Headteacher's Blog

Friday 12th December 2014

We are balancing serious business with Christmas fun in school at the moment. Our Carol Service at St Nicholas on Monday night was a delight as ever and it was really good to hear such confident and sensitive readings as well as the fantastic music.  We also have a themed Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow, although there is no pressure to take part but I am sure that our Sixth Form will throw themselves into it as ever.  Much more seriously, our Year 11 students have just finished their mocks and I know that they will be turning their attention now to completing controlled assessments and practicals in many subjects.  Sixth Form will be doing mini mocks in January, although the main mock period is in March for them.

We have secured a really great panel for Radio 4’s Any Questions. Jacob Rees Mogg MP, Jeremy Brown MP, Ken Livingstone and Polly Toynbee will be joining Jonathan Dimbleby on the panel.  I’m really pleased that we will be able to offer our Sixth Formers some time with such an interesting group of influential people and I know that I am not the only ‘political geek’ excited about the prospect.

I am very pleased that our new uniform continues to look so smart.  For parents of pupils who are growing out of ‘old uniform’ or who have reached the point where items are worn out I am glad to tell you that the Sports Shop is fully stocked with the new line and Price and Buckland will be happy to oblige from their website www.pbparentsonline.co.uk/Gordano.

Lastly we had a name check on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show this week when Ben Lucas from Year 7 phoned in to take part in the ‘What I’m Doing for the Frist Time Today’ slot.  He told the nation that he was having lunch with the Head as a reward for doing his Extended Learning presentation.  I’m glad to say that he gave a good report of the school.  His ambition is to be a ‘cool radio dude’ and I think he’s at least half-way there.

Wishing all our families a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Gary Lewis

11.12.14

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