Head's Newsletter - 18 January 2019

Dear Parents Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019 and may I wish a Happy New Year to all. Although it now seems a long time ago, I must commend the fantastic choir on their performances at Christmas. We had an excellent evening Guest carol service, with many former pupils, parents and staff attending. With our higher number of pupils we held two School carol services this year organised by houses. This proved to be a refreshing and most successful change to the previous format. In addition the choir were also singing at the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera in performances before, during and after Christmas. Year 11 mock exams were completed well before Christmas and the boys received their results. I hope that Year 11 parents found the consultations with teachers last week useful. As Year 11 meet senior staff to discuss their Sixth Form options, it is good to see them very focused with only four months to go before the first GCSEs. Year 13 are beginning to receive university offers. I'm very pleased that 22 Sixth formers have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge, which is up on previous years. We congratulate all students on the university offers they are receiving in what is an exciting time for year 13. I previously reported the confirmation that our GCSE results were not only excellent in terms of attainment of top grades but also showed the terrific progress that the pupils make between Key Stage Two and Key Stage Four, with the government awarding

us the highest category of ‘well above average’ for progress. I am very pleased that we also received confirmation from ALPS (a national database of A-level results) regarding our A-level results that our performance was not only superb in our attainment of the top grades but puts us in the top 20% for progress between GCSE and A-level. There is of course much activity at school as usual and a number of trips have either gone out or are going out during this half term. Currently Sixth Form German students are in Berlin, and the Year 11 exchange returns to Germany next week. There have been a number of evenings out, including a Year 11 drama trip to see Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- time , and an English trip to Macbeth . We are very much looking forward to the school play Oliver being performed in the Main Hall in February. Please do come along and see what is going to be a terrific performance. We also have the House Singing this term and there is a report on the House Drama which took place in December. The Rugby season has recommenced and thankfully so far has not been disrupted by the weather. We have also seen success in a number of other sports and we look forward to semi-finals this half term in the inter-schools basketball competitions. At the start of this new term we welcome a new teacher to the school. Mrs Boyd joined the RP department and we wish her well in her new post. Yours, Mr M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday 22 January Tuesday 29 January Wednesday 6 February

Y9 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 1 pm

Twilight PDD—school finishes at 2 pm House Singing Final, Sports Hall at 7 pm

11 to 14 February Friday 15 February 16 – 24 February

School Play: Oliver! at 7 pm

Professional Development Day: no boys in school Half Term. Boys return Monday, 25 February at 8.30 am

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