We were pleased to celebrate with Dave Huckle his latest accolade, Buckinghamshire’s PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) of the Year .
Dave Huckle has been working with the school for the last four and a half years. He is, as many of you have reported, an outstanding PCSO. Andy Burton and I were pleased to congratulate him on his achievement.
Sue Carbert Headteacher
Last week we held our third Parent Forum meeting of the year at the Olney Campus.
We split parents into three groups and discussed: the reports, general information parents would like either on the website or in hard copy and the ‘Parent Gateway’. Remember the Gateway gives you access to attendance, achievements, pink slip and report information on a daily basis.
I was joined by two members from the senior team, Andy Burton and Marian Murray, and supported by Bob Dunkley and Alison Gardner from the Governing Body.
Details of the feedback received and our actions so far are provided in the link below:
‘Thank you for this evening's session. I found it very useful as a parent, good to talk through the grading system and thought we discussed some good ideas to improve parent/school communications.’
‘ Huge thanks for last night’s focus group, it's the first one I have attended and I was so pleased that I did. You and your senior team made us all very welcome and made the atmosphere a relaxed yet productive one. I feel we all felt able to speak quite openly and it was super to see governors present to demonstrate your team work. Thank you so much once again.’
‘Firstly thank you and your team for making time for last night I found this very useful not only to hear from the school but from other parents.
‘I was glad I attended your parent focus meeting. I found the meeting to be very informative, especially the explanation of the target results. The reports are going to be a lot clearer to understand. With our child being our first to attend secondary school it has been a completely different experience for us. Attending the meeting felt that we can still be "in touch " with him at school. It is very reassuring as parents that the teachers are keen to listen to views and have parents input into the school and hopefully implement where possible any changes. Yourself and staff were very approachable and made the meeting relaxed allowing parents to voice their views. I will certainly be attending more parent focus meetings in the future.’
Sue Carbert and the Senior Team
Mark Lancaster MP visited the site of the new Eco-centre construction and met with Sue Carbert, Headteacher; Keith McLean, Vice-chair of Governors and Andy Burton, Senior Deputy Headteacher.
Mark was shown around the new building which is on course for completion at the end of July ready for the start of the new academic year in September. The solar panels have now been installed and will generate emission-free electricity for the school with any surplus energy being sold back to the national grid.
We are looking forward to taking ownership of the new facility and the opportunities it will offer to our students and community partners.
Andy BurtonDeputy Headteacher
Our first Shine Day of the year, which was back in February, seems like a very long time ago now! I’m currently working with lots of different members of staff to plan the remaining three Shine Days, to ensure that all students have an exciting, meaningful experience.At the end of June, all Key Stage 3 students will spend two days working on different projects under the theme of sustainability. The diverse range of activities includes exploring alternative forms of power and transport and (my favourite) recycling old clothes and bits of rubbish to produce and model some new outfits; I’m looking forward to the fashion show that’s part of this project! Year 10 students will be having an enterprising two days as they devise and present their own ‘Tsunami Relief’ campaign. They’ll be looking at how different organisations raise funds, devise their own campaign and then perform or film the results.
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