Headteacher's Weekly Message
Friday 01st April 2022
Dear Students, Parents and Carers
As we arrive at the end of term, I want to wish you all a happy and healthy Spring break over the next two weeks. Please make sure that you have a well-deserved rest and recharge your batteries, as well as staying safe at all times. If you are in year 11, revising for assessments, make sure that you try to achieve a balance between studying and resting: take regular breaks, exercise and go outside to oxygenate your brain, eat healthily, have lots of sleep and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
To those who are celebrating, I want to wish you a Happy Easter and a joyous Passover; to those who are fasting over Ramadan, I wish you all the blessings of the holy month and hope you fast well.
We are continuing to survey parents following parents’ evenings. The surveys for years 9 and 11 highlighted the following areas that we need to consider:
Making it clearer what students will learn during the course of the year
Informing parents of how their child is doing
About parents’ evening:
Frustration with 5 minute time limit
Not being able to make an appointment with all of the teachers
How will we be responding?
We will be discussing the above with SLT and middle leaders. From September, subjects will be publishing curriculum maps for subjects so that it should be easier for parents to explore what their child is learning each half-term.
Our new assessment system, GoForSchools, should help to make the assessment and reporting system more transparent and should help to clarify the progress your child is making. This will be implemented across the school from September onwards.
As we review our whole school assessment policy next term, we will ask parents to be involved through surveys and focus groups. However, please do not hesitate to contact us on the info@ email if you have any concerns.
We will also review the system and timings for parents’ evenings for 2022 – 2023. The parental survey in January indicated that the majority of parents preferred online parents’ evenings and, due to COVID, this was the safest option. However, we will review this based on staff, student and parental feedback next term.
Wishing you all a restful, happy and healthy holiday.
Ms H Marriott
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