The Headteacher's Blog - Monday 16 July 2018

Such is the cyclical nature of a school year, we find ourselves in another Summer Term and with another end of term drawing near. Yet also due to the cyclical nature of school life in constant flow, for some of us this will be the final Summer Term and the final end of term. To this end, we have already celebrated our Year 13 leavers and wished them well for their next steps and we will also be thanking and celebrating those staff who will not be with us in September. But such is the cycle, we are also looking forward to welcoming our new Year 9 students and some new staff to Kings and appreciate they will bring their own valued contributions.

The (nearly) week is set to end on a happy note on Thursday morning with the End of Summer Term Achievement Assembly to be held outside together at the front of school (weather permitting). Unfortunately for me, I have a clash of educational dates as it is my daughter’s graduation at Warwick University. So I will be sorry not to be here. So, whilst I am a proud Dad in Warwick, I know my thoughts will also be fluttering to Cheddar as a proud Headteacher. I encourage ALL students to enjoy this event – whether they are prize winners or friends and classmates of the prize winners, this is Team Kings at its best as we learned from the dignity and good grace of our England Football Team who sadly did not make it through to the Cup Final. It is the taking part and the striving and ultimately being proud of all our achievements. I know that this will also have increased momentum once the House System is in full flow next school year.

Talking of the World Cup, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank Year 10 parents again for being so amenable and co-operative about us changing the date last week so that football fans could watch the semi-final. It is a pity they did not qualify to the final; but I felt it was important for students, parents and staff to have the option to watch the match given the exceptional circumstances. Never mind – let’s see what the next four years brings!

Two big overseas trips are currently out of school. Firstly, the P.E. Department are in Greece on a sports tour striding in the footsteps of past ancient Greek athletes and secondly, the Science Department are now in Dominica in the West Indies on the biennial Operation Wallacea environmental research and conservation expedition. I know that both trips will be beneficial to students who have saved up to go on the trips and I also thank parents and family for your support. Slightly closer to home, as I write, our Duke of Edinburgh Year 11 students will be canoeing down the Thames for their Silver Expedition. How intrepid! A physical and mental feat and I wish them a comfortable and enjoyable voyage – and I hope they take in the scenery. I would encourage all students to take part in the wealth of enrichment activities on offer to enhance their school experience and I remember reading that to do something different can be a source of happiness. That sounds good to me!

As I write, I know that we still have three days to go of this term and it is business as usual. I know that I will be devoting some time during the break to reflecting on this school year. But I would like to thank you all again for welcoming me, and my Deputies Mr Edwards and Miss Hunt and all the other staff who were new to Kings this year. Like any organisation, we are only really successful and happy and fulfilled when the constituent parts really work together and I like to think we strive to do that here at Kings. I am aware that we have introduced a number of changes this year and I will be writing to parents with the outcomes of our consultation about the changes to the school day and a mobile phone free zone. Good schools will always keep moving forwards to strive to be the very best they can be.

The theme in school this week is aptly, Happy Endings. So I am hoping this year will end on a happy note for everyone and I wish you all a very happy summer holiday. As I always say and think, use your time well – catch up on some reading, spend time with loved ones, help someone; perhaps take time to go and chat with your elderly relatives who can sometimes feel forgotten and who love to hear about the modern world and also share stories of their own past in order to keep their own memories alive; maybe learn a new hobby or pursue a new interest. But above keep safe. In our hot summer, I know there is heightened security at Cheddar Reservoir where swimming is strictly forbidden for all the right reasons. So take care. Before our return, we await the exam results and I am sure the dates are imprinted on Year 13 and 11 parents’ minds:

A Level and BTEC Exam Results Day – Thursday 16 August 2018
School will be open from 8am until 2pm (to allow early decisions about universities colleges).

GCSE and BTEC’s – Thursday 23 August 2018
School will be open for students to collect their results from 9am until 2pm.
Then, come back refreshed, raring to go for the new academic year – a year older and wiser and ready to believe and succeed!

I know you will keep an eye on the website for the new calendar to be uploaded for the next school year. But a quick diary co-ordination now to remind you that all students will return to school for the start of the new academic year on Wednesday 5 September 2018 following our Inset Days.

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