As our Year 11, 12 and 13 students prepare for their exams which will start in just over one month, this week was timely as a reminder for us that the work towards final exams, and graduating from school to university starts much lower down the school.
In order for students to cope with the demands of IGCSE and A Level they need many more things than the ability to take an exam. They need to have a positive attitude, a willingness to ask questions, to ask for support, and be supported, and to show pure resilience at getting through what can seem to be an often overwhelming period.
The support and understanding of individuals starts from the moment they enter our school and so it was lovely to welcome the Year 6 students to the secondary campus this week. They were with us for the day as part of the transition programme ahead of them joining the secondary school next term. They were engaged in activities to try and help them feel part of the school, and for us to get to know them a little better.
Years 7, 8 and 9 have focussed this week on becoming more resilient and understanding what this term means. Mr Jones presented a brilliant assembly on Friday, addressing this issue, and it really engaged the students into reflecting on what they can do, and who they can be supported by, in facing the challenges ahead.
My thanks to all of my teachers who are working so incredibly hard at the moment to ensure that our older students are in the best possible position to take their exams in May. I really do appreciate their efforts for the students - and I know that the students also appreciate it.
Have a great week ahead