Head Teacher's Notices
As we begin Lent, people often talk about what they are going ‘to give up’. Giving up something can be a useful thing to do, particularly if as a result of that action you are able to help others. However it is often better to try and ‘do something’, this can be anything from giving your time to volunteer to help with our SVP or to support a charity, to making small daily gestures of kindness and help towards those who are closest to us. Lent is a spiritual journey, daily prayer and attendance at Mass is the best way to prepare for Easter. The Catholic Church has produced its most recent ‘Walk With Me’ booklet for Lent 2017, which is a prayer and scripture journey to help us get the most out of this holy season. The booklet is available in all our Catholic Churches, we also have a few copies available in school, please ask if you would like to see one.
Years 11 to 13 and some Year 9s completed very successful intervention days on Monday.
Year 11 have then gone on to complete external formal mocks in English and maths. As these two subjects are the reformed GCSEs and are graded 1 to 9, they are significantly different than previous GCSEs in these subjects. As a school we are doing everything possible to try and support our students and have been impressed with their good attitude and hard work this week.
You may have seen on the news that there are significant real-term cuts to school funding. Whilst we are very thorough to manage budgets carefully, it is inevitable that decisions are going to become more difficult during the next few years. We are prioritising specialist teaching staff in core subjects such as maths and English along with other expenditure to deliver an effective curriculum whilst maintaining outstanding pastoral support.