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Alex-Lingard-Head-Teacher

Mr Alex Lingard BSc (Hons)
Head Teacher

Last night our U15 girls’ rugby team became county champions! This is wonderful news and each of the players should be extremely proud of their achievements and the way in which they conducted themselves throughout the tournament. They have been a real credit to themselves and the school. The team will now head off to the regional finals with the hope of reaching the national finals at Twickenham later in the year.

Later this month the Department for Education will publish the school performance tables. These give details of the results students achieved in their GCSEs last summer. Whilst it is important to hold schools to account it is also important to understand what the figures represent. The results this year are based on what students achieved in their first attempt in their exams not what they may have actually ended up with. The performance tables are therefore not a true representation of how well schools performed and means it is impossible to be able to compare schools. The majority of the results published also don’t give an indication of the progress the students have made from the start of secondary school to the end of their GCSEs.

As the term draws to a close it is a good time to reflect on what has been achieved and to think ahead about what still needs to be done. On a personal level it's been a wonderful first term as a new Head Teacher. There have been some challenging decisions to make, but far more importantly I have witnessed some fabulous achievements by hundreds of students, both in and out of the classroom. The New Year brings with it some challenging times, especially for our older students having to complete their mock exams.

It's time to showcase ourselves again with our sixth Form Open Evening coming up in two weeks. As you know we are extremely proud of our sixth form, consistently ranked in the top 25% of schools and colleges nationally and a remarkable record of securing students' first choice university places. The sixth form is also a place of opportunity with students enjoying a myriad of experiences to build their confidence, broaden their horizons, give something back to their community and to have fun. Life in the sixth form is very different to that in the main school. Students enjoy greater flexibility and autonomy, but benefit from the intimacy of being in a school environment, the security of knowing their teachers and the personalised support this brings.

We’re currently looking for a new Deputy Head and as part of the selection process I’ve been visiting candidates in their own schools. Not only does this give me an insight to how they interact with the students and staff who know them, it also gives me a chance to have a look around other schools. Without question I have seen some fantastic things on my travels. I’ve visited 3 ‘outstanding’ schools and pinched some ideas from them that we could use at Liskeard. It has also made me realise though that not only do we have great facilities and behaviour here, but what we are doing to try and develop resilience in our students and improve their independence is exactly the right thing to do.

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