Head's Blog - 11/12/15
Head's Blog - 11/12/15
On the 24th November our school was visited by 2 very experienced and professional HMI Ofsted inspectors. They spent the day with us, meeting with myself, my Senior Leadership team, School Governors and students. As part of the inspection process the HMI team also checked our safeguarding procedures and considered the opinions of parents and carers.
I am very proud to announce that the HMI inspectors agreed our school is indeed ‘Good’ and recognised our very many strengths: “Sharp culture of accountability and aspiration”, “outcomes are improving apace”, “a beacon for the local area”, “a spirit of inclusion pervades the school”, “prevailing ethos of harmony and respect”, “pupils say they feel safe”, “diversity is celebrated … and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is supported well”. Please do read the full report on our website.
The Music Department are celebrating this week after being awarded a grant from the EMI Music Sound Foundation. The application was completed by Mrs Grierson back in September, telling EMI how they would spend the grant and how it would impact on the students in the classroom. By early October she received a letter from the Foundation explaining that the application had been successful and the department had been awarded £1,000! Mrs Grierson and Mrs Hughes have now used the money to buy 5 bass guitars with amps and 4 electric guitars with amps. Let’s rock! Please do support our musical students by attending our Christmas Music Concert on Monday 14th.
Our food bank collection has been a huge success across the school, with Paige Taylor (Year 7) getting special recognition for her donations! The food parcels will be used to support our local community and hopefully make Christmas a very special time for many families.
Design Technology have made a Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Festival at the Queen Street Reform Church. It will look fantastic with all the other trees from our local schools.
Our Student Voice committee have been busy discussing environmental issues. Flinn Jones (Year 7) explained that to help with climate change students should turn off computers and lights when not in use to reduce the amount of electricity used; less carbon dioxide is then released at the power stations. The Student Voice also agreed what activities students should do in form times.
There is certainly a sense of Christmas celebration in the school, which should encourage all our students (and staff) to be good boys and girls at home! I do hope you enjoy this weekend.