Headteacher's Blog

We are busy preparing for our Open Evening, which takes place on Thursday 28th September from 6.00 – 8.30pm. Please may I remind all parents/carers that we have an early close on that day, with students finishing school at 12.40pm. Buses have been arranged for this earlier time. The letter about early closure was emailed to all parents and a copy is on the website.

The first Friends of Ormskirk School (FOOS) meeting this week was a pleasure to attend. The planning is underway for a ‘Frog Hop’ event in November; details coming soon. Please do feel free to join our FOOS association, all are warmly welcome.

Parents of the new Year 12 students were welcomed into College this week. Mrs Hayes was delighted that so many parents attended and shared positive and helpful feedback. Under the lead of some of our amazing students, the refurbishment of the College is well underway and more is planned. Building on this summer’s best ever results, we hope that more students will make our College their sixth form provision of choice. Our aim is to deliver the vision – Your College. Your Future.

On a practical issue, please may I remind parents that from Monday 24th September to Friday 6th October LCC will be undertaking carriageway resurfacing improvements on Crosshall Brow. The road is to be closed during the time work is taking place and therefore between the hours of 8am and 6pm, Arriva buses will be taking an alternative route between Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and the buses will not be travelling along Wigan Road or past the school. From Monday 24th September until the completion of the work any pupils who travel on these buses will therefore be dropped off at the bus station in Ormskirk town centre in the morning (if it is after 8am) and will then need to walk up to school. At the end of the school day pupils will need to walk down to the bus station in Ormskirk town centre to pick up the bus to travel home. Please be aware that journeys may take longer than usual.

It has been another week of ICE learning in school, encouraging our pupils to believe in themselves.  Our Twitter feed has shared: investigating World War One artefacts, core PE activities, rules for order of operations, Food Technology planning, Computer Science programming and the pleasure of presenting Headteacher’s Commendations to deserving students. In my visits to lessons this week, I have particularly enjoyed Year 7 English and the focus on formal letter writing, Year 11 Geography students discussing and analysing the results of their Field Work as undertaken this week, Year 10 Physics students summarising their learning of the last three weeks and the quality of the presentation of work in books; a positive demonstration of our ‘Are you proud of your book?’ strategy.

We have produced a new prospectus for the school, which will be hosted on our website. It contains a number of positive quotes from parents, taken from our most recent parent survey. We will shortly be sending out a new survey to parents of Y8-11 pupils and I would encourage parents to share their views. It is a very important aspect of our working together to improve the school. We will also be placing copies of our excellent school magazine, Ozone, on to our website. This is in response to requests to make these electronically available.

I conclude the Blog this week with the words of E.E. Cummings: “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

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