Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 1
Welcome back, we hope that you have had a restful summer break, the pupils and staff have certainly had lots of exciting stories to share!
We wish all our new families a special welcome and we look forward to working with you. I know you will continue to work with us, so your child can grow in confidence, with a love of learning, and a determination to be the best person they can be. It has been wonderful to see over the last three days the school bursting with life and energy again.
Inevitably over the holidays, our main news has been our fantastic GCSE results, the best in a decade; 30.2% of the girls and boys achieved at level 7 or above a magnificent achievement and 90% of our pupils achieving 5 or more GCSE passes across a wide spread of GCSEs. This is a fantastic achievement from our broad ability intake. More will be said of these results at Speech Day in a few weeks time, an important event where the whole school community comes together to celebrate our success.
Next week on Wednesday I would recommend the ‘Parent Workshops’ delivered by members of the Senior Management and Rachael Williams, our school counsellor.
On Friday in conjunction with the National Trust, Year 7 will have the opportunity to learn more about each other and begin the foundations for strong friendships on the 'Team Building Day' at Cliveden. An extremely exciting opportunity!
Before I finish I would like to share with you the feedback some of our former Year 11 girls, new memebers of our Sixth Form, have given us about their experiences over the summer whilst on the National Citizenship Service (NCS), a scheme which the school promotes through our PSHEE programme.
“NCS was an amazing experience that I will never forget! Not only was NCS fun and a great way to meet new people from all different backgrounds, but it was also an opportunity to improve and develop key skills. NCS was an incredible experience that inspired me to do more to help our community. It was one of the best experiences of my life!” Hannah Year 12.
“Choosing to do NCS was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Within the first few hours I had already made so many friends and knew I was going to have a great 3 weeks. We did many activities including canoeing, free falling, crate stacking, orienteering and hiking. Before doing NCS, the idea of going on a hike would not have thrilled me, however, everything you do on NCS is made so enjoyable that I loved every minute of it! We got the opportunity to stay in university accommodation and work alongside a community partner (my team’s partner was a dementia care home) which encouraged us all to take on more responsibility, improving my confidence, social skills and independence. Not only did NCS keep me from getting bored at home, it gave me the best summer of my life." Emma Year 12.
So much to look forward to in the immediate future and I hope you have a lovely weekend.