New Academic Year
Welcome to my first blog of this academic year. The first few weeks of term are always extremely busy and this year is no exception.
Despite the changes in qualifications and rigour of the new national assessments, we were pleased with the A Level and GCSE results in the summer. However, complacency is not something we entertain and therefore we are already well on the way to further improvement.
At the start of term 200 new Year 7 students arrived smartly dressed and eager to settle in as quickly as possible. Students in Years 9, 10 and 12 returned to the excitement of beginning their much awaited GCSE/A Level courses, whilst Year 11 and 13 remain acutely aware of the importance of the next few months for them. I wish all year groups, but particularly these two, the very best of luck this year, but as I will always tell them, there is no substitute for hard work.
You get what you work for and not what you wish for
This year, like the past two of my tenure, reinforced for me what a fabulous school community we have, as students across all year groups took time to welcome and guide our newest members, to ensure that they felt safe and secure in their first few weeks. The benefits of vertical tutoring and our CHARACTER values are increasingly evident in day-to-day student behaviour.
Many students have been showing their CHARACTER, particularly in terms of CONFIDENCE, RESILIENCE and AMBITION through attending trials for the many different sports teams that are on offer for both boys and girls at Denefield. Year on year, the PE department seems to have more and more success and increasingly young people are seeking to be part of one or more of these fantastic teams. Equally, students across all years will soon be submitting their applications for a leadership role, and in the Sixth Form, from our large intake of students, many are keen to participate in the campaigns to be Head Boy or Head Girl for the new academic year.
Not only have students settled well, but already it is clear to see the positive relationships forming with our colleagues who have recently joined the team as well as existing members of staff. The ‘no excuses’ culture, although in its emergent state, has enabled staff in these first few weeks to teach well and students to learn effectively, which I have no doubt will continue.
I conclude this blog by thanking those parents/carers who took the time to complete our survey which closed at the end of the first week of this term. We are always keen to hear your views and further improve. We will report back on the findings at the first Parents’ Forum meeting in October and for parents/carers who cannot attend this meeting, information will be published on the website.
Dates for your diary:
Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh's Launch Assembly 25 September 2017
Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh's Parents’ Meeting 27 September 2017
Year 9 Core Subject Information Evening 6.00pm - 7.00pm, 28 September 2017
Year 10 Core Subject Information Evening 7.00pm - 8.00pm, 28 September 2017
The Great Denefield Bake Off 2 October 2017
Year 11/Sixth Form Art visit to Florence Parents’ Meeting 3 October 2017
Parents’ Forum 17 October 2017
Mrs L Hillyard