We made it through to summer 2016, but oh what a journey!
Last night a number of staff went out to celebrate the end of the school year and the fact that we have all worked damn hard to keep things afloat. A new management team has been in place since June 2015 and the demands of transitioning into one of the best schools in our area whilst undergoing the transformation that was required when becoming a part of a multi academy trust (MAT), has seen a number of good staff promoted and some who decided it was time for a change. Those that have left us will be missed but we look forward to welcoming the new team and some new perspectives.
It’s been a very strange year. Our Headteacher has been absent due to pregnancy and other issues and as a staff we have missed her. She started well and encouraged everyone to put our best foot forward with an open and trusting culture. In her absence a very capable leader has managed to steer this developing academy through the choppy waters and has inspired a number of us to stretch ourselves to show what we are capable of.
For me the best part of my job is encouraging and inspiring others to reach their potential. Recently this has been realised when I supported a group of students to achieve their ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence), which is the equivalent of a GCSE. The students are expected to have a sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. They are tested using an online system which is endorsed by the BCS (British Computer Society). The 2016 cohort exceeded my expectations with a 100% Pass rate and 85% A* – A grades. I am very proud of their achievements and hope that this helps them apply for the courses they wish to study at college.
My plans for the summer are organic in as much that if I chose to have a day out I will, but otherwise there is a mountain of work to do.
- BTEC Information and Creative Technologies – Resources and planning
- Business Studies – Scheme of work years 9, 10 and 11
- Computer Science – New 9-1 course to plan
- Google Certified Educator level 2 course to complete
Until I write again enjoy your summer break if you can. I am waiting with anticipation for the 25th August and results day.