It is tempting to say that things got back to normal in school this week following the visits to the school during the previous week from Ofsted and the Beast from the East! Of course though, there isn’t really any such thing as a ‘normal’ week at Windsor Boys’. As you will read elsewhere there has been the usual array of activity beyond the timetabled lessons.
The weather last week did see the postponement of the final mock exams for year 11 and these were duly completed by Tuesday lunchtime and teachers are now ploughing through the marking of the papers in order to provide the boys with the feedback that they need to do even better in the summer exams. This is very much a time now for looking forward to the challenges to come over the coming months for pupils in all year groups.
The Careers Fair on Wednesday this week perfectly encapsulated the idea of looking forward and planning for the future. A range of different sectors and type of companies spent the day in the hall, talking to pupils across all year groups about the opportunities that might be available to them in the future. There was also interview skills training for pupils in different year groups to help prepare them for their working lives.
It was particularly lovely to welcome back old boys of the school who are forging successful careers in different areas. They ranged from a young man who left just last summer and who is doing brilliantly as an apprentice for Jaguar/Land Rover, to someone who left nearly 15 years ago and has recently started up his own sales business. We are enormously grateful to all those who came into exhibit at the careers fair and I must publically thank Jo Lane for co-ordinating the event, ably supported by and Clare Warren and Jacob Slade, another old boy of the school. As part of National Apprenticeship week, ten year 11 pupils went across to O2 just today, for an inspirational morning of activities.
I hope you enjoy reading about all of the other goings-on in our ‘normal’ week in the rest of the newsletter and wish you a restful weekend.