I was showing a visitor around the school on Thursday afternoon and happened across the Year 10 Intervention session in Maths ahead of their exams this week; we were both thoroughly impressed by the Year 10s attitude and commitment, with virtually the whole year attending the session. Interestingly, I was then asked that evening, by a Year 6 parent, whether/to what extent results will increase in the next 3 years; whilst I think it is difficult to be so precise, given the range of measures we are judged against, it is the evidence like the Year 10 session that shows me the culture of success is changing and reassures me that results will improve and that our students are no different to others in the country. This week the Year 10s have their first set of practice examinations in the Sports Hall, and they are really adopting a serious and considered approach to them; whilst they are not meant as the only guide as to how students will perform next summer, they are an early bench mark.
It was lovely to meet the new Year 6 parents on Thursday, before heading over to the Havering Learning Partnership awards to celebrate staff success; the Year 6 parents (and the students) have that mix of excitement and trepidation about the journey ahead, but hopefully having a longer induction period (we have increased again this year to 3 days) will reassure parents and students alike. With the increase in intake (to 240 from September), I am sure there will be an even greater opportunity to meet new friends and settle into our community.
Hope you had a lovely weekend!