Principal's Update 1st April 2021
More than any other, this has been a term of two halves. A section of remote learning and a section of face to face learning, interspersed with major announcements on testing and exams that have had huge implications for school and, most significantly, our students. That said, we draw the term to a close on a really positive note. Our staff and students have been genuinely pleased to reconnect and the atmosphere around the site has been lovely since the students have returned. I have a few updates for you and link to our newsletters to share below:
Derby city holiday activities
The local council are organising a range of activities for families and young people to take part in over the Easter break. Details can be found online here.
Our local constabulary have asked us to share information on E-scooters as there have been some concerns across the city over recent weeks. The following is from their guidance: Under UK law, it’s permitted to ride an electric scooter on private land as long as you have the landowner’s permission. But it’s an offence to ride them in public – including on paths, pavements and roads. If you're caught riding an e-scooter without insurance you could receive an on-the-spot fine of £300 and six penalty points. Riding without a licence could see you fined up to £1,000 and given points.
Parents evening have now taken place online for Years 11 and 13. Both have been a success and the feedback we have received so far has been positive. We are now scheduling in the remaining parents evenings for the year. The following dates are preliminary and are subject to change but we wanted to give you an indication of how things are likely to look over the next term:
- Year 7 – 16th June
- Year 8 – 5th May
- Year 9 - 19th May
- Year 10 - 30th June
- Year 12 – 5th and 19th May
We will hold an additional evening on the 7th July for families who were unable to see a member of staff on the designated evening due to oversubscription. More details and confirmation of the dates will follow closer to the time.
Gradings and mocks
Parents of Year 11 and 13 students will be aware that the mock examinations are taking place after Easter. Whilst the mocks will form only part of a range of evidence it is important our students prepare fully for them as they have an opportunity to really shine and show us what they are capable of. Ofqual released further updates this week that we will be combining into a centre policy to share with families next term. This will indicate how the process is working and what we will be doing to award gradings to students.
Derby Moor Award
Parents of Years 7&8 will be aware of our Derby Moor award. Students are required demonstrate various skills and experiences by providing evidence of activities undertaken both in and out of school. It would be helpful if families could encourage them to collect their evidence and verify their participation so we can add it to their Derby Moor Award spreadsheet. This is an invaluable opportunity for our younger students to begin showcasing the amazing range of employability skills that our students have and to credit them for those things that might not ordinarily be noticed in school. Please see the Newsletter or your child’s Derby Moor Award Passport for more details.
You can find our newsletters on the links below:
I have noticed daffodils sprouting up on school site and around the locality this week indicating that spring has begun. This year spring seems even more symbolic than ever. It has always represented the end of winter, the start of warmer weather and longer days but this year, after a winter of lockdown it almost feels like we are on the verge of a new beginning, something different and almost progressive. We’ve started back to school, we’ve reconnected our community, your extended families are probably returning to work and able to meet up with others. Stores, venues and services are about to reopen and so on. So, whilst nature is recovering from the harshness of winter with flowers blooming, leaves returning to trees and the green returning to our fields. It also seems that our society is recovering and that things are returning to normal again. I have spoken throughout the last year about coming back stronger from this pandemic. We are committed to doing that as a school community. We aren’t talking about catching up here, we won’t use that term. We are talking about everyone connected to our school being the best they can be, every day. Evaluating where they are, how much they missed the routine of school and the social growth that comes from interacting with others. Using that knowledge to decide what they want from life and then grabbing the opportunity that they have in a school like this. Grabbing it with both hands and really pushing themselves forward towards greatness. Spring, and for those of you celebrating Easter, is about re-birth and new beginnings. Next term is a new beginning and we are so excited about what that holds for our school and your children.
Happy Easter to those of you who are celebrating.