Principal's Blog

19-21 April 2017:

I would like to thank the staff who came into school during the break to provide extra revision sessions to the year 11s and some of the year 10s. 90% of our year 11 pupils made use of these sessions. I am sure they found the extra support helpful.

Over the holiday period some of our pupils who attend the joint Rushmoor and St Andrew’s skydiving club took part in the International Skydive Competition. Well done to all involved and thank you to Miss Robson and Mr Farnsworth for all your support. You may have seen the article in the local press over the weekend. I went along to watch a training session and was convinced to have a try – it is a lot harder than it looks, so I am very impressed with the efforts of our pupils. I was also amazed at the standard of their performances during the competition.

Now we are into the summer term the weeks ahead will be extremely busy for everybody. In the next couple of weeks I know that the junior pupils are busily preparing for their Roald Dahl extravaganza that they will perform for their parents at a tea party. We are all delighted that the year 4 pupils have had some lovely responses from well know authors as part of their Literacy programme. No doubt the pupils in years 6 and 7 are looking forward to their trip to The Frontier Centre at the beginning of May. Our older pupils in year 11 are heading rapidly towards their formal GCSE examinations; together with our first year 12 cohort about to embark on the AS level examinations. In fact, the first GCSE examination will take place next Friday, 28th April, for year 11s taking drama and they will also be performing to their parents on the Wednesday evening.

AS examinations are now ‘standalone’ and do not count towards the final A-level examination as they have done in the past. Some schools are not doing AS examinations at all, but we felt it was beneficial to offer it. UCAS have conducted surveys on this subject and 74% of schools that replied will be keeping the AS standalone examination. Schools who responded explained they were keen to offer their students a broad curriculum, despite the AS not counting toward the final A Level mark. Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: “A clearer picture is emerging with many schools and colleges planning to retain the diversity of the curriculum on offer. Many keeping the AS said it provided a useful measure of progress, and supported the prediction of A level grades for university applications. All this means that students will be applying to higher education holding a greater diversity of qualifications, and I am pleased to see more and more universities publishing clear statements about how they intend using the new AS when making admissions decisions.”

We invited representatives from the National Apprenticeship Service into school to talk to the Sixth Form students on Wednesday.

The students were told how the service helps people to get their career started. An apprenticeship gives the chance to gain work experience, whilst also studying in your chosen career (usually one day a week), meaning you can earn while you learn. With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree. It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level you take. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many prestigious companies offer them. They are becoming increasingly popular and it is great that our Sixth Form students are having the opportunity to learn about apprenticeships as another option for their future.

Last Tuesday there was a training session held for all those attending the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions coming up over the next couple of months. Thank you to Mr Morrish and Mr Macinnes for organising this and thank you to the pupils for attending to ensure they are fully prepared for what the expeditions entail.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the Spring Ball, which was due to be held in May, has been postponed. As many of you will be aware, in 2018 Rushmoor will be celebrating its centenary and we are beginning to prepare lots of ideas in order to celebrate this milestone, and no doubt a Ball will be one of the celebrations considered.

I always enjoy hearing about our pupils activities outside of school and I was delighted to learn that Heath Clarke took part in The Freddie Flintoff 4-day Cricket Course held locally over the Easter holiday period. Heath enjoyed the opportunity to have some specialist coaching covering all aspects of the game. He also had the chance to have his bat signed by Alex Tudor, former England fast bowler, which was a great experience no doubt for Heath. I look forward to seeing some of the skills picked up on the course put to good use when playing for Rushmoor.

Congratulations to Oliver Codrington, Finlay Holt, Maddison Agama-Spencer and Abdeen Adam who have received a Principal’s award since my last blog. Well done boys!

I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards

I M Daniel

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