Letter from the Head - Friday 15th September 2023
In this issue: Open Evening, Extra Curricular Fayre and our 2023-24 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion plans
We had an absolutely incredible turnout of prospective families for our Open Evening on Wednesday. Thank you to all the Year 8 students who supported departments, Year 9 & Sixth Form students who conducted tours and the members from our Student Leadership teams who spoke as part of the presentation. Our students are brilliant and it made us very proud to see the group representing us on Wednesday making such an important contribution to our Open Evening.
On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons this week, all of our Year 7 - 10 students took part in our inaugural HP Extra Curricular Fayre. All of our staff who are running our expanded program of extra curricular activities this year set up stalls to promote and inform students about what is available. Students were then able to visit all the different stalls and consider which clubs they would like to do over the upcoming term. Taking part in a range of different clubs and activities is so important to meet new friends, push yourself out of your comfort zone and have the platform to show a range of talents that may not always come to the fore in a normal school day. I am very grateful to all of our staff who are running such a brilliant program.
This week we have also now finalised our 2023-24 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion program. Every year we decide upon a range of cultures, faiths and protected characteristics to learn more about as a school. It is vital that we are a school that understands and respects the differences between us, so that we can be the strongest community possible. These events are reviewed annually and can be viewed on our Equality & Diversity webpage through the Information menu. Any students who would like a particular EDI aspect covered through our program should raise through the School Council and speak to our EDI lead, Miss Martin.
Unfortunately, there is no positive resolution to report yet on the MCAS payments issue. I will continue to update you next week as Greenshaw and ourselves receive more information. As I stated earlier in the week, students affected will continue with the £5 daily overdraft facility next week.
Finally, congratulations to one of our Year 11 students, Ryan Faulkner, for more amazing archery achievements. During the summer holidays, Ryan shot for England in the Home Nations tournament and finished with individual bronze, mixed team bronze and team gold medals. He has also achieved fantastic feats at the British masters tournament and the GB junior series spread. Well done Ryan!
I wish you all a lovely weekend,