June round-up from the Principal

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Key Stage 3 Achievement Awards

We had an amazing evening earlier this month celebrating the achievements of our KS3 students. Getting KS3 right is hugely important to us at Manor School as we fully understand that it is this stage that provides the building blocks for future exam success. As a result it was delightful to see such a wide range of students receiving awards for their commitment, dedication and success within the realms of both academic and wider achievement. Well done to all our winners and a big thank you to Mrs Armitage for organising the event, the staff for their citations and the Ukulele Group for providing the music.

Year 11 Leaving and Prom

Following the last exam on 14 June, we held a celebratory assembly for our Year 11 students to congratulate them on completing their exam period. Mr Brown and Mr Bateman led the students to reflect on the past five years and some nostalgic photos were shared! I produced a short video to help send the students on their way, which was followed by the traditional shirt signing and not so traditional cakes and ice-cream van!

On Friday 5 July our Year 11 students will say ‘goodbye’ to their five years of compulsory education at the Manor School Prom that, if past experience is to go by, will be FAB-U-LOUS! The sun is set to shine and we look forward to celebrating this special moment with all our students who have been amazing through the exam period.

GCSE, BTEC and A Level Results

Now that the public examination period has been completed, our students in Year 11 and 13 can look forward to a well-earned break before their thoughts turn towards their results. We look forward to celebrating with them.

Students will be able to pick up their results from the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) at the following times:

Post-16 (A Level & BTEC)          Thursday 15 August 2019 – 9:00am
Year 11 (GCSE & BTEC)              Thursday 22 August 2019 – 9:00am

Experienced and knowledgeable staff will be available on both days for students and parents who require further information, advice and guidance in order to determine their next steps.

School Day and One-Week Timetable

From September there will be a move back to a one-week timetable and some internal changes to the school day to help us better facilitate our curriculum. These changes will not impact on the start or end point of the school day, or the length of lessons which remain at an hour each.

Changes that we are making to update our canteen will enable us to provide a longer lunchtime for all students and a consistent and more productive time for assemblies and our tutorial programme has been generated. Work, World and Wellness lessons will be at the same time on a Wednesday afternoon for all students to enable cross-school collaboration where appropriate. An overview of the new school day timings is available on the website.

Sporting Success

Manor School dominated the district netball finals this year with the outstanding and unprecedented result of winning all year groups from Year 7 through to Year 10! Earlier in the year the Year 11 netballers were runners-up in their age group. Congratulations teams and to your coaches, Mrs Rate and Mrs Sanders.

Staying with netball, we have also received news of sporting success with Year 9 students Gracie and Bayleigh who trialled for Loughborough Lightening Netball on Saturday 29 June… and they GOT IN!!! Huge congratulations go to both girls from all at Manor School for their success.

Sport at Manor continues to be a strength of our provision and I am absolutely delighted that it is the girls that are leading the way! Much is made in the press of the lack of motivation of young people and particularly around girls participating in team games. If this is a trend, it is superb that Manor School students are bucking the trend whether in hockey, netball or elsewhere. I’d like to thank and congratulate our committed and dedicated PE teaching team for all that they do.

Music at Warkton Church

As a precursor to their tour to Italy, a significant number of our Manor School musicians visited St Edmund’s Church, Warkton, to perform an evening of solo and chamber music on 28 June. The Director of Music for NET reported that it was a wonderful concert, with both the quality of the music and the quality of the students as young people drawing positive responses from the audience. This is heart-warming as this is a reflection of what we see from our students every single day.

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Thank you as always, for your continued support of Manor School Sports College. We are very much looking forward to the last few weeks of term and all of the final events of this academic year. The weather is seemingly set fair, so we encourage everyone to have fun and stay safe.

Jay Davenport

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