Principal's Weekly Bulletin

Dear parents and carers

This week we hosted our first mock results day from the pre public exams that Year 11 took in January. The event was really well organised and overall it was very successful. I asked Year 11 to reflect on a number of themes following the collection of their results. From a learning perspective I have asked them to spend time identifying the elements from their subjects where their knowledge and understanding are not yet secure; I called these their Key Learning Priorities (KLPs). Students need to be working hard in lessons and at home on their KLPs so they can enter the exam season in the summer in a confident frame of mind, knowing they have prepared themselves thoroughly. I also asked them to think about what their preparation looks like from this point onwards. Easter is far too late to begin formal revision schedules, so they should be working on this straightaway. Ultimately, they need to make effective and efficient use of every minute they have in the classroom, but if they need to access additional opportunities to secure their knowledge and understanding in certain areas, there will be plenty of this on offer between now and the summer. As parents you have a vital role to play in creating the conditions at home to allow your son or daughter to study effectively, whilst helping them strike the right balance between work, rest and play. 

Our Year 10 Spanish exchange students left for Spain in the early hours of Thursday morning with Mrs Brooks. I hope they have a fabulous time practising their Spanish linguistic skills and we look forward to hearing about their experience when they return next Tuesday.

Our Year 10 boys’ football team and Year 11 boys' rugby team suffered narrow semi-final defeats over the past week, but played superbly in both games, representing UCC extremely well. Well done to all the lads involved. I was really pleased to hear that our girls’ rugby team won a tournament at Lutterworth Rugby Club this week, which is a magnificent achievement and Mr Sievewright was delighted with the way the girls played.

Next Thursday is Parents’ Evening for Year 11 parents from 4pm-6.30pm. I look forward to seeing parents at this very important event.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Mr Solly