Headteacher's Blog

World Cup Winners! Some of our talented pupils, part of the Kelly Shirley School of Dance, represented England at this year’s Dance World Cup competition in Germany. Not only did they win a number of individual medals, they won a team title. Well done to them all on such a fantastic achievement. They are clearly inspiring role models, as evidenced by this year’s Dance Fever event which was hosted in school on Wednesday. It featured some outstanding performances from the primary schools who took part as well as by our own pupils. It was a truly joyous event, with the audience entertained and wowed by the energy, enthusiasm and talent of the young performers.

Throughout the week we have celebrated our ‘leavers’, with some memorable Proms and assemblies. These students have made their own unique contribution to the life of the school and we are very proud of them all. We wish them every future happiness and success.

This week, I had the task of moving office, which truthfully provided a good opportunity for clearing out things and making sure the important stuff is front and centre. In this spirit, what has been the Head’s Office is being developed into a ‘Teaching and Learning Hub’ where our Lead Teachers can support a whole range of work as we develop inspiring, challenging and engaging (ICE) learning across the school.

Great ICE this week has included: successfully completed D of E Bronze Award assessments, applied trigonometry, exploring the heart (literally rather than metaphorically), College Sports events and building bridges with Lego. It was also a pleasure to welcome our Spanish Exchange students and staff, who are visiting from Loja.

There are some excellent events on the horizon: our summer concert takes place on Tuesday July 11th celebrating ‘The Nation’s Favourites’, we have an excellent Challenge Day planned for July 20th which will be a superb event to end the year, and our second presentation evening takes place on July 13th.

We are hosting the district’s ‘Mini Masters’ conference on Monday, welcoming pupils from schools across the district. I look forward to reporting back on this in next week’s Blog; for now, I am busy preparing my session for the event, which will be based on ‘Meditations on First Philosophy,’ written by Descartes in 1641.

I conclude the Blog this week with the wise words of Confucius, as shared in the leavers’ assemblies: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.


Dates for your diary

Wednesday, 16th August
School Summer Holidays
Thursday, 17th August
A Level Results Day
Thursday, 24th August
GCSE Results Day
Monday, 28th August
Bank Holiday: August
Friday, 1st September
Monday, 4th September
Tuesday, 5th September
Wednesday, 6th September
School reopens for Autumn Term