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WEEK 30 - Friday 14 May 2021

As I write this, I am contemplating my role as Head of Year 11 and the different aspects of a week in school. This year has brought many different things my way: teacher, pastoral support, shop organiser, radio guest, events organiser - it has certainly been a role with plenty of variety but one that is enjoyable and extremely fulfilling. 

As my time as Head of Year 11 reaches the end, I can report that Year 11 students are coping with such maturity that I have to remind myself that in two weeks time they will be leaving us after spending five years in our school.

At this moment in time they are preparing for their next set of assessments, revising and absorbing information and advice from their teachers. Some of them are still having to cope with self isolation, although this seems to be happening less and less thankfully, while others are contending with illness and broken bones. Nevertheless, they continue to give it their all.

Most of the students are beginning to think of their next steps after Year 11. Excitement and trepidation is beginning to show as they go for college and apprenticeship interviews, nerves kick in and they look for reassurance which often only takes a few words in the form of “you’ll be great, be positive, smile and be yourself”. One of the best parts for me is when they come into school the next day with a big smile to let us know they’ve been accepted into sixth form, college or received a place on  an apprenticeship. That makes it all worthwhile.

Then there is the Prom. Our usually well organised and spacious office now looks like the wardrobe from Narnia. We are packed with dresses and suits and I have been blown away by the generosity of our friends and local community. To ensure everyone can go to Prom in an amazing outfit is fantastic and I too am excited about this future celebration.

Regards

Mrs Taylor

Head of Year 11

Miss Staveley

Assistant Head of Year 11