I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful summer break.
A special welcome to our new Year 7 students and those joining our 6th form from elsewhere. Both groups have already proved to be an amazing addition to our school.
I have been humbled by the welcome I have received from staff and students and I have been hugely impressed with the appearance and attitude of the students I have met. It is an absolute delight to note the strong start to the year across the school. It’s important that we each play our part to maintain that strength and build upon it as we progress through the year.
I had the opportunity to talk to all students last week during assemblies and I really enjoyed talking to them about myself, my journey to this point, my values and my expectations of them as members of the Beckfoot community. I loved that they listened and were comfortable to ask me questions, though my love of Liverpool FC was a major topic of interest! I have tried to get to as many lessons as possible since arriving and it has been a joy. I have been struck by the maturity of our young people and their determination to learn. They have been engaged and happy to contribute fully to lessons. During my visits I learned some French, Science and a lot about women’s rights thanks to one of our sixth form students! Beckfoot has a special ‘soul’ and I have seen evidence of this throughout the school.
I had the opportunity today to visit our Oracy workshops with Year 7. I listened to them stand up in front of their peers and introduce each other. I watched them tell of their dreams and ambitions for the year ahead and beyond and I loved the purity of their messages and confidence they needed to have to simply stand up and speak. I really want them all to become more effective communicators and this type of work will help. I have already committed to working with Voice 21, an organisation who will work with us for the next few years to help us establish and improve the culture of Oracy across school. It’s going to be exciting.
Lastly, our incredible enrichment programme is now up and running and there are loads of opportunities to get involved in a vast array of clubs. As I said in assembly last week, these types of provisions are what make our school great; allowing young people to be more involved, make friends and have a moment that they will always remember.Thank you again for the welcome and the strong start to the year.