Parents/Carers/Staff and Students – Welcome back to the new school term.
I hope that the two-week break was enjoyed by all.
This school year will be a year of setting and reaching attainable goals, working harder and smarter and taking our school and student achievement to the next level of “GREATNESS”.
At PCSA we are dedicated to “students first” and promoting academic excellence through an enriched rigorous modular curriculum. As a staff team, we are here to support all our young people, by any means necessary, to ensure they reach their fullest academic potential.
As I have said many times it is the goal of all the staff at PCSA to work with you to create a rich learning environment for all students. Student success is a shared responsibility between the staff, students and parents/carers. I look forward to working with all our students where SUCCESS IS NOT AN OPTION…..BUT AN EXPECTATION. With this in mind Term 2 is so very key. The priorities for this term are around Praising Stars Reports data and testing. We have the first modular tests and The Wave exams over the next few weeks. PCSA students will be rigorously assessed early this term as part of the new modular curriculum. This will happen every nine weeks (i.e. four times a year). The purpose of this is to assess where there are gaps in knowledge so that these can be met during the super teaching week that will follow each assessment window.
We had a really positive start to the new academic year last term so a huge thank you for all your efforts and continued commitments. The annual Awards Evening at The Pier was really well received and I had lots of compliments on the evening and afterwards from parents and students – particularly about the guest speaker and our students’ performances (thank you to James Wilmot, Antonia Self and Helen Howard).
There were many great activities and initiatives last term. We will carry on the pencil cases and phone box initiative so that we start learning on the buzzer! The family breakfast was a wonderful event and I believe 800+ breakfasts were served. Well done to Rachel and the catering team Pabulum! The series of maths evenings were well pitched and, again, parents were very complimentary. Thank you to the hundreds of parents and carers for attending. I must thank all staff who went above and beyond for Curriculum Enrichment days, trips and P6s/P0s. The launch of The Spencer Science Centre at the end of the term was a very special morning and reminded me what a truly exciting vibrant and constantly evolving place PCSA is. The centre is named after Arthur Spencer, PCSA’s very first Head Teacher over 40 years ago.
Finally, from me, Term 2 is Upper School charity term. Please do encourage students to embrace this initiative. It is especially poignant as we are raising money for a condition affecting two of our own students so I hope it is a record-breaking year. The PCSA Leadership Team and Sharon Boneham’s tutor team launched it with the abseil (thank you Sharon Boneham for organising this I think!). I believe that over £600 has been raised which is a great start. I cannot pretend it was my favourite activity but I was so proud of the students and staff that Sunday morning. Also thank you to the wonderful parents who came along and supported the event.
Have an excellent term and please do come and see me if you have any concerns or wish to discuss any matters. I’m in a different office but the door is always open.