Half Term Letter from Mr. Young

Dear Parent /Carer

Once again we have reached the end of a half term that has taken us to the midpoint of the academic year. As a community we are working hard to ensure that learning is positive and that classrooms see our young people following and delivering the school ethos in order to achieve the best outcomes possible.

There has been a great deal of exciting work taking place with groups of Year 8 and Year 9 girls taking part in an Art Project that has culminated in the design of equality cards that will be used in form time to support our ongoing development of mutual respect and tolerance across our community. We have also had a series of assemblies delivered by the Anthony Walker foundation highlighting hate crime and the need to show respect and tolerance to all cultures and groups.

As always there has been success on the sporting front with the Y8 boys being particularly successful on the rugby pitch and traveling to Wales for the next round of the national Rugby League tournament after the half term holiday. The school has also been highlighted for our good practice with ADHD students and will be part of a BBC report on the topic in the summer.

As a school we are continuing to work with students to deliver a curriculum of breadth and balance and wide variety of opportunity. This has coincided with options evening for Year 9 this week that has seen the students making subject choices that will affect and inform their futures.

Year 11 and 12 students have gone to visit New York over the half term and we hope they have a fantastic time in the Big Apple. This will be one of the final Sixth Form events that Mrs Benbow leads as she has decided to take on a new challenge in Kuala Lumpa next year so we wish her well and thank her for all her hard work in developing and leading Rainford Sixth Form. In the next term the Academy will look for a new Sixth Form lead to take Rainford Sixth Form forward to the next successful phase of its development.

We wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable half term break and would ask that Year 11 and Year 13 are encouraged to keep doing their preparation for their final exams over the half term holiday.

Ian Young