Headteacher’s Weekly Notes 09.02.18

Headteacher’s Weekly Notes 09.02.18

We come to the end of our last week of term 3 which brings us to half way through the school year.  My how time has flown!

We have had a big drive on standards of behaviour and uniform over the last two weeks and I have addressed students in assemblies about the launch of Headteacher commendations for a range of successes, including academic progress; overcoming adversity; showing kindness; contributing to the community and much more. I have asked the Heads of each Key Stage to nominate students on a weekly basis for the awards.

I will also be launching Headteacher report cards after half term, to work with key students to address any barriers to learning they may have. The philosophy is to ‘catch students before they fall’ by providing high level support.  Again, I have asked Heads of Key Stage to put forward names of individuals for whom this would be of benefit.  We are already seeing a remarkable change in school, with calm and orderly corridors and excellent manners shown by most of our students.

We have had an excellent week of school improvement with a two day review of Science leading to very positive observations and recommendations to work on during the INSET day today.  The INSET day’s main theme is effective behaviour management and high standards of teaching and learning for all classes. Neil Blundell from Cathedral Schools’ Trust will begin the day and our own staff will be leading workshops sharing outstanding practice.

Other news: one of our karting teams has made it to the semi-final of the British Schools Karting Championship, which will take place at the Thruxton racing circuit in April.  Congratulations and good luck to our wonderful students!

And finally, it was exciting to see Lieutenant Colonel Lucy Giles on the One Show yesterday evening.  Lucy is an Old Sexeian and an officer in the British Army’s Royal Logistics Corps and made headlines when she became the first female College Commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  She took command of New College at the world famous military institution and has been hailed as a role model for other female members of the armed forces.  Lieutenant Colonel Giles, studied at King Arthur’s School and then Sexey’s Sixth Form and is responsible for the training of young cadets over the course of their 48-week spell at Sandhurst.  And in the year that the country is marking 100 years since some women were first guaranteed the right to vote we hope to welcome Lucy back to Sexey’s to inspire our students.

Have a wonderful half term holiday.

Best wishes

Gill Kelly