Welcome from the Headteacher

Emma for website 3

April 2019

I am delighted that you have shown an interest in our school and hope that the website helps you to find out information that you need. We will be re-branding and re-launching the website over the Summer Term having listened to your feedback and with the aim of ensuring the information is clear and enables you to support your child during their 5 or 7 years at our school.

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the Spring Term 2019 and weeks away from GCSE and A Level examinations; the culmination of so much hard work from pupils, staff and, of course, support from parents and carers. We wish all our pupils the best of luck and hope that they manage to reach their potential during the exam season. This is a very challenging time as pupils have more exams than ever before and this can be very stressful. We urge all pupils and parents to be mindful of the pressures and ensure that you ask if you need help and support. The first point of contact is the Head of Year - Year 11  - Ms Gite and Year 13  - Ms Lewis.

Meanwhile, Year 10s begin their first sets of mocks after the holidays and Year 9s have chosen their GCSE and BTEC options this term. They will receive their choices early in the new term. I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Year 7s on their extremely positive start to Heathcote and one of my challenges next term is to ensure I get to know them and their parents and carers better. We look forward to welcoming the new Year 7s (starting in September 2019) in July and meeting all parents and carers. We have some exciting news about a new scheme for this year group which will enable them to experience a number of activities out of school.

Outside of the classroom, our pupils continue to amaze me with their skills and talents from the brilliance of the Year 9 football team and Year 7 netball team to the Year 10s who excelled themselves at the Gardiner and Theobald Work Experience day. Outside of school, Layla, in Year 9, won 3 awards at Crufts and we have a number of young people making a name for themselves in the sporting world. We will keep you updated with their successes.

The school community has benefitted from the work of two organisations - Humanotopia and the Robert Levy Foundation - both of whom have worked with year groups to consider issues young people face, keeping themselves safe and building better communities. We will share more feedback from this in the future and I look forward to seeing the impact of this work in the Summer Term.

We have recently reviewed the School Improvement Plan and are making good progress towards our targets and will update you in more detail towards the end of the year. We are looking to make more links with our parents and carers moving forward and will be looking for representatives to support with this. We also plan to work more closely with TFL, local businesses and shops to ensure relationships in the community improve.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any comments or feedback - ehillman@heathcote.waltham.sch.uk.

EHNEmma Hillman