It is with great pleasure that I welcome you, as Headteacher, to the start of not only a new academic year at Egerton, but also a new chapter in the School’s development. With many years’ experience in educational leadership and management, I was delighted to accept the post of Headteacher earlier this year and since then to be able to lead staff, governors and the school community in creating many positive changes.
Working with colleagues at our School, we have designed extensive improvement plans over the past 4 months, with a number of exciting developments now in place. Over summer we have transformed our School environment, in readiness for September, into 3 zones: our Main Offer for students in Years 9 – 11, our Nurture Area, called ‘The Hive’, for students in Years 7-8, and our Individualised Learning provision, named ‘The Area’. Many areas of the School, including our entrance hall, have been updated and redecorated, and this programme is planned to continue over the coming months. We hope you will see the changes when you come to visit us at one of our forthcoming open events, the first taking place on 12th December – further details to follow.
Obviously the changes we have made have gathered a lot of interest, and the School is now over-subscribed. The attitude and approach to learning of all of our young people to the new term has been exemplary, with students displaying our current theme of respect and self-management both in the classroom and around school. We have all been delighted to welcome our first ever cohort of Year 7 students, who have made a fabulous start to their secondary school life.
We have many goals and ambitions for our school and the students over the coming year, too many to detail here! To name a few, however, we have introduced new behaviour and discipline procedures, a new vocational curriculum, a theme-based approach to lessons (this term our theme is ‘Communication’), and a number of supportive therapeutic approaches in Sport, Art, Yoga, and Cognitive Behaviour. We are particularly excited with the introduction of new peer to peer approaches, including the creation of a student leadership team. In order to facilitate these developments, we have taken on 10 more staff, and have now employed a number of our existing staff in brand new roles. Perhaps the most exciting appointment has been Toby, our School dog, who will share his adventures on his own Instagram account.
Both myself and the staff look forward to meeting you, should you decide to visit us; alternatively, please feel free to contact the school should you need to speak with us about anything at all.