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Headteacher’s Blog 22nd June 2018

Thank you so much for all the positive messages for staff in particular those who have helped and supported the Year 11 students to reach their potential. It is always a good way to start the week to be able to praise the staff for their hard work and commitment to the students.

I have been really impressed with our Year 10 students who have completed their mock Year 10 food exam this week. The quality of the food produced was incredible and it is hard to believe that these students still have 12 months until their actual GCSE. Students made three dishes with accompaniments with one student making her own butter and jam and others making their own ketchup to accompany their meals. All dishes and accompaniments were made within the 3 hour time limit. (They even had to wash the dishes in that time!)

The sports leaders were very busy today as we hosted the school sports partnership primary schools mini Olympics. The all-weather pitches were full of enthusiastic, bouncy Year 1 & 2 students and they were managed by the Year 9 sports leaders who did a wonderful professional job and I assume were exhausted at the end of the day.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Year 8 parents evening this week. It was a very busy evening and it was great to see so many families attending. Thank you to all those parents for their positive feedback relating to the changes we have made at John Port Spencer Academy.

I have had a wonderful week meeting the students from Year 7-10 who achieved the most achievement points for term 5 and also the cumulative points since September. The top 40 students in the school are now wearing their gold achievement badges and I look forward to presenting more in the near future. All students are currently trying to impress staff to be awarded epraise points with a firm focus on what they intend to buy!

I am pleased to report to 10T that Mrs Doherty is staying with them next year. There are many reasons why tutors change, including career progression and to gain experience in other areas. On this occasion, Mrs Doherty has decided that due to the love shown by her tutor group that she will be remaining with them throughout Year 11. They will now need to be an outstanding tutor group causing their tutor no problems at all!

We are currently predicted very high temperatures next week. If these temperatures are correct and we decide to forgo the blazers a message will be posted on the website the night before. Shirts, ties, shoes, trousers and skirts to the knee are still required.

Kind regards,

Karen Squire