Headteacher's Blog

The largest cricket club in the world, the Forty Club, are: “delighted to report that Ormskirk School has been selected for the award of the 'national' Trophy. This is the second time that Ormskirk has been nominated, and it is only one of two schools that have ever won the award twice since the award's inception in 1986.”
We were overjoyed to receive this news at the start of the week and Mr Wakefield will proudly represent the school at the Oval in November to receive the national prize; an event attended by Lord McLaurin, incoming President of the MCC.

Thank you to the parents who attended the Parent Information Meetings this week. It was excellent to see the Theatre filled, demonstrating the value everyone places on the important partnership between parents and staff as we work together in the best interests of our young people. For anyone who was unable to attend, we have added Mr Wood’s presentation to the school website. Please do feel free to review this and contact the school should you have any queries or questions. A reminder that the first Parent Forum event will take place on October 11th and all are welcome to attend. More immediately, our wonderful ‘Friends of Ormskirk School’ (FOOS) group meet on Monday 18th September at 7.30pm in The Forum building and all parents/carers are very warmly invited to attend and be part of this association.
Please may I remind parents who bring their children to school via car of the ‘Parking Information’ that is a featured item on our website. This information contains an important notice from the Police. Clearly, the safety of our pupils is our primary concern and I would ask all parents to please follow the guidance that is set out.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits to lessons this week. I have been able to see A Level: Economics, Business Studies, History and Chemistry; impressed by the focus and engagement of the students. I loved the energy of the Year 7 boys in PE completing their test circuits – good encouragement for me as I get ready for the Manchester half-marathon next month. Over the week, it has been possible to see most subject areas, from: ‘floating eggs’ in Science to peer assessment in Art; lifeboat challenge in Drama to campaign designs in Health and Social Care – I am impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity of Ormskirk’s students as they embrace the aims of ICE learning.
A great deal of emphasis was shared at the Key Stage 4 Parent Event on the importance of resilience, one of our core values. We encourage our students to be aspirational and determined and in this spirit I conclude the Blog this week with the words of William Thackeray: “Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb.”
Best wishes
Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Sunday, 22nd October
School Show
Monday, 23rd October
Pearl of Africa
Tuesday, 24th October
Yr12/13 Ethics Conference
Thursday, 26th October
Year 12 Open Evening
Monday, 30th October
Half Term Break
Thursday, 23rd November
Careers Evening
Wednesday, 6th December
Christmas Dinner
Thursday, 7th December
Year 11 Parents Evening 1
Wednesday, 13th December
Winter Warmers Concert
Thursday, 14th December
Year 8 Parents Evening
Friday, 15th December
ECM Panto
Monday, 18th December
Senior Presentation Evening