During a two day process this week Governors appointed a new Deputy Head to replace Mr Gibbons who isretiring at the end of the Academic Year. The successful candidate was Miss S Barnes who is currently
working in Derbyshire. Six members of the Student Council were involved in the appointment process all of whom were superb in the way that they conducted themselves and left me feeling very proud of all of them.  Governors have shortlisted for the role of Headteacher. The interviews will take place the week after next.

Mr Edney led a trip for 32 pupils (24 beginners) for a week of skiing in Sestriere, Italy from 8 to 15 February. Pupils enjoyed fantastic skiing conditions and made the most of the après ski which included sledging and ice skating. All 3 ski instructors commented on the excellent attitude and application of the students whilst on the slopes. I am grateful to all the staff who gave so freely of their time to provide this opportunity for our
students.

As the trip was such a success, we will look to launching it again next September to run in February 2020.

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A number of our students participated in a retreat to Ampleforth under the guidance of Mrs Holder and Mr Milner. This is what one of our students Victoria Besa had to say about it:

“I thought that the retreat to Ampleforth was very beneficial as it allowed me to take a break from the outside world and reflect on my relationship with God. One way in which this relationship improved was through the insightful prayer sessions that took place at Ampleforth. These sessions that took place gave me a new insight into prayer especially the stories that accompanied these sessions that were taught by Father Bede. One particular thing that stuck in mind Father Bede said was that: a prayer doesn't necessarily have to be long; you only need to think of the person in order for it be a prayer- something that I had never considered before as it has always been words. Overall, I thought the retreat was amazing, and I wouldn't hesitate to go again.”

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Our Year 11 pupils were praised by Notre Dame Catholic Sixth form College, Leeds, this week.  Pupils visited the collge for taster sessions on Wednesday and staff from the college were in school on Friday to interview the 120 Year 11 pupils who have applied for places to study A-levels there.

Thursday 1 March: Year 8 Options Information Meeting for Parents and Pupils at 7.00pm

Letters to parents, recommending one of three pathways for studies at Key Stage 4, will be given to Year 8 pupils in the coming weeks.  A group pupils will be recommended for Pathway 1 (Nine GCSEs, including Combined Science, and a vocational course).  Other pupils will be advised to follow Pathway 2 (10 GCSEs including GCSE Combined Science and GCSE Spanish, leading to the English Baccalaureate).  Another group will be directed to Pathway 3 (11 GCSEs including GCSE Triple Science and GCSE Spanish, also leading to the English Baccalaureate). An information meeting for Year 8 parents and pupils about options will be held in the School Hall on Thursday 1 March at 7.00pm. This occasion will provide an opportunity to find out more about courses on offer and to discuss which of these may be best suited to your child. 

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