News from Mr Ramsey

CED

This week’s Curriculum Enrichment Day saw pupils undertaking the usual wide variety of activities. Whilst Year 7 enjoyed a day of inter-form sporting competition, Year 9 were challenged by a two day Business Enterprise Conference. At KS4 the focus turned to academic matters with Year 10 having a day’s intensive religious education input whilst Year 11 undertook their GCSE English orals. I am delighted to hear that as usual the boys excelled in their oral assessment and that we achieved a 100% pass rate which supports proudly our claim to produce confident, articulate young men. The Lower Sixth gained further information about University and writing statements, whilst the Upper Sixth took part in subject specific exam preparation and intervention.

British Values

As part of Curriculum Enrichment Day, we took the opportunity to give Yr 8 a more detailed overview of British Values which the Government define as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

During the day, boys looked at these issues from different perspectives. One session looked at different forms of government, and their relative merits. We also looked at the current state of British politics and our political parties. Boys also explored the more nebulous concept of “Britishness” and how it was reflected in all aspects of our life, including food, recreation, family life, religion, art and culture. Finally, the pupils examined prejudice and discrimination in society.

Business Enterprise Conference

Our annual Year 9 business conference was once again a huge success and I was delighted that the delegates from visiting businesses and organisations were impressed by our pupils. The Army representatives were particularly impressed by politeness, leadership and team work which certainly bodes well for the future. I was impressed that so many boys pushed themselves to achieve their best and frequently surprised staff with their commitment and determination.

Book Amnesty

Many thanks to those who have returned books, however, this is the last call. I would again ask that parents and pupils search bags and bedrooms over the weekend and hand in any outstanding books to Reception on Monday in order to avoid fines for replacing overdue books.

New Grades at GCSE

As parents may know, gradings for GCSE examinations is changing from this summer with the introduction of a 1-9 scale . This will affect English and Maths this year and role out to all GCSEs in 2018. The Government have produced this useful video which may be of interest to parents.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-gcse-9-to-1-grades -coming-soon

P A Ramsey

Headmaster