New Year; New Beginnings

8.40am – Friday, 11th September 2020 the last day of the first week back.

As I return to my desk to write this blog from completing gate duty there is a buzz of excitement in the building; our school community is back together and quite frankly it is marvellous. To see happy, smiling young people eager to enjoy, learn and succeed in our building is ultimately why our deeply committed staff do the jobs that they do.

A rundown of the week - Monday was our final INSET Day, Tuesday we inducted Years 7 and 11, Wednesday we welcomed Year 10, yesterday was Year 9 and today was Year 8. Everyone; in it together to create a truly remarkable, truly inclusive school community where expert staff enable our young people to be future-ready.

We are pleased that our systems are giving students a safe way to access high quality Teaching & Learning. The staggered start and end times seem to be working; please check the website for this and may I remind you that it is compulsory for your child to wear a face covering – please ensure that these are appropriate for school. It is also important that you access the ClassCharts website, link to this can be found on our school website under Students > My Progress > Useful Links. This will inform you of the homework set and will enhance your understanding of the learning taking place. We also have three new community principles; Ready – Respectful – Safe.

We have had a successful summer – all of the students who left in the summer were able to pursue the next stages of their lives with a strong academic base to spring from. We are very privileged to have been a part of their lives and know that they will develop into fantastic citizens and achieve much in their lives. We celebrate their achievements and recognise the unbelievable amounts of expertise and care that our staff have shown.

We have had a few changes to the Leadership Team of the school since I last corresponded with you. We have said goodbye to Ms Armitage – a much valued colleague for many years standing who really dug the foundations for our Personal Development programme. Ms. Armitage was successful in her application to a school nearer to her home and it goes without saying that we wish her all the best. As one chapter closes another begins and I am delighted to announce that Mrs. Louise Morgan was appointed to the position of Assistant Headteacher (Personal Development). Many of you will know Mrs. Morgan from her first class English teaching. I am delighted with the start she has made bringing in TFTF Behaviour & Resilience Mentoring: On-boarding to complement the great work started by Cameron Parker. These initiatives will help motivate our students and ensure they are confident communicators.

We have also added capacity to the Leadership Team and the appointment of Mrs. Alison Smith. Mrs. Smith joins us Assistant Headteacher for Access & Inclusion and epitomises our mantra that no child is left behind. Mrs Smith is a vastly experienced colleague having led various teams in a number of settings most recently in Beckfoot Thornton. Again we are so excited about her arrival.

Finally, may I wish everyone a great year and in due course very much looking forward to seeing you. I will be in touch next week with the families of Year 11 to share GCSE target setting information. We have always done this by inviting you into school in the past, but that will not be possible this year.


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