We are delighted to have our students back in school and for them to have returned with such positive attitudes and good uniform standards.
I am pleased to welcome a number of new staff to the school. We have worked very hard to retain and recruit excellent staff in order that our students can benefit from excellent teachers who are subject specialists.
We are focussing on a few key areas, notably to improve the quantity and quality of homework. All students should be checking Show My Homework (SMH) on a daily basis. The library is available at lunchtime and after school for students who want to complete work or for those who do not have access to ICT equipment at home. If parents would like a reminder of passwords or instructions as to how to use SMH please contact Mr Virgo. Homework is important as it increases the number of learning hours students complete and ultimately does improve their examination results. Of there is a problem, let us know and we can find a solution. Not completing homework will result in after school detentions, so it is important issues are dealt with in good time.
With regards to exam results, our sixth form results were consistently good or better and there were substantial improvements again in maths and science A level including 100% pass rates, good progress and an increased number of top grades. Maths also improved substantially and our GCSE results are the most improved in Walsall, we are aiming even higher this year and are confident that we can achieve record outcomes. Congratulations to Mrs Badyal, the Maths Department and our Year 11 maths students for your hard work, it paid off!
In assemblies I have asked students to make the most of every opportunity, whether it’s the chance to improve a piece of work by talking to a teacher after class, the opportunity to join a school team or club or simply taking a moment to be kind and helpful to those who are in our school community. 2017 is a fresh start and we are determined; this will be our best year ever!