Headteacher’s Blog – 28th April 2023

Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 28th April 2023

The weather forecast last weekend wasn’t particularly promising for our Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition but this didn’t faze our team of 22 students who, demonstrating great resilience, completed a very successful expedition. Mrs. Murphy, who led the expedition, said, ‘They all did brilliantly, starting in pouring rain with some of them having soggy boots for the whole weekend. All of the students have proved that they can do it, and know what they need to work on for their assessed weekend in July.’ Our congratulations go to the 22 students and our thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Bauwens, Mr Field and Mrs. Macadam for making the expedition possible.

With the cherry blossom on the trees, it really feels like we’re marching towards Summer. Talking about making the most of every moment in Mrs. Godsell-Wright’s assemblies this week she’s been focusing on the importance of approach and attitude. In particular, the 3 ‘P’s, Plan, Prepare and Progress which is particularly pertinent for our Key Stage 4 and 5 students whose exams are underway with the GCSE Art exam this week and French speaking exams and PE moderation next week.

Mrs. Wellock and 7EnA1 had an excellent end to the week last week when, following their study of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and research of the Globe for homework, they brought in their own model versions as you can see. Mrs. Wellock reports that James, Grace, Alice B, Tristan and Henry received some pick and mix as a ‘well done!’ for their efforts.

If you have younger children you may already know that this morning twelve of our Year 10 Sports Leaders have been to Long Marston Primary School to lead a dodgeball tournament for children in Years 1 to 6 from eight local primary schools. It was, by all accounts, a great success. This is just one of the strategies that we have in place to support students in developing their leadership skills. At lunchtime today the School Council, with a successful Bake Sale, raised £83.86 to support people in Ukraine and Malawi.

We have an opportunity for you to get involved in the strategic direction of the school as a parent governor. You will have received a letter on Thursday 27th April with further details. The closing date for nominations is 9a.m. on 12th May 2023.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!