Headteacher’s News – 2018 06 15

The school is very pleased to be hosting a public meeting of the RBWM Cabinet on Tuesday, 26th June at 6.30 pm in the main school hall.  Our sixth formers who study politics, economics and law will be invited to ask questions to cabinet members and have a first-hand opportunity to see democracy in action close up.  Parents and members of the public are also able to attend if they want to as well.  It is great honour to be asked to host this meeting and it creates a good opportunity to create improved partnerships with the RBWM council. Year 11 and 13 exams are heading to their final week next week, and the students have been a joy in terms of their preparedness and their keenness to do well in the exams.  Some students have actually finished all of their exams today, and they said thank you and farewell to their teachers in the loveliest way.  Next week we run the sixth form induction day on Wednesday 20th where year 11 students who are coming back into our sixth form are given a taste of the sixth form.  They will also be told of the expectations and attitudes needed to ensure that they benefit most from what we now can officially call our outstanding sixth form! Please be aware that we welcome students from other schools into our sixth form.  If you know anyone who is considering the opportunity of joining our sixth form, they should mail the school directly at mail@twbs.co.uk to make an appointment to visit the school and talk to a member of staff.  Our sixth form...

Headteacher’s News – 2018 05 18

Thank you to all the parents,  boys and staff who are supporting the school fund raising over the weekend.  The car-parking on our site and Stovell field could raise the biggest single amount ever raised in one event by our PTA and Friends.  I know that many volunteers are getting up really early tomorrow morning to ensure the parking is done well and safely, and I am really appreciative of this great contribution of time and effort.  My thanks to the key members of the PTA who are coordinating this – Amanda Gibbon and Clare & Nick Warren.  Please look out for the Big Band who will be stationed on the long walk to entertain the crowds and the royal couple.  Already the musicians have appeared on Sky News, BBC breakfast and Radio Berkshire.  I sincerely hope the day goes well and everyone who turns up to watch enjoys the show.  Certainly all the build-up suggests it’s going to be a really wonderful event for Windsor. Our capacity to raise additional funds and secure support from parents is all the more important in the face of the huge imbalance between per-pupil DfE funding and the rising costs of running a school.  All schools are in the same position nationally and it is rapidly coming to a crisis.  Parliament has announced an all-party inquiry into school funding to shed some light onto who’s responsible for this mess and what can be done.  Our school is not as badly off as many, but we do have a need for everyone to think creatively about generating income, securing grants and chasing sponsorship,...
TWBS Canada Rugby Tour 2018

TWBS Canada Rugby Tour 2018

The annual, under 15 rugby tour departs next week for Ontario, Canada after months of anticipation, planning and preparation. 34 young men and 4 staff from TWBS will be heading to Toronto on Thursday 24th May for a 9 day tour which will see them take in all of the sites of Ontario including the CN Tower, Niagara Falls and many, many more. The boys have been working hard selling raffle tickets, gaining sponsorship for the run to Twickenham and will be selling teas, coffees and cakes for the royal wedding goers in the morning in the hope of raising every little penny possible. In a similar vein the tour has managed to attract three fantastic and very generous sponsors for the trip who will have their company logos printed on the Tour kit for all to see on both sides of the Atlantic. Huge thanks must go to Grundon (waste management), Hunters (Architects) and Title sponsor SPE Bartell Global (Construction) for their incredible generosity and support. Have an amazing time gents and UNO...

Headteacher’s News – 2018 03 29

We are now officially an Ofsted ‘Good’ school with an ‘Outstanding’ sixth form.  I have emailed all registered parents a copy of the report, and it goes on the Ofsted website on 18th April. All of the staff and governors at TWBS are delighted with the outcomes and feel it accurately reflects the current level of the school in its improvement journey.  There is so much positivity in the report, highlighting high-quality teachers, well-behaved and motivated learners, and a happy and safe learning environment.  It has been a long wait since the last Ofsted visit, and there are technical reasons for this, but it has been worth it. Below is the summary of the judgements: Overall effectiveness Good Effectiveness of leadership and management Good Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good Outcomes for pupils Good 16 to 19 study programmes Outstanding What has struck me the most during the inspection is just how much of a sense of community we have here at TWBS.  Our parents were overwhelmingly supportive, and it is great to see so many of their comments in the final report.  Our students rallied to the call and did their very best.  Our teachers kept their cool and performed perfectly.  Our associate staff in so many ways showed their real quality.  Our SLT were prepared and confident.  And our governors were spectacular.  And all the messages of support from all quarters have been overwhelming.  It has been humbling for me as a headteacher to see so many magnificent people swing into action and step up to the mark when it...

Headteacher’s News – 2018 03 23

Last week it was a pleasure to host Councillor Natasha Airey, the RBWM Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, on a visit to view the school buildings improvements.  RBWM have spent nearly £2m on the school to increase its pupil admission number for 2018 to 260, in readiness for the demographic bulge in Windsor predicted to hit us in 2020.  It is always a pleasure to have politicians visit the school and see the fruit of their decision making, and in this case it was apparent to the councillor just how well-spent  that money had been.  The new maths classrooms and block are a delight and have a terrifically modern feel to them; the new library is well-used, and the canteen extension has transformed the dining experience.  The admin areas and the staffroom have provided a welcome boost to the working conditions of staff.  And the sixth form study area is a delight and a place where students find it easy to work and focus on exam preparation.  Overall, all the objectives and improvements we wanted to achieve have been realised, and have had an impact, as well as creating five additional classrooms. The school business manager and I have been working hard with senior managers at ABM Caterers to improve the canteen provision at break and lunchtime.  We presented over six pages of feedback, good and bad, as well as ideas for development to them, which they found very helpful.  They have welcomed the suggestion of a termly face to face feedback session with students and staff.  They have appointed a new manager for the area, who is going...
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