I feel very remiss for not having posted my blog so far this term but there are very good reasons. It’s testament to the resilience of the human spirit that teachers turn up on the first day in September. Yes I know that we have great holidays, but the sheer number and volume of tasks that assault us at the beginning of term mean that anything resembling a measured, normal existence has to wait for a week or two. I think we’re nearly there.
I’m always really pleased that we get our sixth form students into lessons on their first day and it’s been a brilliant start in that respect. Teachers sometimes have a sixth sense for how groups of students are going to develop and the new year 12 have settled extremely well to routines and private study which bodes really well for their futures.
So what’s new this year? The big change is that we have welcomed 40+ footballers as part of the Deon Burton Football Academy. This is an exciting venture which allows these students to follow their footballing dreams whilst gaining valuable academic qualifications. This week they excelled on the pitch, beating Crystal Palace in two academy fixtures.
It’s also great to report that we had 80+ students join us in our regular year 12 with over 25% of those being external students who have chosen to come to Coleshill from other schools. Increasing numbers give us the opportunity to do so many more things. It’s not just that it makes balancing the books easier, it’s more the fact that it brings a renewed energy to the student body.
One very positive aspect of this energy is the new leadership team that we have established. I’ll blog about this at more length in the near future but for now it’s great to report that we have over twenty students from year 12,13 and the Academy who are forming our 2017-18 leadership team.
So, a very brief summary of what we’ve been up to so far but it will indubitably become more eventful and exciting as the term progresses and I’m looking forward to a stellar year.