Leadership Team Blog – Friday May 9th, Head of School, Matthew Gibson

So, the exam season is upon us! It seems that so much of the work or our school is focussed on the next few weeks, making sure that students are as well prepared as they can possibly be for the GCSE and A level exams and BTEC final assessments. This is, of course, as it should be, as the results of the exams and assessments open doors to the next stage of education, work, or training for the students. I and all other members of staff, of course wish all the students doing exams “Good Luck” over the next few weeks.

However, Castle Manor Academy is about so much more than exams and preparing for them. This week, I showed a Schools Performance Advisor from Suffolk County Council around the school. The variety of what was going on was quite astounding, with so much of it creative – from websites in Year 8 ICT, to sock monkeys in Textiles, Acrostic poems in the Access class and 3D design and packaging being just a small reflection.

Another fantastic feature of the week has been the efforts that house leaders have taken to raise money for charity – I’ve had my car washed (very well!), bought what seems like hundreds of raffle tickets and sponsored lots of children for today’s sponsored silence – this commitment to supporting others less fortunate is something I have been really struck with in my time at Castle Manor and is to the student’s great credit.

On Tuesday, we held our “Meet the Partnership Leadership Team” event – my thanks to those of you that came – as ever, if you have comments or suggestions about how we can engage with you, the parents and carers more effectively (I hope this weekly blog is one of them), then please let us know.

And now, back to the revision!

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