School day

From The Headteacher

It was a great pleasure to see so many parents once again at the recent Year 12 parents’ evening, with 92% attendance. The partnership between home and school is so important to ensure the best possible future opportunities for our young people. This was also evident at last night’s Careers evening. Our now biannual Careers events, organised by Miss McHugh, enable our students to gain a valuable insight into the vast array of different career opportunities. The exhibitors attend at their own cost and so at times the participants do change at the last minute, but nonetheless, all commented that as they know that our students will attend these events, they are happy to support the school in sharing the great range of career opportunities that are available to be explored. Last night we welcomed nearly 200 STAGS students and their families, with additional family members and friends welcomed for the evening too.

On Monday we held our annual PTA AGM. My thanks go to Nick Short who has managed the School Fund for many years and has been such an active member and supporter of the PTA. My thanks also go to Tim Lowe who has been Chair of the PTA for five years, acting as bridge between the previous committee and developing the new committee to ensure continuity of parents support and participation in so many school events. Although he has stood down as Chair, he will continue with his very active support on the PTA. Congratulations to Helen Buck who was appointed as Chair of the PTA and to all parents who continue to represent the school so admirably.

The next PTA event is the Uniform sale on Saturday 24 February form 10.00-11.30 in the library. Your donations of ‘too small uniform’ are hugely appreciated to the main office please.

Last week we welcomed all members of our governing body to our now annual Governor Day immersion into the life of the school. Governors met with their Curriculum Leader links for each subject area, undertook learning walks and book scans, talking to the students about their learning experiences. In addition, there was an opportunity to participate in updates on the new Careers Strategy, all elements of safeguarding, health and safety and focus on how student performance is monitored and tracked. The day concluded with a full governing body meeting, where updates were provided related to the conversion to a Multi Academy Trust.

Congratulation to Mrs Warner, who is acting Curriculum Leader for PE. She submitted a bid to the CAMHS mental health project to support fitness in schools and I am delighted that the ‘Feeling Good Week’ bid has been successful.

Congratulations to Anouk Denton in Year 10 who has been selected for the England U15 Fixture Camp in Switzerland from 12 – 16 February 2018.

My thanks go to Mrs Tolley who led a hugely enjoyable trip to the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court yesterday, the date of which coincided with the first vote being given to women in 1918.

Congratulations also to all who participated so actively in the Scholars Programme and graduated today at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Well done to Magda Belcheva, Mahjabeen Choudhury, Teyah Goldie, Lara Horne, Amelia Kinghorn, Erina Frankland, Lucy Jordan-Caws, Chelsea Stitson, Mia Thomas and Myla Comiskey

Wishing you all an enjoyable half term break.

Margaret Chapman