Looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Wednesday (7th September 2016).
The beginning of a new academic year is always exciting as we have a new lease of life after the much needed summer break. We had great GCSE exam results for 2016 with 100% of pupils achieving more than 5 GCSEs at A*- C, including English Literature and Maths and over 85% including English Language and Maths. Well done to year 11 and to all teachers and parents too. All of our graduates have gone off to colleges of their first choice to study performing arts, and/or A levels – but I'm sure they will all pop in from time to time to let us know how they are getting on. Beverley's been in twice already!
Our pupils are achieving well academically, but when it comes to vocational exams they really excel. We had a 100% pass rate for our LAMDA speech and drama exams, with many distinctions and three pupils gaining distinctions at Gold Medal/Grade 8 – which is equivalent to an A level. So proud of them all.
Reflecting back over the last academic year brings so many happy memories and proud moments, from our “Children's Musicals” performance at the Mayor's Charity Gala Ball to “Remembering the 60s” with our year 11s at Eden Hall Charity Show for suffers of dementia and cancer. There were also the Open Mic Nights; the Barnet Christmas Fayre parade and shows; the Easter and Christmas Pantos and our End of Year Show – Tribute to Roald Dahl. What I remember most about these events every year are the faces of the pupils when they witness that what they do can make a difference. There's that buzz, excitement, pride and then confidence. It is fabulous to be a part of this process over and over again. The photos of the Barnet Christmas Fayre parade look like something out of “Fame”.
Over the summer we have been refurbishing the building as we do, and this year we have given our foyer a facelift and also installed new front doors and window frames. They were very worn. I don't know how long they have been there but I have photos of the building dating back to the 1500s and they look like the same doors to me. Surely not!