Headteacher's Blog

Our Year 11 pupils experienced a post-16 ‘Taster Day’ on Wednesday, based either at our Sixth Form College or at West Lancashire College. It was very encouraging to meet with some of these pupils to hear how much they had got out of the experience, whether it had confirmed choices or given them some new possibilities to consider. The Year 11s will now have individual interviews to discuss their choices for post-16 and I am looking forward to meeting with the 19 students who have been assigned to me and hearing all about their hopes, aspirations and plans.

Thank you to all the parents/carers who attended school on Thursday for the Year 9 Parents’ Evening. I reiterate how valuable and important these evenings are and how much the school welcomes and appreciates the feedback that we receive.

Governors have been hard at work in school this week, reviewing: curriculum and standards, pupil welfare and progress in areas of our school improvement plan. I want to publically acknowledge and thank the Governors, who give of their time and expertise in the best interests of the school and the young people and their families who we serve.

We are continuing with our well-being sessions in school and this week I enjoyed hearing some of the exciting plans ahead for our superb SHINE programme. I also offer a  timely reminder that next week is Children’s Mental Health Week and the Place2Be charity have led on this since 2015: This year’s focus is on the importance of ‘being ourselves’ and in that spirit I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

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