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WEEK 28 - Friday 29 April 2022

Hello to all our year 10 students and families.

I hope you had an enjoyable Easter break and had a chance to relax as a family and make memories. 

Over the Easter break I spent time musing about where we are as a year group. It was a strange feeling when I realised that our year group are now within the final year of their schooling; initially I panicked, then realised how lucky we are to be back in a more normal routine of schooling and have around 56 weeks until the year group will all sit their first ‘full’ year group exam. 

In my assembly this week I chose to talk about how the next year can look for the students in year 10. 

We started with the reality of where we are now and how over the next 56 weeks they will all, individually, be the makers of their own destiny. Myself, Mrs Green, tutors, SLT and the teaching staff will be working tirelessly beside them to ensure we support them in all areas of their schooling. I explained how asking for help is a strength, not a weakness, and our support will be stronger when they reach out and tell us specifically what they need.

Attendance was the next topic of my discussion. I asked students to raise their hands if between January and Easter they had been off for any reason; the number of hands highlighted how many students are missing crucial information and have gaps in knowledge, which can lead to them missing school because they feel lost in lessons. Again, I have emphasised the support available and said that a focus on building attendance is key to maximise every minute in the school.

I then broached who they need to think about whilst they are in school. They need to be selfish and place all their attention on themself. It is a strange thing to ask students, when we work tirelessly to get them thinking about others, however they need to focus their attention on what they need to be doing and working towards- not involving themselves in problems of their friends; again, I reiterated that this is then what Mrs Green and I are here for.

In the coming weeks I will be thinking of the year group as Year 11 students and as a team we will work to instil, and embed, the need for: good sleep, organisation, prioritising workload, relaxing, and being prepared. These are all things that our collaboration with home can be developed for the young people in our care.

My hope is that, starting like this now, we will reach next summer feeling prepared and ready to take those final leaps with our students. 

Anything we can do to help your child is our top priority. Please do not hesitate to call or email us if you wish us to support your child. 

Stay safe and take care.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10