Headteacher's Blog

Our Year 7 and 8 Presentation Award Evening on Thursday was a wonderful occasion. It was a pleasure to be able to recognise and celebrate the achievements of so many of our talented and determined students; a huge well done to all award recipients. We were delighted to welcome Rebecca Smith as our guest of honour. Rebecca, a former Deputy Head Girl of the school, presented the prizes and shared a superb keynote speech based on her role as a Senior Associate with PwC and making some superb links to our school’s core values. We were all also treated to the exceptional musical performances of Marley and Poppy, providing a joyous soundtrack to the event. A number of the Governors and Foundation Trustees of the school were in attendance and I would like to publicly acknowledge them for the hard work they undertake in the support of the school. For some, they have attended two evening board meetings this week, as well as the presentation award event; showing just how committed they are to the school and its community. Thank you.

We hosted a ‘CSI Ormskirk’ event for 33 Year 5 pupils from Aughton St Michael’s School on Monday. The pupils spent the afternoon analysing the evidence from an incident in a science lab; investigating a mysterious powder that was left at the scene using microscopes and chemical testing and looking at fingerprints.

Mr Mayne has led transition days for the Year 6 pupils who are preparing to become our new Year 7 cohort in September. He has been assisted by some of our outstanding prefects, seeking to ensure that the new students get a warm and positive welcome to the school. Mr Mayne advised that it was very pleasing to see the ease at which pupils experiencing Ormskirk School for the first time settled to the tasks.  They enjoyed their Science and English lessons and were very proactive in their team building/investigative activities in the afternoon. He also commended the empathy and care shown by pupils in making the effort to speak to others and encourage them into their group. This is a very promising start indeed.

The ‘Digital World’ is a great place for young people for many reasons. However, we also need to be aware of possible risks and how we can ensure that we are guiding our young people in the right direction. Each half-term we will issue a ‘Digital World’ advice sheet for you to read and make use of if you feel it necessary. On Wednesday our first issue went on to the school website, our Twitter account and you should all have received a copy via email. We hope that you find each of the issues useful. Our intention is to provide you with suggestions as to how technology can enhance the lives of us all, whilst also making you aware of how young people are making use of the technology, how to spot risks and steer away from them.  If you have any suggestions as to the content of the advice sheets, if there is anything that is concerning you about digital technology and its use in your home, then please email our Head of Computing Mrs Blackhurst via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make sure that it is covered in an issue of Ormskirk School’s ‘Digital World’.

Next week we will be hosting the ‘mini-masters’ conference for Year 9 pupils from across our district and beyond. We have an outstanding keynote speaker and some exciting seminar sessions. I look forward to reporting on this next week. We are also set to enjoy the Year 11 Prom, an event I know the students really look forward to, deservedly celebrating the end of their exams and the beginning of their next exciting chapter. This leads me to conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Shakespeare: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Monday, 23rd July
Summer Holiday
Thursday, 16th August
A Level Results Day
Thursday, 23rd August
GCSE Results Day
Monday, 27th August
Bank Holiday: Summer

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