Headteacher’s notice – 24 May 2019

Mrs S Bowen

Hello. When we return from May half term we will have less than eight weeks until we close for this academic year. In the coming weeks we will welcome our new Year 7 to our community and their families as well.

We have said goodbye to our Year 13 students. Thinking ahead to our Year 7 Induction Evening towards the end of June – I am taken back to the same evening seven years ago when the vast majority of our Year 13 students nervously, anxiously and somewhat excitedly stepped across the threshold of what would be their home for the foreseeable future – and how lucky were we? Each and everyone of them, be that they started in Year 7 or joined us in Year 12, have added positively to our community in more ways than I can even begin to explain. It has been our pleasure to know them, teach them, work along side them and most importantly of all share in the journey they have been on during that time. It is always bitter sweet to say goodbye but it is important to remember that they are off to pastures new and will leave us with our love and best wishes as they take on the variety of challenges and life experiences that will come their way.

We continue to guide and support our Sixth Form and Year 11 students as they move towards the completion of this exam season. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Our Year 12 students and accompanying staff continue to prepare for their pilgrimage to Lourdes. They are actively engaged in the final weeks f fund raising and will shortly attend their safeguarding and health and safety training in Manchester. In addition, there are a number of events due to take place in our local parishes of Holy Trinity and St Joseph’s on the Willenhall Road which both they and those parishioners also attending the pilgrimage will participate in. I will bring you up to speed in our next edition.

Thank you for your continued support regarding all things behaviour, uniform, attendance and punctuality. Adherence and compliance to these matters are important as they set the scene for success in the larger things. We have been addressing a small but significant number of issues involving matters related to behaviour both in school and on the way to school, punctuality and attendance and have been very clear with both the parents/carers of the students involved and the students themselves that whilst in our school uniform – whether on or off school premises – the highest of standards are expected. The reputation our school community holds in the local community is of great importance to us but even more important is the well being and safety of students, staff and all we encounter each day and consequently we will address any contravention of our expectations.

God bless.