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We’ve had a hectic (in a good way) couple of weeks at the school. – we wished goodbye to our year 11’s formally at their prom, and invited in our new year 7 into the school. We’re in the process of hosting 48 new TeachFirst teachers as part of their introduction to teaching, and on the 10th July, we’re also hosting our new staff team into the school.
We continue our commitment to developing the whole child with our summer show and sports day taking place this week – and everything we do supported and developed by our school team. This weekend also marks London Pride, started as a underground political movement. Today we find multi-national companies adopting the ‘rainbow’ colouring, theatres, the mayor of London...and the overriding message is about having pride in who you are, and what has been achieved thus far. That’s not to say there isn’t further to go – either for the equalities agenda, or our own journey.
So looking back, I’m proud of many things – the resilience and ambition of our staff team, the increase in extra-curricular activities for our young people, the increase in our results and the subsequent opening up of new pathways for our students, the awards we achieved, hosting the women’s FA cup draw, developing a partnership with the Godwin Lawson Foundation to keep our students safe and hosting our first vocational careers event for yr 9. Ofsted in March graded us as good in all areas. I could go on...
We end this year knowing that we are in the top 20% of schools in the country for progress. That means that a child coming to our school will achieve better than if they went to 80% of schools elsewhere. That is powerful, because the thing that gets our staff out of bed in the morning is knowing that we make a difference, we make impact and we can change lives by the things we say and do in our interactions with your children. Day in day out. We are celebrating 130 years this year, a theme that will carry through our Autumn Fair in September - something you are warmly invited too attend.
We have covered much ground over this last year, and we will do so again in the next. We celebrate pride for all of our community regardless of their characteristics. Love does happen here, and as a parent, a member of staff, or student, I hope you can see that we promote this in all we do.
This is the last blog of this academic year. Have a restful summer when it gets here!