Headteacher's Update - Thursday 20th December 2018
Thursday 20th December 2018
May I take this opportunity to pass on festive wishes to all our visitors of the St Julian’s website.
Returning to school in September on the back of our most improved examination outcomes seems like a very short time ago. From welcoming 242 year 7 students to St Julian’s School in September, to yesterday evening when we welcomed back our 2018 Year 13 leavers after their first term at University and employment, this term has consisted again of hard work and commitment from staff and students alike.
Our classroom practice is committed to challenging all students. Tasks and activities have been set to make our students think, to place them in situations they haven’t been in before, and then to help them develop the strategies to get ‘unstuck’. Information on their progress will have been shared in books, lessons, through telephone calls and parental engagement events. I hope you have found this useful and it enables parents and carers to work with us to support the progress and success of each of our students.
We received our termly monitoring visit from Estyn in October. Once again this was a helpful process allowing us to identify the clear areas for further development and celebrate the success we have achieved to this point. Our Post Inspection Action Plan details the steps we continue to take - a copy of which can be found on this website. The Governing Body and LA continue to monitor the progress of the school very closely and their Annual Report to Parents is also available on our website.
So many of our students have excelled over this past term, whether it be on the sporting field, the stage, or in the classroom. I am sure you join us in taking great pride as we witness these young people develop into great citizens of our community.
I am indebted to the efforts of our staff also. They continue to provide outstanding support, care and guidance to each student. Their effort, commitment and ability to ‘go the extra mile’ remains unquestioned. I am sure they too are going to enjoy the Christmas break.
Thank you, as parents and carers, for your continued support of the school. It has been great to see so many of you at concerts and progress evenings over the term. Our commitment to working together in order to support the students is as important as it has ever been. I hope you enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with your sons and daughters over the next two weeks. They often say the most important present to give is your time……..and it doesn’t cost half as much as most of the items on my daughter’s Christmas list!
Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous new year.