Mr Alex Lingard BSc (Hons)
Head Teacher

I keep taking to the students about what I consider to be the top two attributes in people: resilience and kindness. With this in mind, we are asking all staff and students to give up something they love during the month of October to raise money for Happy Days Children’s Charity. Some suggestions include:

  • giving up unhealthy snacks for a week and donating the proceeds

  • sponsoring a friend to give up a bad habit e.g. biting their nails

  • getting sponsored to go without a mobile phone for a whole weekend!

What a great start to the year! Not only have the students come back eager to learn, but the 2016 Parliamentary Review has just been published featuring the school as an example of best practice across the country! We're the only school from Cornwall and Devon to feature and we're really proud to have been recognised for our great ethos and inclusive approach.

Last week the Local Authority paid us a visit to assess how we are doing as a school. They were really impressed with many things and made a point of saying what a lovely, friendly school we are. They were particularly impressed with the attitude of the students and their positivity about the school. I couldn't agree more!

They interviewed some Year 10 and Year 12 students who spoke highly about many things including behaviour, the support given to them by their teachers, DIT and careers advice.

This week we welcome 40 Year 6 students who are joining us for two weeks in preparation for their official start in September. During their two weeks they will be taking part in lots of activities to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. They will also be getting to know each other and the school, so that when they come back in September they will be confident and keen to show others around.

On 29th June it is induction day for all the year 6s. We have 180 students joining this year, which is the most we've had in 5 years!

I remember when I started teaching that the summer term used to be a term when you'd start to unwind after all the examinations. This is certainly not the case anymore! With only 5 weeks left we have loads to get through before the holidays arrive. There some great events coming up: a mock EU referendum, Challenge Week, Sports Day, Awards Evening, Music Day, The Liskeard Show, the Year 11 and Year 13 Leavers' Balls and much, much more.

It's going to be a busy, but a very enjoyable end to the year!

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