Headteacher's Blog

Another extremely positive and successful Careers Fair took place on Thursday, featuring over sixty exhibitors and attended by over 250 students with their families. There was a buzz around the school and it was a particular delight to welcome back alumni of the school who were there to share their careers and related advice with our students. On behalf of the school I extend sincere thanks and appreciation to all who supported.

More thanks are due to the twenty-seven local business who generously supported the most recent FOOS event. All attending enjoyed a fantastic evening and thanks to the support of the Halifax match-funding the event, over £1500 was raised.

This week the school was proud to recognise the UNISON national awards for ‘Stars in Our Schools’. Senior leaders had the privilege and pleasure of presenting awards to a number of colleagues who had been nominated by their peers as true stars of our school. Each day colleagues work hard in the best interest of the children in our care, ensuring that we all keep striving to improve our school. It is the case in all schools that the ‘team work’ of staff in each and every role makes a difference. Here at Ormskirk we have 203 staff, so it is quite a team indeed. I would like to extend congratulations to all those who received much deserved rewards.

We were pleased that our School Improvement Partner, Mr Pearson, was able to spend a day in school this week, observing lessons across the school. It has been pleasing that our GCSE results (up by 9%) are now ‘significantly positive’, our A level pass rates are well above national average and our progress has improved to be in line with the national average. Of course, there remains much to do and everyone is committed to this journey.

Next week we have a RESPECT WEEK focus on uniform. We firmly believe in the importance of our students having respect for themselves, each other, their school and community. We want them to wear their full uniform with pride. Full details of the week are on the website and in advance please may I thank all parents/carers for their support in this.

Thank you to those parents/carers who attended the presentation event led this week by Mr Wood and Ms Watts, focusing on revision support and technique. A reminder that our first Year 11 Parents’ Evening takes place on Thursday November 29th.

I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Mark Twain: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

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
Monday, 7th January
A Level Oral PPEs
Tuesday, 8th January
Year 11 PPEs Sports Hall/Forum
Thursday, 10th January
Year 12 Parents' Evening
Monday, 14th January
Year 11 PPEs Sports Hall/Forum
Thursday, 17th January
Year 9 Options Evening
Monday, 21st January
A Level Theatre Studies Exam - rehearsals with set up

Life @ Ormskirk School