Headteacher's Blog

This week’s incredible school production of Grimm Woods was a spectacular event. The weaving together of the much loved tales of: Rapunzel, Hansel & Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood with musical highlights ranging from Abba to Queen! I was, as ever, very proud of the talented pupils who delighted the audiences with their energy, enthusiasm and passion. A huge well done to all involved.

The Twitter feed has shared some of this week’s ICE, with: Year 12s at Manchester Airport, Y11 artists developing stencilling, U16 footballers in competitive action, the young cryptographers practising for the competition that gets underway next term, talented linguists engaged in their Mandarin studies, MathsWatch breaking the ‘300 hours’ mark in September and the amazing SHINE team leading the work of the school as part of World Mental Health Day.

On Thursday October 18th we will be hosting our Sixth Form College Open Evening. All are warmly welcome to come and see: what the College offers, how we have created a caring and aspirational community that believes in our aim of ‘Your College. Your Future.’, and how the commitment of all has led to record results in 2018. We sincerely hope that many people will be excited to discover the College as the next step in their journey of learning.

Key dates in the calendar for you to be aware of:

Parents’ Evenings

2018-19 Dates


PPEs* and internal exams

2018-19 Dates

Year 7 Progress Tutor

8th November


Year 11 PPEs

Tues 8th Jan – Fri 18th Jan

Year 7

7th March


Year 13 PPEs

Mon 25th Feb – Fri 1st March

Year 8

28th Feb


Year 12 PPEs

Mon 24th June- Fri 28th June

Year 9

6th December


Year 10 PPEs

Wed 24th April – Wed 8th May

Year 10

13th December


Year 7, 8, 9 exams

Mon 3rd June – Fri 21st June

Year 11 (1)

29th November


Year 11 (2)

7th Feb


*PPEs = Pre- Public Exams
(Previously known as mock exams)

Year 12

10th January


Year 13

1st November


I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following half day closures in the academic year 2018-19:

Carol Concert

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Years 7 and 8 will attend the Carol Concert; the timing of their school day will be as normal. School buses will be available as normal at the end of the school day (Tuesday- end of the school day 2.30pm).

Years 9 to 13 will not attend the Carol Concert. School will finish for pupils in Years 9 to 13 at the end of lesson 3 (11.50am). Buses will not be available at 11.50am but pupils can choose to catch school buses at the end of the school day as normal (Tuesday- end of the school day 2.30pm).

Final day of the autumn term

Friday 21st December 2018

Pupils will leave school at 12.40pm. School buses will run at this time.

Final day of the summer term

Friday 19th July 2019

Pupils will leave school at 12.40pm. School buses will run at this time.

In the spirit of our school production and in light of the focus of our Sixth Form Open Evening and the opportunity post-16 learning presents, I conclude with the words of Jacob Grimm: “How often when we are comfortable, we begin to long for something new.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Thursday, 22nd November
Careers Fair 6:00PM
Thursday, 29th November
Year 11 Parents' Evening (1) 4:30PM
Monday, 3rd December
GCSE Drama Exams
Thursday, 6th December
Year 9 Parents' Evening 4:30PM
Wednesday, 12th December
Winter Warmers Concert 6:30PM
Thursday, 13th December
Year 10 Parents' Evening 4:30PM
Monday, 17th December
Senior Presentation Evening
Tuesday, 18th December
Carol Service
Wednesday, 19th December
Year 7 Disco
Monday, 24th December
Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, 25th December
Bank Holiday: Christmas Day
Wednesday, 26th December
Bank Holiday: Boxing Day

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