We've had much positive feedback from staff, governors and parents regarding our Awards Evening just before Christmas. It was wonderful to welcome back so many former students to receive prizes and certificates to celebrate their GCSE and A-Level success in the summer. With so many of them enjoying a break from their first term at university, it was lovely to hear just how well they are getting on. To be joined for the evening by BBC newsreader Huw Edwards was a real treat. Not only did he give a fantastic presentation, but he willingly gave up so much of his time to chat with groups of students afterwards about their studies or chosen career paths. We are really grateful to him for returning to TBSHS and to all of those who attended on the evening to help make it a special night.
We also held our GCSE Mock exam results assembly this week, where Year 11 students had a chance to appreciate what it will feel like in the summer when they collect their exam results for real. As you might expect, there was a mixture of emotions and our hope is that it will have served as a bit of a wake up call to those who haven't quite applied themselves fully just yet. We are also nearing the end of the mock exam period for our sixth form students, who will hopefully gain a good understanding of exactly what they need to do over the next 4 months for their summer exams.
Finally, before the students returned to school the staff enjoyed two useful training days, with the first focusing on further improving literacy and the second on improving student understanding through the modelling of good work. As a result, we will be talking to students and parents this term about how they can improve the quality of their own work, simply by proofreading it carefully.