Letter from Headteacher


8th February 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

On Friday we reach the mid point of the academic year and we have had a very busy fortnight indeed! Last time I wrote we had taken part in our peer to peer review with our new Trust and this was then followed up, completely unrelated, by an Ofsted inspection the following week. Inspections allow the school to be seen in an ‘everyday’ way and we are only notified the day before the inspection, so it can prove a busy time making arrangements. I am not permitted to share any outcomes from the inspection as yet, but will of course share with parents and students as soon as I can. What I can say is that I felt very proud of our students and staff and the hard work that is going on in our school to drive up standards. Students are very central to the inspection process and are observed in lessons, around school and participate in meetings. They also have their books looked at very carefully. Every inspector commented how impressive our students are and how responsive, polite and well behaved they were during the inspection period.

We have also had lots of exciting things going on out of school during this past fortnight. Our student parliament visited the Houses of Parliament and took part in a question and answer session with Matthew Hancock MP. Our Years 8 and 9 Flanders trip took place last week and students really enjoyed learning in situ about the WW1 battlefields and memorials. We also were visited by Dame Alison Peacock on Monday this week, she is a very experienced educational leader, who has taken up the post of Chief Executive of the newly formed Chartered College of Teaching. She worked with our Student Parliament to help them develop their ideas about great teaching in schools.

I was delighted that our Enterprise Challenge Students were awarded a trophy for their winning fund raising efforts. They were given an initial investment of £50 and managed to generate over £400 profit! How impressive! They beat other local schools to be the winners of the Rob Maidment trophy.

I want to wish your children a restful half term break. Please ensure you have checked your child’s uniform and equipment and topped anything up that they need ready for after the half term break. You should have received a letter from Mrs Horne and Mr Gosden reminding you of uniform expectations. Being properly equipped with schoolbag, manorfile and pencil case with a range of pens and pencils is also expected of all students.

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe



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