Week ending June 6th
- Over half term 44 Year 9 and 10 students visited Iceland. The students were fantastic on the trip and visited a wide range of attractions. Some of the highlights included the Blue Lagoon thermal swimming pool, climbing a volcano which had hot rocks at the top, walking on a glacier and visiting a wide range of waterfalls. Many of the students also tasted some local cuisine, which was enjoyed by all! Everyone arrived back in Cambridge with some fantastic pictures and memories.
- We had our first ever Artsaward moderation this week. It was a complete success with all 22 Y9 students passing. The moderator was very impressed with the student work and even put forward Sabrina Collier’s portfolio as an exceptional example, which means it may be used as an exemplar by Trinity College London. The Artsaward is a national scheme for encouraging participation in the Arts and is very highly regarded, so we are very pleased to be part of the programme. Please do look on our Facebook page for examples of the work.
- This week we also had our GCSE Art Exhibition. There was some incredibly impressive work from the students; with superb examples of portraiture and highly innovative photography. It is our intention to get some of the best work professionally printed and displayed in school. We will do this on an annual basis, after each exhibition, so students can be inspired by the work created by their peers.
- We have two and a bit more weeks of Y11 exams, with attendance and behaviour being brilliant! Candidates are arriving punctually, well equipped and in good humour. The exams are spread over a very long period and to see the students still smiling and working hard is wonderful. Results Day will be Thursday 21 August when all this hard work will be celebrated.
- At the start of the week we held an induction day for new staff who will be joining us in September. It was good to welcome them into school before an official start and spend a day explaining how the school works, so they are truly set up for the new academic year in September. In our core subjects of English, Maths and Science we have sought to recruit additional teachers to allow for smaller groups and extra support for students; so it was great to be able to welcome seven new staff, who will help develop our student’s experiences in these crucial subjects alongside existing members of the departments.
- We will be launching our new reporting system soon. This will be an online system which parents will be able to access at home. As parents you will be able to see details about your child’s current performance; their target grades and details about any support your child may be receiving. We are really impressed with the system and feel it will be very informative for parents and also help support mentoring sessions in school. Please look out for details that will be forthcoming in future ParentMails.
- We would like to thank you for the positive comments we have received about the responses we have made to student and parent voice about uniform. We have been pleased to be able to act upon the feedback we have been given.
- Year 8 Parents’ evening this week was very well attended. It was the first time that Y8 parents had used the online booking system and it went very smoothly. We feel that the online system is helping to push attendance figures even higher which is something we are really pleased about, as the opportunity for this face to face communication is incredibly important. On that note just a reminder that my half-termly Parent Forum will be on June 25th from 5.00pm – 6.00pm in the library.
- On Tuesday 10 June 27 students are going to the south of France for a week as part of the French Exchange. The weather looks set to be nice, of course! They will let us know how they got on when they get back.