Categories: Headteacher’s Blog
13th October 2017
6th October 2017
29th September 2017
William de Ferrers School came alive on Wednesday evening as our highly successful open evening took place - please see the separate news item for the full story.
I was delighted to attend a presentation for a group of year 10 students who either sat MENSA examinations or who took part in an archaeological dig last summer. Following their fantastic results, all the students who took MENSA examinations were judged to be well above average and eleven students who were in the top 1 or 2% have received an invitation to join MENSA.
Our young archaeologists all received certificates from the University of Cambridge for their work in Southminster last summer and for their 3000 word dissertation. Thank you to Mr Stamp for assisting the students and congratulations to all the students involved for their hard work and amazing results.
Parents of year 7 students will have the opportunity to meet their child’s tutor on Tuesday 03 and Monday 09 October. These meet the tutor evenings will run between 5.00-8.00pm and appointments are being arranged with form tutors. If you haven’t yet received your appointment time, please contact the lower school team.
Our ‘welcome to year 12’ evening is taking place on Thursday next week at 6.30pm in the Dame Elizabeth Hall for parents and carers of students who joined year 12 in September.
22nd September 2017
A reminder that we are holding our annual school opening evening on Wednesday 27 September. This is always a fantastic event where visitors enjoy the buzz and excitement created by our departments. Thank you to the many students who have already volunteered to take part by demonstrating learning activities in departments and to the year 8 students who will be our tour guides for the evening. I would be grateful if you could share the news of our open event with friends, family and contacts who may have children currently in years 5 or 6.
Many of our students took part in National Citizen Service (NCS) activities over the summer. We are very proud that Sophie Warman, Carla Jenkins and Abbie Milsom won the outstanding social project award. The team they were in produced an impressive video that promoted cancer charities and encouraged the audience to donate to good causes. Well done to everyone that took part in the NCS projects this summer.
Well done to Casey Pearson from year 8 who recently received an outstanding Jack Petchey achievement award for his services to badminton. Casey was nominated for the help and mentoring he has been providing to the younger players in the Essex Badminton England performance centre.
Congratulations to Jack Fisk from year 10 who has been selected to play in the inter-counties golf league final Essex vs Surrey. To be chosen from all the players in Essex is an achievement Jack should be very proud of. The event takes place on the 07 and 08 October 2017, and we very much look forward to hearing how Jack gets on.
We always love to hear and celebrate the successes and achievements of our students outside of school. If you would like to share details with us please email email@example.com.
15th September 2017
I hope you have all had a lovely summer. It has been great to welcome all our students back this week and in particular to welcome our new year 7 and year 12 students to the school. I am pleased to say the term has begun with a really smooth and positive start, and all the students have settled in brilliantly to the new academic year.
I would like to congratulate all the key stage 4 and 5 students who celebrated their exam results in August. It is always a great pleasure to share in the student’s excitement on results day as they reap the rewards of their hard work. We are extremely pleased with our summer examination success this year. 51% of A levels were awarded A* or A; 98% of level 3 diplomas were awarded either Distinction* or Distinction, and 70% of our year eleven students achieved a level four or higher in both English and maths. Well done to all those students and thank you to the staff that have supported their success.
Our new year 7 students have settled in superbly this week and have told me when I have seen them around the building that they are loving being at William de Ferrers School. I am particularly impressed with how quickly they have adapted to their new classes and have got to know their fellow students. It has been lovely at break and lunchtimes to see many new friendship groups forming.
A reminder to all parents that you may report your child’s absence from school in one of the following ways: by telephone: 01245 326359 for years 7-11 and 01245 326350 for years 12-13, text: 07860002615 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr M Applewhite MA NPQH Acting Headteacher