Not all headteacher tasks are as pleasant as the one which I performed this morning when I presented a number of successful young students with their badges for becoming Subject Ambassadors. This is a scheme coordinated by Mrs Bradley- Elwell and Miss McKell for the benefit of students who want to take on role-model responsibilities within school, and have applied to serve their favourite departments in this way. English SAs will run book clubs for other students, Maths SAs will help run the Friday Pi Club, Science SAs will spearhead the Challenge teams who go to work with local primary school children, French SAs will organise a pen pal system alongside reading French literature which they will ultimately view in film. This is to name but some opportunities…
As I have shared with parents recently, Ofsted visited us in January and judged 3 of the 4 areas of the school’s work (Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and Pastoral Care and Leadership and Management) to be “Good.” We are really proud of these judgements. Much as we disagree with the judgement for outcomes, (our exam results are far better than the average for similar schools nationally) we are now working hard to make sure that this 4th and final area of the Ofsted Framework is also judged to be good in the next 18 months.
I am also pleased to share that for the first time in many years the school is over-subscribed for September 2019, with 225 students joining us in Year 7. Incoming student numbers have doubled over the last 3 years, reflecting the fantastic work going on in the school which was identified by Ofsted.
All year groups should soon be preparing for End of Year Exams. In particular Year 11 should be well on the way with their revision, and are now only 15 school days away from starting their GCSEs in early May. Evidence is really clear that students who revise thoroughly at home do better in exams; but to further support our young people the school is open each day of the Easter Holiday for Year 11 revision (see News and Events on this web site for details).
Finally, I’d like to thank maths teacher Mr Gilmartin, who will be leaving us at the end of the week to take up a new post at Blackpool Sixth Form College. We wish him all the best in his new career.