As we start our June to June new academic year, I would like to share with you the pride we all feel in our students’ achievements this year, both in school and beyond. The participation in sporting events, musical performances, community activities, student leadership, selfless fundraising and a range of cross curricular days, trips and visits has been astounding. Our student leaders have suggested and led initiatives, with ‘Proud to be Different’ just one of the many activities they have successfully promoted. The talent and skills that we see daily from students in all year groups never fails to amaze me.
I would also like to mention our exam groups. We celebrated with a fantastic Year 11 leavers’ assembly, with lots of laughter (the photographs of them as Year 7 students are always entertaining!) and a fair few tears. Many will be coming back to join our Post 16 provision in September, but there are also students moving on to college courses and sixth form study elsewhere. We wish them well for the future.
This has been a particularly challenging year for the GCSE cohort, with new exam specifications, less coursework (leading to more exams), 9-1 grading now in most subjects and the national measure of a ‘5’ being a ‘strong pass’. They have tackled this with determination and resilience. They have been well prepared and supported by their teachers and have accessed additional revision sessions and resources. Students in both Years 11 and 13 have worked so hard in the time leading up to the exams, and with the end in sight it is time to congratulate them on all of their tremendous efforts and I know we can look forward confidently to their success in August. The students have also been brilliantly supported by parents and carers, who can find the exam period pretty stressful, too. I thank you all for the support.
As the students move up into their new year groups we look forward to new challenges and experiences and, of course, Enrichment Week at the end of this summer term. Our new Year 7 students will be visiting us shortly, with Year 8 ‘Beck Buddies’ on hand to help them experience their first full day at secondary school. We look forward to meeting them all and welcoming them as they join our school community. Exciting times!