There are a few things to cover in Headlines this week:
The extra-curricular provision continues to get back on track, and it is lovely to see so many of our students engaging in the various activities. Last Friday after school, for example, there were over 100 students taking part in cricket practice. Keep a look out for the various opportunities and if you would like to participate, simply sign up via SOCS.
Early school finish on Monday 7th June 2021
We have been working hard on the preparation of Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) for Year 11 and 13 students, and some of Year 12. As you know, next Tuesday is a re-arranged training day when staff will be moderating all of the Internal Assessment 1 data as part of our process for grade determination. Year 11, 13 and some Year 12 students will be sitting Internal Assessment 2 before half term, so we now propose that school will finish early on Monday 7th June, to allow staff time to complete moderation of this data before finalising all grades, ready to be sent to the examination boards. Therefore, all students will be taught lessons 1, 2 and 3 on Monday 7th June, and will then work from home for the rest of the day. This time will be used by Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 to prepare for their forthcoming end of year assessments and further details of how to do this will be communicated with you shortly.
National Teaching Awards
I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Beaton has been shortlisted for Secondary School Teacher of the Year in the Pearson National Teaching Awards programme. There will be been a significant number of teachers nominated across the country, so to be shortlisted is a major achievement. Judges from the teaching awards programme will be visiting the school soon to meet with Mrs Beaton and various staff and students, and I am sure this will go really well. Congratulations to Mrs Beaton and thank you so much for being such a star!
HMI review of sexual harassment and abuse
A reminder, following the communication sent earlier in the week, that we have two senior HMI visiting Sandringham next Wednesday and Thursday as part of a National review into sexual harassment and abuse. We are delighted to be part of this review and it will not only add to the quality of the National data but also provide us with a good opportunity to review our own systems to ensure they are as comprehensive as possible. This is not an inspection but it will be good for staff and students to experience talking to trained HMIs in preparation for when we do have our next Ofsted inspection. I would like to thank those students and families who have brought some issues to our attention in recent weeks, following the National discussions about sexual harassment and abuse. These are really important and we are spending time with individuals to better understand the issues and how best to resolve them.
I hope you all have a very enjoyable Bank Holiday and look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday 5th May.
With best wishes,
Mr A Gray