Message from Mr Clarke – 13 May

Dear parent/carer,

Following what has been a very productive but demanding week, I wanted to pass on the views of staff about just how impressive our students have been and, most importantly, how impressive their attitude towards their studies continues to be.

Prior to the arrival of this week’s visitors, we reminded students of the school expectations and asked them to make themselves and the school proud during the visit. For the overwhelming majority, this was a simple reminder to ‘just be yourself’ and they absolutely did. As the headteacher I have the privilege of working with your children every single day and seeing how they develop as young people during their time with us; however, it is always a pleasure when someone else gets to see that too.

We received a high volume of responses to the student and parent surveys and these were incredibly helpful. They confirmed the many strengths of the school and painted an honest picture of what our school is all about. Please can I offer my sincere thanks to the 300+ parents who were able to find time amidst busy schedules to provide feedback; it was greatly appreciated.

This morning I spoke to all students across all years to thank them for the behaviours and attitudes they demonstrate in their school on a daily basis, but particularly over the two-day visit. They should be immensely proud and were absolutely the ‘best version of themselves’. I wanted to do something for the students to thank them for their contributions to our school community and had hoped that this could be something that would last well beyond this term. I have been giving a great deal of thought with regard to our social spaces in school and have allocated a budget for students to improve these spaces in the coming weeks and months. During assemblies next week I will be discussing potential projects and seeking the views of all students to identify what they would like to see in these spaces. I am very excited to hear their thoughts throughout next week. We hope you might get the opportunity to discuss these ideas over the weekend too.

I am certainly looking forward to a workfree weekend with my family and hope that you are also able to enjoy a restful weekend.  We would urge that our year 11 and year 13 students also find time to relax ahead of the examination season that begins on Monday.

Very best wishes

Russell Clarke, Headteacher