With exams at an end, our focus for the remainder of this term to look forward and plan ahead. Exams provide not only provide us with rich data but also give us insights into individual students. We can see where their strengths are and we can see where their gaps are, and our job is to ensure we address these gaps quickly. The exams have also given us the opportunity to test our operations and the spaces we have. Moving into next academic year, we will be doing this 'for real' so we've started the troubleshooting early and we now know what we need to do to improve our processes even further. There are many people to thank: The site team for setting the sports hall up; the support team of TAs; the teachers and of course our heroic exams officer, Bev Vasey. Thank you to all of you for helping exam season run so smoothly.
Next week, our enrichment builds more momentum with the Year 10 World of Work week. Each day, our Year 10 will be involved in workshops ranging from CV writing, writing cover letters, interview skills, team building and much more. Many of the workshops will be led by industry leaders such as Morgan Sindall, The Wellcome Genome Project, the NHS and others so it promises to be a fantastic opportunity our Year 10s to think about with their next steps before the whirlwind of Year 11 starts in September. Thank you to Jo Smith and Christina Emmess for pulling this incredible event together and I look forward to seeing the students working with the partners who are helping to make it happen.
With the COVID roadmap paused and 'Freedom Day' pushed back, it is with regret that we are unable to run a normal transition week or the uniform sizing event. Jo Hedges will be in touch with parents further about this but we have agreed the following format for the beginning of the school year in September:
Friday 3rd September will be for Year 7 only
Monday 6th September will be for Year 7 and 11 only
Tuesday 7th September will be the whole school.
This gives us the opportunity to spend time with our new Year 7s and ensure they are able to find their way around without the hustle and bustle of all students for a couple of days. It doe not replace transition days, of course, but it will make their move up far more smooth than arriving in a full school. Further details on this will follow before the end of term.
Finally, we continue to build and fine tune the team ready for September. Most key appointments have been made and we are now looking strengthen our teaching assistant team. If you think you have the skills to join us, please do get in touch and apply. It is a highly rewarding job which has direct impact on the lives and progress of our students and we welcome applicants ready to start in September.
Head of School, LECA