Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
As the new Principal at Queen Katharine Academy, I am delighted to welcome you all back to the new school year. I hope everyone had a lovely summer holiday and had the chance to spend valuable time with family and friends.
Firstly, I would like to inform you of how proud the school and the Trust are of the young people who took their exams in the summer this year, and with the results they have achieved. There were excellent results for many of the students leaving both Year 11 and Year 13. I am delighted to confirm that 50% of students leaving Year 11 have returned to join us in Year 12, at the start of what we hope will be an exciting and successful time in our thriving Sixth Form. Equally impressive, are the 97% of students leaving the Sixth Form, who gained their first-place university choice. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students, and thank their families for their support, and the staff for their dedication.
I know that you will have seen in the media the stories regarding RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) and its use in school buildings. I would like to reassure you that Queen Katharine Academy is not affected by this at all, as confirmed by Thomas Deacon Education Trust. For more information about RAAC, please read this article by the Department for Education.
I have already had the pleasure of leading whole school assemblies and introducing myself to all our young people and welcoming them to this new academic year. The theme of the assemblies was the value of education and the importance of hard work, and students were reminded of the importance of hopes, dreams and aspirations in driving us towards a fulfilling and successful future. It is my firm belief that the bigger we dream, and the more we plan to make our dreams real, the more we will achieve.
As we look forward to the academic year ahead of us all, I am confident that with the commitment of the hugely talented staff here at the school, we will continue to enthuse, motivate, inspire and support all of our young people so that they thrive and achieve their full potential. Once again, I am delighted to be starting here this term and I am looking forward to the many opportunities for us to work together in collaboration and in the best interests of all our wonderful young people.