Friday 26 June 2020
Find the full Parent Bulletin linked here: 24 issue Parent Bulletin 26-06-20
I was delighted to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement last Friday that all children in all year groups will be returning to full-time education in September. We know our remote learning strategy has put our scholars in a stronger position than most. Nevertheless, nothing can compare to the learning experience of an actual AGFS classroom. When we return, there will be important work to do around wellbeing and academic catch up. But with your continued support, we are well placed to meet this need. I will write to you with further arrangements for September before the end of term.
In typical AGFS fashion, scholars have dealt superbly with the challenge of online examinations this week. Attendance has been exemplary, and the quality of work is remarkably strong. Thank you for your brilliant support with this and we look forward to providing feedback to scholars and parents over the coming weeks.
Thank you to nearly 200 parents who completed the annual parent survey earlier this month. Your feedback is invaluable as we seek to make further progress next academic year. Parents responded particularly positively on aspects of the survey relating to student happiness, safety, extracurricular activities, rewards, academic progress and challenge, homework, aspirations and careers, and behaviour and school leadership. 98% of parents reported that the school has a good reputation in the local community. 93% of parents responded positively to the question on school communication which represents a 32% improvement since 2018.
Facilitating exceptional communications with parents is an extremely important component of a great school. We know that parental involvement in a child’s education up to the age of 16 is key in driving educational achievement. This lockdown period has served to remind me just what an asset our parents are and, as we move forward, I will be seeking to further unlock the full potential of our parent body accordingly.
Finally, we have welcomed several tutor groups back to school this week for strategy meetings and look forward to receiving further groups next week:
8H & 9H 13:50 - Wednesday 1st July
11S 15:30 - Thursday 2nd July
11W 10:00 – Friday 3rd July
Thank you, as always, for your wonderful support.
Rhys Spiers, Headteacher