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This week I want to go through some important changes to how we are reporting on your child’s progress at Progress Review.
This takes place over Thursday and Friday next week. You are likely to notice some changes to the information you receive. I thought it would be helpful to go through the detail now, although explanations will be available to everyone next week.
In previous editions of QK News I have mentioned the need for the school’s examination results to be higher. Over recent months we have spent a lot of time implementing new systems and expectations about data, including in how we analyse the information that comes through. In the past QK collected a lot of data but only analysed a small proportion of it. This is now going through a significant change.
Last week we launched the new Computing Club. KS3 students will be spending their Thursday evenings learning how to design and develop their own video games.
Congratulations to all those who were successful in the application process:
Matias Musante, Tia Skarin, Shamil Hussain, Mohammad Rahmaan, Ahmed Mohammed, Akram Ali, Lawrence Cataytay, Samuel Abrao, Yacine Sahraoui, Bilquees El-Ageli, Adam Muniree, Justin Chan, Mifta Mohammed, Edward Sun, Shane Rex Dosdos, Tiya Halai and Salim Sharif.
Thank you for all your applications. Places were extremely limited and demand was high. Apologies if you didn’t make the cut this time, but you’re welcome to try again next term.
We’d also like thank the year 7 and year 8 teams for showing such great support for the club. We look forward to demonstrating our fantastic games to you, at the end of the year.
*Logo designed by Matias Musante.
Below are three images taken this week from the new building. In turn they are the main hall (with the seating for assembly neatly folded away), one of ten science laboratories (enough space for the whole class to do practical work away from a normal classroom) and the sports hall (now with lines, nets and lights).
All the ICT equipment is currently being installed and works around the outside of the building are ongoing. I have been doing some thinking about how the building can look and feel inside. The current building may be old but it feels like home to those who have been here a while. We need to achieve the same in the new one.
Earlier this year I reported on work from an INSET day when staff discussed the values of the school. The whole school aim, to develop the best in every student, is deliberately simple and inclusive and covers everything from exam results to extra-curricular activities to all the skills and competencies which prepare students for life.
In addition to aspiration (the ambition to achieve your dreams) and resilience (the ability to recover from difficulty and keep going) I would now like to announce the final value of community.
It has been quite a term. The school has got used to a new school day, school week, lunchtime arrangements, changes to pastoral teams and the student support faculty and many new students and members of staff. Two weeks after we started, we were inspected and in two months’ time we get the keys to the new building.
At the start of term I said to staff that I wanted us to feel like a new school before we moved into the new building and I am very sure that we do. There is no sense of this building winding down, or looking as though we are about to move and long may that continue. What we do to make the new facilities feel like home is another matter.
There has certainly been a great deal of interest in QK and where we are going (in every sense) with strong attendance across Open Evening and each of the four Open Mornings. Thanks to all who attended.
I wish all our students a wonderful break next week. Please remember that school starts again at 8.50 on Tuesday November 4th.