School day

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 plans for a complete refurbishment of the kitchen and catering facilities in the dining room. The kitchen is a school original which needs to be confined to a museum and we are working with contractors to redesign and upgrade the facilities. Work will start during Half Term and concludes by the end of August, so we will keep you updated about progress and changes to the menu for the second half of the summer term.

Thank you to the PTA team, quiz master and all who attended and supported the Quiz Night just before the Easter break – £1850 was raised and the uniform sale raised over £500.00. Any donations of uniform following a clear out over Easter, would be very much appreciated to the school office.

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 Pennock in the PE department for information about the 965 Foundation and other potential funding streams.

In a letter received from the National Schools’ Network SSAT, STAGS has been nationally recognised for its exceptional performance and congratulated on winning two Educational Outcome Awards again this year. This places us well into the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for both attainment and for the progress made by students between their Key Stage 2 results in primary school and their Key Stage 4 results.

These outcomes highlight the commitment of the whole school community, students, parents, teachers, support staff and governors and we wish our students this year every success as they embark on their intensive revision during this summer’s examination series.

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 next Tuesday, as well as staff via internal meetings and parents at the next Parent Voice meeting organised by Mrs Newman – we welcome parent views so please do engage with this process.

Congratulations to our Dragons Apprentice teams who participated so admirably in this activity again this year. Team Elite won best display at the ceremony earlier this week and included – Hannah Sears-Black, Libby Blencowe, Alex Brown, Sarah Hill, Hafsah Khan, Zahrah Khodadin and Eleanor Bogush. Team Eclipse presented at the final and included Katya Alban, Ella Bettison, Sean Reed, Billie Bowbrick, Gabbi Goldman and Anna Solomon.

There has been much discussion in the media about summer GCSE Grade boundaries for the new English and Maths GCSE Specifications. We have received helpful guidance over the Easter break from Ofqual and all the examination boards reaffirming that no Grade boundaries are set until rewarding this year. For reassurance, the bottom of new Grades 1, 4 and 7 are aligned to the bottom of Legacy Grades G, C and A. Thus roughly the same proportion of 16 year olds will achieve these Grades.

I hope that you enjoy the extended weekend and look forward to seeing you at the Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 4 May.

With all good wishes.

Margaret Chapman