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Principal's round-up of the first term

It has been a busy and exciting start to the academic year, with many events taking place and a great deal of good news to share.

Successful Outcomes at Manor School

Provisional GCSE results are now publicly available for all schools nationally. At Manor we are delighted that our results in our focus areas continue to improve.

With our focus over the last two years being on increasing the level of challenge for students, we were pleased that significant progress has been made both in the number of students gaining 5+ and 7+ grades in English and maths. This also goes a stage further with increases in the numbers of students gaining 5 strong passes (grade 5+) including English and maths. This demonstrates a healthy strength in depth across a broad range of subjects.

As our curriculum provision continues to go from strength to strength we anticipate that we will see these numbers continue to rise in the future.

Open Evening and Open Mornings

We were, once again, delighted with the turnout for our Open Evening and the subsequent follow-up Open Morning visits during October, providing us with a fantastic opportunity to come together and demonstrate all aspects of our vibrant school community. I would like to thank all prospective parents and their children for attending as well our current students and staff who were so involved in this celebration of all that Manor School has to offer.

Make A Difference (MAD) Week

Our annual charity Make a Difference Week was held during the second week of October. This year, each year group presented a variety of fundraising stalls at break time in a bid to compete with one another. I particularly liked the efforts of 7BCS who created a portrait gallery of Manor School staff!

During lunchtimes, students and staff participated in a range of activities including the ever-popular Manor’s Got Talent. Congratulations must go to our winner Charlie in Year 8 who stunned the packed hall with his hula hooping skills. We are thrilled to announce that these efforts raised £1361.25 for our five chosen charities: Alzheimer’s Society, Stroke Association, Winston’s Wish, Wildlife Trust and Raunds United Charities.

The participation levels and generosity of Manor students during MAD Week is always hugely impressive and I thank them all, as well as the Progress Leaders and Mrs Bradbury for organising and working out the logistics!

Curriculum Day
Our key curriculum strands of Work. World. Wellness. (WWW) really came to life in October as we completed our first Curriculum Day of the year. WWW has been established as an integral part of all that we do throughout the year but these Curriculum Days enable us to provide some deep learning into these essential strands. Key Stage 5 focussed on Work. and completed a series of interview and work preparation tasks. Students from Key Stage 4 consolidated and challenged their learning and understanding across a range of areas of faith and politics through the World. strand. Finally, Key Stage 3 students focussed on Wellness. by participating in a range of activities that enhanced their knowledge and understanding of physical and mental wellbeing.

Parent/Carer Forum
The first Parent/Carer Forum of the year took place on Monday 21 October and we were really pleased with the attendance. The Parent/Carer Forum model is designed to ensure we give a voice to parents and carers about a variety of aspects of school life.

In this forum we gave an update on the progress that has been made in maths, discussed the future of homework and reviewed the impact of the transport changes that were brought in for this academic year (more information below). On all aspects there was a vibrant discussion and the forum enabled parents to share their views and allow us to listen and capture these for our future strategic planning.

The second Parent/Carer Forum is on 2 December 2019 and more information about the themes and scope will be shared in due course. We would encourage you to attend and add your voice to the conversation.

In the Parent/Carer Forum it was requested that we share again the outcome of the transport consultation and current provision.

Over the course of the last academic year we consulted with parents, staff and students about the school transport service in light of decreasing utilisation, rising costs and increased operational difficulties. The outcomes of the consultation are outlined below: 

  1. Our transport service will continue to operate for five years from September 2019. A transport service will no longer be offered after July 2024. 
  2. Students using transport in 2019/2020 will be guaranteed space on the service until July 2024. 
  3. Annual, incremental price increases will be applied over the next five years. The price to parents will remain below the total cost per seat to the school.

Our current provision does not include a late bus as a result of low usage throughout the last year. This has caused challenges for some parents/carers and we are keen to work with families for whom this is a barrier. 

We are working with our transport contractor, Carters Travel, to ensure a high-quality service is provided. Should parents/carers have any feedback about the provision please contact Mrs N Bannard, Operations Administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance.

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As ever, thank you for your continued support for all that we do at Manor School Sports College.

Jay Davenport