What a tremendous start to the new academic year! It’s always great to start the year celebrating the achievements of our wonderful students and this year there was just so much to celebrate. You will, I am sure, have already seen how delighted we were with the exam performance of the outgoing year 11 students. Their hard work and commitment really did pay off and we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating with them on results day.
These superb achievements provided the perfect springboard into this year. On the INSET day at the start of term, staff were able to take a moment to congratulate each other. However, they then immediately started thinking about what they could learn from last year’s results so that we can support our current students even better! In my assemblies to all students last week, I also reflected on these outcomes: it is inspiring for students to know how well their previous house and tutor group members performed. It is encouraging for them to know that they too can achieve through hard work and dedication.
And the hard work has already begun. Year 11 have hit the ground running and we were grateful to their parents for the excellent turnout at the parents’ evening last week. We know from last year that these rich conversations about students’ learning priorities so early in the year can have a really positive impact. Year 11 are not alone in making a strong start: all students have settled to learning with real focus and commitment. Walking around school and popping into lessons is an absolute pleasure. Our new year 7s have made a stonkingly good start – we’re so impressed by how quickly they’ve become part of our Frogmore family.
Other people who have quickly become part of our Frogmore family are the fabulous new staff who have joined us this September. Miss Brink (English/RE), Dr Comfort (science subject leader), Mrs Price (dance), Miss Pepe (textiles/art), Mr Roemer (DT) and Mrs Rolfe (drama) have all joined our teaching staff and are all already contributing to the excellent teaching and learning in the school. In addition, Mrs Curran has joined our learning support team and Mrs Dunn has joined as a science technician and LSA. Speaking of new additions, I can happily announce that Mrs Champion and Mrs White have both had baby girls. We wish them the very best as they embark on the adventure of parenthood!
This week we welcomed a record 256 students to our year 6 taster day. The students who visited were a real credit to their primary schools and were a pleasure to host for the day. I would like to take a moment to recognise the outstanding work of our year 10 prefects and peer mentors who acted as guides throughout the day. I was immeasurably proud of every one of them for the maturity and care that they showed for the primary children. Student leadership at Frogmore seems to get stronger year on year. This was further exemplified by the dedication of all of the prefects (and other students) who gave up their time to help and guide on the Open Evening. Countless parents went out of their way to comment on the quality of student input on the evening. Every single student who helped was a wonderful ambassador for the school: thank you all.
Over the next few weeks, there are a number of curriculum information evenings. We do hope you will be able to make it to the sessions relevant to your child and look forward to seeing you at these events. In the meantime, if there is any way in which you feel we could be giving your child an even better start to the year, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Here's to another excellent year for the entire Frogmore family!
It was exciting to be able to join with staff and outgoing year 11 students in August for the GCSE results day. Their hard work and dedication meant that students received a fantastic set of results. The governors congratulate the students and wish them well in their next steps either academically or otherwise. As well, thank you to all the staff for all their efforts in helping the students in their achievements.
Meanwhile, the new academic year sees a full cohort of year 7 students joining the school. From the governors, welcome and we wish you well in your studies and personal development during your time at Frogmore.
Student Leadership Team
We have had a fantastic start to the year - the year 7s have settled into school life very well and the older year groups are working hard. On the 18th of September, we had a successful open day and evening for year 6s who are thinking about joining Frogmore. With the help of year 10 prefects, the year 6s had an amazing day where they learned a lot about secondary school life. In the evening, parents and children came along to a talk with Mr Vaudin as well as a tour around the school, which, once again, would not be possible without the prefects and students helping out with certain subjects. On the 28th of September, there will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning organised by the Macmillan team who are working very hard. It will be non-uniform day and there will be a cake sale and a students vs teachers basketball match, which we’re hoping students will enjoy and that it will be a great opportunity to raise money for the Macmillan charity.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Visit
On Wednesday 12th September, the Ormond Senior Leadership team, along with Mr Tuney and Miss Hill, visited Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.The purpose of this visit was to hand over the amazing amount of money raised (£1800!) to one of the many fundraising assistants. We also had the opportunity to view the newly built ‘Disney Reef’ in the hospital, which featured many recognisable figures, such as The Little Mermaid and Mickey Mouse. Thanks to everyone at Frogmore and their wonderful donations, Great Ormond Street are able to fund lifesaving equipment and these kind of spaces for seriously ill children - with the hope that it will put a smile on their face and brighten up their day. The money may also go into educating the patients in the hospital, as they may miss learning while away from home. This is brought to the children's bedside by the fantastic teaching staff at the hospital.
It was such an honour to be able to visit the hospital and we hope that this can become a tradition within our house and we can continue to support such a brilliant charity.