October 2015 Bulletin

Our ‘Learning to Live Life to the Full’ motto has certainly been demonstrated over the first half-term of this academic year by pupils and members of staff alike.

Becoming an 11-16 secondary school has been a challenge for our whole community, but one that has been accepted with great gusto by members of staff and Year 10 pupils. As I write this section, the first ever set of Year 10 assessment grades are making their way home to parents. As a school, we are analysing each child’s grades across every subject and will be providing support opportunities for particular pupils both inside and outside of the classroom. All Year 10 pupils studying double science completed their first ‘controlled assessment’ recently and I am delighted with the response of both the Year 10 pupils and their teachers to this challenge.

In other year groups, our Year 7 pupils have had a very encouraging first half-term and are, in virtually all cases, rolling their sleeves up and meeting the challenge of secondary school. It was lovely to finish the half-term with a visit to Enderby Parish Church for Harvest Festival.

In some respects, Year 8 is the most critical year at secondary school. Pupils have had their first year of excitement at moving to secondary school, but are not yet at the stage of selecting their option choices, whilst the GCSE challenge is further down the line. It is a critical year to push on from Year 7 in preparation for those challenges ahead.

The recent focus is Year 9 has been around option selection. This has undoubtedly focussed pupil minds on academic progress and Year 9 pupils are generally making very good progress in their GCSE RS course, as well as across other subjects. They have taken a very serious approach to option selection and I would thank Year 9 parents for their support in this respect.

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