Principal’s blog week beginning 28/5/12

Our Year 11 students had their Leavers Assembly this week led by Mr Welling and the atmosphere was fantastic. There were 3 musical items and a look back at some Year 7 photographs which proved to be amusing but also demonstrated just how far each student has travelled during their time at Neale-Wade. I wish them all the very best for their GCSE examinations and I hope that they use the half-term break to re-charge their batteries and undertake some final revision. I would like to remind all students and parents that there is a Mathematics revision session on Saturday 9th June running form 9.30-12.30. This will enable our students to attend a worthwhile revision session prior to joining the Party in Park celebrations in the town.

Our Parents Forum continues to meet and they are currently looking at the content for our forthcoming Parent’s Handbook. It is intended that the handbook will be distributed to all parents and carers. It will be a comprehensive guide to how the College works to achieve the very best outcomes for all of our students as we travel on our journey to develop as a College that provides the very best education possible.

I would like to thank those parents who have responded to my previous blog regarding the approaches to teaching & learning that are advocated by the esteemed educationalist, Dylan Wiliam. The College is very fortunate to have acquired the services of Mr Gaskins (Assistant Principal) who is working on some of the developmental approaches to classroom practice. He is currently leading a Teaching and Learning Community with some of our staff to enhance the learning opportunities for our students. From September 2012 all teaching staff will be involved in this project. Other staff training is being led by Mr D’Cunha (Vice Principal) who is looking at other aspects of teaching whilst Mrs Brenchley (Assistant Principal) has led sessions on assessment. Behaviour Management sessions have been led by Mrs Garwood (Vice Principal) and Mr Welling (Assistant Principal) whilst Mrs Mandley (Assistant Principal) is looking at some innovative approaches to curriculum design.

This week also saw the publication of the Ofsted inspection that was undertaken on 21st and 22nd March 2012. The report is hard hitting and clearly outlines what needs to done to move the College forward. There are clear targets that must be addressed over a relatively short time frame. A great deal of work has already been undertaken to start to improve the teaching in the classroom and the feedback via marking of our student’s work. We have not waited for the official report to be published before starting this work and I am confident that we are already making progress, however there is a long way to go before we can prove that we are worthy of a much improved Ofsted grading. If all students, staff, parents and governors pull together then I am certain that we can move the College forward to the standards that are required for a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grading.

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