Theme of the week is: self esteem
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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.