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Principal's latest letter to ParentsJCh

16th April 2018

Dear Parent / Carer

I hope you have all had a restful Easter break. I would like to welcome four new members of teaching staff to school who all add significant value to our students. We are fortunate to have been able to maintain our staffing levels throughout this year.  We will now benefit further from additional members of staff who will help lead provision for our students in English, Maths, Music and Learning Support.

Mr Summers joins us as our new Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge to this department. Please contact him at if you would like to introduce yourself and discuss any issues relating the provision of Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. We will also be joined by further members of support staff throughout this next half term in the ‘Behaviour for Learning’ and Student Services & Administration Team.

Our current staffing is strong with shared commitment to the values that I have been embedding throughout our school. Our staff know that our priorities are:

  • for leadership across the whole school to be consistently ‘Good’
  • for the quality of teaching your children receive to be consistently ‘Good’
  • to ensure that all students are contributing fully to their learning

I expect all staff to lead, demonstrating the same values that students share: RITA values (respect, integrity, team work and aspiration) are at the centre of everything that we do to ensure no limits are placed on anyone’s capabilities: #nolimits.

I am confident our school is moving in a positive direction. Despite this, we know that we still have areas that must improve, and communication remains such an area. The additional staff being recruited into the support roles will create greater capacity to ensure our communication with you, and others, is better. We are almost at our ‘Planned Admission Number’ (PAN) for Year 7 students joining us in September, which is a positive indicator of the confidence that parents have in the school. We thank you for your commitment to school and the continued messages of support we receive on a regular basis.

I am delighted to announce that our Chair of Governors has placed a bid to the Government's new Healthy Pupils' Capital Fund and that it has been successful for a new Artificial Turf Pitch to be built on the Redgra area next to the Sports Hall.  This will enable us to increase the opportunities for healthy, outdoor physical activity for students; increase their experiences within PE lessons; and reap benefits through even more extra-curricular and community opportunities. For some time, our grass pitches and Redgra have been unusable for significant parts of the year due to poor drainage.  The new ‘ATP’ will reduce this problem and we hope to have it operational in the Autumn Term. 

I wish to record my gratitude to our Chair of Governors, Mrs Jennifer Ryan, who has tirelessly sought to obtain the funding to build this ATP for our school.  The bulk of the funding has now been obtained but the

school still has to find the rest of the funding required. I am sure you will share in my excitement at the prospect of this development and what it will bring to our school and the community. 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have anything that you wish to discuss: together we are stronger.

Yours sincerely

J.S. Christian (Mr)