It has been my first year as Headteacher, a year that has been incredibly challenging and rewarding. We are in the process of converting to become an Academy ready for the start of the new academic year, this will give us greater control over the school, its curriculum and its finances.
At our recent staff party you will be pleased to know we raised £500. I have sent cheques to Willen Hospice and Breakthrough Cancer which supports women with breast cancer. The £100 given to Rotary will be used to support international events - they are putting it towards the purchase of a shelter box.
This year has been characterised by outstanding student success, contribution, enjoyment and learning; celebrating that success is an important part of my headship. The two recent Awards Evenings at the Olney and Newport Pagnell campuses were a huge success. It was lovely that so many students were rewarded for commitment and contribution as well as outstanding ability and academic progress.
The latest edition of Ousenews is available to download and includes articles on:
- The India Exchange programme- Sports Day- Shine Day- Year 8 trip to France- Year 12 'Next Steps' Day- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Click on the link below for the latest news in the school magazine.
You may be aware that police are currently investigating a number of suspicious incidents involving children being approached by men in transit style vans. Four incidents have been reported to the police in the last nine days and in each case a child has been approached by a man in a van and asked to get in. These have all taken place in the Middleton or Walnut Tree area of Milton Keynes. At no time during these incidents was any attempt made to grab the child or physically force them into the vehicle. In each case the child has refused and the offender has driven off.
We have released an E-fit image of a man from a description given by the child in the first incident. The child in the second incident has given an almost identical description of the offender. However the children involved in the last two incidents have given totally different descriptions for the offender.
We are taking these incidents extremely seriously and we would advise parents to make sure they know where there children are at all times and who they are with. We would also ask parents to reinforce the general message about not talking to or taking lifts from strangers. We have increased our high visibility police patrols in the areas where the incidents happened and we are working closely with the schools and our partners to keep parents informed and reassure the community.
Anyone with concerns can contact their local neighbourhood police team via the non emergency number 0845 8 505 505. Our intention is not to scare parents and children but to remind them to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.
For more information and regular updates please look on the Thames Valley Police website.
Chief Inspector Ed McLeanDeputy Local Police Area Commander for Milton Keynes
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
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