13 February 2019

Principal's Update

Dear Parents/Carers

What a busy start to the year this has been – every day there has been something positive to celebrate and to share. Whether that is the Year 8 boys winning their football league or students gaining 100% for their extended writing task for the ‘Brilliant Club’ or students completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. I extend my congratulations to all of these students and look forward to their future successes.

Recently, I have had the privilege of working with some of our Year 13 students, discussing their university offers and the merits of higher level apprenticeships. This time of the year is so critical to our Year 13 and Year 11 students with the exam season soon upon us. I urge you to encourage them to take advantage of all the support the College has to offer.

During the recent Options Evening, it was fantastic to meet so many parents and to discuss the next steps for Post 16 or the range of options available at Key Stage 4. It strikes me that our students have such a huge choice, compared to when we were at school!

I would like to thank you for your contributions and recommendations in our recent Parent Engagement Survey, our responses to your feedback is included in a separate article in this newsletter. The College is currently undertaking the Annual Parent Survey and, again, we would very much appreciate your contributions to this.

Recently, I was asked by some parents what they could do to support their child’s learning and, on reflection and as a parent myself, I would like to suggest the following: encourage your son/daughter to read for at least 30 minutes per day, ensure that they are fully prepared for a day’s learning at the College by being organised and having all of their equipment. I would also advise that they take advantage of the opportunities on offer at College and also those that are available in the wider community. Research indicates that it is those students who get involved and actively participate who are often the most successful.

In order to help you to help your child, we will be offering a parent workshop before the Easter Break, to explore ways in which parents can support their child’s education and preparation for forthcoming examinations. Further details to follow.

I am looking forward to sharing more student successes in the future and also to working with you throughout the rest of the year.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Bevan