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Holmleigh Park High School

Letter from the Head - Friday 18th November

In this issue: Theatre Trips, End of Mocks, and Sixth Form Open Evening

Dear all,

On Tuesday, GCSE Drama students travelled to Bristol Alma Theatre and saw a fantastic and thought-provoking production of DNA. A particular highlight was the Q&A afterwards with the director and the actors, where our students asked insightful questions and got a deep insight into the inner workings of being a director and an actor. It was an inspirational day for everyone and thank you to all the students involved who represented HP with distinction.

Today marks the end of Y11 and Y13 mocks and well done to those students who have worked extremely hard since October half-term. As I said in my last letter, the mock exam process is so important to both gain experience of going through the process but also to receive crucial feedback from teachers. With this in mind, we have an upcoming Y11 Parents Evening on Thursday 8th December. It will take place in-school between 5pm and 7pm. More details will follow next week, but we are really looking forward to seeing all our Year 11 students and families there.

Our Sixth Form prefects were announced this week and have started taking an active role by beginning different duties around the school. We also had a number of Sixth Form students supporting the Primary Cross Country Event on Thursday. Seeing our student leaders taking responsibility in these ways makes us extremely proud of their contribution to school life. It sets the pathway for future year groups through their willingness to be such positive role models to all the younger HP students.

The Sixth Form Leadership Team have had visits over the past two weeks to fellow Greenshaw schools Gloucester Academy, Henley Bank and Five Acres to showcase our Sixth Form. All of these visits have been extremely positive and have set us up perfectly for next Thursday evening when we have our Sixth Form Open Evening. As you will be aware, our Sixth Formers achieved record results this summer, with 62% of students achieving A*-B in their A Levels, and 75% of students receiving Distinction or Distinction* in their vocational courses. We're looking forward to talking about how we're planning to give an even better chance of success to prospective Sixth Form students and families. 

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,

Mr Hudson

Head of School