I would like to start by saying how incredibly proud I am of our whole school community for the way in which students have continued to demonstrate such resilience, creativity, and flexibility throughout the year. This term has seen the return of some significant whole school and community events: Year 11 exams returned for the first time in 3 years; we celebrated the end of National Sports Week with a wonderful Sports Day at the Oval; we danced and sang our way to success with Grease as our first school show since 2019; welcomed our new Year 6 families into the building for their induction events; celebrated the achievements of students in Years 7 to 10 at two wonderful celebration evenings and enjoyed a wonderful Prom with Year 11.
In addition, there have been a wide range of enrichment visits and recognition of our students endeavour in STEM. Furthermore the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions this term have provided students with the opportunity to engage in new environments, take on new challenges and access new experiences.
The Well-being Award for Schools
Throughout this year we have been working towards ensuring that we have the best systems in place to support the well-being of all members of our school community. I would like to thank you for supporting this process, and in particular for taking the time to complete the surveys that have been sent to you. The feedback that we have received from all members of our school community has really helped us to move forward in our provision and we are very excited to share with you that based upon this feedback we will be developing a purpose built student well being hub in the autumn term… Further details to follow in the autumn!
In response to your feedback and to add further capacity to our Student Services Team we are delighted to announce the new structure of this team:
Year 6 transition /7 Year leader: Miss Pemberton
Year 8/9 Year Leader: Mrs Robson
Year 10/ 11 Year Leader: Mrs Hepke
Each Year Leader will also have a full time Student Support member of staff to ensure that students are supported and that the communication between home and school is timely and consistent.
End of term
School closes to all students on Wednesday 20 July at 12:00. Brunch will be served to all students requiring food in an extended break.
As we look ahead to the start of the next academic year I would like to share some key information with you that will ensure that the start of term establishes a positive foundation for the year ahead.
All Students will return to school on Monday 5 September. Year 7 will arrive at school for registration at 8:40am
All other year groups will start school at 10am.
From Tuesday 6 September, all students are expected to be in school and in their forms for morning registration by 8:40am. We are delighted to be offering each year group a bespoke programme of sessions and activities on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September to support a positive start to the academic year, establish good learning habits and explore how our school values can support success for every member of our school community. We have a number of external speakers and providers booked, as well as sessions planned by our own staff and it promises to be a really fantastic start to the new school year.
School Uniform and Equipment
Thank you to all families who have continued to support us in ensuring that students have attended school in the correct uniform and with the equipment that they need each day to be successful in their lessons. Please refer to our uniform policy and link to our uniform shop to ensure that your child has the correct uniform when they return to school:
Following feedback from our parent survey we are working with the uniform shop to develop a click and collect service and we have included an additional skirt in our uniform choices to ensure best value. All students also require a school bag large enough for an A4 folder, books and a pencil case so that they are fully equipped and ready to learn each day. Students will come into school in their PE kit on days when they are timetabled for PE lessons; students should wear full PE kit.
Whilst we began the year still needing to approach many things differently there is much to celebrate across the school as we have witnessed the continued creativity and determination of our students and staff throughout this year. I would encourage you to stay up to date with the many wonderful achievements of our students and exciting school developments on our website and social media.
Thank you for your ongoing support, I hope that you and your family have a safe and healthy summer, and we very much look forward to welcoming students back in September.
Mrs L Ayling, Headteacher