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2017 December Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers

In life there are some decisions that you just have to accept, right from the start, in the opinion of some you will never get it right. Whether or not to close an academy in adverse weather is one of them. I have been here six years and closed for two days, both of which were unavoidable due to the condition of the site and the ability (lack of) students and staff to get to work safely. Students who walk (the vast majority) could probably make it but other factors made my decision late on Sunday evening final. I now have the dubious honour of having delayed two OFSTED inspections in my career – neither on purpose.

This is always the longest term and some say the hardest, as it is dark a lot towards the end and we pack a lot in. This year has been no exception and staff and students have excelled again in their effort and success in music, drama, sport, IT, Science-Technology-Engineering -Maths (STEM) as well as many other areas. We are gaining national recognition for our work in cyber security, engineering and STEM and yet again sports teams are reaching finals – year nine rugby just last week to name just one.

I visited the new reception building yesterday, which is going up very fast. You can also follow the progress of the rear new teaching block on Twitter, which is also right on schedule. In September we will have more students on site than ever before.

None of this happens without the hard work of students and staff and your support at home. Thank you to all. At the end of this term we sadly say goodbye to Mr Westlake, IT Services Technician, Mrs Walker, Medical Assistant and Mr Taiwo, Cover Supervisor who leave us. We will wish them well in a staff meeting after school on Wednesday. On that note, may I remind you of the end of term – Wednesday 20th December at 2.55 p.m. – and also that normal lessons go on until that point. Please ensure all students come properly equipped.

As I write this the cricket is looking up, as are Worcester – looking up the table at Gloucester who are doing rather well – credit where it is due. Have a great Christmas and enjoy the long break with your children

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