My previous blog mentioned the introduction of the Young Curators Programme and I am pleased to write that we have now appointed a team of 11 curators from Years 10 to 13. The competition for places was very tough with 38 strong applications. The curators had their first meeting with Nicola Shipley, the Arts Professional, and are now planning the future of the school’s art gallery.
The Young Curators' Programme is designed to enrich students’ experience of school and give them opportunities to develop leadership skills. A similar programme for Digital Leaders will be launched through assemblies next week. This programme will be led by Mr Johnson who has just been appointed as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert! Mr Johnson is now one of the 250 international experts appointed by Microsoft from a field of 23,000 applicants; he is one of just ten experts appointed for the UK. The Digital Leaders will work closely with Mr Johnson in leading ICT innovations at Highfields and play an important role in supporting students and teachers in the use of ICT.
It was great to see so many people attending our Autumn Festival where over three hundred tickets were sold with the audience enjoying Shakespeare, Diwali, food and fireworks. It is on these occasions that we really do appreciate the versatility of our new buildings.
To view photos from the Autumn Festival, visit our online gallery.
On the issue of buildings we now feel much more settled than this time last year and have a good understanding of the buildings, how they work and their future potential. We now feel confident in addressing the matter of community use and the Governing Body have agreed to set up a governors’ committee to review community use and explore its future provision. I will keep you informed of future plans and developments.
Inevitably, the exam season has begun. A small number of Year 11 students have recently sat their full GCSE examinations in English and Maths whilst the rest of Year 11 have taken a mock exam in Maths. Sixth formers applying to Oxford and Cambridge are busy in their preparations and we wish them well in their applications.
It was good to see our Link Governors in school last week. These are members of the Governing body who focus on particular aspects of the school to ensure that the governing body are kept well informed on the work of the school. Last week’s visits by six Link Governors focussed on ICT, Sixth Form and the examination outcomes in each of the Learning Schools. As governors are all volunteers who give their time freely to the school we really do appreciate their efforts and contributions.
For more information on the School Governing Body please click here.