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Newsletter - April 2017

 

Dear Parents and Carers

In some ways we are entering the biggest period of change and uncertainty I can remember in education. Key stage two, thinking of our South
Gloucester Learning Trust primary schools, is changing. Key stage three is changing as schools prepare to embark on a brand new examination process. Huge change at key stage four sees us in a year where year 11 students will achieve some A* to G grades and some 9 to 1 grades, with still some doubt from central government as to what a ‘good’ pass is at English and mathematics GCSE. Key stage five is changing as the AS level ebbs away and the two year A level makes a return (I remember doing those).

Amongst all this change, the message at Beaufort is simple. Work hard and get the best grade you can in every subject. Push yourself, challenge yourself, don’t settle for your minimum expectation (MEG), push beyond that and excel. Everyone can and I wish all students taking exams this season very best wishes and good luck. Yet again the staff have gone above and beyond in their efforts with your children and if you are reading this in the holiday, they are probably in the academy taking an Easter revision session.

Beaufort is growing in both popularity and size. Year groups with our bigger admission number are full and so is next year’s year 7. Our £4 million re-development is on schedule and in 2018 we will be bigger still. We are already planning for this. I have also managed to squeeze extra external funding for a new roof and a newly decorated main corridor.

Nationally teacher recruitment is a challenge. At Beaufort it is a key priority and we have already secured several high quality practitioners this year to join and strengthen our staff. In September we will welcome

Miss Harris—Teaching and Learning, Mr Robinson—Mathematics, Miss Kubinski—Science, Mrs Elliott—Computer Science, Miss Fiander—Science, Miss Burns—History and Mr Thompson—PE and Science.

Sadly, we say goodbye to Mr Miles at Easter, who moves on to pastures new. Our very best wishes go with him.

As I reflect on my sporting tips, all I will say about the Warriors is that it was never in doubt, although a short hop over to Hartpury next season would have been local, as my colleagues have reminded me.

Enjoy the fine weather with your children

David Bishop Principal

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