Principal’s Message – 9th February 2018

We were absolutely delighted with our recent Ofsted visit and subsequent report, and all parents and carers can be justifiably proud of the attitude and behaviour displayed by our students. The inspection team were very impressed with the ‘team ethos’ which characterizes the school: staff, students, parents and governors working together to ensure all students achieve their potential.

Staff have been highlighting individual student success in our Praise Assembly. Special mention to Mathu, Peter and Adam H for their representation in the ‘Rotary Youth Speaks’ Bay Area Debating final; Ruby, Yasmin and Beck for their sustained progress in Maths; Jude, Will B and Aidan for achievement in Spanish; Callan, Elliott, Beth C and Olly
for continued dedication in Ancient History; Charlie V, Yasmin, Beth C and Matthew M for creative designs in Graphics.

A special congratulations too, for our Year 12 DEC! students, who recently presented their Post-Occupancy Study of Cavanna Homes’ “Origins Development” to a range of stakeholders. Dr. Nigel Gore, our Chair of Governors, was very impressed with their presenting and communication skills.

During half term, I hope that our Years 11 and 13 students will maximise their time to prepare for the upcoming exams. Year 13s will be able to analyse their recent Mocks and identify the gaps in their learning. Year 11s have another opportunity to undertake Mock exams from 1st March, so both groups of students should now be developing (and indeed embedding) positive learning habits.

Alongside learning to let go of negative patterns that hold them back from reaching their potential, students should also take time to identify, implement and maintain the habits necessary to achieve their desired results in the summer exams. American entrepreneur and author, Jim Rohn, once said: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what
keeps you going”. Discipline is the bridge between goals and success!

I hope you all enjoy quality time together with loved ones this half term holiday.