I am proud to be writing my first Headteacher blog for Mark Rutherford School having recently been appointed permanently into the role. It is fair to say that the last 18 months or so have been very unusual times for everyone but one, as a school, we have managed well given all the changes we have had to respond to. This time last year we were at the start of our first lockdown and as a school had also been through a positive Ofsted inspection; all within the space of a week or so of each other. Since then so much has changed and I for one never thought we would have another period of lockdown with students out of school and learning remotely from home. Students and teachers proved very quickly how adaptable and resilient they truly are!
It was so nice to see students returning in the week beginning Monday 8th March; suddenly our school was alive and had its soul back! Although we’d had on average 70 students a day in during lockdown it’s certainly not the same as nearly 1300!! Hearing the students chatter in the corridors, giggle with their friends and pass by with a cheery ‘hello’ definitely made me reflect on what life in a school is all about. Most students have demonstrated their adaptability and resilience once more as they transitioned back in to learning in the classroom; I for one have loved teaching my Year 7 and 8 classes again in person and seeing their inquisitive minds take on board new knowledge and skills.
At the end of the spring term we said goodbye to two teachers. Mrs Rook had been covering Mrs Easom’s maternity leave and quickly slotted into the Geography department; she has moved on to pastures new and we welcome back Mrs Easom at the start of the summer term. Miss Moran left us to relocate and take up a new role as an Assistant SENDCo – having trained with us and then appointed as an English teacher from September 2016 she will be sorely missed by staff and students alike. I would like to take this opportunity to wish them happiness and success in their next chapters, I would also like to thank them for all their hard work, dedication and commitment to our school and the students they have taught.
We look forward to all students returning on Monday 12th April for the start of the summer term. For students in Years 11, 12 and 13 who were expecting to do exams this summer they will now be preparing for assessments in their chosen subjects. We recognise that this will be an intense period of time and we will support students as best we can and ensure they are as prepared as they can be. We will be able to confirm all key dates, to include when students will have ended their courses, in the first week or so back after Easter. We are still awaiting final confirmation from exam boards as to each subject’s assessment requirements.
Outlined below are a few key dates up until May half term:
- Thursday 29th April – Year 12 Parents Evening
- Monday 3rd May – Bank Holiday
- Thursday 13th May – Year 10 Parents Evening
- Friday 28th May – End of the half term
We look forward to the start of the new term with students and staff returning reenergised and recharged and will continue to maintain the high expectations we have in relation to teaching and learning, behaviour and attendance. We are also expecting updated DfE guidance in relation to COVID-19 too and will communicate any key changes we will be making as a school as soon as we can.