Headteachers Blog 18 – June 2018
Hotter and hotter……the mercury has just kept rising during this past week! As much as we all love warm and dry summer days, they are perhaps not always that conducive to learning and school life. Our classrooms are just not designed for hot weather though I must say that the students have been absolutely brilliant in these uncomfortable conditions. We have stressed the need for the students to drink lots of water and come armed with a hat and sun cream when outside, especially during PE. Unfortunately it is more than likely, that come the summer holidays, the weather will revert back to the usual cool and unsettled weather which we will all stoically endure through gritted teeth!
With so much going on at the moment in school, it is difficult to know what to report without missing something out. Our website always provides a valuable insight into school life, reporting many of the events and trips taking place. I am sure that many of our children are involved in at least one of the many activities currently taking place, which helps to enrich their school experience. Education is more than just taking exams- it is developing the whole child and providing them with a wide range of experiences, both in and outside of the classroom environment. Our memories of our school days tend to always focus on these different ‘out of the ordinary’ experiences rather than the normal 6 unit school day experience- so it is important that we provide as many of these experiences as possible to help engage and support children in their academic education which is key to their future successes in life.
One of my main aims as Headteacher is to keep looking at ways to improve the communication lines between school and home. I firmly believe that developing positive relationships and partnerships with parents is fundamental to supporting and ultimately improving our children’s academic performance. We have been recently trialling a new App called SIMS Parent– and it looks like this could well be the way forward in communicating more effectively with parents. Invitations have been sent out to parents in Years 7 to 10 and nearly 200 accounts have already been activated to date. Not only does this App provide information about your child’s timetable, attendance, house points and behaviour points but also provides you with their latest progress report. We are also exploring ways of using this App to notify parents of homework set and hand in dates to keep you more in the loop, as we know how uncommunicative teenagers can be at times!
Enjoy this weather whilst it lasts…..and come on England!