Half Term Letter from Mr. Young

Dear Parent/Carers

As we break for a brief half term holiday I would like to congratulate all our students for the positive start to the 2018.19 term. Our young people have been smart, focused and working hard and supporting our school ethos of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds.

Year 11 have returned with a clear focus on their GCSEs which is reflected in a 97.7 % attendance rate which is 1% higher than for Year 11 at this time last year. We are celebrating this positive start with a visit to Alton Towers to reinforce the message that hard work gets results.

Our community is helping in supporting each other by being polite and respectful and making good choices. E- Praise postcards are at record levels and more students than ever are collecting merit badges through the League of Effort. Positive relationships are reflected by the low number of after school detentions and the low number of exclusions. With students and staff supporting each other through Everyone Matters and Everyone Helps I am sure that we will see more success than ever before.

Year 7 have settled extremely well even with the evacuation of the Bushcraft residential due to high winds. We have secured a two day residential in May that all Year 7 who attended the aborted residential will be able to attend with no additional cost. Clearly we want our young people to have the experience we promised as the school is passionate about developing a shared community identity. I would like to thank parents for their support and understanding in this matter.

For the sixth year running the school has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Commitment to Sport Award. We have won the award three times and been runners up twice we hope once again our students and staff’s commitment to sport in all its forms is once again recognised in this annual award ceremony.

60 of our students also took part in a flash mob for BBC World Music Day in Liverpool City Centre and made a short appearance on The One Show. This will be followed up in the next half term with 8 of our students attending the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix to perform with MD Productions as part of the post-race entertainment.

Looking forward to next half term there will be Aspirations Evening for Years 9 to Year 13 on the 15th November and the Christmas Fayre will be held on the evening of the 6th December. There will also be the Y11 mock examinations so I would recommend that Y11 have started their revision this half-term.

Finally I would like to thank staff, students and parents for the positive and focused first half term and look forward to our community fulfilling our ethos of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds throughout next half term.

Yours sincerely

Mr Ian Young