Have we been back three weeks already?

Where has that time gone? So much has happened and it feels like it has been a fantastic, smooth start to the new school year.

As you know we moved all of our students up a year in June and the benefits of that are so evident. We were able to get straight into our core business of teaching and learning on day one because of that and the students have just got on with things without fuss. Our June to June curriculum is here to stay because it removes the traditional wasted time of the summer weeks and also because its focus is entirely on doing what is right for our students, their learning and their progress.

We have welcomed 140 students into our new Year 7 and they seem to have settled in fantastically well. I am always very aware of the need to make sure they are well cared for, feel safe and supported in the early days and it seems like no length of time has passed since my own son went through the transition to high school. The staff have been so welcoming and friendly but have also made it clear exactly what is expected of every young person who is a member of our school community. I hope they will be both happy and successful with in the years ahead and I have little doubt that our new students will bring great things to BUH in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Our outside spaces are coming together and we opened our new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) to the students when they came back. It’s huge and is just what we needed to enhance our break and lunchtime provision. The boys and girls love it and it has already been the scene of some epic football matches. I look forward to getting it lined for the various sports and then it will be complete. In addition, our outside spaces have been seeded and are looking increasingly green! I cannot wait for next summer when we will be able to let our students onto those areas to eat and relax; it will be so special for them.

Whilst I am talking about the MUGA I want to share a story about an incident there just last week. We had a new student arrive into Year 9 just a couple of weeks ago and he was looking to find friends and common ground with the others. He found that through sport and playing football at lunchtime. As he stood watching the other boys playing I could tell he desperately wanted to join in. One of the boys noticed him and called him over. Within seconds he had been assigned to a team and told which direction to shoot! He has played every day since and I know he won’t look back now; he’s happy. What struck me about that was the growing culture here. Our students care for and look after one another; special!

Lastly, our Open Evening last night was a huge success. We had over 300 through the doors and it was an absolute joy to show off our new school. During the evening I had the opportunity to share my vision for the school and my excitement at the progress we have made in such a short period of time. We have so much more we want to achieve and our ‘Absurd Ambition’ will drive us to great things together with our students; I can’t wait! It was wonderful to welcome so many people from the local and wider communities as well as over 100 of our own students who wanted to show off their school by helping out on the evening. The feedback was overwhelming and I felt proud of our entire school community because of the buzz around the building, the manner in which we came together once again and the sense of pride we all felt. We are doing amazing, special things here and it is so tangible it’s incredible.

Thanks for reading.
Simon

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