Headteacher Autumn 2021 Message
A very Happy New Year to all of you and your families!
I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and are looking forward to 2022.
I would like to pay tribute to our wonderful staff who have endured one the longest and most challenging terms ever, they are so dedicated, experienced and focused on developing every single pupil’s full potential.
Our governors are a very supportive team and have been supporting us, in person all through the term. One such event was our 70th birthday celebrations on 10th December. Sadly, we had to scale down our plans due to Covid. However, driven by the Home School Association’s Chair and committee, with support from governors, parents and staff we were able to put on a smaller event for the pupils. It was very important for us to mark the occasion and I am eternally grateful to every single person who contributed their time, their expertise, donated or gave us a prize to help us raise funds. The pupils absolutely loved it!
This year we have successfully started our accreditation with the National Autistic Society, a development that is very important as we continue to become as well-informed and up to date in our practice, as we can be.
Since September, we have operated our alternative provision called The Orchard. This takes place on 2 days per week, with the places available to vulnerable pupils from other schools. Thanks to the excellent work of Jenna Kendall (ATA in charge of Learning Outside the Classroom), this has been a huge success for the pupils and their parents. We will eventually expand to hosting 8 children at any one time.
This term we look forward to Spring and to new beginnings. The flowers usually start to appear on the driveway at the end of January and everything starts to blossom in our beautiful grounds.
We hope that we can all stay well and keep going through the next term without too much in the way of Covid disruption!
Thank you in advance for all your support, it is so crucial to our work and the happiness of all the students.
Marianne Best, Headteacher