3rd March 2017

Headteacher’s Newsletter 3.3.17

Teacher of the Year

Mr Holbrooke Jones, our Head of Creative Studies, has been shortlisted for the Echo Teacher of the Year Award. This is a very prestigious award which is fully deserved, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish him the best of luck at the upcoming awards ceremony.

An Act of Kindness

A member of our local community is trying to find out which two Ferndown Upper School students recently helped her elderly parents when they both fell over. The two girls ran over and helped them, with one of the students running off to get plasters. They were both apparently very kind and their daughter is desperate to say thank you to them. If these are your children, then please do get in contact.

Budget Cuts

As you may have seen in the news recently, schools are being adversely affected by rising costs (increased national insurance and pension contributions, a 1% staff pay rise, the apprenticeship levy and cuts to previous grants) while funding has been frozen at 2015 levels.

And I will admit that this does make budgeting a very difficult process. However I would like to reassure all parents that having a highly skilled, subject specialist in front of an appropriately sized class is our number one priority as a school.

The Barcelona Trip Returns

Welcome back to the staff and students from our Barcelona trip, I hope you all had a wonderful time.

Y9 Rock Reef and John Egging Trips

Some of our Y9s went on two very successful ‘challenge’ days this Tuesday and Thursday. The feedback from the students and staff involved was that both days were engaging, challenging and enjoyable.

Fleet Air Arm Engineering Trip

Our budding engineers also had a very successful day out last Friday at the Fleet Air Arm (FAA), which is the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft. The students involved were; Tom Regan, Jas Milsom, Zoe Coldwell, Lorna McLaughlin, Chris Laver, Ryan Connor, Jazz Binning, Joe Hastings, Toby Wareham, Ellis Pitson, Josh Harrop, Holly Ryan, Aiden Formston, Dylan Cox, Tony Gribbon, Charlie Long & Lloyd Roberts.

Upcoming Events

  • Options Evening – Thursday 9th March
  • Amy Winehouse Workshops – Y9 & Y13 – Friday 10th March

Results Update

As you will be aware, because I do tell you frequently, our A*-C English and maths result was very high last year, as the graph below shows. What you might not be aware of is that our (DfE) maths and options progress scores were also very high, again as you can see from the graphs below. Our target is now to be top for all of the progress measures.


I would like to draw your attention to concerns expressed about a new social media app called “Whisper”. Whisper is an anonymous social network that encourages people to share secrets or images that they cannot do on other social media sites. Students should never share personal information or pictures online and the recommended age is 17. There are also concerns that older men are using this app to try to meet younger girls.