We have had a fantastic start to the new term and it always exciting to see our new Year 12 and Year 7 students arrive in school, nervous to face the unfamiliar challenges, and then being totally at ease within a couple of days. To see year 12s helping the Year 7s to find their way around always makes me smile. Not least because it doesn’t seem so long ago that the year 12s were starting their Beckfoot journey. Time certainly does fly by at speed.
Of course, our new term really begins with the excitement of results days and I really hope you have had an opportunity to look at the gallery of photographs of both the A level and GCSE students receiving their grades. For any teacher it is the absolute highlight of the school year. To share the students’ excitement, relief and tears of pure happiness is a privilege. On both results days this year we had the pleasure of numerous parents joining us. Quite right too!
Our A level and GCSE students delivered the best results the school has ever seen. Of course this is fantastic for school, but far more importantly, it means that more of our students fulfilled their potential. More of our sixth form got into their first choice university. More of our Year 11s were able to follow their chosen path for their next steps, be it level 2 or 3 study at college, A levels at Beckfoot or elsewhere. I would like to thank all parents and carers for trusting us, supporting students through their study and being there when it matters most. I would also like to thank our brilliant staff, who made sure that the students were so well prepared for their exams. A parent sent me an email to ask me to pass on thanks to the staff and one sentence was wonderful: ‘I will never forget the smile on her face…’. We saw so many smiles. It was magical.
On a very sad note, a long time colleague of ours at Beckfoot very sadly passed away in the holidays. Pam MacDonald worked in, and led, our Finance team for more than 25 years, and was simply Beckfoot through and through. She loved the school, always went the extra mile for students and staff alike and her humour and wonderful sense of fun saw many of us through challenging days. We will miss her very much, not just for her amazing skills in the way she faultlessly and professionally carried out her role (and kept school leaders ‘on track’), but also because she was a friend to so many of us. Pam was a loved mum and grandma and, as a community, we will offer our support to her family by holding a fundraising event for Manorlands in her name.
We are looking forward to an exciting term, which includes the school production of ‘Footloose’ and our Open Evening on 27th September, the latter being a fantastic opportunity to showcase the excitement in our school community and the pride we all have in our school. It is always a very busy evening, but you are, of course, more than welcome to come along.
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