Headteacher's Blog

The inspirational Matthew Foster from the Glacial Art company was in school on Wednesday, leading a superb presentation which led to one of our students noting: “‘I have been inspired by Matt, it proves that you can do anything that you put your heart to!” The company’s website is a wonderful introduction to some of the work that they are internationally famous for. Matthew brought a stunning sculpture into school with him and spent time answering some of the questions that our students had. Forgive my pun but we literally had ICE in his lesson.

This week has been National Careers Week and students have had the opportunity to reflect on a range of important careers related skills, themes and goals, focusing on the theme of ‘the sky is the limit’ and linking to our use of the Kudos careers website and experience of TED talks. Thank you to Mrs Haigh for her co-ordination of the week.

Unfortunately, the poor weather on Thursday necessitated the closure of the school; a decision that is taken very seriously and in careful measure with regard to the safety of the students in our care. Please may I thank all those across the community for their patience and support in this regard. As this was International Women’s Day, we moved the key musical and poetic elements of celebrating the day to Friday and we will now use the teaching and learning materials prepared on key issues such as the Suffragettes and the centenary of women’s voting rights, throughout Progress Time sessions next week. In connection to the day, as a school, we have been supporting the Whitechapel Centre and it was a delight to see the donation boxes that have been prepared under Mrs Hyland’s co-ordination. In due course there will be information on this shared via Twitter but on behalf of all involved I offer a sincere thank you to all who have supported.

We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor and all the related election information and associated forms are hosted on our website. Please note that nominations need to be received in school by midday on Monday 19th March. In advance, I would like to thank those who put themselves forward for what is such an important role.

Next week we will be sharing some very clear messages in assemblies with all students about the high expectations we have as a school community. Small numbers of students have not been representing the school as they should on their journeys to and from school; we are also finding small groups of pupils who are not in full and correct uniform. Where we contact parents about such we ask that parents give their full support please. Our school rules apply to all and these are agreed to by all who choose our school. We all set out and expect the highest standards because we want our young people to give of their very best and strive to excel.

We look forward to welcoming parents to the Year 13 Parents’ Evening on Thursday and again I remind Year 11 parents that they have a second Parents’ Evening the following week, on March 22nd.

In honour of International Women’s Day’s 2018 theme of ‘press for progress’, I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Hillary Clinton: “Just as women’s rights are human rights, women’s progress is human progress.”

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