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Mr Bevis' Words Lent 2

A week that has involved our youngsters looking and planning for the future. Year 11 are in the middle of GCSE exams because we have taken the strategic decision to use enter for IGCSE in maths and English as well as the standard GCSEs in the summer, effectively giving them two bites of the cherry.

Year 10 were taking a more long term view when over 100 parents and pupils attended our Post 16 Landscape meeting. Supported by Steph Rogers our Head of Careers, and Helen Cole, external career consultant we traversed the landscape of A Levels, BTEC, Apprenticeships, University entry, vocational qualifications and the world of FE colleges. The alternatives can be a little confusing but the prospects for young people are exciting, with so many different pathways to qualifications, careers and a fulfilling work life. And I hope we have avoided any confusion over numerical GCSE grades that Ofqual have identified giving a clear explanation and comparison with the A*-G system.

Finally Year 9 were packed off to Bucks New University to expand their horizons, and begin to grasp the realities of university life and demands.

Some of our younger pupils - Year 6 joined the senior school for a day to find out how life as a secondary school pupil is different to that in a junior school. With a range of historical, mathematical and scientific challenges thrown at them, in the context of car races, rocket launches -  we hope they had an enlightening time.

Young people face many challenges and in our effort to help them stay safe in the digital world we can forget there are other threats out there. Year 9 and 10 are having a drugs seminar on Tuesday next week, and we have invited parents of all year groups to a session starting at 7pm in the College Avenue Hall.

Delighted with our U12 netball win over LVS last week, and our 2nd and 3rd places in the U15 RBWM tournament. Congratulations to three of our senior girls, and all the Sixth Form who supported in the Maidenhead Lions Swimarathon last Saturday and we look to be raising about £700... and I am also led to believe that a couple of members of staff also donned their swimming costumes.

Have a wonderful weekend

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter Drucker

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