Acting Principal's Update
Meeting expectations every day
When I sit down to write this letter each week I am amazed that another week has flown by. We are now thirteen weeks into the school year, which is about a third of the way towards the summer. For Year 11, it means that we are now nearly half way towards sitting exams in the summer term. Time flies and in education every minute really does matter.
Throughout this week your child’s teachers have been entering data about the progress that they are making in school and the effort that they show in lessons. This data collection process takes place three times during the school year and is an incredibly important part of our commitment to ensuring that every child makes progress with us in school. Once all of the data has been analysed you will receive a report outlining areas of strength and concern and I will write to you nearer the time to explain the report in more detail.
In the meantime, I would like to ask for your continued support in having learning conversations with your child every day. Homework is a key part of success in school and teachers are required to set your child one piece of homework in each subject every week. This homework is recorded in your child’s planner along with other information such as anything related to behaviour (good and bad). The planner really is a fantastic communication tool between home and school and I really do encourage you to spend time looking in it each day so you know what your child has been doing in school and is required to do at home.
As we move into the final two weeks of term, I will be reinforcing with students that the expectations we have in school remain at the same high level even on the last day of term. It is noticeable that every year, the closer we get to Christmas the more students tend to have time off. We are noticing at the moment that as many as twenty extra students per day are off school compared to the average from last half term and this needs to change. One of our core values is resilience and we really do need students to be resilient and come to school every day, even when it is cold outside.
On the note of attendance, I was thrilled to see a further 140 students attending the Bowling reward trip this week. This reward was arranged for all students who achieved their 96% attendance target. The students conducted themselves to the very highest standards and each student should be very proud of themselves for not only achieving their attendance target but also for representing their school in such a fantastic way.
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