Autumn Term News

Friday, 21 October 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been an eventful half term here at Blatch. I’ve written to you about many of the things that have been happening – but there have been plenty of things that have happened that you may not be aware of. I’d like to take the opportunity at the end of term to reflect on some of them.

This week our group of student commissioners began their project with Brighton University. They will be trained as researchers, and identify areas of the school that they will research and aim to improve alongside staff. It was an inspiring day with the students, who have already shown huge enthusiasm and engagement with this project.

We now have clubs and activities after school up and running, and hopefully you have been able to access the programme that shows which days and times these run. There is so much to get involved in at school that we hope that all students join at least one club or activity.

Many events have been very successful this half term – from the KS3 bake off, and the Macmillan coffee morning all the way to a fantastically insightful and moving Holocaust memorial day – where we welcomed a holocaust survivor, Dorit Oliver-Wolf, to school and she shared her incredible life story with around 100 Year 9 students.

Blatch Cakes

Our Open Evening and Open Morning were very successful, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the next generation of Blatch from September 2017 – all signs point to us remaining an extremely popular choice for parents and families.

We are leading a citywide hub for a national programme called ‘Challenge the Gap’ – which aims to reverse disadvantage for young people and deliver exceptional outcomes and life chances for all students. The programme is well underway and with 5 partner secondary schools across the city we hope to see sustained impact and deliver change beyond our own four walls.

Duke of Edinburgh has begun for a small cohort of students, and we will be looking to extend the programme sustainably this year. Mr McCormick will be in touch later in the year to explain that process. And finally today our students head off to New York – we wish them an enjoyable and successful trip.

There have been many exceptional achievements by students this term – but a special mention must go to our Year 9 netball team who competed in the national netball tournament. It is rare for a state school to enter, let alone succeed in the completion and I am so proud of the girls who made it to the semi-finals – the first state school team to do so in over 25 years.

There are a number of staff changes to let you know about. With Mr King (Year Team Leader for Year 10) stepping up to the Senior Leadership Team this year, Mrs Richardson will be sharing the responsibility for Year 10 with him. Mrs Richardson is a hugely talented and experienced Assistant Year Team Leader and we are delighted she will take on this new role in school. She will remain working with Year 7 for two days a week, and her post is now shared with Mr Hutchins, who joins the Year 7 Office.

We have also recruited successfully to a number of posts in school. Mrs Searl joins the school as P.A. to the Leadership Team, Miss Cole joins as Digital Media and PR Support and Ms Amos and Miss Gross are joining our Admin Team. We welcome all our new staff and know that they will add huge value to the work we do.

I hope that all students and their families enjoy half term and are able to rest and relax. I would like to particularly congratulate Year 7 students, who have made an excellent start this year. Their assembly celebrating their achievements was utterly joyous this morning – and the excitement they showed for doing well was infectious.

Have a safe and happy half term.

Mr Harrold
Head Teacher