It was an absolute pleasure to welcome last year’s Year 11 back to school on Wednesday evening. There was a lovely buzz in the canteen where everyone gathered on arrival as they were catching up with each other and letting us know how their college courses were going.
This week has been a busy one, with assemblies with our new interim Headteacher about high standards and expectations, Year 11 parents’ evening, Anti-Bullying Week, a collection for the Shoebox Appeal, and more.
We’ve had a brilliant week with International Day, with staff and pupils wearing the colours of our heritage and culture and having a French market at breaktime. We’ve also had Aiming for Excellence evenings – thanks to everyone who attended!
On Wednesday, we were filled with enormous pride as we opened up the school to prospective parents and carers for Open Morning and Open Evening. It’s always lovely to hear the positive affirmations that come from visitors to the school.
I hope that you all coped with the heatwave last weekend and are enjoying much more bearable temperatures at the moment! This week has been dominated by Year 11 mocks, and we have also been visiting many classrooms on learning walks.
I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to the families of our new Year 7 cohort, and welcome back all our families to the new school year. I hope that you had wonderful summers with your nearest and dearest and that everyone is refreshed and recharged ready to tackle the new academic year.
I really can’t believe that we are now in the final half term of the year! Most years go by quickly, but this year seems to have flown by so far! With us now entering the summer months, the weather (hopefully!) will remain bright and sunny.
Finally, a 5-day week! And what a bust 5 days it’s been, with the week dominated by GCSE exams. But don’t worry – we’ve got plenty of exciting things coming up, too!
With the Bank Holiday and Industrial Action Day at the beginning of this week, most pupils had a 3-day week! However, those 3 days were packed full!
This week, 70 of us headed to Salisbury Cathedral to sleep under the cloisters for The Big Sleep. We’ve also had GCSE Drama assessments, and yet again our Year 11 students have been excellent during the disruption of the industrial action.