Welcome from the Headteacher
And so we have made it to the end of the first term of the 2017-18 academic year and we can already look back on some amazing achievements. Thank you to all those staff, pupils and parents that have contributed to making this school an even better place to be and who have followed our vision to ‘Encourage, Challenge and Succeed’. At this time of year, we always look back and reflect and this year – both locally and nationally- we have seen a number of challenges and tragedies. I hope, here at Heathcote, as we move into a new year, we can all continue to work positively together to build a brighter future and safer community for us all; one where tolerance and diversity are at the heart of everything we do.
On page 29 is the list of staff changes. We say farewell to a small number of staff and thank them for their hard work and wish them well in their next steps, as well as welcoming some new staff and some promotions for existing staff. There will be some other significant staff changes to support school improvement between now and September and further details will follow.
It is difficult to know what to highlight as the events of the term but here is a flavour of what our pupils have achieved, much of which you can read about in this newsletter:
- Sports teams who not only win week in and week out but also show the highest standards of sportsmanlike behaviour. Last week, at the end of a hugely successful term, the Year 10/11 girls won the Waltham Forest Girls Football league. The PE department are also looking forward to introducing a new PE kit later in the year.
- An amazing end of year Art display highlighting work from pupils of all years.
- A brilliant Winter Showcase which highlighted the talent of our musical pupils both vocally and instrumentally. Hard to find a highlight but I am still thinking about Jasmin’s amazing composing talent, Matthew’s wonderful rendition of Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ (As Simon Cowell always says, Adele songs are very hard to sing!) and Leleese’s flute solo.
- Money donated to various charities including Children in Need and over £1000 raised for the London Air Ambulance.
- Challenging STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Maths) activities including a Superhero competition and visits to various events.
- The opening of the new Transition building by Clare Coghill, Leader of the Council and the brilliant steel pans in the background.
- A record number of interviews at Oxford and Cambridge.
Year 11 have dealt with their Mocks well on the whole and need to ensure they learn from what went well and how they can improve ready for the Summer exams. These results are not only crucial to the school but also to ensure that our pupils have the bright futures they deserve whether they are staying here or going elsewhere. We would really recommend pupils considering staying here as the Sixth Form has been recognised externally as ‘excellent’ provision and pupils gain outstanding results. Please talk to Mr McCarney if you need further information.
This has been an interesting, exciting and challenging first term as Headteacher. There are many great things at the school but there is also much work to be done to make this school the best it can be - where all children, whatever their background, reach their potential and everyone is safe and happy. I am however very proud to be leading this school and know that everyone in the school community will work very hard to achieve even greater things. More details are in the end of term letter sent via Parent Mail.
I wish you all a very happy holiday and hope you spend some magical time with family and friends making sure you relax ready for the New Year ahead. Thank you for all your support and long may this continue. I remind you of the school vision:
Encourage. Challenge. Succeed.
At Heathcote School, no one is left behind. We encourage, challenge and stretch each pupil through a broad and balanced curriculum, outstanding resources and high-quality learning experiences ensuring everyone develops resilience leading to success in the classroom and beyond. We include everybody in our vision and support staff and pupils in being self-aware, self-motivated and independent and create an all-round safe and comfortable experience allowing self-confidence to thrive. This thirst to succeed will ensure learners have bright futures and are ready to meet the demands of the 21st century.