On behalf of the Trustees and Governors, I should like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support as we continue to make changes to improve the quality of education at The Philip Morant School and College.
In the recent GCSE examinations, more students than last year secured a grade 4 (grade C equivalent) pass in Maths and English. I am delighted that over and above this, more than half of our students achieved the new higher level grade 5 in both English and Maths – a significant increase on last year’s results. Overall 21% got a grade 7 (grade A equivalent).
At the beginning of the year, I held a number of assemblies based on the importance of having the highest expectations in our school community. The key messages were based around our three rules – Ready, Respectful and Safe. This includes: the importance of being on time to school and punctual to lessons; wearing our school uniform correctly and with pride; behaving well in lessons and around the school so each and every lesson is calm and purposeful; and, above all, keeping ourselves and each other safe. The bar has been raised and I am confident that our students will continue to meet the challenge and go on to exceed our expectations.
Over the last year, in response to stakeholder views, we have:
Student Support & Personal Development
- Launched a new Behaviour for Learning Policy, which has helped to improve student behaviour and engagement still further.
- Established a new Attendance Team – this has been successful in promoting good attendance, resulting in an improvement that sees school attendance above the national average.
- Appointed Heads of House to provide additional leadership and support in the pastoral system so that your child’s concerns are dealt with swiftly.
- Revisited our procedures for Safeguarding and appointed Mrs Neill (Deputy Head Teacher) as the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.
- Appointed Mr Howard as Head of Teaching & Learning (Personal Development) to develop our PSHE and morning tutorial programme so that our young people are prepared for their next step in education or work.
- Provided each student with a school planner to help them to organise their time and to open up a channel of communication between home and school.
- Published a new Anti-Bullying policy and revisited our practice in order to support our young people to develop positive relationships and demonstrate kindness.
- Moved to a three-year Key Stage 4 programme which will allow students to explore the knowledge required for the new examination system at a deeper level.
- Appointed an Assistant Head Teacher as the SENCo to enhance still further our passion for inclusive practice and to ensure that our young people receive the support they need, when they need it.
- Launched a new Rewards Programme.
- Re-introduced homework in order to support students with their acquisition of knowledge and develop their understanding still further.
- Improved our Assessment & Reporting process so parents and carers receive timely and accurate information about how their children are performing at school.
- Revitalised our Sixth Form under the name ‘Sigma Sixth: Colchester Campus’.
- Established a new governing body with the skills and ambition necessary to challenge the school’s leadership still further.
In addition to the above, I have also strengthened the leadership of the school by appointing Mrs Tayel and Mrs Neill as Deputy Head Teachers. They will work alongside Mr Green to provide the school with strategic leadership and visible day-to-day management. I should also like to take this opportunity to share with you that I will remain in post as Executive Head Teacher permanently, as the Trust did not appoint a Head of School in the summer term.
The Trust, governors and staff at The Philip Morant School & College remain resolute in our ambition for the school and would invite you to complete the short questionnaire to help us with our self-evaluation and improvement process. Thank you again for your continued support.
Executive Head Teacher