Dear Parents,

The Christmas term is at an end – that was 15 school weeks / 75 school days / 375 teaching periods, or well over 25 000 lessons! Not to mention the tutorial times, assemblies, after school clubs galore, trips and visits, concerts, sporting fixtures, visiting speakers, enrichment opportunities, residential trips…. the list just goes on and on. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of our staff team – teaching and non-teaching – for their part in providing this incredible range of opportunities for our young people, and for the wonderful learning experiences they deliver each and every every day.

I would also like to pass on my thanks and best wishes to the three members of staff who are leaving us at the end of this term: Gareth Kemp (Science), Heidi Marke (Maths) and Susma Gurung (long-serving member of our cleaning team). We wish them all the best for the future.

Our students have worked fantastically well again this term, and continue to be great ambassadors for the school and the town. They provide endless enthusiasm, energy, humour and commitment – quite an inspiration to the rest of us! On the subject of positivity, our new rewards policy has gone down extremely well with our students this year. Since September, we have awarded a staggering 134 000 rewards points (that’s an average of 86 per student, should you wish to provide a comparison for your son or daughter!), with the school’s top performer accumulating a staggering 239 rewards points. Students in Wimbledon House sneaked the Term 2 house rewards prize (by just 13 points, from Twickenham!), earning a cookie each in this last week of term. Meanwhile the top 50-earning students in each year group received a prize this week too: a film for KS3 students, and a ‘sweet treat’ for those at KS4. We will continue to find positive actions to reward; I absolutely believe that success breeds success, and finding ways to reward this – and say thank you – can only be a good thing in the longer term.

As a school we continue to strive for excellence in all that we do. Next term we are looking again at our practices in marking, feedback, and student response to feedback, and continuing our drive on challenge both in and out of the classroom. We remain strongly committed to further developing the quality of teaching and learning which we offer, day to day, to ensure that your son or daughter has the very best experience of school – truly enabling them to Believe, Aspire and Achieve.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Mr Locke