Dear Parents and Students
As many of you are aware, after updating our vision ‘Be challenged and inspired today, challenge and inspire tomorrow’, we undertook a curriculum review to ensure we realise our new guiding statements. It has been great to see these improvements in action over the past few weeks. I only have to venture outside my office and see the suspension bridge that the Year 6 students constructed during their Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) lessons to see firsthand some of the changes that have been made. Please read the student articles below for more information on this exciting day. Similarly, the exit point presentations that took place in the Primary School on the penultimate day before the half-term break were also inspirational. On Thursday, our Year 11 Physics students hosted our first ‘Know Your Gadget’ Fair. The follow-up to this event promises to be even more exciting. Our Year 9 students were challenged and inspired today, as we held our first International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) Entry Point presentation based around the ‘Big Idea’ of Responsibility.
As highlighted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), ‘innovation through iteration’ is a useful mantra in ensuring one is at the leading edge of developments. For me, this involves regularly consulting all those involved to get feedback on how we can further improve as a school, whether it is individual events, sharing of information or the curriculum offer. In addition to the annual Nord Anglia Parent Satisfaction Survey, we are looking to review events after they occur. Some examples of parental feedback this year have included surveys following the Meet the Teacher/ Tutor evenings, Exit Point presentations and following last Wednesday’s online platform presentations. Please read Mr Nick’s article for more detailed information about the online learning platforms. Additionally, we also launched a student survey last week to all students from Year 2 to Year 12. This feedback will help enable to identify areas for improvement with regards to student well-being and also provide us with a tool to measure our performance in coming years when we repeat the survey.
Thank you to all the parents and students who have given their time to complete the surveys. Your feedback is important to us.