Headteacher’s News – 2017 09 29

Next week we host our Open Evening on Wednesday 4th October at 19.00 for potential new Year 9 students.  It is worth spreading the word that our Pupil Admissions Number has officially been increased by the DfE, after our buildings work has expanded our capacity:  we will be able to take an additional 30 students in year 9 next year and beyond.  This may be relevant to those families who have an interest in joining our school, but may previously have felt that they are too far away.  This coming year may provide them with this opportunity.  We will also be running open mornings after the full Open Evening, where parents and boys can visit, and see the school in action and ask more questions.  Please remember that the school will close early on that day and we will let the students go at 13.25.

On Wednesday this week we had the most amazing turnout of Year 11 parents at the ‘Now You’re In Year 11’ evening.  The hall was packed and almost every boy had someone there for them. Mr Paul, Director of Year 11 and Mr Corry, assistant headteacher, presented masses of useful information about the exam landscape and the multitude of ways parents can help their child make optimum progress.  It was probably the best attended curriculum information evening to date, and it really bodes well for future success of the boys in the year group to have so much support.  Please check the calendar for the ones that relate to the other year groups, as they are coming soon.

The historic TWBS House Competitions kicked off this week with a highly competitive Cross Country event for seniors and juniors.  Although the front runners were superb and deeply impressive with their times, the real beauty of the event is that no matter how athletic or not, each student is gaining points for their house simply by coming ahead of people from other houses.  As a result we witnessed the most amazingly earnest finishes, breathless, neck and neck, but ending with a big smile and a handshake.  Although winning the Cock House Trophy is a very big deal to the students, so is representing your house and doing your best.  This was deeply evident at the cross country race.  Well done to all who took part, and to all the teachers, especially Mr Gregory, our new Director of Sport, for organising it so well.

Please note some key dates for some Friends and PTA fundraising events, starting with the quiz night on 13th October and culminating this term with the world-famous Uno Animo Winter Wonderland Dinner Dance.  Details of both events are listed in this newsletter.  Please do get involved and have a little fun at the same time.

Gavin Henderson
Headteacher