The shortest term in the school calendar has certainly been an eventful one!
With mocks exams, Year 9 options, Year 7 Bikeability, A level and GCSE rehearsals, Fairtrade Fortnight, the return visit to our French Exchange partners, Spring Sports Week, a visit from Ofsted and the disruption caused by the ‘Beast from the East’.
Fairtrade Fortnight was celebrated in the second week with us hosting a guest visitor, Urania from Nicaragua. It was a powerful and moving day to hear first-hand how Fairtrade had such a positive impact on a young lady, her family and community. Students engaged in activities through their curriculum and had opportunities to ask questions to further deepen their understanding. It was a reminder of the small things each of us can do to make a difference in the world.
Our community strand within the school continues to develop. This term we have received thanks from the British Red Cross, Grand Appeal and Time for Change for our fundraising efforts that have raised nearly £1300. Plus we started work on an environment project, that will look at different aspects of both our immediate environment and the impact of our actions on a global level. This piece of work is being driven by a group of Year 7 students.
Thank you to everyone who completed the parent/carer questionnaire. We value your feedback and comments which we will focus on to help us improve further. Our visit from Ofsted triggered another survey and thank you to everyone for responding so positively. It was pleasing to hear the summary provided by the Ofsted inspector. The full report will be published at the end of April and will be circulated to all parents and carers.
The snow disruption was unhelpful this term in putting some of our young people out of routines and we have been reinforcing the importance of attendance with our young people during this term. Despite the disruption, it was pleasing to see a significant increase in the number of students with 100% attendance in Term 4 and this reflects their resilience in not letting anything knock them off track. Thank you for your continued support with driving attendance.
I would like to wish you and your families a very enjoyable, relaxing Easter break. Just a quick reminder that we have an INSET day at the end of the holiday and students are due back in school for Term 5 on Tuesday, 10 April.
Mr J Humphreys