8 April 2022

This term has seen a variety of activities take place and most excitingly, the return of many off site visits, as well as events that have not been possible for the last two years. It has been great to see students interacting more and enjoying themselves in ways that some have not been able to experience in their secondary school journey so far.

We have had the pleasure of holding celebration assemblies this week, and I know the students and staff love seeing success being acknowledged. The first week back after the Easter break, I will be leading assemblies on the ‘Respect’ element of our ASPIRE core values. I will explore the message that I am sharing in the first newsletter of the new term.

Carrying on from my exam tip about mobile devices and watches last week, this week we have an exam venue guidance and a revision tip.

Food and drink : Students may not take food into an exam (except in exceptional circumstances and by prior arrangement). Drinks must be in a clear/see through bottle, with no labels, writing or logos of any kind. Chilly bottles, or similar metal bottles, are not allowed.

Revision timetable: If students have not yet created a revision timetable then now is a great time to do that. They can use the Easter break to look at the dates of their exams (which can also be found on our website here). It will help them focus and ensure that once exams have started they are revising the right subjects at the right times. It will also take some of the potential stress away if they feel organised and in control.

Next term has some important and exciting events, including the Dance Live final, Year 6 in to 7 transition, which will be in person this year, Awards Evening, the Year 11 Prom, Parents’ Evenings for Years 10, 8 and 7, as well as the GCSE and A Level exams. We will be sharing information and write ups about these using all of our usual methods of communication.

We hope the students and staff who are travelling to Austria over the Easter break to go skiing have an amazing time – we look forward to reading about it on their return.

Thank you for your continued support and, as a general reminder, please ensure that all students start the new term positively, by being on time, in full uniform and equipped, with a positive attitude, ready to learn.