Head’s Blog

After a week of assemblies, and students being given the opportunity to write their own message on poppies (see the photos below), our school community fell silent at 11am today to mark Remembrance Day. It is always a poignant occasion to see the respectful participation of our students and to read the messages they have written. Thomas Armstrong sounded the last post with three year 8 students, Luke Edgley, Matthew Allwood and Harrison Farndale, who quite brilliantly read ‘They shall not grow old...'

We have had, as always, a very busy start to the new half term, with a range of extra curricular opportunities and events. I would like to thank parents and students who attended the 2018 Enrichment Week Residential information evening yesterday. It was an opportunity to talk to visit leaders and find out more detail about the individual trips. Enrichment Week goes from strength to strength, with the activities in school also covering a wide range interests.

Members of our Transition Student Leadership Group attended our Leadership Team meeting yesterday to give us feedback they have collated following a survey completed by a sample group of our new Year 7s. We regularly seek student opinion and feedback so that we can act on their suggestions and improve out provision. The feedback is impressive and also makes it very clear that the Year 7s have settled in, are enjoying their learning and are being challenged in their lessons. I especially like the comment about having to work hard! If you would like to read it click here.

Today Tom Darling (Assistant Headteacher) and Alex Wood-Tonks are training to become assessors for the World Class Schools initiative and Naomi Calvert (Year 10) has been shortlisted in the World Class Schools essay writing  competition (the awards ceremony takes place in Cambridge in December).

A number of our Post 16 students took part in Mental Health First Aid training this week, and through the Vcops initiative, we already have one V50 certificate, four V30 certificates and numerous students already on V10.

We are certainly 'Buzzing' and immensely proud of all our students, both for the work they do in the classroom and what they contribute beyond their lesson learning . 

Gill Halls.


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