Message from the PrincipalThursday 20th July 2017
It’s a question I get asked frequently: “What makes Bottisham Village College so unique?”
As one might imagine, this can be a very difficult question to answer, as there are many aspects of our college community that seem to stand out. However, if I reflect on this academic year, one occasion seems to best exemplify what we stand for:
Our Reflect and Unite Day on 19th June this year.
In the wake of such troubling and saddening incidents occurring in both Manchester and London recently, and the national tribute to the work of the late Jo Cox MP, our student body requested that we mark the occasion in a gathering of sorts. Organised almost entirely by our wonderful Student Leadership Team, students arrived for the day in non-school uniform and took part in a range of events, culminating in a picnic on our school field, bathing in both the midsummer sunshine and the company of friends and colleagues. To end the event, Mr Compton, Deputy Principal and Sgt. Priestley from our police prevention team, spoke to the students about the day’s meaning and the significance of community.
To have over 800 students silent and attentive was something of a privilege to see and told us much about them: they understood the day’s meaning.
For me, that sums up our college: students and staff working closely to ensure we all feel safe, happy and supported. You can understand the sense of pride I felt for our students as the day drew to a close.
In a similar way, three words have been embedded into school life over the course of this academic year: Power for Good. Using a range of assemblies, we have been working with students to recognise that their actions can be such a powerful force for good, impacting on others’ lives and making our community safe. To recognise these acts, coming in a range of forms, I have personally been distributing “Power for Good” certificates to those who go above and beyond the normal call of duty.
Congratulations to them all.
This term has also been one tinged with sadness, as we have said a fond farewell to a wonderful year 11 group. Being the first year group to undertake the reformed 9-1 examinations in English and Maths, students approached the arduous season in such a formidable manner, taking advantage of the revision sessions and support offered by our “Operation Success” package. As they arrived at their annual prom, we could already see how students had grown into confident, likeable and intelligent young people. We wish them all the very best for the future.
For those of you who have visited the school recently, you’ll notice that our capital build is well underway and currently on target. Amazingly, our new 3G artificial sports pitch is now fully functional and will be such an asset to the school going forward. Please note that there are restrictions in terms of footwear, please see information that we conveyed to you last week. However, the trade-off to such exciting building-work is perhaps the lack of space that we are experiencing as a result, notably on Lode Road and in our car parks. Could I therefore please urge parents not to drop-off or pick up in the school car park, as it becomes so congested with buses and site traffic: the safety of our students must be a priority. In the same way, if we could also be mindful of our immediate local community, it would be greatly appreciated.
At this time of year, we say goodbye to a range of staff and wish them all the very best in their endeavours, some of which will be in far-flung, exotic corners of the globe! However, the college remains an attractive place of work, and we are excited to welcome some fantastic new staff in September.
As the college looks to continue to reshape its curriculum in years 7, 8 and 9, in-line with the changes at GCSE, our Deputy Principal, Mr Compton, will be ensuring that our younger students continue to be challenged, motivated and enthused by all aspects of our broad and balanced curriculum.
We have also made some slight changes to our current curriculum. Year 11 CORE REP will now be delivered during bespoke sessions across the year and we have made some alterations to our Directed Studies lessons, ensuring that students are guided through key aspects of their learning in a classroom environment.
Next term I will be updating you each month on how the school and community work is developing and hope you will follow us on twitter and facebook for daily updates.
Can I thank you all for your wonderful support this term especially with our expectations on uniform and attendance and wish you a very restful and enjoyable summer holiday. We look forward to seeing students on the following dates:
Year 7 Only – Monday 4 September 2017
All year groups – Tuesday 5 September 2017