Headteacher's Blog

Thursday 3rd March 2016

It was lovely to return to school last week to hear of the success of two foreign trips that had taken place over Half Term. Ted Powell led a Sixth Form Politics trip to a very cold Washington DC, and Geoff Smith led the annual Ski Trip to the Pyrenees. Well done to the students for their excellent conduct on both trips, many thanks to the staff concerned, and best wishes for a speedy recovery to our only casualty, Miss Godshaw!

Time seems to speed up at this time of year and we are now only four school weeks from Easter. Year 12 and 13 are currently sitting their mock exams, which I hope provides a really useful learning experience, and Year 11 are now fully immersed in their revision programmes. To see over a quarter of the yeargroup at Tuesday’s Maths revision session engaging so positively with past papers and revision exercises (as well as jaffa cakes!) supported by most of the Maths faculty serves as a strong reminder of how hard both our students and staff are working across the school. It was incredibly positive to engage with so many Year 11 parents for the Futures Interviews in the week before half term, and I know there is a huge amount of communication between the Sixth Form team and parents at the moment to ensure that we are all working together to support students at this crucial time of year. My thanks for all of your ongoing support and encouragement.

The pace is no slower outside the classroom and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the production of Romeo and Juliet in the week before half term. Well over 100 students were involved in total, as well as a wide range of staff. Pulling off five performances of such quality in the week is some feat and huge credit and thanks should go to our Creative Arts team and in particular to Stefan Chilcott, who once again directed a hugely polished and entertaining performance. We have also had more success on the sports field, with the Year 7 girls qualifying for the National 5-a-side football Finals and the Year 7 and 8 girls sweeping past Teddington School 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the National English Schools FA Cup.

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