This week has very much been about thinking forward to the next academic year.
On Tuesday, we held our Sixth Form Open Evening for current Year 11 students. We are exceptionally proud of our post-16 offer at Prospect, which is unrivaled in the local area with a choice of over 25 academic A-level options, a range of level-2 courses, and this year we are really excited to offer a vocational pathway, with the options of either Hair and Beauty or Construction, both taught in our industry-standard facilities. However, it is not just the choice, or indeed the excellent standard of teaching and learning, that our Sixth Form students receive which makes us stand out; we continue to provide the very high levels of pastoral care that students are used to in the lower school, as well as work experience, enrichment activities, school service and employment opportunities!
More importantly, we provide an environment where students can be secure in the knowledge they will be taught by teachers who already know them and, whilst for some, a change and fresh start is exactly what they need, I am certain that for the vast majority, we have a very good offer in place. We also received our new Year 7 allocation from the local authority this week, ahead of National offer Day on Monday. We will have well over 200 new students joining us in September and I’m very proud to know that for very many of these, Prospect was their first choice! I’m absolutely delighted that our local community and local stakeholders are recognising the significant changes that we have made at the school since I became Headteacher, and our ongoing commitment to school improvement and development is bringing real benefits to our current and future students.
As we move into Year 11’s last few weeks at school, we are launching the ‘Prom Point’ to both reward and incentivise our students in the run up to their final exams. Our Year 11 Prom is one of the highlights of the year, and we’re very excited about our plans for this year’s event. However, to be eligible to buy a ticket, students will need to earn at least 100 Prom Points, which teachers will be awarding in lessons to those students who are engaged, on task and working hard. We have calculated that, with just over 200 lessons left, plus every exam that they sit, this should be easy for most of our students, and those collecting the most will be given additional rewards in the form of further discounts. However, I will make it very clear that coming to Prom is a privilege which just be earned, so I hope that Year 11 will rise to the challenge. Systems like this have been made much easier by the introduction of ClassCharts. I hope by now that all parents have downloaded and are using the app. This gives parents live-time reporting of attendance, rewards and sanctions and, as from this week, all homework will also be recorded on ClassCharts. If you have any difficulty in downloading the app and logging into your child’s account, please contact student services who will be happy to help you.
Finally, I would like to reassure all parents and students that we are carefully following the advice and updates that we receive from the Department for Health and Public Health England regarding Coronavirus. There is a link to the current advice on our website and in this newsletter, www.prospect.reading.sch.uk/department-foreducation-advice-coronavirus/, and we will remain vigilant at all times, continuing to follow the guidance as it comes out.