It’s hard to believe that summer is all but over, but good to see both staff and students back and ready for the challenges of the year ahead! It would be remiss of me though not to offer congratulations to ‘The Class of 19’, our previous Year 11 , on their well-deserved results this year. I wish them all the best for the future, which for many entails a new term and a new start at college. Of course ex-students and our staff will have the opportunity to get together for one last time in a couple of months on Thursday 28th November at Presentation Evening.
In contrast, we admitted 220 new Year 7 students to Fleetwood High School this week, each one ready to embark on their secondary school journey! This is our largest year group and demonstrates that the message about our standards and achievements is now getting out into the local community. I have spent a good amount of time in Year 7 lessons during the first few days and I can report that our new pupils have made a good impression on us all, and settled in well.
It’s also pleasing to see the majority of students looking smart in our new uniform, as Years 7 to 9 are now all wearing it. For information, our lower school pupils are now sporting black shoes, blazers, tartan skirts or navy trousers, and blue ties for girls and tartan for boys . I would also point out that there are, as with all schools, some things which we do not allow, such as piercings and extreme hair colours.
Although our new Year7 have only just started Fleetwood High, we are inviting all Year 5 and 6 students in the local area to attend our annual Open Evening as they begin to think about applying for a secondary school place for September 2020. The event will start at 6PM and consist of a talk from myself and a chance to tour around the school to meet staff and look at student work in various subject areas. This year we have a Treasure Map for children to complete, and plenty of prizes to be won for individuals and their junior schools. This is always a lovely evening during which both staff and students genuinely look forward to showing off their work and chatting to new youngsters and their parents.
Finally, I would like to extend another invitation, this time to our existing parents. At 9:30AM on Friday 20th September I will be holding a Coffee Morning, during which I’ll be generally talking about how to support our students learning at home. I’d be delighted if as many parents as possible could attend this meeting, and extend a particular warm welcome to our new Year 7 parents.