A warm welcome to the new academic year, particularly to those joining the school for the first time. We have been impressed by the positive and enthused start made by our students. Throughout this week have been reiterating key messages to them about the core values of our school community and how: our respect charter means we are a school that values courtesy and kindness shown in the highest standards of conduct, our focus on resilience means that we strive to give of our best in all endeavours, and our belief in opportunity for all means that we are an inclusive and aspirational school encouraging all to aim high and enjoy their learning.
Over the summer, we were delighted to be able to celebrate with our Year 13 and Year 11 ‘Leavers’, who received their examination results. The information on the results is available on the school website. We were particularly pleased with our best ever sixth form set of results. Sitting behind ‘figures’ are the individual students who matter at Ormskirk School and Sixth Form College and on behalf of everyone in school I offer sincere congratulations to all leavers and wish them every continued happiness and success.
We remain determined to continuously improve our school. Over the summer, work has been completed on our new Respect Centre. We have developed an Opportunity Centre. We have begun a programme of refurbishment in the Sixth Form College. Progress and Learning Leaders and Pastoral Managers are now leading for each year group in the school. Senior leaders have new roles to ensure we are focusing on: quality, progress, learning and support. Our new Lead Teachers are playing a key role as we develop ICE (inspiring, challenging and engaging) teaching and learning across the school. We will shortly have elections for MPs to take their place in College Parliaments. I look forward to sharing and reviewing this work with parents at Parent Forum events.
I enjoyed meeting with Mrs Coggins and the SHINE ambassadors this week. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the ongoing creativity and positivity that this outstanding team of students share across the school. The summer enrichment programme was a success that was enjoyed by all who participated and I appreciated being able to hear about some of the ideas ahead. The team also feature in this month’s edition of Lancashire Life. Another publication on the horizon is the exciting news that we will again feature in The Cricketer magazine in November, recognised as one of the top 100 cricket-playing schools.
On a practical note, I would remind parents that all homework set can now be viewed via the ClassCharts website, as set out in the homework letter sent this week. We hope that this online system will be a much more accurate tool for students and parents. It is an element of our commitment to ensuring homework is a valuable and enriching learning experience. We have also been pleased with the introduction of the finger-image reading technology. Please remember that parental permission is needed before students can be linked to this system; details are on the school website for those who have not yet actioned this and would like to.
I’ll conclude this first Blog of the year with the selected favourite joke from a recent staff competition, won by Mrs Gee:
A Mexican magician says he’s going to disappear on the count of three. He says: “uno, dos…”, there is a cloud of smoke and he disappears without a tres.