Co-Heads’ Blog: 21 January 2020

Welcome back to a new year and a new decade. It’s an exciting time as we head into 2020 and we already of plenty of good news stories to share with you.

Earlier this month we took 15 Year 11 Performing Arts students to see ‘Six’ at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester. The trip was to reward students after completing an exam in performing arts skills. The students were able to see how a successful performance is created.

There was a Higher Education visit to Leeds Beckett University, 14 of our Year 9 students attended along with 4 other local Leeds schools. The day consisted of a mini lecture about University life, a campus tour and a workshop in either Sports Coaching, DIY Performance or Events Management. Amneet Mehat, Careers Mentor said, “Our students really enjoyed their university visit, it’s given them food for thought about their futures and the options open to them. Throughout the day their conduct was exemplary and they were a real credit to the school.”

Reading is a focus for us as a school and the English department’s Accelerated Reader programme supports this immensely helping students with various skills. The books on the programme are given a points value based on length and complexity of language and students complete a quiz upon finishing a book. In recognition of their performance, selected students are invited to attend a rewards trip. Last half-term, Year 7 and Year 8 students went to Gelato Passion for a cake and a drink of their choice; they also received a certificate to show they had met their points target for the term. Many students have said the programme has motivated them to reach their personal goals.

We always endeavour to recognise credit where it’s due and we held the Co-Heads lunch last Friday 17th January, where students were rewarded for their services to the school and wider community. In our approach to holistic education it’s important to us to value achievements outside the classroom. As of Friday 24th January we will be introducing a weekly phone call home to a student who’s been recommended as excelling in some way. This will not only be beneficial to students, but also build on our relationship with families.

We are very proud to announce that we have achieved 0% NEET. This means that there are no students last years, year 11 who are ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ and demonstrates the high standard of  post-16 and pathways support provided by the school, which prepares our students for their future options, whether that be further or higher education, apprenticeships, work or training.

Very best wishes,

Julie and David