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First Head Teacher's Blog Post - April 2018

Students have returned full of energy and enthusiasm for the summer term . I am sure the students have mentioned the new high visibility jackets the staff are wearing. The jackets were introduced  following a questionnaire where students commented that it was sometimes difficult to find a member of staff quickly ,if required, during social times. Despite the lack of style the students have been really positive about the jackets and have found it really helpful on such a large site.

Mr Opara has settled in quickly and will soon be sharing his thoughts and plans for the future. The students are looking really smart, however I am very concerned about the skirts and would ask parents to replace skirts that are clearly too short before students are bare legged for the summer. A reminder that the new pleated skirt which is compulsory in September is now available and can be worn immediately. Straight skirts will only be accepted for years 8-11 in September if they are 18” or longer as stated in our current uniform policy. There will be no straight skirts the following year.

The new food outlet in Ashbourne has relieved the pressure on lunch queues and I am pleased to report that all students have been served quickly and efficiently this term with queues dispersed within ten minutes. Students are still welcome to bring packed lunches which can be eaten in Ashbourne and Chatsworth Hall.

The Year 11 and Year 13 students are really focussed on their examinations starting in a few weeks and many showed their commitment by attending the various revision sessions over the Easter holidays. I am sure you would join me in thanking the staff who gave their time during the holidays to support these students. The examination timetables are on the website for parents to check and support students in their planning.

Mrs K Squire