Update from the Executive Head Teacher - 5th May 2020
5 May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we await an announcement this week from the government as to how 'lockdown' may be easing I thought I would write and let you know how things have been going with our 'online' learning platforms.
Our teachers have been setting work for all of our students to complete; computer science in KS3 has the most completed activities and Mr Kwari (our new Head of Computer Science) is delighted to head the leader board (yes there is an element of competition amongst the staff too!)
We continue to set tasks and activities for our year 11 and 13 students that will help with their next steps whether that is 6th form, university, apprenticeships or the work place. We hope the activities have been useful. For our Year 11s more transition work is on its way to help prepare for moving into 6th form.
We have just completed an analysis of students who have been logging on and accessing Ruler and I am delighted to say that over 80% of our students have been online completing work. Please do not hesitate to contact the senior leaders below if you have any difficulty accessing the online platforms or require work to be sent home:
KS3 - Ms Hayden: firstname.lastname@example.org
KS4 - Ms Kowalczyk: email@example.com
KS5 - Ms Osman: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you have enjoyed the Head of Year newsletters which will be a fortnightly feature.
I would like to welcome Ms Pryce-Virgin to the HoY team. She is taking over as HoY 9 from Mr Thompson who has moved onto the extended leadership team as our Lead Professional Tutor, overseeing our trainee and newly qualified teacher programmes. A big thank you to Mr Thompson for all his work and years of dedication as a Head of Year. Our aim for the newsletter is to feature and celebrate examples of students work with you all.
As soon as we have more information about the re-opening of schools I will communicate with you what our plans will be but I would like to reassure you that I will always have the safety of students and staff at the forefront of my mind.
I would like to leave you with a quote that was included in a poster produced by one of our Year 7 students. I opened the email at a time when I was feeling pretty low but her words resonated and prompted me to think differently:
'It may not be our choice to stay home but it is our choice to stay positive'. Drew Gosnell, Year 7
Sending positive thoughts to all of our families
Executive Head Teacher