Entering into a new calendar year always offers new challenges, and new opportunities. 2017 will be no exception to that. We have been given a very clear message around improvement and are already making great strides forward in making the school ever more focused on learning and progress.
Within this, our ethos and values remain the same: High expectations, respect for each individual and a resolute desire to support student progress, as both academics and people.
Our excellence awards, now supported by the University of Surrey, have become quickly embedded in our culture. Each module students are praised and rewarded for reaching new heights right across the curriculum. It is with great joy that I am able to write to parents about the exceptional work their children achieve, in both academic and practical subjects.
As ever, I am ably supported by an excellent teaching and leadership team. We have been buoyed recently by the number of parents writing to us with their support and are delighted that the work we do with young people is so valued in the community. Our journey forward relies on strong community relationships and the continued commitment of our parents.
It has been a very busy first term. We were treated to a festival of music and drama with the High School Musical production, saw over 40 students working with younger students at local primary schools each week, welcomed Cameron Holenstein from Harlequins rugby club, were visited by students from Queen Eleanor’s as they enjoyed Science experiments in our Laboratories, Danced at Weyfield, sang carols at the Community Centre, played competitive fixtures at Football, rugby, basketball and netball and listened as our Vocal group had their Christmas song played on Eagle Radio.
Finally, I am delighted to welcome Hannah Trott from the University of Surrey. Hannah will be based at Kings four days a week and will be working on raising aspirations and widening participation as students look towards further education opportunities. She is already well known to students following the Year 8 and 9 experiences at the University and I know she will be a fantastic addition to the staff at Kings.
We wish everyone a very happy new year.