D of E

As some of you will be aware, in the last  couple of years we have been able to offer a new extra-curricular activity for our young people through The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

PE teacher Miss Sinton, alongside with providers from West View, have worked  hard with a group of our students on this programme which gives 14-24 year old youngsters chance to develop skills for life and work. This is done through a structured programme of volunteering, as well as physical and skills based challenges which inspire and support young people to achieve.

We are now in our second year of helping students attain Bronze D of E Awards, and in the first year of the Silver Award being on offer. Miss Sinton has acted as an Expedition Supervisor and students have already been on a training session in Cockerham. This will be followed by a practice expedition around Pilling, and then the expedition itself on Beacon Fell in July. Students going for the Silver Award will complete a separate expedition in The Trough of Bowland in August.  Let’s hope the British weather is kind to all!

I am very much looking forward to attending our School Production of Beauty and The Beast this week.  Both staff and students have worked incredibly hard (even over a number of weekends!) to bring this show to life, and I hope as many parents and friends of the school as possible will attend our show nights. Tickets are £3 and performances start at 7PM on both Wednesday and Thursday. 

I’d also like to take this opportunity to invite all parents to a Parent Council meeting next Tuesday (14th) at 7 PM.  The meeting will take place in the School Library and the main item on the agenda will be our recent Ofsted report.  As you would expect, I’ll be talking parents through the improvements which have been recognised in the report, but also discussing our intended developments as we move forward.  Again, I do genuinely look forward to these opportunities to work with parents, and hope to see as many there as possible.