Thought of the Month:
"In any given moment we have two options - to step forward into growth or to step back into safety"
As I take over the responsibility of the Head's Blog from Mr Mihkelson, I have stopped to think about how we are already two months into the new academic year and I had promised myself that I would try to make a post each month! However, the start of any new academic year is always extremely busy and this year has been no different - our Year 11 cohort have begun a City & Guilds qualification at Scarborough TEC, which will enable them to develop new skills in plastering, carpentry, tiling, brick laying and motor vehicle maintenance through our extended day curriculum. During October, our Year 10 and 11 cohorts will be taking part in their first work experience placement which we hope will begin to shape their future career pathways, supported by further work placements later in the year and '1 to 1' careers interviews with our specialist careers advisor. It can be a challenge to know what you would like to do when you leave school and many of our learners struggle to focus on future goals, so the additional support of the '1 to 1' meetings, independent careers advice and guidance, supported with visits to local employers and colleges has proved to be extremely beneficial to our learners making those difficult decisions.
It is also important to take a moment to celebrate the successes of last year's Year 11 cohort - all of whom are currently attending college placements, engaged in employment or enrolled on apprenticeship programmes. Our dedicated staff team always go 'above and beyond' to support our boys both academically in the classroom with the teaching team, as well as through the extended curriculum delivered on the unit by the care staff. This was evident last year, when staff volunteered to provide additional mentoring support leading up to and during the stressful exam period, this role enabled closer communication between home and school, to ensure that learners were listened to and their worries addressed as soon as possible. The result of all of the hard work of both staff and learners was a set of great results, which we are all very proud of.
Our staff team continue to provide fantastic learning opportunities for our learners and we currently have two learners taking part in the World War 1 Battlefields Centenary Tour in France, alongside other schools. Personally, I am really looking forward to hearing about their adventure and watching their whole school assembly, which they will be delivering as part of our British Values programme. You will be able to keep up-to-date with their visit via our facebook and Twitter pages. We are using our social media pages more and more to keep families updated with all of the different activities taking place in school so please feel free to drop us a comment or two!
Ms Young (Interim Headteacher)