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Posted on: 21/12/2017 Farewell and Welcome As is inevitably the case, the end of term also means saying farewell to a few staff. We are indebted to Sue Hathaway, our Data Manager, for agreeing to stay on at the school throughout the Autumn term, despite having made the decision to leave Hampton High at the end of the Summer term. We wish her every success in her new role at Raynes Park School.
We are also saying farewell to Linda Nathan, our Chair of Governors. Linda has worked tirelessly for the school for a number of years, serving first as a Governor and latterly as Chair of Governors. Linda made the decision some time ago to step down, but has worked closely with Rachel Cooper, our incoming Chair of Governors, to ensure a smooth transition. We are very grateful to Linda for her dedication and commitment over the years, as well as the support she has offered through this last term.
We would like to wish Claire Palmer and Alice Jones good luck as they start their respective maternity leaves at the end of the Christmas holidays. We have been very fortunate to recruit an experienced teacher of music, Mr Steve Hastings, who is relocating from Devon and will step in for Ms Palmer. Mr Hastings will start on 9 January. Lisa Molin, who is a long-standing teacher at Hampton High, will be teaching Ms Jones’ classes. We also congratulate Ms Michelle Harris who will be taking on the position of Acting Head of Performing Arts whilst Ms Jones is on maternity leave.
We are also bidding farewell to Shaelene Bruce as she heads off to a new position at Radnor House. Ms Bruce has been the Head of Science here at Hampton High for four years and has also served as an Associate Assistant Headteacher on the school’s leadership team for four terms. Shaelene has made a significant contribution to the school in all aspects of her work and will be very much missed.
In true good leadership style, she has ensured that she has prepared her department to step in. We are delighted that Ms Danielle Hasker has agreed to become Acting Head of Science for the remainder of the academic year, guaranteeing continuity for the students. She will be supported by Mr Marillat and Ms Brodie who have also taken up acting positions of responsibility within the department. We also welcome Ms Deborah Straughn to the team for the remainder of the year. Ms Straughn is an experienced senior leader who has taught science in schools across London.
We should like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms Tara Anderson on her successful appointment to Deputy Head of English in Ms Weaver’s absence through maternity leave and also Mr Luke Jones, who has taken on additional responsibility for the sixth form.
Our final welcome goes to Ms Jamie Lawal, who will be joining us as a very experienced maths teacher from Richmond Park Academy.
Ms R. Poole - Headteacher
Posted on: 21/12/2017 Year 7 Transition Naturally, some Year 7 students have found the transition from primary school challenging and we feel that it is vital that we continue to give them support as they adapt to life at secondary school. The ground floor area of Wordsworth will remain a place dedicated to Year 7 students at break and lunch time. We will arrange for a board games area as part of this space, and would welcome any donations of games, such as Uno, Connect 4, cards, chess, Cluedo etc. that you may have at home.
Our recent work scrutiny of Year 7 books showed that many students are relishing the learning challenges they are getting in lessons. Teacher feedback in books shows that they are able to respond to and learn from the diagnostic comments given by staff. These are most evident by the green pen responses. However, it is also clear that some students may need some additional short-term support to reflect on their learning and make the next steps required. For these students we are putting in place some smaller work groups to develop skills and confidence as learners.
Our Pastoral Support Managers continue to work with students who may still feel a little overwhelmed by the transition into secondary school. Please do contact us at school if you feel your child may benefit from this type of support.
Many of our students, including year 7s, have participated in training to become anti-bullying ambassadors. They have been introduced in assemblies and are easily identifiable around the school by their “A” badges on their blazer lapels. Any student may approach them for advice and they know how and when to involve members of staff for support. We also operate the Sharp recording system on our website if they wish to register an issue from home, rather than face to face.
These are just a few of the initiatives which are taking place within the school. As ever, we welcome your feedback and comments. Please address these to: firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be directed to the member of staff best able to respond (this may be the Head of Year, Form Tutor, Deputy Head, Pastoral Support Manager, Assistant Headteacher or Headteacher).
Posted on: 21/12/2017 End of Autumn Term Review of School Improvement As we come to the end of the longest term in the school year, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support since September.
We have been very pleased with the way the vast majority of students have adapted to their new uniform. They continue to wear it with pride and there are very few infringements. Thank you for your continued support in ensuring your children have the right uniform and wear it properly. Very few mobile phones have been confiscated this term and we are pleased with how well the students have accepted this new expectation.
We have welcomed a number of visitors to the school this term: 4 local councillors, the primary headteachers from our key feeder schools, the headteacher from Lady Eleanor Holles, the headteacher and assistant head from Hampton School, as well as governors and prospective parents. All visitors have been given a tour of the school by our students, and all have commented on the calm and purposeful atmosphere of the school when it is at work in lessons. We are also very pleased that the number of students applying to the school for both Year 7 and Sixth Form places next year has increased.
We have continued to work closely with our School Improvement Partner, Alastair Wilson. Mr Wilson is employed by the governors to visit us at regular intervals to independently judge our standards across the school, as well as to challenge and support our development. This term he reported how, “The school is firmly on the trajectory to be good.”
Whilst we are pleased with this judgement in less than a term, we are mindful that there are key areas which we still need to address. These areas will drive our school improvement work next term as we are committed to being judged as solidly good in all aspects of our work by Summer 2018.
I am looking forward to the start of the New Year and new term and working with staff, students, parents and governors to continue our development.
I should like to thank you for your continued support during this term and wish all of our students and families a peaceful holiday.
Ms R. Poole - Headteacher
Posted on: 19/12/2017 Football report written by Stan Curd in Year 8 On Tuesday 12th December, a few of the boys from Year 7 and Year 8 competed in the Year 8 Borough Football Tournament verses Grey Court, Richmond Park Academy, Twickenham School, St. Richard Reynolds and Christ’s.
The team were drawn in a group with Grey Court and Richmond Park Academy. First, we beat Richmond Park Academy 1-0, with Billy Davis getting the goal from the right ride of the box after some relentless attacking play. Grey Court beat Richmond 2-0; meaning Hampton High had to beat Grey Court to go top of the group. A draw would see Grey Court win the group on goal difference.
Hampton High took on Grey Court in the final game of the group. Charlie George scored an early goal from the left side of the box to give Hampton High the lead. The boys battled and defended to keep the lead, however with the ball notching off Stan Curd to the Grey Court striker, they equalised with the last kick of the game.
Hampton High had to settle for second place in the group, playing Twickenham School in the third place game. We won 2-1 with goals from Ruben Doe and Stan Curd.
Overall, the boys were unlucky and and played some great football throughout the tournament. The team consisted of: Kristian Farrell, Billy Davis, Phi Nguyen, Charlie George, Frankie Allen, Stan Curd, Ted Curd and Jackson Birch.
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