September round-up from the Principal
As the weather starts to turn slightly cooler and we enter our fourth week of term, it certainly feels as if the summer was a long time ago. We have had a very positive start to the term with a number of key events and opportunities having already taken place and many more coming up in the next few weeks.
Key Stage 4 and 5 Celebration Evening
In mid-September we had a wonderful evening celebrating the academic progress and community success of last year’s KS4 and KS5 students. We celebrate this so early in the term to allow our past sixth form students to attend before they start the next phase of their journeys at university or in apprenticeships or employment. Despite it only being a few short weeks since they left, it was great to see our current students and alumni returning to school to pick up their awards. Once again we must thank the Mintridge Foundation for providing such a high quality guest speaker in Kelvin Batey who truly inspired with his story of making it in the competitive world of BMX racing. Congratulations to all the winners of the subject and school awards.
Year 7 Tutor Evening
At the other end of our school, it was an absolute delight to welcome our new Year 7 students and their parents to come in and meet their tutors to ensure that their first few weeks have been successful. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses that we received and I’d like to particularly thank the many parents that took the time to seek me out to let me know how pleased they were with the support and guidance Manor School is providing. Whilst we endeavour to ensure that all students have a positive experience all of the time, these messages of support are always welcome and I was delighted to pass this onto staff.
Head Girl and Head Boy
I am delighted to announce that following an intensive selection process that included an interview, a letter of application and presenting in all year group assemblies across the school, we have appointed our Head Boy and Head Girl.
Head Girl is Ella-Louise Allard and Head Boy is Daniel Black, with Evie Elliott and Louis Exall ably backing them up as their deputies. These students will lead the Sixth Form Student Executive committee, run the whole school Student Parliament and be the influential link between the student voice and our school leadership. Their passion and pride in their school was clear through the process and I look forward to working with them.
Attendance and Punctuality
Improving attendance and punctuality are a priority for us at school this year. There is much research that identifies the impact of attendance on progress within schools. Good attendance (96%+) means that there is limited risk to progress and the work missed due to any absences is able to be caught up. Beyond this, the more absence the greater the impact on progress. We understand that students will occasionally have a genuine illness but we encourage all students to be resilient and attend as much as possible.
Similarly, punctuality is a key focus. School begins at 8:35am and our expectation is that all students will be inside the gates by this time. Good organisation and well planned journeys will ensure that this expectation is met. Being punctual is a courtesy and an important life lesson. There aren’t many workplaces that will accept tardiness and neither will we as we prepare students for life beyond school.
Congratulations to Mrs Eales!
We must send huge congratulations to Mrs Eales who has secured a place on the prestigious SSAT (Schools, Students and Teachers network) Leadership Legacy Project. As a result, Mrs Eales, who was a Manor School student herself, will be part of an impressive group of future education leaders from across the country, designated as SSAT Leadership Fellows. SSAT said “Involvement in the programme demonstrates commitment by Manor School Sports College and SSAT to developing the next generation of system leaders”. This can only be good news for Mrs Eales, our school and our students!
The next few weeks see a number of key events for the school. Thursday 4 October in particular is a big day!! During the day, we see the first of our ‘Work. World. Wellness.’ Curriculum Day where each year group have their timetables collapsed to focus on various specialist areas of our curriculum. We have a number of visitors attending to ensure that everyone has a great day and I look forward to reporting back in the next round-up.
On the evening of 4 October we open up the school for our New Intake Evening where we look forward to welcoming Year 6 students from across the local area to come and experience our offer. It is always a great evening and details of how to book in can be found on our website.
Before half term, our geographers will go on their field trip, the first Key Stage 3 formative assessments will be completed, the Ecuador trip Quiz Night will happen on 6 October and we’ll hold our annual charity events during MAD WEEK starting on 15 October!
All of these events demonstrate the rich fabric of opportunity and experience that we offer at Manor School every term. Please keep an eye on our website and follow us on Twitter @Manor_School to keep up to date with all of the latest developments at our school!