I thought we would begin with the second of our eight areas of improvement for this year. The second objective also focuses on Quality of Education and in particular long term learning. We are committed to supporting students to understand and retain the knowledge and skills they are taught at Sandringham. This year, teachers have been engaging in CPD about an aspect of long term learning from retrieval practice to questioning and feedback and have been working hard to implement and embed approaches in their classrooms. Supported by the school’s Professional Learning Team, teachers will continue to build on this work throughout the year. In 2023 we will welcome national experts in long term learning to the school at January INSET and the AAT conference in February. Through student voice activities, we continue to engage with students about their experiences of learning in order to understand how they feel best supported. In addition, we have developed a new framework for students to help them understand how they can best learn, which we will be launching in the New Year.
Our annual KS4 Awards Evening was held last Thursday, and it was a delight to present Year 12 students with their GCSE and BTEC certificates from last summer and some of them with subject awards. It was a lovely evening, and I would like to congratulate all students on their achievements. I would also like to thank Ms Mouncey and Ms Holian for organising the evening and all staff for supporting our students so well. Those who attended will be receiving a link for the professional photographs taken by Stephanie Belton.
In school news, on Wednesday, Sandringham participated in the Radio Society of Great Britain’s programme during December to promote young people who are interested in amateur radio. This involved using the special callsign, GB22YOTA (Youngsters On The Air). Four separate radio stations were set up and students operated on phone and data modes across HF , VHF and UHF bands. Five of our students are licenced radio amateurs and made over 100 contacts with 26 countries during the morning. More photos on this under STEM News. Well done to everyone involved.
We are now in the swing of Christmas– with the Fair last week raising over £5000 in the process. Thank you to the Fo$S team for coordinating the event, and to our lovely Year 7 students for running so many activities. Today is Christmas Jumper Day and we have had an amazing selection of jumpers and other Christmas accessories worn. Next Monday is our Carol Service at St. Saviours Church and Tuesday to Thursday we will be serving over 1,000 Christmas dinners to students and staff. There is something for everyone to enjoy and we hope that the run up to the Christmas period is enjoyable for all.
There is quite a bit of illness around at the moment, and, as you may be aware, there are local cases of the Strep A infection circulating in schools. We have circulated information from the Director of Public Health, Jim McManus on what to look for. We hope this is helpful and that we can keep everyone as safe as possible.
Mr A Gray