Head Teacher's Blog 13th October

Happy Friday 13th to you all. I hope that you have had a fruitful week.

Another busy and exciting week here at The Peele. We have had various visitors to the school, including Mr Wayne Harrod who represented Great Britain at the recent Invictus Games - not only taking part but also winning a silver medal in the cycling events. He presented assemblies to Years 8 and 9, and then met with groups of students to talk to them about his career in the army, his injuries and how he fought back to become a medalist in a world cycling event. Truly inspirational and we look forward to working with him more in the future.

Next week we have another fundraising day, this time for the charity 'Breast Cancer Now'. Students and staff are invited to 'Wear it Pink' on Thursday next week (19th). You should all have received information about this - please remind students to bring a £1 donation if they choose to 'Wear it Pink'. All donations gratefully received, pink or no pink!!

I wanted to let you all know about our renewed push on attendance. Regular attendance at school is the vital foundation from which students build their understanding in order to make the best possible progress. A half day missed here and there soon mounts up  Each week the forms compete to see who has the best attendance. This week it was Mrs Butler's form who had 100% attendance across the week. Each student will get a postcard home and the form gets the 'Attendance Cup' to keep for a week. Last weeks winners were Mr Gooding's form. At the end of next half term the form with the best attendance since September will receive a special reward - to be decided by the JLT, so students - make sure you tell the JLT what prize you would like.

Today (Friday) Mr Wheeler took a team of Year 7 students out to a Cross Country competition. The boys completed a 2885m course and the girls ran 2250m. Mr Wheeler said 'They had a great time, made new friends and were an absolute pleasure to be with' - he also added that other adults at the venue had commented on how polite and helpful our students were. The students involved were Oscar Drew, Charlie Crisp, Sophie Lambert, Ben Greenacre, Ethan Turner, Matas Vaidilauskis, Oliver Forth, Harvey Still, Darcie Norman, Jake Bracking and Harry Fowler. Huge congratulations to you all and thank you for being such great ambassadors for The Peele. I have to add that we have had 2 visiting teachers this week who both commented on how hard working and respectful the students are here. 

On Tuesday we held our first Data Information Evening, hosted by Mr Gilman. He has put the presentation from that session onto the website and has asked that you please feel free to contact him at the school if you would like more information or have any questions at all.

Finally from me, a reminder that we are seeking Parent Governors to join our new Governing Body as we take the school forward. You will have a vital role in the decisions that need to be made at this exciting time for the school. Letters will be coming home next week and nominations need to be received by next Friday (20th) at 3.45pm.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, I understand that we are expecting a mini heat wave so I hope that the weather forecasters have it right! Enjoy.