Last term was incredibly busy with far too many events to name all of them here! We started with Open evening which was another brilliant success. We’ve had parents evenings and other information evenings, including a work experience evening and a careers evening. Students have had access to a huge number of exciting opportunities including Languages day, assemblies led by a range of external speakers, parliament workshops, STEM activities, DoE expeditions, History trips, Drama workshops, CLEAR sessions, swimming galas, sports festivals, GRT project, a year 7 and 8 disco, Christmas activities and a talent show! Wow! None of these would be possible without the hardwork and dedication of our staff, so thank you! We’ve also had a number of staff initiatives including: The Get Active challenge, Reiki therapy sessions, fitness sessions, secret friend and Christmas wreath making. All of these proved hugely popular with staff and added to the excitement during the term.
We are regularly reviewing the progress our students are making. This term we’ve created 2 additional English, Maths and Science classes to offer support for some of our Year 11 students. These will be taught predominantly by our Assistant Principals and will allow students additional support without affecting any of their option subjects. Mrs Daddow has also been working with students across all year groups to boost their numeracy and literacy skills.
We introduced 2 new online tools at the end of last term to try and help you support your child with their learning: Show my Homework will allow you and your child to view all homeworks and their deadlines. The KS3 online reporting will show you how your child is doing across all their subjects and will reduce the need to send out a half termly paper report - if you have any problems accessing this, please do let us know.
Miss Williams continues to work alongside Year 11 tutors to help students prepare for their transition to college or an apprenticeship through college visits, careers interviews, MOCK interview day (9th Feb 2017), PSHE days / tutor times and working on their post-16 application forms. Year 8 students have also been working on a careers project and will shortly be undertaking their own careers interviews in preparation for Options evening. We also launched an alumni project aimed at getting back in touch with some of our most inspiring ex-students and hoping to use their expertise to increase opportunities available for our current students. If you know anyone who is an ex-student, please ask them to sign up using the link on our website.
The restructure of our pastoral team continues to strengthen the support we are able to offer our students. Mrs Trestrail continues to work with students and families to support attendance, Mr Peasley is supporting students and families with welfare concerns whilst Mrs England and Mrs Kent work with students to address behaviour issues. Mr Hamblin has been busy trying to meet all the Pupil Premium students - he’s looking forward to supporting many more this term. Each Head of House works with their team of tutors and a linked member of the college leadership team to support your child.
We’ve had one PSHE day so far this year, focusing on: Risks and Emergencies (Y7), Emotional health and wellbeing (Y8), Drugs and Alcohol education (Y9), Finance (Y10) and CV writing (Y11). Despite a number of external speakers dropping out with very little notice, the day was a huge success and that’s due to the dedication of Miss Williams and the whole team of tutors and support tutors! Our next PSHE day is planned for 31st January 2017. Students also study PSHE during their weekly tutor group sessions.
This term we welcome 3 new members of staff - Mrs Thomas joins us in the English department, Mrs Davis in the languages department and Miss Wood on reception. Mrs Edwards joined the site team and Mr Sotomayor and Ms Eboutou Ella also joined the languages department at the end of last term. We have also welcomed a new group of trainee teachers for this term: Miss Lucas and Miss Catnach in English, Mr Orton in Computer Science, Miss Bassett and Miss Watson in Science, Mr Gilbert and Miss Burke in History.
The governors continue to challenge and support the senior leadership term by reviewing progress against action plans, regular discussions with students and the creation of their own Key Performance Indicators. If you might be interested in becoming a parent governor in the future, please talk to our current parent governors (by emailing Mrs Hill’s PA Sadie, firstname.lastname@example.org) to see what the role entails.
Key Events this term:
Tuesday 10th- Parent Carer Forum
Saturday 14th - Saturday 21st Ski trip
Tuesday 31st- PSHE day
Wednesday 1st- Parents’ Evening (Y8)
Thursday 2nd- Lego Festival, Mr Buckingham
Sunday 5th - Friday 10th Berlin Trip - Mr Turner
Thursday 9th- MOCK interview day
Monday 13th - Friday 17th- Half term
Tuesday 21st- English Literature Internal Exam
Wednesday 22nd- Provisional options evening
Tuesday 28th- Progress Evening (Y11) - Mrs Ludlow
Wednesday 1st- GCSE play @ Exeter (Y11)
Thursday 2nd- Skills Show (Y10)
Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th School Production
Tuesday 7th- Parent Carer Forum
Wednesday 22nd- Parents’ Evening (Y7)
Thur 23rd- PSHE day