Headteacher’s Weekly Message

With only one week before half term, we seem to have ‘crammed’ our calendar with a multitude of activities! This week we have hosted a Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby Festival, Year 8 and 9 have taken part in a skateboarding ‘master class’ with an Olympic Champion and coach, Year 7 are about to leave for their first Art Gallery visit of this academic year, Miss Cahillane led our Cross-Country team at the Royal Hospital School on Thursday, our Under 14 and 15 Netball Teams played fixtures during enrichment time, on Wednesday we ran a Year 6 French café which was supported by our Year 8 students and last night we held a Progress Evening for Year 10.

In addition to all of that ……. lessons and high quality learning have continued and there are particular classes that have impressed me. Our Year 10 GCSE Design and Technology class, for example, has had an excellent start to the year and I was very pleased to see the high levels of independence and thought that is going into their portfolios. Our Year 10 GCSE Drama class has also had a ‘flying start’; their individual and group responses to the various stimuli are very strong. Mr Hale’s Year 7 English classes continue to impress with their use of Tier 3 vocabulary.

You may also have seen photographs of this week’s Professional Development Session for teaching staff. Continuing to invest in all staff at Ixworth is the key to our continued success and we are engaging with the very best minds in education. So far this term, we have led Trust-wide professional development for our Teaching Assistants as well as teaching staff. In addition to this, subject staff from across the Trust have come together to make further improvements to our curriculum. Last week we focused on Modern Foreign Languages and today (Friday) we are looking at Humanities. Both of these planning sessions have been facilitated/will be facilitated by experts in these areas.

Finally, yesterday’s Year 7 and 8 assembly focused on on-line safety; the Year 9-11 assembly explored ways our students can maintain good mental health. The links to the World Mental Health Day were explicit.

Mr M Barrow
Ixworth Free School