Letter from Headteacher

27th March 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                                                                                                                  

We are approaching the end of the second term of the academic year, and things remain as active and busy as they have been. Last week I was incredibly proud to attend a Mess Dinner for the Combined Cadet Force, which some of our children attend at Culford School. They had their parade day during the day, and the evening was marked with a formal dinner for senior cadets, their parents and guests. I met many people who have been working with our students over the past year, training them in their cadet duties, and watching them grow and learn. Everyone I spoke to was so impressed with our students and this made me feel incredibly proud.

We are well into the exam season for Year 11 and Year 13 students. I enjoyed some very impressive EPQ presentations from Year 13, where they presented their research projects, with topics ranging from You Tubing, to the financial impacts of Brexit, to Product Placement and Multimedia Art. What a talented and interesting group of young people. It was also fantastic to discuss with them their aspirations and University choices for the coming year.

GCSE Catering, Photography and PE exams have taken place in the past two weeks, and the quality of output in all three is very impressive. Catering dishes were produced that were restaurant quality, students were exceeding their targets in Photography and gaining full marks in their practical PE elements. They really are working hard. Parents please do encourage your child to continue with their use of GCSEPod which is proving to have an excellent impact on students when they engage in it. Students have to retain a huge amount of knowledge in order to confidently sit their GCSEs and GCSEPod really helps with this.

We have met with many Year 6 students and their parents in the past week, in preparation for their move up to Castle Manor in September. I have been really impressed with the students and their fantastic approach to upcoming changes. They are looking forward to new experiences and challenges and we are looking forward to them joining us.

We enjoyed Red Nose Day, raising money for Comic Relief with our non uniform wear red day. I also challenged students to go the extra mile and arrange other charity events and was delighted that we had a talent show, bake sales and a ‘sponge the teacher’ event – which generated great interest! Young people putting themselves out, and organising these events really is impressive. Well done!

Upcoming this week we have our dance show on Wednesday evening at 7pm. This will be a fantastic showcase of our talented youngsters. A reminder too that academic tutoring day is on 26th April and the appointments for this are now open online.

Finally, please also see enclosed a letter from two of our youngest students. Our Student Parliament have decided that they would like to write monthly letters to you, and each year group will take it in turn. It is fantastic that our Year 7 are the first to do this, and look forward to seeing what other year groups share as time goes on.

As always, please do contact me via my PA, Mrs Mitchell, if you need to speak or meet with me. She is available on GMitchell@castlemanor.org.uk

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe



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