Headteacher's Blog

In my daily walks of the school this week it has been a pleasure to see the ICE in our classrooms: enzymes in Biology, bonds in Chemistry, connotation in English, etching in Art, electromagnetism in Physics and some outstanding discussion of emotion in our ECM Centre. All such reminds me of how much our amazing pupils pack into their learning each day. Our Twitter feed adds: Chinese New Year, pasta making, mixed media, improper fractions, and our first recipient of the Duke of York iDEA Award. As a school community we are all working hard on our school improvement plan so that our pupils make the progress that they are capable of; focusing on inspiring, challenging and engaging (ICE) teaching and learning is at the heart of this.

School improvement is without doubt a significant team effort and one that is a continuous endeavour. We are grateful to all who are involved in supporting the work of the school in this regard. This week alone: our school improvement partner, colleagues from the Enterprise Advisory Network, and lead Governors for key priority areas have been in school.

We were delighted to welcome Year 7 parents into school on Thursday and to be able to discuss the progress of ‘the class of 2022’. They have settled well into school and shown themselves to have enormous potential.

Our Year 11 pupils have been working hard during this first week of their PPEs. We will be able to share detailed feedback on their results at the second Year 11 Parents’ Evening event that is taking place on 22nd March. The letter of invitation for this has gone out and is hosted on our website.

On Wednesday 28th February at 6.30pm in the LRC, we will be hosting this term’s Parent Forum event. All are warmly invited to attend and we look forward to seeing parents and taking the opportunity to share ideas and perspectives.

We have had some superb framed photographs of and quotes from top sporting stars placed in the main stairwell from the dining room down to the PE area and I conclude this week’s Blog with one of my favourites, from the inspirational Sir Mo Farah: “I always believed and when you do that, life gets pretty unbelievable.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Monday, 19th March
Able & Ambitious Stretch & Challenge Day
Tuesday, 20th March
Battle of the Bands
Thursday, 22nd March
Y11 Parents Evening 2
Monday, 26th March
Easter Holiday
Friday, 30th March
Bank Holiday: Good Friday
Monday, 2nd April
Bank Holiday: Easter Monday
Monday, 7th May
Bank Holiday: Early May
Tuesday, 15th May
Young Musicians Concert