From The Headteacher
Welcome back to the summer term. I hope that you all had a restful break and that in addition to revision and home learning, all were able to re-charge the batteries. We start this term with the most glorious weather following the at times bleak spring weather and it is a great pleasure to see all the students enjoy the wonderful fields at break and lunch.
We have shared the plans for the new £2.26 million building project to include an eight class block with local residents at a meeting earlier this week and you will be able to see the initial drawings are in the main foyer of the school. There are also plans to refurbish the internal layout, which are given below and have been shared with students during my assemblies this week, alongside information about the new General Data Protection Regulation, which replaces the Data Protection Act.
Phase 1 – Internal refurbishment – May to September 2018:
- A3 to become Science lab
- New Science lab to also contain new lab preparation facilities
- Extend corridor along MFL to remove ‘bottle neck’ from Maths into canopies
- Add path from current RS corridor to improve ‘flow’ form building
- Re-position stairwell for MFL to enable entrance on one level
- T6 to be re-organised and refurbished to include Art teaching space
- T2 to be re-organised to enable more multi-purpose use of classroom
- Stairwell to current Music/Drama to be opened to glass/metal hand rail
- Music and Drama to relocate with building of new Drama studio, peripatetic rooms, office and store suites
- Re-organisation of layout to facilitate 6 purpose built teaching rooms in the upstairs of the sixth form centre
- Relocation of dance studio to alongside Sports Hall
- Re-position of fencing to ensure security of new location of dance studio
Phase 2: New eight classroom building – September to July 2019
Thank you to the parents/carers whom have understood and supported the issues with safety and congestion within the school grounds at the end of the school day. We are fortunate to have many car parking spaces, but cannot physically accommodate all vehicles for all parents. As such the main gates are now closed only 10 minutes earlier at 3.00pm and re-open by 3.30pm at the latest, when the buses have left. A reminder please, that there should be no parking on double yellow and zig-zag lines on the near side of the school, that cars should not be parked on the pavement and that engines should be switched off if stationary. I am once again in contact with the police, Highways and district council to review traffic calming measures along Sandridgebury Lane, a move also endorsed by local residents. A reminder of alternative parking in Green Lanes, the old fire station and at the rear of the school around Valley Park. Also there are two bicycle parks in school, to accommodate over 80 bikes to encourage young people to cycle to school.
It is always a great pleasure to celebrate the wonderful successes of our students, whether in individual and/or team events and I am grateful to the parents and clubs who support the wonderful sporting talents of our students. Should any family wish to bid for additional funding to support talent development, please contact Mrs Warner in the PE department for information about the 965 Foundation and other potential funding streams.
Congratulations to Rosanna Milner in 10B who has been offered a place to study singing at the junior de-partment of two conservatoires – the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. Rosanna has accepted the offer from the Royal College of Music and we look forward to hearing how she progresses with her wonderful talent.
We are currently in the throes of our annual review of Whole School Improvement, revisiting our targets and setting new challenging targets for the year ahead. This review is undertaken with the whole school community and following our governing body review earlier this week, students have been asked for their own views to bring to Student Voice, as well as staff via internal meetings and parents at the next Parent Voice meeting organised by Miss Thomas – we welcome parent views so please do engage with this process.
I look forward to seeing parents at the Year 7 Parent’s evening on Monday 23rd April 2018.