Headteacher’s News – 2018 01 12

Congratulations to three of our year 13 boys who have been given offers for places at Oxford or Cambridge University for next year.  Please read the news item for full details.  This is a fantastic achievement for the young men concerned and is a real testament to their intellect and their ability to study extremely hard.  However, as you know, they still have to get their grades in the summer exams and there is much work to be done to secure this great opportunity.  The school has worked hard as team to get these talented students this far – individual subject teachers have been teaching to a very high level, the year team have been supporting the students through their aspirations and the application process, and they have even been coached by Eton College in interview technique.  I wish them all the best for the summer, and we will all ensure that they have all the support they need to get the best grades they can.  It is also pleasing to note that very many boys in year 13 now have university offers from great universities that match their predicted grades and seem a real prospect.  We are proud of them all. This week we launched the new arrangements for the school canteen, which already are showing massive signs of improvement.  After receiving a lot of feedback about the decline in the fine dining experience at break and lunch we worked diligently with our catering company, the site team and the senior staff to improve matters.  The canteen has some new kitchen staff and new serving arrangements which have...

Headteacher’s News – 2018 01 05

It is always great to start a term with good news, and learning about the prestigious national award that Mr Wilkinson was given by British Rowing is perfect.  The local press have picked it up and he is on the front page!  We are all so proud of him and the honour he brings to the school.  He has worked so hard to build up rowing here over the years, and then more recently coaching the junior national rowers as part of the GB coaching team.  He uses highly advanced techniques to train, develop and motivate boys of all levels to achieve their very best.  He is very much at the top of his game and I suspect there is more to come.   And last season was an absolute blinder!  This award reminds everyone here that what we experience everyday from our staff and students as ordinary is, in fact, extraordinary to other people. This week in assembly I have been encouraging students to look forward and I think that all students have something to look forward to which is then clearly motivational.  Students in year 11 will receive reports and analysis of their mock exam and guidance for improving before the real deal in May and June.  They literally are on the final stretch of a very long educational journey.  Additionally they will be making some very significant transition choices about their next steps.  As our sixth form goes from strength to strength, being in the top 20% of schools for progress, and being able to maintain a wide choice due to the collaboration with WGS, I would strongly...

Headteacher’s News – 2017 12 15

The carol service is always a really warm and lovely way to end the term, and this year it was no different.  The quality of the music and the singing, under the expert guidance of Mr Manwaring, was outstanding and very moving in places.  The singing from the boys and girls from both upper schools was outstanding and angelic.   There is tremendous sense of community with so many old boys, parents and friends of the school coming to support and share the experience as they did before.  The whole event is a great summary of what makes the school so special and different from many other state schools.  Because of the passion of our teachers, the enthusiasm of the students and the support of our parents we can hold onto our traditions, achieve excellence and develop our unique character.  Thank you to all who supported the carol service this year, including Reverend Ainsley Swift and the Windsor Parish Church; thank you to all the musicians and singers from both schools; and thank you to Mr Manwaring for orchestrating such a memorable event. Well done all. It has been a very exciting week at TWBS leading up to the Christmas break.  Throughout the week, directors of year have been rewarding students who have made significant progress in their subjects, and the number is very large.  Year 9 in particular have made a very impressive start to their school careers  with us.  But this morning we held a whole school assembly recognising other students who have achieved so much this term.  Here are some highlights: Four students, Jude Compton-Steward, James Matthews,...

Headteacher’s News – 2017 12 08

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Windsor Boys’ School, as we had our first Carol Service rehearsal this morning and the Christmas trees were delivered at the front of the school ready for people to collect them at the end of the day. And there was a little flurry of snow!  As many of you know the carol service takes place next Friday and marks the start of the Christmas break for everyone.  This is a tremendous occasion and the school is very proud of the enthusiasm of the boys, and the whole atmosphere of the event.  It truly reminds us of the wonderful sense of community we have in the school and within Windsor itself.  The Carol service has become so popular that we run  the same service on the Thursday evening, which is aimed at families, friends and those that can’t make the one in the day.  I do hope you will all be able to come to one of the other. Today also is the last day of Mock Exams.  Teacher now start marking like fury and analysing the papers so that students receive high quality feedback, and know exactly what gaps there are in their learning, and what exam techniques they need to brush up on.  For many subjects this year they are moving to a new 1-9 grading system, which will provide a high degree of challenge for them, when deciding the grades for the mock appears.  But our teachers are experienced, well trained, well qualified and very cooperative, and so I am confident that the outcomes of the mock...

Headteacher’s News – 2017 12 01

The sheer diversity of what goes on at TWBS never fails to amaze and inspire. By Monday morning this week, the set from Beauty and the Beast had been dismantled and the cast and crew had enjoyed their after party on the Sunday evening; no doubt exhausted but exhilarated too, having created memories that will last a lifetime. Huge congratulations to all involved. At the time of writing, the hall is being transformed again, this time in preparation for the ‘Friends’ Uno Animo dinner and dance this weekend. The contribution that the Friends of TWBS make to the life of the school is extraordinary on so many levels and we are enormously grateful to them. Another space that has been transformed this week is the sports hall. The transformation perhaps lacks the colour and imagination of the set in the main hall but our site team and examinations manager, Mrs Lewis, have worked really hard to convert the sports hall into an exam space ready for the start of the year 11 mocks on the Wednesday just gone. The boys have been incredibly focused and the vast majority seem to have been revising and preparing thoroughly. I began an assembly with them last week with a simple sum: What is the difference between 179 and 180? Of course, the answer is 1. In a GCSE qualification where 300 marks are available though, 180 represents a pass grade and 179 does not. The margins can be fine; I was trying to illustrate the importance of giving it absolutely everything to give yourself the best opportunity to be successful. The first...
Headteacher’s News – 2017 11 24

Headteacher’s News – 2017 11 24

Last Friday we started an initiative called #HotChocFri, Hot Chocolate Friday with the Head, which celebrates the many consistently diligent students we have at TWBS. Too often all the public praise goes to the super talented and high performing students, or the students who have shown improvement from a poor position, and we can overlook those students who consistently get it right, who have never dipped, and who are model students.  These are the boys who can be relied on to hand their homework in on time, who show manners and respect all the time, and who try their very hardest in lessons. These are the boys who gain the respect of their teachers and who are good reliable friends. They are the steady unsung heroes who do everything asked of them with a smile and a will-do attitude.  Last Friday these young men were invited to share a hot chocolate with me as a thank you for the all their diligence. They deserve our praise and recognition because they are the engine room of the school. They are: Anoop Matharu Tom Phillips Sasha Lim Emmanuel Wanyiri Teddy Greenwood Liam Atkins Oscar Frobisher We plan to make this a regular occasion every two or three weeks, so that all the really brilliant, hard working and unassuming students can get the recognition (and a huge chocolate fix!) that they deserve for consistently doing a good job. Please enjoy this week’s news items.  It is amazing to think, as we are about to launch the year 11 mocks, that our hardworking staff and students are still doing and achieving so much in so many fields. The...
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