Friday, 25 November 2016

25 November 2016

This is the final part of an amazing 8 page history assessment completed by Leanne Delacruz in Year 10. Much of this was done as extra homework, showing her tremendous determination to achieve the highest standards.  This is just one example of the superb work some of our students are achieving and I will be using the blog to celebrate more of this in future weeks.  Well done Leanne, your Headteacher's positive referral is well deserved.

Last week, I also awarded Hayden Kennedy in Year 10 for a 100% attendance and exceptional effort in lessons.  Our Hub students are making great progress and below you can see some great examples of their determination and focus.


Financial forecasters are predicting a decade of doom and gloom after the Chancellor's autumn statement this week and there are some real worries for both schools and young people as a result.  Schools all over the country are already underfunded and with costs rising, there is a risk that the situation will get worse before it gets better.  If the economy does struggle over the next few years, young people will need even better skills and qualifications to be able to compete for the jobs that are around.

With this in mind, it is a cause for optimism that 64% of our Year 11 parents attended this week’s Year 11 parents’ evening on Wednesday.  Many of our students were eager to hear from their teachers about what they need to do to improve on their mock exam results to achieve the grades they are capable of.  "Really supportive, helpful feedback. Thank you", is what one parent fed back and we are thrilled with this vote of confidence.

In the survey we ask parents to complete at this event, an incredible 93% said that you thought the quality of teaching was good and that your child is making good progress.  We are incredibly grateful to you for your feedback and support for what we are aiming to do.  If you haven't completed a survey recently and would like to do so, this is now on the website for you to download.

Success at school is a partnership between school and home and as exams get harder, this has never been truer.  We need your help to ensure children are at school each day after a good night's sleep, well fed and ready to learn.  We also need your help to ensure children work hard and complete regular homework.  Thank you for all your hard work.

We were very pleased to welcome Katie Aris and other volunteers from the National Citizenship Service to the school on Wednesday evening.  NCS is a great scheme for Year 11 students to take part in during the summer holidays and King Richard School students have a long tradition of participation.  4 weeks’ worth of activities with other like-minded young people from the area costs no more than £30 and it looks wonderful on the CV too.  Many of our Year 11s have already signed up, but if you missed it, is not too late so see Mrs Sear for more details.

Most of Year 7 have been on a trip to Commercial Road this week collecting data for their geography project.  The vast majority of our students behaved exceptionally well and made their teachers very proud.  We were particularly impressed by the resilience of the group who went on Monday and were caught in that horrendous downpour of rain - and they still came back smiling!

Next Thursday, we will be welcoming back last year's leavers when they collect their GCSE certificates and pieces of coursework.  They were our most successful year group to date and many are now doing really well at college or on apprenticeships, so it will be wonderful to see them and hear there news.

If you haven't already, please ensure you have the dates for our Year 7 and 8 Christmas pantomime (7th Dec) and Performing Arts showcase (14th Dec) in your diary. They will be tremendous evenings full of fun, demonstrating the high standards achieved in these areas of school life.  Tickets are available from our box office and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

And finally, it looks like the last part of the steel frame for the new building is now complete.  This bottom section will be the sports hall, dance studio and fitness suite.  These new facilities will be fantastic and available for both school and community use.  Pictures will follow soon. 

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