From Mr Abbott: As I write this, we are approaching the Year 9 Parents’ Evening and this is a good opportunity for all students and parents to receive key information about their sons/daughters successes across all areas and have appropriate advice and guidance about their next stages. The career talks from visiting speakers have gone extremely well and we hope to build on this contact with professionals from a range of careers over the years. The Year 9 Parents’ Evening, the recent curriculum choice evening and the options assemblies will support the process of Year 9 options for Key Stage 4. We will be hosting a Business Breakfast meeting early next month and this event will bring together many of the professionals from outside of secondary education who have worked with our pupils. As a Trust school, we have a good partnership with the University of Warwick and with Thomas Vale Construction.
As the University is such a large organisation, we have invited several staff as
guests. We would like to increase the opportunities for our students to learn
from adults, in addition to their teachers. The event will be a networking
opportunity for teachers and other professionals to develop closer contacts and
relationships to enrich our pupils’ experiences. The breakfast will be prepared
by our students and some of them will be making presentations along with
teachers and guest speakers.
Earlier this week, we held a Sixth Form Open Morning at Castle. It was good to
see so many prospective students and parents and our sixth formers were true
ambassadors for the school. Some of the students remarked on how
welcoming and orderly the environment is. Due to the increased popularity of
Castle Sixth Form, we will be increasing the number of students in Year 12 in
September. The increased number of students will help to ease any financial
pressures which all schools will face in the future. Whilst we will have an
increase in the overall number in the Sixth Form next year, we will have to look
carefully at group sizes to ensure that all classes are cost efficient.
On Tuesday, a group of boys in Year 8 and 9 began a two year dance project,
working with the artistic director of ‘Being Frank Physical Theatre’. I hope that
the boys will enjoy participating in the project and that they will show the same
talents and abilities that we have seen displayed by our girls over a wide range
of dance performances in recent years.
Following our recent questionnaires to students, I want to take this opportunity
to remind students that they are welcome to post their thoughts into the
suggestions box placed in upper and lower school. If letters are signed,
individual students will receive a personal response to their query. It is always
useful for us to have direct and immediate feedback on the views of all of our
students, staff and parents.
Thank you for your continued support.