Letter from Headteacher – 11th July 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

How strange it feels that we are almost at the end of the academic year. I have spent a little time this morning going back through our twitter account and thinking about all of the achievements that are recorded. I am very proud to lead Castle Manor and am strongly committed to the development and achievement of all our students. I wanted to take time to thank you all for your support and for working with us this year – your support and hard work is much appreciated by us and your children.

We celebrated our partnership PROUD awards last week, where children who had earned each of the PROUD badges were rewarded in a special ceremony. Children from our Place Farm Primary Academy and Burton End Primary Academy also were rewarded in the ceremony and indeed all of the young people made us staff feel very proud indeed.

We may be at the end of the year but hard work still continues. We have just completed all of our end of year exams and students have worked very hard indeed in these assessments. Results will be published before the end of term for everything except Year 10 English and Maths. This is because we have taken part in a national programme through PIXL and results will not be available until September.

We have carried out a review of the year with staff and students and welcome any feedback from you. We simply would like to know ‘what went well’ and ‘even better if’. If you have any feedback at all, please do email my PA on GMitchell@castlepartnership.org.uk we are very keen to ensure our improvement plans for 2016-17 take into account your views.

One of the areas where we will be making changes in September is to refine our tutoring process and the roles of our Heads of House. We will be moving to single year group tutor groups and our Heads of House will become ‘Achievement Leaders’ specialising in particular year groups. We will write to your children to make sure they know who their tutor is, where to go on the first day of term and will make sure you are aware of who your key contacts are in school. We are confident that this is a very positive next step and will allow development of real expertise for year group related issues. We still retain our ‘House Ethos’ and competitions and student leadership will be at the fore. We are also keen to maintain opportunities for old students to mentor and coach younger students and will build this in to our structures.

As the academic year draws to a close we say goodbye to some of our team and welcome others. We thank all staff that are moving on from Castle Manor for the huge input they have made to our school community. We welcomed Mr Juwe last week, joining our school as Director of Maths, he has already made a big impact on our students. We welcome other new colleagues to join us in September. I know they are very much looking forward to joining our school community.

When the holidays come I hope that you are able to enjoy some family time. Please encourage your children to keep learning, get outside and enjoy the sun (hopefully), be inquisitive about nature, be helpful to you in the home, read books, write stories and try new things. The summer holidays can feel long and there is always plenty to do! There is an excellent summer reading challenge through Suffolk Libraries that lots of students would enjoy participating in. http://suffolklibraries.co.uk/events-activities/summer-reading-challenge

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe


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