Thursday 7th January 2015
It is good to be back, rested and ready to tackle a really important term in the school year. Christmas term finished with a series of really lovely events. It was a great thrill to host the live BBC broadcast of Radio 4’s Any Questions and I was delighted that two of the questions asked were from Huw James and Gabriella Lockwood-Davies who are students at the school. We also enjoyed delightful Christmas concerts and had the Vice Chancellor of Bristol University, Sir Eric Thomas, as our Guest of Honour at the Sixth Form Presentation Evening.
This term is a critically important one for students in Years 13, 12 and 11 who now will all have their summer exams clearly in their line of sight. Our Year 11 mocks went successfully and we held a Mocks Results day yesterday afternoon to help our students gauge just how much progress they have made, or shall need to make on the way to success. Parental involvement and support is a crucial ingredient and catalyst for almost all students. Our next Year 11 Parents' workshop is on 3rd March and I would advocate the benefits in attending if you can. We hope that we are providing parents of all exam groups the right amount of information and advice but do let me know if there is anything that you think that we could improve on.
We are also seeking parental views on school communications generally and there will be a consultation forum on January 27th to that end. You will find the advert for it elsewhere in the newsletter. I hope that some parents will be able to spare the time to give us their views.
There have been a few recent changes on the school’s governing body. Simon Faulkner, Head of Portland House and Staff Governor, has reached the end of his term of office and has been replaced by Mike Oxenham, our Head of PSHE. Dr Lauren Devine and Tony Tucker have both resigned at the end of their terms as Parent and Community Governors respectively. I am very grateful to all our governors for the time and expertise that they invest in the school and Tony Tucker has been an exceptional example of that, having served on the Governing Body for 14 years. Kieron Flower, Dr Neil Willey and Will Parish have all recently joined the governing body with expertise in Human Resources, University Science and the technology sector. I know that they will have a huge amount to offer us in the strategic leadership of the school.
Lastly, our teams continue to thrive in regional and national competitions. The Boys U14 football is through to Round 3 of the Somerset Cup after a convincing win against Crispin School in Round 2. We took 1st place in all categories of the North Somerset Badminton Festival and today our Year 8 boys are in Devon playing Ivybridge College in Round 6 of the National Football Cup. Fingers crossed!