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January 2017 Update

Posted 26/1/2017

As we enter the last week of the Autumn term it is a good time to reflect on how we are doing at school as a whole. Personally it has been another hectic term especially with my additional role of Executive Headteacher at Scarborough Pupil Referral Service. As an aside the service has made massive improvement over the time I have been involved and the Management Committee are delighted that standards have improved and the provision has had an extremely positive report from Her Majesty’s Inspectors. Many more boys and girls are receiving the education they deserve.

At Brompton Hall it has been very busy. The demand for places has been unprecedented in my 15 years at the school. The need for our services locally, and the good reputation of the work we do here is growing all the time. We had more than 60 boys on roll in the summer term and these places were quickly taken up when our Y11 cohort left. High pupil numbers, staff absences and difficulties recruiting new people has led to increased pressure on all staff and my thanks goes to all of them who have worked to ensure that our high standards of education and care have been maintained.

There has been good work going on all around the school. In this update I would like to highlight the charitable work the boys have been involved in, raising funds and working for a variety of deserving causes. Raising money may also have meant that parents/carers and family have been asked to support this work on more than one occasion, and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed.

I will start with the massive £1,133 that was raised for Childhood Bone Cancer Research at the very start of term from the sponsored bike ride from Newcastle to Edinburgh that 11 of us completed. Our last ride raised £442.30 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Miss Hodgson coordinated efforts as the cause was close to her heart as a member of her family is unfortunately affected by this dreadful childhood condition.

This year we were again involved in the poppy appeal, organised by Mr Vaughan. The junior groups came back with many tales of public generosity following their day collecting in the town centre in Scarborough. The public were very touched to see our boys raising money for this cause when usually it is the older generation who are involved. They managed to raise an excellent £350.14 in the day.

Our Samaritan’s purse shoebox appeal is organised by Mrs Ward. We raised money from a 12 hours sponsored run to buy toys to send to children who would otherwise have nothing at all at Christmas. We had two treadmills working constantly for 12 hours. Mr Foster put his name forward to run for 12 hours on one of them himself! Although I knew he was a committed runner I must admit I didn’t think it was possible – but he proved me wrong. The other treadmill was kept moving by the majority of the rest of the school. The money raised was spent to fill 70 shoeboxes to be sent off in time for Christmas.

Movember was also a chance to raise funds and awareness of men’s health. Mrs Young galvanised the efforts of the Year 11’s top lips over the month and managed to raise £125 for the cause. Our Christmas jumper appeal at the end of term will also raise additional funds. Finally our Duke of Edinburgh group have an ongoing appeal to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice. This has included selling a variety of goods and will involve a Christmas raffle. If you came along to see the Christmas production at the end of term you were no doubt asked to take part!

Well done to all involved. It is heart-warming to see so much effort made for other people when it sometimes appears that people are becoming more self-centred. On Christmas day I hope that all at Brompton Hall can take a moment to think of the 70 shoeboxes of toys being opened and take pride in the part they have played to make Christmas special for those boys and girls too.