Last weekend, over 50 Year 11 students participated in their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Practice Expedition to the South Downs. With reasonable weather this was a great trip. I would like to congratulate our students on completing the challenge so well and thank Mrs Cuneen and the team of staff volunteers for making this happen. Well done everyone.
On Monday evening, former athlete, Derek Redmond, gave an inspiring talk on how to approach challenges in life. Derek explained that he changed direction a number of times in his life, from athletics to basketball, then motor racing, and subsequently boxing. It was clear that his enthusiasm to be the best that he can in whatever he does helped him to be so successful. He gave the audience a structure to follow themselves which was very well received. This was part of the Going for Gold series of lectures and next Monday we look forward to welcoming Gail Emms, former international Badminton star. If you would like to attend, details of how to buy tickets are further on in the Sandprint.
This Thursday, we welcomed Year 8 students from our two secondary Trust partner schools, Ridgeway and Verulam, to take part in a STEM challenge for the day. It was lovely to see Year 8 students from the three schools working on the challenge, and thank you to Mr Tattersal for helping to arrange it.
You may be aware that Ofsted are now back on track carrying out inspections of schools across England. For over 10 years, they have not inspected Outstanding schools however the legislation has changed and these are now included in the routine inspection cycle. In addition, the new framework is very different to previous versions and the objective is to reduce down the number of schools graded Outstanding to approximately 5%. The logic is that schools graded Outstanding are the Crème de la Crème – the truly exceptional schools who deliver the best education possible to their students. The new framework is exceptionally challenging so we should not assume that gaining an Outstanding Grading is a formality.
With this in mind, and knowing that Outstanding schools are being inspected locally, we are assuming Ofsted will visit us sooner rather than later. Our view is that Sandringham is delivering an education that meets the Outstanding criteria, and our expectation is to achieve such a grading when Ofsted do visit. When we do receive the call that a visit is to take place, we will let you know and give you more of an update on the process.
Next week we will be interviewing Year 12 students for senior prefect positions. Good luck to them – I am sure they will perform really well. We also have the scheduled Covid vaccinations on Tuesday and will make sure this is delivered as well as it can to those involved. We also have the Fo$S Christmas Fair on Saturday 4th December so please save the date for that and come along to help raise money for the school.
Thank you for continuing to test regularly, this is really important in helping us to maintain a safe environment in school. There have been other illnesses circulating in the community which has caused some absence, but we hope that this situation will improve soon so that we can get back to a more normal time all students in school on a regular basis.
Mr A Gray