Headteacher's Weekly Message
Dear Parents and Carers,
This month we celebrate LGBT+ history. This year’s theme, ‘Poetry, Prose and Plays’ will be interpreted in different ways across the school with a variety of events and activities. This will include an upcoming KS4 trip to see comedy drama, Time and Tide, at The Park Theatre which some of our lucky students have obtained tickets for, and there will be activities in lessons relating to the celebration and theme for this year.
Half of our Year 11 GCSE Art students visited the Whitechapel Gallery on Tuesday to see an exhibition by Carlos Bunga, with the remaining half being taken on Thursday. The trip gave students the opportunity to gather information and personal insights from the art work to develop ideas for their GCSE assignment. Not only was the trip artistically interesting to our students, it was also useful in preparing for their exam. My thanks to Ms Wills, Ms Dowling, Ms Hepworth and Ms West for accompanying students on the trip.
On Wednesday, a group of Year 8 students were taken to the Unicorn Theatre to see The Bee in Me with Ms Desbenoit and Ms Pratt. This innovative play, written by contemporary playwright Roland Schimmelpfenning, shows a day in the life of a 10-year-old from their perspective as they imagine themselves as a bee completing levels in a computer game. It was certainly a different, but enjoyable, experience for our students, as well as staff. My thanks to Ms Armitage for supporting students on the trip with our other two staff members.
It was a busy evening in school on Thursday as we hosted our annual GCSE Options Evening for Year 9. Students were able to ask subject teachers what they can expect from the course and what the assessment requirements are. I hope that our Year 9s now feel more confident in making an informed decision. Time has also been spent in PSHE lessons preparing for these important choices. A reminder that the deadline for options choices is Friday 14th February 2020. Due to a number of planning limitations, it is not possible to accommodate changes so please ensure your child chooses the subject that is right for them.
The week concluded with a special day for Year 11 students after weeks of preparation, on Friday it was Professional Interview Day. Our Year 11s attend school in smart professional dress, as opposed to their school uniform. Each student had completed a job application and CV and was interviewed by a career professional unknown to them, who had reviewed their application. The interviewers came from a wide range of professional backgrounds to match with our students’ various ambitions. After the interview, each student receives individual feedback and each year we have found this day to be extremely useful in preparing our students for their future career and educational paths.