And finally ...

The start of GCSEs

This week saw the ‘official’ start of the GCSE exam season with approximately 100 of our year 11 students sitting their IGCSE English exam and our first exam of the season went off without a hitch. As always, students and staff have all been working incredibly hard, and continue to do so. Keep going, year 11, we know you’re going to do really, really well – just keep plugging away.

Black eyes and cottage pies

We had a group in school this week putting on a play, for our year 9, 10 and 11 pupils, which looked at the effects of domestic violence. We take our work in educating our pupils on what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like very seriously. We hope they found it challenging and thought provoking.

Behaviour in lessons

We continue to work on improving behaviour in lessons and are starting to see the impact of being more challenging with pupils who think it is appropriate to disturb the learning of their classmates. The lists of pupils who have been awarded two behaviour points, which we publish to all staff every week, show that the numbers of pupils who are being repeatedly disruptive is starting to shrink. We will continue with this approach and will continue to speak on behalf of the vast majority of our pupils who want to work hard and learn quickly.

Simon Lennox

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