Well, I can’t quite believe that as I write we are now in week four! Where did that time go to?
I am finally getting around to writing a welcome back blog…better late than never.
Firstly, I hope you have all had an amazing summer and managed to have lots of fun as a family.
We have had a fabulous start to the new year, the school is full of energy and enthusiasm. We are getting to know and understand our new students and they are settling in well, in fact it is already hard to remember them not being a part of Hazelbeck. It has been an absolute pleasure going around and seeing all our students working hard, engaging in their learning and enjoying being at school. We love celebrating their successes, be that achieving something they have been working hard at, interacting well and showing kindness to peers or being able to manage themselves, their emotions and behaviour better. I am so proud when I get to go into classes and see the warm and supportive relationships between staff and students; I know that everyone has the best interests of each individual at the heart of what they do.
We had real success for our leavers at the end of last year with all except two students leaving with at least five pieces of accreditation. For all our students we saw many successes; residential visits both near and far - our first residential trip abroad, trips, events and outings galore that all our students could be involved in, successes at Trust sporting events, our first Duke of Edinburgh silver awards, our first ‘Week in the Woods’…the list just goes on.
We are looking forward to the coming year and all it will bring. We have a new strategic vision which sets out our journey to become ‘One school, no barriers’. As part of this we are making changes to our curriculum and assessment processes. We want to make our curriculum even more personalised to each individual and their aspirations and will use the EHCP as a vehicle to do this. We are continually looking to break down barriers so that our students can thrive and achieve the very best outcomes. We will continue to encourage their resilience and belief in themselves by providing them with the highest quality learning experiences and giving them opportunities to put themselves outside their comfort zones and see they can achieve (this is often the case for you as parents too!). We are very excited about these changes and finding out more about each young person who is at school with us. We look forward to seeing what each individual will achieve in the coming year, what they will teach us, as well as what we can help them to learn.
As a school we are passionate about ensuring that your son or daughter have the very best experience possible at school, that they are eager and happy to come to school. We know that we only get one chance at giving them a great education and will do everything we can to make sure we get this right. I am determined that, with your support, this continues.
I look forward to working with you, please contact me at any time should you need to.