We welcomed former Liverpool Manager Roy Evans and England international Steve McMahon into school this week in their roles as Directors of Bootroom Academies. It was a privilege to meet them and we are delighted that we have joined in a partnership with Bootroom Academies and will be acting as a host school to initially run Further Education sports qualifications for 16 to 19 year olds that offer UCAS points and enable students to progress onto Higher Education should they wish. All students on the course will also gain work experience, being mentored by the Bootroom Academies highly skilled Coaches. On successful completion of the qualification Bootroom Academies also provides students with the opportunity to apply for jobs within the sports industry, up-skilling them on how to write an effective CV and how to prepare for a recruitment process; enabling the next generation of students to have a future in the sector they love.
As the partnership develops, there will be further opportunities for our pupils to benefit from courses, coaching and education from Bootroom Academies.
On Monday our Computer Scientists went live for their ‘Alan Turing Cryptography Competition’. We had entered two teams and both completed the challenge, earning 15 points towards their total score and taking their place on the leader board against all other schools. Well done to all involved.
Our Twitter feed shares the fantastic evening that took place at the Rotary Club meeting in The Aviary, where our Masterchef winner Matthew Ennis' winning menu was served on the night. An excellent experience and opportunity for Matthew.
Congratulations to Miss Breckon who has been appointed as an Acting Assistant Headteacher this half-term, covering temporarily, and I welcome her to the senior team. Over the coming days the senior leaders will be sharing clear messages in assemblies and supporting Progress Tutors in a focus on our Respect Charter and high expectations. We are very proud of our pupils and their positive attitude and behaviour. However, we cannot and do not rest on any laurels, as each day we need to focus on such being ever better. In particular, with regard to uniform, I would like to reinforce that we do not allow trainers to be worn, irrespective of them being plain black. Pupils must wear school shoes. I always remind the pupils that this is about wearing uniform with pride, it reinforces our sense of shared pride in our school and importantly creates the ‘look of learning’; a school where all belong and all are focused on giving their best.
On Thursday we welcomed Year 9s and their parents/carers in to school for our Options Information Evening. Mrs Smith led presentations and staff were on hand to share information about the wide range of courses that are on offer at Key Stage 4. Thank you to all who attended. It is an important time for the Year 9s as they plan ahead and make choices about their future studies and the steps beyond. The advice and support of parents/carers and teachers is so crucial and I would encourage all of the pupils to reflect on the advice and give careful thought to their decisions. In this, I conclude with the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “we shape our lives and we shape ourselves … the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility”.