News from the Headteacher
Throughout this year the college community has risen to the many challenges that have been presented to us. The overall concern, focus and commitment has been to our students. Whilst at the same time providing a strong Christian focus and moral compass in our college community. One that is shown by the example we as a college community give to our students.
As we enter the final stages of our academic year it allows us time to look back and reflected on the many achievements, accomplishments, and attainment of the college community. We have much to celebrate, still much to do but above all else we have shown a deep commitment to kindness, compassion, and respect in these challenging times.
In the book “A Good Life” by Hugh Mackay, he explores the meaning of what a “good life” should look like. He writes.
“You don’t have to be rich to leave a positive legacy; you don’t have to be intelligent, famous, powerful or even particularly well organised, let alone happy. You need only to treat people with kindness, compassion and respect, knowing they will have been enriched by their encounters with you.”
This book examines our values as a society. When we look back at the current Covid pandemic we have come to understand, appreciate, and nurture what really matters in life. We have been inspired by the many examples we have seen both within and in the wider community of treating people, with kindness, compassion and respect has been a life changing experience.
The current situation has enabled us to think long and hard about what we as a society have chosen to uphold and how as individuals, we can change this for our own benefit and for the society we live in. For some, a chance to reset the “Moral Compass”.
I am so proud to lead a community that has shown by example “what a good life” should look like. I record with deep appreciation my thanks to the outstanding way that members of the college community have treated all with kindness, compassion, and respect. This has included providing food and other items for the local food banks, toys for children at Christmas and providing PPE for local hospitals.
You may also like to say the College Prayer for someone special who has shown kindness, compassion, and respect to you.
Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
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Safeguarding is highly effective in the sixth form. Students say that they feel safe and are well prepared for adulthood.
Students value the specialist support provided by the school's pupil support service. The staff in this team pride themselves on seeing every pupil enter the school each day and are vigilant in ensuring that pupils are happy, safe and well cared for.
Pupils spoke positively about their school. They say that they are valued as individuals, are well supported by staff and would recommend the school to others.
Pupils say that bullying is rare at the school. If there is bullying, pupils know how to report it and are confident that it is dealt with by school staff quickly and effectively.
The school's use of the additional funding for disadvantaged pupils is more effective than was the case previously, because of strengthened leadership in this area.
School leaders work effectively with parents, carers and external agencies and act swiftly when required. Referrals are followed up in a robust manner and record-keeping is good.
School leaders have adopted an internet filtering system, which helps keep pupils secure. Pupils know who to report concerns to and how to do this.
Pupils say that they feel safe and are well looked after. Pupils have a clear understanding of the risks which might affect them and how to keep safe, including in e-safety.