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16th November 2016

Last Thursday evening provided one of those “feel good” moments which remind all teachers why they do the job.  Our Certificate Evening to celebrate the achievements of the “Class of 2016” reflected on last year and the GCSE achievements of our students.  The students and their parents were joined by our staff, governors and invited guests who all enjoyed seeing the students presented with their certificates and special awards for outstanding achievements in a wide range of fields.

In thanking many people for their contributions to the success of our students and their support for the school over the year, we were also able to pay tribute to our Guest of Honour for the evening, Alan Jones.  Alan retired as a Cover Supervisor at the end of last school year having previously been a teacher of PE and Geography and a Head of Year.  In all Alan spent an incredible 37 years working at Edgecliff/Kinver High School.  We all wish Alan well as he embarks on new ventures.

We were delighted with the positive response to our Open Evening and associated events for potential Year 7 entrants for September 2017.  Our Open Evening was extremely well attended, keeping staff and our very many helping students busy all evening.  As ever our visitors were full of praise for the friendly and welcoming atmosphere in school and, in particular, for our excellent students who spoke with confidence and enthusiasm.  The Open Evening was followed by four taster days on which we welcomed around 200 students.  We usually run three days but had to offer another in order to cater for the demand for places.  I conducted far more school tours than ever before which were met with much enthusiasm from the parents and children involved.

We are also pleased that students from our primary feeder schools find the transition days we offer so rewarding and enjoyable.  Earlier this term, students from Year 6 at St James’ and Cookley primary schools took part in a humanities-based day entitled “Where in the World” which involved finding out about Brazil.  On Friday 18th November over 100 students from Y5 at Ham Dingle, The Ridge and Cookley primary schools will join us for a day to study French with a food theme!

This week we began a programme for a group of students from Brindley Heath Junior School who will join us after school for a session in each of the next 5 weeks to experience GCSE style study in English and Maths.  The first session was last Thursday when the students enjoyed working with some short stories.

Some of our own students in Years 8 and 9 benefited from honing their creative writing skills while working with a professional author recently.  Former Edgecliff student and now published author, Adam Matthews provided some helpful creative writing tips and activities and talked about how he wrote his own book, “Pap – A 21st Century Dystopia”.

A group of Year 10 and 11 students, along with their parents will have the opportunity to visit Cardiff University for an Open Day experience on Saturday 3rd December.  This promises to be a highly motivating day as students begin to think beyond school towards university opportunities.