This week we have said goodbye to the Y11 students, apart from attending for their exams and revision/preparation lessons. I can’t believe that two and a half terms have gone by already since I took up post in September.

Our Y11 students have been a credit to their families and the academy. I have come to know some of them over the year. They have helped out at events, looked after visitors, done a duty at break and lunchtime and generally been good role models for our younger students. The senior students for next year have already been selected by their Heads of House and I’m accepting applications for head boy and girl and deputy head boy and girl. I shall enjoy reading the applications and interviewing the successful candidates before making the final decision. It is always a privilege for me to be able to make these decisions. I know how much the students, parents and staff value these positions in the academy. It is a tough job representing the student body at this level and working with me, the Headteacher, to promote the academy and represent all our students to the visitors we welcome. I’ll be able to tell everyone who has been successful early in June.

The pressure from Ofsted and government for schools to be successful is relenting. Local schools in the Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough area have been subject to inspections over the last 6 weeks. We all have tight targets to meet and as Headteacher’s we put our students and staff under a lot of pressure to meet the targets. Over this year I have introduced a number of new systems so I am informed more about the progress our students are making. During the Y7 student review evening on Monday 20th May our parents were able to see and hear for themselves the good progress their children are making. However, I’m not satisfied with all the outcomes; I know we can do better for our young people and will be taking more action next half term to put the better progress in place. Yes it is a hard time for Headteacher’s, and many schools are having difficulties recruiting good heads, but it is our responsibility to do the best for our young people.

I’m looking forward to recharging my batteries over half term holiday and returning ready to face the new challenges in our last half term of the year.