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 06 08

We are all very proud of the performance of the Boat Club at the recent National Schools’ Regatta.  It really shows the tremendous depth and breadth of the club at the moment and the winning formula of talented coaches, dedicated young rowers and hugely supportive parents.  The club came away with so much success in so many ways.  There were three boys in the championship sculls final.  There are three medals at championship level for the club, gold, silver and bronze in different events.  The WBSBC entered two J16 eights and two J14 octuples, which shows the width of the club.  Isaac Workman has made TWBS history as the first individual to win NSR championship sculls.  And to cap it all the marquee and bankside set up won a prize too.  At every level the club as a whole and every single person in it deserves a big congratulations, but particularly the indefatigable Director of Rowing, Mark Wilkinson, whose passion and vision and standards keep everything going from success to success.  Well done all. There are also other individuals who deserve a mention too, for the quiet way they achieve great things in their chosen sport.  In cricket Charlie Dunnett in year 9 scored a century in a recent fixture, but then displayed such reserve and modesty about his achievement, he modelled the uno animo spirit beautifully.  In kayaking, Will Scammell in year 12 continues to quietly but powerfully add to his medal haul with two international silver medals for Great Britain.  And there are many more who in true TWBS style achieve great things but aren’t ostentatious. (Please come...

Headteacher’s News – 2018 05 25

Today our year 13 students had their last formal day at TWBS.  I say formal, but in fact it was far from it.  It started with some tomfoolery and mess-making, which is being cleared up by some prefects as I write.  But then it led to a lovely tea and cake event involving parents and staff and students sharing thoughts about the last five years and congratulating the students on their dedication to get to this point.  There was a good turnout from supportive parents and an uplifting speech from the Head of Sixth, Ms Lyon.  We all know that some students will be celebrating in a traditional way tonight, but I would encourage them to remember there are still three weeks of exams to go and half term is a really useful time of critical revision.  But, good luck to all and thank you, year 13, for being such a brilliant year group. There is still a lot going on at school despite the exam season.  Congratulations to all those involved in the successful alumni vs senior students football match, which was really well attended and good fun.  Congratulations to all those students involved in the recent Duke of Edinburgh trips, which proved to be quite challenging in many ways.  Good luck to all our year 10 rugby boys who are in Canada now, flying the flag for TWBS and for rugby itself.  And good luck to all the rowers taking part in the National Schools Regatta today and this weekend, being held at Dorney Lake.  Please go along to support – the boat club will make you...

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,...

Headteacher’s News – 2018 05 11

Dear year 11 and year 13 students, Now is the time! In a matter of days you will be sitting the first of many of your major external exams at GCSE or A level.  I wish you all the very best of luck and I know all the teachers and all your parents will join me in hoping that you try your very best, keep your composure and achieve the grades you deserve.  For year 11 students this is the culmination of nearly twelve years of schooling and of course even more for year 13 students.  In all that time you have learned a lot, not just about subjects or examinations, but also about yourself and your capabilities. But strangely, these exams are not the end.  They will remain with you, or their results will.  They will become the keys you’ll need to open doors to the next part of your life – sixth form, apprenticeships, college, universities and all kinds of jobs and careers.  So it is really worth giving these exams all the focus and respect they deserve. Be prepared! Use the time available beforehand to be ready academically, physically and emotionally.  This, as you know, takes organisation, but it is the best way to reduce panic or pre-exam nerves, as well as allowing you to confidently manage the exam.  It is vitally important that you schedule your workload around your timetable of exams and make it reasonable.  Just remember that a good grade will not hinge on cramming at the last minute; all the work done in the years and months before is what matters.  Being...

Headteacher’s News – 2018 05 04

Peter Blake, former headmaster of Windsor Boys’ School, was given a final round of applause by TWBS students today.  As his funeral procession passed the front of the school, boys of all ages lined both sides of the street as a mark of respect.  They spontaneously, in good sporting fashion, broke out into genuine applause to recognise the passing of the most influential headteacher the school has seen.  The church was full of family, friends, colleagues and former students who shared a most moving but uplifting funeral service.  Everyone remembered a tremendous family man, a great headteacher and a man of unshakeable faith.  The wake was held at the Windsor Rugby Club, where he was first team captain and latterly president.  There was much reminiscence and good humour as all kinds of memories were shared.  Altogether a fitting tribute to a true Windsorian. The MCC match is in full swing (as I write) on a beautifully sunny day.  It is great to see so many friends, supporters and parents at the annual event, as well as the gentlemen from the MCC.  It is also good to see many people from the funeral continuing their remembrance at the Peter Blake Pavilion on Stovell Field.  Thank you to everyone who made this event happen, particularly Jo Lane, our indefatigable careers teacher and development officer. Yesterday a small group of students from year 12 English took part in an Orwell day at Eton College, celebrating the 101st anniversary of his time there.  The students took part in a multi-school debate about four major social injustices of the day, and in true-Orwellian fashion, suggested ways...
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