We have had a busy second week here at ASAP and all the students have returned and settled into lessons. The staff and I have been very impressed by the way in which students have been ready to learn and engaged in the lessons that I have visited. I am really pleased to see how well year 7 have settled and it is great to see the positive comments on social media from parents about how much their children are enjoying their first week at secondary school and making new friends. I know this can be a worrying time for families as life adjusts to ‘big school’ and we will do everything we can to make the transition as smooth as possible.
The week got off to a busy start with preparations beginning for our annual Open Evening. Students in Years 7, 9 and 10 were very helpful in posing for a photoshoot to update our prospectus and this has now gone to print. We continue to promote high expectations of our students and have, this week, been ensuring that uniform is smart. Students have been brilliant as we ask shirts to be tucked in, sleeves to be rolled down on blazers and mobile phones and headphones to be out of sight during lesson times and changeovers. This is to ensure that we are preparing students for the workplace in the future and that appearance and attitude really does matter.
On Wednesday we had our first meeting with all staff to introduce the coaching programme. This was a great session where teaching staff were preparing to help one another to be the best teachers they can be. The coaching is taken from a ground-breaking programme which started in America and helped students achieve outstanding results in their studies. Over the past few years it has started to be used in some schools in London, which now have the best results in the country. I will keep you updated on how this is going.
All the very best,