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High School: Outstanding and improving

Some Outstanding feedback from last week’s visitors, a look forward to Project Week and the Graduation of the Class of 2018 next week.

 

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Last week we had a group of seven visitors from the Education Development Trust, the Thai Ministry of Education ONESQA and Nord Anglia Education who spent the week in the school, inspecting us for our International School Quality Mark and British Schools Overseas Accreditations.

As I have written before, we were very pleased to be judged to be Outstanding both overall and for every Standard individually when a similar Inspection Team visited three years ago, and we were really looking forward to showing our visitors that we are an even better school three years later, so it was very pleasing that the Inspection Team agreed with this in their feedback to the Senior Leadership Team last Thursday afternoon.

The Inspection Team was very complimentary about the role that our What Makes a Great St Andrews Lesson? and What Makes a Great St Andrews Community? Documents, and the more recent revised Effort Grade Criteria, have played in ensuring that we are all trying to live up to our Mission Statement (highlighted in last week’s Newsletter), with one of the highlights of the meeting being the description of the school, by a student, as one where “students are confident to express themselves freely, their questions are valued and teachers give them space for their own thoughts and ideas.”

We look forward to receiving the Inspector’s full reports, which will of course also contain some recommendations for areas that we can continue to work on, in the near future.

This week is our annual Week Without, when we challenge students and teachers to give up a luxury for the week to raise both funds for Year 12's Service Week CAS Projects and awareness of the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

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Next week is our annual Key Stage 3 Project Week, while students in Years 10 and 12 take their End of Year Exams. We are also looking forward to welcoming Year 6 to join us for Project Week for the first time, when they will continue their process of Transition to the High School, building on their Transition Day that took place two weeks ago. I look forward to seeing many more “questions, thoughts and ideas” during the week - our last before half-term.

Also next week, we will have a seminar about recent changes to the laws governing renting property taking place in the Theatre from 5pm onwards on Thursday 24th May. Please click on this link for more details.

And finally, our last event of this very busy half-term, taking place on Saturday 26 May, is the Graduation of the Class of 2018 - always one of the highlights of the school year. Having taught half of the students Theory of Knowledge during their time in Years 12 and 13, I am really looking forward to seeing these students, who are certainly both “confident to express themselves” and full of “questions, thoughts and ideas”, leave St Andrews as they head to universities around the world.

Mr Roo

High School Calendar: Term 3

Monday 14th - Friday 18th May

Week Without

Monday 14th - Friday 18th May

Thai Short Story Writing Contest Week

Tuesday 15th and

Year 8 Art Trips: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May

Tutor Group photos

Friday 18th May

Year 13 IB Exams end

Monday 21st - Friday 25th May

Year 6/Key Stage 3 Project Week / Year 10 and 12 Exams Week

Thursday 24th May

New Rental Laws - What does it mean to you? Seminar

Saturday 26th May

Graduation of the Class of 2018

Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th May

Half-Term

Wednesday 30th May - Friday 1st June

GCSE Art Exhibition/Visiting Moderator

Thursday 31st May - Saturday 2nd June

Year 12 Geography Fieldtrip: Khao Yai

Saturday 2nd June

SATs: Primary School

 
The full School Calendar is available on the school’s website.