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At the start of a new term and as they prepare for their Pre-Public (Mock) Exams, the Year 11s are busy with revision. Mr Wood led an information evening for Year 11 parents/carers this week. Thank you to all who attended. All of the advice and guidance discussed is available in the ‘GCSE Exam Hub’ section of the school website which is found under the ‘Pupil’ menu tab.

Thank you too to all of the Year 10 parents/carers who attended the Year 10 Parents’ Evening on Thursday. As ever, school staff welcomed and appreciated the chance to meet to discuss pupils’ progress and next steps. Parental feedback during the evening was also positive and helpful.

Our hard working sixth formers have been undertaking formal public exams as well as PPEs during this week. I have been impressed by their industrious and determined approach.

It is the case then that term has started well, with pupils continuing to show their commitment and enthusiasm. I would ask all parents/carers to please continue with your unstinting support as by working together we can be ever more successful. As our Respect Charter summarises, we all have clear expectations of our pupils and we want them to maintain the highest standards, whether in: their uniform, acts of courtesy, homework, revision or behaviour for learning.

I had my first opportunity since being appointed to the Assessment Board of the Chartered College of Teaching (CCOT) to attend the College on Wednesday and spend some time involved in wide-ranging professional discussion and reflection. I genuinely believe that the CCOT presents an exciting opportunity to energise and celebrate the teaching profession and I am delighted to be able to be a part of the work of the College.

Looking ahead, we are hosting the Options Information Evening for Year 9s on Thursday January 18th. During the evening subject areas will provide displays in the Dining Room for Year 9s and their parents/carers to look at to gain specific subject information; staff will be available to answer general questions.  There will be two presentations in the Main Hall about the options process and there will also be staff available to provide general careers information.

As featured on our Twitter feed, pupils started new ‘well-being sessions’ this week, developed under the leadership of Mrs Stewart. These are ten minute tips on how they can look after themselves and each other. Some useful websites and links are listed on our school website; parents/carers may wish to review here.

In this spirit, I conclude the first Blog of 2018 with the words of the Dalai Lama: “the more we are concerned with the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.”

I wish everyone a healthy and happy 2018!

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Thursday, 22nd February
Yr 7 Parents Evening
Wednesday, 28th February
Parent Forum 2
Thursday, 1st March
World Book Day
Wednesday, 7th March
GCSE Music Concert
Thursday, 8th March
International Women's Day
Thursday, 15th March
Y13 Parents Evening
Monday, 19th March
Able & Ambitious Stretch & Challenge Day
Tuesday, 20th March
Battle of the Bands
Thursday, 22nd March
Y11 Parents Evening 2
Monday, 26th March
Easter Holiday
Friday, 30th March
Bank Holiday: Good Friday
Monday, 2nd April
Bank Holiday: Easter Monday