Hello. As we near the end of the month of November, it is important that we stop a while to reflect on all that has happened and the many things that we should be grateful for.
Our Year 11 students have now concluded their first round of mock exams. They have been a credit to their Form tutors, teachers, families and themselves. Their commitment, positivity and maturity has been noticeable and certainly bodes well for the next and final round of mocks prior to commencing their GCSE exams in early May.
We must also pay credit to all of our students for their reverent, thoughtful and positive approach to our Remembrance Day Service on November 11th. It never fails to amaze me when observing our students as they process to their designated venues how respectful they are of the intention of the day and its very real importance.
I was also exceptionally pleased to see how many of our students wore their cadet, scout, guide and St John’s Ambulance uniforms, and did so with pride! I was also delighted to be able to welcome Fr Craig to join us for our service and am very grateful for his closing prayers and the blessing given to our entire school community.
Equally as proud a moment is the arrival of our final report from Ofsted following their time with us on November 5th and 6th. I am most proud and truly delighted to be able to announce that we have retained our ‘Good’ judgement. Of course as is to be expected, there are key areas requiring further development and endeavour but it is pleasing to note that these are all areas we had already commenced working upon. Of greatest importance for me are the many positive comments made about the ethos of our school, the aspirations and high expectations we as a school have of each and every one of our children, the high quality safeguarding measures and structures that are explicitly in place and the behaviour of our children.
I would ask that as we commence a new week and indeed a new month, you keep our Year 13 students in your thoughts and prayers. They commence their mock examinations on Monday December 9th. Again, there is much to be proud of as they prepare for these mocks with determination and positivity.
Thank you also for your help and support concering our Christmas Fayre.
Lastly, this coming month will see us commence our preparations for Christmas. This will occur on Sunday 1 December, the first Sunday of Advent. In school we will begin our various Advent collections for those who are vulnerable in some way.