Acting Principal’s Message – 21st December 2018

What a fantastic term we have had!

We have enjoyed sharing the success of 6th Form students with parents and universities while holding Parents Evenings and completed UCAS applications. We also held an Open Evening, when prospective students and their families had the opportunity to look around Atrium; meeting teachers and our students after school hours. We also saw Years 10 and 11 students undertake their work experience placements! Our providers ranged from SMEs to large global companies, and we look forward to sharing their feedback in the next issue. Much of the background funding for this employer engagement comes from the generous CITB and DCT. We are extremely fortunate to have their ongoing support, both financial and in other ways.

For our staff who took time out of their week to visit students at their placements, it was, as always, a wonderful opportunity to celebrate student success outside the classroom. Statistically, the more involved students are with employers during their education phase, the less likely they are to find themselves not in Education, Training or Employment post-16. Thank you too, to all the parents and carers for supporting our work experience programme – this is undoubtedly an enduring and valuable contribution towards your child’s future.  I once heard the phrase, ‘You never know when memories are being made.’  I certainly remember key events and people who had a positive influence on my life (even though they may not have known it at the time), and I will always be grateful to them.

One of these people is Dr Nigel Gore, our retiring Chair of Governors. Despite the opportunity he had to slow down after retirement from his profession, he has continued to work tirelessly to support our school. Although he will no longer be a governor, he said this week: “I will continue to support in whatever way I can – even helping out with work experience visits!” What an amazing investment we have in our young peoples’ future here: we don’t just get a little extra at Christmas, we get a lot all year around!

All the best to you all this festive season!

Sam Morcumb, Acting Principal