The School Year

As a school we never take our foot off the accelerator as the term, or indeed the year, comes to an end. With still 5 weeks remaining, KS3 students should be getting ready for their end of year assessments whilst the Year 10 and 12 students are in the midst of their exams already. Year 10 have their Work Experience week to look forward to and I am sure that their plans for this are well underway.

Planning for the new academic year is also high on our priority list as we formulate the academic calendar for 2018-19. There are so many opportunities open to our students that fitting them all in to the time available is a challenge, nevertheless, a positive challenge to have if we remain mindful of the balance between formal lesson ‘learning’ and extended learning is being maintained.

At the start of the year I challenged every student to take full advantage of the opportunities offered to them in school. I am pleased to say that this has been taken on board by a clear majority of students with sign-up for ECAs being very positive, participation in school trips and events high and the growing involvement in our school productions. However, there are some students who still need to rise to this challenge and hopefully have no future Proustian regrets à la recherche du temps perdu…

Brian Irving
Head of Secondary