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Dear Parents and Carers,

We had our Year 8 Parents/Carers Subject Evening last night. It was very heartening to see so many of you there-and an endorsement of the100% support you give to your daughter’s education. This is so encouraging for our teachers. Plus your survey feedback to us following these evenings is always valued. We read some uplifting comments including ; ‘brilliant school, very happy parent’ ‘our daughter loves being at this school’, ‘ very happy with all the teachers’ and  ‘a lovely atmosphere and excellent teaching level, well done to all the staff!’ so thank you for those.

However, in discussion with one of our Science teachers, it is clear that our staffing difficulties in certain areas have caused concern. As a parent myself, I understand those anxieties. This year we have supported a number of our teaching colleagues through some serious health issues. These are valued colleagues, and none of us can ever foresee when a serious illness can befall us. Over 85% of the school’s income pays for our staff so we need to care for that investment whilst ensuring that the quality of the education to your daughter is protected. Examination classes have been our primary concern, as you will appreciate; however all of our staff covering for sick staff who are not permanently with us are subject specialists.

There have been, as usual, a range of student events organised this week. Congratulations to our Year 9 Mathematics team who took part in the maths challenge at Bancroft’s School and came 13th out of 30 school finalists-and thank you to Ms Hafiz for accompanying them. Well done to:

 Kate Lucas (9G), Emily Jeffery (9W), Aini Noorally (8W), Dorothy Kouame (8W).

 We also celebrated the fascination of number on ‘Happy World Pi Day’ on Wednesday. Cakes were eaten, customised Pi earrings were bought, Pi was learned and recited-by large numbers of girls. Could you learn by rote then recite this sequence?


 Other student events this week included a Science in Action trip, a Maths Inspiration visit to the Institute of Education, a lunchtime enterprise event in school on Wednesday and on Friday, thirty Year 9 students were involved in an Old Vic Schools’ Club workshop on the play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ by playwright Tom Stoppard, which they will be seeing at the Old Vic next week.

 Also this week, we received a letter from Nick Gibb, which we have reproduced here.

best wishes 

 Meryl Davies







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