One of the most frustrating bits about being a Head is when you simply can’t be in two places at once, so it was with regret this year that I couldn’t attend the Speak Out finals on Monday evening. It was lovely to read Mrs Pilley’s email the next morning about how well Katie had performed and that the Mayor singled her out for praise in the closing remarks. Katie is also the Year 10 star of the week, and I found this week’s winners to be a particularly interesting mix of successes. Well done to all!
Certainly, yesterday, the theme for Year 11 was inner resilience: it is always difficult to accurately test the mood of the students leaving exam hall because every individual has different reactions and emotions to the papers. Up until the Chemistry exam yesterday, the overwhelming sense of emotions leaving the hall had been positive, but there was clearly a little concern by the Higher Chemistry paper. I spoke to a lot of the students during the day and just reminded them that: the rest of the week had gone well; they have plenty of other papers in science; students across the country were all saying the same things as them (I even got my phone out to show one group the social media feeds); and that there is an element that they need to double their efforts. Overall, it is not that we face adversities in life, it is how we deal with them that matters.
It was really nice to chat to so many Year 9 parents last, and it was good to hear lots of positive comments about the changes we have implemented over the last couple of years. Whilst school improvement is always work in progress, it is reassuring when parents recognise the work we are doing. Please remember you are welcome to fill in the Ofsted Parent View portal at any stage. (https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/)
I hope you all enjoy the main event tomorrow, and I know I will be glued to the television watching, and I know my neighbour (who is attending) is very excited. And by the way, just before the FA Cup, I believe there is some wedding on, although I haven’t seen much in the papers about it? Let’s hope the teams and the happy couple find their right chemistries tomorrow – sorry for the bad pun!
Have a good weekend, and if you are watching either event, then enjoy!