Mar 26

March Blog

With winter weather behind us (hopefully!) and the Year 9 options process complete, we now look forward to the summer term and longer nights. Year 9 will begin their options lessons after Easter with minimal impact on the rest of the school's timetable.  Year 11 and Year 13 will have a busy Easter of exam preparation and I would like to repeat the advice given by Elevate Education to Year 11. Revise by following a normal working week and ensure that any revision plan or schedule includes proper relaxation with the things that students enjoy. Only with this balance will...

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Feb 28

Connecting Classrooms Conference - Jordan

With the winter weather upon us again there are few things I would like to share with you.

We are in the midst of options choices for Year 9 which may cause a postponement of our options evening on 1st March. Our reserve date is Tuesday 6th March.

The options process is a critical point in every child’s school life, and we have made some significant changes which we will explain on the evening. My first slide will be a quote from one of my favourite international education speakers:

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it...

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Jan 30

Year 9 Options & Changes to School Day Public Consultation

  Dear Parents and Carers,   I hope that you have all survived the current flu epidemic unscathed and are still looking forward to longer days with the energy and enthusiasm that New Year and springtime brings with it. It has been a challenging couple of months for a number of reasons, and I would like to thank you for your patience and support during the December snow. My personal apologies that our communication systems let us down and you received an email rather than a text on the first snow day. We are currently reviewing all of our communication systems with our new...

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Dec 17

Letter to Parents - Curriculum Consultation

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we near Christmas and the end of term I would like to thank you for your support and patience over what has been a very difficult last two weeks. The unusually severe weather which started on Friday 8 December and forced a number of local school to close, has now at last left its after effects behind. Despite a warning of potential flooding from meltwater last Friday, the Environment Agency Website now shows no flood alerts, so hopefully we have seen the last of the disruption.

I would also like to thank you for your participation in our curriculum...

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Dec 4

Our Curriculum Review

I am writing this month about a full review of our school curriculum which is ongoing. You can give your views in our online consultation here (https://goo.gl/forms/k7BoxKPckQiRbL0U2.)

The new linear GCSE and A Level courses are much more demanding than they have been for forty years, and it is critical that we have a curriculum structure which allows us to prepare our students thoroughly for these exams. There are a number of decisions which we are currently considering, and would like our whole school community to be fully involved with.

Lessons

We currently have five...

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