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Headteacher’s Blog 29th June 2018

The Year 11 students had an amazing Prom at Pride Park on Thursday night. The students were dressed to impress and looked spectacular. They arrived at the stadium in some rather impressive vehicles including Ferraris, Porsche’s, Hummers and limousines.  They then walked up the red carpet into the venue and had an amazing evening. The formal awards ceremony was followed by a wonderful meal and then the students danced the night away. I have to admit I have never seen such a full dance floor at a school prom. At the end of the evening, I was proud to be told by the venue that our students were the best behaved students they had seen this year.

On Friday morning we had a large number of parents and visitors to our Macmillan coffee morning. The guests were entertained by the students with music and dancing and were able to buy coffee and cakes as well as try their luck in the tombola. It was a lovely event and the students were amazing.

On Wednesday, we met all the new teaching staff who are joining us in September. There were 22 new teaching staff and they really enjoyed their day with us and are looking forward to working with the students in September.

The weather has been glorious this week and it looks like it will continue into next week. There are no blazers required next week, however if this changes we will update the website and notify the students. Most students are being really sensible and shading under the trees at lunchtime and also bring water bottles into school. We are still having issues with girl’s skirts and I would like to remind parents that we are changing to pleated skirts in September and existing straight skirts will only we accepted if they are knee length. Students will be given a long skirt to wear if their skirt is not appropriate.

The Sports Day final has been moved to the afternoon of 13th July, hopefully it will be a few degrees cooler!

Year 10 students start their mock exams on Monday and I would request that they bring water into those exams. We do have fans in most classrooms, however it is warm in all rooms in the afternoon.

We are looking forward to welcoming our Year 6 students into the Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. There are two exciting days planned for them and I am sure although they are nervous, they will also be quite excited! On Wednesday night, we have the ‘meet the tutor’ evening for the new students and there is also the opportunity to see the art exhibition.

Best regards,

Karen Squire