Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to you today to let you know that last week we were very pleased to be invited to take part in some filming by ‘The One Show’. We were asked at extremely short notice, to provide a small group of students with their parents or carers to be interviewed for a short video clip to be included in the programme. The topic under discussion was what it is like to be a teenager in this day and age and we have been informed that it will be shown tonight. There were seven students who took part in the discussion and the Producer and Presenter were highly complementary about how well they put forward their thoughts and ideas. The children were also praised by the team for their manners and excellent behaviour.
During the course of the discussion, it became apparent that students felt that there were many benefits of being young today, in particular the availability of new technology, ipads, laptops, computers, mobile phones etc.
When asked about their concerns, it became apparent that one of their main worries is that of succeeding at GCSE in order to be successful in later life. This has clearly been debated often in the media over recent months and as an Academy, like every other secondary school, we are well aware of the pressures of exam success.
We do, however, receive regular feedback from parents and the wider community that our reputation as an Academy is one of providing a caring and supportive environment for our students and we have always believed that providing a nurturing environment where children are happy to come to school is vital for them to succeed. In order to support our work in this area, we have recently extended our pastoral team to include additional non-teaching staff (SAFE workers). These members of staff are always available for children to meet and have the opportunity to talk about a range of concerns or worries. We also offer the services of a School Counsellor and School Nurse to support our children. These are just some of the changes we have made to prepare our children for GCSE.
If you would like any more information or you would like to discuss any of the issues mentioned in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
Don’t forget to watch at 7.00pm tonight (2nd November 2016) on BBC 1!
Ms A H Miller