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WEEK 38 - Friday 15 July 2022

Hello to all our year 10 students and their families,

As I start to write this I am finding it difficult to believe that this is the final year 10 blog of the year and that the year has passed with not quite so much Covid disruption.  

Although I began my pastoral career as Head of Ariel House, I have spent the past four years with the current year 10 group in one guise or another and, my, how they have grown up! They have faced unimaginable challenges, as we all have, whilst continually developing as individuals and becoming responsible and resilient young people. Now as I review the year, both Mrs Green and I are increasingly proud to lead them and support them through the labyrinth of life for a teenager.

As students returned last September they were thrust into their GCSE studies and their individual needs soon became evident to us. Over the past 10 months we have supported students with ourselves, staff in school and a number of external providers. The students' abilities to accept and access this support shows high levels of self respect and integrity. We have had external sessions from The Humber Outreach Programme, Moj Taylor from PUSH, The Scholars Project, Brilliant Tutoring, Mindspan, along with services linked to school such as MIND, Youth Family Services, CWW, CWP, and PET: Emotional well-being and Anger Management. At this stage, students have understood their needs, our hope to support, and together we have reached the end of Year 10 on a high note.

As you now know we have had to cancel this year’s Sports Day because of the high temperatures that are forecast. Please refer to the letter sent by Mr Groak earlier today with further information on our plans for next week.

In lessons we will continue learning and mastering the knowledge that has been developed this year. The days of playing games and watching films in the final week of term are well and truly in the past; nevertheless, there will be time for proper celebration of the year past and we will end with a tutor period on Friday afternoon in which tutors and tutees can enjoy an end of term party. Until then, please remind your child that we are still maintaining our high standards and expectations and that we want to end with all of us smiling and feeling proud of the year.

As I look forward to the final week of term I wanted to thank you for attending our pre-year 11 event last week and, for those unable to attend, I hope you received the presentation which we emailed out. I will be sharing the ‘Hitting the ground Sprinting-Autumn term’ calendar with students, who will each have a copy to bring home for reference.

Mrs Green and I would like to say a huge well done to our students, an enormous ‘Thank You!’ to you for the support, and we cannot wait to come back in September, having had a restful break, and help students reach their potential - together we can achieve great outcomes.

Lastly, if you need us please feel free to message us

Whether at home or away, have a fabulous summer. 

Stay safe and take care.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10