Leadership Team Blog – Fri 6th June

I have just had to check with a colleague whether it is the first week back after half term- which I think in itself represents how busy and jam packed this week at school has been!

I have enjoyed watching our students working with their teachers doing those final preparations for exams. Miss Spurling even cooked a revision breakfast in the catering rooms to get students ready for their food exam this week, it was fantastic to see them all focussing and doing some last minute refreshing of subject knowledge over a bacon sandwich!

This blog is my opportunity to talk specifically about a class that I have had the pleasure of working with this year, who are now about to finish their A2 exams and start their next steps in life. They spent some time recently reminiscing with each other about their school memories, the friends they had made, the fact that several of them had known each other since they were 4 years old, and that some had known their teachers now since they were at Middle School. The things that students remember of their time at school are often those that are outside the classroom- the sporting fixtures, the trips to the zoo or the seaside, the first residential trip (Kingswood seems a popular destination for this!), the teacher that fell over in front of everyone, the time someone bought the whole class an ice lolly on a really hot day. A fantastic set of memories that stay with us forever! These young people are going off to their individual paths, some to University, some to employment and others to a combination of working and travelling far and wide. They will be going out into a changing world, that is very different from when I went off to University 20 years ago. They face student tuition fees, loans, applying for and being employed in jobs that I never knew would even exist. But they, and all our students moving on to new things are ready for it. They have worked hard and I know they will all have fantastic futures.

“20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” ~ Mark Twain

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