Headteacher's Blog

This week’s Parent Forum was a pleasure to attend. Those attending engaged in a review of the curriculum requirements for personal, social, health and enterprise education. The discussion supported a reflection on the core values underpinning the curriculum and the aspects of provision that were felt to be of key importance for our young people. Our next Forum in June will focus on mental health and well-being and social media. Thank you to all those parents who attended and made such a positive and helpful contribution.

World Book Day events on Thursday included: a murder mystery in the LRC, #shareastory, a shelfie competition, story spinners and much more. It was delightful to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment of those involved and I am grateful to the English and Library teams for their leadership and creativity.

Next Thursday we will be involved in activities and charity support as part of International Women’s Day and I shall share some aspects of this in my next Blog.

I recommend the Ormskirk Music Society concert that is taking place in school on Saturday March 17th, where the outstanding pianist Tom Kimmance will feature in a superb programme. There are details on our Twitter feed, including the opportunity to access some free tickets!

Having recently awarded some Head’s Commendations to our incredible artists, I was really pleased to see some of their excellent work showcased on Twitter this week. Please do take the time to admire some of the talent on show.

Our Lead Teachers have been playing a key role in staff professional development and training this week, running some more ‘ICE Breaker’ sessions that are focused on great teaching and learning ideas and practice. All sorts of brilliant ideas support ICE in our lessons; one such is Mrs Joynson’s 'selfie stick' sharing of work pupils are proud of. Please do ask the pupils about our focus on being ‘PROUD’ of their work and encourage them to share with you the work that they are proud of.

In honour of World Book Day, I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Stephen King: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Happy magical adventures in your reading.

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