Friday 12th January 2018
Firstly, can I wish all our families a very Happy New Year. I hope that you all enjoyed a very restful and enjoyable Christmas break.
Before looking forwards, I’d like to glance back to the end of last term and, in particular, another stunning pair of Christmas concerts. It was a rousing end to an incredibly busy term and it was such a pleasure to see so many students performing to such a high standard and clearly loving their music. It is such a privilege to see the extent to which our students feel a sense of belonging to the musical community within the school.
We have had a really good start to the New Year in school, with many Year 13 students receiving offers from their chosen universities, including the brilliant news that six of our Year 13 students have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. They are Anna Rooth, Will Gullock, Eve Pope, Lizzie Wilson, Amy Jackson and Harriet Wall. This is one of the highest number of successful applications that we have had. Not only do they deserve great credit, but I’d also like to thank those teachers who have supported them in their preparations, especially Mrs Ramsay and Mrs Powell.
Year 11 collected their mock exam results last week, and Sixth Form students have just completed their January assessments. They are all now embarking on the ‘big push’ towards the summer exams, which are only some 13 school weeks away. We wish them well with a really steady and sustained preparation period, and am hugely grateful to our amazing teaching staff who will be supporting them in so many ways over the coming few months. As parents and teachers, we need to keep reinforcing that very simple relationship between effort in and results achieved.
As ever, our extra-curricular calendar is very busy. We have lots of school trips and visits (both locally and further afield) coming up, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award season is about to get underway, and the sporting calendar is looking as full as ever.
Finally, we were delighted to hear that Backwell School officially joined the Lighthouse Schools Partnership on 1st January, as planned. This is exciting for us as we can begin to harness the advantages of collaboration across secondary schools as well as benefitting from closer ties with our primary schools.
I am sure we will all be working together with great enjoyment to achieve success for our young people in 2018.