As the academic year draws to an end, I would just like to thank the staff, students and you all for the support I have received in my first term as Headteacher of St. Mary’s.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being here during what has been a busy yet productive end to the year.
Your children have worked hard throughout 2017/18 and in my recent assemblies with them I have been focusing on what they must strive to achieve next year in terms of personal goals; whether it is end of year exams, making option choices, starting KS4 courses or taking GCSE’s, it is important that they aspire to do their best and we will certainly support them with this.
At the time of writing, our students are taking it in turns to go out on their end of year trips to West Midland Safari Park and Drayton Manor Park before the Eisteddfod starts on Tuesday. I’m looking forward to seeing the talent on show in what I’m sure will be a fitting end to a successful year. Our Sports Day last week was a wonderful mix of competition and community spirit. I love how committed our students are to their respective houses and I had to work hard to remain non-partisan and stifle my association with Laboure from days of old!
As I’m sure you are aware, one of our children was recently involved in an accident outside St. Mary’s when crossing the road to school in the morning. Thankfully, the student in question made a full and speedy recovery – but none of us would want accidents such as this to ever happen again and I have been heartened and so impressed with the response of our parents and children in making their voice heard on this issue. From a school perspective, meetings are ongoing with the relevant agencies as we look to see how we can collectively ensure safer arrangements for our students.
At this time of year, we will be saying farewell to a number of staff. Mr Fitzgerald retires after 36 years and a significant contribution to the life of this school. Miss Davies, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Gray, Mrs Barber, Mrs Sewell also leave us and I would like to thank them all for their service to St. Mary’s and wish them every success for the future.
As we look to the future of our school, I am pleased to announce that for 2018/19, I have seconded Miss Hughes and Mr Giampalma onto my senior leadership team. Broadly they will focus on standards and provision at KS3 as we look to make the very most of these three years prior to GCSE’s starting. I look forward to working with them and I am sure they will do really well in their new roles.
It was really good to meet the parents of our new intake last week. Their children have been in school for various taster activities and they are clearly excited about starting in September. Preparations for their arrival continue and it will be great to welcome them on the first day when a new chapter begins in their lives.
Those Year 11 students awaiting their GCSE results remain in our thoughts and prayers, I am sure that the next time we see them will be a positive day as they get the reward for their hard work and efforts over the last 5 years.
I have used my first term to really try to get to know the staff, your children and the various systems in place at St. Mary’s. I’m excited by the prospect of next academic year and what we can achieve together.
I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer break and thank you for your ongoing support.