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Letter to Parents October 2021
Written by Vicky Willis
This term seems to have gone so quickly and we are delighted to be back in the swing of some form of ‘normality’. It is a joy to see students fully accessing their learning and using specialist teaching areas again. The atmosphere around the school is very positive and this is reflected in the conduct, enthusiasm and enjoyment seen on the faces of our students and staff.
A warm welcome to all our new families. I do hope your children have settled in and are enjoying school. I am delighted to share the news that we have a new Head of Year 7 – Amy Burridge. Miss Burridge has taught at KES for a number of years and she has already been heavily involved in helping year 7 settle in successfully so I know many year 7 parents will already know her. She is positive and ambitious for the students — we are lucky to have her and I know she is excited to take on her new role.
In September, we opened our doors to welcome a huge number of visitors for our Open Events. It was fantastic to be able to hold these in person again and to be able to show so many families our wonderful school and all that we have to offer. We have received such lovely feedback from so many families about how superb the students were on the evening and how proud they are of their school and the opportunities that they are offered. We also had many visitors throughout the open morning who were able to see first hand the learning in action and the excellent engagement, creative thinking and enjoyment in lessons.
‘Career Days’ work experience courses (Y10 — 13) — for more information go to the Careers & Progression tab, then New & Events.
Many thanks, Mrs Edwards
September 2021 Letter to Parents
Written by V Willis
I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer break and are looking forward as much as we are to the new year ahead. We hope that you and your families are well. Well done to all of our students who have started the new academic year really positively. We are so pleased to be back to some degree of normality and we are excited to get cracking with them and see how well they can do!
More than ever, students have to show a good work ethic, resilience and determination, as well as receive excellent teaching, in order to do well in their end of year 11 and year 13 examinations. Amid the constant flux and challenge of the last 18 months, students have shown great tenacity and the GCSE and IBCP results were testament to their efforts — we are very proud of them all and wish them lots of luck with the next steps in their journeys, wherever that may be. We are delighted that the majority of our Y11s choose to stay on to study the IBCP in our 6th form; our sixth form has grown significantly over the last few years and this year we have approximately 140 students taking the IBCP now.
I know many of you saw our Y11 and Y13 results news on our school website and thank you to so many who sent in such positive comments and letters about our brilliant Year 11 and Year 13 students and our committed staff. Of course none of this success would be possible without the dedication and commitment of our staff team who do absolutely everything they can to help our students succeed. If our students work hard they will have every opportunity in the future to find the success and fulfilment they absolutely deserve. We know that with your support and backing our students can achieve great things and this makes King Ethelbert a very exciting place to be. It is also significant and important for you to note that at a time of a nationally publicised shortage of teachers, King Ethelbert consistently receives a wide field of excellent applications from teachers with the appropriate academic qualifications needed for each subject specialism whenever we advertise a teaching post. King Ethelbert is a good place to work as well as a happy place to be for everyone.