Welcome from the Headteacher

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Finally, we have reached the end of a term that started with an Ofsted Inspection and has ended with Year 11 and Year 13 exams and an awful lot of things have happened along the way. What strikes me in this challenging and difficult world at the moment, is the importance of your child’s school days and how they can develop resilience for whatever the future holds. This is not only about us working together ensuring that pupils are resilient to the pressure of exams and that they leave with the best outcomes to give them best future, but also resilient to some of the political and  social changes ahead. We are very interested in how we can support pupils with  mental health issues in school and are working with pupils via the JLT to consider some of the needs in school.

The JLT now work in committees and come and feedback to the Senior Leadership Team so we can consider their ideas. So far, we have had presentations from the Curriculum, Behaviour and Environment Committees and they have come up with some great ideas which we will consider in the New Year. We will hear from the School Profile, Safety and Learning and Teaching Committee in January.

This has been a busy term with a real focus on learning and teaching and making lessons challenging but fun. Outside of the classroom, there have been a number of great successes such as the Year 10 Girl’s Football Team winning the Waltham Forest League and Michael and Moriah in Year 12 winning prizes in a national competition writing an essay about diversity in the work place. You can read more about this inside.

Although there is a wealth of activities taking place in school, and I must take this opportunity to thank all the teachers that give up their time after work to support pupils, there is also a great deal achieved by our pupils out of school. Recently, for example Amy and Stephanie in Year 9 were part of a swimming team of four girls that won Waltham Forest Junior Team of the Year in November. Both girls swim for the Borough of Waltham Forest Gators and represented their club at the Open Water Nationals in Sheffield in July. They train very hard for their races, training before after school at least 6 sessions a week. Amy and Stephanie swam 2km and Jodie 5km. This was Amy and Stephanie’s first year swimming in lakes which was interesting at times when they came into contact with pond life! Thank you to you for your support with growing such well-rounded, successful pupils. 

I would like to thank Mr Monk and Ms Kadir, who are leaving us, for their contribution to the school and welcome Ms Ismail to the school as a new English teacher to replace Ms Kadir. Ms McHugh returns from maternity leave and she and Mr Abbott will be teaching some Geography in the new year.

In February, Year 9 will be making their final option choices based on the four blocks that we have now built as a response to pupil feedback. Thank you for competing the staff survey and we will feedback to you in January once we have analysed your answers. 

The hard work continues in the New Year as we continue to strive to meet the School Improvement Plan targets and make this school the best it can be. Thank you for your continued support and I wish you a very happy holiday.


Emma Hillman