Date:September 30, 2016

Headteacher’s Blog – September 2016

New Term, First Week

As new Headteacher, this has been a very exciting week indeed. On Tuesday we welcomed our new Year 7 students. What an inquisitive and motivated group we have. When I first met them on Year 6 Induction Day I asked that they return to us in September ready to, ‘look at the world in wonder, ask important questions, have dreams for the future, be kind to themselves and know that they are important people’. I have seen all of those qualities demonstrated this week in my interaction with them in school corridors, in the playground, arriving for school and in assembly.

Year 7 have also enjoyed a taster of how vibrant school life can be. Our subject leader for music, Mrs Wade organised a year group music lesson. The whole year group gathered in the school hall and were introduced to the many musical instruments that they can learn at Budehaven and the groups they can join, such as the school’s samba band. Peripatetic teachers and our own students played a range of instruments for them from bass guitar and drums to flute and trumpet.

We also welcomed a new Year 12 into our Sixth Form on Tuesday. They are very fortunate to be joining a Sixth Form that was judged to be ‘outstanding in the top 10% of schools nationally’ (Alps). They spent some time in a study skills session considering how best to study and be a successful student. They have begun their new A Level and BTec courses with enthusiasm and given their great GCSE results this summer, we expect them to be very successful.

On Wednesday we welcomed back Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13. It was great to see so many of our students with a positive attitude, looking smart and ready to learn. I would like to say a big thank you to our parents who have ensured their children are wearing correct uniform. We appreciate your support with this.

The Budehaven Way
Before the summer holiday our staff and students reflected on what Budehaven means to them and what makes a successful Budehaven student. From all of their ideas we then created our new Budehaven Way (see below) that we introduced to the school this week. This captures what we think is the culture of our school. We believe our school is ambitious for all of its students and we expect the Budehaven Way to provide guidance for what we value and how we act.

Enjoy the weekend.

Tracey Reynolds

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