The Headteacher's Blog - Monday 15 January 2018

Here we are halfway through January and the penultimate day of the Year 11 PPE’s and another day closer to the start of the Year 13 PPE’s (on Wednesday 17/1/18).

As an upper school, exams are an inevitable part of school life and whilst I know that they can cause very real anxiety and uncertainty, I would really like to encourage our young people to consider exams are part of showcasing your understanding; and also as a rite of passage to equip you with the skills for the next steps in life. In other words they become your academic passport! And however tricky you might perhaps find Maths for example; remember - once you have gained your GCSE, you have a valuable set of skills for life – that no-one can take away from you.

I have been pleased overall with behaviour and attitude in exams and I hope students are feeling heartened by this important process to prepare them for the real exams in the summer. But before then, there is lots of time to practise and enjoy learning in lessons and being in school in our caring and constructive environment with teachers and staff. A quick diary note now - Year 11 will be receiving their results in the Main Hall on Wednesday 31 January 2018 lesson 3. So, do consider it a run-through for August!

But of course, there is more to life here than exams. This week. Careers Adviser Dr Hall is leading assemblies for Year 9 and the Sixth Form to talk about preparing for the future and different options. Last week I was talking in assemblies about our pride agenda to instil in our students the importance of being dressed smart, behaving positively and a positive attitude to learning and being - at all times. You are worth it! I have to say it is pleasing to see students smiling and dressed smartly – or even if their shirt has become untucked (inopportunely!) they are swiftly smartening up. Thank you to our parents for reinforcing at home too.

Talking about running the course and stamina. A special well done to our runners Grace Ashurst, Ben Conolly and Max Helps in the juniors and Ruth Day and Emily Murray in the intermediate girls who all participated in the Mendip cross country championships at Millfield School last Wednesday. Despite the sometimes inclement conditions, our famous five all qualified to the Somerset Schools County Championship at Yeovil athletics on Saturday. Well done so far as I know that this represents huge energy, fitness levels and determination and on behalf of us all, we wish you every success at the weekend. Go Team Kings!

Further afield, planning is underway for the Year 10 R.E. Trip to Poland and before long they will be en route for what I hear is a particularly moving and meaningful visit and is certainly on my wish list to go. Don’t forget to bring in your final paperwork to Subject Leader for R.E. Mrs Jory.

Yesterday I was invited to attend the Cheddar Church service held here at Kings. You can imagine how rather surreal it felt to be in school on a Sunday…! But it was lovely to be so welcomed by our members of the community and to join them in their worship and I was very moved when the leaders asked if they could pray for me and our students and staff here at Kings. I thank them for their warmth and kindness.

On Thursday this week, the Chair of Governors, our Bursar Mr Perry and I will be meeting with the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for a review of our work with the Wessex Learning Trust, which of course, includes Kings. I am looking forward to the discussion and sharing our ideas and vision! Prior to this, our School Improvement Partner (SIP) will be visiting school on Wednesday also to discuss our work and to help us in our journey. So, all in all a busy week of focus and positive energy.

As I close, the sun is coming out and has created a picture post card beautiful clarity. The days are getting longer and we strive to be happy and purposeful here at Kings.

Believe and succeed!

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