Dear Parents/Carers,

It gives me great pleasure to write to you as Interim Head teacher. I am, and have always been, exceptionally proud of our school, staff and students. It is most important to see our children grow, flourish and achieve in the many and varied opportunities made available to them but most importantly to see them develop as young people keenly aware of their own abilities, skills and talents and ready to play their part in the world around them.

I am also appreciative of the encouragement and support you offer us as a staff in the work we do with your children. Your advice and guidance is important to us as we work together in ensuring we communally achieve the best for our children.

This is an important term for a significant number of our children. Years 11, 12 and 13 will very shortly commence their GCSE or AS/A Level examinations respectively. Some have already been taken e.g. Performing Arts, Art and Food. If I could ask one thing of you as parents/carers at this most pressing time it would be for your encouragement. It is essential that our children have a quiet space in which to work, an organised timetable for study and lots of praise. Rewards work well but never underestimate the value there is in the time you give in reviewing study tasks completed each evening, taking part in quizzes based on the work set with your child or checking revision tasks set on SMH.

Many of you as a parents/carers, as we as staff, will have younger children preparing for their SATS. Again, this is an important time for Year 6 children preparing for these exams and looking forward to the many pleasurable activities that occur during this final term of the school year, not least as they look forward to moving to secondary school. As an important part of our daily life here at school is to consider the needs of others we will remember our own students taking exams, those children taking SATS and you as parents/carers in our thoughts, prayers and intentions offered during morning prayer in Form/Assembly and weekly during voluntary mass.

I hope you enjoy this edition of More News, especially our inaugural piece titled ‘Meet the staff’. This will become a regular aspect of More News introducing you to a different staff team in each edition. In time we would like you to meet everyone from our Senior team to our teaching, support, admin, catering and care taking staff. There is nothing like being able to put a face to a name is there?

There may be topics, suggested areas or aspects of school life that you would like covered or explained further in More News. If so please do let me know. I am always eager to hear your thoughts and look forward to spending time with over this next term as you have need to be in school.

As always we continue to monitor standards of behaviour, punctuality, uniform and attendance. We are very much appreciative of the support you provide in ensuring that your child is in school each day, on time for the start of the day and presented in compliance with our school uniform policy.

God bless,

Mrs Bowen, Interim Headteacher

World Skills Show

On 15th November, a group of year 9 students attended the World Skills Show event in Birmingham. The World Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

Barclays Lifeskills Workshop

On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th November facilitators from the Transformation Trust visited our school to deliver Barclays LifeSkills workshops to Years 7 and 8.

Bank of England Visit

As a Business Studies student I was given the opportunity to meet Mr P Brione from the Bank of England, who has a paramount role in the International Policy and Strategy as the Senior Manager.

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