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It has been an exciting term. This newsletter is a celebration about what makes Greenbank such a special school and I hope you enjoy reading it.
The end of term marks the retirement of Ms Ward and Mr Williamson who have been dedicated to the girls of Greenbank for a combined total of 58 years. Ms Ward, a Progress Leader for over twenty years and a teacher of French, has been at Greenbank since 1981. Mr Williamson, who is Assistant Headteacher, has been at Greenbank for 25 years. We wish them both well in their retirement.
Miss Richardson will become Progress Leader for Year 8. We will also be welcoming back Miss Williams to the Languages Faculty and Mrs McMahon to the English Faculty. We would like to thank Miss Staunton and Mr Harrington for teaching in these areas during their leave.
We are delighted to have received ‘The Recognition of Commitment’ on a journey to gaining accreditation as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. We believe that the award is recognition of our ethos where all members of the school community work within an ethos of respect and ensuring those pupils’ rights are upheld.
Last week we received our school performance data from the Department for Education and OFSTED. I am pleased to share with you that the data shows girls at Greenbank make outstanding progress from the time they enter the school, with girls of all abilities making progress significantly above the national average. The school is in the top 20% of schools nationally. This is testimony to the hard work of the pupils and staff who consistently strive for excellence.
Uniform has been excellent during the first half term with pupils dressed as ambassadors for Greenbank both within and outside school. Attendance is 96% which is well above the government aspirational target of 95%. It is proven every year that high attendance leads to high achievement so it is essential that your daughter is working towards attending as many of the 190 days in school over the year as possible. Holidays should only be taken in holiday time. Well done to all those pupils who have achieved 100% attendance this term.
I have been incredibly impressed with all pupils’ attitudes to learning in lessons. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons has been of a very high standard and often commented on by visitors I have shown around school and external partners who work with our school.
Thank you very much to those parents who have completed the OFSTED online survey ‘Parent View’. To gain your views about school I would like to invite you to complete the online OFSTED questionnaire at the following link http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ to show OFSTED and ourselves the quality of education your daughter receives. Please if you have any issues you would like to share and have dealt with, contact me or any member of my Senior Leadership Team to ensure you and your daughter receives the appropriate support.
I have attached important dates for your diary at the end of the newsletter. Please try to access our new website at www.greenbankhigh.co.uk to keep up to date with school events.
I would like to wish all members of our school community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mr Ian Raikes