Heads weekly update 3rd November 2017

Heads weekly update 3rd November 2017

Head of School

I hope the start back to term has been a positive one after the half-term break. The second half-term of the school year (and the run up to Christmas) is always the most demanding  with mock examinations, open evenings, parents’ evenings and Carol Services all rolled into a 7 week block. It’s fairly often that you’ll catch me writing/talking about how privileged I feel to be the Headteacher of Arnold Lodge and this is no more apparent to me than when I undertake learning walks across the school. This week, I’ve had the delight of being with Reception when they wrote in a book for the very first time (Halloween themed words, no less!) and then I was fortunate enough to walk into a Music BTEC lesson where Hannah, one of our Y12 pupils, was playing one of her composed tracks which has been shared on our Facebook and Twitter (see the track here).
 
Next week, our motto comes from Amicus House: “Respect everyone and their contribution”. This is a fairly straightforward motto for the children to understand but no less important to talk through. For me, respect and kindness should form the core of all of our interactions with each other, with the children and between the children, too.
 
On Wednesday, we held our Year 7 assessment day with prospective pupils and current Year 6 pupils taking part in some lessons, a cognitive ability test and team building activities. We’ve had more advanced applications for our Year 7 entry for next September than ever before which is, I think, a reflection of the growth of the school more widely. Ms Slater and I will be reviewing the applications, scores from CATs and pupil references early next week before we write out to applicants to let them know the outcome. In a similar vein, I’ll write to parents in Year 2 to outline the process for entry into Year 3 in due course. For more information regarding transition between Year 2 and 3 or Year 6 and 7, please contact Ms Slater (sslater@arnoldlodge.com).
 
In a few weeks, we have our Sixth Form Open Evening (Wednesday 22nd November  from 7:00pm to 9:00pm) for parents in Years 10 & 11. If you can, do come along to find out more about our Sixth Form provision. We also have our mock examinations for pupils in Years 11 and 13 during the week commencing Monday 27th November.
 
In previous weekly emails, I’ve shared some of the reading that our teachers are working through during their staff meetings. The next piece is, I think, also very useful for parents with children in examinations years to support with techniques for studying. Please find the article attached. If you’d like any further advice on study skills for pupils or if you have any questions about our mock examinations, please get in touch with Mrs Smith (jsmith@arnoldlodge.com).
 
Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Best wishes,

David Preston