There are some weeks when I feel even more keenly than usual the true privilege of being a headteacher; this has been one of those weeks. On Wednesday, I spent my morning with the most exceptional leaders. They were inspirational, motivated, dedicated, humble, outstanding communicators, had vision, understood impact and showed integrity. I was not at a conference. I was not being wowed by a group of ‘superheads’. These impressive leaders were the candidates who I had the pleasure of interviewing for the post of head boy and head girl.
The interviews, which I conducted alongside Stephen Colclough, our chair of governors, and Aaron and Colette, our outgoing head boy and girl, were the final stage in an intensive selection process. Annabel, Lily, Henry and Josh were all simply astounding at every stage and gave us an incredibly difficult decision to make. Equally impressive were the interviewing skills of Colette and Aaron as well as their astuteness in reflecting on the strengths of each candidate. In the end, we were delighted to appoint Lily Kissun-Gray and Josh Whittall and I have no doubt that they will continue to build on the fantastic legacy of their predecessors as they take up their roles.
What was particularly impressive throughout these interviews was the care and pride all of these students had about their school, its students and its community. They each were committed to doing their bit to give back to the school and improve the experiences for other students. It has, therefore, been a disappointment for me to have had a couple of complaints this week about a small minority showing a lack of respect and consideration to members of our wider community by using unacceptable language on their way to and from school. Please could I ask parents and carers to support us in reminding students of the importance of being courteous, polite and respectful, including on the way to and from school. This is especially important on a site that has children of pre-school and primary age.
Our wonderful year 11 students are already in full-on exam mode. Art, photography, PE and drama practical assessments have all taken place in the last few weeks and various practice exams have also been undertaken. As ever, this cohort has risen to the challenge with great enthusiasm and great focus. For them, the work does not stop as the holiday approaches and many will be taking advantage of the revision sessions for different subjects happening throughout the holidays. Thank you to the various staff who are giving up their holiday time to deliver these extra sessions.
Finally, I would like to return to the theme of exceptional leaders and take this opportunity to thank Mrs Downes for her brilliant leadership of the school during my paternity leave. She did an excellent job and I am incredibly grateful to her for enabling me to spend that important time with my family.
I wish you all a very happy Easter and look forward to welcoming the students back on Tuesday 23rd April.
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It has been a busy term for the governors. Firstly, we would like to congratulate Mr Vaudin on the birth of his daughter. We have seen a few changes on the Governing body as well. Jim Emery and Christine Eustace have both been re-elected as co-opted Governors, Tony Beveridge has been re-elected as a Parent Governor and we have said farewell to Hannah Batley as a Parent Governor. We would like to thank Hannah for her time and support as a governor. Her replacement will be Sarah Wenban, who we warmly welcome. Sarah has served a governor in a previous school and we are sure that she will be a great asset to the team.
We also said a fond farewell to Aaron and Collette who have attended our meetings in their role as Head Boy and Head Girl. They have shown great leadership skills and have worked tremendously hard to make improvements to the school for pupils. As the year 11's approach their last weeks at Frogmore, we would like to wish them every success in their exams.
Have a great Easter
Year 10 Hengistbury Head Trip
On Wednesday 27th March, year 10 geographer’s embarked on their first GCSE fieldtrip. We started at Hengistbury Head in Dorset, looking at how effective the coastal management is. Students learnt about a variety of fieldwork techniques, but focused on the impact of groynes along the beach. We were lucky to have beautiful weather, giving us a fantastic view across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight and along the coast to Bournemouth and Studland Bay. We then moved on to Highcliffe to look at the processes of coastal erosion. Students were surprised to see how much the coastline has eroded in recent years, and the impact this is having on local residents. We obviously could not go to the coast without having an ice cream or chips, so that is how we finished the day, in the glorious March sunshine. As always the students were perfect ambassadors for the school, it was a pleasure to see them get so much out of the day.
Medication and the Hayfever Season.
Please may we remind you that students are not allowed to carry their own medication on them during school time. If your child needs to take any medication whilst in school, a parent/carer needs to sign a form and provide the medication, which should be clearly marked with their details. The medication should be handed into reception and it can then be administered and subsequently recorded.
The only exceptions to this are epipens and asthma inhalers. Any child who requires an epipen has to provide two whilst in school. One of these will be kept safely in the medical room and the other must be kept on the student at all times. With regard to inhalers, they must be clearly marked with the child's name and need to be kept on them, at all times. On no occasion should students ever share their medication.
As the hayfever season is upon us, please can we remind you that should your child need to take anti-histamine tablets, they should do so before coming into school. If they are likely to need medication during the day, you will need to follow the procedure as outlined above. Thank you for your support with this matter.