News from Mr Ramsey

Thanks

I would like to thank all parents for their support for the changes to our normal programme for Fridays over the last few weeks. This has enabled us to bid farewell to the Upper Sixth, after their seven years in the school in suitable style, enjoy a challenging variety of sporting competition and also to enable all of the Lower Sixth to undergo a searching series of interviews.

I was particularly pleased that many of our interviewers last Friday commented on how well prepared and articulate the Lower Sixth were during the Facing the Future conference. All the Lower Sixth faced academic or vocational interviews from experts in their fields which will be an immense advantage when they apply to university or job apprenticeship next year.

Changes to leadership in September

As part of our School Development Plan, we are changing some aspects of the school’s leadership in September with the adoption of a “Head of School System”. Mr Freakley and Mr Toley will continue to be in charge of the Sixth Form and Upper School/ Year 11 respectively. Mr Dannie has been promoted to Assistant Headteacher and will be in charge of the Middle School consisting of Years 9 and 10. Mr Bullock will be taking charge of the Lower School: Years 7 and 8.

The Heads of School will be particularly responsible for progress and attainment, ensuring that lessons and learning are effective and that punctuality and attendance are good. They will, of course, be working with the Heads of Year.

Meanwhile, Mrs Harrison and I will take responsibility for pastoral aspects of school life and ensuring that behaviour is outstanding. Mr Hall will be overseeing the smooth operation of the school including all our important electronic communications and events.

Arrangements for the final day of term

School will finish at 12 noon on Friday 21st July. Pupils return to school on Tuesday 5th September. There will be a staggered start:

  • Year 7 and Lower Sixth start at 8.35am as normal
  • Years 8, 9, 10, 11 return at 10.30am
  • Year 13 return at 12 noon

P A Ramsey