Reflections on January

Already January is now over and half term is only two weeks away. Looking back at the month I realise just how much we have achieved.

There has been a big focus on preparation for the public examinations as Years 11, 12 and 13 have all sat their pre-public examinations (what we used to call the ‘mocks’). As well as preparing the students for the real exams in the summer term this also (and very importantly) allows their teachers to analyse their results in order to support them and ensure they attain the best grade they can achieve. Revision classes will be scheduled which will be communicated in due course to our Year 11 parent body.

Last week we had our parents consultation evening for Year 7 which was well attended and the previous week we held our Options Evening for Year 9 to support students in the important decisions they make as they move into KS4.

Amongst a number of extra-curricular activities and trips that have been taking place those that immediately spring to mind include the Highly Able Oxbridge Conference and attendance at three Holocaust Memorial events this week.

A group of 40 Year 10 and 11 students were very fortunate to be able to attend the Oxbridge and Russell Group conference held in London. They all came away, staff included, feeling well informed and excited about the opportunities available to our high-achieving young people.

We always support local Holocaust Memorial events and many of you will recall I am sure that this time last year we hosted the Hertfordshire Schools Holocaust Memorial. We were delighted to present a poignant drama performance at one of these occasions, hosted by Edwinstree Middle School near Stevenage. In addition, Mrs Moore’s RS GCSE class attended Immanuel College and members of the senior leadership team along with Governors supported the Hertsmere event held on Monday evening.

I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the overall good level of attendance and I thank the parent body for your personal commitment to ensuring your child arrives at school in good time so that the first lesson of the day can commence on time and with minimal disruption by late arrivals.

Lastly, but by no means least, this half term is always extremely busy for the Drama and Music departments as they prepare for the annual school production – ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. We have a large number of students involved in this production, both as cast and crew, as well as a number of staff giving up their own time to pull the production together. I feel confident it will be as excellent as we have experienced in previous years. Please do come along and support the show which is taking place at 7pm on the evenings of Monday 10th through to Thursday 13th February, inclusive. Tickets are £6 adult and £4 child and can be purchased by your child at the student window. Please note this charge is made to cover the costs of the production and no profit is ever made. I do hope to see you there.

Ms Morawska
Acting Headteacher