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I am writing to share with you information regarding your child’s forthcoming exams in English and Maths. I am also pleased to share the news that many of our Year 11 students secured positive results in their Y10 exams and now have an early opportunity to better their grades. Following the summer results, all students have been reset in English, Maths and Science…..
I hope that you all had a restful summer holiday and are now ready for another busy and exciting academic year. A particularly warm welcome to the 250 Year 7 students and their families who are now part of the St Julian’s community and welcome back to our of Year 12 students who have decided to pursue their Post 16 education at St Julian’s.
It is a pleasure to report to you that the school’s summer exam results at both A Level and GCSE were good and a reflection of the effort and commitment shown by the students over the past few years, ably supported by both staff and parents/carers. The majority of our A Level students have been accepted to the Universities of their choice. I wish them well as they embark on a new and exciting chapter in their lives. A full report on our external exam performance will be available as part of the Governing Body Annual Report to Parents which is published before October half-term…..
We are very saddened to inform you of the death of one of our year 10 pupils, Kieran Deakin over the summer holidays.
Kieran was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in March and after putting up a long and courageous fight he sadly lost his battle last week.
We will always remember Kieran as a kind, polite, happy boy who loved school and especially his beloved Newport County.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and classmates at this very sad time. There are support networks available in school for any pupil who may be affected by this news.
Parents will be aware that following a recent monitoring visit of the school in June, which reviewed progress since the inspection in 2014, Estyn have placed the school in special measures. The report can be found on the school website.
The school continues to work hard to address the recommendations of the 2014 report, however, as I have indicated previously, it is clear that performance in specific areas needs to improve more quickly. Work on developing teaching, learning and leadership will continue but more rigorous monitoring is required. Our progress will also be supported and monitored by the Local Education Authority and Education Advisory Service (EAS).
Following Estyn feedback on June 22nd 2017 and the judgement of Special Measures, the local authority has reviewed its use of statutory powers and has appointed a further three additional governors to the governing body, and recommended that the Chair of Governors is replaced with the LA’s chosen chair (Tracy McKim). This decision was agreed at the governing body meeting in July.
Both the local authority and governing body were keen to acknowledge the work of Andrew Goddard, at the aforementioned meeting. Mr Goddard has held the role of Chair of Governors for the past three years and has worked tirelessly to increase the effectiveness of governance at the school.
St Julian’s School is keen to continue to work in partnership with the local authority and the appointment of a new chair, along with a challenge advisor will support this. The use of statutory powers is a clear sign that standards within the school must improve quickly and this will be jointly monitored through the governing body and Intervention Plan Monitoring meetings.
The governing body is fully committed to the school and will be working with staff and parents to ensure that we do the very best for the young people and the community.
Students form KS3 and KS4 were invited to a superb reward event this week. We were promoting High Attendance, Positive attitudes to learning, Excellent Behaviour and Punctuality.
Well done to everyone involved – really well deserved!