May round-up from the Principal
May is an unusual time of year in schools as we get well into the exam season at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, which feels like we are coming to the end of one era. However, at the same time we are thinking ahead to September; welcoming our new students and ensuring that our planning for next year is on point.
Following Year 11’s final assembly prior to the exam period, the whole school community came out to wish them well by creating the Manor Tunnel that snaked its way from the assembly hall to the front gate. The video of this went viral on Twitter with over 33,000 views in 24 hours with many external observers commenting on the exemplary behaviour and genuine support that was clearly identifiable in our school community. I would also like to thank all those parents and carers who wrote letters of support to their child, which we were delighted to hand out during what was an emotional afternoon.
GCSE and A Level exams
The final exam period for many of our older students is well under way with GCSE, BTEC and A Level courses coming to a close. I have experienced this aspect of our work for the first time as a parent this year and so I know the levels of support you will have been providing for your children. We, and they, appreciate this hugely.
We have been impressed by the resilience and conduct that has been demonstrated by our students during this time. Attendance to and commitment in the Booster Sessions and Power Sessions has been very good and students report that they feel well prepared. We hope that the half term period provides a great opportunity for students to rest and recuperate as well as continue with their revision so they come back primed for phase 2 of the exam period.
Year 6 Transition Evening
We were delighted to see so many Year 6 students who will be coming to us in September attend our transition evening. We thoroughly enjoy hosting this important event that enabled students and their parents/carers to meet a range of staff and try on and buy their uniform and equipment in preparation for September. This year the evening coincided with the last day of SATs so it was great to see them all so enthused and excited about the next phase of their education journey.
Recent weeks have seen the launch of our inclusion strategy which provides a holistic system of support for students to enable them to achieve success in their lessons. We are very grateful to parents/carers and members of the community who engaged so openly with us during the consultation phase and helped shape the final strategy as a result. We have already received excellent feedback from staff and students on the impact this has had in and around the school.
I am delighted to say that we have been successful in our bid to gain funding to replace and upgrade the fire alarm system. This work will not only bring the system right up to date, but will also future proof us for many years to come.
You will see on our news pages that we have recently re-laid an astroturf surface on the old tennis courts. This addition to our already excellent sports facilities enables netball, tennis and hockey to be played year round. We thank East Northants Council for their significant donation and all the guests that attended the opening ceremony. In addition, half term will see several areas of the school get a makeover as we continue our rolling maintenance plan.
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As ever, I wish you all a great half term break and look forward to welcoming the students back for the rest of the summer term. Thank you as always, for your continued support of Manor School Sports College.