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SEPTEMBER UPDATE FROM HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

25 September 2017


It has been a very busy and extremely positive first few weeks of term. On a personal level, I have been made to feel very welcome by staff and pupils alike and am very excited about the year ahead. Reddam House is a very busy school, with so much going on each week, and I have been delighted to see how enthusiastically your children throw themselves into all we have to offer.

Our Open Day last Saturday went extremely well, and was our best attended yet. The parents visiting were full of praise for the pupils they met, either taking them on their tour or in spaces around the school, and I would like to thank them for their efforts on the day. The key themes that our visitors picked up on were the family feel and the very positive relationships between the pupils and between the pupils and staff. Having spent my first few weeks here as Head of Senior School and as a parent of children here, I feel that the same comes across each and every day.

I would like to update you on an initiative we have launched in the Senior School – our learning blogs. Each pupil is creating an online learning journal/blog with support from their tutor. We have suggested that the first entries, being written at the moment include the following information: a little bit about themselves, e.g. starting Year 10; what they like about Reddam House; what went well last year; what they could improve; academic and extra-curricular targets for the year. Please do have a look at what they have written and encourage them to reflect on their school experience as much as possible. Please also note that we do need all pupils to bring in a device capable of accessing the internet – a laptop or tablet is preferred (Year 10 must have their Surface Pro).

Something of particular relevance to Year 13 at present, but also important for the years below, is the university applications process. I would urge you to look at the excellent UCAS website (www.ucas.com). There are thousands of courses available and lots of information and videos to support the application process. I also strongly recommend looking at the Russell Group’s Informed Choices publication (http://russellgroup.ac.uk/media/5457/informed-choices-2016.pdf). This is particularly relevant now to Year 12 who might be thinking about dropping a subject at some point and Year 11s thinking about which subjects to choose next year if applying to a Russell Group university is an aspiration.

Yours faithfully

Mike Milner

Head of Senior School

M.Milner

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