Principal’s Message 9th March 2018

I wonder how you spent the ‘snow days’ last week. Were you able to get into work? Did you and your car get stuck on the A38? Were you prepared for the ‘Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’? I was the last person to leave the school last Wednesday and had to park a considerable distance from my house in Thurlestone, then attempt to walk home (‘slip and slide home’ would be more appropriate). My sons had a great time sledging on Thursday and I had quite a task getting them to focus on school-related study on Friday!

With many students preparing for external examinations, my staff and I are heightening our awareness of those who may be experiencing anxiety and stress  during this critical time. Balancing mock exams, revision and sufficient relaxation can be a difficult feat, so I am indebted to our amazing staff who go beyond expectations to monitor the wellbeing of our students. In our Year 11 curriculum, we have built in individual Study Support sessions, and will also be hosting free yoga sessions for Years 11 and 13 in the lead-up to exams. If you feel that your child needs a little extra support at this stage, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give me a call.

Our constructive approach to GCSE preparation includes individual subject targeted revision support alongside a range of exam technique sessions. The  ‘Exams’ page of our website also contains useful help and guidance, including a Candidate Handbook and links to all exam boards. Attached to this Newsletter, you will find six evidence-based strategies for effective learning.

Please remind your children that the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!

Matt Messias, Principal