Parental support evident

Our Year 9 Parents Evening on Thursday (15/11/12) was well attended and the feedback that I received from some parents were exceptionally complimentary. The atmosphere was positive and I got a real sense of parents, students and staff all working together with a common aim. The next important steps for this group will be to consider their Key Stage 4 GCSE options. There will be information evenings in December and January as I feel that this process must not be rushed and our parents and students need time to consider the options that are available.

This week we started with our next cohort of Year 11 Mathematics intervention. The students and parents from this group attended a short presentation that I delivered about the ‘why, how and when’ of the programme. What struck me was the overwhelming support that the parents demonstrated for the programme and the recognition that this short term effort will lead to longer term success for all of those involved. This Saturday (17/11/12) is the first session for the group with two opportunities to attend dynamic lessons between 9.00-12.00 and 12.10-3.10. I am certain that this approach will lead to very positive outcomes for all individuals in the March 2013 examinations

The College supported¬† ‘Children In Need’ by having a non-uniform day with each student paying ¬£1 to participate. Our Sixth Form students attended College in pyjamas, as did some members of staff, and cakes were sold in the Atrium at break and lunch times. This type of event often raises a substantial amount of money and, whilst being enjoyable, our students still maintain the focus on their studies and behaviour is still of a high standard.


  1. Anon says:

    I think that the extra maths sessions on a Saturday are really good and I am grateful to the school for giving my child the extra opportunity to study.

  2. sam says:

    I would like to compliment the college on a very well run parents evening, and the very warm welcome from the students greeting the parents. I was most impressed with the new teachers, and look forward to my child doing well at the college.

    Many thanks for a very informative and well hosted night.

  3. Fiona Davis says:

    I was really impressed by the enthusiasm and interest displayed by the teachers. Our daughter received the same message loud and clear from every member of staff- that the opportunities are there for the taking, and that there is no limit to how high she can reach. The students who had volunteered to be in the signing in and out areas were really chatty and welcoming, and a credit to the College. I felt there was a real sense of purpose, with everyone working towards the same goals, and it was obvious that a great deal of hard work and determination has gone into making and sustaining improvements all round. Well done everyone and thank you.

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