Headteacher Update 27th May 2022

27/05/22

Dear Parent

Welcome to my last email of another very busy half term.

I would like to start by saying well done to our Year 11 students who are now about half way through their GCSE examinations; so far they have found the papers they have sat to be fair and accessible. This year the examinations have been spread out over a longer period of time than usual and some subjects such as History, Geography and English Literature have had reduced content. We know that there will be no reduction in content for examinations in 2023 but I would hope that they can be spread out over the same period of time as this has definitely helped our students in their preparation.

We have also communicated with you regarding end of year examinations for students in Years 7 – 10 that will take place in June; thank you to those parents who attended the online briefing in how you can help your child with revision/examinations yesterday.

Please find below the link to the recording for those of you who were unable to attend or would like to watch it again.

https://youtu.be/-EHiU917PyQ

The key messages of the presentation were:

  • Revision is a skill that needs to be developed over time.
  • Revision should be active.
  • Active revision means that students engage with the revision material forcing their brain to remember ( flashcards, self-quizzing , become the teacher ...)
  • On the school website, you can find short video tutorials on revision skills and Knowledge Organisers with the core knowledge students need to remember over time.

We have celebrated the Platinum Jubilee in school this week with a special British Menu (and bunting!) in our canteens on Thursday. 70 years in any role is a simply amazing achievement (even if it is hereditary!) and I am fairly certain that all of the readers of this email have no memory of life without Elizabeth II on the throne.

The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge team have asked us to draw your attention to the following. We are particularly thinking you may want to forward this to some of our ex students:

PAID Summer Internships in Cheshire and Warrington:

Are you from Cheshire and Warrington? Are you studying for a degree away and living away from home? Fancy a paid summer internship back in Cheshire and Warrington?

The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge have teamed up with a number of great local small employers to offer Paid Summer Internships to undergraduates who are from Cheshire and Warrington and who have gone away to study for a degree. We want to show undergraduates from our region that there are great opportunities to start their careers back in Cheshire and Warrington. From marketing, engineering, health and safety, communications and more, there are many great opportunities for undergraduates. Find out more here >> https://cheshireandwarrington.com/growth-and-skills/the-pledge/paid-undergraduate-internships-2022/

 

And finally…many congratulations and best wishes to Mrs Kilgannon. Lydia and Sean Kilgannon welcomed the safe arrival of a daughter into the world on May 22nd. The answer to your next question is 8lbs and 2oz!

Enjoy the half term break and I hope the sun shines for us all over the long Bank Holiday weekend.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland