With Assessment Week behind us, you may have heard our students cheer at 1pm this afternoon! In school, however, staff have been drawing their attention toward the new academic year - agreeing dates, planning new learning opportunities, ordering learning materials, setting targets and focusing on high expectations.
While collating this information, I am convinced our students are experiencing wonderful and varied learning opportunities and we, the staff, are grateful that you trust us with your child’s education.
The best and most valuable resource in any school are the students – there is no question about it or argument against this fact.
As I walked around the corridors and exam rooms this week, it was easy to identify the students who want the very best from their education. They have ambitious dreams, demanding and educational aspirations as well as high expectations of our school. This mindset is exactly what we want to encourage as we look towards next year and beyond.
At this planning stage, we are looking to embed the Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL) from our IB Diploma programme throughout our curriculum. Every student will begin their IB journey from Year 7 upwards as we incorporate the five ATLs into our lessons; Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Social Skills, Research Skills and Self-Management Skills.
The curriculum will be mapped ensuring all students can explore each ATL and then be given the opportunity to revisit and consolidate their learning across the different subject areas. Our curriculum is diverse and well supported by many opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.
As the calendar for next year is pieced together, I can already see wonderful opportunities for music, arts, sports, creative writing, debating and that’s even before we consider our extensive ECA provision. Activity Week has been given a new date and new structure. There will be a full range of opportunities that will support you, as parents, by providing more choice. We will continue to expand our successful range of overseas educational trips. We are also providing an exciting choice of local activities which will be further supported by a package of learning opportunities based in and around our school campus. We will share our outline plan for Activities Week with Secondary parents before the end of the school year giving you time to discuss the options available with your child.
As we embark upon the last few weeks of this year, it is business as normal. I can assure you that our curriculum is still moving at full speed as teachers continue to deliver lessons that consolidate learning from this year and begin laying the foundations for next.
Whilst it is important that we are looking forward, we must maintain focus and momentum for the remainder of this year.
Have a great, if very windy weekend.
Head of Secondary