Welcome to this bumper, summer edition of our newsletter and my first as Acting Principal of Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre. The newsletter provides a snapshot of the wonderful opportunities that we extend to all of our students and it fills me with pride to see everything that we have achieved this year. In turning the pages, I hope that you feel the same delight in witnessing the learning opportunities in which our students have played such an active and enthusiastic role. The ends to which our staff go to provide such an extensive range of truly inspiring educational experiences never ceases to amaze me and no doubt you will join me in extending a big thank you to all those involved.
Particular highlights this year have been the huge gains made in our cyber-learning provision thanks to the work of Miss Williams, Assistant Principal, in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre. The enrichment of our computing curriculum has benefitted enormously thanks to the arrival of new technologies which allow students to get hands-on experience of coding and its associated output.
The study garden which you will have seen at the front of the school is now well established and is becoming a regular “venue of choice” for lessons that benefit from outside learning. We are incredibly grateful to the anonymous donor that financed this initiative.
You will be aware from the news that financially schools are finding it ever more difficult to deliver quality education on reducing school budgets. We have to prioritise and as such our focus for spending is on the essentials of education provision alone. Initiatives such as the study garden and our cyber delivery are only possible due to the generosity of our community or organisations such as the NCSC. If you know of any other parties who would be keen to work with us on any new developments we are always eager to learn of further opportunities that would benefit our student community.
Thank you to those of you that have taken the time to complete our annual summer survey. This is the third iteration of the survey and includes the views of parents, students and our staff. It provides a snapshot of what we are doing well but also where we need to develop our provision. As a school community, we aspire to be open and reflective and this is one of many tools that we use to inform our planning each year. I will update you on the outcomes of this process in September when I will also share our key aims for the next academic year. We value highly your support and that of our community and I passionately believe that together we can continue to build a school experience for our students that is second to none.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful summer. For our students, I hope that you are able to rest and re-charge ready for the challenges ahead and for parents and carers I hope that you are able to have some quality family time and make lasting memories.
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson