Headteacher's Blog

Year 11 - 

Thank you to all parents, carers and students who attended last night’s Year 11 Parents’ Evening. We hope that the guidance and advice shared by Year 11 teachers will be beneficial over the coming weeks and months as we continue our preparations for GCSE exams. We hope that students act upon the advice in the forthcoming months.

To further support Year 11 students, a range of co-ordinated lesson and revision activities are underway, including our ‘Grade Booster’, designed to encourage and reward students who undertake effective revision. Tailored and targeted revision sessions and ‘masterclasses’ are also planned, due to begin after half term. We’ll share information with students and parents as we move forward.

Year 9 Options - 

A reminder to year 9 parents that the option choices evening is next Wednesday 13th February. Parents of year 9 students should have received a letter giving them a time for their interview. If parents haven’t received this letter please contact Mr Todd.

More Sporting Success - 

Last Saturday several of our students, supported by Mr Mayne, represented West Lancashire in the Lancashire Cross Country Championships. This was a fantastic achievement for all those involved. A particular mention should go to Jack Dee-Ingham who finished 3rd in the senior boys’ race. Last week we reported the great news that both the under-14 and under-16 boys’ basketball teams had reached the Lancashire semi-finals. They have this week built on that success and we are very proud that both teams have now progressed on to the final! We wish them the best of luck. Now to be outdone, the under-16 girls’ football team have won the West Lancashire tournament. Congratulations to all our sporting stars.

Drama and Theatre studies - 

Yr13 Drama and Theatre studies students performed for a visiting examiner on Thursday 7th February as part of their A level exam. They created their own interpretation of 4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane,  a play which revolves around the central theme of mental illness. The students worked exceptionally hard to create a sensitive and mature portrayal of the professional performance. They performed a public showcase on Tuesday 5th Feb and then to a sixth form audience as part of their A level exam. The performance was very well received, with audience members having a very emotive response to the students. Congratulations to the students who worked exceptionally hard to prepare this hard hitting performance on such a current issue. 

Spanish Exchange - 

Next week sees some of our students visiting Spain as part of our exchange programme. We wish them a successful visit and look forward to their Spanish counterparts visiting us later in the year.

Uniform Expectations - 

We are proud that the majority of our students are always smartly dressed in full uniform, and appreciate parents’ support in this regard. We have seen a reduction in the number of students wearing trainers to school, but there are still too many pupils who choose to do so. If your son or daughter is not able to attend in full uniform for valid reasons, please ensure you give them a short note to bring to school.

Revised Classroom Consequences/Reset - 

We have been pleased with the impact of the revised ‘Reset’ system introduced on 28th January. We continue to monitor this very closely, but there has been a marked reduction in classroom disruption leading to students leaving lessons, and initial feedback from students and teachers has been encouraging. We want this to continue and are working hard to ensure we provide the necessary support and positive interventions for students who need it. If you have any comments about these changes, or any other aspects of school, we’re always keen to hear from you.

Dates for your diary

Monday, 18th February
Half Term Closure
Monday, 25th February
Year 11 GCSE Oral PPEs
Monday, 25th February
Year 13 PPEs
Thursday, 28th February
Year 8 Parents' Evening 4:30PM
Monday, 4th March
GCSE Practical Food Exams
Monday, 4th March
National Careers Week
Thursday, 7th March
Year 7 Parents' Evening 4:30PM
Tuesday, 12th March
GCSE Music Practical Exams
Wednesday, 13th March
Parent Forum 2
Tuesday, 2nd April
Able and Ambitious: University Challenge
Thursday, 4th April
Shine Show
Monday, 8th April
Easter Holiday

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