At the time of writing, final arrangements are being made by the student council, parent volunteers and school staff to prepare for the Winter Ball. The Ball is a Student Council led bi-annual event which I know many students have been looking forward to for quite a while. We anticipate an enjoyable evening and thank all those who have contributed to making it happen.
Meanwhile, next Tuesday Y11 and Y13 students will get the results of their mock exams, followed by a parents consultation evening on Wednesday evening. This is an important opportunity to analyse the results and put plans in place for the final few months. For the students, whether the results were disappointing, variable, good or excellent, it is really important that they learn from the process so that in the actual exams in May they can repeat the things they did well and not repeat the mistakes they made. This is the whole point of the mock exams – a learning process to help students achieve their best possible results through good exam techniques, good preparation and good revision.
We strive as a school to help students be the best that they can be. External exam results are a crucial part of this. These are the bits of paper which certify what the students have achieved academically and help get students to the next stage of their education. However, it is not all about exam results. We also strive to help students be their best beyond academic attainment. Taking on positions of responsibility and helping to run events, such as the student council running tonight’s Winter Ball, running clubs and activities for younger students, and day to day being a leader in a group exercise in the classroom, all help to develop the leadership skills that our students will need in the future and which Universities and future employers will all look for. As Y7P students explained in the Secondary School Assembly last Tuesday, reflecting on their “Learning to Lead” PSHE programme, leadership skills are not something you either have or don’t have. They can be learnt and they can be practised. When students take the opportunities to practise their leadership skills, they will develop them and this will make them better prepared for their future role in the world