The examination season for year 11 ends next Monday, but for most, the relief of having survived the exams is already upon them! Most boys have sat upwards of 20 exams; some nearer 30 - such is the nature of this period now - and that is quite a feat for all concerned! The behaviour and attitude of all the boys during this stressful period has been absolutely outstanding, and their conduct in the examination rooms, brilliant. Congratulations to all the boys concerned here, and I sincerely hope that all this hard work and effort is rewarded in August.
Of course, examinations do not just happen as if by magic - the most enormous amount of work and effort goes into them in the months preceding them, both in the classroom and outside it. Mrs Lewis, Our examinations officer has been an absolute superstar. Flying solo in this job is a responsible business, and ‘dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s’ a must. Despite moving the examinations office just before the madness of the examination season, Mrs Lewis’ work has been exemplary. Thanks, Miss, from all of us for your work! We are also immensely grateful to our team of invigilators for their work in helping things to run smoothly.
Without the brilliance and dedication of our staff, boys would not make the excellent progress they do, and this year has been no exception. From Mr Paul, Mr Le Paih and Mr Corry’s efforts with their early morning ‘squads’ doing revision, the unwavering pastoral support from tutors and mentors in inclusions, too - to teachers providing additional revision both after school and at the weekend, in addition to teaching their lessons - all of this has been amazing to watch. Truly, the boys are very lucky in this school that the above occurs naturally and without prompting; not true of many schools. I am immensely grateful for this. I must also mention the support for our so called ‘banana breakfasts,’ through providing us with hundreds and hundreds of bananas, to Waitrose in Windsor and Tesco in Dedworth, your generosity is much appreciated.
And so, as the examination machine winds down for another year, I thank you all - not least parents for whom I know this period can be equally, if not more, stressful. We never take your unwavering support for granted!