Headteacher's Blog

22 June 2012

If you have visited the school site recently you can’t but have noticed the progress that has been made on the new Sixth Form Studies Centre.  We are currently ahead of schedule on the project and looking forward to taking possession in mid-July.  The building will make a huge difference to our Sixth Form students and I have recently been reviewing the provision of A Level materials and facilities in the existing library so that all our study facilities are equally attractive and fully resourced for the Sixth Form.  Our new Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jeanne Fairs, will be joining us at a moment of great opportunity.

 Plans are now fully laid for a superb Activities Week next month.  My thanks to the many parents who have been visiting the school for meetings about residentials and overseas visits.  We have worked very hard to deliver a safe and very enjoyable experience over the whole range of enrichments and I hope that you feel ready for your son or daughter to get the very best from the event or events that they have chosen.

 If you are a Year 10 Parent you will have had an email from us telling you about the pilot for our new electronic system for communicating between teachers and parents on matters of effort and behaviour.  ICARIS will send emails to let you know if your son or daughter has been commended for excellent work or if sanctions have been applied following an incident of poor behaviour.  We shall be carefully evaluating the pilot and hope to roll the system out to the whole school in September.

 My thanks to our Parents Association who have been working so hard to raise funds for the school.  The recent car boot sale brought in £1,300 which I know they shall put to excellent use in the school.  The GSPA don’t just raise money but I appreciate their advice and willingness to be used as a sounding board.  We would always welcome new members at any of our meetings.

 You may have seen some of the new stories on the website about our Year 8 Aspirations programme.  This has consisted of a series of visits to develop skills and confidence for some of our young people.  Yesterday’s visit to the Police HQ here in Portishead was a great success and our students were able to use the incident simulation centre to respond to a situation based around a potential terrorist attack.  It was a literally thrilling experience and the students developed their teamwork skills in an exciting and enjoyable context.  My thanks to Sally Kingscott for organising this and all the other visits.

 The summer term is slipping away but as you can see in this newsletter, the pace is maintained and we continue to search out every opportunity to make learning relevant and fun.

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