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Headteacher's Blog 29th November 2019

We have had another fabulous week in school and sometimes I just have to sit back and marvel at the range of opportunities being provided to our students here by our staff. 

Perhaps the highlight for me was a visit by the Plymouth High Schools Marching Band who have been in the city all week from Massachusetts in the United States.  Our Sports Hall was transformed into a space that was full of amazing sound and energy. It was a privilege to be there to listen and the look on the faces of our student audience were a sight to see. Just brilliant! . In addition, a small amount of the USA students and Co-operative Big Band travelled to the BBC Radio Devon studios to perform 'live' on the  lunchtime show.  Our students have worked together with the band to rehearse for the joint concert "Bands Across the Sea" which will take place at Marjons Art Centre on Saturday.  A very memorable day for all involved and I am very proud of the fantastic Music Department for organising it.

We are pleased to be running the second of our Year 11 Learning Conferences today.  Students have had the fantastic opportunity to participate in group working to focus on developing character and resilience in the run up to their exams and life beyond.  The conference will provide students with the tools required to go into the exam season as fully prepared and organised as they can be.  We are highly optimistic about the results in the summer following an impressive set of predictive data for Year 11.

Attendance was great last night at Sixth Form Parents’ Evening.  This was an important opportunity to converse with subject teachers to find out exactly how students were settling into their courses and coping with more independent study.  We see the Sixth Form as a natural progression for most of our students to ensure that they continue to receive the nurture and expertise that is provided to our younger students.  The Sixth Form remains a key priority for us and we are very encouraged with record numbers of applications from our current Year 11.

On the sporting front our amazing Year 9 girl's football team earned themselves a dinner date at McDonalds with Miss Geraghty courtesy of winning a Year 10 tournament. There were some excellent individual performances but I am assured that it was a great team effort. I am looking forward to seeing the trophy! Our table tennis players also go from strength to strength and we are building up excellent links with local clubs as a result of Mr Corson's tireless work with them. The King Kong Ping Pong tournament is starting very soon. The first-round draw will undoubtedly hold some very strong players (students and staff!).

Martin Brook Headteacher