Letter from Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

24th April 2017

Well the summer term is upon us and the year is rushing by very quickly. I enjoyed talking with students this week in our assemblies about being Driven, the ‘D’ of our PROUD values. We talked about setting clear targets for the term ahead and reviewing past targets ready for academic tutoring day this week. Please do make sure that you have an appointment booked. Parental engagement in learning is so important and really helps children to flourish.


Year 11 and Year 13 have exams approaching fast. Many practical exams are complete, with more Art, Textiles and PE exams being held this week. We are so impressed with the hard work that students have undertaken in preparation for the exams. Our Year 11 are approaching top in the region for their GCSE Pod usage, with over 11,000 Pods being accessed. It is a really good source of support, as well as the more traditional work with teachers, textbooks, revision guides and practice exam papers. I have just picked up a Year 11 class and I can tell who has been using GCSE pod in

my question and answer sessions, as those who have been using the resource tend to have a much wider knowledge recall base. It is important to acknowledge that exam time is a time of stress. I spoke with Year 11 this week and talked about how important it is for them to be proactive about their physical and mental health and to ensure that they are well rested, sleep enough and eat well. We have many people in school who can support and if you have any concerns at all about your child please do contact their tutor.


A group of staff and students went off on the trip of a lifetime to America over the holidays. They enjoyed seeing the Grand Canyon, a river boat cruise in Colorado, the LA sunshine, Las Vegas and much, much more. My thanks to the staff who led and guided the trip and I have asked students to write to you to tell you more about what they experienced.


We are making some quite big plans to how we use our buildings and will be working to make sure we are just using our main site building from September. This gives us real flexibility in sharing teaching, subject staff and the whole approach to the school day. I am looking forward to us all being together in one place. The Communications building (often still called the Parkway site) will be used by the Samuel Ward Academy Trust as a hub and will develop as a training centre for teachers. This will benefit our teachers and students alike.


We said ‘farewell for now’ to Mrs Horne and Mrs Stoneham who have both gone off on Maternity leave. Just a reminder of our leadership structure in their absence.


Deputy Headteachers- Mr Gosden and Mr Stevenson

Assistant Headteacher- Miss Grimstone

Associate Leadership Team- Ms Cianciola, Mr Dovaston, Mrs Nyberg and Mrs Vinall



As always, if you have anything you would like to speak to me about or would like to come and meet me, please contact my PA, Gill Mitchell on GMitchell@castlemanor.org.uk

Yours sincerely, Vanessa Whitcombe


Comments are closed.