It has been a great first half term at Moor Park. As a headteacher I look for the small signs that tell me that the school is improving and I have seen many of these signs during this half term. Our year 11s have made a great start, adapting quickly to the more rigorous and difficult GCSE courses. They are on course to do exceptionally well and produce a record set of results. Our new year 12s have settled in well and our sixth form demonstrated once again in the summer that it punches well above its weight, producing results in the top 10% of 6th forms nationally.
We have a record number of year 7s this year and we have been delighted by the way in which they have started their lives in secondary education. I have also been delighted by the quality, commitment and professionalism of our new teachers; at a time of teacher recruitment issues we have been able to recruit the best and retain the existing quality staff that we already had. Teachers want to work here because our young people behave well, want to learn and come from supportive families; we consider ourselves very lucky.
We have worked hard on improving student behaviour and the school is a real ocean of calm, with adults being able to teach and young people being able to learn. This has meant offering some ‘tough love’ and our same day detention system has been effective in dealing with the causes of low level disruption. This week work began on improving the external environment for the young people, giving them shelter, somewhere to eat and first-class facilities for sport and exercise. Only the best is good enough for our young people and we are all determined to provide it. These are exciting times and as I enter my first full academic year as head teacher I will offer parents this regular blog to keep you up to date with developments throughout the year.