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Principal's latest letter to parents
3rd September 2018
Dear Parent / Carer
I hope that you have all had a wonderful and restful summer. I would like to formally welcome the parents and carers of our new Year 7 cohort; I am fully aware that you will be nervous and anxious about how your child settles into the school. I encourage all parents, across all year groups, to make contact with your child’s form tutor in the first instance if you have any concerns, queries or general feedback. In addition, if there are specific issues with a particular subject, then please contact your child’s subject teacher or Achievement Co-ordinator. All staff can be emailed using the format firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overall, I am pleased with this summer’s GCSE results as they have enabled our students to access the college courses or apprenticeships of their choice. This cohort has been through the biggest changes to the examinations system in a generation with the changes of specifications, a bigger focus on linear exams and significant changes to the grading system, moving from A*-G to 9-1. I would like to applaud the efforts of our students in how they prepared and conducted themselves throughout the examination season. In addition, our staff worked tirelessly to ensure students achieved the best grades that they could. The number of students achieving ‘pass’ grades in English and Maths is above the national average which is satisfying considering this year group overall were significantly below national average upon entry based on performance at Primary school. I am pleased that ‘Disadvantaged Students’ have performed better than in 2017 and are performing more in line with their peers. I wish all of our school leavers the very best of luck in the next stage in their education or employment.
What is becoming significantly more important is a child’s ability to read to a higher level. The average reading age required to access exam papers is increasing in all subjects. As parents / carers, please encourage your children to read as much as possible, read with them, ask them questions, it will help them secure better outcomes in the future.
The key priorities for our school this year remain:To improve the consistency of leadership across all levels of the organisation.
- To improve the quality of teaching so that every child receives a diet of consistently good teaching.
- To improve student contribution to learning- student attendance and attitude to learning has to be consistently high.
In addition, we constantly remain focused on improving the quality of our communication with all stakeholders and believe that together this will improve student outcomes, confidence, happiness and ultimately life chances.
I am excited to embark upon another academic year with five strong year groups. I have been a part of the significant changes made to this school over recent years and firmly believe we are finally now in a strong and more established position to accelerate success. We are fully staffed with an array of talent across all levels and in all departments, both in the teaching and non-teaching sectors. Student behaviour and attitude is much stronger and more consistent than in previous years and the environment is vibrant and warm. This is a good place to both work and to study!
I encourage all parents to continue to support the school by ensuring communication lines remain open and positive and I urge you to work with us by holding high expectations of your child in terms of their attendance, behaviour, uniform standards and attitude to their learning #nolimits. Every decision we make together has to be in the best interests of your son/daughter; I believe it is ok to ‘agree to disagree’ on occasions but we must always keep the life chances of your child at the centre of everything that we do.
I wish everyone connected to the school a successful year; together we are stronger!
J Christian (Mr)