Letter from the Principal, Mrs Jenny Rankine

Letter from the Principal, Mrs Jenny Rankine

Autumn 2017

As a college we have always had high aspirations for all of our students and therefore the driving phrase behind the start of this term has been clear for all to see: Great Expectations.
In lessons, we have observed that students are rising to these expectations: challenging themselves, reading around the subject and having a positive mind-set towards their work. I am sure you will agree that it is important for them to engage positively with learning and to have high expectations of themselves in all areas of their life, such as extra-curricular activities and personal wellbeing. In assemblies, we have spoken to students about how we are raising the bar to ensure every student has access to the very best learning opportunities.
Additionally, I wish to thank all parents who attended our series of Parental Information Evenings, where we were able to share our expectations for each of the year groups in succession. During these evenings, we were pleased to inform parents of how they can support students’ learning at home and thank them for their positive and supportive response. (For those who were unable to attend, copies of the presentations can be found on our website).
Impressively, our new Year 7 cohort have settled-in well to life at Bottisham, demonstrating independence, confidence and resilience in their day-to-day tasks around school. As ever, we look forward to seeing them develop further on their journey with us. On Thursday 30 November, there will be a “Meet the Year 7 Tutor Evening”: more to follow but please put the date in your diaries.
Earlier than usual, Year 11 mocks have been taking place this last fortnight and have proved successful for a range of reasons: giving students focus at the start of the year; enabling us to offer bespoke exam feedback to students to help shape revision and start the post-16 process. Given the earlier start, students now have ample time to respond to the mocks in preparation for the months ahead. We look forward to discussing their progress with parents at Year 11 Parents Evening on 16 November.
As ever, Open Evening was a triumph, mainly due to the army of willing student volunteers who were keen to showcase the college to its many visitors. Students’ enthusiasm for their school never fails to inspire all staff and we received many complimentary comments and messages from visitors about our wonderful ambassadors.
Dates for your diary for next half term:

  • Non-uniform day for Children in Need which will take place on Friday 17 November. There will be a range of activities taking place throughout the day so save up all your loose change!
  • On the same evening, from 7.30pm, The Friends of Bottisham Village College will be hosting one of their infamous quiz nights. Last time, there was fierce competition between sets of staff, parents and a student team! For more details, please contact friends@bottishamvc.org

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