Headteacher's Weekly Letter to Parents

Friday 14th February 2020

You may have seen the government tables about GCSE results that were published last week. Very pleasingly, Kendrick tops the table for GSCE results this year against the value added measure, which also includes the additional statistic of 100% of students achieving above grade 4 in five subjects including Mathematics and English. This is of course an incredible achievement that we must all be immensely proud of and reflects the hard work of our students and staff, day in day out. Being at the top of such statistical tables is indeed a huge success, but it is not what we are all about and doesn’t reflect all the other areas of school life that we value like our community, our values and beliefs, our practices and relationships, and the passion that we have to do the best for our students, which altogether provides a more rounded picture of our school.

Some of the non-academic elements of life at school were discussed yesterday when Mr Simmonds and I spoke to Years 7, 8 and 9 in assembly. We went back to the theme that I mentioned in January, the personal development of students. In the assembly, Mr Simmonds and I wanted to define and demonstrate what we believe personal development of our students is and how in a planned way, students are able to take part in what the school offers them. The slides from the assembly are HERE.

Some examples of personal development at Kendrick can be seen by the varied number of activities that took place this week. Starting on Monday the cake competition that kicked off Fair Trade Week, with the local cake baker, Catherine Scott coming into school to judge the cake competitions, please see the news article HERE. Then on Tuesday morning, 10J gave an assembly to their year group on relaxation methods and demonstrated some Yoga techniques. On Wednesday afternoon and evening a super Piano Masterclass took place with some of our most gifted pianists having a one to one session with an expert piano teacher, Dr Nigel Wilkinson, culminating in a most amazing concert featuring the students playing very challenging pieces, photos and information HERE. On Thursday during their wellbeing session, Years 12 and 13 were given an engaging and informative presentation from the charity CoppaFeel! filled with tips on looking out for their health and some serious facts and statistics about cancer. Also this week, our now annual Harry Potter Book Night took place where once again the Conservatory and students were transformed into scenes and characters from Harry Potter. And this morning, an assembly on LGBT History month was given to sixth form students by the Pride Society, see link HERE. And finally congratulations to the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Badminton team that are now through to the Regional round - link HERE. Such a super breadth of activities to suit a wide range of interests and ages.

In the background of normal school life, the new building is being assembled. By the end of today, 33 lorries will have delivered the required number of panels that make up the building so that by the time we return to school after half term, the building will be up and the internal works will begin. It has been quite exciting to watch the panels come together to form the three stories and nine rooms of the building; a super opportunity for all of us to see a modern construction in the making. There has been some inconvenience to us on site and to our neighbours because East Street has had to close for the lorries to drive in and out of school, but students and staff and our neighbours have been most considerate and patient as the work is being done. Thank you. There are some photos HERE.  

Finally we are all looking forward to half term and the rest and relaxation that time away from school will give everyone. I know that all students have worked hard this term, in particular, Year 11, who have taken their mocks and definitely need some down time from their studies. Similarly students in all the other years, I hope will be able to enjoy some recreational time and plan activities that can rejuvenate and refresh them for the new term.

Thank you to everyone for all the hard work that has been done this term and I wish you all a restful holiday.

Ms Christine Kattirtzi, Headteacher