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I hope you had an enjoyable Easter break.

On April 23rd it was world book night. This is clearly well chosen as it marks the death of Shakespeare and also the Spanish novelist, Cervantes on this date in 1616.

Mr Bancroft in his assemblies this week has been reflecting on Easter and the new beginnings that we usually think about in this season. He also asked students to think about some of the tragedies that had happened over the Easter break, in particular the South Korean ferry disaster where so many young students lost their lives.  Mr Bancroft mentioned another life lost over the Easter period, that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’.

We take comfort and advice from our literary tradition. Marquez reminded us that ‘It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams’. Our Year 11 and Sixth Form students (and some Year 10 students) are currently preparing for important external examinations, and I know you will be supporting them through this stressful time. Do remind your children of the need to follow their dreams, work hard and do the very best they can for their futures. At this time when we think of renewal, I am sure that our students are refreshed ready for the challenges that the summer term brings.

You will notice that this is a new website. Some information on the website has been streamlined, and some new information is available for prospective parents and outside agencies (the DfE, Ofsted and so on). However, I do encourage you to have a browse through the pages, and offer feedback on any information that you would find useful on the site, by contacting us (as outlined on the website!)

Michael Wardle, Headteacher