Headteacher's Blog

Our amazing students and staff shared their enthusiasm and talent throughout our Open Evening on Thursday. We welcomed hundreds of visitors to our school and have been delighted with the feedback that these visitors shared with us. Visitors had the opportunity to see all areas of the school in action and to see some wonderful examples of our students’ work and the care that they have for others being so clearly displayed. For example, Lucy Turner and Faye Oldfield running an incredible cake sale which raised £115 for the Alzheimer’s Society, making their Progress and Learning Leader, Mr Fitzgerald, very proud! The entire evening was a team effort and a positive example of the determination we all share at Ormskirk School to deliver our best each day.

The latest edition of our school magazine, Ozone, has been published this week and was available at our Open Evening event. We will shortly host this on the website for ease of access for all those who are keen to see this excellent reflection on the school life of the last year. I am really grateful to Mrs Mayne, Mrs Martin and all the contributors who have made ‘Ozone 5’ such a vibrant edition.

Advance notice that the incredible Pearl of Africa choir will be visiting school on Monday 23rd October, with a concert taking place at 6.30pm. Tickets are free and they will be available shortly.

We have run assemblies in school this week to remind all of our students about the importance of courtesy towards and respect for our neighbours and community, road safety and being ambassadors for our school wearing the uniform with pride. Please would parents/carers reinforce these expectations. When they are journeying to and from school our students remain subject to the expectations of our school rules and poor behaviour is unacceptable.

College Parliaments met this week and I have been impressed by the range of issues they have debated and the proposals they have made. Each College will now put forward two of their MPs to join the School Parliament, which meets on October 10th with myself and the school’s senior students. One area we are particularly focusing on is the school’s rewards system and I hope that School Parliament will play a key role in revising and improving this system.

We were fortunate to have a leadership consultant spend a day in school this week, working with the senior leadership team as we drive forward our commitment to rapid and sustained improvement for our school. I will be sharing a summary and update on key aspects of school improvement at the next Parent Forum meeting on October 11th, all are warmly welcome.

I conclude the Blog this week with the words of Jimmy Johnson: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

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