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Dec152017

15th December 2017

Over the course of the term, our building projects have progressed and reached an exciting phase.  The main project at the moment, the new teaching block now looks most likely to open after February half term.  We had hoped to open after Christmas but it is certainly worth the delay if it means we can move into the building having had the time to ensure that all planning and procurement is properly in place.  As most of you will know, our new reception area opened after half term.  This has provided excellent accommodation for our administrative staff and we have a fresh new “front” to the school.  All of our recent visitors have been very enthusiastic and complementary about our new look.

We have just reached the end of our consultation on sporting facilities to go with the new sports hall.  The project itself is likely to begin in March.  We can now compile a report on the level of need identified through the consultation which will help us to plan beyond just the sports hall.  We hope to provide a range of facilities to accommodate a variety of sports and leisure activities.  This will be a project which will realise the sports hall first and then develop top quality facilities over time, for our students and for the local community.

Our staff and students have, as ever, been working hard.  Our Year 11 students have just completed their GCSE mock examinations (other than the ones missed on Friday due to our snow closure!).  I really do want to pay tribute to our Year 11 students.  They have been extremely positive and committed to their studies throughout this term.  I have observed a good number of Year 11 lessons this term and the attitude of the students has been outstanding.  I know students find Year 11 quite stressful at times but I am confident all their hard work and commitment will be rewarded with very good results next summer.  It will all have been worth it!

On the sports front, I want to congratulate our Under 16 rugby team who have reached the final of the Worcestershire County Cup competition.  The final would have been played on Tuesday 12th December but the weather has intervened on that front as well.  The team is very much an excellent team of young men working for each other and representing our school with pride.  Many thanks to them.

For this and all the other examples of hard work and achievement this term I thank our staff and students.  I wish them and their families a very happy and peaceful Christmas and hope 2018 is a successful and rewarding year.