures soared in West London this week, Phoenix High School students were fired up by some of London’s leading businesses at a jobs carousel on their West London campus designed to help them into further education and rewarding careers.

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