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Headteacher’s Blog 13th July 2018

Year 10 students have competed their mock exams in the hottest temperatures this summer. The students behaved impeccably and despite the warm exam rooms and numerous fans blowing did not complain.

We were visited by  28 local Year 6 students this week for the Primary Maths Challenge. The students had a wonderful time and were enthusiastic and quite energetic throughout! The teachers and 6th form helpers said they were an absolute pleasure to have in school.

A group of Year 8 students took part in the STEM Young engineers and Scientists challenge at Derby University this week. We entered two teams of students who were required to design a timer to measure 40 seconds with a buzzer signalling the end of the time.  All our students worked well in their teams and delivered some original ideas to the judges. They were so impressive that they were awarded first and second place! Congratulations to all involved.

We welcomed the Year 12 parents and students for a Post-18 progression evening on Thursday night. The evening looked at various options for students to move to when they leave John Port with a particular focus on University applications and apprenticeships. The students will continue to get support with their applications in September.

Wednesday was enrichment day and there were a variety of events taking place. Year 7 had a careers based day, Year 8 visited Alton Towers, Twycross Zoo or worked in art or technology. Year 9 also visited Alton Towers or went paintballing. Mr Barry was very bruised on Thursday! Year 10 completed a study skills/post 16 careers event and the sixth form worked on personal statements for their UCAS applications.

In September we are changing our Homework policy for KS3. Due to the changes in demand at KS4 it is essential that students have the skills and knowledge to succeed. With this in mind we are moving to a knowledge based homework strategy. KS4 will remain as it is with Show my Homework in place. Please look on the website from Tuesday 17th July for further details and the Homework timetable for KS3. Students will require an A4 ring binder to keep their homework in next year, however we will provide folders for students unable to provide their own.

Sports day was held on Friday and the PE department organised cloud cover to alleviate the excessive heat. The students had a great afternoon and results will follow.

A newsletter will be published by the end of term where I will summarise the changes we have made since the OFSTED report last year.

Regards,

Karen Squire