Our first half-term in the new building has flown by and we’re already half way through the school year. We must be enjoying ourselves!
The move itself at the beginning of January was hectic and I have to thank our staff for all the hard work and extra hours put in, in order to ensure we were able to open on schedule. There have been the usual teething problems, but nothing major and nothing to stop learning.
I’ve been especially impressed with all of our students, who have really adapted to the new building quickly and shown real respect for the whole site. Every visitor I have shown around has been impressed at how well all the students behave around the school and with the quality of lessons taking place.
The quality of the school meals has without doubt improved and it’s nice to see the students sitting down and enjoying their food in the dining area rather than grabbing something and walking around with it (as would happen in the old building). The Year 11s seem to appreciate having their own space at the front of the school and the use of the shop/café there.
I’m pleased to report that the integration with the college has gone very well. The college students have been excellent around the site and show real willingness to help out.
Almost all of the snagging was completed this during the February half-term break and the grounds work is still in progress with more seeding for grass areas taking place in March.
I hope you’ve all had a chance to have a look round the site at parent’s evenings. If not, you are welcome to pop in some time. Please call the school to arrange a time.
Finally the really good news is that our first choice places for Year 7 next year mean that we are almost at capacity (240 students). I’d like to think this reflects the trust and belief the community now has in us. We’ve definitely turned a big corner and it’s onwards and upwards for us.
Thank you for your support.