Headteacher's Message
Weekly Message
   Added/Edited on the 24/09/2018     Previous Messages

We returned on Monday to an update from Mrs Rose regarding the weekend’s VEX robotics challenge. Whilst we did not come away with the winning trophy this year, one of our teams did achieve a very creditable 4th place and were also awarded the judges’ prize for their presentation and communication skills. This is an award which we have not won before so the team has much to be proud of; very well done to Aiden Sale, Ben Godfrey, Jacob Broadley, David Langley, Yasmine Mountaser, Daniel Wright, Dom Bower, Dylan Hasnip, Archie Gale and thank-you Mrs Rose.

We continued our ‘welcome to…’ evenings for Years 8, 10 & 12 where key information, advice and guidance was presented to parents/carers by Heads of Year and other key staff.  It was heart-warming to receive feedback from last week’s Year 11 event which highlighted the value of such evenings, ”Thank you for an excellent presentation last week.  As a parent it actually made me realise exactly what was needed and how time will soon pass us by.  The English presentation was a real eye opener, I really hadn’t appreciated how much they had to learn and process! Thanks again for everything you are putting in place for my daughter; I am extremely grateful to you and all your colleagues.”

On Thursday, we continued our support programme, delivered by ‘Learning Performance’, this time with targeted Year 8 & 9 students. The company, once again, focused on essential study skills, such as, memory techniques, understanding and condensing text and the review philosophy. The representative working with our students was extremely complimentary about their behaviour and level of engagement; we will work with these students, and their families, further to ensure the advice is put into practice.

On Thursday, our Historians departed for France and Belgium for the annual ‘Battlefields’ trip. On their return, staff reported that the students’ behaviour was exemplary and they were perfect ambassadors for the academy. Images can be viewed on our Twitter and Facebook sites.

I had the privilege to be unexpectedly visited by a number of students during this past week. A self-motivated visit by a student is a courageous step and I am always impressed by their willingness to go out of their way to make themselves, and their achievements, known. Josh Abbott in Year 9 proudly showed me the card of thanks he received from the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity for his help with setting up and running stalls, at three events, during which he has helped raise over £400 for the charity. On Friday, our Head Boy (Gabriel Pang) and Head Girl (Tara Loader) made the very brave step of speaking to all staff during briefing to publicise the Macmillan Cancer Support bake sale, taking place this Friday and organised by our Prefect body; your support for this charitable event would be greatly appreciated.

Finally, as I prepared to leave on Friday, Josh Griffin knocked on my door clutching a booklet which he proceeded to proudly present to me. I was reminded of the reason why the teaching profession can be so rewarding as I read through his project on what, in his opinion, makes Longsands such a great school. Thank-you, Josh, for sending me off for the weekend with a smile on my face and a reminder that the students themselves are the key ingredient in a successful school.

Martin Paine