And so the end of term has arrived. I am reminded of an advert for a holiday company that was doing the rounds a few years back where teachers from all over the place were running, shedding suit jackets and diving into swimming pools or the sea. That’s how it feels today as we reach the end of a busy and sometimes challenging year. I do hope that you find plenty of time to recharge your batteries and relax with your families and friends this summer. So often this time just disappears in term time, so enjoy it while it is there.
Thank you all for your hard work and support this year. I am proud to lead a school with such dedicated and committed staff. The feedback that I got from the recent college events has confirmed this, despite the fact that so much happened so close to the end of an incredibly demanding term full of end of year tests and assessments for every year group and report writing to go along with it. It was appreciated that colleagues found time to support Y11 and Y13 Proms, both of which were a great success. Events like the Y11 and Y13 graduations, Founder’s Day, Sports Day, our annual Celebration and Awards evening and SEND Celebration morning really showcase the exceptional hard work, dedication, self-discipline and achievements of our students. Listening carefully to citations at these events demonstrated to me just how much love and respect our teachers and support staff afford our young people. Thank you all for that. Of course we would not achieve so much if it were not for the magnificent support we receive from many volunteers, including the many local councillors who participated in the ‘political speed dating’ event last week, or the superb school pastors who have looked after our students so well since Hannah’s death.
The end of term is one of reflection but it is also a time when we say goodbye to valued and much loved colleagues. Above are the staff who are leaving us this term. We all wish them well for the future, whatever they are doing next and thank them sincerely for all their hard work over the years.
Have a lovely summer holiday, and I look forward to seeing many of you on results days, (Thursday 16 August for A Levels and BTEC 3, Thursday 23 August for GCSEs) and to welcoming you back to work on 3rd September.