Year 9 examinations
Year 9 sat their core examinations this week. This meant they were introduced to sitting examinations in the Main Hall or another assigned room. This is not only an opportunity to see how much they have progressed with their learning, but also helps them become familiar with the routines and structures they will need to know when they sit GCSEs in two years’ time. Mrs Brasier-Bingham and all involved were very impressed with the way they handled this all week. They had to cope not only with the pressures of the examinations themselves but also with faulty lights (see below) and a fire bell. They deserve a good break this weekend after what will have been a challenging time for all. Well done Year 9.
Main Hall lights
Our Main Hall lights have become increasingly unreliable. Some flicker and others have failed completely. This worsening situation caused problems for those sitting examinations in the Hall this week for which we apologise.
The lighting needs to be completely replaced but this cannot happen in time for the public examinations. We have therefore had to find a quick solution. This morning, temporary LED lights were installed. These do not look very nice but do light the Hall well. We now need to find the funds to install a permanent replacement system as soon as possible. This will be expensive and put additional pressures on our already squeezed budget. Any donations will be gratefully received. Please contact the Office if you feel you can help.
Year 13 leavers
An assembly was held for our Year 13 leavers today. This gave the year group a chance to mark the formal end of their time at school as they head towards their examinations next week. Speeches from Miss Patel, Achievement Coordinator and the Senior Prefects all marked the achievements of this year group during their time at the School. Highlights include their charity fund raising and the way they have led the School’s increasing promotion of equality and diversity. We wish them well for their examinations and as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
The main public examination series starts on Monday, 13th May and will last for approximately six weeks. Students in Years 11 and 13 have been preparing for their examinations and we wish them every success. All parents/carers have been sent electronically a booklet providing guidance on revision and we hope this is useful both now and in the future. All students are reminded of the importance of being silent when passing any of our examination venues.
Times of the school day
To accommodate the start of the afternoon session for public examinations, the times of the school day will change from Monday, 13th May. The start and end times remain unchanged, but lunchtime will start after lesson 3 at 12.15pm followed by afternoon registration at 1.00pm. Lessons 4 and 5 will then follow.
Dates for the diary
Year 13 Leavers’ Ball – 24th May
Half term break – week beginning 27th May