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Welcome to my blog page. Here you can find a bit more information about what is happening behind the scenes at FCC, and get a flavour of what we are about!

 

My blogs from 2016-2017 are available here.

 

Colin Proffitt

 

Week 2 - Student Leadership
 
Last year I introduced the concept of visible leaders to the 6th Form.  Each Year 12 and 13 student was required to support an area of the school for at least one hour a week.  Many of our 6th Formers provided really valuable assistance to classroom teachers and were able to help students in the lower school make even more progress in specific subjects.  6th Formers also helped to run sports clubs, the news club, carried out duties in the library and worked in a more pastoral role as mentors to younger students.  Our new Year 12s have already signed up for roles and are working closely with the younger years in lessons. This is a developing programme and one which has been embraced by staff and students which will have a positive impact at FCC.
 
Also visible, yet in a slightly different way, are our new cohort of Year 11 prefects.  They have now all been given their special, pale blue prefect ties and charged with their own responsibilities.  I have been very pleased to see them taking these so seriously and they are proving to be a real help in the halls at break and lunch.  However, this is only one element of their job. These Year 11s were selected as prefects because they are such good role models and their highly visible presence around the school enable them to demonstrate our high expectations regarding behaviour and uniform standards.  Many of them have signed up to be buddies to our international students or to be part of the school equalities group.  Furthermore, they will be performing the crucial role of acting as welcomers and tour guides during our Open Evening on 5th October.  
 
Whilst 6th Form visible leaders and Year 11 prefects are two examples of specific ways that some of our older students can be pro-actively involved with leadership, there are many other opportunities for all students lower down the school.  Sports Leaders, the Rotary Club and Aspiring Young Leaders are just three examples and I am looking forward to seeing as many students as possible discover personal qualities that they never knew they possessed through the variety of options available to them.

Week 1:  Welcome back

 

Despite the rather dreary weather in the UK for a lot of the six week summer break, the holiday provided a very welcome break for students and staff to rest and recharge their batteries.  Two weeks before the start of the new term our Year 13 cohort of 2017 received their A Level grades and we were delighted that all of the students have further destinations - be that at university, on apprenticeship schemes or in employment.  Over 40% of the year group have gained prized places at Russell Group universities and one student will be studying at Cambridge this year.  The following week saw the release of the GCSE grades and it is always an emotional time to witness the Year 11s returning to pick up their results' envelopes.  There were many individual success stories and it was heartwarming to see the pride and joy in students and parents' faces when they discovered that all the hard work and stress had been worth it.  

 

However, with the arrival of the new Year 7 and 12 cohort on Tuesday and the return of the rest of the school on Wednesday this week, all of the excitement of the summer now seems a long way away!  It has been fantastic to see how well the Year 7s have adapted to life at secondary school and I am grateful to Mr Jukes and his Year 7 team who have worked with the SEN department and Year 9 mentors, to make sure that the transition has been as smooth as possible.  The Sixth Form have immersed themselves into school life quickly too.  Many have already volunteered to be visible leaders - supporting staff within departments, running sports clubs and mentoring more vulnerable students.  

 

We are, once again, a very busy place indeed!  We have almost capacity student numbers across the year groups, we are fully staffed and we are hosting various contractors who have been constructing essential new classrooms and are carrying out vital maintenance work.  It has been a hectic but very good natured first week back.  I hope that the students are pleased to be back and look forward to what the rest of this term has in store for us all.

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