April 2017 Newsletter

We start this term by being able to share the fantastic outcome of our Residential Ofsted Inspection which took place in November. Our residential provision has once again been rated as Good (for the third year running) and it is clear from the report that we have made sustained improvements since the previous inspection. We are proud of this achievement and wish to thank all of the staff, pupils and their families who contribute and access our provision as we all contribute to it’s success. This year we will be aiming for and working hard to achieve a rating of Outstanding on the next inspection. The report is available to read on the school website under the residential heading.

News from the Term

The term again has been awash with exciting opportunities for our pupils.

Firstly we are pleased to announce the results of the Strongman competition which took place on the 17th February. There were eleven competitors for KS3 and our three pupils achieved the following fantastic results:

·   Jack Lennon: 1 st place

·   Rhys Davis: 2 nd place

·   Josh Harborne: 9 th place

The three pupils competed in every event and gained significant results in the following individual events:

·   Rhys Davies –1 st : Minibus pull = 40 metres in 59 seconds.

·   Jack Lennon – 1 st : Bench press = 1 x 85kg lift; 2 nd : Deadlift = 1 x 110kg lift; 2 nd : Minibus pull = 40 metres 1m 03 seconds .

We had two entrees for highly contested KS4 competition who displayed an amazing level of effort

·   Aniya Lyn: 5 th place

·   Tyrelle Lawrence: 8 th place

Our school hosted a careers exhibition for Year 9 , 10 and 11 pupils. Pupils had the opportunity to talk to different colleges and employers about post 16 and career options. The pupils interacted with the guests with a very positive attitude and garnered useful information.

A couple of weeks later year 9 participated in an options carousel to find out information on the different options subjects available for them to choose from for their option choices. The deadline to submit year 9 option choices has now passed and the pupils will receive confirmation of their subjects in the new term.

>>>>> pupils took part in a snooker competition this term, a first for us and something we can hopefully organise regularly in the future. The boys performed tremendously well, and approached it with a competitive mindset. We are delighted to announce that the boys won all the games, a fabulous result, well done.

All pupils received homework booklets to complete at home this half term, we have received many of these completed and pupils have received raffle tickets for their effort. Any outstanding completed booklets can still be returned to school, it is not too late.

The school welcomed an organisation called The Playhouse to deliver an interactive play called Tapestry to all the pupils. The play explores themes of extremism and was presented in an engaging and accessible way to our pupils. Some of the pupils asked good questions during the play and this will have extended their knowledge in this area.