While we await the official report from our positive one day short inspection from Ofsted, school continues to operate at breakneck speed. Following a relaunch of our senior student programme, I recently enjoyed reading over 100 applications from students in all years. The quality of literacy, the amount of pride for the school and the desire to make a difference was impressive and I look forward to the next step in the selection process which will be led by the sixth form senior student team.
Our new roof is slowly appearing and the consensus is that it looks smart. We hope contractors will complete their task a week after half term. Students have dealt with this interruption well. This will improve the flow of children around the site as we will be able to re-open exits which have been closed since September.
The application process for Year 6 applications for secondary places nears completion and a feature of my week has been to tour the College with prospective parents and their children. Parents told me repeatedly how they wish they could come back to school if it was like Norton is now. I agree! It is a privilege to be able to walk into all classrooms and see the learning taking place. Work is active, challenging and yet the children are relaxed and engaged.
The theme for last week’s assemblies was all about my favourite ASPIRE value- RESPECT . I talked about the rights of minorities in our country and the responsibility we all have to ensure that everyone is known and respected as an individual. It was encouraging to sense the receptiveness of the students to support those who could feel marginalised in school.