Headteacher Blog - February

Posted on: 25th Feb

A warm welcome back to our students and I hope you and your families had a good half term break, despite the storms and awful weather we have been experiencing lately.

We are now into the second half of this academic year and students across all years are working hard. Our Year 11 and Year 13 students are counting down towards their A Level and GCSE exams, some of which start next month and then continue until the middle of June. Thank you those of you who took your children to the revision sessions we held over the February half term break, the feedback we had from the students was that these were extremely useful.

I am delighted to announce that we have recruited a new Deputy Headteacher, who will be joining us in April. Following an intensive two-days of interviews, presentations and meetings with the senior leadership team, governors, staff and students, we were delighted to appoint Ms Allen to the post of Deputy Headteacher, with responsibility for Curriculum and Achievement.

Currently based in Lancashire, Ms Allen will relocate to the area and brings a significant amount of experience to our school. She has been a Deputy Head since 2015 and prior that was an Assistant Headteacher. I look forward to introducing her to you at our events going forwards.

Congratulations go to our Federation school, Compton Primary after receiving a letter from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for School Standards to congratulate them on their very high standards in the Key Stage 2 mathematics assessments last year. Compton is in the top 2% of primary schools in the country, with 100 percent of its pupils having reached or exceeded the expected standard in mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.   Congratulations to the leadership team and teaching staff at Compton on this fantastic achievement, which is testament to the hard work that happens on a daily basis in the classroom.

Looking ahead to this term and beyond, you will have recently received via SchoolComms information about our first ever Colour Run event on 1 April. This fundraising event will take place out on the school field and after a five minute fun warm-up session with the PE teachers, the students will either walk or run a 3km course, where at various points they will be doused from head to toe in different coloured powders by the teachers!  All monies raised from this event will go towards projects led by our School Council, and we hope that your children will join us for what is sure to be a fun and colourful event.

Looking ahead to September, The Downs School will celebrate its 60th year, and we are planning a number of events to celebrate this significant milestone. The main event will be a Summer Festival on 11 July. Again, this event will take place on the school field and will have a relaxed festival feel, with various food and beverage stalls alongside a main stage featuring performances from students alongside local bands and musicians. More details will follow, but please save the date in your diaries.

I hope you and your children have a good term. Thank you as always for your continued support.

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