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Principal's latest letter to parents
30th October 2017
I hope that you have had a good half-term break. We are expecting a monitoring visit from OFSTED during the next few weeks to review the progress of the school since the last inspection. We will embrace this visit after securing significantly stronger results during the summer and I am excited to share the progress that we have made across the school.
Over the last half term our staff have worked hard to improve and adapt Schemes of Learning to take into account changes to many examination specifications and to improve the appropriate level of challenge for all students. Our priority has been to improve the consistency of teaching across and within subjects through bespoke training in planning and delivering consistently ‘good’ lessons. We have focused on our Schemes of Learning in all subjects to ensure that lessons are pitched appropriately for all students. In addition, the new Senior Leadership Team have worked closely with our middle school leaders to ensure that we are more thorough in checking the progress that our students and teaching staff are making on a regular basis. We have a very clear picture of where our strengths and areas for improvement are and are actively working on areas requiring improvement.
Student attitudes to learning will be an increased focus over this next half term and I would like to request your support in encouraging your son/daughter to perform to the best of their ability in all lessons and to follow our ‘Behaviour for Learning’ policy at all times. We are working hard to ensure that your son/daughter receives ‘good’ teaching on a consistent basis, and this is made substantially easier when student attitudes to learning are consistently ‘Motivated’. Please take time to discuss your son/daughter’s Creating Futures’ report and intervene if any attitude to learning grade is less than ‘Motivated’. The quality of a students work in their books is also a visible sign of their attitude towards that particular subject. Please look through your son’s/daughter’s books and encourage them to present work with pride and take an interest in what they are studying.
I will be asking staff to focus on student behaviour over this half term with an increased focus on praise and reward. Staff training will concentrate on improving their ability to work with the ‘Behaviour for Learning’ system in a very fair, transparent and consistent manner. Our students will also receive information around their roles within the system and be given clear guidance on how they can be recognised and rewarded. The ‘BFL’ system is extremely powerful in allowing teachers to teach consistently good lessons and for students to have the confidence to work to the best of their ability; both essential in increasing the rate of progress. I am fully aware that this system needs to be applied consistently, with emotional intelligence and within our school values of: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Aspiration. I want students and staff to conduct themselves with dignity at all times, and this applies outside of lessons. I want students to walk quietly and calmly around the school building at all times and I want all interactions between staff, students and visitors to be conducted with respect and integrity.
I would like to thank the staff who gave up some of their holiday to take many students to Berlin. The students were a credit to the school. The staff at the school work tremendously hard and do go the extra mile for our students. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our staff and would like to encourage you to contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to acknowledge any member of staff who you believe has performed exceptionally.
Thank you for your continuing support, together we are stronger.
Mr J Christian