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Principal's latest letter to parents

19th December 2018

Dear Parent / Carer,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support.  2018 has been a very encouraging year for our school.  We are continuing to improve at pace and are proud of our successes.  In summary, some of our key achievements include:

  • Significant increase in student numbers.
  • Rapid improvement in student behaviour (Exclusions and classroom disruption have both fallen by over 50%).
  • Whole school attendance has increased dramatically and is now above the national average.
  • The quality of ‘Good’ Teaching within and across all subjects has increased considerably.
  • Fantastic Careers guidance that resulted in 99% of our students accessing the most appropriate Post 16 choices.
  • Increasing links with local business and employers.

We are predicting sizeable improvements in GCSE results in the summer.Staff recruitment and retention is always a key focus and I hope you would agree that the quality of our staff is always improving.  We have a very strong staff body and it is natural that as our school continues to improve, staff improve and are often ‘sought after’ by other schools and colleges.  I value the high standards of our staff and uphold high expectations and want to thank them for their efforts over the year.  Our school ethos is based around positive and strong relationships with our students and I want to continue developing this with all stakeholders as we move into 2019.  We are the school within the centre of our community and often have job opportunities across our different teaching and non-teaching departments.  Please don’t hesitate to enquire should you have skills that can benefit our students.

We are expecting a visit from Ofsted during the next year.  I am excited to welcome them into our school to showcase the improvements that have been made.  We still must continue to improve and I cannot emphasise the importance of consistent communication between all stakeholders.  We all have the same one objective, we all want the best for our children, and together we are genuinely stronger.

I am enormously proud of my position to lead our school and the responsibility that this brings.  Everything staff do should be for our students and I too get very frustrated when things don’t go to plan.  We are sincerely very child centred and your children will always remain pivotal in all decisions made.  I hold our school values of: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Aspiration in the highest regard.  As we move into 2019, I want to increase the profile of these values and ask for your support.  There is an enormous focus on GCSE results in education, but the Governing Body and I value the importance in educating children to become responsible adults who contribute positively to society, and our local community.  In a society in which social media is so powerful and influential I want us all to work together in focusing on the basic values of being a responsible person.  Being respectful, acting with integrity, knowing your role within a team (family, community etc), having aspiration to improve as a person are all values that we should always promote.  Together, as role models, we must be the advocates for such strong personal values and help our young people avoid some of the negative examples and experiences created through poor use of social media. 

I would like to thank our community for supporting our Christmas Shoe Box appeal, we had over 60 shoe boxes that have been distributed to families within our community.  Once again thank you for your generosity and for supporting such a worthwhile cause.

Please spend time with your children over the Christmas and New Year period, it is a time for families and friends, an ideal opportunity to promote and develop our values.  Please encourage your son / daughter to spend some time talking and without their phones!

Have a wonderful holiday and I wish everyone a very happy new year #nolimits.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Christian