Welcome back to the start of a very, very demanding term. We’re definitely hitting the ground running, with exams looming for students in both Key Stage 4 and the sixth form. As usual, we’re doing everything we can during this time to support pupils to ensure that they are fully-prepared and can achieve their very best. I’d like to say a huge thank you to staff, students and parents for their support of our very successful Easter School programme, which ran during the holiday as part of this process. Hopefully these extra classes will prove of huge benefit to students as they face the challenge of their GCSE exams.
It is not just an anxious time of year for pupils taking exams, we are also turning our attention to the Year 6 students who will be joining us in September as they prepare to start the transition process. We very much want them to feel at home at Moseley Park and to realise that there is nothing to worry about as they make the move to secondary school. It is an exciting milestone and we are looking forward to welcoming them into the Moseley Park family. Our new intake will be invited to induction days in later in the term (more details to follow) to give them a flavour of life and lessons here. This is one of the highlights of my summer term – seeing once-nervous youngsters leaving at the end of the day beaming from ear to ear and incredibly excited about the prospect of starting with us in September.
Transitions are also taking place for our Year 8 students as they prepare to leave Key Stage 3 and start their options subjects for GCSE. This will also see them moving to the Key Stage 4 areas of the school, with a different timetable and teachers. Again, we work very hard to ensure that this move is a smooth one and that they are fully prepared for the rigours and demands of GCSE courses. We have high expectations of all our students and it is a given that our older pupils should act as role models for others in the school.
Speaking of role models, we are also supporting and assisting our Year 13 students as they gear up for the last part of their Moseley Park journey and look to their lives beyond school. Significant numbers of pupils have received offers of places at university this year – and in many cases students have impressed so much that these offers have been unconditional. This is an achievement of which they should be very proud. It is a particularly anxious, but incredibly exciting time for our sixth formers – but we are working hard to ensure they are fully-prepared for their A Level examinations. They have proved themselves to be excellent ambassadors for our school over the years – and we have thoroughly enjoyed watching them develop into wonderful, well-rounded young people, who will no doubt be successful in whatever they do. We wish them all the best.
In addition to the exams we have an action-packed programme of other activities throughout the summer term, including Sports Day and our ever-popular Year 11 Prom, which takes place at Molineux. Seeing our staff and students dressed up and celebrating their time at Moseley Park is always a high point of the year. We have a lot to look forward to in the next few months and I am looking forward to keeping you all informed of the latest updates.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to all of our parents for your continued support as we approach the exam season and remind all students to be mindful of their fellow peers who are completing the final stages of their courses. It is a stressful time, but we will succeed by working together.