Welcome back to Term 5

Well, what a hectic term!

Thank you all for your patience and support with the snow days. Hopefully they are all behind us for the remainder of this year and we will have a smooth, uninterrupted Term 5. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the site team who worked flat out ensuring the site was salted and gritted and, therefore, safe.

As last year Term 4 was the term we did our Priory ‘Big Read’. The classic Treasure Island was well-received and loved by many. I was delighted so many students got ‘lost in a book’. I think I talk about this in every assembly but it is crucial that students read every day for at least twenty minutes. It is one of the best things they can do, alongside not taking their phones with them when they go to bed, to improve their outcomes. Please do encourage your child to have a reading book on them at all times whilst in school. It is our expectation and we will continue to insist on silent reading at least one tutor session per week. The library has an amazing array of books to choose from and there really is something there for all readers at all levels to enjoy.This term sees the run up to Year 10 and 11 final GCSE exams. Week commencing 30th April will be the French and Spanish speaking and listening exams and I say to all those with this challenge Bonne chance Année 11, vous pouvez le faire. Nous croyons en toi’.  Or for those taking Spanish Buena suerte Año 11, puedes hacerlo. Creemos en ti.’ (Good luck Year 11. You can do it. We believe in you.) On the subject of exams, our Year 11 GCSE geographers were brilliant on their fieldwork day despite the bitter cold they remained on task and produced some great data for their GCSE exam.


I must recognise all the staff who gave up their time so freely during the Easter break to support our young people with their GCSE revisión. We had record numbers of students attending and record numbers of staff supporting. As ever PCSA goes ‘the extra mile’ wherever they can.

We continue to develop the site so that it is the best it can possibly be. As students return from the Easter break they will notice building works to the restaurant and the old science block. As our numbers grow to 1500 we are improving the restaurant facilities to accomodtae our growth and refurbishing the old science block into a shiny new Languages and Global Understanding (LGU) Faculty. We hope this will all be ready at the start of the next academic year. We will be having celebrations to mark the opening of the new LGU faculty so watch this space!

I always like to share some good news stories with you all. I would like to say a huge congratulation to hundreds of PCSA students who are thrilled after receiving pen pal letters from their partnership school in Malawi.

Some 200 Year 8 Priory Community School students wrote to children in Mnjiri Secondary School in Mzimba, northern Malawi earlier this year as part of their culture and identity module in English Now they have been excitingly reading their letters written by children in the nation – which is the third most poverty stricken in the world.



We must also wish our Year 8s good luck in their end of year exams. It will be their first taste of sitting GCSE style exams in the main hall. Hopefully by Year 11 it will reduce the stress as they will be used to the process.


Max Corrigan, aged 15, has been doing YouTube videos on Call of Duty by giving a commentary to gamers and he now has nearly 1000 subscribers.  Max wants to do it as a full-time career and to study media after he leaves school. He has already secured himself an apprenticeship in this competitive field and has shown that anything is possible if you want something and are prepared to work hard enough to make your dreams a reality. Max really is the epitome of hard work, big dreams and positive thinking!

Finally, Term 5 is our Upper School Charity Term. Please do encourage your children to get their thinking hats on and come up with some really creative fund-raisers. Let’s make it a record year for our Charity of the Year, Ataxia UK.

Very best wishes,
Jane McBride,