Our Open Evening has always been one of the highlights of a school year. Last year, we unfortunately had to run this remotely because of coronavirus, which meant that we didn’t have the opportunity to meet prospective parents/carers (and more importantly students) face-to-face. Yesterday, over 400 sets of parents/ carers came to our first Open Evening in two years and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to visit. I’ve been through this process myself three times (my youngest started Year 7 this September) so I can appreciate the importance (and stress) in making this decision. As I was delivering two talks, I had limited time to go around the school to see all of the activities that were taking place but I did give myself some time to walk around the site. It was a really proud moment to see the staff and students interacting with parents/ carers. There was a real sense of community. I was particularly proud when our students (two Year 7s; and four Year 11s) stood up and talked about what they loved about the school. They quite rightly stole the show. A copy of the talks (mine and the students in Years 7 and 11) will be on the website early next week.
We are also running 6 Open Mornings, which begin on Tuesday 28th September and run every Tuesday and Thursday for 3 weeks. These mornings are an opportunity to visit the school and see it in action during the day. If you are a prospective parent (or know someone who is) I would really recommend these. There are limited spaces so please book early to avoid disappointment.
One of the key roles in a school is that of governance. The governing body works collaboratively with the school by:
- ensuring that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- challenging and supporting the Leadership Team to continually strive to improve the educational performance of the school and its students.
- monitoring the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
- ensuring that that the governing body is aware of the views of its parents and the local community.
An advert for a parent governor is currently on our website. For further information and details on how to apply, please use the link below:
I look forward to working with one of you in the near future.
One of the things that I have been focussing on the past two weeks is communication. There are times when I think that we probably send out too many communications, especially when there are a lot of events taking place. When this happens, my concern is that key messages are lost. Equally, there have been times when the feedback has been that we have not kept all of you up-to-date with what is happening. Mrs Valleley (Assistant Headteacher) is planning to put a consultation document out in the next couple of weeks to get your feedback on what works and what you would like us to work on. The school will also be reintroducing Parent Forums later this year, which are an opportunity for parents to meet with senior staff and offer feedback on specific issues. I will write to you later this term with more details of these sessions and how you can take part. Lastly, some parents/carers have asked about whether or not Parents’ Evenings can continue virtually. We have planned that all Parents’ Evenings will be face-to-face again but I will incorporate this into the consultation document to get your thoughts on this matter.
Lastly, I received a letter yesterday from our local School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) team. This letter confirmed that the vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds would begin in the next 6 weeks. There were two points in this letter that I thought I would share:
- The consent process will be a paper consent system which requires the School to distribute, collect as returned and collate into tutor/year groups.
- If you do not return a consent form but your child still wishes to have the vaccine on the day of the session, he/she will not be vaccinated. The school is not part of this process.
I hope this is a reassurance to those parents who were concerned that students would be vaccinated on school premises without their consent. As a school, we will remain impartial on this issue and I consider this to be a personal matter for families to discuss and make their own decisions.
Have a good weekend.