17th January 2020

PSHE Day, Exam Results Day, Sparx Awards and New KOs

This has been a busy week in terms of activities at the school.  On Tuesday we had our PSHE day where we welcomed a number of external visitors to the school, to run workshops.  Most consisted of careers related education and was helpful to our students in terms of preparing for next steps.  Thank you to all involved in organising this busy day.

Formal exams have already started for Year 11 with Business Studies and Sports Science.  These students took their modular papers and have already begun the run up to the summer season of exams.  We also had our Pre-Public Exam Results’ Day for Year 11, where students collected their results (the same as they would do in the summer) and reflected on their outcomes.  I led an assembly for the year group on what to do next and that there are still 5 months to improve on where we are now.  Mr Greenway is going to continue to work with Year 11 on this and there is a parents’ evening next Wednesday for this year group.  Please make sure you have booked appointments if you haven’t already.  Details are on our website.

We are still using Sparx here at the school with great success, as a maths intervention programme.  I am always impressed with how hard students are working on their Sparx homework and the progress they are making.  Congratulations to Matias Perfitt, Viking McCormick, Tyra-Lee Northmore (pictured here on our Christmas Jumper Day)  and Taya Pomfret who have all been nominated for National SparX awards for their effort with their SparX work. We are very proud of you!

Finally, after feedback from students, parents and staff, we have improved our Knowledge Organiser homework booklets.  These are now filled with key knowledge (as they were before) but also with ‘enquiry tasks’ which are set to challenge and stretch students even further, than just memorising content.   We hope students find these useful.

Until next week.

Lee Sargeant


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