A warm welcome to new and existing students and their extended families.
I thought it would be helpful to share with you some positive news. Our examination results have improved for yet another year. Following a relentless focus on attendance we finished the year with the best overall percentage in the history of the College. We have appointed several new talented and experienced staff in response to an increase in student numbers in particular areas.
We continue to invest in our premises and have received over £1m for new boilers and new windows to the Science Block. We have also invested in new signage across the College and have refurbished the Sports Centre which is increasingly being used by our local community. Following parent/student feedback we have reviewed our systems for late gate and although we expect all students to be punctual, Curriculum Leaders will be taking responsibility for ensuring their students catch up on any work missed due to lateness. We will be installing new front gates later in the term, which will allow us to track and monitor lateness more rigorously through student ID cards.
In the next few weeks, students will have access to our Blended Learning IT platform, which will allow them to access online learning linked to their curriculum area. Students have directed study as part of their timetable and should use this time wisely to keep up to date with homework, coursework and revision. I will be visiting classrooms this week to ensure our students are settled and enjoying their time at SHC.
We intend to have Parent Pay introduced into the College by October half term, which should prevent the need for students to carry cash on their persons. Many of you will be familiar with this online payment system, which is now used in many secondary schools.
Here is the link to ProPortal for you to access key information.
Mrs Jan Atkinson