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A Message From the Head teacher

Posted on: 22/11/2019

We have been a Centre of Excellence for the Inclusion Quality Mark for the last three years and I am pleased to inform you that, having gone through a recent re-assessment, we have been awarded Flagship School Status. There are approximately 30 schools in the country who have been awarded this prestigious accolade. As a Flagship School, we are expected to carry out a research project which will be published and disseminated to the other IQM schools. The project that we will be undertaking is based on one of our school development plan targets; sustainability within school and the wider community.

With the mock exams fast approaching, I would like to clarify the approach for students who are unwell or have scheduled appointments during this period of exams. If students are ill during the mock exams, we will try to reschedule within the mock period but no student can be permitted to sit an exam outside of their year group mock period, as the results are marked and collated for distribution to students at the same time. Can everyone please be aware that, whilst we will endeavour to be as flexible as possible for these internal exams, there is no flexibility around the dates and times for the real GCSE and A levels in the summer months. We ask, therefore, that every attempt is made to try to reschedule external appointments such as medical, orthodontic appointments and driving tests to avoid clashes with individual exams. The release of GCSE mock results will be on Monday 13 th January.

Following a recent advertisement for two Parent Governor vacancies in school, four candidates have applied for the roles. Today, each pupil has been given a ballot paper to take home, with the profile of each candidate for you to cast your vote. If you have two children within the school, then each parent is entitled to vote. Please place an X against two names on the ballot paper. Ballot forms can be posted into the Ballot box in main reception at Leyes Lane. If you choose to send your vote by post, please state “ballot paper enclosed” on the envelope. The closing date is Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 12 noon and the new appointments will be announced after this. On the subject of governors, we welcome a new Chair of Governors, Mrs Sarah Stear. Prior to being appointed as Chair of Governors, she has been a governor on our local governing body and taken responsibility for SEND and vulnerable students.

With the dark nights drawing in, students’ safety on their journeys home from school is of the utmost importance and particularly if they are cyclists. I would encourage the use of cycle helmets, bike lights and wearing reflective clothing to ensure that students are clearly visible and safe on their routes to and from school.

Today is a non-uniform day in aid of USU, a charity which helps underprivileged children in Uyogo, Tanzania. The majority of the proceeds will go to this charity with 20% retained for the new school build.

 

Yours sincerely,

H.H.S. Abbott

Headteacher