Highlights from the school year
In the July issue of Morpeth News, Headteacher Jemima Reilly said:
“The last term of the school year is full of big events, involving lots of activity, high emotion and the coming together of everything we have worked hard for.
From exams for A-level, BTEC and GCSE students to overnight camping trips for Year 8s, and graduation ceremonies for our Years 11 and 13 students, the Summer Term keeps us all on our toes and focused on delivering everything we set out to achieve at the start of the year.
Of our many achievements, three in particular stand out.
Starting with our focus on Oracy; this has been rolled out across all subject areas. Acquiring good speaking skills is important for developing ideas, expressing thoughts and presenting them confidently.
More and more of our pupils are willingly speaking out and actively participating in lessons.
Improving mental health and wellbeing has been another area of focus. A great deal of effort has gone in to raising awareness of the types of issues affecting young people and in to equipping pupils with self-help tools for dealing with emotional and psychological problems including stress and anger management.
We’ll be increasing the number of counsellors available to support pupils, in the new school year.
Last on my list is behaviour, especially punctuality and attendance. Both have improved noticeably across the school, even though there is still room for improvement.
Year 11 deserves a special mention; they clearly took on board the importance of turning up to school every day even if they were feeling slightly under the weather. We’re sure their efforts will be reflected in their results in the Summer. Thank you to parents for your support and for ensuring your children’s appointments are booked outside of school time.
Thank you also to staff and pupils for your commitment and hard work. I look forward to seeing you in September.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday.”
Jemima Reilly, Headteacher