HEADTEACHER'S BLOG - JANUARY 2015
A warm welcome
back at the start of a new year. The students and staff have returned to
school rested and raring to go, with resolutions and new determination spurring
them on. We begin the new year with a strong moral purpose to ensure that
every child receives the best possible education so that they can achieve their
full potential, whatever that may be.
Here are some
highlights from the first two weeks as well some key dates and information.
Year 11 on track
for record results
We are so proud of
our Year 11 students who were working hard right up to the penultimate day of
term before enjoying a well-deserved early break for Christmas. The results of the first round of mock
examinations show that students are on track to achieve the best results the
school has ever seen. Massive gains in
mathematics and science lead the way, with English also remaining strong.
All Year 11 students will be receiving their data with personalised
targets for improvement next Wednesday. Parents/carers
are asked to look at this data with their children and contact school if they
have any queries. There is a full
subject evening on Thursday 12th February. Year 11
students have received their new Directed Revision time tables which they are
following from this week. A full revision timetable can be downloaded here or in the ‘Students’ section of this website under ‘Enrichment’.
Sixth Form Open
Evening – Thursday 5th February 6.00pm-8.00pm
On February 5th
there will be another opportunity for Year 11 parents/carers to come and find
out about what our Sixth Form can offer your child. Following
student voice discussions, we have refined our curriculum offer at Post 16 and now have a
wider range of courses and pathways on offer. I would urge you to attend the evening and
find out what is on offer, especially if you did not do so in November.
Curriculum leaders in all the subjects on offer will be there to talk to
you and we will be having specialist seminars, including one on successfully
applying to top universities which will be led by a representative from
Cambridge University. My senior team will also be hand on talk to you
about any questions you may have about your child’s future pathways in Post
16. A flyer for the evening can be downloaded here.
Year 8 Options
Evening – Thursday 29th January 6.00-8.00pm
For Year 8
students it is an important time. They will be making their choices for Key
Stage 4 in the coming weeks. All students have been given their
personalised option booklet with a letter explaining the pathway that has been
recommended for them. The options process is fully outlined in this letter and
I would ask parents/carers to read this carefully and to attend the Options
Evening to find out more about individual subjects. If there are any
questions in the meantime please contact your child’s Head of House in the
first instance and they can support you in getting the information and advice you
trampolinists and an international dance star!
It never ceases to
amaze me the talent that we have in the school. We are all
following the progress of our trio of talented Year 8 trampolinists who are now
through to the national finals! Kimberly
Green, Ellie Carr and Olivia-May Street made it through to the team event and
Olivia came second in the individual event and is therefore also competing as
an individual. This is an absolutely
incredible achievement and we wish the girls well for the finals on March 14th
in Birmingham. Competing a bit further afield is Year 8 student
Casey Robinson who has recently been scouted to dance at Disneyland Paris
in the summer! She is also competing in
the Dance World Cup in Romania, what an achievement. A huge well done to
all these girls and to all our students who show so much dedication in
following their interests and making the most of the talents they have.
Arthur Terry Learning
Partnership Joint Training Day - 5th January
As our partnership
within the ATLP grows we were pleased to take part in a joint training day with
the other two secondary schools and four primary schools. This was an invaluable opportunity for all
staff, both teaching and support staff, to work with their colleagues from the
other schools. The day was a mix of specialist training and building long term
networks with the single goal of ensuring all students within the partnership
receive the best possible education.
Super STEM club
School STEM club, under the excellent leadership of Ms Rollason, goes from
strength to strength and is now attracting a great deal of interest not only in
the local press but from experts in their fields who want to get involved. On Thursday 22nd January we are
honoured to have a visit from Dr Karen Masters, Senior Lecturer and astronomer
at the University of Portsmouth. Dr
Masters was a student at The Coleshill School and has since attended Oxford and
Harvard universities. She will be spending the day with our Year 11
triple scientists and Year 8 students as they prepare to take their options.
In March we will be celebrating STEM week with a range of special guests
including an F1 car Business Manager.
In case of snow
If there should be heavy
snow we will always publish whether the school is open on our website. We will
aim to do this by 7am. It will always be our intention to keep the school
open unless there is a risk to the health and safety of the students.