Friday, 24 April 2015

Head Master's Weekly Notes - 24th April

Staying on TRaK (Tolerance, Respect & Kindness) continues to be our drive this term with preparation for public examinations fully underway (the KS3 Trinity exams take place next week), and it is important that our students remain fully engaged and focussed. The pace and intensity has been relentless since we got back last week and has seen our students taking on the responsibility of public exams in a mature and considered manner. I have been impressed with their work ethic, independence of thought and positive attitude in and around school, including the boarding houses, and I commend them for their sterling efforts. No doubt nerves will be frayed and patience tried (and that’s just the teachers!), but we are here to help and support our students during this tough time. And I am sure they will do you and the school proud – everyone has the ability and potential to succeed, so long as one has self-belief and determination, which has been evident over the course of these past few months.

The SIAMS inspection, as you will recall happened at the tail end of last term, was a very positive experience and I am delighted to announce that the report from the Diocese was excellent. We have moved on considerably since the last inspection and the Diocese and the Church of England were very impressed with what they saw and commented on the nature of the school and the excellent relationships that our students have. The strong sense of family and community at Sexey’s was clearly evident and this is underpinned by our core values. You can read the full report here and I would like to thank staff, students, parents, Governors, Old Sexeians and friends of the school for all their support. We are a special and unique school and we are certainly on TRaK in many ways and I hope that our students continue to value the first class education that they are receiving here and achieve to their potential, both in and out of the academic arena. Keeping on TRaK can be difficult at times, and some will invariably come off it, but we are here to help them get back on TRaK and to hopefully stay on it. You are very welcome to join us at St Mary’s, Bruton for the Schools’ Service with Father Justin this Sunday morning and experience this sense of community - it would be lovely to see you.

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