Apparently it was ‘Blue Monday’ this week – the day in January that we are most likely to break our New Year’s resolutions. This year, I started the year as the new permanent Headteacher of Prospect, and I remain absolutely clear in my resolution that, under my leadership, Prospect will be the first-choice school for our local community, providing a broad and balanced curriculum for all, meeting the needs of our students with high-quality teaching and learning which will stretch and challenge all our students to do their very best, and offering an exciting and innovative range of extra-curricular activities and trips.
I have very high expectations of everyone at Prospect School, starting first of all with our teaching and support staff. But, equally important, is having high expectations of our students. I know that the vast majority of our students understand and buy into our expectations. This starts with their own presentation, which means wearing correct school uniform every day. This is a key area where we need the support of parents; we have tried to keep our uniform smart and straightforward but I have noticed recently far too many students in trainers that are not appropriate for school. Similarly, arriving in school on time each day, with the correct equipment and ready to learn, gives them the best possible
start to the day, enabling purposeful and engaged learning to take place from the very start. I am well aware, as a parent myself, of the challenges we sometimes face in getting our children to school each morning, on time and properly dressed, but I would ask for your support in ensuring that your child is meeting these basic expectations each day.
It is also very important to me that the environment is conducive to positive learning. We have made a significant commitment to ensuring that the school is well maintained and has well resourced classrooms and facilities. We have also been decorating; this week, the first of our subject-based murals was installed in the English department, designed to inspire students to read as they enter the department. We are planning to install similarly inspirational murals around the school over the coming weeks, promoting the idea that learning is a constant process and not just something that happens within the classroom.
Our Year 11 and 13 have now finished their mock exams, and teachers will be sharing outcomes with students next week. We will be having a formal ‘results assembly’ with Year 11 – a practice-run of how that morning in August will feel, when they open their results for real. Our Sixth Form Open Evening is
scheduled for 25 February – we hope to see as many Year 11 students as possible – we have extended our curriculum offer further this year and I believe that we have courses that will meet the needs of potentially all our current students. For now, it is a crucial time for those with public examinations this summer. The support and intervention that teachers are providing is giving them the best possible grounding for achieving some excellent results, which in turn will open up more choices and possibilities
for them as they take their next steps.