I would like to begin by wishing you all a warm welcome back to the new academic year, and to my first blog as Principal.
Firstly, I would like to congratulate our Post 16 students who have done themselves and the Academy proud in their results through IB and Vocational qualifications. Our average IBDP score went up again this year, as did the number of students getting their first choice university placements. We wish them all the best with their exciting futures. Also, congratulations to our Year 11 students who have continued the year on year trend of improved results. This success does not come from nowhere but from the hard work and tenacity shown consistently by our students, their teachers and of course parents. This three-way partnership is essential if our young people are to realise their true potential.
The year ahead is a very exciting one for me personally but also for us as a community. A number of staff have taken on additional responsibilities within the Academy with Mr Carpenter becoming Director of School for MST, Mrs Jones taking up the new position of Director of Student Support Services and Mr P Taylor taking on the role of Assistant Director responsible for Post 16. Mr Knight takes on additional responsibility as Assistant Director responsible for Data within the Academy. Our new £350,000 3G synthetic football pitch, sponsored by the Football Foundation, will be up and running by Term 2. This state of the art facility will ensure that we continue to develop our sporting talent all year round. Our new Year 7 cohort, join us after some very successful and exciting Summer School days and will be looking forward to their residential experience during Term 1.
Our new timetable model of three two hour lessons seems to have gone well so far, allowing us to consolidate learning later in the week. A reminder here that students finish at 3.15pm on Fridays!
As an Academy we will continue to foster community involvement and volunteering in our young people; we will be placing more emphasis on this through our student charter. I am looking forward to seeing more of our students developing empathy and altruism and celebrating this through our citizenship awards. Whilst I’m on the subject of the community involvement and parental engagement, thank you to those parents who are on or have recently signed up to our brilliant Parent Council.
Here’s to a successful year!